Monthly Archives: July 2014

No Other Choice

People only do what they have to do, which they really don’t want to do, when they have no other choice – as with that tedious college term paper long ago, or every college term paper long ago, and as … Continue reading

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Letting the Facts Speak

Everyone knows about confirmation bias – people will recognize information that confirms their beliefs as the only relevant information. Any information that doesn’t confirm their beliefs must be wrong, if it even exists – so people will often say that certain things … Continue reading

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Ready to Govern

Forget Putin and the Ukraine and the hot-war developing there. The few remaining bodies left rotting in the fields from the Malaysian airliner Putin’s separatists shot down two weeks ago aren’t going anywhere. And forget Israel in Gaza blowing up … Continue reading

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If Everybody’s Wrong

Don’t watch the news. The word is that Obama is a weak leader. Everyone knows that – he should tell Putin to stop the bullshit in eastern Ukraine, and tell Hamas to stop the bullshit in Gaza and just let … Continue reading

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Finding the Right Words

Former English teachers form the tiniest sliver of the general population, and many of them would never admit that they once made confused and truculent adolescents write essays on what Hamlet’s problem was with his mother and that sweet but … Continue reading

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Ryan to the Rescue

A curious news story got buried this week, one that seemed to signal a shift in American politics, but that’s understandable. In Gaza, the Israelis are rolling on, intent on wiping out Hamas and smashing everything in sight, and most … Continue reading

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Crazy for Israel

The world is a wonderful, various place. Grow up in Pittsburgh and do college in the empty middle of Ohio, and then do graduate school in the South – if North Carolina counts as the South – then teach English … Continue reading

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