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About the AG Barr Ricochet Podcast

 

The most recent Ricochet podcast featured Attorney General Bill Barr. I was looking forward to it, because I’ve generally thought highly of AG Barr, considering him a stable and thoughtful presence in an often tumultuous administration. I haven’t read his book — and probably won’t — but I did listen to the show.

I didn’t hear anything from Mr. Barr with which I’d take exception. I think his comments about the challenges ahead were spot-on: it’s going to take significant and sustained Republican majorities to bring about lasting change, and we have an opportunity right now to knock the Democratic Party back on its heels.

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Ignore this post. I’m leaving it up only to thank Mad Max for pointing me in the right direction. He gave me exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks, Max! — Hank Here’s an idea that occurred to me today for a Ricochet feature. I’d like to suggest that it be added to the feature request […]

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Given the overweening arrogance and obvious bias of the major social media platforms, it is of first importance to introduce people to alternative sites for information and discussion.  Ricochet can play a major role here—so how do we attract more members? One approach that I think would be effective is the creation of Gift Certificates, […]

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I just learned of something called The Human Library Project. Instead of borrowing a book, you can borrow a person! No, this isn’t the red light district (though it did originate in Denmark). The person “borrowed” provides a face-to-face, briefly told autobiography.  It sounds wonderful… and awful. To avoid the original site’s tracking (cookies), I […]

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Perhaps it would be sensible for management to open up a discussion about their vision for Ricochet, and to solicit input. And perhaps it would be sensible for membership to respond as graciously as possible, with a minimum of accusation and recrimination and an emphasis on specific features, concerns, etc. This shouldn’t be about personalities, […]

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Limited, Local, Lawful Government

 

I have been an active poster and commenter on Ricochet since the beginning; way back when Peter came down the mountain with the Code of Conduct and Rob was still scribbling graffiti on the side of NRO cruise ships.

The concept and the membership really haven’t changed much. Contributors come and go. Ever more podcasts elbow each other for a place in the spotlight. We have more options on the site now, like groups and private messages. We have more meetups. Ne’er-do-wells are still sacrificed to the PIT.

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When I commented recently that Ricochet was a wonderful place for people who want to engage in center-right conversation, at least one member expressed his opinion that, while he valued the right quite a lot, he had little use for the center part. I get that. In these seemingly hyper-polarized times, anything that smacks of […]

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Speak Out in 2021

 

As the train wreck of 2020 steams full speed into what we have every reason to expect will be the train wreck of 2021, I’ve been thinking about how I want to apply my limited time and energy in the new year. There are certainly plenty of issues that warrant attention. After all, no problems that dogged us last year have been solved; none has even grown smaller, and a brand new set of problems is scheduled to take office in just a couple of weeks, promising a tsunami of bad judgment and its inevitable consequences.

I’ve resolved to do my best to focus most of my attention on one issue, something I consider to be of paramount importance; more important even than our foolish panic over COVID, or the frankly idiotic trans movement, or the viciousness of Antifa and hateful dishonesty of BLM, or the barely concealed self-loathing of climate catastrophism.

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I’d be interested to hear anyone’s thoughts about this. By virtue of their market dominance and the competitive advantages of large networks, the tech giants are able to manage the flow of news and information, censoring, throttling, and editorializing as they wish. They can do this transparently or invisibly, using increasingly sophisticated algorithms coupled with […]

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I’ve been a supporter for years, but I hardly ever use it because every time I come back I get too frustrated by ridiculous load times. I’m on a Ethernet using a 1Gbit/s fiber optic connection, and Ricochet is orders of magnitude slower than any other web site I ever load. Just look at this […]

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I just listened to the two most recent (28 and 29 Sept) “3 Martini Lunch” podcasts, and they open with an ad from, of all people, the Biden campaign. Not what I would expect to hear on a Ricochet podcast, but when you’re an important and widely-followed media empire, this type of thing was going […]

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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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