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Brickbat: Ewwwww

An Ontario high school teacher is under investigation after allegedly telling a student to “lick me where I fart.” Jennifer Elizabeth Green-Johnson reportedly has a history of disciplinary actions taken against her by the local school system a…

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Protecting what’s ours

With all the talk about hackers hacking the National Security Agency’s hacking division, it’s a good time to reflect upon the other aspects of privacy — by which I mean protecting our privacy as individuals, corporations and governments. There’s a lot happening in this space; and regardless of your feelings on the matter, the fact is it’s part of our reality.

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The Greatest Depression

Our economic system is simply a confidence game. Our credit-based monetary system requires confidence to remain in a positive mode. Confidence is a perception of reality no matter what reality actually is. When money is credit, it is 100 percent confidence. Confidence in government is at an all-time low.

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The Haunted House That Guns Built: New at Reason

In the latest issue of Reason magazine, Trevor Burrus reviews The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture by Pamela Haag:

In The Gunning of America, her contentious and aggravating but still ultimately interesting book, the Yale-educated historian traces the stories of American “gun capitalists,” most prominently the Winchester family, and the businesses they built. “We hear a great deal about gun owners, but what do we know about their makers?” she asks. Haag tells Sarah’s story because “Oliver Winchester produced the rifles that contributed to many a gun legend; and, through her creation, Sarah became a counter-legend to the gun legends.…Oliver’s mad ambition and Sarah’s mad conscience belong to the same story and culture.”

More bluntly, she tells the legend because it fits her narrative. Haag believes that companies like Winchester did not merely manufacture guns but manufactured the demand for them; if this created a crisis of conscience for Sarah, Haag feels, so should it now for the nation.

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