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on being german then irish and now a scottish bagpiper!

IN WHAT AP­PEARS on the sur­face to be mere coincidence—and we all know there is no such thing as “mere co­in­ci­dence,” is there?—a couple of friends who ac­tu­ally read this blog pointed out that I was losing the per­sonal touch. That per­haps I was dwelling too much on pol­i­tics and cur­rent events. [Read more] “on being german then irish and now a scottish bagpiper!”

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what the fuck part 2 (an etymological look at everyone’s favorite four-letter word)

THE WORD THAT IN­SPIRED the term “four-letter word” is con­sid­ered among the foulest of words in the Eng­lish lan­guage. That alone guar­an­tees it a place in the lex­icon beg­ging to be re­searched. And that word is fuck. And finding out all about fuck is not all that easy a thing to do . . . [Read more] “what the fuck part 2 (an etymological look at everyone’s favorite four-letter word)”

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yet more on the deconstruction of the American worker’s family

ABOUT OUR MIDDLE CLASS. An ed­i­to­rial by David Leon­hardt and Kevin Quealy for The Up­shot page of yes­ter­day’s New York Times (April 22, 2014) is ti­tled “The Amer­ican Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest.” The opening para­graph is a single sen­tence: “The Amer­ican middle class, long the most af­fluent in the world, has lost that distinction.” [Read more] “yet more on the deconstruction of the American worker’s family”

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what the fuck part 1 – is “fuck” still that big a deal?

WHAT I WANT TO BE­LIEVE: a two-part ar­ticle that I pub­lished on here on April 9 and 10 was read by someone who then re­marked about my piece on his blog, and it turned a bunch of his readers onto my site. That is, my work was com­pli­mented by an­other blogger. [Read more] “what the fuck part 1 – is “fuck” still that big a deal?”

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élite mossbacks discover free trade is killing the middle class

WHAT THE HELL’S A MOSS­BACK? The head­line on to­day’s Cam­paign for Amer­i­ca’s Fu­ture web­site reads “Elites Dis­cover So-Called Free Trade Is Killing Economy, Middle Class” by Dave Johnson. This is dis­turbing if se­rious: the ed­i­tors at The New York Times have NOT “dis­cov­ered” anything!

These editors—mostly white, mostly older, mostly un­pro­gres­sive (syn­onyms in­clude but are not lim­ited to hide­bound, re­ac­tionary, and my fa­vorite, moss­backed) mostly male—have de­cided for some in­ex­plic­able reason to stop lying and tell their readers a sem­blance of the truth. [Read more] “élite mossbacks discover free trade is killing the middle class”

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the return of the little red motor scooter (and five dollar buck lunches, too)

YES­TERDAY I was on my way down Avon­dale Road, heading to Home Depot to pick up a couple of pieces of dow­eling and a pair of brac­ings to make clothe-racks in the closets of our new house. As I pulled up to the red light at the Union Hill Road in­ter­sec­tion, who should pull up be­hind me? [Read more] “the return of the little red motor scooter (and five dollar buck lunches, too)”

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a little truth about the manufactured losses of the once efficient usps

FOR A VERY LONG TIME, the United States Postal Ser­vice was run ef­fi­ciently and prof­itably. Then, al­most “all-of-a-sudden”-like, the USPS was one of the most in­ef­fi­cient and costly branches of our fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Ser­vice was still good—in fact, it was better in many respects—but money seemed to be going down the prover­bial toilet in op­er­ating costs. [Read more] “a little truth about the manufactured losses of the once efficient usps”

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motor scooters and the return of the five dollar buck lunch

FIVE DAYS A WEEK at ap­prox­i­mately 6:30 AM, I drive Berni two miles down the road to a shop­ping center where the rel­a­tively re­li­able vi­t­amin shop where she works as a “con­sul­tant” is lo­cated. Since it is a shop­ping center, the ubiq­ui­tous Star­bucks has a stand-alone building with a drive-through window is right up front along the road. [Read more] “motor scooters and the return of the five dollar buck lunch”