Monthly Archives: March 2010

No Invisible Men

An interesting item from Alfred McCoy – it seems that opium farming generates fifty percent of Afghanistan’s GDP and supports twenty percent of its population. So he suggests we think about this: To understand the Afghan War, one basic point … Continue reading

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Regarding Self-Esteem and Self-Respect and Glamour, and Hollywood

If you think psychiatrists are a difficult lot, try dating one. No, skip that. That’s a story for another time, and she was a psychotherapist anyway, with a clientele that included the stars and the executives at the major motion … Continue reading

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Fighting Human Nature

Those of us who never got the whole Michael Jackson thing – and found it really irritating when his funeral shut down the neighborhood here and folks got all strange – at least liked one of his tunes, Human Nature. … Continue reading

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The Audacity of Persistence

There’s always the question of how you get things done. Some folks will tell you it’s all about having the right attitude – think you can and you can. Anyone who is tone deaf and decided they’d be the next … Continue reading

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What to Say When the Team Loses

The government makes and enacts policies that effect us all – at the local level with zoning laws and deciding to provide police services in a certain manner and not another, and your local school board might keep your kid … Continue reading

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The Pope’s Boys

Yes, the United States is a deeply religious country, at least compared to other developed countries. A majority of us tell the polls that religion plays a “very important” role in our lives, and only fifteen percent, at best, identify … Continue reading

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Diplomatic Pickles

Diplomacy is hard. You have to say the right thing in the right way, to get the other party to do what you want when they’d rather not. Will Rogers said it’s the art of saying “nice doggie” until you … Continue reading

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