You know how you hear we shouldn't have a space program or NEA or NIH because they don't help people? Zack Weiner of SMBC has a response.
Also, here's a good post analyzing the bloviating about how Medicaid will be the end of of rational civilization. Heh. That train has left the station, ship has sailed, dog has moved on.
And an review of Robert Bellah's book Religion in Human Evolution.