The Obama administration plans to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire this year.  I have been dismayed by this for many reasons, not the least of which being the fact that this will reintroduce the “marriage penalty”’—married couples will pay more taxes than unmarried couples who live together.  But if one respected economist is correct, the consequences of rolling back the tax cuts will be much more dire.  Arthur Laffer has sparked a lot of debate with his recent Wall Street Journal piece predicting an economic collapse if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire.

It is hardly news that in American culture women’s breasts are widely regarded primarily as sex organs.  But apparently now this perspective is so ingrained that even a writer for a mother’s magazine finds the idea of breast-feeding “creepy.”  Check out this disturbing article in the Telegraph, where Rowan Pelling writes, “Modern women have been told so frequently that their breasts are man-magnets that many find it impossible to believe they have any other biological function.”

And, now that you’ve been surfing a bit to a few websites, you might want to know about Nicholas Carr’s new book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.  How is the Internet affecting us cerebrally?  Not well, evidently.  In addition to this review, check out the short video at the end of the page, in which Carr summarizes his book.

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