Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend

The next column is scheduled for Sunday evening, Pacific Time – out of town for Thanksgiving with the family, elsewhere. Carry on.

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Representing No One in Particular

This should have been an unsatisfying Thanksgiving. Awful weather doesn’t help, and for almost everyone, the economy still stinks – an undercurrent of vague worry, or barely-suppressed panic, doesn’t help matters, nor does all the fussing and fighting in Washington, … Continue reading

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The Kindness Doctrine

The traffic wasn’t that bad, or it was merely just as bad as it always is here in TMZ – that land that useless celebrity gossip show invented, the Twelve-Mile Zone around Hollywood. It’s not exactly a war zone, overrun … Continue reading

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Mounting Opposition

Monday is when everyone gets back to work, so it was a bit unfair that the new breakthrough agreement on pausing Iran’s nuclear weapon program, if that’s what they’re up to, was announced in the early hours on a Sunday … Continue reading

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Rejecting Animosity as Policy

“If you can’t go around it, over it, or through it, you had better negotiate with it.” ~ Ashleigh Brilliant “Diplomacy is a disguised war, in which states seek to gain by barter and intrigue, by the cleverness of arts, … Continue reading

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Running on Spite

National character is probably no more than an accident of geography and a common language, and perhaps a shared agreement on what’s good to eat and what isn’t, but it seems fixed. Everyone knows the French are arrogant, or maybe … Continue reading

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The End of the World Again

The parents never got it, but somewhere in the early seventies, career norms changed. No young man would ever again, like his father, spend his life doing one thing, at one place, rising through the ranks, and then retiring with … Continue reading

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