Weekend Edition: 2-22

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Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • I Pledge Allegiance To The Pledge Of Allegiance (“Much as I love the words, meanings and traditions of our Pledge of Allegiance, I think reciting it at a time and place chosen by others is coercive and goes against the grain of the Pledge’s ultimate assertion, that we live in a nation that is committed to ‘liberty and justice for all.'”)
  • In Praise of Disregard (“Rather than a simple and passive acceptance of the things you cannot control, I favor an acceptance and then a subsequent, symbolic deletion of those things.”)
  • You’re making your depression worse: Self-help is bringing us down (“Ultimately, the strong cultural imperative toward being happy bumps us up against a wall: our mood system is not configured to deliver an end state of durable euphoria.”)

Arrest of the Week

  • A Texas police detective was charged with assault after, among other things, farting in the face of a dispatcher

Bookish Linkage

Nonbookish Linkage

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.

Robert J. Sawyer, Calculating God

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