Category Archives: Lying to Win

Mind Tricks

The last day in October, capped off by Halloween night and the massive surreal parade just down the street in West Hollywood, the largest gay community south of San Francisco. That’s always a hoot, but not the only news. The … Continue reading

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Floating Free Above the Real World

South Carolina is a strange place – that should be stipulated. There it’s all NASCAR and pulled-pork sandwiches, and South Carolina is home to the Christian Exodus movement – all fundamentalist evangelical Christians should personally secede from the United Sates … Continue reading

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Mendacity Squared

People lie because lying works. There was that seminal 1979 book on the matter – Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life – by the formidable Sissela Bok – the daughter of two Nobel Prize winners and married to the then-president of Harvard. … Continue reading

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On Being Played for Fools

Saturday, September 13 – and the giant hurricane has passed through Texas causing less damage than expected and the last of the bodies has been pulled from the horrendous Los Angeles train wreck, and whatever will happen with Lehman Brothers … Continue reading

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Pretending the Press Is What You Think It Should Be

It is probably right to assume that those who work in the news business – the folks at the Associated Press and Reuters, in broadcast and cable news, and the few remaining people who work for newspapers – refer to … Continue reading

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Obama and his Day of Pigs

In April, 1961, President Kennedy had that Bay of Pigs disaster – a half-assed amateurish invasion of Cuba which failed spectacularly. You might remember it – if you’re an old geezer. CIA director Allen Dulles, deputy CIA director Charles Cabell, … Continue reading

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The Joy of Not Knowing Things When No One Else Does Either

If politicians know one thing, they know this. Explaining things that you yourself don’t understand can get you in trouble – explaining economics, for example.   People listen politely, then someone in the back, sensing that they’re hearing nonsense, smiles. … Continue reading

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