Monthly Archives: April 2012

Unapologetic Pure Marketing

This is America and we market ourselves – we sell ourselves. After all, we did leave the class-bound ways of Europe long ago, where you were what you were born into, and as Pope said, you were to act well … Continue reading

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The Broken Bits of Some Incomplete and Shattered and Often Discredited Philosophy

Everyone would probably agree that The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy is not exactly light reading. A copy of that book on your coffee table would not impress your date – nor would Sartre’s Being … Continue reading

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Blame the Republicans, Or At Least Some of Them

Ah, in a little more than a month Medicare kicks in, freeing up almost eight hundred dollars a month, so should some young starlet here in Hollywood jump the curb in her Bentley and inflict grave bodily harm, well, there … Continue reading

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Adjusting One’s Personal Theology

Okay, to review, the economist Paul Krugman has called the Ryan budget ludicrous and cruel – “voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness” – and Krugman is not alone. Even those without a Nobel … Continue reading

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In Love with the Counterintuitive

There are a lot of absurdly rich people out here in Hollywood – there are far too many rare brand-new Ferraris and big-as-house Bentleys in the streets, and in Beverly Hills there are a lot of sixty-million-dollar homes lined up … Continue reading

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Painful to Watch

Some things are just too painful to watch. Back east, at the moment, it’s the woeful Boston Red Sox, and out here on the west coast it’s the impossible San Diego Padres – long baseball games which offer a few … Continue reading

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The Man from the Cult of Success

Of course this one’s going to be an interesting election – you knew that. Obama will be urging fairness and everyone playing by the same rules, and everyone, with no exceptions, pitching in for the common good. And Romney will … Continue reading

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