NSA Inevitability and what Ted Kennedy Knew! – UPDATE

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“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ― George Orwell, 1984Just some stuff to think about as we digest all of this breaking news about what the government knows and when it knows it, how it gets it and where it stores it. And how ubiquitous is the case (tracking credit cards, too?).Do people fear the wheels are coming off the trolley? Is this fear widespread? A few weeks ago I was reading Christopher Lawford's lovely, candid and a … [Read more...]

Predicting the Pope: the ultimate sucker’s bet – UPDATED

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“I call as my witness Christ the Lord who will be my judge, that my vote is given to the one who before God I think should be elected.”That is what each Cardinal Elector will say each time he approaches the altar to deliver his vote for the next pope.Pretty grave stuff, right there; I would bet that each time he repeats that sentence -- on top of all the prefacing vows and promises -- the weight of it is felt a bit more deeply.Imagine being surrounded on all sides by Mic … [Read more...]

Our Future Will be Hunger Games USA

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The nation is already accustomed to watching "reality shows" where ordinary folk -- their foibles and failures -- are served up as entertainment. And we're already comfortable with an idea of separate standards for the elite folk who fly private jets to global warming conferences and the rest of us, who are meant to stay home and hang out the wash.So, these two headlines crawling across my twitter timeline, one right behind the other, did not surprise me at all:1) Most Literate City is … [Read more...]


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