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What I Learned from Jean-Luc Picard

Written by Gary North on June 30, 2014

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I don’t think dramas initiate social change, but they certainly reinforce it. The only work of fiction that I can think of in American history that visibly changed society was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. But it was a literary adaptation of an idea that was spreading rapidly: abolitionism. It reinforced an existing […]

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Veterans Administration: News Cycle vs. Spin Cycle

Written by Gary North on May 23, 2014

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How could anyone have known that the Veterans Administration’s health care delivery system is a catastrophe? Easy. By reading Nobel Prize-winning Keynesian economist Paul Krugman in 2011, and then taking the opposite position. What Mr. Romney and everyone else should know is that the V.H.A. is a huge policy success story, which offers important lessons […]

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High Fidelity Systems and Low Fidelity Ears

Written by Gary North on May 8, 2014

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By the time you can afford Krell speakers, you’ll have AM radio ears. This is the grim reality of high fidelity. It’s a race against declining high-frequency hearing. Here is a very depressing pair of charts. Look at frequency perception at older ages. Here is an unbreakable rule: Do not pay more for any component […]

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Will Facebook Bring Down the Government?

Written by Gary North on April 26, 2014

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I am going to ask a rhetorical question. When was the last time you saw a positive political cartoon for Obama? It is not just Obama’s problem. How many positive cartoons did you see for George W. Bush after 2003? For that matter, how many positive cartoons did you see for Bill Clinton? How many […]

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Reporter Pushes Asks For One Accomplishment From Clinton and Gets Nothing

Posted on April 23, 2014

Reporter Pushes Asks For One Accomplishment From Clinton and Gets Nothing

When pressed by Associated Press reporter Matt Lee at a Tuesday press conference, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was unable to name a single “tangible achievement” from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. In 2009, Clinton announced the State Department would begin conducting routine performance reviews in the QDDR. The […]

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General Mills Eats Some Humble Pie

Posted on April 21, 2014

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General Mills, maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Pillsbury food products, is asking customers for forgiveness, but any appeasement may not come as quickly as the company might hope for. The public apology came in a company blog post published on Saturday and penned by spokeswoman Kirstie Foster, after a New York Times article on April […]

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Drudge Has Twitter Exchange With White House Aide Over Obamacare

Posted on March 22, 2014

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A White House aide set off a stampede of liberal media criticism for Internet news pioneer Matt Drudge over Obamacare – but his critics don’t seem to understand how small businesses pay taxes. The brouhaha started when Drudge tweeted: Jesse Lee, the Director of Progressive Media at Barack Obama’s White House, responded that that was […]

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Of Course the Government Is Lying About 9-11

Written by Gary North on March 15, 2014

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This month, a campaign in Canada is challenging the government’s 9-11 story. I am in favor of this, both as a professionally trained historian and as a believer in a general policy of examining official government positions. Here is a short video on the campaign. It is a professional looking video. It may work. Lots […]

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Gun Control Activist Acts Like A Hypocrite

Posted on February 14, 2014

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The word hypocrite comes to mind when describing the actions of Buffalo resident Dwayne Ferguson. The Tea Party News Network reports on the anti-gun activist, violating the “gun-free” zone on a school campus. Long time, anti-gun, community activist Dwayne Ferguson was arrested at a Buffalo, NY elementary school for carrying a gun on school premises. […]

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