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sagemerlin

sagemerlin
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Florida, USA
Birthday
October 12
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I've decided that profiles are superfluous. Especially when you have rebuild a bathroom wall that just came down.

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AUGUST 29, 2014 12:26PM

I'm Back

Now that I have turned sixty-five - which still blows me away every time I think about it - I have discovered several things I wish I didn't know.

First of all, I was never as sharp as I thought I was, or I wouldn't be in the predicament that I… Read full post »

In 2009, when I first became involved with Open Salon, it was the first time in a number of years that I had written anything for publication, having been immersed in the mortgage industry since 1997. I blogged quite happily until 2013 when I actually went back into daily journalism onRead full post »

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MARCH 24, 2014 7:38PM

A Cross Linking Experiment

I got this idea from a post by Herr Rudolphus der Rude about selling open salon accounts. Blame him. http://open.salon.com/blog/token/2014/03/22/for_sale_open_salon_account

The idea of selling open salon accounts reminds me of the Bitcoin thing, selling something with no intrinsic value other th… Read full post »
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"The report of my death was an exaggeration" is how Mark Twain put it when he wrote a letter to The New York Journal to refute his premature obituary.  (Editor's note: Mark Twain did indeed die.  Reports indicate that he was indisposed by the event.)
 
I used to write obituaries… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 17, 2014 3:43PM

feedback a work in progress

Feedback.



Feedback is an absolute necessity for human existence, because feedback provides the data 

we need to evaluate and adjust our behavior as human beings in a complex, dissociated 

civilization.

But what, exactly, is feedback?

Feedback is the accumulated reactions you get from… Read full post »

The Republican Party can no longer assert that it is being misrepresented by the media.

In the most barefaced attempt ever made to intimidate a news organization, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, in letters to NBC and CNN released yesterday, has demanded that the named networks… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2013 10:00AM

Ode


Somewhere
on the other side of the world
not so far, not far at all, closer
Someone I don't know is not dying

I don’t really know her
I often wished I did
She seemed to have the voice
I seemed to long to hear

We all carry our crutches
around with us
We all carry our crosses
Crutches and crosses 

We tr

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Editor’s Pick
JUNE 25, 2013 6:00PM

SCOTUS Undermines Voting Rights Again

Since 2000, the Supreme Court of the United States has undermined voting rights three times:

The first time was when they awarded the 2000 election to George W. Bush when the popular vote, and the electoral college, had clearly tapped Al Gore.

The second time was when the Court decided that… Read full post »

The Radical Right Rumor Machine is hard at work again:  The Koch brothers are getting their money's worth.

There is absolutely nothing new in the "news" story about domestic surveillance: everyone knew this was going on.

In the fictional film "Zero Dark Thirty," this point was very carefully ma… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2013 9:41AM

Storm Warnings

They are sending us away again
But where we should go
When there's no one left 
Who's obliged to let us in.


They are sending us away
But we don’t know where to go
Or how to get there
Or what to do when we arrive

They sayRead full post »

JUNE 3, 2013 2:10PM

Do You Know about MAP and MIMAS

As if Americans don't have enough to worry about, a new mental illness - with a very real physiological effect - has been identified with the increasing rate of media absorption, especially in older populations.

Called the Media Induced Medical Anxiety Syndrome ( MIMAS), the condition results in the
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MAY 21, 2013 3:30PM

Voyeurism in Oklahoma

Today, in the aftermath of the Moore Tornado, the news channels have once again saturated us with non-stop, 24 hour coverage of the event and its aftermath.

This isn't news.  It stopped being news within hours of the event.  Now, it's sensationalism, pure and simple, pandering to the voyeu… Read full post »

The Republican Dilemma with Immigration

Immigration policy has the Republican Party in a stranglehold from which there may be no escape, but let's call this what it really is, because the immigration debate is really a debate about citizenship, not immigration.

Just as anti-abortionists branded t… Read full post »

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APRIL 21, 2013 9:52AM

World War II Fly Boys

I see them from time to time as I go about my errands, very old men, usually thin, usually frail, who move ghost-like through the world.

You see these people all over South Florida  because they moved here in their sixties and seventies to enjoy the warmth, and because most… Read full post »

Disclaimer:  I used to manage a precious metals trading firm, so I know something about the metal trade, but I am out of that business for a year now and my information might be somewhat suspect.

That said, recent suggestions that the President could side-step Republican resistance… Read full post »

 (Note:  Open Salon appears to have ressurected itself from the ashes of inoperability. I am following Koshersaalam's lead and posting both here and on Our Salon for the time being.)

Once again, the Dunderheads in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives are creating a wholly fi… Read full post »

Keep the Community, Ditch the Site

 

Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics. We, the writers, are the community; Open Salon is only a platform.Read full post »

During the first debate between himself and President Obama, former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney said that he would not enact any tax cut that would add to the deficit.

In an October 4th article, Bloomberg/Businessweek Economics Editor Peter Coy pointed o… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 6:00PM

Romney: A Long Distance Diagnosis

Long distance diagnosis is frowned upon because the treatment professional really needs to see the client on a regular basis over a significant period of time in order to develop a supportable diagnosis. (Okay, in the real world, yes, counselors and therapists make snap judgments and those snap judgmRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 5:38PM

Remembering George Romney

 

Sometimes, the best way to understand the son is to study the father.

During the past few days, we have all had ringside seats at the very public self-destruction of Republican presidential candidate Mutt Romney.

Everyone knows what he did, because we saw it, and how he… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 4:30PM

I See Gods All Around Me

I see gods all around me
With every breath I take
I inhale one god and exhale another

Wherever my glance falls
I see god there; in each reflection
god sees me...but there's no one there

God is the instinct for the miraculous
God is the desire for source… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 5:45PM

Romney: Proof of Idiocy

Metaphors fail me.

Today, in an new campaign ad, Mitt Romney has told the American people that he is going to create 12 million jobs of the next four years.

The all-time champion job creator, Bill Clinton, saw 19.5 million jobs created during his tenure,  or 2.43 million jobs per year.… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2012 4:13PM

Who Is An American

No one can adequately answer the question of "What is an American?" because the answers vary on the basis of personal prejudice.  We should, however, be able to definitively state "Who is an American," but it turns out that it's not as simple as it seems.

Who, really, is… Read full post »

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AUGUST 23, 2012 1:31PM

What's Race Baiting and What's Not

(This article began as a rebuttal to a comment on Chauncy DeVega's most recent post.  Go read it and then come back here.)

http://open.salon.com/blog/chauncey_devega/2012/08/22/yes_biden_can_talk_to_blacks_in_ways_that_the_gop_cannot

Joe Biden has been accused of explicit race-baiting on the bas… Read full post »