2-minute reads 'n' listens

The virtues of the egalitarian internet

Free and open access to the internet is a virtuous democratic principle known as "net neutrality," meaning the system doesn't care if you're a brand-name corporation or an unknown start-up, a billionaire or a poverty-wage laborer – you are entitled to equal treatment in sending or getting information on the worldwide web. However, corporate executives never let virtue stand in the way of profit.

Why is the GOP pushing such a stinky tax bill?

Sam Rayburn, a legendary Speaker of the US House in the 1940s and '50s, offered this piece of ethical advice for lawmakers who were conflicted over whether to vote for the People or the lobbyists: "Every now and then," he said, "a politician ought to do something just because it's right."

Avoid Amazon’s “Cyber Monday,” and buy local

It's "Cyber Monday" – get out there and buy stuff! But you don't actually have to go anywhere, for this gimmicky shop-shop-shop day lures us to consume without leaving home, or even getting out of bed.

When and where was the first Thanksgiving Feast?

Let's talk Turkey! No, not the Butterball sitting in the Oval Office. I'm talking about the real thing, the big bird, 46 million of which we Americans will devour on this Thanksgiving Day.

Would you trust John Yoo?

Noting that the US military was developing armed, autonomous robots to serve as battleground soldiers in our wars, a 2015 New York Times article asked an important question: "Can they learn to make moral choices?"