Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Life

False Euthanasia Story a Lesson in Outrage and Polarization

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On June 4, media outlets around the world repeated the false story that a 17-year-old Dutch teen had been legally euthanized. The headlines and stories were as sensational as the narrative allowed, usually along the lines of “Raped Dutch Girl … Continue reading

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Imagine If Our Virtual Assistants Were Black

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Imagine if Siri, Alexa and Cortana were named Deshawn, LaToya and Tyrell and, instead of being female, their voices were clearly identifiable as Black. We command them to make our appointments and take us places. We expect them to stand … Continue reading

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One Psychological Reason Democratic Primaries May Serve as a Trump Re-Election Campaign

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From an emotional standpoint, attacking character rather than policies can be a one-way street. More than ever in the age of social media, when political opponents compete they focus on each other’s character flaws, missteps, and past bad behavior rather … Continue reading

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The Complicated Relationship Between Outrage, Virtue Signaling, and Real Social Change

Deep State Conspiracy! Immigrant Concentration Camps! Hate Crimes Up! African Christians Massacred! Xi Snubs Pope! Crowd Shouts Lock Her Up! New York Infanticide! Homeless People in Cages! . . . People who write headlines and create memes get paid to … Continue reading

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Widows Succumbs to Hollywood Pattern of Woke-Washing Greed and Violence

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Breaking ground is harder than it sounds, especially if a work of art must also appeal to millions at the box office in order to earn millions for investors. A group of screwed-over women pull off a perfect heist. Great … Continue reading

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Imagine No Black Friday

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What if they called a consumer feeding frenzy and nobody came? This year a growing number of businesses are giving employees Thanksgiving Day off work rather than trying to beat out competitors by starting Black Friday on Thursday. Reversing a … Continue reading

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Beyond Fear and Fury – Eight Musings on #MeToo, Parts V-VIII

Liberal activists are as driven by moral instincts and emotions as any street preacher, and it is moral emotions that drive how we use the growing power associated with victimhood: Moral indignation, disgust, outrage, vindictiveness, empathic anguish, protective nurturing, love—and, of course the sweet, sweet sensation of righteous superiority; we are only human after all. Each of these gets attached to the causes we fight, and all of them get activated when we talk about sexual harassment, exploitation and assault. Continue reading

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