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The Golem in the White House

No-Drama Obama was a master of self-control. He didn’t lose his temper, publicly. He couldn’t afford to. He couldn’t be seen as that “angry black man” – he was everyone’s president – but that wasn’t much of a problem. By … Continue reading

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Well On the Way to Ending America

The press is the enemy of the people. No president had ever said that before. That’s Hitler stuff. Putin says that. Erdogan in Turkey and Duterte in the Philippines and al-Sisi in Egypt say that. American presidents don’t. They never … Continue reading

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This Map Is Not This Territory

The map is not the territory. “A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.” ~ Alfred Korzybski, Science and Sanity Look up Korzybski – “Human knowledge of the world … Continue reading

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No Luck at All

From 1969 to 1971 CBS had a big hit with Hee-Haw – which was a slap-back at Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In – the “irreverent” hit show for the hip antiestablishment counterculture. Not that “Laugh-In” spoke truth to power– it was just a comedy-variety show … Continue reading

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Morally and Intellectually Unfit

Not everyone is beaten down. Not everyone has shrugged and given up. We’ve seen this movie before – Spartacus – the 1960 Stanley Kubrick sword-and-sandals epic about a slave revolt in ancient Greece. Kirk Douglas, who also produced the film, … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Irony

Irony can disappear. It disappeared after twenty-five years of living in the middle of Hollywood. It was easy enough to smile, knowingly, at a place built on every possible cliché about good and evil, where ambitious men with no other … Continue reading

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Paranoia Strikes Deep

There’s the small shopping center down on the corner with a Starbucks and a multiplex and a trendy fitness gym and a Trader Joe’s – where Schwab’s Drug Store once stood, where Lana Turner, in her tight sweater, wasn’t really … Continue reading

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