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The Nerve and Arrogance of Missionaries

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Everyone is now overfamiliar with the event of several weeks ago, when an American missionary mother and her daughter were killed by a bullet fired at their plane, which a Peruvian fighter pilot decided was running drugs. While it was first a poignant human tragedy, it was also a political one, especially since American antidrug [&hellip
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Brain-and-Mouth Disease: Nonsense About Low-Fat Diets

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

In 1992 I published a book called The Pursuit of Pleasure in which I argued that there were evolution-based reasons for seeking out what provided pleasure. Included, of course, was food. In addition, I suggested that the wine with which it is often associated might also, when consumed in moderation, have moderate but real health [&hellip
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The Lord’s Bureaucrats and This Whole Faith-Based Initiatives Thing

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

It must have seemed like a good idea in the small Texas town where it was incubated or considered. But it turns out the freshly innocent idea of giving churches money to do social service threatens to turn into an immense mess. But what could be wrong in principle with giving extra money to institutions [&hellip
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Dick Jokes for Women

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

One of the most dolorous public features of the breakdown of the Giuliani-Hanover marriage was the mayoral wife’s decision to take her earnest turn in the lineup of female actors reading The Vagina Monologues. It was clearly an aggressive and explicit act of revenge. However understandable it might have been, Hanover was willing to associate [&hellip
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In Quebec, Everyone’s a Minority

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Stop the presses. A political leader has actually resigned on grounds of principle. This extraordinary eccentricity occurred two weeks ago in Quebec when the premier of the province, Lucien Bouchard, left office because he could no longer stomach the intransigent narrowness of too many fundamentalist separatists in his Parti Quebecois. While he was himself committed [&hellip
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The Combustible Gas of Religion

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

They all of them committed a breach of national security. In the alarming new world of Jihad-for-breakfast they threatened to turn the United States into just another potential victim for just another holy war. It’s not the kind of war with which Americans are familiar. We’re learning, painfully, how to generate defense. But we haven’t [&hellip
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What Are Those Well-Dressed Apes Doing?

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The imperial women of wealthy cities set a high standard of personal decor. They turn the monthly flimflam of the fashion magazines into real people you can see in the streets, eateries, shops and the seemingly ceaseless cavalcade of charity balls. The various schemes of costume, makeup and creating a "look" that becomes the desirable [&hellip
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