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Corporations make illegal drugs legal

October 16, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Corporations make illegal drugs legal

Well, not exactly, but the big picture is a disturbing one from the perspective of the millions of people criminally prosecuted every year for seeking to self-medicate using street drugs .  If all of those mind altering street drugs are really “bad,” then they should stay illegal. But maybe it’s not so bad to feel good as long […]

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Gross parents enter their girls in gross “beauty” contest

October 13, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Gross parents enter their girls in gross “beauty” contest

There’s really little more that I can add to this clip, other than refer you to this post.  Here’s the video.

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Valuing modern art

October 7, 2007 | By | 14 Replies More
Valuing modern art

I know that I’m going to get into some trouble with some people as a result of this post. Yesterday, my family visited an art fair where more than 100 artists displayed a wide variety of art.   One of the artists, an adult man, offered the following abstract paintings: The painting on the left was offered […]

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My (belated) introduction to the world of iPod

October 5, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
My (belated) introduction to the world of iPod

Last week, a dear friend asked me if I had an iPod.  I told her I did not.  She knows that I like to listen to lectures and interviews and so does she.  She told me that numerous interviews can be downloaded for free through Apple’s iTunes site. She gave me a tour of the […]

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It’s time for men to liberate themselves by burning their ties.

September 25, 2007 | By | 9 Replies More
It’s time for men to liberate themselves by burning their ties.

It’s way past time for this mass protest.  Let’s set the scene at a large prominent public space such as the Washington, DC Mall.  Let’s gather five million white-collar workers and professionals and invite them to throw their neckties into a huge bonfire to demonstrate that they’re not willing to take it anymore.  And why […]

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Should young children watch television?

September 15, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Should young children watch television?

Here’s an interview with journalist Lisa Guernsey, the author of a new book on this multi-faceted topic of television and young children.  Her book is titled Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children from Birth to Age Five. Guernsey was asked about Baby Einstein (I previously discussed this product at DI here), among many other television […]

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Bin Laden’s Feudal Ambition

September 13, 2007 | By | Reply More
Bin Laden’s Feudal Ambition

In Osama Bin Laden’s latest screed, one of the things he exhorts people to do is give up interest. The charging and paying of interest is forbidden in strict Islam. Known as riba (increase), it was the subject of some of Mohammed’s most vehement condemnations. One can see why with only a cursory look at […]

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The Joy of Taco Bell

September 4, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
The Joy of Taco Bell

This paean to Taco Bell, from Mark Dery of Salon.com: No matter how sophisticated my palette has grown, nor how politicized it has become, I still feel a nostalgic fondness for Taco Bell tacos, triggered by sense memories of that first bite, when the shell would disintegrate into a heap of tortilla shards and meat […]

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Make money by commuting on your bicycle

August 31, 2007 | By | 28 Replies More
Make money by commuting on your bicycle

There are lots of reasons for you to be commuting by bicycle, but many of you who could cycle to work are still burning expensive gasoline to get there.  What’s it going to take to get you out of that expensive car and onto a high-precision, environment-friendly, health-enhancing bicycle?  How about some money?  Not just […]

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