Tag Archives: Daniel Ellsberg

Better Not to Know

Alexander Pope was a strange little man – a four-foot six hunchback – but he could turn a phrase. A little learning really is a dangerous thing. That was a common sentiment in the early eighteenth century. There were far … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Calculated Delay

Every day the tourists fill the Santa Monica Pier – every day is a summer day out here after all – and the pier is cool. It has an old merry-go-round that has popped up in more than a few … Continue reading

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Keeping Secrets

The dividing line was June, 1981 – there was before, and then there was after. Before, it was growing up in Pittsburgh, college in Ohio, graduate school in North Carolina, then teaching English at a prep school in upstate New … Continue reading

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All Over But the Shouting

There’s a saying in sports when it’s clear that things have been decided, when one team is far ahead and the other team, no matter how talented, can’t do a damned thing right. Some sportscaster, pretending to be insightful, will … Continue reading

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Borrowed Outrage

Henry David Thoreau did say that most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. He really was a smug bastard, and a mean one – because that stings. None of us are … Continue reading

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The Oddest Spook

There’s work to do – there always is. These days it’s an economy that’s miserable, save for the one or two percent at the top, and out here another fellow with mental problems got himself an AR-15 and some body … Continue reading

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Knowing Things

That last day in the classroom was a long time ago – June 1981 – and then it was goodbye to teaching English at the prep school in upstate New York, selling most everything, and then heading off to the … Continue reading

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