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I've worked for a big multi-national, lived abroad for several years, travelled a lot, now in politics. Married once but separated; no kids. Generally utilitarian except for minority rights.


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MARCH 26, 2014 8:32AM

Lament For a Good Boss

            They’re underrated treasures.  Less so for their virtues, more so for their lack of, well, there’s no one word that encapsulates it.  I think I’d better explain.


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FEBRUARY 14, 2014 8:23AM

Happy VD Blogiversary

            First off I’d like to give a big thanks to the many OSers who’ve made this place the delight, diminished as it may be, it is.  When I first posted four years ago I thought that checking in a couple of times a week wasRead full post »

JANUARY 28, 2014 9:15PM

Pete Seeger - The Musician

          I’m gratified that here on OS Pete Seeger’s passing didn’t escape notice.  There are some fine posts already up by Luminous Muse, Pam Malone and Mark Kaufman.  They’re all worth a read.  But none of them incRead full post »

          Over the holidays I saw a few movies, one them being Nebraska.  The story arc is a road picture with Bruce Dern playing a geezer being driven by his son from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska.  On their way the son decides to stopRead full post »

          It seemed like such a good idea at the time.  I was to visit my old friend Hayley (jmac used a different name in his post here but I’ve referred to her as Hayley in other posts and will follow the precedent) over Thanksgiving and havinRead full post »

          A recent post from old new lefty touched on the topic of lives lived and how what one wound up doing was often quite far from what one expected.  Nothing so new there though it was nicely written.  And in fairness to onl, that wasn&rsquRead full post »

                Science was dealt another setback today when leading researchers announced that they’ve abandoned their efforts to disprove the existence of God.  Dr.  Bertrand Voltaire of France’s esteem… Read full post »

          Conspicuous consumption is taught in most introductory economics classes.  As Mr. Wiki explains:


Conspicuous consumption is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power &… Read full post »

          The recent article in Big Salon titled “Everyone Hates Environmentalists and Feminists” caught my eye.  According to some studies, a message promoting better environmental practices will be better received and embraced if it&rsquRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 1:22PM

My 9/11 - REPOST

            At the time I was working for an elected official.  I didn’t know any who lost their life in the towers, the Pentagon or on the planes.  And as I still have dealings with some of the folks from that office, I’m nRead full post »

JUNE 20, 2013 8:27AM

Pride Through Music

          In many parts of the world it’s the season for Pride Parades and related festivities.  There’s an extensive history of them in Wiki here.  Briefly, the first parade was sparked by the 1969 Stonewall police raid and took placRead full post »

MAY 19, 2013 1:08PM

Two Kinds of People

          There are two kinds of people….Really?  Of the planet’s 7 billion people, can they really be divided into just two groups?  Apparently so according to some.  Here’s a short list I put together with help from Mr.Read full post »

          The bad news on petroleum-based and other forms of non-renewable energy has long been thought to be that we’ll eventually run out of it.  After all, it’s non-renewable.  There’s a finite amount; hence Peak Oil.  WRead full post »

MAY 1, 2013 8:33AM

The Lusty Month of May

          Worn out after the solidarity marches with the workers of the world?  Exhausted after the annual Morris dancing binge?  Maypoling is laying you low?  Then try this antidote.  It’s Julie Andrews from her sparking turn asRead full post »

MARCH 29, 2013 9:36AM

Life of Brian - A Look Back


          I saw this when it came out in 1979 and still remember the quasi-Pythonesque warning at the theater – “This movie may be offensive to those with religious beliefs.”     Most of you have probably seen/Read full post »

          Need a break from arguments and incipient dust-ups?  Exhausted from pondering the ontology of Obama?  Well here are some scattershot laughs which I’ll credit to Tink for inspiration with his article here.  His clip of that brRead full post »

MARCH 7, 2013 8:27AM

R.I.P. - Alvin Lee Is Going Home

          He died yesterday from complications during an undisclosed but apparently non-serious surgery.  He was 68.

          I was far from his biggest fan, owning no albums and never having seen him livRead full post »

          Well this is one topic I never expected to write on.  Perhaps that’s a good thing?

          My own history features a few discomforting over-indulgences during my college years.  EacRead full post »

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JANUARY 22, 2013 8:31AM

Zero Dark Thirty – How Important Is Accuracy?

          I saw it recently and while it was quite engrossing, I found that the scene-to-scene continuity was at times choppy and the inclusion of some episodes seemed arbitrary and tangential to the main story line.  For example, there’s a bitRead full post »

            Some of you may have seen this already.


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;Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2012 11:47AM

Summer in Club Cockroach

          Something frivolous for Sunday, inspired by Margaret Feike’s recent post here.

           It didn’t take us long to come up with that name.  It was the mid-70s, school term was eRead full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2012 8:37AM

Voting Green – Is This Why?

            This is inspired by Tom Cordle’s post on why progressives should vote for Obama, Koshersalaami’s challenging third party voters to justify their choices and skypixie’s on the logic of voting.  It’s also aRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 1:36PM

Ryan to Obama: Stop Making Sense



            Some light Sunday stuff here.  I’ve seen a few comments about about Paul Ryan’s over-sized suit at the RNC.  Here’s a pic:




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Well life on the kib-butz is kinda laid back
Ain’t nothing that a city boy like me can’t hack
Excepting a P.L.O. mortar attack,
Thank God I’m a kibbutz boy


There were a few more verses but that’s all that’s left in the memory banks.  On/Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2012 8:26AM

The Road To the Kibbutz


         I was going to write about my time on a kibbutz but the getting there was taking too long so I’ve broken it up.  It also seemed prudent to get this into print while my memory is somewhaRead full post »