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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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This time we're not lying. HONEST! No, really!
Jan 19, 2018 11:53 pm
Comments: 28 | Views: 3,241

Non-clickbait headline: Highly partisan media, the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect & examples from my history.

Fake news has been big news for over... More
Joe Simitian talk: Listening to Trump's America: Bridging the Divide
Oct 15, 2017 2:00 am
Comments: 46 | Views: 5,908

In the wake of the Trump election, Joe Simitian--a Palo Alto native and currently County Supervisor--visited three counties that had swung to voting for Trump after... More
Swastikas, censorship, false positives and kittens
Sep 7, 2017 7:47 pm
Comments: 4 | Views: 4,524

Increasing efforts to block online content from hate groups and terrorists has been accompanied by an unsurprising increase in reports of perfectly legitimate content... More
SB35: Taking power from the people
Aug 31, 2017 5:04 pm
Comments: 20 | Views: 5,470

Who would ever think that the way to increase affordable housing would be to make it more expensive? That what the backers of California Senate Bill 35 (SB35) would... More
Winning the battle but losing the war? Thinking strategically and recent events
Aug 18, 2017 12:30 am
Comments: 30 | Views: 4,933

In the time and place I grew up, we received repeated lessons about not sacrificing the ultimate victory by insisting on winning all the small battles. Sometimes... More
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