Uneasy Lies the Head

Posted on November 10, 2016

Yesterday President Obama acknowledged his successor’s victory, saying that occupants of the White House learn quickly that the office is much bigger than any one individual. I suppose the President meant to be reassuring. Sadly, he reminded us that in fact most occupants of the White House never learn the lesson. How often have we [...]

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A Bug in My Ear

Posted on September 28, 2015

I have a bug in my ear. And not a VW Bug. The VW scandal is baffling enough. Did anyone seriously believe that a clever scheme that fooled emissions testing equipment would remain secret? The utter stupidity of this scheme is almost greater than the fraud itself. In terms of immorality I don’t believe VWs misconduct [...]

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The Most Dangerous Four Letter Word

Posted on November 18, 2014

In 1966 Lenny Bruce was arrested for uttering nine obscene words. Most of them you would still not utter in polite company although three or four of them you probably heard sometime between breakfast and your second cup of coffee this morning. Then, in 1973, George Carlin uttered his famous “Seven Dirty Words,” words that [...]

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COMMEM OR A’ TION n. kə-ˈme-mə-ˌrāt [from con memoro, Latin]

Posted on November 16, 2014

Generally I detest using a dictionary. It’s so much easier to skip over an unknown word than to look it up. Today such Philistinism – ok, look it up; it means ignorance — is inexcusable. There was a time when if you didn’t understand a word you crossed the room, lifted a 20 pound tome [...]

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“What was my first pet’s favorite food?

Posted on November 8, 2014

Life in the old days – say around 2009 – used to be so much simpler. Forget your login? No problem. “What was your mother’s maiden name?” That was easy. Then came phishing. My 4 number password – child’s birthday, of course – no longer was acceptable. “Passwords should be a minimum of 8 characters [...]

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Is SolarCity gearing up for the next subprime meltdown?

Posted on December 23, 2013

Homeowners investing in real estate with nothing down. Builders’ stock prices take off. High pressure salesmen tout big savings and profits in the real estate market. Government programs incentivize people to take on long term obligations. Business reporters post stories about the new paradigm and ignore warning signs. Sound familiar? If it sounds like the [...]

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Exporting Pollution

Posted on July 18, 2013

For many years Yale University has published the Environmental Performance Index or EPI. Columbia University publishes a similar metric known as the Environmental Sustainability Index or ESI, but it is far less user-friendly. The folks at Yale rank nations based on a number of factors relating to the environment, public health and the eco-system. The [...]

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Ideological Ignorance

Posted on July 14, 2013

On October 12 last year, masked gunmen boarded a school bus in the Swat District of Pakistan and asked a 15-year old girl to identify herself. They then shot her and two friends. Malala Yousafzai had won international attention for her blogs about the rights of girls to an education. The Taliban had issued an [...]

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Slow and Fast

Posted on July 11, 2013

Somebody once observed that God made us with two ears and one mouth for a reason. But today I heard somebody say it better: “Listen fast and speak slow.” I’m sure most of my friends would say that I have failed miserably on both counts. But they are my friends. They’ll forgive my compulsion to [...]

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Fractionating and Factionating

Posted on July 6, 2013

I miss my morning newspaper. I still read the “paper” of course: a screen of pixelated words I pull up every morning on an iPad. Or, in the case of the Wall Street Journal and FT, at the office on a desktop. But it’s not the same thing. And the reasons have nothing to do [...]

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