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Apocolypse denied

The turn of the decade might have something do with it, but I keep coming across items that highlight the fallacy of making predictions. A whole category of predictions...

Iran needs a Gorbachev

Will an Iranian Gorbachev stand up? To historians of the Soviet Union, the pivotal figure in ending the Cold War was Mikhail Gorbachev. Coming after decades of...

Homelessness

Maybe I lived in Europe for too long, but I no longer see a problem with making homelessness illegal. I’m curious: Were any members of City Council, or the Mayor, in...

The price of entertainment

“Are you not entertained?” Thus Maximus confronted a rapt Roman audience in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” after handily defeating his opponents in the Colosseum....

Place of infamy

An unusual news item came in last week, which triggered a disturbing memory. According to the BBC, the grave of Gestapo chief Reinhard Heydrich was found open. The...

Trump vs. Clinton 2.0

November, 2020 is the Democrats’ election to lose — and I think they will. The science of prediction is risky, and I’m not particularly good at it. I’ve only...

What’s in a name?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear, did it make a sound? Here are some contemporary variants on that classic philosophical quandary: If honey is...

Tips to avoid flying snafus

I thought it couldn’t get worse than not receiving my luggage until the night before my return flight. That’s what happened when I flew to Azerbaijan. The drama...

Nativism

Confession: I haven’t watched one minute of the impeachment proceedings. I’m old enough to remember the last impeachment and I figure I’ve given enough hours of my...

Billionaires’ ‘victimhood’

Is there anything worse than billionaires crying victim? Local sports fans are probably well aware that it’s pretty hard to watch Nuggets and Avalanche games these...