Monthly Archives: October 2011

Unfit for Duty

If you remember your classic Hollywood movies, Lieutenant Commander Phillip Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) was unfit for duty – in spite of his previous command experience. The movie is The Caine Mutiny – from 1954 – mostly concerned with how Queeg, under … Continue reading

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The Horror!

Death stalks this neighborhood. Down on the corner there’s a snazzy vertical shopping center – with a Trader Joe’s and a multiplex showing art films and odd foreign films, and a Starbucks of course, and that giant Crunch Gym, for … Continue reading

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Understanding Explanations

Well, this is interesting: Tea party activists have been very adamant that their movement, which started with spontaneous public protests in 2009, has nothing at all in common with Occupy Wall Street. Tea partiers insist that OWS doesn’t really speak … Continue reading

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Getting To Know You

Maybe democracy was easier in Ancient Greece, where they invented it – there you had a small homogeneous society and voting was limited, limited to the few adult males who really mattered and no one else, with no mass media, … Continue reading

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Exquisitely Uncomfortable People

Things change when people get uncomfortable. Marriages that are rather dull, but good enough, or even marginally acceptable, don’t end in divorce. One party has to become increasingly uncomfortable, until enough is enough. And you stay at your lousy job … Continue reading

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Desperate Voodoo

Ah, another day, another data dump – the Congressional Budget Office released a new report on income inequality – and it shows, to no one’s surprise, that the rich are getting richer and the rest of us are just drifting … Continue reading

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A Wonk in Hollywood

Okay, moving to Hollywood seventeen years ago might have been a mistake. No, it’s not the tourists everywhere, or the weekly World Premiere of a Major Motion Picture up the street at the Chinese Theater – the red carpet and … Continue reading

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