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EVERYTHING BUT SPORTS: Tuesday linkfest!

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:16 am

milton-stanley-column bylineWelcome to the Tuesday linkfest, a compendium of some of the best and most important items posted over the past week on the Web.

Let’s begin with politics and current events. Does anyone else have a feeling that all the ginned-up drama from Washington about the debt limit and so-called “shutdown” is doing little more than deflecting attention from some real scandals facing the country? Taxlaw professor Paul Caron, for example, continues to keep track of the unresolved scandal of IRS abuses.

Also, new revelations keep coming to light on how extensively the NSA is spying on Americans.  In an ironic twist to this story, it seems someone may be spying on the NSA as well. And to complicate matters even more, Wired explains how big tech companies want to track us as much as the NSA does. In light of these and many other snooping-goings-on, software freedom activitist Richard Stallman asks an important question: “How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?” Some Americans, at least, are paying attention and plan to do something about it.

And of course, news cycles may come and go, but many unanswered questions and unpunished perpetrators remain for other huge scandals such as AFT gunwalking and the Benghazi attack.

This one isn’t particularly scandalous, but it certainly is current: a New York Times “Room for Debate” feature on whether or not organized athletics are good for children.

I hope this article doesn’t indicate a trend, but I fear it might: U.S. Army Defines Christian Ministry as ‘Domestic Hate Group.’

Writing on Christian discipleship, Dan Edelen offers some good advice for When a Christian Feels Like an Imposter, and the ever-curmudgeonly Jeff Weddle explains that Self-Esteem Has Little if Any Place in Christianity.

Finally, from the I-just-find-this-fascinating department, archaeologists may have deciphered the world’s “very first data storage system” in ancient Mesopotamian clay balls.

Thanks for reading, and may you be edified by these readings.