except for the masks, everything appeared relatively normal

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I DID SOME SHOPPING YESTERDAY, mostly for food. I also hit the li­brary along the way, using curb­side pick-up for items I had or­dered on­line. I picked up a few books (in­cluding Steven Pinker’s The Sense Of Style – The Thinking Per­son’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Cen­tury and Norman Spin­rad’s Green­house Summer. READ MORE

quora moderation said my answer may need improvement

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I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM QUORA that read, “Quora Mod­er­a­tion col­lapsed your an­swer to ‘What ir­refutable facts do Trump sup­porters need to know about Trump to change their mind?’ for vi­o­lating a policy on Quora. Your an­swer may need im­prove­ment.” Re­ceiving what could only be in­ter­preted as a rep­ri­mand was a first for me—at least from Quora. READ MORE

that’s what I’ve been telling people for fifty years!

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NOAM CHOMSKY HAD AN INTERVIEW sched­uled with Anand Girid­haradas for The.Ink web­site. While each in­ter­view promises the po­ten­tial of unique an­swers and even the pos­si­bility of new thoughts, de­pending on the in­ter­viewer, Chomsky pre­pared some notes to make cer­tain he men­tioned cer­tain points. So, Noam called me and said, “Neal, here is what I am preparing to say in my in­ter­view with Anand Girid­haradas: ‘The left po­si­tion is you rarely sup­port anyone. READ MORE

why I’ve been missing during the coronavirus pandemic

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE BLOG POSTS GONE, long time passing? The past few months have seen ab­solutely nothing posted on any of my blogs. This does not mean that I have not been busy. I just haven’t been busy pub­lishing things I wrote. At a time when more people are prob­ably reading things on the in­ternet that they never had time to even find be­fore, I have been silent. READ MORE

why is michael cohen telling it all to a “conservative” publisher?

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RAW STORY’S TOP STORIES newsletter ar­rived at 5:51 AM today. The head­line that caught my at­ten­tion was “Michael Cohen is writing a bomb­shell tell-all book on Pres­i­dent Trump to be re­leased be­fore the elec­tion.” The story was at­trib­uted to Tom Bog­gioni (April 18, 2020), who ac­knowl­edged his source as the Daily Beast in his first para­graph. READ MORE

is the consistent misuse of “moot” is just a moo point anyway?

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SEVERAL WORDS ARE MISUSED with great consistently—and often great dexterity—on the in­ternet. “Moot” is one of them. Given that it can be used as a noun, a verb, and an ad­jec­tive, it’s not sur­prising that users get things mixed up and be­come mis­users and even abusers. While its use as an ad­jec­tive is what I want to ad­dress here, I might as well give you the whole she­bang. READ MORE

want to find “Q”? find the missing basement …

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WHERE THE HECK IS “Q”?!!? Since the demise of 8chan in Au­gust 2019 due to its being linked to acts of vi­o­lence (in­cluding the gunman who killed at least 49 people at mosques in New Zealand), the supderduper anony­mous “Q” has been silent. While the loss of the no­to­rious so­cial media platform—effectively a vir­tual home for Q and his/her/their followers—has forced those fol­lowers to other sites, little has been heard from Q his/her/their self (selves?) READ MORE