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.

Bumper Sticker Foolishness

fMany of us were in the streets in the late sixties, college kids against the war, but it was hard to be against the troops. Half the guys we all knew from high school were in Vietnam, old friends, and … Continue reading

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Baby Talk

Palm Sunday is a good day. It commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9) when palm branches were placed in his path, But then things went bad. There was his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on … Continue reading

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Dilettantism at the Level of Sociopathy

Who’s in charge? The president’s point-man on everything, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is now in charge of the nation’s pandemic response, and the New York Times’ Michelle Goldberg is not happy about that: Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman has a quotation … Continue reading

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No Fooling

This year, that special day just wasn’t that special: Google will skip its traditional April Fools’ Day jokes and pranks across its platforms due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. “Under normal circumstances, April Fool’s is a Google … Continue reading

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Modified Happy Talk

It was the end of happy talk – no, not that cloying song from South Pacific – just the end of this particular president saying everything will be fine because he’s awesome. The pandemic caught up with him. He will … Continue reading

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They Get Bitter

There were the good old days: Barack Obama was forced onto the defensive at the weekend over unguarded comments he made about small-town voters across the Midwest. Obama was caught in an uncharacteristic moment of loose language. Referring to working-class … Continue reading

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Just Ride It

Of course the nation is confused. Those on the right now must think that the “deep state” coopted Donald Trump, turning his mind to mush and making him a puppet of the international cabal of Jewish bankers who have always … Continue reading

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