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Another eruption

Life is a long, winding road … with debris deposited along the way. Let’s scoop up our share:

Apocalypse rock

Living through Tuesday’s earthquake (ha!) brought to mind a book I read a few years ago, “A Dangerous Place,” a terrific short volume on the history and future of California that is well worth picking up on Amazon (used paperbook price: $0.25) if you’re interested in a quick page turner. The author, Marc Reisner, was an accomplished environmental writer (he died young at 51) who spent a great deal of time pondering the sheer improbability of the Golden State, with its rogue’s gallery of schemers, dreamers and con artists. Their sprawling ambition combined with California’s staggering resources to give rise to one of the world’s great societies, notwithstanding whatever your opinion happens to be of Arnold Schwarzeneggar or Jerry Brown.

Rube tube

Back in 2002 during the run-up to the American invasion of Iraq, the chief of staff for the Bush White House at the time, Andy Card, offered a sage piece of advice for would-be pitchmen everywhere: “From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.”

Rube tube

Back in 2002 during the run-up to the American invasion of Iraq, the chief of staff for the Bush White House at the time, Andy Card, offered a sage piece of advice for would-be pitchmen: “From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.”

Con air

Such strange times in which we live: London’s burning, Wall Street’s churning, credit ratings agencies that ought to abide in eternal shame (if at all) have burst back on the scene as Very Important People that we’re supposed to listen to, and Washington, as usual, is an utter disgrace. Plus, there’s the Tea Party ….

Fly the friendly skies

Such strange times in which we live: London’s burning, Wall Street’s gyrating, credit ratings agencies that ought to abide in eternal shame (if at all) have burst back on the scene as Very Important People that we’re supposed to listen to, and Washington, as always, is an utter disgrace. Plus, there’s the Tea Party ….

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