Category Archives: Lunacy

Stalwarts and Progressives: Notes from the (Fringe)

Reconsidering how to characterize what I’ve been calling the “fringe”; Taylor Swift and MAGA; Bobby Azarian on why Trump’s supporters don’t believe evidence; Applying the Jack Smith rule to statements from the National Prayer Breakfast. Here’s the thing: I shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Orion, and Tribal Politics

What Orion would look like if we had better eyes; The Iowa landslide for Trump reveals evangelicals for who they really are; The country needs a dictator; Sobbing woman begs Trump to save her; Conspiracy-monger set the fires himself; Nikki … Continue reading

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Basic Principles of Politics, Economics, and Zealotry

Three items today. How the Republican strategy has changed; Zero-sum thinking (by conservatives) vs. division of labor and our modern complex society; And fringe items about God-believers and how God made Trump. There’s a commonly understood explanation for the long-time … Continue reading

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Slavery and Abortion; Prophets and Psychics

Under the weather for a couple days now; I finally caught the cold that Y caught end of last week just as we finished in Las Vegas. (Congestion, sniffling, sneezing, some coughing — like the colds I’ve had a couple … Continue reading

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Before Holiday Break

Quick post, likely the last one for several days, perhaps a week. Topics: RFK’s lies; Big Think’s “Explain It Like I’m Smart” series; How the humanities have become more political; the most mystifying open questions in science; why a university … Continue reading

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Whether Economics is a Science, and other topics

Paul Krugman on economists who won’t admit they are wrong; How science journalism is theatened, not to mention basic scientific literacy; Disinformation and journalists challenging interviewees on air; How Uganda’s anti-gay laws, inspired by American Christians, is hurting its economy; … Continue reading

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Trump, Fascism, and Mike Johnson’s Visions from God

Robert Kagan sequelizes his editorial from a week ago with ideas about how to stop a Trump dictatorship; Robert Reich looks at the GOP’s death cycle, its descent into fascism; A former Prime Minister of the UK foresees what will … Continue reading

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Witnessing History: When People Tell You Who They Are, Believe Them

It’s difficult to keep a perspective on the news, which may well be history happening in front of our eyes, or may simply consist of passing trends. There are always passing trends. In the long term, history shows that most … Continue reading

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More About Things People Believe That Aren’t True

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” —Mark Twain Jonathan V. Last about how most voters are “disconnected from reality”; How Google’s Pixel phone could destroy … Continue reading

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Beliefs and Reality

On this Halloween there are Christian forces out there warning against demons, since they apparently believe demons are real. For their definitions of “believe” and “real.” Which are not the same definitions that reality-based people use. My understanding of this … Continue reading

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