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A New Consciousness

An idea cannot be named before it has been thought. A social movement cannot be identified until it has started to arise. There is a new consciousness in the world that as yet has no name. It says we are

Authoritarianism

I’ve just finished reading “The Authoritarians” by Robert Altemeyer of the University of Manitoba. He has spent a lifetime researching authoritarian personalities, of which he finds two types. I want to emphasize that his work is evidence-driven, based on a number

Paul Ryan is Tarnishing Quickly

Paul Ryan’s squeaky-clean image as a fiscal conservative is not holding up very well: He voted for the bills that created the massive deficits. The 2001 Bush Tax Cuts The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts  Medicare Part D (the prescription benefit)

Guess what 30% of Republicans Believe?

…that Obama is a Muslim. Sigh. The Pew Forum.

The Cost of Patent Trolls

A paper by two Boston University researchers puts the annual cost of patent trolls at $29Bn.

Political Protest Now Banned in America

OK, there is no Federal legislation banning it, but the de facto situation is pretty close. Salon reports that for the G20 summit, Chicago police will be deploying a sound cannon, causing anyone within 100m of the device’s directed sound

Variability in Hospital Pricing

I’m a week late with this, but the NYTimes ran a breath-taking article on variability in hospital pricing, showing that the cost of operations varied tremendously, e.g. an appendectomy ranged from $1,500 to $182,955.

Us and Them

After the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband (NYTimes), Slate

Newsflash: There are Only 7 Terrorists in the Entire World

“We can reduce the size of the haystack when we are looking for that one-in-a-billion terrorist,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole.

The Internet Will Enable World Peace

In today’s world, knowledge of others is greatly expanding because of video, social media and the Internet. When people around the world connect, see each other and communicate, they can identify with and recognize the humanity in strangers everywhere. This

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