Sundry Anecdotal Evidence That Things are Really, Really Bad (and We Must Be Good)

Yesterday, in an historically upwardly mobile local neighborhood,  I talked with a women who had stopped to load a broken air conditioner into her car. "Need help?" "I think I got it."  She was struggling. "I'm going to recycle this.  They always say whenever you see an air conditioner out for garbage, grab it." "You're … Continue reading Sundry Anecdotal Evidence That Things are Really, Really Bad (and We Must Be Good)

The High Cost of Cheap Goods: Going to Hell In a Hand-Held Device

Three Pillars Trading Company is a client of mine. I'm producing blog articles for this fair-trade, sustainable import business, and from time to time, I'll be sharing pieces of them here. My first post at Three Pillars is about the disgusting conditions that factory workers in Shenzhen, China endure while they put together our computers … Continue reading The High Cost of Cheap Goods: Going to Hell In a Hand-Held Device

Some Political Sequiturs: Your Extreme Pocket Guide To Political Philosophy

None of the following thoughts originated with me.  I'm just helping curate. Fiscal responsibility is a progressive position. Conservative, liberal, progressive, radical...these are labels powerful people use to keep people with most interests in common apart.  In reality, most voters have no interest in this kind of politics, no use for these kind of names, … Continue reading Some Political Sequiturs: Your Extreme Pocket Guide To Political Philosophy

Briefly, on David Chase, Mad Men, and Us

‎"It's about the actual moment-to-moment job of being alive. And being an adult in America." David Chase said this about Mad Men, but how often do we forget that life is, in its way, a job, and that living ethical lives as adult Americans is complicated, nuanced, messy, dangerous, and essential?  Be encouraged...we're in this … Continue reading Briefly, on David Chase, Mad Men, and Us