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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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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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A bad beginning makes a bad ending: City Council
Dec 8, 2018 11:47 pm
Comments: 8 | Views: 1,730

The current City Council is ending as it began 2 years ago, with the pro-development majority abusing its power. Back then those Council members would introduce... More
Will subsidies for developers trickle down to provide more affordable housing for high-income people? Monday@City Council
Dec 2, 2018 4:48 am
Comments: 15 | Views: 1,917

At this Monday's City Council meeting, the current pro-developer majority is expected to give a big early-Christmas gift to developers and large property owners.... More
El Camino: Another scheme to increase congestion?
Nov 12, 2018 12:35 am
Comments: 32 | Views: 3,305

The risk that either alternative will actually be implemented is minimal: Both call for substantial widening of El Camino, which requires taking private property... More
Non-Player Character: Can you be mistaken for an IRL-NPC?
Oct 15, 2018 4:31 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 3,442

An NPC is a character in a computer game whose actions are determined by an automated script or set of rules, as opposed to being a character controlled by a player.... More
Kavanaugh-Ford: A widening societal division on justice
Sep 30, 2018 2:58 am
Comments: 23 | Views: 3,140

The public's reactions to Prof. Ford's accusations of Judge Kavanaugh highlighted an increasing division in what we as a society consider proper conduct in dealing... More
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