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Is No Bail Noble?

No Bail in California
You get arrested for a crime and if you can pay a certain amount of money they will let you go free until your trial. That money is known as "bail". Obviously, if you don't have the money you stay in jail until your trial. This means that you can't work during that time, will likely be fired for not showing up, and therefore have no way of ever getting that money. In California they see this as an...
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Kids Given Assignment, Parents Mad – Should they Be?

Who to take thumbnail
Depending on the age group, the class, and how this was presented I don't really have a problem with this assignment. In this case it was a middle school. If it were the older kids, getting ready to go into high school this kind of critical thinking could be good for them. The one issue I really have with the assignment is that it doesn't provide enough information. For example one of the people ...
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Pride and Kisses

kisses for rent
I'm not quite sure what to make of this article. The author tells the story of when she was abroad teaching English. She couldn't make the rent and each month the landlord's boyfriend would come around and give her the extra cash in exchange for being allowed to make out with her. No sex, but lots of kisses and probing tongues. "I never took my clothes off, never touched him with my hands. He w...
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Some Thoughts about Truth

The truth is like a lion
We are locked in an ancient war. The war between force and liberty. Rather than face the fear that comes with liberty, rather than put in the work that is required to be free with responsibly, one side of that war writes a play in which each person has their part written for them. Actors who refuse the role or try to ad lib don't get to quit the play, they get forced into performing. The actors o...
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The Relationship Between People & Ideas

Hear no Oscar, See no Oscar, Speak no Oscar
This starts out as one more comment on James Gunn but it's not about him. He's just the starting point. I've said before that I feel it's up to Disney to fire him. I've said that I do understand why they would. I've also said that what we make of all this is really a matter of who we believe. What I haven't said is how I would feel if Disney hired him back. Before I get to that I will say that I'm...
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The Poor Don’t Deserve Anything

Socialism chokes liberty
“The only chance we have to restore this country, that is peaceful, is this convention,” said Jim Moyer, a Convention of States supporter." The convention he's talking about is a constitutional convention aimed at changing the US Constitution to prevent the country from becoming socialist in nature. To platypus like me that sounds reasonable. It sounds reasonable that we wouldn't want to take away...
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We Must Be Allowed To Mock Religion 

IKEAFIX
It's pleasant to hear reasoned commentary in the face of what I consider faux outrage. In this case we're back to the UK where free speech doesn't exist. I say that because you can literally go to jail for saying offensive things. The reasoned commentary comes from Rowan Atkinson of Mr. Bean and Black Adder fame. He says a couple of things I enjoyed hearing. A politician in the UK said that women ...
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Terrorists Training in New Mexico?

You might be excused for thinking this photo is a photo of evil Santa from the hood. The hat and beard aside, this isn't evil Santa but rather a different kind of evil. This is Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as "The Blind Sheihk" in the US. He was a convicted terrorist who died in prison at the start of last year. I bring this up because of a case currently in the news.   Siraj Ib...
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Being Poor – If You Want

Coal Miner
The linked article is an interesting read. It's also a bit schizophrenic. On the one hand it seems to decry government as the problem, and on the other it seems to suggest a more socialistic government would solve it. I don't know if that's because I'm reading too much between the lines or because the author of the piece doesn't equate socialism with tyrant the way I do. I make that connection bec...
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Sarah Jeong & James Gunn: Guilty or Innocent?

I am sure by now you have heard of Sarah Jeong but more than likely you never knew she existed just a short time ago. She's a journalist hired by the New York Times and she's under fire for racist tweets. The New York Times isn't going to fire her though because she says the tweets do not express her actual beliefs but were sent in response to real racial tweets, sort of a fight fire with fire kin...
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Young people need a rite of passage

Wrong challenge
As you can see by the photo this young man has suffered burns. His name is Kyland Clark and he's 15 years old. What you can't tell from the photo is that it was his friend who caused the burns. It was done as part of the newest "challenge". For those of you who aren't aware a "challenge" on the Internet is nothing new. Some of them are harmless, like the ice bucket challenge which is simply to ...
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Freedom of Association and Segregation – A Nightmare of Freedom?

Colored Only NO Whites Allowed
Whenever I point out things companies do I usually preface it with "they have a right to because it's a private company". I don't say this as a means to excuse what they have done. In fact, I get frustrated when people brush off the actions by saying that. Just because it's a private company and they have the right to do something doesn't meant it's a good idea and it doesn't mean we have to like ...
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The Spirit of Value

Value
Value is something people probably don't think about too often even though they are faced with it every single day. As a matter of fact, value is the primary behavioral motivator of human beings. We do what we do based on what we value. There are many theories of value. For example the rather Marxist theory of value as a product of labor. How much work goes into a product determines its value. ...
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