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Media Panicking That There Is Nothing to Panic Over.

“People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.” ― Jess C. Scott Thank God there's an election coming up - we might run out of Ebola cases and then what would the hysterical media report on? ISIS is letting down the side by failing to capture Kobani. Although they are trying by launching coordinated ...

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Ebola: Is it a nation killer - or a nasty bug we will deal with?

Paranoia, the Destroyer - America's Fear Driven Thinking.

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” ― Plato There are so many Americans who live in a perpetual state of fear that you have to wonder if there isn't some odd pleasure to being paranoid. A psychological masochism, if you will. It would account for the doomsday preppers and the people who ...

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Is America Too Big (and Divided) Not to Fail?

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” ― Plutarch People in Vermont and New Hampshire vote differently. Vermonters are reliably Democrat. New Hampshirites are libertarians, who will vote for a Republican. But there are similarities. The North East may provide slim pickings for an ...

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The Stupidity of Supply-Siders.

"When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is usually the reputation of the business that remains intact." - Warren Buffet. Life is full of transactions between those who have stuff - and those who want stuff. In economic terms, deals are ...

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Rewards Should Flow to Those Who Work Hard. Not Those Who Win the Birth Lottery.

In the conservative imagination every rich person in America is rich because they out-worked, out-risked, out-thought the average guy. They also believe that higher taxes on these folk would be "job-crushing". But are they right? Let's look first at the claim that every rich person worked for it. Did, in fact, ...

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“People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.” ― Jess C. Scott

Thank God there’s an election coming up – we might run out of Ebola cases and then what would the hysterical media report on? ISIS is letting down the side by failing to capture Kobani. Although they are trying by launching coordinated attack against the Kurds. Even so, they can no longer be presented as the existential threat they once were. And cutting heads off loses its shock value.

In Indiana, a serial killer caused a bit of a stir when he revealed the location of 7 bodies. But the narrative lacks drama. Serial killer stories are much more exhilarating when the corpses pile up, while the perp eludes discovery.

The Houston Mayor’s heavy-handed subpoenas of local churches – and Pakistan’s sentencing of a Christian woman to death for blasphemy – have given the Christian right fodder for outrage. Which is timely, as anti-gay marriage bigotry is going the way of Members Only jackets. But subpoenas are unsexy – and Pakistan will likely cave on actually executing the poor woman.

With Congress out of town, there is no media hyperventilating over committee meetings rehashing Benghazi, the IRS, the VA, and the NSA. Had Ebola hit earlier we could have had a whole series of pointless, public spankings of public health officials breathlessly analyzed by the punditocracy. But it didn’t.

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are doing their best to roil the waters, but their hearts don’t really seem in it.

The GOP candidates have – as a rule – been of the mainstream (relatively speaking) sort. Which means there are few absurdists of the Tea Party to bemuse us with their fantastical theories – or to whip up the media with talk of UN plots.

All-in-all it’s boring. But I’m sure not for long.

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Paranoia, the Destroyer – America’s Fear Driven Thinking.

October 19, 2014

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” ― Plato There are so many Americans who live in a perpetual state of fear that you have to wonder if there isn’t some odd pleasure to being paranoid. A psychological masochism, if you will. It would account for the doomsday preppers and the people who watch them on TV. [...]

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Is America Too Big (and Divided) Not to Fail?

October 17, 2014

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” ― Plutarch People in Vermont and New Hampshire vote differently. Vermonters are reliably Democrat. New Hampshirites are libertarians, who will vote for a Republican. But there are similarities. The North East may provide slim pickings for an out-of-area Republican presidential candidate, [...]

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The Stupidity of Supply-Siders.

October 14, 2014

“When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is usually the reputation of the business that remains intact.” – Warren Buffet. Life is full of transactions between those who have stuff – and those who want stuff. In economic terms, deals are struck between suppliers and [...]

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Rewards Should Flow to Those Who Work Hard. Not Those Who Win the Birth Lottery.

October 11, 2014

In the conservative imagination every rich person in America is rich because they out-worked, out-risked, out-thought the average guy. They also believe that higher taxes on these folk would be “job-crushing”. But are they right? Let’s look first at the claim that every rich person worked for it. Did, in fact, every rich person in [...]

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Political Ignorance: Real and Feigned (Mostly Real).

October 9, 2014

As a rule politicians aren’t dumb, they’re ignorant. There are exceptions. Some politicians are dumb and ignorant. And some are neither. It isn’t that they aren’t well educated. Most national politicians have a college degree. Many have advanced degrees, particularly the lawyers. But that doesn’t stop then saying the silliest things and promoting ideas cut [...]

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Really? Ebola, Prayer & Gay Marriage

October 6, 2014

Ebola is dominating the headlines and providing grist to the ‘talking heads’ of the media’s hysterical wing. It is the shark attack phenomenon. Millions more have died of drowning, but a mindless killer from deep gets the headlines. As many as 48,000 people have died from the flu in any recent year in the America. [...]

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Is Religion a Form of Child Abuse?

October 4, 2014

In the 1970s, parents of solid middle class families frequently had to hire “deprogrammers” to reintroduce their cult-addled kids to rational society. It didn’t always work. In 1978, in the most famous occasion of mind control, 918 people died of a mass suicide in Jonestown. The mainstream religious sneer at these cults as not being [...]

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Government Is A Bad Manager, But Don’t Look For the Private Sector to Protect Your Interests.

October 3, 2014

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” ― Benito Mussolini. A man leaping the White House fence, and wandering unchallenged through the public rooms, has done far more than cause a few red faces in the Secret Service. He is the metaphorical cherry, on the cupcake of [...]

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