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Mahatma Ghandi, on Change

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

 

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No one in media or politics talks to moi. Almost no one. In routine conversation it can be hard to muster the energy for honest, thoughtful expression. Blogging is an outlet and easy escape. With a blog I can say, I’m not sure what to say, but hey, you can check out my blog. Periodic posts on world events, U. S. politics and life in California. Opinions are my own, not my clients’. Recent posts are below, with older posts categorized under “Archives.” Please subscribe to get notice of what’s new.
 
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All for One and One for All (not)

The US now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Nicaragua and Syria against the rest of the world, thanks to the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Brings to mind that old saw about the company you keep… Truly it’s hard to fathom: Trump couldn’t find a way to abide… more

Me to 45: Your Hickory Schtick Makes Me Sick

The 100-day milestone for a new president has always struck me as silly. Yet I find today I've reached my own milestone. I set out disheartened but determined to be fair, to judge on the merits. On this the 104th day of Donald Trump's presidency, I find I'm sick to my… more

The OC Has Come of Age and Faces the Same Challenges as the Rest of California

This Southern California county voted Democrat in 2016, the first time since FDR. A majority still registers Republican, but the gap has narrowed. Since I first arrived here, in the late 1980s, many things have changed. For one thing the county is more diverse, with nearly one in three foreign-born. The… more

Fetish of Process Perverts the People’s Business

Los Angeles Mayor Garrcetti's recent executive order barring developers from talking with planning commissioners, except in public hearings, is the latest assault on smart government in California, where the process has become as important as the outcome. Maybe more important. Garcetti's gesture of course was dressed up in the holy… more

Trump’s Mendacity a Menace and His “Terrific” Health Care Plan a Sick Joke

Candidate Trump offered supporters and opponents like me the sense that at least he spoke his mind, and would shake things up. Rational Americans, no matter their values and views, agree that government can be improved, even if they disagree on how. One hope I harbored — after Trump effectively defeated… more

States’ Rights Fall to Hypocrisy

Most Republicans, also the president, talk of deconstructing government. Of devolving power beyond the Beltway, to where people work and live. Usually this is couched in terms of “states’ rights.” A supposedly important principle. Except, I guess, not so important. Not when it flies in the face of someone’s allegiance to certain… more

A Train in the Distance

“Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance. Everybody thinks it’s true.” Paul Simon wrote some righteous lyrics. Somehow this song of Simon’s, evoking the sadness of failed romance, comes to mind today on the eve of the new U. S. president’s inauguration. America’s 45th. Twice I voted… more

Brave New World

“…politics is just the latest industry to be transformed by the Internet…,” says Ben Thompson on his blog stratechery.com which is not about politics. It concerns the evolution and influence of technology. Thompson writes, “…more than two billion people own smartphones, the entire post-World War II economic order is teetering, and populism… more

The Exceptional Irony in American Politics

What is it that absolutely separates humans and other animals? Answer: we cook our food. Of course there are other differences. There is evidence humans think bigger thoughts, a function of our measurably larger brains and nominally more nuanced world views… though if you happen to catch a presidential campaign… more

Thinking of Africa & African Borders

The North American land mass totals 9.3 million square miles. Africa is bigger, with 11.7 million square miles. I confess that when I first saw the graphic below, it blew my mind. (Click on image for sharper view) Found equally eye opening “The Real Map of Africa,” by Pierre Englebert… more

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