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Blog post by AllenN
There is an old tale of a farmer who finds a half-frozen snake in the field and takes pity on the poor, nearly dead creature. To warm it up, he puts it inside his shirt. When the snake revives it bites the farmer on the chest. The farmer is now...
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Blog post by AllenN
Journalism has taken several big hits over the last ten or so years, but none bigger than the seismic shift from being impartial observers to being filters that try to shape the outcomes rather than report on them. This might make sense to...
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Blog post by AllenN
Today's Wall Street Journal has an article on Hillary Clinton's shift from trying to reduce public college costs to free public college education (or debt-free public college education) for all students except those from rich families. This shift in...
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The Boston Globe updated its online story about the Mass. State Lottery which detailed how the Lottery misled gamblers by overstating the odds of winning with a quote from Allen Nitschelm, Acton Forum publisher, and printed a correction in their...
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Blog post by AllenN
Yes, it's that time of the month...time for another Star Trek reference. It has been too long, hasn't it? And today's article is about the improbable rise of The Donald and what the Republican establishment did wrong to enable this outcome. And, of...
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The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported today that negative interest rates seemed to be depressing spending and increasing savings in countries that adopted them, contrary to what economists had predicted. Consumers seem to view negative interest...
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Blog post by AllenN
When did "discrimination" become such a dirty word? The word discriminate has several positive meanings in addition to the most-well-known negative one. Someone who is picky and looking for the best quality can discriminate between the available...
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Blog post by AllenN
Yesterday, President Obama answered a question about Donald Trump at a news conference, declaring the Republican nominee unfit for presidential office. Here's what he should have said instead: After serious reflection, I have decided to make my...
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Blog post by AllenN
I didn't watch too much of the Democrat National Convention (DNC) but I've heard of the speech given by the Muslim father of the dead U.S. soldier, and have since watched the speech on YouTube. It is six minutes long and is available here: https://m...
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Blog post by AllenN
The Democrat nominees, the Shemailer and Kaine, are going to continue and extend the socialist policies enacted by our current President. This would be an economic mistake as capitalism is what has made this country strong, and socialism will make...
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