Monthly Archives: November 2010

Empirical Evidence Strikes Again

Perhaps it’s just human nature – empirical evidence makes people angry. You rev up the country to believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with those 2001 attacks – three thousand dead because of the likes of him – … Continue reading

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Debating Empty Questions for Fun and Profit

Ah – here’s a glowing review of a new book – Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. This is the third and concluding volume of the biography he began more than three decades ago with “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” – … Continue reading

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As the World Burns

Shakespeare gave us one of the all-time nasty guys in the play Othello, in that curious little fellow Iago, who has figured out how the world really works. Who you are and what you’ve done, and what you’re doing at … Continue reading

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When In Doubt Extend and Pretend

Americans have their odd enthusiasms, some of which are attributable to marketing. In professional football, the Dallas Cowboys decided, for a time, to brand themselves America’s Team. That was pretty clever – it made everyone feel great about everything. They … Continue reading

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What Doesn’t Happen

We seem to live in a world where what doesn’t happen, or what didn’t happen, matters quite a bit. But anyone who has worked in any large corporation knows what that’s all about. You have these rather large departments that … Continue reading

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Regarding Vandalism

Sometimes it seems everything is painted out here, spray painted. Los Angeles seems to be the capital of street art – but this exists at many levels. There are the taggers – they spray their acrylic initials, or sometimes their … Continue reading

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The Politics of Narcissistic Fury

Okay, it’s a personal idiosyncrasy, a quirk, an oddity – something not shared with most everyone else in the culture, like not liking Tom Cruise, or apple pie. But some of us, a very few, don’t much care for the … Continue reading

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