Issue CCXLI

March 22-29, 2010

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Art
Abstract Orderism Fractal III - Nautiloid Fractal:
G. Stolyarov II
March 22, 2010
This fractal by Mr. Stolyarov is characterized by a nautiloid overall shape, from which sub-strucutures of similar shapes branch off. Multiple iterations of this phenomenon are visible.

Abstract Orderism Fractal IV - Feather Fractal:
G. Stolyarov II
March 22, 2010
This fractal by Mr. Stolyarov resembles a feather from a tropical bird of a vibrantly blue coloration.

Abstract Orderism Fractal V - Insignia Fractal:
G. Stolyarov II
March 22, 2010
This fractal by Mr. Stolyarov resembles an ornate insignia.

Abstract Orderism Fractal VI - Dome Fractal:

G. Stolyarov II
March 22, 2010
This fractal resembles a transparent dome illuminated from the inside by a source that emits multiple colors of light.

Elevated Fractal City:
G. Stolyarov II
March 22, 2010
This fractal resembles a colossal city of the future, with clusters of cylindrical skyscrapers stretching upward to an immense height, their foundations somewhat concealed in a dense mist.

Angular Fractal Tree:
G. Stolyarov II
March 22, 2010
This fractal tree by Mr. Stolyarov is composed entirely of spikes, each of which consists of nested triangles with one highly acute angle. 

Culture
Why on Earth Are We Addicted to Addiction?:
Bradley Doucet
March 29, 2010
In our increasingly secular world—flashes of fundamentalism notwithstanding—we are less and less likely to condemn the glutton, the gambler, and the letch as sinners. Their excesses are still recognized as problematic, but this is due more to their self-destructive potential here on earth rather than to some fiery punishment expected in the afterlife. This move away from mysticism toward a more reality-based view of the world is all well and good. Along with this shift, however, we have adopted an addiction mentality. First alcohol and other drugs, and now food, gambling, and sex as well have come to be seen as things one can become addicted to. And far from condemning addicts, contemporary, modern society has a tendency to absolve them of all personal responsibility for their predicaments. Bradley Doucet challenges the idea that "addiction" is an illness over which one has no control.
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Fiction

Cosmic Jihad:
Kyrel Zantonavitch
March 29, 2010
In this innovative work of fiction by Kyrel Zantonavitch -- a radical challenge against Old-Testament religion -- God decides to wipe out humanity, and Jesus appeals to Satan for help.

Politics
Healthcare Reform Passes:
Ron Paul
March 22, 2010
Following months of heated public debate and aggressive closed-door negotiations, Congress finally cast a historic vote on healthcare late Sunday evening.  Rep. Ron Paul writes that it was truly a sad weekend on the House floor as we witnessed further dismantling of the Constitution, disregard of the will of the people, explosive expansion of the reach of government, unprecedented corporate favoritism, and the impending end of quality healthcare as we know it.

Healthcare and Economic Realities:
Ron Paul
March 29, 2010

With passage of last week’s bill, the American people are now the unhappy recipients of Washington’s disastrous prescription for healthcare “reform.”   Congressional leaders relied on highly dubious budget predictions, faulty market assumptions, and outright fantasy to convince a slim majority that this major expansion of government somehow will reduce federal spending.  This legislation is just the next step towards universal, single-payer healthcare, which many see as a human right.  Of course, this “right” must be produced by the labor of other people, meaning theft and coercion by government is necessary to produce and distribute it. Rep. Ron Paul writes that those who understand Austrian economic theory know that this new model of healthcare will cause major problems down the road, as it has in every nation that ignores economic realities.

                                                 
"Peace is at once the mother and the nurse of all that is good for man; war, on a sudden and at one stroke, overwhelms, extinguishes, abolishes, whatever is cheerful, whatever is happy and beautiful, and pours a foul torrent of disasters on the life of mortals." 
~ Desiderius Erasmus