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Henry Rollins: America the Selfish

Henry_r_hope
almost 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea?  The writing’s on the wall. The 2012 presidential race is shaping up to be a truly dispiriting, lackluster slog. Herman Cain and Rick Perry keep making news for all the wrong reasons. Like the “Red Shirts” in a Star Trek landing party, they’re both conspicuously doomed ...

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How Much Money Is Enough?

Free_money
almost 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Last year, President Obama found himself on the receiving end of much indignation for saying in a speech in Quincy, Illinois, "I do think at a certain point, you've made enough money." It was the equivocal statement heard round the world - rarely has such weak language ...

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No Taxation Means No Representation

Factory_girl
almost 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea?  Sophal Ear has devoted his life to the economic and social well being of developing countries like his native Cambodia. Having escaped the Khmer Rouge as a small child disguised (by his resourceful mother) as a Vietnamese expat, he’s driven by the memory of 1.7 million of ...

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Consciousness: The Black Hole of Neuroscience

Consciousness
almost 3 years ago

 What's the Big Idea? “By the word ‘thought’ (‘pensée’) I understand all that of which we are conscious as operating in us.” –Renee Descartes The simplest description of a black hole is a region of space-time from which no light is reflected and nothing escapes. The simplest ...

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Dining Out, Caveman-Style

Caveman_steak
almost 3 years ago

The paleolithic diet movement is starting to take hold in Europe, as the first restaurant serving food fit for a caveman opened in Berlin. The restaurant, a former brothel called Sauvage Berlin, only offers food that was available over ten thousand years ago, before the age of agriculture. That ...