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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

A reprehensible political ad

This is not so much about a particular set of lies at the core of one political ad, but more about Palo Alto's political environment. When very prominent people...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 2, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm | 32 comments | 12994 Views

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Winning the battle but losing the war? Thinking strategically and recent events

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 18, 2017
Last comment by resident, on Aug 28, 2017 at 12:39 pm | 30 comments | 15624 Views

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Anonymous Sources: Facebook and YouTube suppressing important questions and discussion

On Friday night (11/8), Facebook and YouTube announced that they would suppress any postings that included the name of the person widely believed to be the ==I "whistleblower&q...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 12, 2019
Last comment by Pensacola, on Nov 23, 2019 at 11:51 am | 29 comments | 8009 Views

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Misuse of Mixed-use Development

Mixed-use development is an enticing concept. The notion is that by combining different categories--housing, office, retail--you can make better use...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 23, 2016
Last comment by Rashad, on Apr 27, 2016 at 6:55 pm | 29 comments | 14433 Views

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California Democrats seek to revive the Republican Party; Republicans expected to resist

Negative partisanship describes when your voting for a particular party arises from opposition to the other parties. That is, you don't positively support...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 16, 2017
Last comment by resident, on Jul 21, 2017 at 11:17 am | 28 comments | 11041 Views

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This time we're not lying. HONEST! No, really!

Non-clickbait headline: Highly partisan media, the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect & examples from my history. Fake news has been big news for over...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 19, 2018
Last comment by Nayeli, on Jan 26, 2018 at 11:35 am | 28 comments | 7541 Views

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Damore's Google Memo NLRB Complaint Rejected: More misrepresentations

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

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 17, 2018
Last comment by peninsula resident, on Feb 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm | 28 comments | 8338 Views

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No on B, Faithlessness and Fecklessness

Measure B is the 30-year half-cent sales tax increase for VTA. The arguments for it focus on what is needed, what it could fund, and what has been ==B...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 8, 2016
Last comment by Andrew Boone, on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm | 28 comments | 11751 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Stupid Growth: So-called "Smart Growth" is a cancer on the community

Rule of thumb: Anything that needs to be labeled "smart" isn't. Classic Brainteaser: "Why aren't there ants that are the size of elephants?" The...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 7, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Jun 14, 2014 at 11:07 am | 27 comments | 19391 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Support your local whistleblowers (inside social media companies)

The Declaration of Independence is the name of the document, but the war is commonly called the American Revolution because it was much more than a war for independence....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 3, 2019
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Aug 5, 2019 at 11:07 am | 26 comments | 5800 Views

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I blame soccer (teamwork)

A society's values can be seen in the games its children play (to a lesser extent for adults). Games embody values?what skills and knowledge are important?and make...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 28, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Apr 3, 2015 at 10:31 pm | 26 comments | 15591 Views

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Misadventures in boycotting: In-N-Out Burger & Wil Wheaton

These two recent instances of political boycotting are interesting supplements to an earlier blog.(foot#1) The Chair of the California Democratic Party, Eric...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 1, 2018
Last comment by Anon, on Sep 6, 2018 at 8:54 am | 26 comments | 10189 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Public Transit Follies

Two false assumptions about public transit underlie "Smart Growth" as it is practiced here. The first is that trips other than commutes can be (largely)...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 1, 2014
Last comment by Greenacres, on Jul 20, 2014 at 11:27 am | 26 comments | 19537 Views

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"the Summit" (CompPlan): Forewarned is Forearmed

Life lesson: "Avoid meetings whose purpose is to have a meeting", and its related admonition ==I "Avoid meetings intended for those who enjoy attending...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 20, 2015
Last comment by Thanks for truthtelling, on May 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm | 25 comments | 9225 Views

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Public Discourse: Inverted Totalitarianism, Threshold Models and Cell Phones

Online discussions are an important part of public discourse even for people who don't participate directly. Much of what they hear from others may have come from...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 21, 2016
Last comment by sunshine, on Feb 27, 2016 at 8:27 am | 24 comments | 7571 Views

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Housing Policy: It's community, not generational

Although the debate on housing policy has recently been stated in terms of affordability for Millennials, it is actually one of different cultures, and of questions...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 20, 2015
Last comment by Just Work Here, on Jan 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm | 24 comments | 9338 Views

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A manipulative candidate questionnaire

The severe limitations of multiple-choice exams are well known, and I expect that all of you have your own horror stories.(foot#1) Despite this, the local advocacy...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 8, 2016
Last comment by Pa Ford, on Sep 14, 2016 at 11:10 pm | 24 comments | 10924 Views

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Disputing a Council Endorsement on Attitude toward residents

I strongly disagree with one of the Weekly's endorsements...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 25, 2016
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Oct 31, 2016 at 1:03 pm |
24 comments | 13207 Views

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Foothills Park controversy back to Council yet-again on Tuesday: Why, oh, why?

((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 (

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 21, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Jul 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm |
24 comments | 6792 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Kavanaugh-Ford: A widening societal division on justice

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 30, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on Oct 6, 2018 at 11:12 am | 23 comments | 7132 Views
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