Tag Archives: Fred Kaplan

Not Implying Even Correlation

Post hoc ergo propter hoc – correlation does not imply causation. A correlation between two variables does not necessarily imply that one causes the other – two things just happened at the same time. That your team wins every time you wear that funky … Continue reading

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The Problem When Things Go Well

Some days are slow news days, and some days are not, and Thursday, October 20, 2011, was not one of those slow news days when the cable news channels run backgrounders on how the decades-old tax theories of Steve Forbes … Continue reading

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He’s Dead, Jim

In the late sixties, and since then in endless syndication, we learned that things are pretty simple. In episode after episode of that original Star Trek show, the ship’s medical officer, McCoy, would turn to Captain James T. Kirk and … Continue reading

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Shrug and Move On

Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you. Satchel Paige is said to have said that, repeatedly, and some find those words amusing, or inspirational. We really are a forward looking people – just ask the folks at MSNBC … Continue reading

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Knowing Things

That last day in the classroom was a long time ago – June 1981 – and then it was goodbye to teaching English at the prep school in upstate New York, selling most everything, and then heading off to the … Continue reading

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That End of the World Stuff

It’s no fun being an old fart. No one knows what you’re talking about. Hell, try to explain that when you say you’ll dial a number on the phone that has to do with telephones once having dials, not buttons … Continue reading

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Star Wars Was Just a Movie

Okay, maybe you had to be in the middle of it, in the mid to late eighties, working out here in the aerospace industry, at the factory that pumped out military satellites and the odd payloads they carried, and bopping … Continue reading

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