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2017-12-15 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
The shameless shall inherit the earth

I know a man who’s pretty successful, but everybody I know who works with him says they don’t know why. I’m not going to share the details. I’ve heard this sort of story often. People who aren’t very bright or talented or disciplined or … really much of anything … get ahead. Despite this, you […]

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I tweeted this. (The image of the tweet links to the article about Matt Damon.) Cailyn decided to make a comment that seems sexist to me. Because we’re supposed to judge opinions by the sex of the person offering them. So I replied … (Cailyn was a good sport and liked my reply, BTW.) But […]

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Remember the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church? Australia does, and recently issued a report with recommendations. There is obviously a huge problem with abuse. Not just in the Catholic Church, of course, but in schools, in sports programs, in other churches, …. Basically in any place where adults exercise authority over children, there’s going […]

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A friend said something about how motivation seems to be down in his workplace from a decade or two ago. As I thought about that, I realized that I have a somewhat sinking feeling that motivation and energy and enthusiasm are down in general — across the board. I certainly don’t mean freakouts and hissy […]

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2017-12-13 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Gillibrand and phony outrage

If Donald Trump says that Romney would “get down on his knees” for campaign contributions, there’s nothing sexual about that. If he says Cruz would “do anything” for money, there’s nothing sexual about that either. But if he says Gillibrand would do anything for contributions, of course it’s rude and sexist and insulting. That’s the […]

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2017-12-13 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Thoughts on the Moore loss

When there’s a single election like this one, I think it’s a stretch to make broad-brush, national conclusions about it. Especially with this election, where you had all the accusations about Moore being a pedophile. So I mention these things simply as ideas to consider, and not as anything all that serious. * To start […]

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2017-12-13 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Who’s exploiting whom?

In this age of sexual hysteria and insanity, it’s refreshing to see some plain old sense. There’s nothing particularly new or insightful in this article — Can we be honest about women — but when you hear almost nothing but abject craziness shouted from every angle, it’s quite relaxing to the mind to hear someone […]

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2017-12-12 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Birds that turn into barnacles

Have you ever seen a goose barnacle? It does look strangely like a goose. If you were to combine (1) the seemingly unrelated fact that a caterpillar turns into a butterfly (thus proving that animals can do some pretty weird things and make some pretty impressive transformations), (2) the mystery of where geese go every […]

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2017-12-12 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
If mankind is improving …

Dave raises an interesting question. Let’s assume for a moment that we want society to become better. We want people to become increasingly civil and tolerant and kind and nice and sweet. In other words, we are gradually raising the standard of behavior over time. The standard of behavior this year is higher than it […]

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My friends who have younger kids are telling me that school kids don’t have textbooks any more. The teachers are adjusting to the lack of attention span, so the students get powerpoint presentations and videos and don’t have to read anything. Is that true? This morning I read an article about how publishers need to […]

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2017-12-11 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
I can’t even give this book away

Obviously I made a mistake on this one with the title and/or the cover. Even kindle free days aren’t moving this, so something is wrong. Any ideas? (The free promotion is over, BTW.)

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2017-12-07 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
I’m uneasy about this Al Franken thing

I don’t like the guy, and I don’t like his politics, irrespective of any boorish or abusive or criminal behavior he may or may not have committed. I realize that “innocent until proven guilty” is a matter of law, and doesn’t stop the public from forming their own opinions for their own reasons. If the […]

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I’ve been having a very interesting discussion about who our moral leaders are, which led to the observation that the left wouldn’t accept the right’s moral leaders, or vice versa, that Christians wouldn’t accept the moral leaders of the secularists, and vice versa, etc. And while that’s certainly true on some issues, isn’t there a […]

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2017-12-05 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
For the record: Standards for impeachment

A few Democrats are talking openly about impeaching President Trump. It’s mostly coming from unhinged liberals like Maxine Waters, trying to score points with her base, but after the wackos break the ice, others will follow. You know how these crowd pleasers are. They say something tentatively, then gauge the reaction and decide if they […]

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2017-12-05 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
The process of modern discourse

If you know that Horace is a liberal, you’ll interpret anything he says as if it has a liberal bias, even if there is no liberal bias in what he said. And if you think Nina is an idiot, you’ll read her things to assume she’s wrong, even when she’s not. That’s just the way […]

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2017-12-05 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Krampus struck early this year

UPS Trucks, Center, Packages Damaged in Maryland Fire All those toys and goodies for Christmas ruined! And he’s supposed to wait until tonight! Who Is Krampus? Explaining the Horrific Christmas Devil

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2017-12-04 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
What if we abandoned the idea of privacy?

We all know we’re being surveilled — to some extent by the government, but mostly by the tech hegemons. In many ways, Google’s algorithms might know more about me than I know about myself. This technology is only going to get better and more “intrusive” — if that’s the way you see it — or […]

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2017-12-03 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Horses, athletes, masculinity and meekness

Most people seem to associate “meek” with “weak.” They think of a meek man as a guy with his head down, who doesn’t speak up, doesn’t cause a stir. He’s submissive, compliant, tame. All those things sound like “weak,” but there’s another way to look at it. Consider a wild horse. It’s fast and strong. […]

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2017-12-01 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Mick Jagger and my exhausting brain

A friend just asked if I ever have moments where things are going well and I sit back, enjoy the moment and think, “you know, life is good.” Of course I do, but it’s often not quite that simple. For example, if I see a baby laughing, I enjoy it. It makes me laugh. But […]

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2017-12-01 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
It would be even worse if Trump were removed

“Morning Joe” calls for Trump to be removed by Cabinet-led coup. Trump is definitely a loose cannon and not “presidential” in the way we’ve come to think of that term. Or perhaps in any reasonable way to understand that term. But I don’t know what he has specifically done that would justify removing him from […]

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