In case you missed the news:  One of the ways schools around the country are dealing with their budgetary problems is to cut the past tense from language programs.  --  "[A] number of lawmakers, such as Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, have welcomed the cuts as proof that the American school system is taking a more forward-thinking approach to education," the *Onion* reported.[1] ...


In a satire published Thursday on the Information Clearinghous web site, Jerry Ghinelli described an Israeli military operation dubbed "Friendly Enemy," in which "hundreds of Israeli F-16 fighter jets streaked across the Atlantic in precise formation and fired surgical air strikes at alleged terrorist strongholds in densely populated Muslim communities all along the northeast corridor of the United States."[1]  --  "President Bush and President-elect Obama both appealed for restraint, but stated emphatically, 'Israel has the right to defend itself,'" and Congress voted a resolution of support, with only Sen. Russ Feingold voting against the resolution....


A short story in dialogue by Terry Bisson entitled "They're Made Out of Meat" was nominated for a Nebula Award after it was published in 1991 and later reprinted in the "Readings" section of Harper's.  --  Intellectually, the target of the piece has been dubbed "carbon chauvinism."  --  The piece has been adapted for the stage, and in 2006 the film adaptation posted below won the Grand Prize at the 2006 Seattle Science Fiction Museum film festival.[1]  --  The text of the original story can be read here....