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Dostoevsky’s forgotten lesson about human nature

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Written by Seth Grossman Monday, July 30, 2012 03:57 pm

“I am a sick man. I am a spiteful man. I believe my liver is diseased. However, I don’t consult a doctor for it, though I respect medicine and doctors. No, I refuse to consult a doctor from spite. I am well aware that I cannot ‘pay back’ the doctors by not consulting them, and that I am only injuring myself. But still, if I don’t consult a doctor, it is from spite. My liver is bad. Well let it get worse!”

–  Fyodor Dostoevsky, “Notes from the Underground,” 1864

 

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Obama can’t run on his abysmal record

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Written by Harry Hurley Monday, July 30, 2012 12:38 pm

There is mounting evidence that Barack Obama has had a second "Jump the Shark" moment.

Several weeks ago we wrote in detail about the meaning of "Jump the Shark." It's a reference to the popular television program “Happy Days” from the ’70s and ’80s. When the character Fonzie "jumped the shark," it was the beginning of the end for the iconic program.

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Republicans push to limit voter rights

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Written by Norm Cohen Monday, July 30, 2012 12:36 pm

I have to agree with the headline over Seth's column last week; that we need to do more than just vote if we are going to have any influence on the direction this country is going.

Actually, we have found that even 100 letters to an elected representative can be sufficient to change the representative's mind. That is why being active in local grassroots groups like the Coalition for Peace and Justice or Seth's Liberty and Prosperity, can make a difference. Writing letters to the editor, attending town meetings, being active, all are as important as voting.

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