Logical Fallacies and their examples for political conversations.
1 – Ad Hominem: Insults used as if it were an argument or evidence in support of a conclusion. “You’re just a radical left-socialist-NeverTrump-liberal” (therefore all of your opinions must be worthless so I won’t even hear them.)
2 – Straw Man: In the straw man fallacy, someone attacks a position the opponent doesn’t really hold by presenting a rational argument as an extreme. “Democrats just want open borders, free flowing drugs from Mexico, and welfare handouts.”
I used to be better at taking a break at what I was doing, enjoying my surroundings and sometimes capturing it on audio to give me an audio recall of that moment in time. Here are a few examples that I recently came across.
The Birds in the Park, Melbourne Australia, Feb 2009.
A gorgeous small park right next to my apartment had a lot of noises going on from birds much different than you find back in Oklahoma.
The definitive Star Wars good to bad list, as defined by me.
1. The last Jedi (2017) It’s easy to fall into the trap of the lastest is the best because of technology and modern trends, but this Star Wars movie was pretty bold. It divided the Star Wars fandom in two but what haters are missing here is that the Star Wars movies from their youth is not the same story we need now. A New Hope was about Good vs Evil, Black and White, right and wrong. But we’ve evolved since then and we know that most things live in the gray and extremism in any form is bad. Honest Trailers Review | CinemaSins Review
The elections last night were complicated. Both sides are feeling victory and loss today. The hardest losses for me to absorb seem like in hindsight, were an obvious outcome – Republicans won in the very red states and promise more of the same. Clearly no one is happy with “the same”, but people don’t like change of values even more, and these races were made about (perceived) values and nothing to do with leadership, so we will keep on keepin on.
I love podcasts. It’s not as much of a commitment as a book, it can be serialized, and they aren’t as depressing as the news. I like having something playing in the background while I work so I’ve vetted many to see what appeals to me. I didn’t mean to make the list in order of preference. But after making it, yea, this is pretty much the order I would rank my top 10.
The New Year brought a trip to the Canadian mountains in Banff. Beautiful landscapes of snow and mountains, despite the -16F temperatures. One of the highlights was probably standing in the middle of the lake or enjoying the hot springs.
Movie historians baffled that critics of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi were expecting more serious toned literary greatness from the predecessor of a samurai space opera knock-off of Flash Gordon (Seriously, look it up, Lucas wanted to originally do a Flash Gordon movie but couldn’t secure the rights).