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We rebel by being unable to hear and see. We cannot see our real condition. We cannot hear the truth....
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The Italian press has placed an interesting interpretation on Pope Francis’ Friday comments on the clergy abuse. It reports that in the pope’s mind clergy abuse of children is tied to the “abomination” of abortion. Look for this theme in the Anglo-American press and tell me if you can find it? I can’t. On April...
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Garbage In, Garbage Out.

This well-worn phrase describes how feeding flawed data into a computer guarantees that it will spit out flawed results.

It applies equally to human endeavors: if you attempt to answer a question using bad data, your answer will be wrong, no matter how rigorous your analysis.

That’s why the ability to separate important i

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The crisis in Ukraine is taking some interesting twists and turns. After the interim government in Kiev launched what it called “anti-terrorist” operations in East Ukraine to force out pro-Russian demonstrators, Russian President Vladimir Putin has labeled the moves...
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Income inequality will continue to rise unless we close the performance pay loophole and curb the growth of executive compensation. For more, see "Fixing a Hole: How the Tax Code for Executive Pay Distorts Economic Incentives and Burdens Taxpayers," by Susan Holmberg and Lydia Austin.

It’s proxy season again, and we will soon be deluged with news p

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WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, senior defense officials said Wednesday....
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A man who said that he "couldn't give a flying fig about the Heartbleed thingamajig" and publicly revealed his passwords has had several of his online accounts hacked...
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The essence of crony-capitalism is the merger of state and corporate power--the definition of fascism.

When it comes to the real world, the difference between fascism, communism and crony-capitalism is semantic.  Let's start with everyone's favorite hot-word, fascism, which Italian dictator Benito Mussolini defined as  "the merger of...
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In 1969, Playboy published a long, freewheeling interview with Marshall McLuhan[1] in which the media theorist and sixties icon sketched a portrait of the future that was at once seductive and repellent. Noting the ability of digital computers to analyze data and communicate messages, he

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