With the arrival of the New Year and the concomitant stabilization of my grief into something containable, I decided to organize my thoughts for this site (lucky you!) into monthly syllabi that I can always revisit in subsequent months. January (the born-on-date of this post) is for the personal ethics […]

The Personal Ethics Syllabus


I’ll start with Standing, which should serve as a kind of a filter I intend to apply to my longer posts here (not the News Reposts, where I get my fun hits like I used to off of facebook). I have a long history of wrestling with the below-discussed concept […]

The Rule of Standing


This column is about what life will be like under Trump, based on discernible patterns in other countries where populists gained power, especially those with possible murky Russian ties. from Pocket via Did you enjoy this article? Then read the full version from the author’s website.

What The Trump Era Will Feel Like: Clues From Populist ...



President-elect Donald Trump and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. An Italian looking at America’s political present sees uncanny resemblances to his own country’s recent past. from Pocket via Did you enjoy this article? Then read the full version from the author’s website.

How Much Will Trump Profit From the Presidency?


You should be pissed off when you read a headline that says THIS: Florida man fatally shoots woman searching for dog. The decedent was in the car when her daughter knocked on Florida man’s door.  It is perfectly legitimate in this state for you to answer your door and shoot […]

There is Nothing Illegal About This Reported Occurrence


This was my dad, but not really.  It is a great picture of him, because he appears to be toasting with somebody behind the lens – with you.  But he never really liked to drink, so it doesn’t really depict the real him that whose of us who remember him knew. […]

My Old Man



Read this lengthy but important article from the New York Times: Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political Media Machine.  Now ask yourself: how is it possible to take people off the ride?

Facebook Effing w Political Discussion


The New York Times published a rather important infographic last week that should be re-linked many times over for your edification: This is Your life, Brought to You by Private Equity Did you read it?  No?  It’s brief, has lots of illustrations, and it’s good for you.  

This is Everything, Brought to you by Private Equity


My mother called me at lunch time to advise that she purchased a copy of The Giving Tree for my little girl.  I thanked her, reminded her that the story was incredibly touching, hung up the phone, and quietly wept for about five minutes thinking about the book.  I have […]

The Weepy Sentimentalist



This is as much a welcome to me as it is to you.  We have been out of this relationship for about a decade (as long as we had previously been in our relationship, random passers-by readers and me).  During the hiatus, I married and had a (superbly awesome) little […]

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