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Retraction - 2 Cents
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Interesting case of people making brash decisions on (obviously) limited information. Article Link. The agriculture department asked for a resignation over some comments that a person made 24 years ago while in a different job. The evidence was from a video clip of the woman speaking, and no one apparently first tried to contact the farmers affected by her "racism".

Sorry for not providing more detail - I'm being lazy (just like everyone who reacted first and asked questions later).
21 Jul 2010
Mark Nichols 
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Here's an article about who the Republicans may try to trot out as 2012 presidential competition to President Obama. Thune, a senator from South Dakota, is from Murdo.

This is relevant only because on a cross country trip in a 1990 Ford Bronco II, the Dime Brothers had their transmission go out and we ended up trading the Bronco in for a dumpy station wagon at a Ford dealership there. We were back on the road in a couple of hours.

Murdo was definitely a small town (population ~700).
13 Jan 2010
Mark Nichols 
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It's a merry Christmas in Pittsburgh as an effort to levy a tax on university tuition fizzles out. Here's why a tax like that is a bad idea...
22 Dec 2009
Paul Nichols 
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So this North Korean ship suspected of carrying arms, perhaps to Myanmar, has been traveling for longer than the Mayflower at this point. It's suspected that it's almost out of gas. And I keep expecting to see a headline saying something like: US aid organization refuels stranded ship. Don't we already help North Korea a bunch with food?
01 Jul 2009
Mark Nichols 
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So the US is realizing it is facing digital threats finally. Here's a quote from an article on Yahoo: "David Powner, director of technology issues for the Government Accountability Office, told Congress last month that the U.S. has no recovery plan for a digital disaster."

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Doesn't it seem like something should have been put in place around 2000 when we were facing the "Y2K" issue? Different type of problem, but perhaps similar consequences, right?
18 Apr 2009
Mark Nichols 
Congrats - 2 Cents
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Congrats to Obama for his inauguration yesterday. I'm sure the position is difficult, especially since everyone thinks they know what is best yet he's the one who has to make the decisions.
21 Jan 2009
Mark Nichols 
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An opinion piece that posits, more reasonably than I've seen from anywhere else, that Obama isn't about change as much as he lets on, and that, therefore, McCain is the better candidate. Wait wait...there's more to this than meets the eye!
30 Jun 2008
Paul Nichols 
Taxes - 2 Cents
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How the government spends your taxes.

I've been holding onto this link for awhile. Food to chew on, anyway.
18 May 2008
Paul Nichols 
Iraq - 2 Cents
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04 Mar 2008
Paul Nichols 
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Philip Agee Dies in Cuba

Actually, this is a pretty old story by Internet standards, being over a month old. This guy blew the lid on CIA procedures and practices, not necessarily a bad thing, but in the doing, outed tons of agents, which is definitely a bad thing.

He said, "Reforms of the FBI and the CIA, even removal of the President from office, cannot remove the problem. American capitalism, based as it is on exploitation of the poor, with its fundamental motivation in personal greed, simply cannot survive without force - without a secret police force." So capitalism within the U.S. can't survive without a secret police force operating outside of it? Not logical.

He seemed to forget that socialist states are propped up by force, namely a lack of federal democracy and free speech. And that a secret police force, by itself, is not necessarily evil. And that even socialist states have secret police forces, though he excused this because their actions did not go as far as the United States' secret police force.

Public servants are moral actors. When they act immorally, the results also lack moral standing. See, for example, much of the CIA's history. But, alas (and vastly too simply stated): two wrongs do not make a right Mr. Agee. Outing secret agents puts lives in danger.
20 Feb 2008
Paul Nichols 

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