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“It’s a future where you don’t forget anything … In this new future you’re never lost … We will know your position down to the foot and down to the inch over time …Your car will drive itself, it’s a bug that cars were invented before computers … you’re never lonely … you’re never bored …you’re never out of ideas … We can suggest where you go next, who to meet, what to read ... What’s interesting about this future is that it’s for the average person, not just the elites.”

—Google CEO Eric Schmidt on his vision of the future

Time to buckle up your seatbelts, folks. You’re in for a bumpy ride.

We’re hurtling down a one-way road toward the Police State at mind-boggling speeds, the terrain is getting more treacherous by the minute, and we’ve passed all the exit ramps. From this point forward, there is no turning back, and the signpost ahead reads “Danger.”

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It’s been 50 years since the Beatles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — first landed in America on Feb. 7, 1964, and the news media is awash with nostalgic tributes to the band that “changed everything.”

While there is much to celebrate about the Beatles coming to America, there is also much to regret starting with the fact that while we may remember the music of the Beatles, we’ve lost sight of the hope for change and revolutionary spirit that were hallmarks of those days. Indeed, the Beatles opened the floodgates of music with their riveting Feb. 9 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show which was televised to 72 million Americans in what has been dubbed “the night that changed America.” Beatlemania, in turn, helped fuel a social, cultural and political revolution that took aim at everything from war, capitalism and racism to women’s rights, militarization and equality.

 

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You, or someone you love, may have amylophobia. I fortunately don't have it, which is good since I can't pronounce it. The word amylophobia originated during an anti-bread movement in the 1920s and it translates as “the fear of starch.” The latest incarnation of this theme has zeroed in on gluten, the protein component of wheat and other grains. An expanded list of offending foods have emerged that range from bread and pasta to beer and pretzels. The gluten list also includes non-grain products such as sauces, seasoning, juices, etc. that can have gluten introduced during processing.

There's plenty of money to be made by not selling something. Gluten-free products are big business. A pizzeria chain in Ohio is test-marketing a pizza - sans the dough. The crust is a soy composition, so there is a “bottom” to place the toppings on. At least the pizza maker doesn't have to worry about hand-tossing the dough. They should take it a couple steps further and make the pizza edible for lactose intolerant folks and for vegetarians. Tofu and tomato sauce sounds yummy.

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Fifty years ago this month – on Jan. 8, 1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson announced an "unconditional war on poverty in America." Considering the money spent on poverty-related programs in the ensuing half century – $16 trillion, according to the Cato Institute – and the percentage of Americans still listed as poor, it’s time to concede defeat, change strategy or redefine poverty.

Conceding defeat against poverty is unacceptable, of course. But redefining poverty means building a better safety net, not opening a bigger umbrella, as President Obama is expected to propose in his State of the Union Address this month. He's expected to dramatize income inequality – the gap between the “rich” and “poor” – and seek an increase in the minimum wage and an extension of longterm unemployment benefits.

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