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The Wisdom of Crowds

THE CONTRARIAN — Contrarians like the book “The Wisdom of Crowds”, by James Suroweiki. It starts with the premise that there is a thread of common opinion or belief in any large group of people. It offers case histories to … Continue reading

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WHEN IS A CITY TOO BIG?

THE CONTRARIAN There is a theory in urban planning that there is an optimum size for a city. Quality of life gets better as the city gets bigger up to the optimum size, and then the problems grow while the … Continue reading

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CARBON TAX AND CODFISH

THE CONTRARIAN A PAGE FROM WILLIE BRANTS DIARY – Joe and I were playing a few hands of crib to pass away a snowy Saturday afternoon.  Just to make conversation, I remarked that there seems to be a lot of … Continue reading

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ANARCHISTS

THE CONTRARIAN WILLY BRANT’S DIARY   Joe was really cheerful when I met him at the group mailbox yesterday morning. Said he had been up half the night, and was quite pleased with himself, as he had managed to distill … Continue reading

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I AM GOING TO BE RICH

  THE CONTRARIAN       I am so excited; I am going to be rich.  I will use the multi-million-dollar prize I am going to win to build the new seniors residence our city so badly needs. I can … Continue reading

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COMMON SENSE

THE CONTRARIAN The following is a pretty succinct version of a clever OBITUARY which has been circulating for some years, and gets more appropriate as time goes by. Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, … Continue reading

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WINDMILLS, CARBON TAX, AND STUFF

THE CONTRARIAN   A page out of Willy Brants diary – I just got up, and was stretching the old body this way and that while looking out the front window at all that snow, when I saw Joe’s ratty … Continue reading

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