Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Article in The Wall Street Journal.
“Well, it's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it.”I like the way he talks about an American people like it's something outside, and probably below, himself. Most of us, if we were to talk about the American people, would say "we" or "us."
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it...So the agency charged with protecting our security knew for two years that our bank accounts could be hacked and said nothing about it. Great work, guys!
Americans spend an estimated 6 billion hours and more than $160 billion on tax compliance. That dollar figure is not the tax payments, it's just the tax-related compliance spending on things like software, accountants, and lawyers.I spent a little above average — in hours, not dollars — this year. Thirty-four pages of forms and hundreds of pages of instructions, including amended state and federal returns for 2011 and 2012, since I screwed up and missed a couple credits.
So, why does it matter that Homo sapiens had sex with Neanderthals? It matters because now we have genetic evidence that humans as a species don't always kill and destroy what we don't understand. Sometimes, we fall in love and settle down instead.Girls, girls, girls.
When I was a little girl, my favorite dolls came from Mattel and had wildly inhuman proportions. To me, they were magical and special and didn't look the least bit strange. But once, probably when I was making a Christmas wish list, my mother let her adult perspective slip. "You mean," she asked, with a disapproving edge, "one of those dolls with the huge heads?"Read it all.
Yes, I spent my childhood playing with Liddle Kiddles, whose heads were roughly the height of their torsos and twice as wide. Yet never once, as a child or an adult, have I wished for a four-foot-high head. Toys exist in an imaginative world. Nobody expects them to be scale models of reality.
Except for Barbie, of course....