"minimize our endless decline with unctuous baffle-gab and deceptive half-truths, seemingly to convince people that if we just think positively, we'll all live to see a wonderful future -- a future that has never arrived and, with Mr. Briem's help, never will. "
It is always a good day when I learn a new word. Indeed bafflegab is a word. Amazingly enough, the phrase "unctuous bafflegab" exists nowhere in the google universe other than this first use.
I always encourage the people who write to me disagreeing on this or that to write letters to the editor, so more power to Mr. Brock. What is bizarre is that the folks I am supposedly in cabal with are typically folks who complain much more loudly than he about what I say and as often as not call me Dr. Doom or some other such nonsense. So it is always curious to me how people take what I say. A lot of confusion is probably my fault as often as not for not being clear enough.
Semi-seriously, if you read the original article that seems to have set Mr. Brock off, it was such a nothing little article of 350 words that was little more than a pro-forma look at recent census estimates for the City of Pittsburgh. I am not sure I am anywhere very positive on the state of the City and he seems to conflate my prognostications on the state of the 'region' generally. It's such a common confusion that you always need to ask people which Pittsburgh they are talking about when discussing nearly anything.
The letter attributes Mr. Brock as being from the North Side which is a bit odd since the letters punch line is about how he and fellow disgruntleds are going to move out. (move out of the city or region I am unclear). Think about that though. I presume Mr. Brock has been here for more than a few years and has not left yet? People do indeed vote with their feet. Just odd that he is still around.... logic has it he must be more positive on city living than the thousands who have indeed left before him.