Are There No ERs?

As Ebenezer Scrooge discovered, by way of three nocturnal visitors, the soul of a man is revealed by how he treats the troubled and afflicted of the world. Likewise, by logical extension, is the soul of a nation revealed. What are we to make of a nation, then, that assures access to quality health care to its In’s (those In a job) but not to its Out’s (those Out of a job)? ...
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We have largely limited happiness in our time to what we experience over the middle three days of a five-day vacation – Richard the Poorer
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We live in interesting times…

How much damage can diagnosable president be allowed to do? Where is the break point? What if the joint chiefs of the U.S. military were to appear on television and all social media and announce they were taking over the U.S. government until further notice? Would you cite the Second Amendment on the courthouse steps?
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Dogmatism is an excuse not to think; fundamentalism, an imperative not to – Richard the Poorer
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The Americas Cup

Once upon a time, the Americas Cup represented artistry – the artistry of wood-working, and the artistry of navigation. It represented winning by one's wits. Today,the Americas Cup pretty much represents technology and winning at any cost. I don't follow it anymore. It doesn't interest me.
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Panel of Our Peers

Our system of justice is based on the theory that we have a fundamental right to be judged by a panel of our peers versus by the king’s (or state’s) representatives. To field a panel of our peers, we use random selection (conscription). (Once upon a time, we employed this same device to field an army of citizen-soldiers.) What if our system of governance were similarly base...
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