Monthly Archives: April 2011

An Unfortunate Disruption

As you have probably noticed, the last daily column at this site was posted on Monday evening, April 25 – and there’s been nothing since. There’s a reason for that. This is a one-man operation and Tuesday afternoon I was … Continue reading

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You Never Know

What is there to say? What follows is column 1,429 in the current format, in place since March 2007 – but this has being going on since May 2003 – and there’s no point in counting any longer. What started … Continue reading

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Stepping Outside the Tribal Circle

It’s generally accepted – and supported by information theory and cognitive psychology – that facts and evidence don’t generally affect people’s opinions much at all. We only pretend that we’re persuading the other side to change their mind on this … Continue reading

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The Impossibility of Argument

You’re reading a political blog. Yes, you are. You know you are. And here’s another sentence. And here’s another one. But why are you still reading? Ah, you know what to expect – you’re primed. Here’s fact. Here’s evidence. What … Continue reading

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The Seductive Lure of Total Nonsense

Americans have been known to embrace nonsense, as there were all those somewhat tongue-in-cheek Superman movies over all the years. You weren’t supposed to take them seriously – like Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) from Richard Donner. They were … Continue reading

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Living at Trump World Tower

Maybe it’s what America wants in a president – someone who is really irritating. And at this time, of all the Republicans who seem to want be that party’s nominee to face Obama, the polling seems to indicate Donald Trump … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Warning to Stop Playing Games

Sports are pretty basic. The ancient Greeks provided the basic model for them all. You ran faster than anyone else, or you threw something a greater distance that anyone else, or one-on-one, you beat and tossed the other guy around … Continue reading

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