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the hope of an pessimistic optimist

All successful civilizations follow a pattern of behavior that leads to collapse… …according to William Ophuls, author of Immoderate Greatness. Here’s the gist of Ophuls’ argument: As a civilization grows and prospers, it naturally becomes more and more complex.  This … Continue reading

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confessions of a projectionist

Who among us has not been terrorized? Who among us has not also been a terrorist? I’m talking about minor acts of terror.  Under my definition, even a petty snipe can be a terrorist act.  Even a petty snipe is … Continue reading

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ride on!

Derivative trading, doing business in Siberia, and using bitcoin have all been dubbed “a new Wild West”. We stick that label on many risky endeavors these days.  Endeavors free of the usual restrictions–and so, frequently of dubious legality.  Nonetheless, the … Continue reading

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our man, our mirror

As I see it, we’ve chosen a mirror… …a big-mouthed mirror… …to be our next president. According to my theory… …we elected this mirror because we’re trying to wake ourselves up.  Shock ourselves awake. We’re saying to ourselves: consider that … Continue reading

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positive protest

I have a plan…a protest plan… …a way to combat the negative actions of our president-elect: When he does something to abuse the planet, I will do something to heal the planet. When he insults another, I will praise another. … Continue reading

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listening to the pig

“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig.  You get muddy, and besides, the pig likes it.”               — George Bernard Shaw Ever so often, I remind myself of Shaw’s advice. Unfortunately, more often, I forget it.  I engage … Continue reading

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what’re we doing here?

Buckminster Fuller once asked himself, “What is Man?” After considering all that we do, he decided Man was basically a problem-solver. When I heard him relate this story, years ago, during a lecture in San Jose, California, his conclusion made … Continue reading

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