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LA Times Book Festival April 25-26

I just went to the site and saw that yes, Frances Dinkelspiel is one of the authors appearing there. This is well and fitting and good. She’ll be on a panel Saturday at 3, “History: Unknown Los Angeles.” Her book, Towers of Gold, about Isaias Hellman, tells an important story about the origins of L.A. […]

High above Spain

This is so cool.’s Big Picture has photos from a weather balloon that floated high above the ground in Spain. On February 28th, a team of four Spanish teenage students and their instructor from IES La Bisbal school in Catalonia launched a weather probe they designed and built themselves. Their helium-filled balloon carried a […]

Hospitals, they see it all

First things first. The surgery alluded to in the recent post went well. (And no, despite reference to bad heart valves, it wasn’t heart surgery.) We’re over the worst of it and that’s good. There’s a sore gut and weakness and all, but it’s now “recovery” phase, and not “what if…?” So, last night, after […]

That curious inner reorientation in light of medical, well, medical stuff

I suppose one of the good parts of having been around the block a few times is that when that woozy personal stress disorientation hits, I recognize it as an old friend, a visitor who arrives in hard times, and eventually departs again for a good long while. An emotional Halley’s Comet that comes into […]

New Terror Video from AIG – Gimme Ransom!

In New Terror Video, AIG Demands Huge Ransom from U.S. American intelligence experts are analyzing a new terror video from the American International Group (AIG) in which the leader of the shadowy organization demands billions of dollars from the United States.

Debate between Lessig and Conyers

Larry Lessig and Michael Eisen call out a bill in congress that’d restrict publishing of government scientific research to subscription-only journals. Representative John Conyers is a sponsor of that bill. “The law would forbid entities like the NIH from requiring that recipients of government grants make the product of their research openly accessible. (The current […]

How did we get here (economy) and how do we fix it?

This is a bit long and drawn out, but it’s got ooh! shiny! clarity! if you’re still trying to wrap your head around all this economy mess. Berkeley economist Brad deLong is having a debate with a person named Luigi Zingales about Keynesianism, a type of fiscal policy (I’ve heard the name, but can’t really […]


During the Great Depression, there were Hoovervilles. Shantytowns and tent villages of the homeless. Now, in 2009, there are Bushvilles. Direct YouTube link More, from @anamariecox: RT @Paulinehess “Sad thing is that the only reason Sac tent city is getting attention is because it now has middle class residents.” True. Even more, from @Paulinehess: @anamariecox […]

You live in Pasadena? Vote tomorrow!

This public service announcement brought to you by Ann Erdman , who spammed visited my blog comments to let you know. My city’s elections are next month, I believe. April 14, 2009. The day before taxes are due. Hmm.. will that date further depress what’s normally a low-turnout election event?

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Das Kapitalizt Snopsen Leichtgläubig Sitz im lieben

Got this anachronistic quote in email from my brother, who works in financial realms. It was forwarded to him from someone else, and he passed it onto me. And so, I pass it onto you (with comments): “Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and […]