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.

That Man in His Head

No one remembers who spoke at their graduation, that seems a minor matter on the big day, but there was that graduation at West Point thirty years ago this June. Colin Powell spoke – that year it was the Chairman … Continue reading

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The Only Man Who Matters

We are not of this world. America doesn’t care what the world thinks of us, or what the world thinks is important right now. We keep it simple. We take care of our own. Others can do what they’d like. … Continue reading

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Unacceptable Answers

The news broke late in the day. Everyone knew this would happen, and it just happened: The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the state’s stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic as “unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable” after finding that … Continue reading

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Hard of Hearing

It was an odd day in Washington, because what happened wasn’t there, it was everywhere, connected by video from around the nation – a somewhat virtual Senate hearing with everyone talking into cameras with only a few of the senators … Continue reading

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Taking Them All Down

Gabriel Sherman wrote that biography of the late Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes – The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country – and that turned into a 2019 television series on … Continue reading

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Kind of Sort of War

North Carolina was a long time ago, graduate school at Duke in the early seventies, but it was the South. A trip to Chapel Hill and its university was a drive down Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway. People there had long … Continue reading

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The Mad King Raves

In combat they call it “situational awareness” – know the threat environment. At the moment that would be this: The American economy plunged deeper into crisis last month, losing 20.5 million jobs as the unemployment rate jumped to 14.7 percent, … Continue reading

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