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John Pepple
Central Ohio
Ph.D. Philosophy, U of MN (B.S. Math), Writer, Thinker
Interests: Philosophy, soccer, learning foreign languages (currently learning Arabic), reading mysteries.
Recent Activity
For various reasons, I have decided to quit blogging. For one thing, my numbers are down to a level that it doesn’t seem worth it to continue, though let me offer my thanks to those who have stayed around! I’m not going to bother enumerating all of my other reasons.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2022 at I Want a New Left
I used to think of financial institutions as conservative or at worst politically neutral. No more. They have been politicized, and of course, given trends these days, they have been politicized to the left. The first I heard of this was a few years back. There were financial institutions that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2022 at I Want a New Left
See here and here. British Cycling, which is “the lead governing body for cyclists” in the UK, is demanding that women cyclists “accept all participants in the gender they present.” So, who came up with this policy? Was there a discussion, or was it forced upon everyone, whether they wanted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at I Want a New Left
See here. The CEOs of a bunch of airlines are complaining about the mask mandates. I suggested a while ago that the CEOs of not just the airlines, but of every industry affected by the ridiculous rules of the virus should give permanent discounts to anyone willing to wear a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2022 at I Want a New Left
The Taliban promised that older girls would get to go to school, but now they are reneging on that promise. This is no surprise to anyone who knows what they are like. See here (and see the fable about the frog and the scorpion). The international community (though I would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2022 at I Want a New Left
For beating Italy and thus preventing them from qualifying for the next World Cup. North Macedonia still has to beat Portugal to qualify. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at I Want a New Left
No, riding the bus is not the answer to inflation. Here’s why relying on buses is a bad idea: 1. Inflation hits bus fares, too. Why would anyone, except elites who don’t know any better, think that bus fares are somehow immune to inflation? They go up as inflation goes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at I Want a New Left
When people, groups, and institutions wield an enormous amount of power and think that they are morally right and their powerless opponents are deplorable, it’s pretty unusual for them to give up some power. Yet, that is what has happened at the NY Times twice in recent days. The first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at I Want a New Left
Here and here. The first is on the sad fate of those who have volunteered to fight in Ukraine, and the second is on dealing with the disturbing fact that governments in the West seem bent on confiscating the money of people they think are fascists or Nazis or white... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2022 at I Want a New Left
See here. This gives the “lexical distance” between various European languages. What it gets right are the language groups, but the details are a little odd. For example, it seems hard to believe that Spanish and Basque, which aren’t a bit related, are closer than Hungarian and Estonian, which are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at I Want a New Left
I was reading an old mystery, and reference was made to the Young Men's Buddhist Association. I thought it was a joke, but it seems (from Wikipedia) that it isn't. It really exists. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2022 at I Want a New Left
Not many want to send troops to Ukraine, and we can blame this on the left. For decades, leftists have opposed every war we were involved in. When Saddam Hussein attacked Kuwait (kind of like the way Putin has attacked Ukraine), the left was all aflame, not at Saddam Hussein’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2022 at I Want a New Left
Here are three examples: • Non-Ukrainians pretending to be Ukrainian so they can get into Poland (or some other part of the EU). See here (hat tip: Mark Spahn). This is what happens when immigration officials are known to not really care about who’s coming in. • All the people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2022 at I Want a New Left
From this Steve Sailer column by a commenter named Giant Duck: All of the prestige newspapers have articles lately lamenting, sometimes more obliquely, sometimes directly, the fact that the situation in Ukraine has pushed All Things Black from the tippy-top headlines. It seems to be a battle within the newsrooms.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2022 at I Want a New Left
Does anyone really believe that gas prices are high because of Putin? Most of us, I think, saw them rise before he began his invasion. So, why are the Dems trying to spin this? Do they really think that people don’t remember? Do they actually believe it themselves? They are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at I Want a New Left
Here. The author’s theory is that it was planned, and he bases it on statistics about how quickly things spread in so many countries at once, among other things. I have no expertise about how viruses spread, so I can’t comment on that one way or another. But there are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at I Want a New Left
From this essay by David Goldman: America had the technological edge in 1983. Today, it appears that Russia and China have gained a technological edge and are poised to extend it. That should be the occasion for a Sputnik Moment—national debate on the direction of our country. The same technologies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2022 at I Want a New Left
There seems to have been some kind of missile attack by Iran on the U.S. consulate in Erbil, Iraq (here). I had been predicting that if Putin invaded Ukraine, China would also invade Taiwan and Hezbollah would attack Israel. Later, I predicted a terrorist attack here in America. None of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2022 at I Want a New Left
See here if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Now as Agatha Christie’s detectives always say, “look at the effects.” The effects of Pam’s actions are that both Jean and Jorts are suffering more than they need to. So there. And then there’s this and this. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2022 at I Want a New Left
See here. There is a link to a NY Times article or essay that I refuse to click on, but the quote is this: With luck, in the months and years ahead, the threat of the virus will abate and we will be able to let go of the fear... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2022 at I Want a New Left
See here. Too often, it seems, people object to it privately, but don’t want to be known as objecting to it for fear they will be singled out for punishment. Everyone opposing it banding together is a good way to evade that (I hope). If people had done this thirty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at I Want a New Left
According to this essay in the Epoch Times, those in favor of the vaccine were so fanatical that they created skeptics. For example, they absolutely insisted that having the virus and recovering from it wasn’t as good as getting the vaccine, which just seemed absurd and was contradicted by a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2022 at I Want a New Left
1. We are nowhere near being in a position to give up fossil fuels. 2. We should have engaged in a massive project of building as many nuclear power plants as we could back in the 1970s, except that you guys were dead-set against that. 3. Meanwhile, outsourcing the drilling... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2022 at I Want a New Left
We’ve been told that PayPal is cutting ties with Russia because of their belligerence, but it turns out that others are affected, too. I’ve been reliably informed that people in Ukraine and Bulgaria can’t use it, either. What’s the point of that? Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2022 at I Want a New Left
It’s hard to believe. One day last week I noticed that the students at a certain liberal arts college were not wearing masks outside, but I was informed that they were still required to wear them inside, and it seemed likely that that rule would remain till the end of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2022 at I Want a New Left