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Greenspan Points to Danger of Rising Budget Deficits - New York Times

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The New York Times published an article by Heather Timmons on a recent speech by Alan Greenspan to the Group of 7 ministers meeting in London. Entitled "Greenspan Points to Danger of Rising Budget Deficits," the article reminds us of our national failure to control our apetites.

Federal Judge Rules That High Schools Cannot Out Lesbian and Gay Students

I almost need a "what'll they think of next?" category. You gotta see this one to believe it: "ACLU : Federal Judge Rules That High Schools Cannot Out Lesbian and Gay Students". This one deserves a new category -- making things up "Willy-Nilly" to fit our out-on-a-limb notions about life. Some relevant information from the ACLU article:

Specter: Alito's personal views won't drive rulings - Dec 2, 2005

I have been cautioned about taking any word that issues from Spectre's office with a grain of salt, yet a report from CNN.com, "Specter: Alito's personal views won't drive rulings," makes it clear that Alito's position on Roe v. Wade is anything but clear. If it is true that the judge's personal views, expressed in private memos, have no bearing on his judical approach, then how do his personal views relate to his personal views on judical philosophy?

CDC: Deadly bacterial illness appears to be spreading - Dec 2, 2005

A report at CNN.com, "CDC: Deadly bacterial illness appears to be spreading" is a strong reminder that hospital routine is not always effective, and sometimes requires rapid and even extensive tuning.

Dictionary.com/psychobabble

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Dictionary.com has a rather illuminating definition of the term "psychobabble." Given here, they define it as
Language characterized by the often inaccurate use of jargon from psychiatry and psychotherapy: “Discussions... sometimes... consist of consciousness-raising psychobabble, with the students' feelings and experiences valued as much as anything the professor or texts have to offer” (Karen Lehrman).

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