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What Happened To The Presumption of Innocence?

What Happened To The Presumption of Innocence?

While flipping through a newspaper during lunch today I encountered a story about the Roy Moore allegations. I quickly noticed that they failed to consistently describe the allegations as such and part of the story portrayed parts of the accusations as confirmed fact. As a fervent supporter of the presumption of innocence, better to let ten guilty men go free than convict one innocent man, and privacy rights for accused individuals until convicted in a court of law, this developing…

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Where Is The Will To Survive?

Where Is The Will To Survive?

One would think that the will to survive would be so far ingrained in our DNA that even questioning its presence would be folly. After all those without the desire to and ability to survive and procreate have served as Darwinian dead ends throughout history. Thus we are the descendants of those most interested in and capable of procreating and ensuring the survival of their offspring. This process has continuously taken place unimpeded for thousands of years, until now. Apart…

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Strategic Nuclear Decision Making In The Age of Trump

Strategic Nuclear Decision Making In The Age of Trump

Nuclear weapons have been in the news recently. First of all, some Democrats want to curb President Trump’s ability to unilaterally use nuclear weapons without external input (either from Congress or some military officials I presume). Another news story involves a US general having stated in public that he would disobey an illegal order from Trump. That in and of itself isn’t news, soldiers are obligated to disregard illegal orders already. That being said, saying it out loud in public…

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Judging A Book By Its Cover, Literally!

Judging A Book By Its Cover, Literally!

One of the topics that has evolved over time for me is the importance of visual attractiveness. When I was younger I casually discarded the importance of outward appearance, citing the politically correct adage that “its the inside that counts!”. I held this statement to be true not just for evaluating people (including myself), but also for book covers, movie posters and on and on. I don’t need to tell you that this attitude wasn’t particularly helpful in my social…

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A Disturbing Sign of Our Times, The Weaponization of Lies and Slander

A Disturbing Sign of Our Times, The Weaponization of Lies and Slander

Roy Moore. While it is still too early to make a definite judgment regarding the validity of the claims against him, a lot can be said regarding the facts surrounding the case. Just like with Trump in October of last year, accusations suddenly came out from under the woodwork at a particularly “convenient” time for his political opponent. The same is happening now regarding Roy Moore. He had a significant lead in the polls in a solidly red state. He…

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The Narcissism at the Center of Modern Journalism

The Narcissism at the Center of Modern Journalism

After having finished Katy Tur’s “Unbelievable”, her memoir of covering Trump as a journalist from his candidacy announcement until election night, I’m left with a sense of having gained new insights and also of having my previous assertions confirmed. The modern mainstream media journalist/pundit class are one of the most narcissistic groups on planet Earth. The importance they bestow upon themselves is remarkable. If you ask them, they’re the guardians of order standing watch on the thin line against chaos…

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Wacky Trump Tweets and Continuity of Government

Wacky Trump Tweets and Continuity of Government

Critics of President Trump often point to his more “flamboyant” tweets as proof of his dangerousness on the world diplomatic stage. They decry the unfilled positions in the State Department and amongst America’s diplomatic corps. The tweets create instability and provoke conflict they allege. The bureaucratic vacuum left by unstaffed positions means that there isn’t a “clean-up crew” to suppress the damage from the deranged tweets they cry out in unison. Proper diplomacy is conducted with government officials using established…

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