Category Archives: Crimean Crisis

Magic Realism in Everyday Life

Nostalgia is fine, but some decades should be forgotten. Old folks know this. The sixties, for example, were epic, but the seventies brought us Disco and polyester leisure suits and young women with feathered Farrah Fawcett hair out to forever, … Continue reading

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That Conspiracy of Cartographers

Angry old white men, retired and on Medicare, and drawing Social Security, and getting a pension check each month, from back in the days when there were such things as fixed pensions – and the company hadn’t cheated and used … Continue reading

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The Persistence of Nonsense

An earworm is that simpleminded song you get in your head and can’t get out – and no example will be offered, as that would be cruel – and that’s matched by simpleminded notions about those we choose to lead … Continue reading

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Putin Envy

Things are the way they are and that’s that, and everyone knows it, which explains Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – the 1925 novel by Anita Loos which she adapted for film in the 1928 silent movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – but … Continue reading

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Geopolitical Market Forces

New Jersey isn’t all Chris Christie and Snooki and Bruce Springsteen, and it’s not one long episode of The Sopranos there, everywhere, every single day, in spite of the gleeful thuggery of Christie’s crew in Trenton, which he says he … Continue reading

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Hammering Away

They say that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail – which is a clever way to say some people are just stuck on stupid, or they can’t think outside the box, whatever that means, … Continue reading

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In the Absence of Alternatives

“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.” ~ Henry Kissinger “History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.” ~ Abba Eban Clever quotes are cool, but these two guys may have … Continue reading

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