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If it sounds like writing

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” That was Elmore Leonard’s overarching rule of writing, but he explained 10 others in a 2001 essay for the New York Times. The author behind “3:10 to Yuma,” “Justified,” “Jackie Brown” and “Get Shorty” died Tuesday at 87. You can read Leonard’s full explanation for the “why […]

Thoughts on the HCR bill

New Economic Perspectives has a critique of what’s wrong with this “reform” – it solidifies the central position of the ridiculously inefficient private insurers: Very briefly, the most significant outcome of this legislation is the windfall gain for insurance companies—who will be able to tap the wages of the huge pool of nearly 50 million […]

This is not the Orwell you’re looking for

Via Mefi: The Daily Express reports on a UK Government Announcement to expand the use of Family Intervention Projects. However, the Daily Express exaggerates the report somewhat, the article stating (apparently wildly incorrectly) that the UK Government “plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV supervision in their own homes”. Other reports in the […]

Catching up

So, because celebrity deaths seem to come in threes…we lost Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson in a matter of days this week. As tragic to their families as the loss is, I wasn’t really moved by the deaths of Ed or Farrah, but I was surprisingly saddened by the death of Michael Jackson. […]

When the world interferes

Sorry about the lack of content this week. Not only did my blog blow up, but one of my potties did too, so there’s been much running around trying to fix it, then rip up the carpets, level and float the floor, find tile, and soon…lay tile. It’s been keeping me busy doing things which […]