Buzz Kill — a short story

July 30, 2017

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Nobody can hurt me without my permission. — Gandhi These days, every time I watch a TV drama where the hero hooks up with a young woman and they retire to a bedroom and start undressing and groping, inevitably — invariably — the guy asks, “Are you sure you want to do this?”  The young […]

Baby Charlie

July 16, 2017

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Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. — Woodrow Wilson As of this writing, Baby Charlie Gard struggles for life. Not yet a year old, Charlie suffers from a rare genetic disorder that disrupts the energy centers in his body’s cells. He stopped growing; his eyes […]

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Pagliacci

July 2, 2017

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Laugh, clown, so the crowd will cheer! Turn your distress and tears into jest, your pain and sobbing into a funny face. — Ruggero Leoncavallo Out of the blue, a friend played for me a famous piece of music, a tragic song about a man trapped in his own anguish. My friend felt deeply touched […]

Letter to Jeff Bezos — a short story

June 18, 2017

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Jeff Bezos is closer than ever to becoming the world’s richest person. — news item “Dear Mr Bezos: I LOVE Amazon! I use it constantly. I grab my friends by the lapels and shake until they agree to join Amazon Prime (the greatest bargain since time began!), and I thank God every night that you […]

Covfefe

June 11, 2017

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In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. — Friedrich Nietzsche So there he stands inside the White House late one evening, President of the United States Donald Trump, typing out one of his patented short messages on the online service Twitter. His thumbs struggle to connect […]

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The Search for Status by Bags of Goo

June 4, 2017

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We have developed a mania for regulating people. We forbid not only evil practices, but we are beginning to lay the restraining hand of law upon practices that are at the most of only doubtful character. — George Sutherland Established incumbents [in business] prefer regulations that take the form of predictable, upfront high fixed costs, […]

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Smoking in the Cathedral

May 21, 2017

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[Trump] is not actually cutting back on the size of the state; he is doing something even more terrifying from the center-left point of view: he is ruining the mystery of the state, and thereby discrediting their holy institutions. — Jeffrey Tucker Has anyone noticed how porous the Trump White House has become? Every other […]

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