Monday, February 7, 2011

HOT5 Daily 2/7/2011

1. "Top 10 Reagan Achievements" Remembering Reagan.

Representative Sample: 9. Tax reform: Not only did he cut tax rates, but the Tax Reform Act of 1986 simplified the income-tax code by eliminating many tax shelters, reducing the number of deductions and tax brackets.

2. "China’s hostile space capabilities worry US" Expanding our space warfare capabilities should be a priority.

Representative Sample: China is developing "counterspace" weapons that could shoot down satellites or jam signals, a Pentagon official said Friday as the United States unveiled a 10-year strategy for security in space.

3. "Are we owned by the state?" Big government types think so, whether in Australia or the U.S.

Representative Sample: there is a growing tendency both here and overseas to see tax collections as other than impositions on the public. In fact they are almost seen by the state as a benevolence they bestow on us

4. "Can Theists and Atheists Reasonably Disagree?" It depends on which theists and which atheists.

Representative Sample: The New Atheists say belief in God is irrational.1 Many theists have countered that atheism is irrational. Others think that both sides can reasonably disagree, just as rational and well-informed scientists can disagree about string theory or the social factors contributing to secularization.

5. "is the web changing how we think about sex?" I would say yes in certain ways.

Representative Sample: when told that the technology we use to simplify communication is changing the way we satisfy our biological urges, I tend to be a little skeptical. Sure, there are plenty of red light districts on the web and I’ve written about how and why just about every type of NSFW content will not just survive, but thrive in all iterations of the web, but we need to ask ourselves whether the web is creating new phenomena or if it just gives us an arena to discuss what has been around for a while.

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