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Relationship vs Situationship

Recently, the Belgian newspaper De Standaard published a (Dutch language) article: Do we have a relation? No, a situation. I got curious. Apparently, a situationship is a new buzz word; it's even already mentioned on Wikipedia: "a portmanteau of situational and relationship". "Non-committal relationships are so common, it seems like a new...

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Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Shows Time Isn’t on Putin’s Side (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg opinion title: Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Shows Time Isn’t on Putin’s Side Bloomberg opinion subtitle: Russia’s president is overestimating the weakness of Europe’s democracies and underestimating Ukraine’s willingness to fight. By: Leonid Bershidsky Date: 8 September 2022 "A battle for initiative is raging in southern and eastern Ukraine, and signs...

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Truss will only make the UK more miserable. That could be good (FT)

Introduction LO: As always, author Simon Kuper has an interesting and a convincing perspective. I really liked the message in his last line. Also see the FT subtitle below. Or, as my mentor used to say: Everything becomes fluid under pressure (eg, my blogs of 2019 and 2020 and TU Delft). I'm less sure about the author's implicit prediction that the UK may rejoin the...

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Logical vs Rational

In several of my recent blogs, I used the words logical and rational without giving it much thought - initially. A Google search on examples of (il)logical and (ir)rational remained fruitless. Hence, I made a diagram myself. My diagram contains my usual suspects, being: Nassim Nicholas Taleb's distinction between (un)known (un)knowns;Karl Popper's distinction in...

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Gerontocracy and demographics

Late June 2022, the Times published an article: How Britain became a gerontocracy. Its subtitle was: "The pensions boost is further proof that Britain is run for the benefit of the older generation — paid for by the young". My April 2019 blog had predicted this: The future Great Divide between generations. The cause appears to be quite simple: demographics and the...

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Loyalty, fidelity and principles

Last Monday, my local friend had another suggestion: fidelity (eg, principles, wife). I asked if he meant loyalty. He acknowledged but stated that the scope is up to me. My initial reply to him was that dogs are loyal while humans are not (eg, Quora). My reply expressed cynicism following my personal experiences. A few months ago, I mentioned loyalty in my blog: The...

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