The First Black Swan of the Season

By Charlie Johnston Whenever there is a sudden paradigm shift in electoral patterns – something that goes dramatically contrary to previous patterns – you need to determine whether it is a fluke or a real shift. If it is merely a fluke, you can safely return to traditional analytical models. If it is a genuine […]

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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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Ubi Est Mea: Rx for Misery

By Charlie Johnston All right, while I am on the road I am going to have give up on the posts that take me 15-25 hours worth of effort and, instead, just give little updates on a catch as catch can basis. My dear friend, Sr. Mary Clare, and Sr. Charista Maria, gained canonical status […]

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Warped Perceptions of Reality

By Charlie Johnston I have had a wonderful visit in Jackson, Michigan. My next presentation will be in Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. For information contact Doug at asoh.manchester@gmail.com. Then on Wednesday, June 19, I will be in the Albany, New York area at the Queensbury Knights Hall. They could […]

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To Magnify the Lord

By Charlie Johnston Thursday was the Feast Day of the Visitation. It was on this occasion that Mary spoke the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) to her cousin, Elizabeth. It is my favorite prayer. It resonates in the depths of my heart. In most translations, it begins, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord…” In a […]

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