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Memories of the 28th Century

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  1. Democracy, Is It Dead?

    by , 11-17-2017 at 04:00 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    This is a letter that I sent to one of the local papers. I wonder if they will print it. The issue is whether the town charter will be amended to eliminate the town meeting and replace it with a thirteen member council. The vote won't come until Spring, so I am saving some of the best for later.


    When the zeitgeist changes, everything can be different. I was hoping that the election of Trump was an isolated event, but in the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts a Charter Commission ...

    Updated 11-17-2017 at 05:26 PM by PeterL

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  2. Who Are the Guilty?

    by , 11-06-2017 at 04:34 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    why faked data



    I noticed an article today that claimed that the Ozone Hole in the atmosphere over Antarctica was smaller. I read the article, actually skimmed it, and it quickly became clear that whoever wrote it didnít know anything about the matter, and hadnít bothered checking old files. I made a few comments, and then left it. But I started wondering again who or what is having articles like that one and the things about Anthropogenic Climate Change written and ...
  3. Truthiness

    by , 11-03-2017 at 06:49 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    "Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see." Various as far back as Alfred the Great

    I have become a little dubious of the ability of many people to tell the difference between facts and fiction. I was going to title this ĎTruthinessí, but I found that truthinessí has been redefined to mean something having the appearance of truth although it is not. That is part of the problem, but I am concerned with things that a simply not true at all, but people assert ...
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  4. For want of a nail

    by , 10-29-2017 at 07:48 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    In 1966 Erma Bombeck mentioned "that 'don't sweat the little stuff'. Had become her motto." In 1983 Robert S. Eliot was quoted in an article in Time as saying that he had two rules for reducing stress: "Rule 1: Donít sweat the little stuff. Rule; 2: Itís all little stuff." I suspect that the phrase goes back before Erma, but I donít feel like tracking it down. But I would like to amend it to: Be careful of the small things, because everything is made up of small things; if we ...

    Updated 10-30-2017 at 09:34 AM by PeterL

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  5. Art of the Steal

    by , 10-21-2017 at 03:24 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Donald Trump has made a lot of his skill in negotiation and making deals. He hasn't been crowing about that recently, but there still are implicit claims. Those claims don't stand up to scrutiny, and he seems to have been more skilled at stealing than in dealing.

    A large amount of his money he gained through bankruptcy court, rather than through doing business. There are questions as to how many bankruptcies he has had. He admits to four, but there have been at least six, and if one ...

    Updated 10-21-2017 at 08:32 PM by PeterL

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