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The Statistical Irrelevance of Cable News

Written by Gary North on August 20, 2016


Every month, Matt Drudge’s site gets about a billion page views. On August 19, Drudge posted a link to an article on the fact that Rachel Maddow has tied Megyn Kelly’s show in recent days. We read this: MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show virtually tied Fox News’ Kelly File in the key 25-54 demographic on […]

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Ralph Stanley, RIP

Written by Gary North on June 25, 2016


On June 23, Ralph Stanley died. He was 89. He was the last of the founders of bluegrass music. This is an American invention, named after the group that backed up Bill Monroe, the Bluegrass Boys. Monroe’s music was “old timey” until the arrival of Earl Scruggs, who revolutionized banjo picking. Scruggs joined the Bluegrass […]

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Cracking Netflix’s Category Codes

Written by Gary North on April 9, 2016


I read that Netflix has 76,000 codes of kinds of movies. Is this possible? Really? You don’t have time to find most of these categories. Neither do I. So, Netflix shows us only those few categories that its algorithm thinks we would like to view. But there are others that we might want to view. […]

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Lost in Translation: The Rolling Stones in Cuba

Written by Gary North on April 2, 2016

On Tuesday, March 22, President Obama was in Cuba, the first President to visit Cuba in 90 years. On Friday, the Rolling Stones became the first famous Western rock & roll group ever to play in Havana. It was a free concert. Mick Jagger scheduled the performance a few months ago. Did he coordinate this […]

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Sucked in by Hollywood Screen Writers

Written by Gary North on February 20, 2016


More than any other writers, screenwriters can persuade us to suspend disbelief. The story moves fast. The technology draws us into the story. We question almost nothing. We are manipulated. We pay money to be manipulated. It’s entertainment, so we do not care. Hollywood has understood this, all the way back to D. W. Griffith’s […]

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Video: A Low-Budget Trump YouTube Ad

Written by Gary North on January 16, 2016


I do not put any hope in national politics. But Donald Trump is about to pull off the first hijacking of the Republican Establishment since Barry Goldwater did it in 1964. This has happened only once before: in 1964. William Jennings Bryan pulled it off in 1896 in the Democratic Party. This changed American politics. […]

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