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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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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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COVID-19: Critiquing News Releases: What's missing + teachable opportunities
Mar 19, 2020 1:28 am
Comments: 3 | Views: 9,046

"Updated Guidance ... Hosting ... Community Events ... : Ensure ... urge attendees to wash hands often ... If ... not available ... hand sanitizer ..."... More
Preparing for COVID-19: An epidemic is not a hurricane. Panic buying harmful
Mar 3, 2020 12:03 am
Comments: 15 | Views: 6,928

Emergency preparedness advice in the US is strongly oriented toward hurricanes. No surprise, because hurricanes are the most common major disaster in terms of people... More
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Underappreciated Unknowns & inexplicable failures
Feb 28, 2020 5:46 am
Comments: 15 | Views: 14,217

Public complacency about COVID-19 is being promoted by the authorities' message of "Everything is (currently) under control" where the "currently"... More
Pseudo-Primary for CA Senate District 13: some thoughts
Feb 21, 2020 4:51 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 7,566

A big frustration with local candidates is that they resist differentiating themselves from their opponents. When pressed, the typical answer is so weak as to be... More
Is Palo Alto prepared for a Coronavirus outbreak?
Jan 30, 2020 1:36 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 7,932

No. I can confidently say this based upon earlier outbreaks -- they have repeatedly demonstrated that various failures by decision-makers and others are part of... More
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