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.

Nothing Good Happening Now

It’s pierogies in Pittsburgh and cheesesteak in Philly and in the middle of the state it’s all sweetness in Hershey, but this was not the evening for that: President Donald Trump mocked the Democratic impeachment effort as he sought to rally … Continue reading

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Dread and Melancholy

It seems there’s more to this place than surfers and movie stars. But you can’t talk about it. That was something to think about in the evenings at the beach, back in 1981, sitting by the window, sipping scotch and … Continue reading

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No More Friendly Persuasion

Who is allowed to say what, and is there anyone who will ever change their mind about anything? Everyone has dug in. No one can be persuaded by any argument. But it wasn’t always like this. Once upon a time … Continue reading

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Pulling the Trigger

No one was surprised. This was going to happen. And a Thursday morning in early December would do. Nancy Pelosi pulled the trigger: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that Democrats will begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump, … Continue reading

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Shared Psychosis at the National Level

That was an odd day. The House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing, with four quite impressive legal scholars debating whether President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine constituted impeachable offenses. Three said yes, definitely. The fourth said maybe not, or … Continue reading

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Forcing the Issue

Things came to a head. On one side there’s what the Washington Post’s Robert Costa and Karoun Demirjian report here: Much of the Republican Party is pressing ahead with debunked claims about Ukraine as they defend President Trump from possible … Continue reading

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A Pretty Strong Betrayal

Brazil has always been problematic. The first Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie was Flying Down to Rio in 1933 – still a hoot and filmed at the old RKO studios at Melrose and Gower, now part of Paramount Pictures. … Continue reading

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