A rerun, but a good one!

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 (Writing the Declaration, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900) (Writing the Declaration, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900)

To celebrate this 4th of July, you could read these “charters of freedom” that changed our country and the world: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Bill of Rights. All three are available here (with commentary). That’s what the fireworks are all about.

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Source: The White House, Washington D.C.

 

 

 

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“Harnessing advances in artificial intelligence and data mining and storage to construct detailed profiles on all citizens, China’s communist party-state is developing a “citizen score” to incentivize “good” behavior. A vast accompanying network of surveillance cameras will constantly monitor citizens’ movements, purportedly to reduce crime and terrorism. ” –  China’s Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone (The Atlantic)

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The best description of the indictment against Russian parties is from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein:

 

You can read the full indictment here: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/16/text-full-mueller-indictment-on-russian-election-case-415670

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Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynolds (1775)

 

A collection of random articles and essays that may challenge your perspectives on random topics.  We’ll start with a statistical analysis of life in the universe, or the lack thereof, in “Where Are All the Extraterrestrials?”  Next, we’ll come down to earth to explore “Social Justice: Not What You Think It Is.”  Since we are discussing belief systems, let’s consider “The New Testament: The World’s Only Unedited, Frameless, Correlative Anthology.”  Finally, let’s go back to the stars.  Do you know why you cannot ever stay in the same place for more than a moment?  Here’s why.  How’s that for a potpourri of mind-blowing readings?