Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Gas myths and help, and waterboarding

Swiss Army Librarian, a nice blog from a Mass. reference librarian (now on my bloglist), compiles a good set of links to sites about gas economy myths, driving tips, and cheap gas finders.
Included, a link to a Snopes debunking of a persistent email about boycotting gas companies that buy gas from the middle east. Why does anyone read, let alone pass on, these things?

In Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens gets waterboarded, somewhere in western North Carolina, and says, guess what? It is torture.
I apply the Abraham Lincoln test for moral casuistry: “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” Well, then, if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture.
(For those who would find this educational -- or amusing, there's a video.)


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