TOTD MAY 24, 2018: In the News … and got me smiling.

48 Hours Later, Media Still Keeps Dems’ Total Collapse in Reuters Poll a Secret

 On Monday, Reuters/Ipsos announced that the Democratic Party’s strong lead on the generic ballot question, which had remained stable for most of 2018, had rapidly collapsed over the prior week

Couple of tweets from Elon Musk …

Elon Musk@elonmusk

Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication. Thinking of calling it Pravda …

Elon Musk@elonmusk

The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them

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https://pjmedia.com/trending/48-hours-later-media-still-keeps-dems-total-collapse-in-reuters-poll-a-secret/?utm_source=PJMCoffeeBreak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=May2018

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/elon-musk-teases-website-tracking-journalists-and-media-outlets-credibility


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TOTD 2018-5-21: Hope

I was talking to a friend about how hope is often not discussed. People talk about love a lot. People say, “I love you.” I (heart) Whatever can be seen on tee shirts. There is even this song.

It seems people have a reason to be hopeless since hope gets no love or advertising dollars. Hope should get more air time. Hope needs a symbol. Song writers need to get some good music out there to encourage people.

I wasn’t thinking of Trump when I wrote this but his “Make America Great Again” was all about hope, wasn’t it?


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TOTD 2018-05-18 The Boundaries of Plausibility

What if I told you that I could travel faster than light?  Or that I am the reincarnation of Theodore Roosevelt?  Or that socialism is the most ethical and rational economic system?  Or that being overweight is good for your health?  How would you respond? Continue reading “TOTD 2018-05-18 The Boundaries of Plausibility”


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TOTD 2018-5-16: Best Comedian of All Time

Who is your go to person for laughs? (I will give my answer in a spoiler with my reason.) The person can be a writer, stand-up comic, or a media star. Being that this is so open ended of a question there can’t be a right answer.

I miss good comedy. I do remember how good the comedy sketches of SNL were. They took simple things and made them jokes. It was not heavy handed and unfunny then. Samurai whatever can still make me laugh. Generalissimo Francisco Franco outlived his death it seems. “Jane, you ignorant …”


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TOTD 2018/5/15: The Ideal and the Real

Why is it that so many of President Trump’s critics seem to have trouble comprehending that the real world does not operate or conform to abstract ideological principles?

Perhaps, as James Day Hodgson observes in American Senryu, what is fundamentally at issue is the inability of the innocent to understand evil:

Ignored evil —
The price too often paid for
Purity of heart.

Hodgson expounds:

“Absence of guile achieved by wearing mental blinders is a dubious virtue. The late British humorist Malcolm Muggeridge was deadly serious when he reminded us that purity of heart has a dangerous two-dimensional shallowness unless accompanied by penetrating perception.  An uncorrupted heart must be coupled with a ruthless eye.”

I would add that those presidents with the most successful foreign policy achievements – Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan among them – understood that one must deal with the world as it is, not how he wishes it to be. An uncorrupted heart is far less valuable an asset in diplomacy than a relentless pragmatism.


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TOTD 2018-5-14: Reading With 10

I am reading Pre-suation by Robert Cialdini. If you want to find a copy we can discuss as we read it together.

I am in the preface and I found this quote.

An observation by the legal scholar James Boyle captures the main reason: “You have never heard true condescension until you have heard academics pronounce the word popularizer.”

I found out about this book through Scott Adams, the cartoonist.

Mike LaRoche, I read books too.


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