Sunday, August 07, 2011

Bits and Pieces - August 7, 2011

Since it's Sunday, let's start with a Bible verse:
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. – Matthew 6:5
This verse keeps coming back to me as the Republicans stage their various prayer-fests. Anne Laurie nails Rick Perry, only the latest and probably not the last.

And it's not just the Arab states that are seeing big demonstrations. Check out this photo of last night's demonstration in Israel.

Once again, the infallible market seems to have failed. Oh, wait! That's only the cancer patients it's failed; Big Pharma is doing fine.

Is America no longer part of the West? This article in Der Spiegel is being widely linked across the blogosphere. I find maybe half of it wrong, but it's worth considering how we look to the rest of the world.

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