Archive for 2008

An Inside Story of Wall Street Bank Crashes

Friday, December 26th, 2008

(Expletives not deleted.) After his stint on Wall Street, Michael Lewis wrote Liar’s Poker, a famous book that gave an inside story of the high-rolling Wall Street of the 80’s, with its exorbitant salaries and careless handling of investors’ money. In a recent article, Lewis wrote: In the two decades since then, I had been […]

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Vonnegut and Fellow Authors on Life

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

In their latter years, Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), and some of his fellow famous authors, each showed, I think, something of his outlook on life with a little story or a quip. For instance, Vonnegut told about an uncle who often asked a certain rhetorical question: One thing which Uncle Alex found objectionable about human beings […]

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Anger Marks Beginning, Joy Marks End of Bush Regime

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

On the cold, rainy inauguration day of 2001, angry crowds lined the parade route to jeer the new president, who had gained the office by the Supreme Court quashing a vote count. “Hail to the thief!” yelled the crowd, and, “Oh, no! Gore’s ahead, better call my brother Jeb.” But the parade ended quickly when […]

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Springsteen: We are at the crossroads.

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

In Cleveland yesterday, 80,000 persons packed in and around Mall C for a rally for Barack Obama where Bruce Springsteen played and sang some songs. After the sing-along “This Land is Your Land”, Springsteen did a monologue, which led into “The Rising”, after which he welcomed Obama and his family to the stage. In the […]

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Found Unethical in Reality, Palin Spins Fantasy

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

The investigator into the firing of Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan by Governor (and Republican vice presidential candidate) Sarah Palin issued his report Friday last week.x1 The firing came after Monegan had stood up to pressure from the governor to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper. The investigator was appointed by unanimous vote of […]

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