without bullshit https://withoutbullshit.com Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:43:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 How (not) to hire a speaker https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-not-to-hire-a-speaker https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-not-to-hire-a-speaker#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:43:34 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11294 When you want to hire a speaker, your job is to provide the information that allows the speaker to make a decision — quickly and efficiently. That information ought to be obvious. If you waste the speaker’s time, you won’t close the deal. What information does the speaker need? It’s simple: Location (or virtual) Timing … Continued

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Unity, compromise, and politics https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/unity-compromise-and-politics https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/unity-compromise-and-politics#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:35:46 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11291 Joe Biden mentioned unity nine times in his inauguration speech yesterday. Then he signed 17 executive orders undoing actions of President Trump. Is this unity? Representative Liz Cheney doesn’t think so. “We face significant challenges that require bipartisan responses,” she wrote in a statement. “Today’s Executive Orders reverse important policies and impose significant economic cost … Continued

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Optimism https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/optimism https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/optimism#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:57:59 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11284 I was optimistic when President Trump won the election in 2016. I was hopeful that, as a nontraditional politician, he could accomplish things that conventional presidents never could. That was a mistake. There is nothing I’ve posted here in six years of blogging that I regret more than that post. It was naive and mostly … Continued

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What won’t happen https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-wont-happen https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-wont-happen#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:43:33 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11282 Riots on the National Mall. National Guard troops shooting protestors. Broken windows at the White House. An assassination attempt. Violence at state capitals around the country. Attacks on an American embassy in a foreign country, or an American airbase, or an oil tanker, that require some sort of presidential response. Attacks on health workers at … Continued

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Jack Dorsey’s lame explanation for suspending Trump’s Twitter account https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/jack-dorseys-lame-explanation-for-suspending-trumps-twitter-account https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/jack-dorseys-lame-explanation-for-suspending-trumps-twitter-account#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2021 16:30:45 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11277 Last week, Donald Trump’s Twitter feed disappeared. After seeing the violence in the Capitol, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey decided that Trump’s feed was inciting violence and removed it. But Dorsey’s tweets explaining the ban were meandering and confusing. Let’s take a look at what Dorsey tweeted . . . and what he could have said … Continued

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Fight pernicious confirmation bias: 8 great ways to farm for dissent https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/fight-pernicious-confirmation-bias-8-great-ways-to-farm-for-dissent https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/fight-pernicious-confirmation-bias-8-great-ways-to-farm-for-dissent#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:52:54 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11271 I’m struck by how one psychological tendency — confirmation bias — is at the root of all the trends undermining our society. There is a solution: it’s called “farming for dissent.” Confirmation bias is “a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions.” And as humans, we are all … Continued

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A fiddler with the truth. . . . Sedition! https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/a-fiddler-with-the-truth-sedition https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/a-fiddler-with-the-truth-sedition#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:39:21 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11261 There’s something about that word “sedition” . . . something that stirred a memory deep in my past. If you recall the classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” this may resonate for you. If not . . . well, you’ve missed something that might make sense of the current moment. A fiddler with the truth … Continued

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This viral tweet about impeachment is full of lies https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/this-viral-tweet-about-impeachment-is-full-of-lies https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/this-viral-tweet-about-impeachment-is-full-of-lies#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2021 15:33:47 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11258 A tweet from last week said that Trump, once impeached, would lose his pension, travel allowance, secret service protection, and ability to run again. It got 193,000 retweets. And it’s quite wrong. Here’s the tweet, the contents of which circulated widely, not just on Twitter, but on other social networks: To start, Trump was already … Continued

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Incomplete pass[ive]: Bill Belichick rejects the Presidential Medal of Freedom https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/incomplete-passive-bill-belichick-rejects-the-presidential-medal-of-freedom https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/incomplete-passive-bill-belichick-rejects-the-presidential-medal-of-freedom#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2021 15:45:10 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11254 Donald Trump proposed to give New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Belichick’s statement declining the honor twists, turns, and lies down passively like a quarterback about to be sacked by the defense. A bit of background. Belichick is part of the holy trinity of New England football, along with … Continued

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Some questions about deplatforming the Parler platform https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/some-questions-about-deplatforming-the-parler-platform https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/some-questions-about-deplatforming-the-parler-platform#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:48:08 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=11246 Trump supporters have been decamping to Parler, a social network started as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. Now, due to decisions by Apple, Google, and Amazon, Parler has had to shut down. Is this fair? Is it right? Or is it a threat to open operation of the internet? After the invasion of the … Continued

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