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Cui Bono?

Cui Bono?

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This will be the shortest “Skeptic’s Collection” column I have written in my six years of writing for Beguine. There is a heuristic rule of thumb that I have never seen employed in comparing the credibility of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. This principle is, as I say, purely a heuristic rule of thumb. That is, it cannot, nor does it profess to, constitute a fundamental evidentiary principle. It proves nothing “beyond a reasonable doubt”. But it is a good hip-pocket question to ask in “he said / she said” situations. It is a simple, two-word Latin expression: Cui bono? Cui bono may be interpreted variously as “Whose value” or “Whose advantage” or “Whose gain”. In this context, “value,” “advantage,” and “gain” should be interpreted as tangible advantage in te
Daily Practice for 2107.10.17

Daily Practice for 2107.10.17

Meditation The "Me Too" campaign has worn me out. If you don't know, the Me Too Campaign was an effort in social media to shine a spotlight on predatory behavior against female bodied people. The Me Too campaign was initiated originally by Tarana Burke, an organizer and youth worker who's a sexual assault survivor herself, has been working on "me too" since the mid-2000s — particularly with young women of color — as a means of what she calls empowerment through empathy. Then Alyssa Milano started amplifying it on Sunday. Me Too puts a spotlight on those who are sexual abuse survivors. An article in The Atlantic leads this way: "About 10 years ago, after I’d [Sophie Gilbert, author] graduated college but when I was still waitressing full-time, I attended an empowerment seminar.