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All the People, All the Time

May 12, 2009 by


(This is sort of a follow-up to my previous post, where I observed that people judge a doctor based on his smile rather than his skill.) In the IT department where I work, we use many different software systems. When it’s time to replace one of these systems, all of the programmers come to management […]

Guest Post: Congo Conflict – What You Can Do

November 17, 2008 by


*** Here is the second part of James’ look at the situation in the Congo, giving us ideas of how we can contribute. *** The natural response to my previous post is clearly, “So what now? What can I do?” I’ve been flooded with responses along these lines, ranging from cynicism to bafflement to genuine […]

Guest Post: Congo Conflict

November 13, 2008 by


*** James Olsen is a good friend of mine. His assessment of the current situation in the Congo helps focus us on what’s really going on in the world around us. – Dane *** It’s the season for political activism and there is simply no crisis demanding greater action, no crisis of a more immediate […]

Flow Chart?

October 7, 2008 by


Ok so I feel bad that I haven’t checked our beloved cousins’ blog in probably about 3 weeks.  But I wanted to poke my nose in to give my two cents.  Sarah Palin is awful! I was completely ready for SNL type showdown during the Vice Presidential debate, considering how hilarious her recent Katie Couric […]

Politics: The Post Turtle

September 28, 2008 by


(note: I posted this at my other blog but I doubt most of you visit it so I’m reposting here) I’m prefacing political posts with the above prefix. This way if discussing or politics upsets you, feel free to peruse to another post on the blog. However, even if you don’t agree with my stance […]

Correcting False Impressions

September 18, 2008 by


This article here references a study showing how correcting false information with true information doesn’t necessarily fix people’s impressions, and can even worsen them. It gives several examples from recent political events. So if the antidote to misinformation isn’t to debunk the misinformation, then what is it? It’s a fascinating article, and I suggest reading […]

False Dichotomy

September 4, 2008 by


I’ve really enjoyed this election cycle. The last year of presidential politics has been both entertaining and educational. I’ve had plenty of opportunity to examine my own feelings on issues. It turns out that, most of the time, my feeling is that I don’t understand the issues well enough to have well-founded convictions on them. […]