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Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
Here's a fact that even drug policy reform advocates can acknowledge: California's 2010 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana does, indeed, pose a real threat, as conservative culture warriors insist. But not to public health, as those conservatives claim. According to most physicians, pot is less toxic...
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Friday, Sept. 17, 2010
A week removed from the ninth anniversary of 9/11, after all the sound and fury has temporarily subsided, we can look back and know that we have just witnessed the realization of historian Daniel J. Boorstin's most renowned prophecy. In his 1961 classic, "The Image," Boorstin...
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Friday, Aug. 6, 2010
One thing you can confidently say about 21st-century America is this: Our icons of seemingly frivolous spectacle often embody deeply significant and disturbing truths. What was Balloon Boy but a deadly serious commentary on national gullibility and misplaced priorities? What was Joe the Plumber but a...
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Friday, July 30, 2010
For all of its "Matrix"-like convolutions and "Alice in Wonderland" allusions, the new film "Inception" adds something significant to the ancient ruminations about reality's authenticity—something profoundly relevant to this epoch of confusion. In the movie's tale of corporate espionage, we are asked to ponder...
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Friday, July 9, 2010
As the planet's economy keeps stumbling, the phrase "worst recession since the Great Depression" has become the new "global war on terror"—a term whose overuse has rendered it both meaningless and acronym-worthy. And just like that previously ubiquitous phrase, references to the WRSTGD are almost...
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Friday, June 25, 2010
The last time America found itself in a budget debate pitting domestic priorities against war expenditures, Richard Nixon was in the White House and David Obey was the youngest member of Congress—an antiwar liberal whose insurgent campaign unexpectedly vaulted him into...
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Friday, May 14, 2010
Imagine, if you can, an alternate universe. Imagine that in this alternate universe, a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using on-board missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors. Now imagine that when you read the newspaper about this ongoing bloodbath, you learn that the foreign...
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Friday, May 7, 2010
For most of us, conjuring concise and cogent catchphrases is nearly impossible. In fact, the skill can seem like the black magic of mystical mad men. During the 1960s, the most...

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