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Men talk about Abortion

[http://wsscherk.hostingmyself.com/trumpAbortionTalk.htm] QUESTION: Hello. I am (inaudible) and have a question on, what is your stance on women's rights and their rights to choose in their own reproductive health?   DRUMPF: OK, well look, I mean, as you know, I'm pro-life. Right, I think you know that, and I -- with exceptions, with the three exceptions. But pretty much, that's my stance. Is that OK? You understand?   MATTHEWS: What should the law be on abortion?  

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Book: "Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies."

Book: "Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies."

"Are you overwhelmed at the amount, contradictions, and craziness of all the information coming at you in this age of social media and twenty-four-hour news cycles?  Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies will show you how to identify deceptive information as well as how to seek out the most trustworthy information in order to inform decision making in your personal, academic, professional, and civic lives. • Learn how to identify the alarm bells that signal untrustworthy information. •

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Schumer-Pelosi-Trump & undeDACAmenting aliens

I can't make complete sense of the deal/no-deal, amnesty/no amnesty hoopla engorging the members of the media today.  I think that the President wants to allow work permits continuing to be given to DACA folk, on the same two-year re-application schedule.  But the hoopla machinery is at full screaming intensity today. From Memeorandum this moment: Whew!  

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Reading: Dark Oasis

Reading: Dark Oasis

There is a reading festival in Chilliwack, including a lottery-style draw for fabulous prizes, accorded to a pool of readers.  You fill out a little reading report and you may be rewarded with ... weekly-distributed prizes, all around fifty bucks value, from Arts Centre/Playhouse events to Plants. Anyway, there was another little promotion going on when we visited the main library: local, small-press "Chilliwack"-keyed books aka "Local Indie Authors." I picked up .. Dark Oasis, A Self-Made

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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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Rich, Seth, Russians, The

Another unsavoury emission from the hoopla turbines. It looks like Sean Spicer may have been 'in the loop' when FoxNews got in trouble with an unwarranted story they published -- while deeper intrigue is found in the form of a lawsuit filing. A dumptruck of details arranged in a narrative of wrong-doing, true or not. The plaintiff feels FoxNews fucked him over and escaped accountability. To set the scene (with light editing and bolded items): I had earlier taken issue with the root o

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SOLO, objections to Objectivism ...

I owe something to Lindsay Perigo, it seems. That is to send to him (for posting on SOLO) what comprise my Objections to Objectivism. I will include links and excerpts from my struggle to adequately list and explain my objections ... This first stuff is my last exchanges with Doug Bandler and Perigo. From SOLO:

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25 Not Salon-Approved Conservatives Worth Following on Twitter

Mike LaChance is a contributor to the website "Legal Insurrection." His article "25 Not Salon-Approved Conservatives Worth Following on Twitter" wryly comments on an article at boo-hiss Salon. So I made a Twitter list. -- both LaChance and Salon writer Taylor Link address the point of 'the bubble,'' AKA 'information silos,' a tendency to consume news and commentary drawn only from a pool of like-minded people. One of the things I bear in mind as a Twitter consumer. Extend my purview, a

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"Anger Studies"

"Anger Studies"

The Real Roots of American Rage | The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives—and what we can do about it. Anger, Averill concluded, is one of the densest forms of communication. It conveys more information, more quickly, than almost any other type of emotion. And it does an excellent job of forcing us to listen to and confront problems we might otherwise avoid.   

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How Canada became an education superpower

An interesting story from August 1 at the BBC: How Canada became an education superpower -- for those who followed today's Presidential unveiling of an immigration reform, the story has a few explanations of how Canada can place high on international education ranking -- while dealing with large amounts of immigrants. Without getting into the weeds, Canada's immigration policies are more like the reforms suggested for the USA -- a "points-based" system -- except for the family-class newcome

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Ayn Rand Sightings -- The Fountainhead in LA Review of Books

I was alerted to this review by one of the folks I follow on Twitter, Robert Tracinski: A small excerpt from the offending review with a bit of Rand news that I missed highlighted: -- I am half-convinced that we already noted the Amsterdam theatre group's adaptation in an earlier OL post, but my attempts to find that note are foiled by the search facility, which has gremlins at the moment. [Edit: gremlins vanquished:; the link goes to Michael's note of the earlier sighting

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Compliment Clinic

Compliment Clinic

My blog item on the Best Days of the Presidency attracted some slightly off-topic wonderfulness. I have removed that ish-ness from that thread to populate this topic thread.      

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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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