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    Disturbing Thought About the Internet

    From Spotted Toad: If the internet were collectively acting as a gradually awakening alien super-intelligence manipulating humans into giving it near total control over their lives, making occasional mistakes and encountering setbacks but correcting &adjusting its course, would it look any different?…
    Jon Guze, September 18, 2019
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    The luxury of marriage

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a new report that offers a disturbing assessment of marriage. Marriage, once a staple of American life, is now increasingly a luxury, according to a new report. About 48 percent of the adult population is married, while about 11…
    Mitch Kokai, September 17, 2019
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    Language and ‘cultural appropriation’

    Alec Dent writes at National Review Online that the evolution of language doesn’t amount to negative “cultural appropriation.” Late last week, BuzzFeed published an article on the phrase “sksksksksk,” which was . . . about as silly as you’d imagine. The long and short of its argument? Among…
    Mitch Kokai, September 4, 2019
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    Lucky to Be Here, Continued

    Compared to places like New York and California, dating in North Carolina seems to be a bargain: H/T: Only In Boston.
    Jon Guze, August 29, 2019
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    Teen motherhood down, but the news is not all good

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon probes the latest data linked to teen motherhood. The teen birth rate has been cut in half since 2008, but the causes behind plummeting teenage pregnancies could also extend into adulthood and contribute to a demographic crisis. Although teen pregnancy…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2019
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    Neither left nor right has cure for what ails us

    Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online questions politically motivated responses to the latest mass shootings. America is sick. Just about everybody recognizes it, and we didn’t need two more mass shootings to convince anybody of anything. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track, despite a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 8, 2019
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    God or government as the best heart healer

    David French of National Review Online pushes back against fellow conservatives who emphasize government’s role in addressing society’s ills. What are the most effective means of addressing deaths of despair? If we know what is most effective, should we not concentrate our efforts in that sphere? Moreover, what…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019