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.

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Escalation Dominance

Donald Trump always wins, even when he loses. That’s what all the bankruptcies were all about. Declare bankruptcy, say you’re broke and cannot pay off any outstanding loans or pay any vendor for any goods or services, and the courts … Continue reading

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The Jerk

Attorney General William Barr, brand new to the job, had promised to release the Mueller report to the public, the report on whether President Trump had been a bad boy, and so he did, one month after he had received the report … Continue reading

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Before One Has Data

There was that Scandal in Bohemia and Sherlock Holmes did turn to Doctor Watson and say this – “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of … Continue reading

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The End of Continuity

Out here in Hollywood the script supervisor is really the continuity supervisor, the member of the film crew who oversees the continuity of wardrobe and props and set dressing, and hair and makeup too. It can take several days to … Continue reading

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America’s Mayor 2.0

Rudy Giuliani was “America’s Mayor” after 9/11 – he rode that national tragedy to fame and fortune – before everyone noticed that he’d screwed up a lot in his city’s response to it all. But that came later. He was … Continue reading

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America the Merciless

Things are always a bit strange in Texas. Those folks don’t give a good God-damned about what any of the rest of us think. And things are big in Texas. Everything is big in Texas. And religion is big in … Continue reading

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