Between The Lines This Week – October 26-November 1, 2014

Meet the New Serfs: You
It’s perverse: If an ordinary citizen makes a typo on his 1040EZ, he could be on the hook for untold sums of money, fines, even jail time. When the IRS abuses its power to harass political enemies, nothing happens. Even in medieval times, the distinction between lords and serfs was not so pronounced.
National Review

Are You Sure You Have Nothing to Hide?
Everyone has something to hide. It’s why we have curtains and blinds over our windows. It’s why we use envelopes for our letters. We know, deep down, that our private lives should stay private. Why should we treat our digital privacy differently?
The New American

Mankind Has Suffered More from Bugs than Battles!
From the dawn of history, mankind has experienced times of sickness, sorrow, and suffering. Often, times of pestilence were mysterious, sudden, and without remedy. Lack of knowledge, superstition, and poor sanitary conditions often contributed to the progress of the pestilence.
Canada Free Press

United States is a Dysfunctional Society
If you require more evidence that the United States is a dysfunctional society, observe American elections. Election season is slander season. Each party’s attack teams focus on misrepresenting, defaming, and ridiculing the opposing party’s candidates. Attack ads have replaced debates and any discussion of what the issues are, or should be, and how candidates perceive the public’s interest. Each attack team tells lies designed to enrage various voters about the other team’s candidate.

US Destroying Syria’s Oil Infrastructure Under Guise of Fighting ISIS
The US is considering bombing pipelines in Syria, which it claims is an attempt to cut off the huge profits being made by ISIS from captured oilfields. The trouble with this justification for destroying Syria’s oil pipelines, is that ISIS does not have the capability to use the pipelines to transfer oil. ISIS transports the stolen oil on the back of trucks, and sells it on the black market in Turkey.
New Eastern Outlook

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