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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Is Palo Alto prepared for a Coronavirus outbreak?

No. I can confidently say this based upon earlier outbreaks -- they have repeatedly demonstrated that various failures by decision-makers and others are part of...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 30, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 14, 2020 at 7:33 pm | 19 comments | 3308 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Expert witnesses are more than experts. Plus my 7 fundamental impeachment questions

Articles and books bemoaning the public's distrust of "experts" have been appearing for many years. One near constant is the author's refusal to...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 7, 2019
Last comment by Why?, on Dec 15, 2019 at 2:16 am | 43 comments | 5037 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Skeptical of the "skeptics" but not the advocates?

In another blog on this site "^Skeptics, Dupes and Paranoids^" about the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 22, 2019
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm | 37 comments | 3996 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2207 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Moral Panic, again on guns

A moral panic involves masses of people becoming irrational about a problem, both over-estimating how widespread and serious it is and demanding immediate action...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 22, 2019
Last comment by Frohickey, on Sep 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm | 21 comments | 3354 Views

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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 | 2872 Views

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YouTube punishes publicizing of UK gangs sexually exploiting children

There is corporate PR and then there is reality. The New York Times reported ==I "^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 6, 2019
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jun 11, 2019 at 6:15 pm |
6 comments | 2538 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Demonization: Single-family homeowners are deplorables, especially Palo Altans

I have been attempting to produce a summary of the positions and arguments on the collection of bills in the California State Legislature advertised as responses...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 26, 2019
Last comment by Foreigner in the US, on Jun 3, 2019 at 1:08 pm | 43 comments | 3813 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

State Legislature on Housing: Getting the Demos out of Democracy & with it, Accountability

The State Legislature is in the middle of its annual exercise of stripping political power from the citizenry (Demos in Greek = people) and putting it in the hands...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 15, 2019
Last comment by Michael O., on Apr 9, 2019 at 11:41 pm | 9 comments | 3403 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Downtown Commercial Cap: Once more into the breach

Remember when City Council was opposing the conversion of the President Hotel building from affordable housing to a hotel? Seems like just yesterday, but it was...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 10, 2019
Last comment by Deception by Statistics, on Feb 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm | 4 comments | 2725 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

How to Train your City Manager?

Like a dragon, the City Manager is very powerful and sits atop substantial assets, both capital and monetary. As seen in the movie, training a dragon is not about...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 29, 2019
Last comment by Sunshine, on Feb 4, 2019 at 10:04 am | 5 comments | 2750 Views

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Will subsidies for developers trickle down to provide more affordable housing for high-income people? Monday@City Council

At this Monday's City Council meeting, the current pro-developer majority is expected to give a big early-Christmas gift to developers and large property owners....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 2, 2018
Last comment by Kevin, on Jan 27, 2019 at 1:34 pm | 18 comments | 4632 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Promising news on credentialism: Palo Alto failed basic test for malignant bureaucracy

I have railed against the pursuit of meaningless awards, credentials and other distinctions by City Hall and various advocates -- they serve only to inflate the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 4, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Jan 5, 2019 at 12:42 pm | 1 comment | 3266 Views

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A bad beginning makes a bad ending: City Council

The current City Council is ending as it began 2 years ago, with the pro-development majority abusing its power. Back then those Council members would introduce...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 8, 2018
Last comment by Harry Merkin, on Dec 15, 2018 at 1:18 pm | 8 comments | 3346 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

El Camino: Another scheme to increase congestion?

The risk that either alternative will actually be implemented is minimal: Both call for substantial widening of El Camino, which requires taking private property...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 12, 2018
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 19, 2018 at 11:44 am | 32 comments | 4947 Views

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Fight racism: Oppose districts for PAUSD

A threatened lawsuit is seeking to enshrine racist attitudes on our School Board elections, and potentially on the policies of the PAUSD. (==I "^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 5, 2018
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Oct 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm |
20 comments | 2879 Views

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Non-Player Character: Can you be mistaken for an IRL-NPC?

An NPC is a character in a computer game whose actions are determined by an automated script or set of rules, as opposed to being a character controlled by a player....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 15, 2018
Last comment by Tim Buck II, on Oct 17, 2018 at 6:33 pm | 6 comments | 8009 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 | 4558 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Populism: A response to the failure of the elites: Palo Alto edition

==I "Especially in this day and age, populism is something to be resisted. That we don't want to be populists. That we basically want to do things with good...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 23, 2018
Last comment by StarSpring, on Sep 29, 2018 at 10:38 am | 16 comments | 4949 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 6422 Views
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