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January 22nd, 2014

Re-Defining the Environment

    When American aid worker-turned essayist William Powers went to Bolivia, he found the Chiquitano indigenous people didn’t share our concept of “the environment.” How could a people living in one of the most pristine tropical forests in the world fail to grasp this?

    To us, the environment stands in contrast with the manmade, built world. There are homes and offices, roads and bridges, cars, trucks, warehouses — all manmade — and then there’s “the environment.”

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Robert Gates, the silent fox in the chicken coop

    One of the best and enduring aspects of presidential cabinets has been the willingness of many chief executives to appoint at least one member from the opposition party. The practice demonstrates bipartisanship and also gives the president access to views that may not always be offered by loyalist appointees.

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The Clear and Present Danger of Pentagon Contractors

    Hollywood covets action movies, especially the kind where our nation faces mortal danger.

    Sticking with a longstanding tradition, these flicks often feature alien invaders. Another common strain portrays terrorist networks seeking to destroy or take over our peace-loving land. Domestic conspiracies like the Bourne films comprise another pillar of this blockbuster genre.

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The Man On The Wall

    I've always thought that the reason Ariel Sharon was such an enduring presence in Israeli political life is that he personally reflected three of the most important states of mind that the state of Israel has gone through since its founding. At key times, for better and for worse, Sharon expressed and embodied the feelings of the Israeli Everyman as much, if not more, than any Israeli leader.

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The State Of The Speeches

    Let's discuss State of the State speeches.

    No wait! Don't go away! We can start with Chris Christie.

    This week, Christie gave his annual address, and everybody was wondering what he'd say about the traffic-jam scandal. It is possible the crowd of cameras set some kind of State of the State record.

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The State Of The Speeches

    Let's discuss State of the State speeches.

    No wait! Don't go away! We can start with Chris Christie.

    This week, Christie gave his annual address, and everybody was wondering what he'd say about the traffic-jam scandal. It is possible the crowd of cameras set some kind of State of the State record.

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Two Shades Of Loyalty

    Loyalty is a quality that requires careful calibration. Too much can be dangerous; too little, demoralizing.

    Differing conceptions of loyalty, and differing choices of where to act along the loyalty spectrum, form the thread that links two main stories of the moment: the furor over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the reaction to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' memoir.

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What 'teen mom' shows don't show

    Do MTV's teen mom shows really lead to lower teen birth rates, or not? Where you stand depends on whose scientific study you believe.

    A new university study made headlines with a sunny observation about MTV's controversial "reality shows" about the struggles of teenage moms, "16 and Pregnant" and its "Teen Mom" spinoffs: Since their 2009 debut, they may have led to lower teen birth rates.

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Why Beating Back Inequality Won’t Be Easy

    Half a century ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.” That war would soon make a real difference. In the decade following its 1964 launch, our official poverty rate dropped from 19 to 11.2 percent.

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Does anybody believe Governor Christie?

    Only in New York. Yes, only in the New York media market would a barely-sworn-into-office mayor get in hot water so fast over so trivial an issue. But there was Mayor Bill de Blasio last week, forced to apologize for eating pizza with a fork and knife, like they do in Italy, instead of shoveling it in with both hands, like they do in New York City.

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