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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Foothills Park: City does NOT want to hear from most of you

Palo Alto's Parks & Recreation Commission (PRC) has scheduled a special meeting to have a two-hour panel discussion on "Foothills Park Access",...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 27, 2020
Last comment by Justin McKensie, on Jul 29, 2020 at 9:17 am | 19 comments | 2725 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 | 3372 Views

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Never let a crisis go to waste: Overloading the City Council agenda

"Never let a crisis go to waste" is one of those sayings that has conflicting interpretations. One is to force a focus on what needs to be done,...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 14, 2020
Last comment by mjc, on Jun 19, 2020 at 2:15 pm | 21 comments | 3017 Views

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Obsolete Guesstimates Keeping Businesses Closed

If you had a mathematic model that produced the same result despite substantial changes in crucial parameters, would you use it in important policy decisions? Apparently...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 28, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jun 1, 2020 at 9:15 pm | 15 comments | 1933 Views

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Spotting non-false fabrications in the news: Coronavirus-Origins as example

How to assess the credibility of a "news" story? After dismissing those whose vocabulary and structure clearly mark them as advocacy -- selling a particular...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 5, 2020
Last comment by uk guy, on May 25, 2020 at 11:44 pm | 14 comments | 4424 Views

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Confusing a means-to-an-end with being the goal -- Shelter-in-Place

A common problem in carrying out plans is to become so focused on your part of the plan that you think of it as a goal. As a goal, it is immutable, whereas you should...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 23, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on May 23, 2020 at 12:27 pm | 38 comments | 3772 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Restarting an economy: points to ponder from history

When and how fast to reopen the economy is a controversial issue. Reopening will become increasingly difficult with time because there are more opportunities for...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 14, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on May 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm | 6 comments | 1462 Views

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Open Letter to SCC Public Health on excessive restrictions, esp Nurseries

I was shocked to see (garden) nurseries become delivery-only businesses in recent update of the Shelter-In-Place (SIP) Order (^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 18, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Apr 26, 2020 at 1:11 am |
52 comments | 7170 Views

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America held hostage ... by Congressional Democrats (COVID-19)

If you can't accept that criticism of one political party isn't necessarily advocacy for another, this blog is not for you. Unemployment claims this week were...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 9, 2020
Last comment by Hindsight 20/20, on Apr 15, 2020 at 12:17 am | 22 comments | 3431 Views

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Profiteering off medical equipment and its export unimpeded (COVID-19)

Medical equipment shortages have been in the national headlines for weeks, but a significant part of the problem has been profiteers sending it overseas. Bet most...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 3, 2020
Last comment by mauricio, on Apr 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm | 9 comments | 4168 Views

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Remember the failures for when it's time for fixes: COVID-19

I likely have COVID-19, but mine is so mild that I wouldn't have noticed if I were keeping a normal sleep schedule. But like so, so many others, I will never show...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 27, 2020
Last comment by home front for Corona, on Apr 3, 2020 at 11:11 am | 20 comments | 3764 Views

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COVID-19: Critiquing News Releases: What's missing + teachable opportunities

"Updated Guidance ... Hosting ... Community Events ... : Ensure ... urge attendees to wash hands often ... If ... not available ... hand sanitizer ..."...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 19, 2020
Last comment by brrrrr market, on Mar 21, 2020 at 10:43 am | 3 comments | 2601 Views

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Preparing for COVID-19: An epidemic is not a hurricane. Panic buying harmful

Emergency preparedness advice in the US is strongly oriented toward hurricanes. No surprise, because hurricanes are the most common major disaster in terms of people...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 3, 2020
Last comment by ‘nobody told me that, nobody knows that’, on Mar 11, 2020 at 6:39 am | 15 comments | 4227 Views

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Underappreciated Unknowns & inexplicable failures

Public complacency about COVID-19 is being promoted by the authorities' message of "Everything is (currently) under control" where the "currently"...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 28, 2020
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Mar 6, 2020 at 5:14 pm | 15 comments | 10738 Views

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Pseudo-Primary for CA Senate District 13: some thoughts

A big frustration with local candidates is that they resist differentiating themselves from their opponents. When pressed, the typical answer is so weak as to be...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 21, 2020
Last comment by NeilsonBuchanan, on Feb 28, 2020 at 9:05 am | 4 comments | 4708 Views

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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 | 5239 Views

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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 | 5859 Views

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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 | 5349 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 | 3578 Views

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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 | 4398 Views
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