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Oct. 31st, 2014 12:05 am Personal Update

Since the last time I posted here:

  • In February of 2014, I was laid off at the job I happily worked at for 17 1/2 years, as a lawyer librarian.

  • I'm now working as an adjunct professor, at a couple different universities.

  • I'm working harder than ever, using more of my education than ever before, and getting paid _considerably_ less.

  • That said, in spite of the low pay and longer hours, I'm finding the work, qua work, tremendously fulfilling.

How's 'bout *you*?

What be *you* up to, since the last time I frequented LiveJournal?

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Oct. 31st, 2014 12:00 am After being away for awhile ....

.... I'm checkin' in to see see whether LiveJournal is still a _thing_.

I'm still posting, actively, on Facebook and, now, on Ello.

Y'all can find me at:




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May. 25th, 2012 07:49 pm Great Quote from Mark Twain

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May. 2nd, 2012 06:25 pm Testing ..... TESTING

I've heard that a lot of people have been migrating back to LJ, in the wake of all the nonsense with the "timeline" on Facebook.

Is that true?  Should I start posting here, again, more frequently?

If you are still using LJ regularly, or have returned after using Facebook primarily, for a while, make a comment on this post.

If I get any significant response, I'll start posting here more frequently.

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Oct. 23rd, 2011 01:09 pm For tea party and Occupy Wall Street movements, some common ground - The Washington Post

Isn't the kind of substantive debate described here the kind of thing that should be standard for Congress:  opposing viewpoints finding common ground in order to make a *difference*?
What does it say that these two populist movements are engaging in this kind of *adult* discussion; and that Congress seems to wrapped up in partisan bickering and gridlock to seem positively *juvenile*, by comparison?

For tea party and Occupy Wall Street movements, some common ground - The Washington Post

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Oct. 15th, 2011 02:02 pm After the Storm: The Instability of Inequality | Truthout

Key Quote:  "To stabilize market-oriented economies requires a return to the right balance between markets and provision of public goods. That means moving away from both the Anglo-Saxon model of unregulated markets and the continental European model of deficit-driven welfare states. ...

Any economic model that does not properly address inequality will eventually face a crisis of legitimacy. Unless the relative economic roles of the market and the state are rebalanced, the protests of 2011 will become more severe, with social and political instability eventually harming long-term economic growth and welfare."

After the Storm: The Instability of Inequality | Truthout

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Oct. 14th, 2011 05:34 pm Open Letter to that 53% Guy

Key Quotes:

Look, you’re a tough kid.  And you have a right to be proud of that.  But not everybody is as tough as you, or as strong, or as young.  Does pride in what you’ve accomplish mean that you have contempt for anybody who can’t keep up with you?
We can have a reasonable standard for what level of work qualifies you for the American Dream, and work to build a society that realizes that dream, or we can chew each other to the bone in a nightmare of merciless competition and mutual contempt.
while we’re defending that dream, you know what else we’ll be defending, kid?  We’ll be defending you and your awesome work ethic.  Because when we defend the American Dream we’re not just defending the idea of modest prosperity for people who put in an honest day’s work, we’re also defending the idea that those who go the extra mile should be rewarded accordingly.


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Oct. 11th, 2011 07:28 pm http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/10/stop-another-great-depression-debt

An interesting, but, I suspect, reductive take on the cause of our current economic calamity.

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Oct. 11th, 2011 06:28 pm Do you have a "Home Town"?

A law student, doing a "scavenger hunt" research assignment, meant to familiarize her with the library, just asked for my name and my home town. Its one of the questions on the assignment, and meant to ensure that the student has spoken with a reference librarian.

I had to tell her, "I don't think I have a home town any more".

Its true: I grew up in Naperville, IL, but I never felt like I fit in there.  It was upper-middle-class, conformist, complacent. And, now that my parents have left that town, I'm never anticipating going back there again.

As for where I live now -- north Orange County -- meh. Its not some place in which I feel "at home", per se. I live there because its comfortably near both my wife's work and mine. What makes my house a home is because she is there -- she and our kitteh friends. 

But the town itself? Not so much.  

Has anyone else had that experience? Does anyone else feel that they don't, really, have a place they can call their home town?

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Oct. 11th, 2011 03:33 pm The Job Killers | Mother Jones

Key Quote:  " Republicans set the nation's budget on track to flip from surplus to deficit by passing a giant tax cut and hiding the fiscal implications. Then, in 2011—after forcing an extension of that same tax cut—Republicans were shocked, shocked to discover the ballooning deficit and demanded immediate, drastic spending reductions."

The Job Killers | Mother Jones

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