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    The 10 most famous people from history

    Who would you think would be on that list. Let's define it as the 10 people who would be recognized by name by the most people alive today (through the world). So, if you mentioned their name people would recognize it and be able to tell you some small bit about them. For instance, that Julius...
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    Supreme Court: Affirmative Action Light is still constitutional

    We just got a decision in Fisher v University of Texas at Austin. It finds that public universities can take race into consideration in making admissions decisions. Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas and Alito dissented. Justice Kagan didn't...
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    Let's talk about Brexit

    The British vote on leaving the EU is a week from tomorrow. Perhaps it's something worthy of our consideration and discussion? A few starter questions, feel free to answer all or only those for which you feel you have thoughts to offer: (1) Do you think Britain will vote to leave the EU? (2)...
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    FCC's Net Neutrality rules get major court win

    Here is the decision. The D.C. Circuit panel divided 2-1 on some important aspects of the case but was unanimous on others.
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    Adele

    I like Adele. It's not so much her music (though some of it I do like and listen to if I'm in the right mood, which isn't too often), it's her personality - her lack of pretension, her awkwardness, her being comfortable just being whoever the hell she feels like being. Maybe it's a wonderfully...
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    My TV is kaput

    So... 60" LED, either 1-1/2 or 2-1/2 years old. For the last couple of weeks it's been working intermittently, so I figured it wasn't long for this world. It seemed to be a backlight or invertor problem. The picture would go out but the sound still worked. And if it was dark in the room I could...
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    The worst Employment Report we've seen in several years

    This will probably be the topic du jour for many later today and perhaps for a few days. Pundits will no doubt make as much hay as they can with it. The BLS Employment Report that was just released was pretty bad, as bad as I can remember seeing in quite a while. The headline payroll number was...
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    Another ObamaCare issue to be litigated

    Health insurer Highmark sues US over Obamacare payments It would be easy to confuse this with another Obamacare issue that's currently being litigated. That one relates to the government making payments to insurers that are required by Obamacare but for which funds were not explicitly...
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    Phil Mickelson to return nearly $1 million in profits made in connection with insider trading scheme

    To be clear, Mr. Mickelson has not been accused of a crime. He is named as a relief defendant in a complaint filed by the SEC against someone else. In this context that basically means that he's alleged to have profited from someone else's crime without necessarily having done anything illegal...
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    Ze and hir rather than he or she and him or her?

    Has anyone heard these words used before? Ze as a gender neutral pronoun substituted for he or she. Hir as a gender neutral pronoun substituted for him or her and as a possessive adjective substituted for his or her. I had no awareness that such words were used. I guess it's a fairly new...
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    A question for TheLibertonian and anyone else that would care to ponder it...

    I mention your name, TheLibertonian, in the post title because I was going to direct this question (in less-expounded form) to you in another thread. Others are of course encouraged to share their thoughts. I wanted to separate this line of inquiry out from the others because I think it's of a...
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    How many posts per page do you show?

    A silly I'm-just-curious thing. Sometimes I see people comment on how many pages a thread is and I realize that they must only show 10 posts per page. I show 40. I wouldn't want to have to click to get to the next page any more than I already have to. Though, I suppose, at some point there would...
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    Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

    Treasury's Lew to announce Hamilton to stay on $10 bill I would have probably preferred to lose Alexander Hamilton. But okay.
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    How many times a day do you unlock your phone?

    In a recent conference call Apple reportedly indicated that iPhone users unlock their phones on average about 80 times per day. That got me thinking and I realized that's probably a little high for me overall, but in the ballpark for days when I spend a significant amount of time away from home...
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    Kobe

    Kobe Bryant will play his last NBA game tomorrow night. Where do you put him relative to all-time NBA greats? Also, to the extent you cared either way, were you usually rooting for or against him?
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    Fixing Social Security

    I realize that various issues relating to Social Security have been argued to death, here and elsewhere. But trying to put aside most of the noise, I'm interested in what people think we should do to fix it. What would you be willing to accept in terms of changes to Social Security policies to...
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    Do you consider yourself a libertarian?

    I have some questions regarding libertarianism; I'm interested in what various people consider to be libertarianism and to what extent they agree with it. And I'm referring to the general ideology, not to particular manifestation of libertarianism such as the Libertarian Party. Feel free to...
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    I want a bluetooth mouse and keyboard that...

    will work with multiple computers. At my main desk I have two computers feeding three monitors, and I have a mouse and keyboard for each computer. I don't like the clutter of having multiple mice and keyboards, and often enough I start typing on the wrong keyboard or moving the wrong mouse. The...
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    Anyone want to talk about the possible Supreme Court nominees?

    There are reportedly either 6 or 5 or 3 potential nominees that are still being considered by President Obama, and their names have been widely floated. Anyone interested in talking about who they are? Their respective merits as nominees? Who the nominee will be? What will happen when we have a...
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    Abortion returns to the Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court will hear argument today in Whole Woman's Health v Hellerstedt. That case involves a challenge to two provisions of Texas law that regulate abortion clinics and which many people think (quite correctly I'd say) were intended to limit access to abortion in the state. The legal...
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