Monthly Archives: April 2014

Not Any Dog Can Be Trained…Part 3

Do dog trainers believe that obedience training is likely to fail in real world situations? Some must sincerely believe that any dog can be trained, and they just ignore evidence to the contrary (they are human, after all). Perhaps others have their doubts but … Continue reading

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Not Any Dog Can Be Trained…Part 2

In Part 1, we went through the sorts of things dog-owners often confuse with training, so it is time to look at some data on actual dog training. Except there isn’t much to look at. From a scan of professional dog-trainer … Continue reading

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Not Any Dog Can Be Trained… Part 1

I choose these words carefully because this is a matter of dispute among family and friends. The conventional wisdom is that ‘any dog can be trained to obey basic commands.’ And I think that statement is nuts. Let’s get this out the way … Continue reading

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Again with the salt…

At least this time the New York Times ‘we really need to reduce dietary salt‘ piece is in the op-ed section. Advocates for salt reduction have just been stating their opinion all along, but it is good to have those … Continue reading

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Which States are Friendliest to Immigrants

A while back, I got into an unnecessary argument with some friends. This took place about two years ago. Arizona, or maybe it was Alabama, had just passed some extreme anti-immigrant laws. The point my friends were making was that the … Continue reading

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The Garnish Diet: Telling People to Eat Plants is a Cop-Out

It is fashionable to give the following dietary advice: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. This is Michael Pollan’s formulation. He believes this is a good summary of reasonable opinion on the topic. I won’t pick on the “eat food” part … Continue reading

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What if Cormac McCarthy’s The Road Isn’t About Global Warming At All?

What caused the apocalyptic disaster in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road? It is popular to suggest that man-made climate-change, or a nuclear war, brought the end: Andrew O’Hagan called The Road: The first great masterpiece of the globally warmed generation. An editorial in … Continue reading

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