Three ads this week
Letters to the Editor
from A.X. Perez, and Crazy Al
Banks and Bankers
by L. Neil Smith
I have been saying for years that, exactly like like lawyers and
literary agents, bankers somehow seem to have forgotten who's the boss. I'm not an
economist (a fact I could wake up every morning and thank the gods for, if I were
religious, which I'm decidedly not), but I've been dealing with banks since I was
a little kid in the 1950s, and I have never liked the "cut of their jib" or the way
they do business.
A History of Freedom of Thought
The Growth of Rationalism
(Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries)
by John Bagnell Bury
During the last three hundred years reason has been slowly but
steadily destroying Christian mythology and exposing the pretensions of supernatural
revelation. The progress of rationalism falls naturally into two periods. (1) In the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries those thinkers who rejected Christian theology
and the book on which it relies were mainly influenced by the inconsistencies,
contradictions, and absurdities which they discovered in the evidence, and by the
moral difficulties of the creed. Some scientific facts were known which seemed to
reflect on the accuracy of Revelation, but arguments based on science were subsidiary.
(2) In the nineteenth century the discoveries of science in many fields bore with full
force upon fabrics which had been constructed in a naïve and ignorant age; and
historical criticism undermined methodically the authority of the sacred documents
which had hitherto been exposed chiefly to the acute but unmethodical criticisms of
A Brief Synopsis
by Cathy L.Z. Smith
When I was a child, and it was the responsibility of others to look
after me, that seemed to me to be the proper way of the world. To be taken care of is a
child's hope. When I was a child I was a liberal.
Half Measures Are Full of Fail
by Jim Davidson
In the year of our Lord 1215, at a place called Runnymede, a king
after whom toilets have been named ever since signed a great charter. Magna Carta
was signed by king John to recognise the demonstrable fact that he did not rule by any
"divine" right. Indeed, in pursuing the full application of that document's meaning, a
later king, Charles I, was shown not to rule at all -- by virtue of having his head sawn
off by a swordsman.
News From the Border
by A.X. Perez
After only having 5 murders in El Paso City limits in 2010 January
2011 was marked with 6 murders. In the last weekend four people were knifed to death.
Note that last year there was one knifing, one beating with a bat, and one running over
with a truck. Apparently we like to make our murder close up and personal and thus gun
control is not a part of reducing our murder rate or other violence. Arguably some of
the murder victims could have defended themselves if they had been armed with guns.
Atlantea The Beautiful No. 112
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 112 of a weekly cartoon series.
Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action
Planning for Your future, serf!