Whose body language won first presidential debate?

As there are very few nonverbal signals that aren't influenced by our biases, the likelihood of who won will be based on our prejudices

Whose body language won first presidential debate?BERKELEY, Calif. Oct. 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ - There is a magician’s trick called the “Vanishing Ball Illusion,” in which a ball tossed in the air seems to disappear – but in reality is never actually thrown. The trick depends on the magician’s skill in creating such a strong expectation of the throw that the…

Clinton symbolizes the rise of matriarchy

Donald Trump seems incapable of seeing that the times have changed

Clinton symbolizes the rise of matriarchySteller sea lions are the largest of all sea lions, and they have an appetite to match. Close to Skelhp where I live, there is a Steller rookery, a haul-out on the McRae Islets where the local population of more than 100 pinnipeds lounges and collectively demonstrate various types of dominance behaviour according to their…

Clinton must beat Trump in tonight’s debate

The fact that Donald Trump is even with Hillary Clinton in numerous polls is an unmitigated disaster

Clinton must beat Trump in tonight’s debateTORONTO, Ont. Sept. 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ - How high are the stakes tonight? Really high. I was back and forth, this morning, with a friend who is very senior Clinton guy – he’s one of the ones who goes on TV for her – and I told him that basically “everyone up here in…

Pack journalism and the corresponding need for skepticism

From Brexit to the U.S. presidential election, it's important to filter what you read in order to reach something approximating the truth

Pack journalism and the corresponding need for skepticismTORONTO, Ont. Sept. 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A casual reader of this summer's media would emerge with two truths, things you could take to the bank. All smart people said so. One was that the Brexit Armageddon had already descended on the United Kingdom, and its future held nothing but escalating levels of chaos, deprivation, bitter tears and…

Why do some liars get a hall pass?

We routinely forgive or outright ignore the lies coming from politicians entrusted with our individual, collective and national well-being

Why do some liars get a hall pass?NEW YORK Aug. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Ryan Lochte won’t get paid for peddling Speedos anymore but if he had played his cards right maybe he could have been president. Everyone is familiar with how the U.S. swimmer lied about being robbed at gunpoint on the streets of Rio after a drunken night out…

The party’s over: without ideology, we lack leadership

Elections are no longer contests of ideas but rather competing marketing campaigns to see who gets to control the state’s levers of coercion

The party’s over: without ideology, we lack leadershipHAMILTON, Ont. Aug. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The bedrock of traditional party politics is crumbling. The end result could be devastating to western society. For political junkies, presidential nominating conventions are destination television. It’s ritualistic theatre as, almost without exception in living memory, the presumptive nominee has been confirmed. Officially winning warrants breaking news…

A candidate’s (ghost-written) words are not enough

Ideology and anecdotal content can't save a politician's speech if the candidate doesn't have the oratory skills to sell it all

A candidate’s (ghost-written) words are not enoughTORONTO, Ont. Aug. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Crafting a political speech is a fine art. Many valiantly attempt to conquer the hearts and minds of an audience, but scant few succeed. It’s not simple. The speechwriter has to take himself or herself out of the equation, and create stirring words, sentences and phrases in the…

Here’s what Hillary needs to do to stop Trump

Acknowledge that those angry, older men in Rust Belt states who support him really have been left behind

Here’s what Hillary needs to do to stop TrumpTORONTO, Ont. July 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Your perspective on the Republican National Convention depends on your politics, of course. If you are in any way progressive, it was a five-alarm dumpster fire, a bonfire of insanities, a crazy conflagration of fear and loathing. It made Fight Club and Dr. Strangelove seem like newsreel…

Will the real Hillary Clinton please stand up?

She is nothing if not a contradiction. There may not, in fact, be a ‘real’ Hillary Clinton at all

Will the real Hillary Clinton please stand up?NEW YORK, July 24, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Hillary Clinton is a fascinating person on so many levels. The trouble is that she is actually many fascinating people all trapped in one body. It brings to mind an old movie starring Joanne Woodward called The Three Faces of Eve or the scene in The Exorcist where Fr. Damian Karras says to…

First draft of Trump’s nomination acceptance speech

Something along these lines should work for him

First draft of Trump’s nomination acceptance speechNEW YORK July 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - As Republicans gather for their national convention in Cleveland, I am providing presumptive nominee Donald Trump with a highly abbreviated version of an acceptance speech. I will be sending an invoice. Without further ado, I think something along these lines would work for him (Yes, I’m serious):…