Category Archives: a life trainer for extraordinary circumstances

Rapping about Alexander Hamilton

While watching Portlandia the other night – at times hilarious and at other times ridiculous and overly-self-conscious – I came across Aimee Mann, who plays a housekeeper in at least one of the episodes. I’m not sure if she has … Continue reading

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Christmas stories and the growing legend of Amazon

Though I’m fairly certain Santa doesn’t exist, at least, in the context of the story, it’s plausible that he could get the job done. I mean if you take as given Santa’s hearty proportions, the fact that he has workers … Continue reading

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More Reasons Not to Take Advice from Goldman Sachs

Over at Zerohedge, Tyler Durden has an amusing piece on why it’s probably not advisable to follow the public pronouncements of Goldman Sachs. Recently, Goldman raised its rating of many European bank stocks from “underweight” to “neutral,” which enabled it, … Continue reading

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The Loss of Vaclav Havel: More and More is Subtracted from Less and Less

As Internet has noted, often with arresting beauty, Christopher Hitchens has finally bent to that which duly takes us all. And yet all the while he continued to write so eloquently about the experience of dying. The thing about death, … Continue reading

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Productivity Gains, Stagnating Wages and Plutonomy

There were many proximate causes of the ongoing Great Recession. People talk about the growing propensity to borrow and lend, the unregulated and risky nature of new financial innovations, and of course the unanticipated and quite rapid implosion of the … Continue reading

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David Harvey and the Crisis of Capitalism

Here’s what social theorist/geographer/anthropologist David Harvey has to say about the current crisis:

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It’s Hard to Take Pictures of Places You Can’t Get to

A friend of mine has an awesome website called 15 sunrises. His basic project is to travel around and take pictures of all sorts of ‘scapes (city, country, mountain, etc.) in all sorts of lights. He’s partial to sunrise, sunset, … Continue reading

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