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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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Pseudo-Primary for CA Senate District 13: some thoughts
Feb 21, 2020 4:51 am
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A big frustration with local candidates is that they resist differentiating themselves from their opponents. When pressed, the typical answer is so weak as to be... More
Is Palo Alto prepared for a Coronavirus outbreak?
Jan 30, 2020 1:36 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 3,487

No. I can confidently say this based upon earlier outbreaks -- they have repeatedly demonstrated that various failures by decision-makers and others are part of... More
Expert witnesses are more than experts. Plus my 7 fundamental impeachment questions
Dec 7, 2019 2:32 am
Comments: 43 | Views: 5,093

Articles and books bemoaning the public's distrust of "experts" have been appearing for many years. One near constant is the author's refusal to... More
Anonymous Sources: Facebook and YouTube suppressing important questions and discussion
Nov 12, 2019 3:17 am
Comments: 29 | Views: 2,251

On Friday night (11/8), Facebook and YouTube announced that they would suppress any postings that included the name of the person widely believed to be the ==I "whistleblower&q... More
Skeptical of the "skeptics" but not the advocates?
Sep 22, 2019 5:21 am
Comments: 37 | Views: 4,074

In another blog on this site "^Skeptics, Dupes and Paranoids^" about the... More
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