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Obsession With Stupid "Feel Good" Ideas

A medical dictionary defines obsession as a “persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling.”

And that is exactly how people are about “feel good” ideas. 96 more words

COMMENTARY

Andrew Cockburn: The Kingpin Strategy -- Assassination as Policy in Washington and How It Failed, 1990-2015

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. 3,069 more words

Opinion Leaders

What are those nursery rhymes really about?

Nursery ryhmes aren’t always what you think they’re about.

Murder, torture, mass death by plague…not exactly the stuff of children’s literature, right? Actually, if you read the rhymes of Mother Goose, it is.

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Writing

Rights, Rights, Rights

Everybody screams about their rights.

What about the rights of others?

What about their responsibilities?

People keep coming with new rights; made up rights… 86 more words

COMMENTARY

Paul Christensen: The Dark Side of Prose

I’ve been thinking about newspapers lately, and their most recent avatar, TV news, both the network and the cable kind. What intrigues me most about this use of prose is that it mainly dwells on catastrophes, setbacks, misfortune and misery. 1,074 more words

Social Justice

Marc Jampole: Mass incarceration one arrest at a time

We should end mass incarceration laws and spend the savings on education and social welfare programs.

In some ways, the term “mass incarceration” is a misnomer. 1,269 more words

Social Justice

brady-gate

Everyone knows tommy brady is a cheater.

Few will admit it.

No one cares.

Morality does not matter.

Neither does honesty or any other good character trait. 126 more words

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