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The Wizard of Oz and Philosophy: A Rubik's Cube for Readers
Everybody has seen The Wizard of Oz sometime. The 1939 Judy Garland film is shown on television at least yearly Many of us profess to having read the book that started it all by L. Frank Baum. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz should probably go on the top ten list of books that Americans say they have read, but really didn’t. 
... I know now what I missed because I finished reading “The Wizard of Oz and Philosophy, Wicked Wisdom of the West” edited by Randall E. Auxier and Phillip S. Seng, published in 2008 by Open Court in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series. Essays on all things Ozian fill the book. Philosophers throughout the book link Baum’s characters to Socrates, Plato, Hegel and Langer. 
 
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Guest Editorial: The media's deliberate stupidity

For weeks, the news media have been buzzing about earmarks in the recently signed omnibus spending bill. We've been told over and over that the bill is "loaded," "filled," and "stuffed" with earmarks. Since earmarks made up less than 2 percent of the bill's total spending, this is a little like saying Alaska is "filled" with people.

...Then there's CNN. The cable channel has cited the honeybee funding several times, never bothering to explain it. Last Saturday, for example, CNN's Josh Levs offered examples of earmarks in the bill -- John McCain's examples, of course: "Take a look. John McCain named some. We're going to show you some examples, $1.7 million for a honeybee factory in Texas, another $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa. There's a million dollars in there for cricket control in Utah."

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