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Flying apart

I’ve come to fear controversies such as the suddenly ubiquitous Ferguson saga for perhaps a different reason than many people: these white-hot debates yank the entire country out of orbit and appeals for calm and reason always seem to lack the force to set matters aright.

Seer Sucker

It's time once again for the Pop Quiz of the Future, our annual crystal ball gazing exercise wherein we manage to miss the biggest stories that will unfold during any given year - leave those to Nancy Grace - at the same time we aim to incite a few giggles along the way. Our goal is to amuse if not necessarily to inform.

Gaze into the future

True to form

True to form, We The People have decided to wage another exhausting battle over what might have caused a mentally unbalanced person to go on a rampage in Arizona this weekend, killing a federal judge, a nine-year-old girl (born one day after my own daughter) and four others, and leaving a Democratic congresswoman clinging to life. Is this act solely attributable to a lone wacko? Or did a national political debate steeped in violence and anger have something to do with the decision of 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner to grab a Glock and shoot up everything and everyone in sight? And what does it say about America when, time and again, people with malign intent obtain semiautomatic weapons with such ease? Are we doomed, in the sardonic language of Internet chat rooms, to wash, rinse and repeat?

The new math

With the old year giving way to the new, I find myself increasingly confused by the old rules of math and logic. To wit:

Math is hard

As the old year gives way to the new, I find myself increasingly confused by what once seemed like elementary rules of math and logic. To wit:

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