weirdness

Who believes that the Federal government seeks to take over Texas?

Summary:  The Jade Helm military exercise has sparked an urban legend. Polls showing who believes fringe theories act as x-rays illuminating the American polity. Some of the results are expected if alarming. Some are unexpected and hence even more valuable.  {2nd of 2 posts today.} Contents A funny question. Answer by ideology. The Evangelicals speak. …

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The common thread that explains so much in America.

Summary:  Increasingly I see a common element to our problems: irrationality. There are precedents in history, but they seldom end well. We have collectively chosen to send America into the “crazy years”. It is not too late to change course. A portrait of modern America. Here we see more of the mad pageant of 21st …

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A key to understanding the news: the unexpected rules in our age of wonders.

Summary: We’re in an age of wonders where the news overflows with unexpected events, things not predicted by even our greatest experts. Today we discuss two common responses to this, both ineffective: blindly accepting experts’ explanations that it’s all understood, and throwing away their advice as imperfect. There is a third and better way.  {2nd …

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Any day something small might happen that changes the history of the world.

Summary:  These days might be ones of historic significance. America is the fault line of the world, overextended militarily, with a foreign policy of institutionalized belligerence, and papered-over internal divisions. Small events that might happen any day could have almost unimaginable consequences, overturning what we consider the bedrock of our age.  {2nd of 2 posts …

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Embrace the weird news. It signals the transition to a new world.

Summary:  Every day brings new strangeness in the news. It’s easy to become disoriented (I am). The weirdness is a signal telling us that we’ve left the post-WWII era and begun the transition to a new world. Here we discuss three areas of oddness — and how to cope.  {1st of 2 posts today.} Content …

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