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Fair Tax or Flat Tax?

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11 months ago

American public discourse, particularly on the Internet, includes a reliable population that is perpetually honked off, offended, and eager to unleash the awesome power of ALL CAPS against any idea, no matter how commonsensical.     But for all the hullabaloo around the IRS of late, with ...

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Absence of Ownership

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11 months ago

We have a problem with absentee owners. Remember several years ago when, under the Clinton Administration, there was pressure on absentee fathers to bear responsibility for caring for their children? We have the same problem with corporations. But in this case there are no parents at all. No ...

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Time to End Eyewitness Testimony?

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11 months ago

This article originally appeared in the Newton blog on RealClearScience. You can read the original here The courtroom is hushed. A teenage boy has been slain, riddled with bullets during a drive-by shooting, and there, on the witness stand, is his crying mother. She's understandably weeping ...

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10 Steps to Attract the Life You Want

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12 months ago

Life didn't come with a guidebook! We write it as we go along, and sometimes we fudge it! The more guidelines and wisdom we have, the better we can navigate through the field of material reality to manifest the life of our dreams. For most, many things don't come easily, and some things seem ...

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Butterfly Fly Again!

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12 months ago

Your universe crashes. The world you had constructed in your mind falls like a tower collapsing into the dust of fallen dreams.  Like thunder in the heart, everything seems like it's capitulated - nothing makes sense in your life any more. A crisis? When an unexpected stressful event happens ...

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The Venutian Dinosaur Fallacy

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12 months ago

This post originally appeared on the Newton blog on RealClearScience. Read the original here. Venus has always captured the attention of humanity. Of all the objects that adorn our night sky, it's the brightest, excluding the Moon. Peering through his telescope in the early 17th century ...

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Treating ADHD, Naturally

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12 months ago

A study conducted by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention revealed that in 2011, 6.4 million children within the ages of 4-17 had been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. More often than not, doctors prescribe psychotropic drugs, such as Ritalin or Adderall, to combat the ...