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Why Be a Patriot? Why Prefer Our Fellow Americans? – Ricochet

In response to my most recent post, Peter Robinson poses a fundamental question: Why should the government of the United States prefer the welfare of those who are citizens of this country to those who are not? To begin to answer … Continue reading

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My disappointments with Cenk Uygur’s interview with Sam Harris

I’ve watched all 3 hours of Cenk Uygur’s “interview” of Harris. Twice. It’s definitely worth watching at least once if you haven’t yet. I went into this as a big fan of both men. That, unfortunately, has changed somewhat. Here’s why. … Continue reading

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Evaluating Ebola as a Biological Weapon

Although the media has speculated that terrorist groups might try to use the Ebola virus as a weapon, the disease is a poor agent for a biological attack. Source: http://www.stratfor.com An important read, especially if you’re concerned that some terrorist … Continue reading

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States Ease Interest Rate Laws That Protected Poor Borrowers

Lawmakers in several states have voted to increase the fees or the interest rates that lenders can charge on personal loans used by millions of poor or financially struggling borrowers. Source: dealbook.nytimes.com We’re taken for suckers everyday by this kind … Continue reading

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Time to Rethink the War on Terror

(Thom plus logo) When Eric Holder eventually steps down as Attorney General, he will leave behind a complicated legacy, some of it tragic, like his decision not to prosecute Wall Street after the financial crisis, and his all-out war on … Continue reading

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The New Challenge to Market Democracies: The Political and Social Costs of Economic Stagnation

William Galston explores the difficulties market democracies face in an era of diminished growth and a weakened middle class. Galston argues that if the West fails to address economic stagnation, other domestic and foreign policy issues will prove intractable. Economic … Continue reading

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Baby boomers ruined America: Why blaming millennials is misguided — and annoying

It may be fun to bash today’s youth — but here’s where the awful job economy and ailing planet actually came from Source: http://www.salon.com We Baby Boomers have been the ones in charge for a generation. To deny that we’re … Continue reading

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Best of the Left Podcast

Chris Matthews auditions for Fox News.  Source: itunes.apple.com I don’t get my news from tv and that includes MSNBC. Independent and non-commercial outlets are the last bastions of real investigative journalism. See on Scoop.it – DidYouCheckFirst

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I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria

Old white people are drowning in despair and rage. Here’s how my father lost his mind — thanks to his cable diet Source: http://www.salon.com I felt like I was reading words I could have written; not so much about my … Continue reading

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On the Mechanics of Defamation : Sam Harris

Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape. Source: http://www.samharris.org Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) and Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) are two people that I’ve read and respected … Continue reading

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