Welcome to Jumping the Tracks. I’m Jack Trevelyan—a daydreamer, a traveler, a writer, a high-tech guru, a financial analyst, an international business consultant, an intellectual wanderer. An avid outdoorsman. An ordinary, educated American with extraordinary skills and numerous party tricks. I’m thick-skinned and unafraid of the third rail. I’m non-partisan, and can be surprisingly resourceful. I also think I’m fair. I’ve experienced unusual things in my journey thus far, which includes a good deal of time in the Soviet Union throughout the 1980s, and the lawless business environment of the Russian Federation after that. I’ve dealt first-hand with both Russians and Americans on the very lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder, as well as people at the very top, including policymakers. I think my perspectives are distinctive as a result. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

We only want to know the truth, right? But truth, in the hands of a skilled debater, can be fluid and malleable. Persuasive commentators often pick and choose which pieces of reality they include in their analyses, and which they ignore, as they weave for us their own interpretation of events.

Forget about “truth.” Claims about it bombard us from every direction. In the end, we get far too little. Science, on the other hand, doesn’t model truth. Science models reality. And reality means facts—all of them, as they occurred. Facts can be documented; i.e., observed. Documentation (observations) become our trail to reality. Facts are pieces of reality that can’t be logically disputed or rejected. No amount of reasoning can change facts. Either something happened, or it didn’t happen.

There is only one reality.

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