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Freedom From Unauthorized Intrusion

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion." The United States government defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion, except by us." Personally I prefer the former definition.

A Jeffersonian Approach to Innovation: Blending Science, the Arts, and Cultural Understanding in the Information Age

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

The sheer range and depth of Jefferson's intellectual pursuits also distinguish him as one of America's most accomplished innovators. How did Jefferson innovate, and what can today's leaders do to apply his brand of ingenuity in the Information Age?

DAMS TO THE LEFT, DAMS TO THE RIGHT?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

We took a few days off to see the world that was the Pacific Northwest 20,000 years ago, and 200 odd years ago. Twenty thousand years ago, the Ice A...

Musical 1776 Opens ACT Season With a History Lesson That Sparkles

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.23.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

A Tony Award winner in its Broadway debut in 1969, the show boasts music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone that transform a story that we might have considered familiar into something magical and new.

Timeless Pieces Of Lincoln Memorabilia Up For Auction

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA — A highly prized collection of U.S. political memorabilia went up for sale on Thursday, featuring some campaign tokens and medals ...

Debunking David Barton's Jefferson Lies (Because They Still Need to Be Debunked)

Chris Rodda | Posted 11.16.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

Over the last couple of weeks, I've seen a number of articles about pseudo-historian David Barton's "comeback." My first thought upon seeing these articles was "what comeback?"

Obama's Sudden Syria Crisis, With Putin Solution: What the Heck Was That?

William Bradley | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that Putin is as much messing with Obama with this New York Times piece as he is trying to sell himself to the American public. Putin showed he knows how to reach the American people. But how believable is he?

'We the People': Celebrating Constitution Day and Registering New Voters

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

In framing the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers underscored the importance of America's voting system, which they believed to be critical to a strong democracy. Today, we still have work to do to make the most out of our nation's voting system.

How Would America's Founding Fathers React to Syria?

Craig Considine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Arguably, by intervening in Syria's civil war, President Obama is ignoring Washington's advice and repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in aggressively invading foreign countries that pose little threat to the direct security of American citizens.

Why We Fought the Civil War: Reading Thomas Fleming's A Disease of the Public Mind

Warren Adler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

Fleming clearly reiterates the point that from our beginnings as a nation we have been plagued by the moral dilemma posed by the entrenched and repugnant institution of slavery.

Freedom From Fear, Redux

Jim Moore | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is almost nothing to which a person aspires that can be gained without compromise. The American people do not need to be made afraid of contrariness, or impassioned dissent, or of cooperation. That is a fear that will surely scuttle our democracy from within.

The Republican War on Women: A Red Herring

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

We will be better off as a country the more equal we are and the more opportunity we provide for the best and brightest to rise to the top, regardless of the economic station people are born into. Unfortunately, we've gotten away from this conviction over the last few decades.

iAtheist: Being Godless in America

Walker Bragman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

I was deeply disturbed by the news that the House had passed a measure to bar the Defense Department from appointing atheist military chaplains, but I...

The Bell of Liberty and the Price of Freedom (Part 1 of 3)

Steve Robertson | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Steve Robertson

Coincidently, in the 60's, we were told of a new brewing trouble and the freedom bell was rung again. A new enemy had arisen, this time, the political philosophy of communism. The word "enemy," interestingly, comes from Latin and means "not friend."

Who, What, Where, Why and How

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We hear so much about the Founding Fathers and how we should adhere to their "vision" of America. I decided it was time to find out a few facts about what these Founding Fathers actually thought.

Destination Washington DC-The Jefferson

Illeana Hoffman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Travel
Illeana Hoffman

Destination Washington D.C. - The Jefferson by Illeana Hoffman and Steven Lapidus After the recent visit to Vermont, the next leg of our college sear...

Bill Clinton's Legacy: An Inconvenient Irony

Brian Czech | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Brian Czech

Thanks in no small measure to the win-win legacy of Clinton, these days it seems everything good for the environment has to be premised upon economic growth or it won't even be considered.

What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

Brian Levin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Sometimes, upholding the Constitution and protecting the country it set out to establish might involve acts that appear to violate bits and pieces of it. We should talk about transparency, oversight, and striking a balance between liberty and security.

Thomas Jefferson and Our Ancestral Tabbed Browser

Kimann Schultz | Posted 09.10.2013 | Technology
Kimann Schultz

Thomas Jefferson would no doubt have delighted in trying out my Mac and been eager to set up for himself a personal email address, illustrative and concise, in the same way he crafted his own epitaph, text bytes first carved into stone.

Of Corruption, Contempt & Climate Immorality

William S. Becker | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

As Mother Jones and others are pointing out, there was a significant change in President Obama's message when he gave his landmark climate speech las...

What Would Thomas Jefferson Say About Detroit?

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 09.08.2013 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Going over the depressing news about the Supreme Court's slash and dash of the Voting Rights Act, I began to lament further about the Emergency Management appointments in Michigan. Suddenly, I became even more energized to work harder to build the movement to Washington.

Filter Success: The End of Social Discourse

Shelly Palmer | Posted 09.08.2013 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

  237-ish years ago, a great, nascent political experiment fought its way into being. A government of the people, by the people and for the peop...

More Americans Want Government Out of International Affairs

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

The number of Americans wanting their government to stay out of international affairs is higher than it has been since the Vietnam War, according to a new analysis.

Talking About a Little Illinois Revolution This Independence Day

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Those demonstrations in Egypt and Brazil, and the Arab Spring uprisings that came before them, remind me once again that our government can be better if we're willing, together, to put in some effort. To speak up. To demand change. To attend a meeting now and then.

5 Ways Thomas Jefferson Changed Your Home

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 07.04.2013 | HuffPost Home

You'd be surprised at how many of his inventions withstood the test of time.