6 years, 5 months on Open Salon__________________________


New York, New York,
April 22


An OSer who is temporarily off the OS grid made me aware of this important story involving the College Democrats of American (CDA) and their firing of two leadership members who spoke out against the now well known Israeli killing of the Palestinian boys on the beach a few weeks… Read full post »


You may remember David Stockman from the Reagan era, but don't let that association stop you from reading what he has to say about Iraq--and some other current event topics as well.

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A story from the Times about how so much of Gaza's industry was leveled during 30 days of ground and air bombardment. Click on the image for the full story:



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A new post by Glenn Greenwald posted earlier today which includes information released by Edward Snowden pertaining to Israel, countries adjacent to Israel, and the Palestinians.

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Juan Cole is another authority on the Middle East that I follow. He also has the distinction of nicely writing an email back to my S.O. (aka wife) a few years ago when she wrote to discuss a Middle East topic with him. He is also a professor at… Read full post »


I am not a viewer of MSNBC at all, but this post intrigued me enough to post it here. Writing on the web site mediaite.com, reported Michael Tracey takes a look at four prominent MSNBC personalities and their general avoidance of the Gaza story. I have part of the story… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2014 8:23PM

That's all Folks!


I imagine many of us here on OS share a similarity in that the majority of us watched cartoons growing up. It was in this context that I heard and saw the word "folks" more than in day to day life.


Former president George W. Bush caught my attention… Read full post »


Glenn Greenwald published his latest post about 20 minutes ago and as you can see it deals with the liars in our government, both past and present. Obviously, we knew most of them were liars already, but here's a story that zeroes in a host of recent lies in addition… Read full post »


This report in Reuters is a must read. While the administration's public sound bites talk about ending the Israeli invasion of Gaza, we have the same administration resupplying Israel with munitions from the "emergency" stockpile the U.S. maintains in Israel.

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Two videos this evening...the first I saw on Big Salon this afternoon and you can jump to the page by clicking on the title panel below.

The second video was forwarded to me by another OSer who is deeply concerned and involved about what's happening in Gaza but not currently… Read full post »


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Another story here from Big Salon on the Gaza situation and a focus on one well known MSM member's lousy performance. Click on the image for the full story:







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While Salon doesn't change the cover here on OS, they do change their front page continuously. Click on the image below for the full story:











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This story appeared on Wednesday, but I just spotted it this morning. I've been an avid reader of David Corn since the late '90s, not to mention Mother Jones where former OS editor, Kerry Lauerman once worked.This story presents yet another angle to the ongoing tragedy coming out of the… Read full post »


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JULY 3, 2014 12:08PM

Happy Birthday Stacey!!!


July 3rd, the day before the nation's birthday is the birthday for Stacey who has been a great presence on OS since May, 2008 with his beautiful and witty posts!

As with past birthday tributes, I have a focus on the guitar and photography with an added bonus of some… Read full post »





It’s been one year.

Technology has been a liberating force in our lives. It allows us to create and share the experiences that make us human, effortlessly. But… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2014 11:21PM

Coffee, tea, and Bucky, part five


For part five of this section of my art school senior year series we start with today and work our way back to  Saturday, March 12, 1977. Today was the day that my copy of The Brown Reader arrived which mirrors my blog in that 50 alumni… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2014 10:40PM

Six years on Open Salon!


Another May rolls around and it's OS anniversary time. Following in the footsteps of Stacey with his recent post about hitting the six year mark, here's mine with some music from the '84 Summer Olympics as composed and produced by Quincy Jones:






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FEBRUARY 24, 2014 8:58PM

Coffee, tea, and Bucky, part four


The last day of the school week had arrived, Friday, March 11, 1977 and I had in mind to accomplish a lot of work on my degree project due to having no classes scheduled for myself.

Waking up I had the feeling I must have had a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 10:34PM

Coffee, tea, and Bucky, part three


March 10th, 1977 found us in good health after the previous evening's meal at the school's refectory where we had dined with our friend, Cathy. I never had a problem with the food, but some students had nicknamed the dining hall "the ratfactory" which I assumed was based on a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2014 9:33PM

Life is a circle






This fictional piece is in response to The OS Weekend Fiction Club open call found here and involves the following scenario: "Write a story that starts and ends with a chase scene."




What a silly scene it was...two first graders racing down… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2014 9:22PM

Coffee, tea, and Bucky, part two


March 9th, 1977--a Wednesday--was a light day in terms of academics for me. A graphics class in the morning that could've also extended to the afternoon, but so far during the semester the class had only met before lunch and then adjourned for the day. Senior… Read full post »


Saw a link for this a couple of days ago and am posting here as a PSA for interested readers. Click on the image to be directed to the site:







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FEBRUARY 11, 2014 8:19PM

The burnt toast that changed my life






This fictional piece is in response to The OS Weekend Fiction Club open call found here and involves the following scenario: "Write a story about a romantic mishap that involves burnt toast."



It was early September in Manhattan. I had finished my… Read full post »