Month: February 2014

The Endangered Species List

On September 1, 1914, “Martha,” the last remaining passenger pigeon (ectopistes migratorius), died at the Cincinnati Zoo. On September 7, 1936, “Benjamin,” the last Tasmanian tiger (thylacinus cynocephalus), died at Australia’s Hobart Zoo. And on June 24, 2012, “Lonesome George,” the last living Pinta Island tortoise (chelonoidis nigra abingdoni), died in Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park. …

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Excuses, Excuses

So-called “tax protestors” have dreamed up dozens of excuses for not paying the taxes the rest of us grumble about. They argue that the Sixteenth Amendment, which authorizes the government to levy an income tax without apportionment among the states, was never “properly ratified.” They accuse the “alleged” Internal Revenue Service of being a massive …

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