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The Last One to Be Killed — a short story

June 2, 2019

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There really are those who are willing to make poor people worse off in order to make rich people worse off. — Ronald Bailey “I still don’t get it. Why am I to be executed?” “They don’t need you anymore.” “But that’s crazy! I’ve been their friend for years. I financed their revolution. Without me, […]

Reparations — a short story

May 20, 2019

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You don’t right the wrongs of the past by wronging the people of the present. ― Phil Valentine Once we start down the road to reparations, every minority will want a piece of the action. — Quippy Dear Senator Cory Booker: Thank you for introducing a Senate bill to form a commission to study the […]

Ultimate War Games

March 17, 2019

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To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman. — George Santayana It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it. — Robert E. Lee When I was a kid in the turbulent 1960s, […]

Why We’re Stuck with Polarization

March 3, 2019

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I will now perform a magic trick using only words. They will appear on your screen as a complete, grammatically correct sentence with proper syntax and a clear meaning. AND YET … You will be unable to remember it! First, some background: Deep in the ancient past, humans lived in small tribal groups, hunting and […]

Quippy on a Soapbox

January 20, 2019

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The Quip Monster dropped by the office the other day, took over a desk, commandeered a laptop, and began typing away, claws clicking. He kept taking swigs from a flask, spilled some on a stack of papers, burped and growled a lot, then got up and waddled off. We looked at the laptop and found […]

Humor or Bullying?

January 6, 2019

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I was chatting with a friend who was a bit tense over a possible love interest. Trying to get him to laugh, I made a raunchy comment about the woman — couched in terms that made fun of me, not her, but still risqué — and he got upset. Oops. Later he told me he […]

The Genie Problem

November 25, 2018

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It would be much better to call a halt in material progress and discovery rather than to be mastered by our own apparatus and the forces which it directs. — Winston Churchill In the debate about Artificial Intelligence — will it be a good thing? Will it bring destruction? — there’s a big divide between […]