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Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

All content by Jake Perron

Afraid of the dark

Published March 13, 2008

To proclaim that change is what this country most needs is a gross understatement. This country is not simply in need of change - this country is in dire need of an enema. The ever-unfolding mystery wrapped...

In the realms of the unmentioned

Published January 31, 2008

Washington is not broken. Maybe it is to the pessimist who cites an impending recession, rising health care costs, or a war with no end in sight. But as university students, we're supposed to be optimistic,...

Barking up the wrong tree

Published November 26, 2007

Twin Cities lawmakers have blundered in irresponsible efforts to address "dangerous dog" ownership for quite some time. Though the ordinance proposed on Wednesday, Nov. 14 is an improvement from previous...

Perfect memories of a perfect past?

Published November 12, 2007

Twenty-two-year-old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has battled privacy advocates and cyber stalkers with a double-edged sword since the conception of his startup Web site in 2004. To his credit, Zuckerberg...

Brought to you by a young contrarian

Published November 5, 2007

For Immanuel Kant, maturity and enlightenment come from the courage to use one's own understanding. "If I have a book to serve as my understanding, a pastor to serve as my conscience, a physician to determine...

Republicans: Chameleons or elephants?

Published October 29, 2007

My sympathies go out to young Republicans voting today if they believe in traditional Party values. Is there a candidate who will defend them unequivocally, or is winning the only criterion for their national...

Implanting knowledge before chips

Published October 22, 2007

I don't usually revisit previous columns, but the diverse reactions I received to "Life keeps getting easier - and scarier" (Oct. 8) prompts me to do so. One such reaction came from Mark Roberti, editor...

Internet Protest

Published October 15, 2007

The Vietnam War is often used as a comparison for the quagmire President George W. Bush created in Iraq. First, the similarities were drawn between the unnecessary reasons for our involvement in the two...

Life keeps getting easier – and scarier

Published October 8, 2007

There's a new version of the UPC arriving soon in your town. EPCs, Electronic Production Codes, are galaxies beyond their product code predecessor; and the technology behind them has the potential to entirely...

Playing for your team

Published October 1, 2007

I was growing increasingly frustrated with three guys wearing nearly identical outfits (khaki shorts with bulging cargo pockets, striped polo shirts and sandals that displayed months of toenail neglect)....

Cheap symbolic gestures

Published September 24, 2007

I rushed to the corner store of University and 10th Avenue (try their cheese curds) when I heard that one of my favorite writers, Christopher Hitchens, had been persuaded by his colleagues at Vanity Fair...

Liberal college indoctrination: fiction?

Published September 17, 2007

Perhaps the old adage, "if you aren't liberal in your 20s, you don't have a heart, and if you aren't a capitalist by your 40s, you don't have a brain" is more of a truism than witty paternal advice......

Enemies of pragmatism, friends of pragmatism

Published September 10, 2007

I could nearly feel the seismic undulations coming from Thomas Jefferson's grave in Virginia after reading Osama bin Laden's most recent message to the United States. And I can't even begin to speculate...

Minnesota nice, or not!

Published September 6, 2007

After the last box has been taken to your dorm and just before the hatchback closes on the family station wagon, your parents probably took the opportunity to offer that universal goodbye advice to the...

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