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New Neo

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

When I was in college in the late 1960s, I took a course called Russian Intellectual History. I had always liked Russian literature, I'd been told the professor was good, and the course seemed an easy way to fulfill a history requirement.

When Kenosha erupted in flames, it wasn't that the actions of the rioters were so different than in other cities across America. Unfortunately, it's become the new business-as-usual, because we've grown accustomed to seeing much the same things happen in deep blue (i.e. leftist) cities such as Seattle, Portland, and Chicago.

On Wednesday, Mike LaChance wrote a post at Legal Insurrection discussing the shocking letter to the NY Times written by long-time journalist Martin Tolchin saying that Tara Reade's accusations against Joe Biden should not be investigated:  “I don’t want justice, whatever that may be. I want a win, the removal of Donald Trump from office, and Mr. Biden is our best chance.” As extreme as the letter is, I believe there's a tactical method in Tolchin's madness, and a reason the Times published it.

Joe Biden's desire to be president has lasted for at least three decades. Obviously, virtually all presidential candidates are ambitious. But we prefer their ambition to come at least partly from something more than the naked desire to be a powerful person. What about Biden's?

Modeling can analyze data about complex systems and make predictions. But the predictive value of computer modeling is hampered by the fact that models are only as good as the assumptions and statistics behind them.

Epidemiologists deal with dry facts and figures, but the subject matter of those facts and figures can be very dramatic: illness and death, and how best to go about minimizing the former and delaying the latter. Usually we don't pay all that much attention to epidemiologists unless we have a particular interest in the subject.

I've noticed that many of the articles and opinion columns in the mainstream media about impeaching Trump include the idea that now he must bear the permanent mark of having been one of the few presidents in our history who have been impeached (see this as well as this, for example). In other words, they feel that impeachment causes Trump to wear a shameful and symbolic scarlet "I" for all time.