Tag Archives: Unemployment

The State of the Head of State

America watched as the economy collapsed at the end of the Bush administration – millions lost their jobs, millions lost at least half of what they had saved over all the years, millions lost their homes, and then things slowly … Continue reading

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Standing at Camus’ Window

Dropping by to see the famous sights doesn’t count. Anyone who has spent any time in Paris, kicking around alone, eventually has their own special Paris. That’s why Hemingway called Paris a Movable Feast – and to be young and … Continue reading

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Perpetual Twilight

Retirement is okay, if you’re fond of irony, and if you thrive on constant low-grade anxiety. The irony is structural – those of us who are now retired are the last Americans who ever will be. We spent our working … Continue reading

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Unremitting Gloom

Tourists shouldn’t come to California from late May through early July – it’s the June Gloom of course. The Alaska Current always keeps the Pacific rather cold, and in June, when the land heats up rather nicely, that heat meets … Continue reading

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Arguing Against the Idea of Doing Things

There is such a thing as medical humor. You feel awful and the doctor asks that question. Have you had this before? And you know the answer if you say yes. Well, you have it again. That might be followed … Continue reading

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The Third Narrative

There was the Greatest Generation. They won World War II – Humphrey Bogart took care of the Nazis in Casablanca and John Wayne took care of the bad guys in the Pacific, and William Bendix was the comic relief. That … Continue reading

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Facebook in the Age of Social Holocaust

The people of Egypt may have used Facebook to start a revolution – which may or may not actually topple the government. There has been much written about that – see Newsweek with Inside Egypt’s Facebook Revolt for example. But … Continue reading

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