About: New Neo

Neo is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at the new neo.




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What’s behind France’s latest round of riots?

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00pm 12/5/2018 at 1:00pm
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Rioting has been taking place recently in France, but trying to get a clear idea of what’s behind the demonstrations isn’t easy.

The first thing to say is that the riots certainly seem to be anti-Macron. But there are plenty of reasons to be anti-Macron, some emanating from the left and some...

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The 40th anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 3:00pm 11/20/2018 at 3:00pm

Sunday was the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre, an event that caused the deaths of about 900 people (about a third of them children) who were killed at the group’s compound in Guyana.

Note that I write “were killed” rather than “killed themselves.” One of the many misconceptions about the Jonestown...

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Wildfire control policy: Thinning and controlled burns

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Posted by    Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00pm 11/12/2018 at 7:00pm
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In light of the many destructive fires still burning in California, it might seem like a no-brainer that fires such as these could be made less severe by a more effective and frequent use of controlled burns and selective thinning of the forest and brush. But although that idea appears to...

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CNN reports . . . and what Trump actually said about the migrant caravan

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Posted by    Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4:00pm 11/3/2018 at 4:00pm
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Late Thursday afternoon Trump gave a speech and then answered questions from the press about policy regarding the caravan of illegal immigrants headed towards the U.S. I listened to it at the time, and here’s the text of his remarks.

After hearing the speech, I wasn’t surprised by the spin given by ...

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The GOP is united – for now

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:00pm 10/10/2018 at 7:00pm

You hear it everywhere right now: the Republican Party is united as never before.

Mitch McConnell was pretty witty about it: “I want to thank the mob because they’ve done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing the base.”
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Congressional hearings and the presumption of innocence

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Posted by    Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:00am 10/6/2018 at 10:00am

The presumption of innocence for the accused in a criminal trial is one of the main pillars of our criminal law. Its importance to our liberty cannot be overstated.

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Chutzpah, the double-bind and the Kavanaugh circus

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 5:00pm 10/3/2018 at 5:00pm
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Yiddish is a language that has a lot of words that express personality qualities and types, particularly loser types or mean types or conniving types. These words often combine humor with rueful sarcasm and cynical realism about the vagaries of the human condition.

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What motives drive false accusers?

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Posted by    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:00pm 9/29/2018 at 6:00pm
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The answer to the question in the title might seem obvious, but I think it’s more complicated than most people might think.

Let’s leave out accusers who are telling the truth. I’m interested in the ones who are not. They can have multiple motives; any of these can be combined. Th...

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A speech from the past: Clarence Thomas responds to Anita Hill

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Posted by    Monday, September 24, 2018 at 9:00pm 9/24/2018 at 9:00pm

I”m going to let this video clip stand on its own without much further commentary from me. But I think it’s very important to look back at this piece of history from twenty-seven years ago. It was both powerful and prescient:

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When justice becomes “social justice” there is no justice . . . or mercy

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Posted by    Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 6:00pm 9/23/2018 at 6:00pm

This post isn’t primarily about Kavanaugh and Ford, although obviously that’s the jumping-off spot. It’s about the larger issues that the controversy reflects, which have to do with the nature of justice.

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Kavanaugh’s Accuser and the Sticky Issue of Witness and Victim Memory

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 5:00pm 9/19/2018 at 5:00pm
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There are a lot of problems with the Kavanaugh accuser’s story, including the fact that it’s possible that she may be deliberately lying for political reasons.

But even if she’s not purposely lying, there are many problems connected with the phenomenon of memory itself, particularly after all these years.

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Eddie Edwards wins NH GOP nomination in 1st Congressional District

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 8:00pm 9/12/2018 at 8:00pm
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Yesterday New Hampshire had a primary, and Eddie Edwards won the GOP nomination for the US House of Representatives from the state’s 1st Congressional District:

Eddie Edwards, who was endorsed by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, defeated six Republican opponents in the 1st Congressional District, which covers the eastern half of the state....

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Some dare call it sabotage: The effort to undermine the Trump administration

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Posted by    Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 12:00pm 9/9/2018 at 12:00pm

Professor Jacobson recently wrote a post about Obama’s recent rhetoric against President Trump.

In giving his speech, Obama was violating the traditional code of behavior for ex-presidents, which was to keep their mouths shut and refrain from criticizing their successors. But no one on earth should be surprised by the fact that...

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Brazilian election update: Bolsonaro stabbed, violence in the streets

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Posted by    Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7:30pm 9/8/2018 at 7:30pm
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Last week, I wrote a post on Brazilian election frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, sometimes known as the Trump of Brazil. Now comes

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The coming Brazilian elections

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Posted by    Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 2:00pm 9/2/2018 at 2:00pm
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Brazil is scheduled to have a general election this October, and this article about the current frontrunner in the Brazilian presidential elections, a man named Jair Bolsonaro, describes him as “far-right” and given to racist and misogynistic utterances:

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Is it time to re-open the birthright citizenship debate?

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 5:00pm 7/31/2018 at 5:00pm

Michael Anton has caused a furor by suggesting that birthright citizenship is not required by the US Constitution, as Fuzzy Slippers has previously discussed on this blog. Anton is quoted as having said this on Tucker Carlson’s show:
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How “not” to respond to a “gotcha” question, Trump-Putin Summit Edition

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 5:00pm 7/18/2018 at 5:00pm
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When I was studying interpersonal communication and how to track an argument or any other verbal exchange, one thing that was very much emphasized was the difference between content and process.

Content is just what it sounds like: the subject matter about which two people (let’s say, a married couple) are talking....

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