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Reality vs Human Nature
We often hear that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Public opinion, on the other hand, has a well-known bias in favor of ignorance and jingoism. The truth is usually evident, but will not be accepted until much later. This is especially true when the truth turns out to be unpleasant or (even worse) expensive.
—Ralph    |   |



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Boston Marathon bomber files
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N.Y. judge tosses conviction of
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Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney
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Egypt arrests Brotherhood members for
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Zimbabwe's Mugabe to
change cabinet: source


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attack blamed on Islamist groups


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tighten asylum rules


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