without bullshit https://withoutbullshit.com Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:18:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.2 A weak and passive apology from Andrew Cuomo https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/a-weak-and-passive-apology-from-andrew-cuomo https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/a-weak-and-passive-apology-from-andrew-cuomo#comments Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:18:26 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11465 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is now the subject of multiple allegations of sexual harassment, including both suggestive speech and unwanted kissing. I’m not here to litigate Cuomo’s conduct. He’s agreed to have his attorney general investigate his conduct. As I have before for others, I’ll analyze his apology statement for its effectiveness in communication. … Continued

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I was just thinking . . . https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/i-was-just-thinking https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/i-was-just-thinking#comments Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:43:31 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11459 People younger than you know stuff you don’t know. So do people older than you. So learn to listen better. You shouldn’t engage with politics unless you are also engaged with reality. The things you know about people will still be true decades later. The things you know about things will be obsolete in a … Continued

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Understanding Dr. Seuss — and why his books were cancelled https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/understanding-dr-seuss-and-why-his-books-were-cancelled https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/understanding-dr-seuss-and-why-his-books-were-cancelled#comments Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:15:14 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11447 I have been in love with Dr. Seuss since childhood, and happily raised my own children on his lyrical work. Much of his imagery is delightful because it is so exaggerated; some of it is racist. If you want to understand why the company that manages his content has ceased to publish some of his … Continued

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The politically incorrect editor https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-politically-incorrect-editor https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-politically-incorrect-editor#comments Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:10:55 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11444 I get complaints about how my advice is insensitive to certain types of humans and living things. I will not turn my advice into mush. I like it crunchy. Most of you do, too. If you don’t like it, read somebody else. Here are my responses to the complaints people have made or may be … Continued

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Avoiding blurb disasters https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/avoiding-blurb-disasters https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/avoiding-blurb-disasters#respond Mon, 01 Mar 2021 22:07:20 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11439 Are you ready to ask for blurbs (endorsement quotes) — for your book? Do it right and you’ll maximize your chances of getting the golden endorsement from your most influential connections. Blow it and they’ll resent you for asking. Here are my best tips for a successful blurb campaign — including a few war stories. … Continued

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Misfit https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/misfit https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/misfit#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:51:17 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11436 Here is a story that will tell you something about me. I am in my first month at a new job. I am surrounded by a few colleagues who are the smartest people I ever worked with. The conversation turns to people’s history. We come to realize that all of us have felt like a … Continued

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How tragic is the COVID-19 pandemic compared to other causes of death? https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-tragic-is-the-covid-19-pandemic-compared-to-other-causes-of-death https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-tragic-is-the-covid-19-pandemic-compared-to-other-causes-of-death#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:08:52 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11430 Today I undertake a morbid and probably misguided analysis of the depth of the COVID-19 tragedy in America, examining the number of years of life lost. Trigger warning: this post discusses causes of death including suicide. Why would I undertake such a task? We are all reeling from the shocking numbers here. Half a million … Continued

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The LA Times fumbles its coverage of the scary new Coronavirus strain https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-la-times-fumbles-its-coverage-of-the-scary-new-coronavirus-strain https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-la-times-fumbles-its-coverage-of-the-scary-new-coronavirus-strain#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 15:42:06 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11427 A new, not very well understood strain of coronavirus is circulating in California. In its article about it, the LA Times did a very good job of combining fear and uncertainty into a confusing mix that creates more heat than light. Given the amount of misinformation spreading about the virus from conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers, … Continued

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Clarence Thomas is right about election lawsuits, but he’d be better off without the politicking https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/clarence-thomas-is-right-about-election-lawsuits-but-hed-be-better-off-without-the-politicking https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/clarence-thomas-is-right-about-election-lawsuits-but-hed-be-better-off-without-the-politicking#comments Tue, 23 Feb 2021 15:44:03 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11424 Yesterday, the Supreme Court stopped consideration of all lawsuits in the 2020 election. Justice Clarence Thomas dissented. I think he has a point. I just wish he’d made it better. Before you decide to have my innards roasted on a spit, let’s talk about principle. My principle is to evaluate arguments regardless of whether I … Continued

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Using Microsoft Word to prepare a book manuscript? Avoid these 14 mistakes. https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/using-microsoft-word-to-prepare-a-book-manuscript-avoid-these-14-mistakes https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/using-microsoft-word-to-prepare-a-book-manuscript-avoid-these-14-mistakes#comments Mon, 22 Feb 2021 17:49:44 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11406 You think you know how to use Microsoft Word to write? What you’re doing may be fine for creating a draft to print out, but confusing to the people doing the book page layout and design. If you’re preparing content to be laid out in pages, here are a dozen-plus simple mistakes you really ought … Continued

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