MARCH 23, 2010 9:52PM

Common Knowledge

Common Knowledge 

If you are familiar with the notion of “common knowledge” from earlier writing experiences, you may have noticed that its definition is easy to state, but can be hard to apply in a particular case. TheRead full post »

MARCH 23, 2010 9:32PM

Big Fucking Deal

FDR Signing Social Security Legislation
So, Joe Biden -- I sure as hell hope so.
This is a BFD.
The Big Fucking Deal.
MARCH 21, 2010 2:41PM

Meta Meth

I am going to discuss Dustups as a social phenomenon.  That is, having little to do with individuals and a lot to do with group dynamics.

Lets start with Social Facts.   A concept introduced by Emile Durkheim.  The key notion is that social facts are external to the individual. &n… Read full post »

1.  Go to your local branch bank.  In my neighborhood, all the teachers make more than all the bank employees, unless you compare the branch manager to an entry level teacher.  The pay issues are primarily isolated in investment banks, which are not traditional banks.  They are br… Read full post »

Here is a television show that wasn't mentioned on Beth Mann's cover blog post.

1.  It is so *not* about its title premise that you hardly have to get beyond it.

2. It is so about Jane Adams neurotic brilliance.

3. It is short and sweet.


I don't think there… Read full post »

Fear and Loathing in Financial Markets

September 18,19, 2008.


There are maxims for everything in the investing world.  Usually 2, one for each possible outcome, which can be endlessly repeated after the fact to convey a sense of world weary wisdom.  They are mostly absent in r… Read full post »


I saw the best minds of my generation on fire, cloaked in madness, kissing naked far beyond the negro streets, spitting obscenity at dawn, looking for an icy fix.

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This is mostly  youtube videos.  They are covers. 

They vary from the first, which is from K D Lang's Hymns of the 49th Parallel CD, and shares a lot with the original's iconic presentation.

Cat Power is noted for covering a song in a way that turns it into something else… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2010 10:38PM

Modern Love

  Macy Gray - Sweet Baby .mp3    Found at bee mp3 search engine
Macy Gray: Sweet Baby

He was wondering when it happened.  40 was part of it.  And the shocking thing is that it wasn't just men.  Men are predictable.

All of

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FEBRUARY 27, 2010 6:42PM

More Letters to Nick, Age 17

Optional Music

  Wilco - Jesus etc. .mp3    Found at bee mp3 search engine


Lord Chesterfield 


In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping...Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2010 9:52PM

Dear Nick: Letter To Me at 17-Years Old

Dear Nick:

First, use condoms. No exceptions. You haven't even started and you have already used up your luck.

Second, those girls with the bad reputations.  Date them.  When you want to date them in the future, it will be a crime.

Dental Floss.

You are a much better person than… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2010 6:56PM

MILF Island

Only Tina Fey could pull it off. 

Jack:  All of my summer replacement shows were big hits - America's Next Top Pirate, Are You Stronger Than A Dog, MILF Island.
Liz:  MILF Island?
Jack: 25 super hot moms, 50 eighth grade boys, no rules.
FEBRUARY 21, 2010 6:33AM

Homos and Nymphos

Back before gay, when I was in 5th grade, I learned the word 'homo.'  The kids would say stuff like, I want some homo milk.  Ha Ha Ha. And then, learning the distinction between good girls and those with bad reputations, around 7th grade, I discovered that… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 9, 2010 12:12PM

Want Iran to Shape Up? Let Em Have Nukes

Iran is both a huge opportunity and a huge risk for US policy makers.  The main thing that all Americans should bear in mind is that Iran's confrontational policies are a symptom of weakness, not strength.  US ally Israel is slowly and steadily amping it up also.

Israel is sending missiles… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2010 10:51PM

Please Come. Re-Post. Two Versions



Never eat at a place called Moms.

Never play cards with a man named Doc.

Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.

Nelson Algren

A Walk on the Wild Side 

 Version 1:

The phone rang.  

This is the Lake County Sheriff's office.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2010 12:03PM



Big night.  Huge night.  Yesterday was the primary election in Illinois.  It snowed yesterday.  It was cold.  A very light turnout.  And my candidate won.



 By, last time I heard, 400 votes.  It wasn't supposed to… Read full post »



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Pretend to want to place a controversial Super Bowl ad:

And then have your Super Bowl ad rejected.  This generates buzz as well as saving you the $1/2 million the ad would cost.  You have just aligned yourself with the first am… Read full post »


Most of the analysis of the last week has interpreted the results of the Scott Brown election victory and the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United from the same tired perspective.  What they are missing is that we live in a different world and that it isn't just Obama and… Read full post »


This post is inspired by Caitlin Flanagan and her article, Sex and the Married Man.  Starting with Flanagan's shockingly perceptive comments:

"... second-wave feminism—with its endless reading lists and casually divorced breadwinners, its stridently unshaven armpits and Crock-Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2010 12:23PM

Know your enemy: Become a Bank Director

board of directors 

To know your enemy, become your enemy, is misattributed to Sun Tzu, but it sounds very zenesque.  The actual quote is:

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do knowRead full post »


There is only one reason that this is important news.  And that is to dispel the perception that a financial system stabilization or bailout is a big "give away."  Unless you mean a give away to the government.  

From the Federal Reserve:  Release Date: January 12, 20Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2010 6:45PM

Don't Deny that You Love It. Honest.

This Soviet war poster conveys the message: "Don't chatter! Gossiping borders on treason" (1941). 

From Wikipedia

Gossip is idle talk or rumour, especially about the personal or private affairs of others. It forms one of the oldest and most common means of sharing (unproven) facts a/Read full post »


S&P 500


1Q09 Final

I remember the first quarter of 2009.  Well.  It is burned into my memory. As if the chart above were a glowing, red hot wire, its impression carved into my soul.

The only thing that looked smart in that time period was gold and… Read full post »

Someone spills their guts regarding their personal pain.  Or much, much better -- someone writes very movingly and articulately about their personal pain.  It tends to be compelling.  In a way that good news is never compelling.  

If it bleeds, it leads.  A mantra for local n… Read full post »

He smiled understandingly--much more than understandingly.  It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance 

I could say that, like so many things in life, it seemed like a good idea at the time.  It's not like they give you forever when you sign up.  It isn'/… Read full post »