What Has Happened To Our Moral Imagination?

Bill Moyers: There is no tomorrow:

One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress…
The news is not good these days. I can tell you, though, that as a journalist I know the news is never the end of the story. The news can be the truth that sets us free — not only to feel but to fight for the future we want. And the will to fight is the antidote to despair, the cure for cynicism, and the answer to those faces looking back at me from those photographs on my desk. What we need is what the ancient Israelites called hochma — the science of the heart … the capacity to see, to feel and then to act as if the future depended on you.

A sobering essay about our future.

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Eating Air

The Breatharian Institute Of America:

Breatharianism is relative to the breathing of air for food.

The Breatharian needs air and Sunlight only, and nothing more to sustain his body.

The world is flooded with books on food and eating. No one seems to realize that eating is not natural, but an acquired habit, like smoking and drinking, and that FRESH CLEAN AIR is the Cosmic Reservoir of all things, including the substance that builds and sustains the human body.

No joke. Wikipedia has an entry about Breatharian:

… there is no accepted scientific evidence for any of the claims put forward by the breatharians. The only breatharian to undergo scrutiny — Ellen Greve, on Australia’s 60 Minutes — became ill and bowed out after a few days without food or water, citing stress and pollution as the cause for her symptoms.

Roger Ebert Rates Porn

The X-rated Roger Ebert:

Roger Ebert used to review porn movies. No, this was not a third-string assignment, nor was he moonlighting for Hustler or Oui. He saw them in his capacity as esteemed first-string film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The article includes snippets of some of Ebert’s reviews, including Vixen (“…is not only a good skin-flick, but a merciless put-on of the whole genre”), The Devil in Miss Jones (“This is the first porno movie I’ve seen that actually seems to be about its leading character – instead of merely using her as the object of sexual variations”), and Emmanuelle (“…may be the first movie influenced by magazine centerfolds”).