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.

Dealing Out Death

Thou shalt not kill. That seventh Commandment was a problem from the start: The Exodus narrative describes the people as having turned to idolatry with the golden calf while Moses was on the mountain receiving the law from God. When … Continue reading

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Between the Potency and the Existence

In 1925 – the year that F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby and we had that epic Scopes trial in Tennessee over teaching evolution, or even science, in our schools – T. S. Eliot was in London and in … Continue reading

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The Beat Goes On

It’s probably best to forget 1967 – but maybe you had to be there. That was the year that Sonny and Cher were singing The Beat Goes On – one of the most irritating pop songs of all time. It … Continue reading

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The Reason Why

America votes for a new president on November 8, 2016 – at the moment only 573 days from now, roughly eighteen months from right now. Here’s a handy countdown clock – a useful reminder not to take the big news … Continue reading

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Repackaging More of the Same

There used to be a neoconservative think tank in Washington, the Project for the New American Century – the guys who gave us the Iraq war. That was established as a non-profit educational organization in 1997 to teach America how … Continue reading

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Once More with Feeling

There are lulls. March Madness was over. The college basketball team that simply never lost a game, Kentucky, finally lost one to the young lads from Wisconsin, who then lost to the guys from Duke, the college basketball team that … Continue reading

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Accepting the Inevitable

Americans really don’t love a winner. That’s why Damn Yankees ran for 1,019 performances in its original 1955 Broadway production and the film version was a big hit in 1958, and why a new version is in the works. When … Continue reading

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