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Darkess Day of the Year, but Economically Getting Brighter

Dec 21, 2013 |
It’s the shortest day of the year today, and as we look ahead to 2014 there are reasons for a more positive outlook about the economy in America. There are indication that politically the ... Read more

Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments

Aug 5, 2013 |
The Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments Corporate lobbyists pressure governments to keep interest rates low. This means it is less attractive to keep money in ... Read more

50 Year Chart of Stocks, Gold and Treasuries

Jun 26, 2013 |
When it comes to what has been the most consistent and dependable investment for the long run, the clear answer is a diversified stock portolio, which virtually anyone can invest in assuming they have ... Read more

Countries Debt to GDP Ratio Spotlight Japan

May 30, 2013 |
As we look at the various nations that have high debt to gdp ratios, the one that can't be easily overlooked is Japan. As you can see in the chart below, Japan has a ratio of about 230%. Japan has ... Read more

Urban Gardner in South Central LA

May 22, 2013 |
Ron Finley has done some amazing things to help change the way people think about food in South Central LA, and area that has been mired by poverty and gangs in the past. As he puts it, growing your ... Read more

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Darkess Day of the Year, but Economically Getting Brighter

Dec 21, 2013 |
It’s the shortest day of the year today, and as we look ahead to 2014 there are reasons for a more positive outlook about the economy in America. There are indication that politically the ... Read more

Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments

Aug 5, 2013 |
The Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments Corporate lobbyists pressure governments to keep interest rates low. This means it is less attractive to keep money in ... Read more

50 Year Chart of Stocks, Gold and Treasuries

Jun 26, 2013 |
When it comes to what has been the most consistent and dependable investment for the long run, the clear answer is a diversified stock portolio, which virtually anyone can invest in assuming they have ... Read more

Countries Debt to GDP Ratio Spotlight Japan

May 30, 2013 |
As we look at the various nations that have high debt to gdp ratios, the one that can't be easily overlooked is Japan. As you can see in the chart below, Japan has a ratio of about 230%. Japan has ... Read more

Urban Gardner in South Central LA

May 22, 2013 |
Ron Finley has done some amazing things to help change the way people think about food in South Central LA, and area that has been mired by poverty and gangs in the past. As he puts it, growing your ... Read more

Latest links

Darkess Day of the Year, but Economically Getting Brighter

Dec 21, 2013 |
It’s the shortest day of the year today, and as we look ahead to 2014 there are reasons for a more positive outlook about the economy in America. There are indication that politically the ... Read more

Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments

Aug 5, 2013 |
The Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments Corporate lobbyists pressure governments to keep interest rates low. This means it is less attractive to keep money in ... Read more

50 Year Chart of Stocks, Gold and Treasuries

Jun 26, 2013 |
When it comes to what has been the most consistent and dependable investment for the long run, the clear answer is a diversified stock portolio, which virtually anyone can invest in assuming they have ... Read more

Countries Debt to GDP Ratio Spotlight Japan

May 30, 2013 |
As we look at the various nations that have high debt to gdp ratios, the one that can't be easily overlooked is Japan. As you can see in the chart below, Japan has a ratio of about 230%. Japan has ... Read more

Urban Gardner in South Central LA

May 22, 2013 |
Ron Finley has done some amazing things to help change the way people think about food in South Central LA, and area that has been mired by poverty and gangs in the past. As he puts it, growing your ... Read more

Power of Words and Logic

 

As people debate about issues, it is so often a trap to start attacking people personally, rather than challenge one another with ideas and facts and questions. A large part of the problem with the political discourse in this country is people’s acceptance of the idea that mudslinging is okay. But I think there is more to it than that!

It is all too common for people to make up facts that sound good without spending time going over the details that support their assertions. Part of it is laziness, and another part of it is lack of education.  While I didn’t finish college, I had a great English teacher, as well as a great Logic professor, and in both cases they insisted that I supported my assertions with supporting details. When we take the time to go over details ourselves, we are that much more educated about the very issues that we make statements about.

First, from a writing perspective, most English teachers will tell you there important elements to writing. Paragraphs should contain an introductory statement that tells the reader what the paragraph will be discussing. Then the there should be sentences with supporting details. And of course at the end we have sentence that summarizes or “brings together” the details. It might even be a “lead in” to the next paragraph.
Logical FallacyThen we have the area of Logic. There are so many fallacies that are published online and in the media that are so easily apparent to the student of logic. For example, “Because the deficit is so high, we must be spending too much.” This is a hasty generalization that fails to consider all the facts like revenue, and what is being spent, and what parts of spending increased or decreased. There are many other forms of fallacy worthy of careful study.

The wonderful thing about the internet is we can fill the void where our education is lacking. If we want to improve our writing style there are many great sites to help us do that. With a combination of excellent writing, and well considered logic, our words become more powerful, and the time spent writing is all that much more worthwhile.

Best wishes to all!

 

 

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