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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

YouTube punishes publicizing 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 | 456 Views

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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 | 2743 Views

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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 | 2554 Views

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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 | 2208 Views

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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 | 2182 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 | 3702 Views

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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 | 2656 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 | 2688 Views

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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 | 4221 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 | 2223 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 | 5401 Views

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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 | 3930 Views

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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 | 4172 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 | 5210 Views

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A sanctimonious, hypocritical (national) media

"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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 17, 2018
Last comment by Harry Merkin, on Aug 28, 2018 at 10:49 pm | 50 comments | 4650 Views

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Use-Mention distinction fading; Idiocracy ascendant

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 21, 2018
Last comment by the_punnisher, on Jul 27, 2018 at 12:18 am | 20 comments | 3396 Views

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The Right to Listen: Free Speech #2

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

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 14, 2018
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jul 9, 2018 at 2:09 pm |
17 comments | 6829 Views

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Mocking Nazis is a crime in Britain: Free Speech #1

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)...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 1, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on May 31, 2018 at 3:52 am | 8 comments | 8590 Views

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Parkland School Shooting: Why work for a good solution when there is a proven non-starter?

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 1, 2018
Last comment by Santa Fe High school, on May 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm | 40 comments | 8788 Views

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Enough with Boycotts & "We don't want your type around here"

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 31, 2018
Last comment by Former PA resident, on Apr 21, 2018 at 10:17 am | 41 comments | 11762 Views
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