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Trolls

Donald Trump may be the ultimate Twitter troll, but Gov. Jared Polis is giving the president a run for his money. On the Sunday, two days after Mayor Hancock vetoed a...

Waste not, want not

Everyone’s got a social ill that gets ‘em. Mine is waste, whether it’s thrown out food from catered events or mounds of disposable goods. The good news: In recent...

Who watches the watchers?

Twenty years ago, when I first travelled to Belfast, what struck me was the CCTV everywhere. There was no doubt that I was constantly being recorded. This was before...

Winning can hurt

For the past three-and-a-half years, one topic has dominated UK politics, nearly to the exclusion of all else: Brexit. That the “out” side was successful shocked the...

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...