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I love the look on the angel's face here, watching helplessly as God frog-marches Adam and Eve out of the garden.  The look says "Nothing I can do, guys.  You know how it is when He's in one of His moods."
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"Hey don't look at me"
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File this under "The private sector is more effective and efficient than the public sector":
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Here's some real election fraud, and no amount of "voter ID" would help to stop it.  Do you suppose the authors of such laws would view that as a bug or a feature?
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Hey, he's right.  That IS annoying.
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New place of employment?
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"Nothingness, I embrace you!"
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Via Andrew Sullivan.
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Just finished The Wasp Factory.  It's a beautifully-constructed piece of work with an unforgettable and unique narrator.  Can't say more without spoiling, and I think it's best to go into this book knowing absolutely nothing beyond the cryptic title, but it's probably worth mentioning that there's a fair amount of violence, cruelty, and disturbing imagery.
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It's also the first book I've finished on my Kindle, which I love.  I'm not sure why I resisted e-readers for so long.  It's great.
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Lawrence O'Donnell has always struck me as a clown.  This article doesn't change that.
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The idea that smartphones are a luxury item comes from either ignorance or mean-spiritedness. 
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I agree, but I think the "smartphones as luxury" thinking stems from a common confusion about the proper use of new technologies in society. This is really an extension of the common fallacy "new technologies are always exotic and expensive." The most important technologies all drastically reduce market expenses overall (i.e. movable type). This common fallacy results in the same people that say "home postal deliveries are a basic citizen right" can quickly with a straight face also say "Internet access is not a right."

Some of this has to do with category error and lack of goal-based thinking. I think the original signers of the US Constitution (which includes our Postal System as a core Congressional responsibility) would agree that, when the goal is universal peer media communication from home to home, the lowest cost technology should be implemented the most widely. That technology is currently wireless mesh networking, which is best represented by Internet capable wireless phones.

Most people also don't realize that computers and networks are only so expensive because government-granted monopolies (radio spectrum, pole attachments, right-of-ways, Imaginary Property, etc.) allow incumbent operators to charge rent-seeking profit margins at will. If our government takes away these monopoly grants, competitive prices will quickly fall to the point where universal minimum access is no-brainer-cheap policy.
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