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.

Finally Getting Lucky

Joe Biden got lucky. It won’t happen again. That’s the word in Washington. That’s what the Washington Post’s Ashley Parker and Marianna Sotomayor report here: President Biden and Democrats hailed the massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that passed the … Continue reading

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Potato Head Politics

Normal is no fun. Bloggers know that now. Donald Trump is gone. No, not gone from the presidency. That doesn’t matter. There are no more tweetstorms of rage or sneering insults or fantastic miracle cures for this or that, and … Continue reading

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