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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 26 2012

France moves to further limit rights

Jonathan Turley points to disturbing trends in France to steadily limit speech, ranging from bans on blasphemy, hate speech, and ‘anti-historical’ speech to the latest proposal by president Sarkozy (in the wake of the recent killings by a Muslim extremist) that will enable the jailing of anyone who ‘repeatedly’ visits extremist websites. This seems to …

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Mar 26 2012

Will decline of employer-based health insurance lead to a single payer system?

Beginning today and spread over the next three days, the US Supreme Court will take the extraordinary step of scheduling six hours of oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. In my series of posts on health care, I have said that I am in favor of the single-payer system and have …

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Mar 25 2012

Brace yourself

As the election season progresses, Tom Tomorrow alerts us to expect this this kind of news coverage.

Mar 25 2012

Reason Rally report

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I attended a portion of the Reason Rally yesterday in Washington DC. It drizzled or rained gently most of the time, which cast a bit of a damper on the proceedings but people were in good spirits. The crowd that attended should dispel the notion that the nonbelievers movement consist of old, white guys. It …

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Mar 25 2012

The power of the internet

I have said before that the internet has created a means by which the previously voiceless can now have a large megaphone simply by virtue of the collective action of the many. We saw how the mighty Rush Limbaugh had to issue an apology to a mere student because of the wrath unleashed upon him …

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Mar 24 2012

The 2012 election dilemma

Andy Borowitz points out how a presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is going to pose an agonizing problem for bigots., saying “Across the U.S., voters who describe themselves as bigots are complaining that a first-ever matchup between a Black man and a Mormon, while historic, is forcing them to ask a difficult …

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Mar 24 2012

The US version of the welcome mat

Most Americans are not aware that visitors to the US are subjected to questioning whose intrusiveness is exceeded only by its absurdity. It comes mainly in the form of an online form called the Electronic System for Travel Authorization that you must fill before you travel. An airline pilot has written an article titled How …

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Mar 23 2012

The curious situation of Muslim Republicans

It is a puzzle why people would want to join organizations that seem to actively work against their interests. Jason Jones of The Daily Show explores the weird logic used by those Muslims who want to join the Republican party and by the Republicans who are trying to keep them out.

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Mar 23 2012

World Bank maneuverings

There is a job opening to head the World Bank and there have been some interesting maneuverings to fill it. Ever since its creation in 1944, the job has gone to an American while the corresponding position at the sister institution the International Monetary Fund has gone to a European. While the decision is ostensibly …

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Mar 23 2012

Reason Rally to be a ‘Woodstock for atheists’

I will be attending part of the Reason Rally on the National Mall in Washington DC tomorrow and so blogging will be light over the weekend. The national media have started covering the event. (See here and here and here.)

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