Grace: It Still Exists, Even If It’s Hard to Find

June 2, 2016

Grace has been on my mind lately. A co-worker said the Chairman of the Board of the company we work was the “epitome of grace.” Apt, totally, but my thoughts go further, into the public sphere.

Grace and its adjective, gracious, mean many things. My definition, in the sadly crass and ever more obnoxious world in which we find ourselves, goes like this: Being better than you have to be, and better than anyone might expect you to be. (It fits for the afore-mentioned fellow, and for those who I discuss below.)

Grace. In Don’t Try This at Home, edited by Kimberly Witherspoon and Andrew Friedman, 40 all-star restaurateurs offer vignettes about what went wrong at one time or

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Correlation, Causation, Facts and the TPP

June 12, 2015

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc means “after this, therefore, because of this,” and is a logical fallacy. Every action has consequences, but subsequent events may or may not be related to the prior event. The concept gets expressed slightly differently, and in English, as “correlation does not imply causation.”

I have been following the Trans-Pacific Partnership aka TPP trade deal just a little bit. I’ve also been following the developing battle between President Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). He supports the TPP; she doesn’t.

Senator Warren is one of my heroes. She’s scary smart, focused on regular people, and seemingly incorruptible. She may be wrong about the TPP, too.

When trade matters come before Congress, all roads

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