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The Things People Say: Rhetorical Devices and the Abuse of Statistics

Let’s write a reality check. Not all that long ago I repeatedly heard that the unemployment rate in the US was not 4.9 percent as official numbers stated, but closer to 42 percent. This intel came from news sources trusted by a great number of Americans, from pundits and political operatives to a moderator at  a …

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A Rant from the Aged

More than the blinkering strangeness of the COVID pandemic loaded with fear and vituperation and the baffling denial by anti-vaxers and mask mandate resisters. More than navigating the unchartered waters of retirement amid the relentless creep of aging. It’s easy, too easy, to blame my rising pessimism on social media. Before people gathered on Meta …

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 26: Lost in the Venice Labyrinth

Follow Thor and me as we lose ourselves in the fascinating maze of canals and narrow lanes of extravagant Venice. NOTE: Since travel is still iffy with the pandemic continuing, I started a blog series offering a virtual vacation and time-travel to my first big trip with Thor in 2008. Italy! Starting with highlight photos …

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BVC Eats: Cold-weather apple and sweet potato casserole

This is one of those rich, buttery, sweet, cold-weather recipes we forgive ourselves for eating because it’s cold. And maybe the holidays. And it’s vegetables, right? AUTUMN APPLE AND SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE Preheat oven to 350. Peel and slice equal amounts apples and sweet potatoes. Microwave the sliced sweet potatoes on high until they’re half-cooked, …

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