No, Starbucks, that’s not true for anyone, not even you

I note that Starbucks, as part of its drive towards political correctness, has put out a training workbook for its staff (link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format).  It includes this drivel (click the image for a larger view): There is no such thing as “your” truth or “other people’s” truth.  There is only TRUTH, and that word has meaning.  Here are a couple of definitions: The truth about something is all the facts about it, rather than things that are imagined or invented. Synonyms: reality, fact(s), real life, actuality.  (Collins) (1) : the body of real things,

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Why no prosecutions?

I’ve been angered to read two recent news reports. Woman who falsely accused 49ers player of domestic violence likely to avoid charges “We don’t charge domestic violence victims who falsely recant. We empathize with them, we support them, and we advocate for them,” the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement to the news outlet. Woman’s bogus rape claim against Texas trooper wasn’t a crime, DA says Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against a Grapevine woman who falsely claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a state trooper last weekend. . . . The

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An alternative to Intuit’s Quickbooks for accounting software?

For those who’ve been following the saga of Intuit’s deliberate slighting of its firearms industry customers, and wish to boycott that company’s products (as I’m doing), there are a couple of excellent alternatives to its Quickbooks small business accounting software. My accountant had recommended that I use Quickbooks for the company Miss D. and I have just set up, as a corporate structure for our books and publishing activities.  However, in the light of recent events, that’s obviously a non-starter.  I looked online, and found that PC Magazine had recently reviewed “The Best Small Business Accounting Software of 2018“.  There were

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Legal signposts on the road to destroying democracy

It’s looking more and more as if there was, indeed, a “Deep State” plot, tightly embroiled with and controlled by the Obama administration (or, at the very least, certain individuals within it), designed to spy on the Trump campaign and, if possible, take it down.  Now that he’s President, that same plot has switched focus to removing him from office at all costs, regardless of the facts (or the lack thereof). Four important articles that I think are worth reading and bookmarking for future reference: Sharyl Attkisson:  “Collusion against Trump” timeline“.  An exhaustive listing, from 2011 to the present, of

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“You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to”

That’s the title of an article in Aeon. Beliefs are factive: to believe is to take to be true. It would be absurd, as the analytic philosopher G E Moore observed in the 1940s, to say: ‘It is raining, but I don’t believe that it is raining.’ Beliefs aspire to truth – but they do not entail it. Beliefs can be false, unwarranted by evidence or reasoned consideration. They can also be morally repugnant. Among likely candidates: beliefs that are sexist, racist or homophobic; the belief that proper upbringing of a child requires ‘breaking the will’ and severe corporal punishment;

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Is the cat among the FBI’s pigeons?

If an article in today’s Wall Street Journal is correct, the FBI may have been spying on the Trump campaign – illegally – for months before the 2016 presidential election.  It may even have been manipulated by the Obama administration into doing so. The Department of Justice lost its latest battle with Congress Thursday when it allowed House Intelligence Committee members to view classified documents about a top-secret intelligence source that was part of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. Even without official confirmation of that source’s name, the news so far holds some stunning implications. Among them is

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When religious faith leads to monomaniacal murder

I’m a man of faith, a retired pastor, and I have no intention of changing my beliefs.  I can generally get along with almost anyone of any faith (or none), given mutual respect and tolerance.  However, when I read a story like this one from Pakistan, it breaks my heart.  Bold print is my emphasis. While girls were buried in pre-Islamic period as unwanted creature, cruel souls in Karachi are a step ahead: they kill and throw them at garbage. This nameless girl is not the only victim of barbarity. From January 2017 to April 2018, Edhi foundation and Chhipa

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When false advertising becomes “Fake News”

Last week, it was revealed that an alleged “authority” on student loans, and what students do with them, was not only fake:  “he” was also steering students who approached “him” for advice towards a student loan refinancing service operated by “his” creators.  As far as I’m concerned, that’s not only false advertising, but fraud by any other name. Drew Cloud is everywhere. The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and CNBC, and is a fixture in the smaller, specialized blogosphere of student debt. . .

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Can’t be fired, eh? Perhaps some other punishment might be found.

Irrespective of her political orientation, anyone who behaves like this should be, at the very least, shunned by all decent people. On Tuesday, a professor at Fresno State made highly outrageous comments celebrating the death of former First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush as she also took delight in the pain that George H.W. Bush is experiencing as a result of his wife’s death. According to her bio page at Fresno State, “Professor Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator” and serves as the “executive director of RAWI, the Radius of Arab American

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“What Does It Mean to Die?”

That’s the question asked by the New Yorker in a sad, poignant article.  Here’s an excerpt. Two days later, Jahi was declared brain-dead. With the help of a ventilator, she was breathing, but her pupils did not react to light, she did not have a gag reflex, and her eyes remained still when ice water was dripped in each ear. She was briefly disconnected from the ventilator, as a test, but her lungs filled with carbon dioxide. On an EEG test, no brain-wave activity could be seen. Like all states, California follows a version of the 1981 Uniform Determination of

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