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Why I am a relative optimist about Bolivia

1. Bolivia became a semi-stable democracy in the early 1980s and it has stayed that way. 2. For all the rhetoric to the contrary, the current regime is a mix of 1990s-era market-oriented reforms and Evo Morales.  Probably you like one of these, though perhaps not both. 3. Many more Bolivian children go to school […]

Overnight Open Thread (8-31-2014)

Quote of the Day I "A moral response to this behavior might involve those officials, among others, hanging from lampposts. The legal system is, ultimately, an ancient bargain: Renounce your mob violence and blood feuds and we will provide you...

Here’s the Donald Glover Easter Egg You Didn’t Catch In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Set web shooters to "love me."

16 hours agoOdd : Geekosystem

Donald Glover may be playing Miles Morales in an upcoming episode of Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Man ( finally ), but it's not the first time he's put in an appearance in the Spidey-franchise... kinda. Redditor DrAcula1431 posted the above image of that Donald Glover Easter Egg we heard about all the back in 2012. Show More Summary

Read A Lost Chapter From Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

17 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

"The Vanilla Fudge Room" appeared as the fifth chapter in early drafts of Roald Dahl's beloved novel, but was "deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral" for publication. Now, to celebrate the book's 50th anniversary, the lost chapter can be read in its entirety over at The Guardian. Read more...

Critiquing Doctor Who: Into the Dalek

That was a good episode. Thrills 'n' spills aplenty. Lovely. There were the introspective moments, where the Doctor pondered the morality that fires him. And, achieving almost the impossible, there's a bit of character development for Clara too. Show More Summary

Speaking Out

Here's an excellent article by Matthew Syed writing in The Times in which he argues that moral decrees from centuries old religious books should not be the basis on which people live their lives in the 21st century. Now Matthew makes...Show More Summary

Telluride 2014: Personal Politics in "Rosewater," "Tales of the Grim Sleeper"

The political is personal, and all pervasive, as revealed over and over as we move to the first full day of screenings at the 41st edition of his year's festival. The mode of political inquiry, moral, aesthetic and existential is recurrent...Show More Summary

Moral hazard: If you are not taking socially excessive risks, you aren’t doing your job

Tyler Cowen recently quoted from a paper by Cheng, Raina and Xiong (in the AER) on the banking crisis: We analyze whether mid-level managers in securitized finance were aware of a large-scale housing bubble and a looming crisis in 2004-2006 using their personal home transaction data. We find that the average person in our sample […]

Robotic Warriors: Who Will Be Morally Responsible?

yesterdayOdd : FuturePundit

Angela Kane, the UN?s high representative for disarmament, wants to ban battlefield robots. She worries that robots will be able to kill people without human intervention. Who is morally responsible for the deaths? Well, lets consider the possibilities. Show More Summary

Duck Rustlers are Made to Sit with Dead Birds Stuffed in Their Mouths as Punishment for Their Crimes – Fowl Play?

Everyone knows stealing is wrong. It’s illegal in most places in the world, and common decency and morality dictates most of our actions. But for those of us without a moral

Moral dilemma: rescuing the miners, rescuing the babies:

yesterdayOdd : Boing Boing

On Crooked Timber, Ingrid Robeyns presents a tough moral calculus: if you can save 50% of a group of trapped miners with 100% certainty, knowing the remainder will die; or you can try to rescue all the miners, with a 50% chance that they'll all die, which would you choose (And then: what if they were babies, not miners?) Read the rest

This Chart Shows How Every Major U.S. Religious Group Feels About Government Involvement in Moral & Economic Issues

How do your religious beliefs affect your views on the government? Should the government play a role in regulating morality? How about the economy, in terms of having a bigger, more involved government or a small, less involved one?Tobin...Show More Summary

"A lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral... has been published for the first time."

"In the chapter Charlie Bucket – accompanied by his mother, not his sprightly grandfather – and the other children are led into the Vanilla Fudge Room, where they face the sinister prospect of the Pounding and Cutting Room.""In the centre...Show More Summary

There Is A Tiny Donald Glover Easter Egg Hidden In Amazing Spider-Man

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Donald Glover got to voice one Spider-Man, Miles Morales, but he also turns up in The Amazing Spider-Man in a very small way. Even Peter Parker is a Glover fan. Read more...

Does Natural Law exist?

A widow about to be buried alive in her husband's grave (Wikimedia Commons). Do we all share the same sense of right and wrong? What, ultimately, is the basis for morality? In a comment on a previous post, fellow columnist Fred Reed argued that some things are self-evidently wrong, like torture and murder. Show More Summary

Moral Dilemma: Should a Libertarian Who Does Not Need Food Stamps, but Qualifies for Them, Take Them?

Here's the moral dilemma of the day:Suppose you are a staunch Libertarian, doing reasonably well and you don't need food stamps. Yet, under perverse rules, you qualify for them. Should you take them? Reader Steven faces that exact question. Show More Summary

Mad Science Cat Game On Hold For Mobile Super Meat Boy

You might remember that Team Meat, two-man studio behind uber-tough platformer Super Meat Boy, was working on a mad science cat breeding sim, Mew-Genics. Moral of the story? Cats are gross, but awwww kitty! Now, though, it's on hold in favor of a new Meat Boy game—for phones (and Steam). Read more...

Taxpayer-Funded PBS Airing Propaganda Documentary Claiming to “Humanize” Late-Term Abortion Doctors

Polling has consistently found that the majority of Americans — the majority of taxpayers — find abortion to be morally wrong, and the support for late-term abortion is minute. But

5 Things Girls Do Before They Have Sex With You

2 days agoOdd : Thought Catalog

We tell our friends we’re going to have sex with you. Sorry. Maybe this doesn’t apply to all of you moral angels out there in this online world, but if I’m planning on having sex with a guy, I’m also telling two different group texts of my closest friends that I’m going to do so.

Planned Parenthood Calling Abortion a “Voluntary Miscarriage” is Patently Offensive

Moral theologian William Smith once commented that “all social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering.” In today’s 140-character Twitter world, what this means is that it is not very hard to manipulate language to deceive an unaware public. This is why the culture defines the act of aborting a baby as an “issue”! Talk about […]

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