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Argument on the Rocks

Fresh from today's headlines -- or rather, fresh from Today's front porch at Objectivist Living. Brief audio introduction to the issues [TBRecorded]     Word People ploys, number 16 and 7 -- spins on "If I understand your points correctly." The double ploy depends on the operation of Compare and Contrast. What is being compared?  To answer that question, one needs to understand the basic ploy parameters of the fallacious reasoning -- in informal English it is known

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William & bigots on the road to Global Warming, scientists say

  These are the kinds of commentary that I know I should give real thought to. Although Michael seems to insult me in one item [see clarification d"oh below], he follows it with a smiley emoticon, so I know it is 'banter.' If I weren't a simple child like Pollyanna, I'd say that insults choke discussion.  But that is for another day and another dollar. Some things just need to sink in.  First, as a boring

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Form Test

Sarah Poet Mock-Fest. Backfire Bigtime Progressive Culture Communication Thing Popular And Serious Divide Let's Start By Analogy A New Way Of Looking At One's Belly-Button Embedding Gross Worldviews Into Themes Normal Popular Literature Good Guy Kicks The Ass Of The Bad Guy Gets The Girl "True Love" Fooling Around And Manipulating Things Like That. I Think You Get My Gist. Hidden References All

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Great Conversation Starter "Because these are elections, dummy."

Need a political conversation starter? This excerpt from a comment thread on Objectivist Living's topic Donald Trump provides a great beginning. It doesn't take much analysis to know that discussion goes off the rails the minute you call someone a dummy, and goes into the canyon when you cannot give specifics when challenged. We will return to the conversation starter in our next entry, and make of it a fresh track for OL Politics for the Blind. http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/output/006831600

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