Category Archives: Afghanistan

Most Likely to Succeed

Don’t look back. You’ll be reminded of better days, now gone, when you were young and relatively cool, and probably thin. Or you’ll be reminded of something deeply embarrassing, long forgotten, and forgotten for a reason. You might also be … Continue reading

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Geopolitical Waste Management

Economists like to talk about Japan’s lost decade – two decades actually – when no bright fiscal or monetary policy ideas could jumpstart an economy that was stuck on slow, or stalled. There were all sorts of ways to look … Continue reading

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Managing Reality

Ernest Hemingway was a bit of jerk, always making bold and manly pronouncements that probably got on everyone’s nerves. Yeah, courage may be grace under pressure, but bullfighting is kind of stupid – and one doesn’t talk about manly manliness. … Continue reading

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Facing the Impossible

There’s no shame in failing to do the impossible. You’re not going to travel faster than the speed of light and you’re not going to be the one who invents the perpetual motion machine, and you’re certainly not going back … Continue reading

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Ending What Had To End

It’s back – the Tower of Protest – rebuilt as part of the Pacific Standard Time art initiative – down on the Sunset Strip here, across from the Roxy. The original went up there in 1966 – “Stop War in … Continue reading

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Watching the Fail

Like a dog worrying a bone, the American public can only obsess about one issue at a time, the big crisis of the day. Rupert Murdoch may be having a bad time, having much to explain to the British parliament, … Continue reading

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He’s Dead, Jim

In the late sixties, and since then in endless syndication, we learned that things are pretty simple. In episode after episode of that original Star Trek show, the ship’s medical officer, McCoy, would turn to Captain James T. Kirk and … Continue reading

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