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A Pragmatist's Take

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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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Palo Alto's Woke proto-Authoritarians
Aug 18, 2020 7:42 pm
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"You don't put civil rights to a vote." That was Mayor Adrian Fine after his position on access to Foothills Park was defeated. I was surprised not... More
Foothills Park: City does NOT want to hear from most of you
Jul 27, 2020 6:16 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 5,575

Palo Alto's Parks & Recreation Commission (PRC) has scheduled a special meeting to have a two-hour panel discussion on "Foothills Park Access",... More
Foothills Park controversy back to Council yet-again on Tuesday: Why, oh, why?
Jun 21, 2020 4:45 am
Comments: 24 | Views: 6,028

((Update 2020-06-23: This has been removed from the current agenda on a motion by Councilmember Lydia Kou supported by Vice Mayor Tom DuBois (... More
Never let a crisis go to waste: Overloading the City Council agenda
Jun 14, 2020 1:07 am
Comments: 21 | Views: 5,558

"Never let a crisis go to waste" is one of those sayings that has conflicting interpretations. One is to force a focus on what needs to be done,... More
Obsolete Guesstimates Keeping Businesses Closed
May 28, 2020 12:50 am
Comments: 15 | Views: 3,384

If you had a mathematic model that produced the same result despite substantial changes in crucial parameters, would you use it in important policy decisions? Apparently... More
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