August 2009 Archives

End of Summer Blues


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Normal 0 0 1 935 5334 Highbrow Productions Inc 44 10 6550 11.1282 0 0 0 Normal 0 0 1 935 5334 Highbrow Productions Inc 44 10 6550 11.1282 0 0 0      In my larval, pre-blogging days, I always faced the back-to-school moment with abject dread.  It meant returning to a program of the most severe, mind-numbing regimentation in the ghastly New York City public schools after a summer of idyllic unreality in...

Financial Crisis Called Off


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          Whew, what a relief!  Everybody from Ben Bernanke and a Who's Who of banking poobahs schmoozing it up in the heady vapors of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to the dull scribes at The New York Times, toiling in their MC Escher hall of mirrors, to poor dim James Surowiecki over at The New Yorker, to - wonder of wonders! - the Green Shoots claque at the cable networks, to the assorted...

The First Die-off


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    Sunday, I got a taste of the oldest established permanent traffic fiasco in America known as Escape From Cape Cod.  This is not a regular thing for me.  I have no family there and never did.  Friends invited us out to an idyllic hidden corner of the place far from the clam bars filled with shrieking babies and other more typical attractions.  We arrived in good order at mid-week and had a fine time....

The Fog of Numbers


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     There's something happenin' hereWhat it is ain't exactly clear....-- Buffalo Springfield    One of main reasons behind the vast confusion now reigning in the USA, our failure to construct a coherent consensus about what is happening to us (or what to do about it), is our foolish obsession with econometrics -- viewing the world solely through the "lens" of mathematical models.  We think that just because we can measure things in numbers, we can make...

Hunky Dory


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         Whenever the herd mentality lines up along a compass point leading to "permanent prosperity," or a yellow brick road lined with green shoots, or something like that, I tend to see the edge of a cliff up ahead. We are now completely in the grips of the deadly diminishing returns of information technology.  The more information comes to us about How Things Are, especially from TV, the more confused or wrong the...
 
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