Chicken Soup For The Argumentative

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Friday Night Jukebox: Muse

In the past few months, I haven’t been writing nearly as much as I would like. There are a number of reasons for this, but sometimes it just comes down to writer’s block. Recently,...

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How Much Liberty Is Too Much?

Edited add: gCaptain has another great post about the testimony at the Bounty hearing. This passage jumps out: When she wasn’t at the pier – because she didn’t carry passengers for hire – Bounty...

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A Catechism of War

Are we at war? Yes. We are at war. Who is our enemy? Al Qaeda is our enemy. Is al Qaeda a nation-state? No, they are not. What is al Qaeda? Experts have described...

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Teaching Social Norms, Part 3

This is the third in a series of posts where I will explore the interesting phenomenon that is teaching social norms.  As an early childhood educator, I am tasked with far more than teaching...

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Friday Jukebox: Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman”

There’s too much to say. I’m gonna have to bullet point this: -This is Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman.” It is the greatest song ever recorded. -I know, I know – “Aren’t you the relativist around...

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Valve on Linux

Valve Corporation, a video game maker based in Bellevue Washington, has rejected Windows 8 and is now promoting Ubuntu Linux. It will come as no news to most of the League, but Valve Corporation...

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Comment Rescue: Day of One Billion Rising

Zic reminds us quite eloquently: Today is Valentine’s Day. The day of love. And the Day of One Billion Rising. Women around the world demonstrating to end the violence against women. I’ve said it...

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Damning Testimony at the Bounty Hearing

The sea doesn’t care what you meant to do. It doesn’t ask what the reason was, let alone whether your reason rises to the level of an excuse. The sea doesn’t judge. The sea...

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Dissection

The always-excellent Janet Stemwedel (aka Dr. Free-Ride) dissects a case of professional ethics failure.  A snippet:

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Ineffectual Scolding To Follow

Let’s say you live in a remote rural settlement, far away from any outside help. There is no organized police force, although there are some respected folks about town who occasionally contact each other...

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I don’t know if Jesus wept…

…but I sure wanted to after reading about Barbara Cargill’s confirmation hearing to chair the Texas State Board of Education. When Cargill (a brief primer) appears to be flummoxed by the utter inanity of...

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A House is a Grave: Sahel situation analysis.

A man lives in his wife’s tent: a house is a grave. -Tuareg proverb Précis: as the first phase of the Mali conflict winds down, we see a partial recapitulation of other guerrilla wars...