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Control Freaks

This human pathology seems to be growing in importance in the world. Perhaps it is one of the impacts of growing pressure towards more intense tribalism in the global village, predicted by Marshall McLuhan.

From tinkering to “nevers” to chaos...

The title of this reflection is, in part, inspired by what Wikipedia refers to as "a feat of smooth and ruthless efficiency", the historic "double play" action of infield basemen of the 1906-1910 Chicago Cubs that also inspired a short poem, entitled "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," also known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance", by Franklin P. Adams. (See Baseball's Sad Lexicon.)

Population control hysteria, the progressive movement and the world's elites

Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character in Charles Dickens' A Chistmas Carol. One of Scrooge's most remembered comments is in response to a solicitation from unnamed gentlemen on behalf of the poor. “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population." Scrooge's blunt response was typical of many business class people of his day, It was not generally so publically stated by members of the Progressive Movement, but their general sympathy for the arguments of the Eugenics Movement and the creed of the Malthusians is well known to historians.

A reflection on the transcendent nature of man and the peril of the reductionist view

From Augusto Pessina, Department of Biomedical Surgical, Dental Sciences. University of Milan comes a serious reflection on the transcendent nature of the human person and the reductionist view of post-modern science and philosophy. See "By his nature man is related to the infinite."

Dimensions of Moral Hazard

We have become a nation of wimps.

We're like the little boy or girl in school who's getting picked on and runs to mommy and daddy for comfort.

Except in this case, "mommy and daddy" is big government. So, what are we afraid of? Who's picking on us?

Jesse Lee, fiend or footnote? You decide.

It's not easy to figure out what Google considers news, these days. When I heard (on Fox "News Watch") about the appointment of liberal blogger Jesse Lee to be the White House "director of progressive media and online response" I rushed to look for an official announcement on the Internet. Naturally, I turned to Google, plugging in 'jesse lee media online "director of progressive media"' under their News category. I could not find such an announcement in an accredited news report. The closed thing I came up with was a posting in the Washington Post by blogger Ed O'Keefe, "Press shop comings and goings," which mentions Jesse Lee's appointment in paragraph three.

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