Monthly Archives: May 2017

Bits and Pieces – 20170525, Thursday

Commentary: Trump has to pay for his foreign wars somehow, but what will his base think of this: Trump’s Budget Will Slash $1.7 Trillion In Entitlements, Cut Food Stamps By 25%?

Bits and Pieces – 20170520, Saturday

Commentary: Is the MSM biased against Trump? Answer: News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days. Could this be a contributing factor: Journalists Drink Too Much, Are Dumber Than Average, Study Finds? And finally, that source used by most MSM journalists for ground-breaking stories on Trump’s treason and corruption has been unmasked: And The Winner Of The 2017 Pulitzer Prize For Journalism Goes To….

Bits and Pieces – 20170517, Wednesday

Commentary: I’m preoccupied with trying to find a house but it seems that there are just too many systems that are approaching criticality not to throw some links your way.

APRES MOI, LE ROI: Is There Monarchy in Russia’s future?

We present the latest essay from Paul Merkley. Paul discusses the idea that Russia might move towards a monarchy. This new essay is reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work that we have published.

Not the least of the many dramatic ways in which President Vladimir Putin has transformed Russia is his restitution of the eminent  place in public life of the Russian Orthodox Church. This is by no means an unmixed blessing—either for them or for us. But it is a fact that we would be foolish to ignore.

Anyone with a modicum of acquaintance with Russian history will see at once the logic that restoration of the church has automatically led to consideration of the logic of restoration of the monarchy.

Bits and Pieces – 20170502, Tuesday

Commentary: I’ve been struggling for a while with the problem of how to organize information. To capture one idea, that of “memes“, I include this short post: The ‘Taxation Is Theft’ Meme Has Officially Gone Mainstream.

The scientific method is simple: a) form a hypothesis; b) survey the literature on the topic, and; c) construct experiments to prove or disprove the hypothesis. At the masters level of graduate work, the object is to complete step “b” – master a subject or topic. At the doctoral level, the object is to complete step “c” after “a” and “b”. This is a very focused and narrow task.
Several times I have believed something to be true, formulated it as a hypothesis and begun to research the topic only to find that the hypothesis is false. But having hypotheses is valuable because they focus inquiry, reading and effort. As we read, we either find supporting evidence to strengthen and deepen our hypotheses or we find dissenting evidence that leads us to the conclusion our hypotheses are wrong.

I would extend the idea of a hypothesis into a larger concept I will call a theme. A theme  is more of a topic of interest than a fixed and limited proposition. As long as it remains open or active, there is a constant evaluation of information relevant to the theme with an assessment of how it affects the current body of knowledge comprising the theme. There is an immense amount of information available to us with a few keystrokes. It becomes important to have themes or other structures to act as filters in two ways.

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