Trending today: Persuasion Art (a modern poem)

I have always wanted to be an artist. I have dabbled in painting, drawing, singing, acting, Pottery, writing, poetry, verse and music composition. But these days the most celebrated art is Concept Art. How could I muscle in on it? Unmade beds have been done, along with Sitting opposite someone, stock still, saying nothing all day. …

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Cementing the Oligarchy

“My judicial philosophy is straightforward. A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.” (Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by Trump for the Supreme Court yesterday). Sounds correct, sounds …

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Being interrupted in full flight

From Bryn Glover, Kirkby Malzeard, North Yorkshire, UK “May I report a highly effective way to counter interruptions while talking? “In the 1980s, I sat on the council of the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs trade union in England. Meetings were always attended by the extrovert and voluble general secretary, Clive Jenkins. He …

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The BBC

On a random day (before the royal wedding) these are the subject headings of BBC News as received on my I- pad: – Playing fantasy football with artificial intelligence – “FatTax” row forces New Look price review – Single, 30,and time to leave home – Meghan’s father may not attend wedding – Dealing with a …

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Charles Krauthammer recently died. This is his view of the United States

“America is the only country ever founded on an idea. The only country that is not founded on race or even common history. It’s founded on an idea and the idea is liberty. That is probably the rarest phenomena in the political history of the world; this has never happened before. And not only has …

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A refreshing story about a Yale psychology course

The most popular, wildly popular, course at Yale is a psychology course run by Prof. Laurie Santos. Prof. Santos, in mid-semester, told her students that her hour and a quarter session was on no account to be used for work and study, but should be used for relaxation and enjoyment. Stop worrying about grades if …

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The Supreme Court threat to our peace of mind and liberty

What will the Supreme Court look like in three months time? It will be majority Republican, the newest member picked from the outer ranks of the most quixotic and literal interpreters of the US Constitution. He (probably he, because women should be attending to the kids, don’t you know) will believe that abortion should not …

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