Archive for January 15th, 2012

Imagine a family running its budget like the federal government

| January 15, 2012 | Reply
Imagine a family running its budget like the federal government

What good can one say about a family that, year after year, pays for 43% of its budget with borrowed money? Here’s a simple and shocking way of comparing the federal budget with a family budget. Many more facts and figures about the United States debt here.

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Why our electronic gadgets are so cheap.

| January 15, 2012 | Reply
Why our electronic gadgets are so cheap.

Have you ever wondered how it is that our electronic gadgets, including iPhones are so cheap? According to Business Insider, it’s because “they are built using labor practices that would be illegal in this country — because people in this country consider those practices grossly unfair.” This story includes many details regarding the working conditions of the Chinese workers who make many of the gadgets that Americans consume.

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On respecting dead enemy soldiers

| January 15, 2012 | 1 Reply
On respecting dead enemy soldiers

At the Washington Post, Sebastian Junger points out the contradiction made salient by the news that American Marines urinated on several dead Taliban fighters:

For the past 10 years, American children have absorbed these moral contradictions, and now they are fighting our wars. The video doesn’t surprise me, but it makes me incredibly sad — not just for them, but also for us. We may prosecute these men for desecrating the dead while maintaining that it is okay to torture the living. I hope someone else knows how to explain that to our soldiers, because I don’t have the faintest idea.

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