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The Buried Signal

The problem with transmissions from far away is the signal to noise ratio. The real information, the good stuff, the signal, is often overwhelmed by static, by noise, by nonsense. That has to be filtered out. Out here in Pasadena, … Continue reading

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The Secondary Effects

This president rages. Everyone knows that. His base loves that. Sometimes he’s so angry he makes no sense at all, and that makes him a man of the people. That’s breathtakingly authentic. Incoherent rage is a badge of honor, an … Continue reading

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Increasing Levels of Pain

Some things are too painful to watch – Pittsburgh Pirate baseball games – most Tom Cruise movies – and now, presidential news conferences. Donald Trump is angry. He’s making less sense every day, and getting angrier as he senses that … Continue reading

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From There to Here

These things used to be a joke, sometimes an extended joke, like the 1961 hit Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch rises from window washer to chairman of the board … Continue reading

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Not Quite How It’s Done

This had to happen. The Obama administration, along with Russia and China and the major European nations, had worked out that nuclear deal with Iran. For at least ten years, with a possible extension, Iran would stop their nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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Back to War Again

We’ve always had a problem with the French. The women are too thin and elegant and the men too self-contained and self-controlled – another form of elegance. This tends to make proudly loud and casual Americans feel inadequate, which makes … Continue reading

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Trump as Charles de Gaulle

The final and complete liberation of Paris, on August 25, 1944, couldn’t come fast enough for Winston Churchill and the other Brits in London. Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French Forces in exile there, had been a … Continue reading

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