It must be that thar Globular Warming thing or something, 'cause it
shore has been hot lately. Those "monsoons" haven't been raining and
thunderstorming enough lately to cool things off here in Arizona.
I think I'm going to die soon from the heat. It's been nice knowing
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And welcome to Issue #376!
Tom Paine Maru
by L. Neil Smith
Cover by Scott Bieser
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
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Letters to the Editor
from Kent McManigal, Walt Dean, Jim Lesczynski, David M. Schmidt,
David Hughes, L. Neil Smith, Anthony Gregory, and Free State Project
A Portland Promise
by L. Neil Smith
We get letters, especially when we succumb to an urge to write
about the Libertarian Party. Unfortunately, many of the writers of
these lettersDavid Hughes, the most recent example is no
exceptionare so afflicted with error and willfull misinterpretation
that it's always difficult, frustrating to know where to begin correcting
Happiness by Decree
by Sean Gabb
Mr Huet telephoned me earlier today in a sweat about something he had
just read in the newspapers. Apparently, the Government is
considering whether to add the teaching of happiness to the National
Curriculum. According to a report in The Independent on Sunday,
by Lady Liberty
Americans like the Fourth of July. They decorate their
houses in red, white and blue, and they have barbecues. They watch parades.
They say, "Oooh!" and "Ahhhh!" appreciatively at fireworks displays. They
plan picnics. Some Americans actually take the time to devote some part of
their day to listening to somebody else read the Declaration of Independence
or to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces. But most of them have no
notion of the irony of their celebrations. And if they did, an appalling
number of them wouldn't care.
by Chris Claypoole
I may be more susceptible to the problem I am about to
describe, as my self-diagnosis tells me that I have what is described by
the psycho-babblers as Adult ADHD. I find it difficult to remain focused
on one mental activity for more than about an hour, even a good book.
Recently having become interested in Sudoku and re-interested in crossword
puzzles, I find that I get distracted from my concentration after the
previously mentioned 60 minutes or so with these activities as well. When
I was younger, I could work on the Sunday crossword puzzle(s) for the whole
afternoon if there was no work to be done in the house.
What Happens In Vegas. . . Happens In Vegas
by Jonathan David Morris
Last week, my wife and parents and brother and I all
traveled to Las Vegas for the first time in our lives.
It was a rather unusual vacation. I explained what
happened to one of my friends the other day, and he
responded by saying it was almost like two vacations
in one: the first, an escape from work; the other, an
escape from reality. I would tend to agree with that
assessment. To say we experienced Murphy's Law would
be an understatement. For one full week, it felt as
though we were living Murphy's Life and wearing
It's the Guns, Stupid
by L. Neil Smith
A couple of extremely interesting events occurred
just this weekby coincidence on the same dayand I have yet
to see any media coverage of what seems to me, at least, the connection
between the two.
Whither the Duke Rape Case?
by Wendy McElroy
The three Duke University students accused of raping
a woman in March are not expected to stand trial before Spring 2007.
Indeed, among the uncertainties surrounding the case is whether the trial
will occur at all or whether charges will be dismissed. Nevertheless, the
preliminary debate that raged like wildfire through the media has changed
society's frame of reference for viewing sexual assault cases. For some,
the Duke case has changed how they view the criminal court system itself.
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