Randy Cassingham’s Blog

Randy’s blog — more than 700 entries — goes back to 1994. If you’d like to read through all of them, it’ll take you awhile — but you’ll be amply entertained. The first entry is here: Introducing My Blog, and there are links at the bottom of each page (above the comments) to get to the next entry.

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A Listing of ALL Blog Entries is here — the listing is long. Note there’s a search function in the navbar if you’re trying to find something specific. The following is a listing of the most-recent entries:

  • Robertson Davies: My Favorite Author - She bought it, and a few days later she called me to say two words: “Damn you!” She couldn’t put it down.
  • Marked Man: a Criminal’s Amazing Transformation - What a difference 15 years can make: a criminal's life, mostly behind bars.
  • Class Clown - I was intrigued by this week’s Headline — each week’s stories end with one, usually with some sort of twist, from a real news source:
  • Amazon’s New Robot: Evil Wall-E? - My thoughts on Amazon's new personal robot ...and why I'll NEVER have one in my home.
  • Our Dr. Brooks - Sometimes, the Lives of Readers intersect with mine in interesting ways. This is one such story, and it started in 1971 — though I didn’t realize the connection until much more recently.
  • 092: Leaving a Better World is More Complicated Than You Think - Humans might be a little special, but we’re not as far above other animals than what we want to believe. And the implications of that are profound.
  • 091: Don’t Die in the Next Five Years - The title is an unofficial motto of an organization my wife and I joined. They say this because of coming advances in medicine in the next several years. This episode is my first report on what I learned. (14-1/2 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast91
  • Black Crayons - I got this in 1997 from a friend. It was written by Deirdre Sholto-Douglas*. I’ve discussed it with her and she assures me it’s a true story, and gave her permission to publish it. I originally ran it on December 9, 2000, when Randy’s Random was a long-form joke email publication; she originally posted it ... Continue Reading
  • My Niece The Scholar - She doesn’t read this site, so I should be safe — yes, this is a true story.
  • Snopsing Snopes - Claim: Snopes’ co-founder and CEO David Mikkelson was revealed to be a serial plagiarizer. Rating: True.
  • To the Moon - I Look At a Lot of Articles to find just the right mix for each weekly This is True column. Naturally, the vast majority are discarded, but I have to tell you about one that DIDN'T make the cut.
  • Language Arts - This is an absolutely true story: I was in the class.
  • “Please Stop Pushing the Vaccine” - “Please stop pushing the vaccine,” wrote a 16-year Premium reader (and who knows how long on the free distribution before that). That was in response to last week’s issue. I just reviewed it: I’m not sure the link in “Other Good Reading” to an article titled Treating the Unvaccinated constitutes “pushing” the vaccine. But perhaps ... Continue Reading
  • How Dare I Assume Readers are Open Minded? - I Read A Lot, and it occurred to me a few weeks back that I should share a link in each newsletter to something I found interesting. I describe what it is so that readers can decide if they might also find it interesting, but I sure didn’t expect one reaction from this week’s “plug” ... Continue Reading
  • Absurd Amazon-Aided Antics - When Online Shopping Goes Crazy....
  • The Pulitzer Prize & This is True - When muckraking New York newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer died in 1911, he left a $2 million endowment to Columbia University. To this day, Pulitzer’s name is best known for the resulting Pulitzer Prizes, given each year in multiple categories by the university. This year, This is True was under consideration for the Prize in three ... Continue Reading
  • The Strange Case of Doctor Heiney - While looking for something else, I found an update for a story (and follow-up) from 2016 and 2017, and it’s fairly unbelievable ...yet This is True!
  • Facebook Accused Me of Hate Speech — and I Appealed (Twice!) - To misclassify support as "hate speech" trivializes REAL hate speech, which social media SHOULD crack down on.
  • 090: Rescuing Uncommon Sense - An astonishing example of Uncommon Sense in a rescue, with some practical advice that could save your life. Show Page: https://go.thisistrue.com/podcast90
  • Florida Man: Not a Recent Phenomenon - An academic’s “history” of “Florida Man” makes some startling — and completely wrong! — claims about how the “Florida Man meme” got started online. No, it wasn’t in 2012, or even the “mid-2000s”!

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