Is inflation surging or is it over? An explainer.

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In the wake of last month’s inflation report, I’ve seen headlines that say that inflation is at record highs. Others say inflation is now zero. The problem is that when it comes to rates, it’s easy to get confused — or to confuse people on purpose. So here’s an explainer. Understanding rates Let’s look at … Continued

The one Secret Service text turned over to the January 6 committee

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Reports say that the Secret Service deleted text messages relating to the events of January 6, the date of the insurrection on Capitol Hill. According to news reports, in response to a subpoena from the January 6 Committee in the House, the Secret Service was only able to retrieve and turn over a single text … Continued

Racism is easy

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Nobody talks about it, but racism is efficient. That’s why it’s so common. I’m not talking about burning crosses or shooting up supermarkets. I’m talking common everyday racism. Should I hire her? I don’t know if customers would relate to somebody who looks like that. I’ll hire him instead, he looks like a better choice. … Continued

Interdependence Day

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I am quite independent. I vote independent, I work freelance, and I depend solely on myself for nearly everything. I live in a house in a nice neighborhood in Maine. My neighbors are pretty nice people. The other day, a huge piece of one of my trees broke off. Apparently it landed in the street. … Continued

Four radical post-midterm moves for the Democrats

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The political landscape is about to shift for Democrats. It’s unlikely they’ll control both houses of Congress after the November midterm elections. So in the lame-duck sessions that follows the election, they should kill the filibuster, pass major legislation, increase the size of the Supreme Court, and nominate four new justices. Oh yeah. And Joe … Continued

Irrational arguments

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Let’s use a mathematical proof to understand the irrational, irrelevant, and distracting ways that people argue these days. Proof that the square root of two is irrational If you are math-phobic, be assured that the argument below is relatively painless. You might even enjoy it. The square root of 2, which we write as √2, … Continued

“All in for Jesus” doesn’t belong in a polling place

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I voted in a new polling place yesterday, in my new community of Portland, Maine. The polls were in a church. And the church wanted me to embrace Jesus. Many polling places are in churches. In this case, the building was actually a gym attached to the church. What surprised me, though, was that in … Continued