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Sep 07

Don’t embarrass authority:Revealing the wrongdoing of the powerful is a core task in sustaining a functioning democracy.

Tell us stuff we need to know, And soon it’s off to jail you’ll go. Don’t get fooled by terms like “classified secrets” or “aiding the enemy.” They just cover up the darker sides of our national security state. Pointing out that the emperor is naked isn’t dangerous. But it does leave governments (and corporations) …

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Aug 31

The Medical-Industrial Complex: Our health industry’s big players focus on making as much money as possible.

Getting well Takes lots of pluck, With health guys out To make a buck. As the Obama administration struggles to keep rolling out its landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amid partisan squabbling, the shortcomings of American health care are more evident than ever. Our system is very different from other countries: It’s worse. …

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Aug 24

Et Tu, Buddhist? – In every war, both sides claim that God’s on their side.

Throughout the centuries people have killed each other in vast numbers for the very best of reasons — religion. Oh they’ve done it for other reasons too — money, politics, geography, skin color, revolution — but never with more enthusiasm than when the cause was holy. From the early Christian martyrs to the Crusades to …

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Aug 16

The devil is in the taxes-My foolproof plan will rescue our society from the sleazy grasp of special-interest politics.

While pretty much everybody agrees that the U.S. tax code is a mess, nobody does anything about it. Oh, politicians talk about doing something, but mainly what they do is make it worse. There’s a reason for this. You. You’re the reason. People, alas, tend to be greedy and selfish and their attitude toward taxation …

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Aug 13

The Bully Party:This sure isn’t the representative democracy the Founders were after

If our government were a card game, the American people would surely have realized by now that they’re playing with a marked deck. The Republicans are cheating. In the 2012 elections, Democratic candidates for House seats collectively won about five percent more votes than their Republican opponents did overall. Yet the Republicans hung onto their …

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Aug 07

When personalized becomes predatory: Advertisers set their strategies according to damaging stereotypes.

What do you think of when you hear the words “internet surveillance”? If you’ve been following the news, you might be thinking about the National Security Agency’s PRISM spying program. Or maybe you’re recalling debates about the age-old battle between security and liberty and deciding where to draw the line. That’s not the whole story, …

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Jul 30

Depending on the kindness of strangers:The only sure result of Detroit’s bankruptcy is that armies of lawyers will make bales of money

  The other shoe finally dropped in Detroit. The once-proud city — variously known as “Motown,” “the Arsenal of Democracy,” and “the City of Champions” — filed for bankruptcy. There’s a local effort to head off the filing, but most people don’t think it will get anywhere. Detroit’s the largest American city ever to do …

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