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Argument From Oliver Wendell Authority

“Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court, 1927

So said the long-serving, widely respected Supreme Court justice. Can’t you just hear that basso profundo. Cast James Earl Jones for the reenactment. Cast Morgan Freeman.

“It would be strange if it could not call upon those who [...]

What Should We Do About Animal Testing Of Cosmetics?

Puppies are cute.

Women who wear cosmetics are cute.

Who is more cute?

U.S. Representative James Moran made his choice yesterday when he introduced H.R. 4148, a bill that would gradually end the testing of cosmetics products on animals.

Moran says puppies are more cute. Do you agree with his choice?

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What The Ukraine?

This weekend’s big story has been the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. (What’s up with the muted reaction to the Optic Nerve story?)

It’s a complex situation, but I find that I just can’t move beyond the dread that the United States and Russia could be moving toward a new Cold War.

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How Can I Curate Content That Isn’t Common?

About a year ago, I joined Scoop.it, a web site that promised to curate for me – to pull information relevant to the topics I’m interested in from all over the Internet. It was a swell idea, except that Scoop.it doesn’t seem able to actually find that information for me.

If I was interested in [...]

What Makes An Olympic Win Historic?

Today, CNN reported on an American medal victory in the Sochi Olympics with the headline: “Sochi 2014: US duo Davis and White skate to historic gold”

Historic gold? What history was made?

Charlie White and Meryl Davis were the first Americans to ever win a gold medal in the ice dancing competition.

If [...]

How Should We Respond To GOP In-Fighting?

Elements of the Tea Party seem to be taking aim at Speaker of the House John Boehner. They’re using their independent expenditure mystery money to purchase advertisements criticizing Boehner for moving away from the far-right fringe.

What’s the best liberal response to this?

Ignore it and let the elephants gore each other as much as [...]

The Politics Of Horned Sea Creatures In The Workplace

Quora is a social media site that’s organized around questions and answers. Members ask each other about things they want to know, and provide insight where they can. Questions range from the professionally practical to the abstractly philosophical.

And then there’s this one, posed by an anonymous user: What kinds of issues could arise from [...]

It Was So Cold…

It was so cold this morning that my thumb froze, instantly stuck onto the plastic handle of my snow shovel. I know, I should have worn gloves.

How cold is it where you are?

What Would it Take For You to Receive Jesus as Savior?

Go ahead, answer the question. What would it take?

Education With Another Organ

I prefer education that works with my liver.

What organ do you think children should be learning with?

Catching Fire

Are they making fireproof children and pets these days?