Author Archives: Alan

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.

Misunderstanding Calculated Delay

Every day the tourists fill the Santa Monica Pier – every day is a summer day out here after all – and the pier is cool. It has an old merry-go-round that has popped up in more than a few … Continue reading

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Calling It Quits

The midterms are coming and it is becoming increasingly clear that the Republicans will retake the Senate, making Obama’s last two years in office miserable for him, and for the nation. All nominees to everything will be blocked. If one … Continue reading

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The Death of News

February 3, 1959, was the day the music died – that’s what Don McLean told us in 1971 in that odd hit song about how it was all over for us. That was the day Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, … Continue reading

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Playing Fair

Americans are fair and open and generous. That’s what we tell ourselves, but when we declared our independence more than two hundred years ago we probably shouldn’t have started by declaring that all men are born equal, because that’s just … Continue reading

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The Persistence of Buffoonery

A good friend – a high-powered attorney who is the leading expert on some rather arcane details of securities law, who spends his time shuttling between Wall Street, where the players are, and Washington, where the regulators are (and the … Continue reading

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At the Edge of Hysteria

Halloween is coming, and everyone likes a good scare, but that means all the old movies on television that people idly watch at the end of a long day, often something they’ve watched many times before but remember fondly, will … Continue reading

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Riding the Ebola Wave

Something changed after the Greatest Generation took care of Hitler and Mussolini and Tojo, when America ended up with the only economy in the world that hadn’t been devastated by that war. America hadn’t been bombed into smoking rubble, and … Continue reading

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