The Mirror: Slave or Liberator?

It has been fourteen years since nineteen young men committed group suicide and took with them thousands of other people and did massive property damage. It was arguably the most brilliant military attack ever executed. It required only nineteen commercial plane tickets and $19 of box cutters. In terms of ‘bang for the buck,’ it makes the ...

How Much Is That Doggy In the Window?
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When Democracy was created by Solon 2500 years ago in Greece, its shortcomings were readily apparent. Anacharsis said that it was a system where ‘the wise speak and the fools decide.’ He was obviously an optimist. Most elections seem to involve many fools speaking, and the lesser of two evils are fools choosing the lesser fool.

Anacharsis ...

Moral Hypocrisy In A House Of Mirrors
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According to Wikipedia, ‘The Geneva Conventions extensively defined the basic rights of wartime prisoners.’ Under Massachusetts law, where the Boston Marathon Bombings occurred, Tsarnaev could not face the death penalty. The case is being prosecuted in federal court for the specific purpose of applying the death penalty. After all, the trial opened ...

Warnings Here, Warnings There, Warnings Everywhere
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Most people recall Eisenhower's Farewell Address as being about the Military-Industrial Complex, but it was also a critique of higher education. Before becoming President of the United States, Eisenhower was the president of Columbia University.

His address was prescient. Many of the things he cautioned about have come to pass. He warned: ...

Standing on the shoulders of the past
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Gandhi, Saint Paul and Socrates have all said that we need to know ourselves, act righteously, and be the change that we want to see in the world. I sympathize but disagree. It's not enough to change ourselves, we must change the system. The vast majority of people are good. We were born good and innocent, but we are trapped in a system controlled ...

A New Deal Pillar Crumbled Long Ago
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It is practically impossible to get a job with a pension these days, except in government. While the government can print money willy-nilly to meet its obligations, private corporations do not have the same luxury. Chances are, any private companies that still maintain pensions only do so because the government is its primary client or they are part ...

Eureka in the Library Stacks
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In the aftermath of 9/11, the government went of in search of ‘Who?’ and ‘How?’ tracing every detail of the plot which eventually became the official report. I took a different tack, asking ‘Why?’ I wrote a number of ‘thinking out loud’ essays where I explored terrorist thinking. The national media reprinted an al Qaeda training manual that had been ...

Semantics of Delusion
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The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an economic convention that has come under a lot of attack recently because of its failure to properly reflect the quality of life under the economy. Alternative ways of measuring ‘happiness’ are now being debated, and new acronyms are being forged like GPI; Genuine Progress Indicator. Obviously, a quantitative ...

The Dismal Scientists
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It is common for those in power to surround themselves with the best and brightest of their times. Kings had prophets, scientists and artists at their disposal, and these voices were never one. Petty jealousies and rivalries thrive wherever there is power. A leader could always find a specialist that would tell them what they wanted to hear, at least ...

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