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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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Fight racism: Oppose districts for PAUSD
Sep 5, 2018 5:51 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 1,913

A threatened lawsuit is seeking to enshrine racist attitudes on our School Board elections, and potentially on the policies of the PAUSD. (==I "^... More
Misadventures in boycotting: In-N-Out Burger & Wil Wheaton
Sep 1, 2018 2:56 am
Comments: 26 | Views: 4,603

These two recent instances of political boycotting are interesting supplements to an earlier blog.(foot#1)

The Chair of the California Democratic Party, Eric... More
A sanctimonious, hypocritical (national) media
Aug 17, 2018 2:56 pm
Comments: 50 | Views: 4,084

"Are you willing to pay for quality journalism?" is a promo I routinely receive. And my rhetorical response is ==I "Does that mean you have... More
Use-Mention distinction fading; Idiocracy ascendant
Jul 21, 2018 2:32 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 3,044

Failures to make this distinction can have substantial real-world consequences, damaging reputations and lives. Yet in even the simplest cases of this aspect of... More
The Right to Listen: Free Speech #2
Jun 14, 2018 5:21 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 5,741

Speech is different from talking. It necessarily involves the communication of thoughts from a speaker to an audience (^... More
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