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The Rob Porter Scandal

I begin writing this after watching Anderson Cooper’s interview on CNN with former White House staffer Rob Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby on 9 February (NZ time). Anyone who saw it who has been in an abusive relationship of any kind will recognize the feelings she expressed. For that reason, I place a great deal of credibility in what she said. White House presidential aide Porter... read more

Notes to Readers, plus Tweets

So far today I’ve been trying to complete a post with the working title of ‘The Rob Porter Scandal’. Things aren’t going well, so I have to revert to a tweets post in the meantime. I’ve also got a half-completed post about the Nunes memo that has to be changed every day due to developments. At this rate by the time I get them done the rest of the world will have moved on! I... read more

Treating Women as Equals – Why is it So Difficult? (plus Tweets)

Once again, I can’t remember what I was going to write about for today’s tweets post. That’s because it all went out the window, or rather out of my mind, when I saw something else. As is my usual morning habit before I get out of bed, I was reading the Why Evolution is True website. Today’s first post (at the link) includes a tweet from the British TV channel BBC Two. Now I... read more

Homily: The Superbowl and the Stock Market (plus Tweets)

Most of the tweets in this post are from yesterday or the day before. So at this stage I just need to get this post out before they get any older. I’ve been planning all sorts of profound homilies, but my writing isn’t up to executing them at the moment. Thus all you’re getting are a few comments on the latest news. THE SUPERBOWL I’m glad the Eagles won the Super Bowl. I voted for... read more

Homily: Logic Fails (plus Tweets)

I follow the tweets and Facebook postings of Economist Robert Reich. As a result I just found out that not all USians contribute the same proportion of their income to Social Security. There’s a cap at US$120,000. So people who earn big salaries – exactly the people who can afford it most easily – pay much less as a proportion of their salaries. Can you imagine that happening in New... read more

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