The Muckrakers: a history Millionaire to welfare: A case of the accuser judged by the accused Third parties fighting in court as often as in the field  Firearms as a hobby Women More freedom would enable better education

The Muckrakers: a history

It is said the pen is mightier than the sword

Millionaire to welfare: A case of the accuser judged by the accused

The Independent Gazette delves further into the Custody for Cash saga

Third parties fighting in court as often as in the field 

And seeking to increase competition in the political arena

Firearms as a hobby

Jack convinces a skeptic

More freedom would enable better education

Roy Minet on why freedom, and not money, is the answer to education issues

In the Founders’ footsteps: Batter up

People, on all sides of the aisle, generally treat politics like sports — when a person’s favorite team is up to bat, it doesn’t matter whether that team is better or worse than the opposition, it just matters that it’s their team. Herein lies the problem, and the topic for this month’s column.

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Women’s self-defense gets some style

There’s a growing trend in the firearms and self-defense industries of marketing exclusively to women. From the pink-colored Beretta Nano 9mm to surprisingly stylish conceal-carry purses, manufacturers are increasingly zeroing in on this once-overlooked demographic.

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More freedom would enable better education

Look around. The free market clearly does the best job of most efficiently providing thousands of goods and services with many variations and choices. It is a completely voluntary system, performing its magic without any force or coercion. Problems are fixed automatically, quickly, and locally. Suppliers who do not provide what customers want at a competitive price must either improve or go out of business. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by not allowing the free market to satisfy education needs.

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Te Papa and Auckland University of Technology reveal and dissect colossal squid

Watch as specialists in squid biology from Te Papa and Auckland University of Technology undertake research on this rare find. This colossal squid and the specimen already on display at Te Papa are the only two of their kind caught intact – ever! Large colossal squid specimens in good condition are rarely available to scientists, so this latest example has caused great excitement.

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False advertising and the post-honeymoon truth, Part II

Unfortunately, most everything we learn about love teaches us that love requires nothing but our presence. True love lasts forever, love conquers all, and if you love me you should know how I feel. The misconceptions are countless, yet so is the number of Americans trying desperately to prove they’re true. So let’s instead channel all of that frantic energy into developing a curiosity about the lessons our partner’s qualities and quirks hold for us. Once we get over thinking, “Why won’t she/he . . . ?” we stop reacting — as if they were anomalies — to the repeated dysfunctional dramas we create and experience in every single relationship. It’s only then that Mother Nature’s brilliance catches fire and we realize our partners’ traits say as much about us as they do about them.

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Local government bullies: the zoning gestapo

First of all, until I met a “zoning officer,” I didn’t even know what one was. To be frank, despite the fact that I am Dave, I am still unaware if I met one. Thus my personal story begins. It was 8:00 in the morning and I had just returned home from my third-ish shift job. I heard a knock at the door. Confused, I answered the door. I wouldn’t typically answer the door, as it is my parent’s house and it would be a rarity for anyone to come there for me, but, alas, I answered anyway. I opened the door to a short-haired (nearly bald) man with a blank T-shirt and jeans who immediately started barking in my face. He didn’t actually bark, to be honest, but he might as well have.

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Reel deal

Contrary to what you might think, retail video rental is not dead. Family Video, based out of Glenview, a Chicago suburb, has been around since 1978, and currently operates more than 775 stores in 19 states and Canada. The closest one to us, however, is in Elmira, New York. But you don’t have to drive two hours to rent a movie, because we have the Reel Deal close to home, up on Route 6.

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