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Michael Hiltzik
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The unique gift of "One Hundred Years of Solitude": 
No literary experience is rarer than reading a book that changes the way you see the world. "War and Peace" will change the way you look at the heroism and foibles of all men and women, from the ordinary to the exceptional. Certain novels of William Faulkner ("Light in August," "Absalom, Absalom!") succeed in elevating everyday life to the level of Biblical parable.
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Minimum wage workers get their wages stolen by employers, too:
The insidious practice of wage theft further impoverishes workers with low pay.
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Why Social Security photo IDs are a lousy idea: 
Some Democrats have suddenly embraced the old notion of turning Social Security cards into national photo IDs. The goal is to undermine Republican voter suppression efforts that rely on demanding government-issued photos, by making these universally available.
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Comcast/Time Warner: Still not credible
Comcast and Time Warner Cable today brought their road show to the U.S. Senate , trying to prove that their proposed $40-billion merger will bring fabulous service to consumers and, one would think, end the stalemate over the Crimea.
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+Michael Hiltzik  have i told you lately how much i enjoy your commentary! Thank you.
regard muck-n-myer  - whats been said everyone will see through it, yet i fear it will not matter, they will still get aproved
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How to think about Eich's ouster from Mozilla
Brandon Eich's 10-day reign as CEO of Mozilla, developer of the popular Firefox web browser, ended Thursday. He was done in by the news that he had donated $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8 , the anti-gay rights measure on the California ballot that year. ;
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How putting photos on Social Security cards will encouarge the attack on voting rights:
A certain William Wachtel, the co-founder of WhyTuesday , an election reform group chaired by former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, wrote me over the weekend to complain that I treated Young harshly by criticizing his proposal to require Social Security to issue photo IDs. I called it "a terrible idea."
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Farewell, Kathleen: 
It's doubtful that anyone ever expected the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services--whether it came last fall during the website disaster or on Thursday, when it actually was announced--to bring clarity to the national debate over the Affordable Care Act .
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A sad anniversary at sea:
The lessons of cataclysmic events tend to be overlooked when we remember them only on major anniversaries. The sinking of the nuclear submarine USS Thresher is a perfect example.
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How odious was the anti-gay campaign Brendan Eich supported? Very:
In the torrent of debate flowing about Brendan Eich's resignation from Mozilla because of his support of an anti-gay rights ballot proposition (our contribution is here ), not much attention has been paid to the character of the campaign his money helped finance.
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Brendan Eich The Good Parts

1.2 Analyzing Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich is built on some very good ideas and a few very bad ones.

The very good ideas include Javascript and Mozilla. The bad ideas include an archaic attitude to marriage.

Brendan Eich's functions are first class. This makes him a remarkably visible person.

The fashion in most social systems today demands political correctness. The theory is that political correctness allows a user to detect a large class of bigots at compile time. The sooner we can detect bigots and eliminate them the less they cost us. 

Brendan Eich is loosely typed in his politically correctness and this can be alarming to people who are coming to Brendan Eich from politically correct languages. 

Brendan Eich is much maligned for his choice of key ideas. For the most part though, those choices were good, if unusual. But there was one choice that was particularly bad: Brendan Eich subscribes to the idea of marriage only between one man and one woman. All of the other combinations are tossed in to a namespace called the global not happenin' here object.

To use Brendan Eich well you must be well informed about his limitations. I have pounded on those with some brutality. Don't let that discourage you. The good parts are good enough to compensate for the bad parts
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Are the Obamacare delays "lawless"? Yes or no?
No one would claim that implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been especially smooth.
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