A Bevy of Black Swans

By Charlie Johnston When something unexpected comes out of left field that utterly confounds conventional analysis, it is called a “Black Swan Event.” In unstable times of great tumult, black swan events become more frequent. Our last two election cycles were marked by significant black swan events. In 2016, for the first time in American […]

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Out of the Pot and Into the…

By Charlie Johnston Elite sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died in jail over the weekend, reportedly of suicide. That it was possible for him to commit suicide at all strains credulity, given the prominence of his case and the supposed close watch he was supposed to be under. Since the unsealing last week of previous court […]

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Public Trust is Withering Away

By Charlie Johnston Ironically, the Inspector General’s (IG) Report released yesterday had profound echoes to former FBI Director James Comey’s exoneration press conference for Hillary Clinton: it is brutal in its list of devastating evidence but modest in the conclusions it draws from those stark facts. Unlike Comey’s press conference – and contrary to many […]

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What is Truth

    By Charlie Johnston It has been a challenging week. Last Sunday I had one of my periodic neurological episodes. When it happens, my mind gets fuzzy, my head gets sweaty, the pain spikes terribly, and I get nauseous. Not pleasant, but I was about two months overdue – and I kind of look […]

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