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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. The… Read full post »
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.
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.
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 »
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… Read full post »
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.
You are a much better person than… Read full post »
Only Tina Fey could pull it off.
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 »
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.
A Walk on the Wild Side
The phone rang.
This is the Lake County Sheriff's office.… Read full post »
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 »
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 know… Read 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.
This Soviet war poster conveys the message: "Don't chatter! Gossiping borders on treason" (1941).
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 »
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 »