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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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Mocking Nazis is a crime in Britain: Free Speech #1
May 1, 2018 4:21 am
Comments: 8 | Views: 8,252

Public awareness of ongoing attacks against Freedom of Speech is very low, judging from discussions with friends and from poor coverage in the mainstream media (MSM)... More
Enough with Boycotts & "We don't want your type around here"
Mar 31, 2018 3:55 am
Comments: 41 | Views: 11,358

Santa Clara County is planning a ban that I regard as equivalent--morally if not legally--to those states that effectively ban abortions by imposing regulations... More
Humpty Dumpty's Theory of Meaning + 1984 + Overton Window
Mar 17, 2018 4:16 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 8,351

Respect for language is essential for a meaningful, productive discussion. Developing a sensitivity to misuse and manipulation of language is a foundation of critical... More
Parkland School Shooting: Why work for a good solution when there is a proven non-starter?
Mar 1, 2018 12:33 am
Comments: 40 | Views: 8,374

This is not a discussion of the pros and cons, although I will include some notes about the complexities. Instead, my focus will be on the abysmal politics currently... More
Damore's Google Memo NLRB Complaint Rejected: More misrepresentations
Feb 17, 2018 12:12 am
Comments: 28 | Views: 3,321

James Damore was fired for an internal memo he wrote about Google diversity programs and political biases. The NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) effectively... More
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