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Dave had the opportunity to talk with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a recent press event where Wilkie mentioned that the VA had “turned a corner” in the last couple of years. Since large bureaucracies are not typically suited to a sharp change in direction, Dave thought to inquire more on the topic and the result was a fascinating exchange that we think you’ll find interesting indeed.

Then, continuing his series of compelling interviews with Ricochet Members, Dave talked with member Lilly B. about her recent post, “Little Crazy Children,” in which Lilly compares rampant charges of racism with the rampant accusations of witchcraft in Salem in the late 1600s. The similarities are (pardon the pun) arresting, as are Lilly’s thoughts on the current madness and the prospects for a peaceful resumption of civic life. All of which make for a thought provoking and informative show, which we’re sure you will enjoy.

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I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, but it’s now become a question worth asking. Paranoia strikes deep. Note that the question is not when will they come after Ricochet substantively or even justifiably because it’s clear that the adverbs are not culturally relevant. Perhaps there’s an element of hubris in thinking that “we” are significant enough to be […]

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I attended parts of both the Ricochet and the GLOP podcasts this weekend, and found them both interesting. Now that I am getting better at recognizing who is speaking, I can enjoy them more. Voices: Read More View Post

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“Oh, it’s a jolly challah-day with Susan, Susan makes your ‘eart so light!” OMG. Apologies for the appalling pun, to you, to @susanquinn, to Mister Susan, to the brothers Sherman who wrote the music and lyrics for Mary Poppins, and above all, to everyone who reads this, wherever you are, for inflicting upon you Dick Van Dyke’s excruciatingly embarrassing (embarrassingly excruciating?) excuse for a Cockney accent. Born within the sounds of Bow Bells, he most certainly was not:

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In the first 15 minutes of the latest Ricochet podcast (Episode #483), Rob said a couple of things that caught my attention. At one point, when talking about our communication- and data-centric technical culture, he suggested that the answers to all our big problems were probably in the wealth of data we’ve collected.

What came to my mind when he said that was the movie WarGames (1983), in which a wayward defense computer is discouraged from initiating Armageddon when it crunches the numbers and concludes that there’s no way to win a nuclear war. Setting aside the question of whether or not that’s a correct conclusion (and I recently re-re-re-watched Dr. Strangelove, in which Buck Turgidson makes a compelling contrary argument, so I’m really not so sure), what the computer in WarGames did was reach a kind of meta-conclusion. A thorough examination of the available information suggested that no good answers could be found.

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Hello! We’ve had a few changes here in at the Moderators’ Desk, and so it’s time for another set of notes. Read More View Post

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The term “Weapons Free,” is used to describe a missile defense system which has been set to launch whenever and wherever the system’s computer senses any potential threat, according to Special Forces retired Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Welsh who shared a great many illuminating perspectives and theories about the US strike that led to the demise of Iran’s Maj. General Qassem Soleimani with our own Dave Carter.

And while there were no threats to the podcast (except a wisecrack or two by Alphonse Fontenot), Dave couldn’t resist going “weapons free,” in a show which also features a new segment called Meet The Member, in which various Ricochet Members sit down for a fun conversation with Dave. In this first installment of Meet The Member, Dave talks with a fellow veteran, Ken Owsley, known around these parts as “Spin.” They talk about everything from Spin’s time serving in the Army in Germany to sharing some laughs while discussing the value of maintaining a healthy sense of humor. Sportscaster Mark joins in to talk LSU Championship football, and General Hatchett unveils something called the Hatchett Doctrine. While no one was hurt and no small animals were abused in the making of this podcast, we think you’ll enjoy this “Weapons Free” edition of the show.

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We’re almost through our 10th year around here. Wow. Who would have thought it? It was a much different world back in May of 2010 when the first Ricochet Podcast went online and was followed by a website that the founders envisioned would be more civilized because everyone would have “skin in the game;” even if that “skin” was nothing more than the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

What was roiling us back then? Well, according to Time, the #1 story that year was an environmental disaster in the Gulf: the explosion of the BP drilling rig, “The Deepwater Horizon.”

