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John T. Reed’s pundit intellectual honesty ratings

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Fact checkers I welcome the arrival of public fact checkers on the news-reporting scene. Fact checkers with news organizations have long been around. I have been interviewed by dozens of media outlets over the years. Most of the bigger ones have strong, internal, fact-checking departments. Kiplinger’s Changing Times (now Personal Finance) used to drive me nuts in that regard. If I told them the sun rose in the East they would want a source. The public fact checkers report mainly on the accuracy of statements by politicians and other advocates, but also, to a lesser extent, they are fact checking...

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More examples of intellectually-dishonest debate tactics from Dilbert

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Readers frequently tell me that Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams has said something like I say. Today, I saw that in the Dilbert cartoon before a reader told me.Dilbert is having a disagreement like we often have at this wall. His opponent starts with his “condescending face.” (rolled eyes à la Anderson Cooper). #23https://www.johntreed.com/…/60887299-intellectually-honest-…When Dilbert asks for [facts or logic—to put it in my terms], his opponent laughs and expresses astonishment à la Juan Williams—another form of #23Then his opponent does the “there are so many [fact and logic errors] I don’t know where to begin” intellectually-dishonest debate tactic. #61“Pick one,”...

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John T. Reed’s dysphemism list

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Below are often-used dysphemisms and their translations to plain non-spin English. Dysphemisms are intellectually-dishonest debate tactics. I have a list of other varieties of those tactics at https://www.johntreed.com/blogs/john-t-reed-s-news-blog/60887299-intellectually-honest-and-intellectually-dishonest-debate-tactics..I hope readers will suggest additional dysphemisms that I have overlooked. Some dysphemism lists include slurs like the N=word. No one needs an article by me to recognize a slur.  Dysphemism plain, non-spin, English translation bitch female who is not liked by the person using the word black ops secret government operations bully official who refuses to comply with the demands of an enemy cut in DC, a cut is not increasing spending at least...

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Zach Ertz has never been interesting in blocking since he was 14.

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I just saw the Eagles Zach Ertz, the Eagles tight end, fail to make a needed block on a qb read option keep. My son and I were his first football coaches freshman year of high school.I was often mad at him then because he seemed uninterested in the play unless he was tackling the ball carrier or carrying, throwing, or catching the ball.On defense, he would go where he thought the probability of his making the tackle was maximized, often leaving his area of responsibility to do so. At outside linebacker, he cost us the Cal game that year...

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‘Religious’ financial assets

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I need a summary article on the assets that are religions. They are gold, bitcoin, and Amazon stock. I use the word religion here to describe fervently held beliefs that are based on faith, not on facts or logic. I hasten to add that in both the more common use of the word religion (centered on a supreme being) and this use, the adherents to the religion swear that they DO have facts and logic.   I have a detailed article about why gold is a lousy hedge against inflation: https://www.johntreed.com/blogs/john-t-reed-s-hyperinflation-deflation-blog/60940227-disadvantages-of-gold-as-an-inflation-hedge Bitcoin Do I have an article on bitcoin? I...

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