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An Inner Demon

Posted by Michael Dolan on November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Steven Pinker in his latest work — on the subject of how humanity is improving — cites our old friend George Orwell.  Psychologist Pinker speaks highly of “Politics and the English Language” in The Better Angels of Our Nature. Typically a euphemism uses a word to contrast with its actual meaning, he reports.  But he […]

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How Come There’s No App for Buying Fresh Vegetables?

Posted by Michael Dolan on November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized |

    Now that we have rejected the Woodstock generation’s emphasis on peace-love-and-harmony and returned to a gray flannel consumer-oriented 1950s orientation, it’s useful to look closely at the latest mechanism for sucking cash from our pockets. We bask in the glow of department stores lauding us as a “smart shopper.”  We accept as normal […]

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Freedom Watch (cont.)

Posted by Michael Dolan on November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized |

A local tussle set against an international backdrop once again confronts us with hate speech vs. free speech. The bus company in Portland, OR, a government agency, has to decide about one group of advertisers who want to promote Israel and an equally adamant set who want to advocate for Palestinians.  The partisan messages they […]

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