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Google Versus The Pope

In recent weeks, with the world’s eyes fixed on the deteriorating health of an ailing Pope, Google quietly offered users a God’s-eye view of Earth via its newest innovation–satellite imaging. The feature augments Google’s widely lauded mapping service. Detailed digital photographs allow users to scope out millions of locations around North America. The images give […]

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Sex, the Suburbs, and What Housewives Are Desperate For

Breaking every viewer record and emerging as the #1 primetime TV sensation, ABC’s Desperate Housewives has been called the Sex and the City of the suburbs. Writer Marc Cherry told The Age that “Desperate Housewives is a kind of skewed homage to suburban life,” and that he “found inspiration in everything from the later episodes […]

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The Real Purpose-Driven Life

Last March in Atlanta, suspected rapist Brian Nichols overpowered a deputy and stormed a courthouse, eventually shooting four people. Nichols then fled the scene and hid in the apartment of a woman he had taken hostage. The next day, the killer–his location unknown to police–voluntarily freed the woman and peacefully surrendered. Many Americans found themselves […]

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The Pharmaceutical Industry: In the Business of Saving Your Life

The way the media would have you see it, the pharmaceutical industry is made up of a bunch of greedy businesses trying to make a buck off of you and your ailing family members’ illnesses. And the truth is that they are trying to make a buck, but only by curing your sickness. Critics allege […]

The Wild West

I want to elaborate some on a point I made to introduce my editorial: that there is no general cultural awareness, in intellectual circles or in the media, of the incredible technological advancement going on. I’m thinking specifically of the computer industry. Because of my day job, I follow technology news pretty closely, but I’m […]

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The FDA: Corporate Stooge or Coercive Stodge?

In 1906, Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle, the Food and Drug Act was passed, and the FDA was born. Founded on the premise that consumers can’t distinguish between a bottle of cough medicine and poison–or between a scientific drug study and an advertisement for a miracle cure–the Food and Drug Administration was meant to protect […]

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“Buy American” is UN-American

According to a recent poll, 80% of Americans think it their patriotic duty to give preference to American-made products. But “Buy American” is wholly un-American in both its economics and its philosophy. America’s distinction among all the nations of the world is that it enshrined political and economic freedom. Although we have departed greatly from […]

Reshaping Nature

Every week there are technological breakthroughs and innovations in crucial fields of production, such as computers and medicine. But you’d never know it reading the headlines of most major news outlets. Even where productiveness is covered to some extent, for example, in technology news, new products and innovations are taken for granted as the given. […]

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The Liberal Slant on the Liberal War

Any American who has glanced at a newspaper in the past two years knows that the liberals are unhappy about George W. Bush’s war in Iraq. Editorials continue to cite our failure to discover weapons of mass destruction, as well as the greater hostility and more advanced nuclear capabilities of Iran and North Korea, as […]

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The Appeal of Ayn Rand

February 2nd marked the hundredth anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most controversial and inspiring writers, Ayn Rand. She continues to be wildly popular among the young: some 14,000 high school students per year submit entries to essay contests on her novels and, in the past two years alone, high school teachers have […]

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