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“Saving” Social Security

“The public, regardless of party, overwhelmingly opposes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. But elected officials of both parties are hell-bent on conspiring to bring the programs to an end. They seem to have come to grips with a fact … Continue reading

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Devil’s Bargain

“What we have in academia, in other words, is a microcosm of the American economy as a whole: a self-enriching aristocracy, a swelling and increasingly immiserated proletariat, and a shrinking middle class. The same devil’s bargain stabilizes the system: the … Continue reading

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Justice Will Be Served

“Was Shadadi’s mother and father terrorist? They were killed by the US drone. They are both over 60 years old.” -Abdul Hadi Mohammed, neighbor of al Qaeda suspect Nader Shadadi, whose father, mother and sister were killed by a US … Continue reading

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Our Current Paradigm

The brilliant inventor Thomas Edison transfixed the world with his miraculous inventions which captured sound and created light. His noble efforts, and those of his “muckers” at his laboratory in New Jersey, grew eventually into the Titan of American Business, … Continue reading

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A Rich Embarrassment

In the final days of negotiation on the healthcare bill, President Obama twice postponed diplomatic trips to Indonesia and Australia, in order to close a deal that had engulfed the first 15 months of his presidency. The achievement noticeably improved … Continue reading

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The Superbowl and the Super Brawl

The NFL playoffs have reached their zenith, and soon will come the Superbowl – the mother of all American Spectacles. Baseball may still be the national pastime, but football is America’s favorite sport now. Though, strangely, no other country on … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Time to Leave

“If you are the 4th-poorest country in the world, you have a long way to go. When you try to train an army, they have an 80% illiteracy rate… It’s gonna take a long time.” Former White House Press Secretary … Continue reading

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Back into the Light

At an alumni function last year, I spoke with a friend I had not seen in over a decade. He had spent many of the intervening years in Afghanistan with the US Army, in an intelligence unit. I asked him … Continue reading

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The Fascists at “Homeland Security”

The case of Raquel Williams illustrates the way an insane bureaucracy can change rational, thinking men into lock-stepping foot-soldiers of fascism. Raquel is a Brazilian woman who married an American man, Derek Williams, while she was studying in Florida to … Continue reading

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Vote Obama, But Don’t Stop There

Sarah Palin has been traveling around what she calls the Real America – the “pro-America” parts of the country, where they “grow good people” who “fight our wars.” These are the Real Americans, Sarah tells us. Real Americans know that … Continue reading

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