Tag Archives: Climate Change

Structurally Induced Pessimism

No one ends up where they expected. All the graduate fellowships meant a career as a scholar, or at least a tenure-track position teaching English at some small liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere – but that wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Odd Current Climate

Those of us who came of age in the sixties – the assassination of one Kennedy and the King “I Have a Dream” speech followed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and … Continue reading

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Product Differentiation

Ah, to be a ten-year-old boy in the late fifties, when each September the folks in Detroit revealed, each on one special night on national television, the new models. Planned obsolescence was not only a brilliant business model – only … Continue reading

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No Republican Regrets

“Non, je ne regrette rien” – that’s the famous French song of defiance – the song the guys from the French Foreign Legion now sing on parade. Regret nothing. You did what you did, or said what you said, and … Continue reading

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Dealing With the Clear Winner

Those who take their cues on how to live life, and instruct their kids on how to succeed in this cruel world, are fond of citing that impossibly successful football coach Vince Lombardi – winning isn’t everything, it’s the only … Continue reading

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The Limits of Crass and Unthinking Exploitation

Out here in Hollywood, the seventies were the golden age of the schlock disaster movies. There were movies where a giant rogue wave barrels in out of nowhere and capsizes the big fancy cruise ship, turning it upside down so … Continue reading

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Storm Warnings

The last Monday in October and there’s no massive hurricane that morphed into a nine-hundred-mile-wide winter cyclone here in Southern California – just another day of full sunshine, in the mid-eighties with palm trees and all that. We’re the ones … Continue reading

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