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European Reaction to Trump Victory

What Trump Gets Right

As we move into the 2020 election season in the US, I thought it might be useful to point out some things that Donald Trump gets right. If you’re concerned about electability, then please pay attention to how your candidates navigate their ways through these seven minefields.

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The White House

Assessment of Democratic Presidential Candidates - Jan 2020

This is my assessment of the Democratic candidates for the US presidency, following the debates on the evening of 14 Jan 2020.

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Working On A Metal Lathe

Dethroning the False God of User Experience Design

The problem is that we’ve had something valuable stolen from us along the way. And the whole modern notion of UX design is one of the thieves that has robbed us.

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View of Earth seen from space

My Prayer for a More Integral New Year

As 2019 winds to a close, and we pause briefly to compose ourselves before finding out what 2020 has in store, I want to take a moment to offer up a prayer – not to God, but to all of us – for a more integral sense of who we are in the new year.

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Pillars outside of the US Supreme Court

The Personal vs. The Institutional

The problem here is that this conflict between the personal and the institutional is a false dichotomy.

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Engineer Inspecting the System

The System is Working Very Well, Thank You

(It's Doing Exactly What It Was Designed To Do)

We need to realize that the current system is, in fact, not broken. Instead, in truth, it is doing exactly what it was designed to do.

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Symbols of three world religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Rejiggering Our Religion

When it comes to religion, the main question for most people is whether to keep the one we were raised with or to lose it altogether. But now I’m starting to wonder whether, instead of losing my religion, it might not be better just to rejigger it a bit?

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The Moon

Apollo 11 - The Most Important Movie You'll See This Year

No matter what your age or orientation, it’s hard to gainsay the significance of humankind’s first trip through space to set foot on a celestial body other than our birth planet.

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Arrows Pointing Toward A Confrontation

What the Latest Trump Attack Means for Democrats

By now I’m sure you’ve heard of Trump’s recent attacks on four Democratic congressional representatives, all women of color, urging them to “go back … to the crime-infested places from which they came.” How should Democrats respond? Here are the sorts of positions I’d like to hear them articulate.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The Dangers of Political Nostalgia

I’m not quite as old as Biden, and I’ve never served in public office, but I can still share his nostalgia for seemingly simpler times when our political leaders displayed some sort of respect for each other, even when they disagreed over issues of state.

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