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I was just reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about BuzzFeed, and its trials and tribulations over the past couple of years (losses, layoffs, etc). Now, I know very little about BuzzFeed, except for what I hear Rush Limbaugh say about them, and have never been to the website. Here are the last two paragraphs of that story from Saturday’s Journal:

The company also is seeking to create a membership model, with an eye on creating niche social communities for people with shared interests. “We believe people might be willing to pay a little bit to something if it reduced the amount of spam, trolls, and bad actors”, he [CEO Jonah Peretti] said.

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@blueyeti promised us in Ricochet’s recent Focus Group that “We also do not sell your email addresses or anything else to third parties even though we get asked about it on a regular basis.” As testimony to how good Yeti’s promise is, let me share what happened right after I subscribed to some other well-known right-wing outlet (which shall remain nameless) just this fall. I’ve been a Ricochet member for years. And for years, the partisan demands on my money have been negligible. Few emails, no texts. Life was good. Then, I signed up at that other right-wing outlet:

Now random politicians won’t stop $exting me. You know what I’m talking about. $exting. Those endless texts demanding money, burning up your phone faster than you can block them. Various personas claiming to be “Newt” or “Mitch” or “Scalise” take credit for sending them, though it’s hard to imagine the sender as anyone other than some pitiable peon of a staffer or intern, unhappily grinding out the wheedling that’s below everyone else’s pay grade.

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The gentleman whose long hours and tireless efforts keep this site running smoothly recently posted a request for comments from the Ricochet membership. This is my second internal post in response to that. The response to the Blue Yeti post is, currently, about 650 comments long, and includes a lot of interesting ideas. One feature […]

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As this has been a topic mentioned on a recent Blue Yeti post, I thought it would be interesting to get some feedback. Do you think Ricochet founders, podcasters, luminaries, nomenklatura, etc., should participate more on the blogging portion of Ricochet? Read More View Post

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Conservative blogging and news sites are moving to a subscription model. Ricochet led with that, and now both National Review and the Townhall media group (PJMedia, RedState, HotAir, etc.) have followed. In these days of big-tech-dominated advertising, subscription-based membership is probably sensible; it certainly seems to be the future for issues-focused sites. Wouldn’t it be […]

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We’re about to embark on an ambitious social media campaign for our annual (OK, continuous) membership drive. But sometimes we’re too close to the forest to see the trees. Let’s say you were trying to convince a friend to join and they looked at you as said, “Why would I do that?” what would you […]

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Yes, I see I have a private message. Sorry but the system is glitching and I cannot access it. Instead, as earlier in the week, both the “Groups” and “Messages” links redirect to the subscription/change subscription level page. Meanwhile, comments on Member and Main Feed still work, as does the new post function, as evidenced […]

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We just finished our two-hour daily news and commentary show at AmericasVoice.Live and did 2 segments on the Project Veritas piece that Google is blacklisting and blocking conservative websites including Ricochet.com. Google whistleblower Zachary Vorhies is interviewed by PV in segment 1 and I interview MRCTV’s Dan Gainor in segment 2. Seg. 1 (GO TO […]

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Four and a half years ago our erstwhile editor, Claire Berlinski, laid out some rules for us amateurs in How to Write a Great Post: 11 Tips. While I would never suggest anyone not aim for greatness, let’s lower the bar a little. Here’s the Berlinski melody, with an EJHill jazz riff… 1. Don’t be […]

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There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it. I’ve accepted a full-time job writing and creating content for Ammoman.com, and one of the stipulations of the deal is that I write for them and no one else. Thanks to my old and dear friend Jon Gabriel, @exjon, for giving me the chance […]

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Mad Max Ledoux responded to a suggestion of mine in the direct and unambiguous style I so appreciate about the fellow. However, he didn’t agree with me. In fact, he emphatically disagreed with me. Now, agreeing with me isn’t as important to me as is having an open and honest conversation, but in this particular case I […]

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