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Wolfgang Sperlich
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TRUMP, TRUMPER, TRUMPEST
  Below is a very perceptive characterization
by Gwenda Blair of Trump and his followers: It is this combination – the hint of menace beneath the surface
added to what appears to be an unpolished immediacy – that millions of
listeners take as evidence of Tr...

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COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS à la R. Mercer: GROSS AND CRUDE
COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS à la R. Mercer: GROSS AND CRUDE Chomsky’s 1959 review of Skinner’s Verbal Behaviour saved us
from ‘gross and crude’ behaviourism in linguistics, if not in psychology
itself. In fact, behaviourism in the world of business (marketing...

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A LONG KOAN FOR LEONARD COHEN
Now I drink to your awful truth That I will hear from you Long after you’ve gone Dead and gone You said you were ready Except nobody ever is For the great beyond Dust to dust That was that The living left behind listen to you Digitally remastered Longing fo...

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A review of DECODING CHOMSKY (2016) by Chris Knight
A review of DECODING
CHOMSKY (2016) by Chris Knight (Yale University Press) --------------------- Chris Knight sent me his Decoding
Chomsky Ms., unsolicited, presumably in the knowledge that I am one of the
great defenders of Chomsky. I replied, having read...

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LOL, NO SIREE BOB, LITERATURE IT AIN’T
“Half the time I write to find out what I think” (Tim Winton) Nice quote Stumbled across on the day Bob Dylan got the Nobel Prize What a terrible joke Not that Tim Winton should have won either But at least he’s an Australian writer I don’t know So what do ...

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TERROR
Terror is as old as warfare – they go hand in hand, or
worse: warfare equals terror. Nevertheless when claiming a dichotomy, the protagonists
on both sides prove the point that they are engaged in a just war but having to
break the rules of warfare (as for ...

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BREXIT
BREXIT Received wisdom has it by now that the 52% of Brits who
voted to leave the EU are working-class punters who are dissatisfied with
EU-style migration and subsequent lack of jobs for themselves. The more
sophisticated 48% lot on the other hand recogniz...

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HUMAN ROBOTS
The problem is not
that robots will become more intelligent than humans but that humans will
become as stupid as robots. Current debates on robotics and associated Artificial
Intelligence (AI) focus on either the low level issue on how robots may replace
hu...

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THE LAST CLIMATE CHANGE
I posted this story before on my blog, then under the title THE ENGLISH DISEASE (you'll see why when you read it). I took it off my blog as I submitted it as an 'unpublished' story in a competition. It never got anywhere even though Noam Chomsky liked it. N...

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A review of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov
I was alerted to Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita by a Russian-speaking student of mine. I
did a bit of on-line research and found that I should have heard about the
novel, if not have read it. Various bits of pop trivia whetted my literary
appetite: Mar...
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