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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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Anniversary of an unlearned lesson: The Irish Easter Rising and current politics
Apr 2, 2016 1:52 am
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Easter week 1916 was the beginning of the end of the British Empire. The event was the Easter Rising in Ireland. In... More
Retail - basics of public policy
Mar 25, 2016 1:52 am
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"Retail loves retail" is the basic maxim you will hear in a discussion of planning for retail districts. It is analogous to critical mass for... More
Another Copenhagen Syndrome
Mar 5, 2016 12:55 am
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Visionaries and dreamers can be major impediments to accomplishing anything useful. They clutter the public discourse and decision-making with ideas that are non-starters... More
Public Discourse: Inverted Totalitarianism, Threshold Models and Cell Phones
Feb 21, 2016 1:56 am
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Online discussions are an important part of public discourse even for people who don't participate directly. Much of what they hear from others may have come from... More
Pet Hair for the Birds (Nests)
Feb 16, 2016 6:41 pm
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The increased chirping of birds signals that nest-building is close at hand. Birds can have problems finding suitable materials in a too-manicured suburban environment.... More
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