Could an American coup d’etat ever be possible? Maybe.
Read John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter proclaiming Thomas More patron saint of politicians:
In this context, it is helpful to turn to the example of Saint Thomas More, who distinguished himself by his constant fidelity to legitimate authority and institutions precisely in his intention to serve not power but the supreme ideal of justice. His life teaches us that government is above all an exercise of virtue.
Is human aggression part of our primate hard-wiring? Robert M. Saposlky argues that’s not necessarily so (read the article on print months ago; now its online).
Imagine a world where pigs are so delicate that humans can’t visit them, as it risks a porcine pandemic. That’s the way it’s increasingly becoming in America. While the utterly fascinating article, Swine of the times: the making of the modern pig is difficult to obtain online, there’s a good discussion of it in indbay.org (the original’s in the May issue of my favorite magazine, Harper’s). Then again, there’s petri dish pork in our future, so can one be too humane about food animals?
In the de gustibus department, Wierd Meat looks at eating rats. To compensate for that thought, think instead of beer-battered, deep-fried bacon double quarter pounders. Then be thankful, that at long last, a guide to the shelf life of common condiments. Then read about all things pizza-related. And a cute article on Clamato.