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School Me In Scottish independence

In a little bit more than a day from now, Scotland will vote about whether to become a country independent from the United Kingdom. I have no earthly clue why this matters.

I am an American completely unschooled in the injustices between the British nations.

What is there, besides independence itself, that the Scots wish [...]

Conformity and Obedience are Not the Only Options

Conservative religious radio show host Michael L. Brown imagines a battle between two sides and declares his allegiance:

Brown asserts that a person must choose between obedience to a real or imagined authority and conformity to the ways of the majority. But are those really the only ethical options available? I don’t think so. [...]

Can Unity Among Political Independents Be Genuine?

The United Independent Party is being established in Massachusetts, but nowhere else. So, all of you Americans who live in other parts of the country aren’t being invited to join the unity. [...]

What Kind of Independence Drives the Independence Party of New York?

These last few days I’ve been making preparations to review a book written by a longtime leader of the Independence Party of New York. I’ve heard some funny things about the Independence Party of New York, mostly alleging some form of “cultish” behavior. I don’t like “cult” accusations very much, considering that most of the [...]

Confirmed: While Douglas Schoen Adopted Pose of Discovering Americans Elect, he was Working for It

Before this morning, it was already known that pollster and pundit Douglas Schoen had been writing for months (12/31/10, 4/7/11, 6/8/11, 8/25/11) about the need for an alternative to the two major political parties and, eventually, about his discovery of “evidence” for a groundswell of “discontent coursing through the electorate” in the formation of a [...]

Why Americans Elect Must Fully Disclose its Funders: It’s Who Counts the Votes

Americans Elect is a Chapter 501c4 corporation which is also registered as a political party in multiple states and attempting to gain ballot access for in all fifty. The corporation/political party’s goal, through as-yet unspecified means, is to arrange the election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. I’ve [...]

Bradford Braley’s Nonsense Prayer

What kind of independence and personal freedom places the common good above all personal desires? [...]

Let Experience Be Your Guru

Listen to others, by all means, but test every assertion made by leaders, and if their assertions don’t match reality, don’t follow the paths they have cleared. Let experience be your guru. [...]

Press Release Reporting: How Should the New York Times Conduct Technology Journalism?

In the past year or so, I’ve written two posts strongly critical of the New York Times’ technology reporting. The two articles about which I wrote, both by Stephen C. Williams (5/1/2008 and 10/20/2009), included images taken directly from Apple and Motorola corporate press kits and presented no “facts” about the products beyond those offered [...]

Finally, Some Independent Justice on Torture

For years, it hasn’t mattered one bit that federal law outlaws torture of exactly the sort carried out by the Bush administration. It hasn’t mattered because impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors has been “taken off the table” by timid Congressional leaders. It hasn’t mattered because the Department of Justice under George W. Bush was [...]