Tag Archives: End of America

Present at the Apocalypse

Imagine being a rather sedentary retired old man in his seventies with severe COPD and severe sleep apnea and mild heart issues and osteoporosis too (don’t fall over, damn it) living alone in Hollywood, quietly, but not unhappily, doing photography … Continue reading

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Perspective and Context

Everything seems new and startling to those with no experience – which explains how tiresome teenagers can be. They cannot put things in perspective. They have none yet. And they cannot see things in some sort of larger context. There … Continue reading

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The Scale of the Loss

Newspaper reporters know the rule. Don’t get fancy – put everything important in the first paragraph. And then put what’s next important in the next paragraph, and follow that rule as you go. Leave the supporting detail, and disputes about … Continue reading

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While Waiting

Everyone knows the 1953 Samuel Beckett play – “two characters, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo), wait for the arrival of someone named Godot who never arrives, and while waiting they engage in a variety of discussions and encounter three other … Continue reading

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Truth Is Questioned

It’s not that hard, folks. Donald Trump knows what really happened. Not only did he, or any of his staff, or family, or friends, NOT collude with Russia during the 2016 campaign, Russia didn’t even interfere in the election at … Continue reading

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Appropriate Response

It may be that the essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. That was Obama’s strategy and his foreign policy – “Don’t do stupid shit.” Informally that was “leading from behind” – which worked just fine and drove … Continue reading

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America’s Funeral

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, was cold and bleak back in Washington. It rained here in Los Angeles. Things were dismal everywhere, and the day before the markets had crashed. The Dow fell eight hundred points. And the Trump presidency seemed … Continue reading

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