Alan Milner's Blog (20)

Dear Open Saloners: I don't come here much, but I have an announcement to make and I couldn't think of a better place to put it. (This will also appear on Orphans of Open Salon on Facebook, so I am a…

Dear Open Saloners:

I don't come here much, but I have an announcement to make and I couldn't think of a better place to put it. (This will also appear on Orphans of Open Salon on Facebook, so I am addressing both groups at once.)

Some of you will remember me as SageMerlin from Open Salon. I used the sagemerlin account to publish my poetry and Alan Milner for my prose.

I just had one of those possible end of life health scares and, while I am not yet completely out of…


Added by Alan Milner on May 10, 2018 at 9:38am — 13 Comments

Struck by Verse Again

Something about Steve's passing has triggered something in me that likes to write poetry. I can't quite explain that, but I feel as though some emotional constipation has been released somehow....but I don't publish poetry on Facebook and Satya asked me to post this one here for people to read. 

let us murder our memories together

assassinate the histories behind us

raze the ground on which the present stands

and make mock of future's aspirations



Added by Alan Milner on July 14, 2017 at 12:49pm — 7 Comments

Donald Trump is NOT a Businessman

This article began as a post on Facebook.  It is being posted here as requested by KosherSalaam.  Comments will be appreciated.

I get most of my best ideas when I am involved with water. Today, while I was watering the garden, just after putting in a load of wash, I was suddenly struck by the realization that Donald Trump IS NOT A BUSINESSMAN.

He's a deal maker. He buys and sells things. He doesn't make anything other than deals.

Every single business he has…


Added by Alan Milner on March 27, 2017 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

In Memoriam Again

Some years ago, when David and Mel lost Richard, I wrote the following poem for them. Now that Open Salon is gone, on the theory that David might want to read it again, I am reposting it here.  It was originally called The Final Muster, but I have renamed it....

In Memoriam Again

Restless days, sleepless lights,

Remembering happier days

Before you got the word that

The enemy has broken through again

You rally your…


Added by Alan Milner on October 27, 2015 at 9:21am — 3 Comments

The Conundrum of Your Situation

The conundrum of your situation is

That you are practicing infidelity

To live with one man and love another

Is bad enough; to love them both

Is ten times worse

I see you living in the agony of excess

I live in an agony of wants and fear

You hide behind your insecurities

I hide behind my verse

The truth of your…


Added by Alan Milner on February 13, 2014 at 8:31pm — 5 Comments

The Platinum Coin Scam

Disclaimer:  I used to manage a precious metals trading firm, so I know something about the metal trade, but I am out of that business for a year now and my information might be somewhat suspect.

That said, recent suggestions that the President could side-step Republican resistance to raising the debt ceiling by paying down our debt at the Federal Reserve by minting a one trillion dollar platinum coin are totally ridiculous. 

First of all, a $1 trillion platinum coin would…


Added by Alan Milner on January 7, 2013 at 9:33am — 9 Comments

The Bullshit Fiscal Crisis: The Debt Ceiling Debacle

(Note: Open Salon appears to have ressurected itself from the ashes of inoperability. I am following Koshersaalam's lead and posting both here and on Open Salon for the time being.)

Once again, the Dunderheads in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives are creating a wholly fictitious fiscal crisis in yet another attempt to re-legislate settled social policies of the United States.

This is yet another instance of the Big Lie, the constant repetition of false…


Added by Alan Milner on January 5, 2013 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Postscript For a Tragedy: Gun Control for Idiots

I originally wrote this article in response to a post on Open Salon about the shooting in Connecticut but I deleted that entry to honor my pledge not to post on OS until they get their shit together, so I am posting it here instead.

Another shooting incident - one even more heinous than the previous ones because of the ages of the victims - has once again spurred spurious outcries for increased gun control and, once again, everyone is playing out the same sad scenario, using…


Added by Alan Milner on December 15, 2012 at 11:26am — 39 Comments

Applying for a Job at Open Salon.....Really

Cranky Cuss came across a post on Craiglist  from seeking someone to become their spam-killer.

I applied for the position.  

I figured that it would be better for one of us to have that j0b than someone who doesn't understand the whys and wherefores of open salon. 

In my cover letter, below, I questioned why they would post a job listing on Craigslist rather than posting it on Open Salon.  It would seem to me that the only reason would be that they don't want…


Added by Alan Milner on November 24, 2012 at 7:33am — 127 Comments

Hanging Off the Fiscal Cliff

Paul Krugman and I agree....the fiscal cliff is a complete and total myth, a creation of the conservative entertainment complex.  The fiscal cliff myth was created by the Radical Republicans to use as a bargaining chip to keep the Bush tax cuts in place a bit longer.

The truth is really quite simple.  The credit rating of the United States doesn't matter because there is no place else for the wealth of the world to go but into US dollars.  The Chinese cannot pour their ill-gained…


Added by Alan Milner on November 16, 2012 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Of The People, By the People, For the People

It's after midnight, and I am still watching the election returns. 

I am literally ecstatic the Barack Obama has won re-election tonight, far more so than I was four years ago, because we all knew that Obama was going to win that election long before election day.  

This time, it was different.  President Obama deliberately conceded the media game to the Republicans.  At the time, I was convinced that his debate performances were calculated to achieve one outcome:  to allow…


Added by Alan Milner on November 6, 2012 at 11:07pm — 25 Comments

Utter Nonsense: More Voodoo Economics

During the first debate between himself and President Obama, former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney said that he would not enact any tax cut that would add to the deficit.

In an October 4th article, Bloomberg/Businessweek Economics Editor Peter Coy pointed out that the non-partisan Tax Policy Center has done the math and the math says that you can't cut taxes by 20% without increasing the budget deficit UNLESS you also cut spending by the same…


Added by Alan Milner on October 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

Kvetch Kevetch

I am trying to honor my commitment to post my stuff here for the time being, but I am wondering:  should I send a blast to my Open Salon Readers to tell them that I am posting here, or would that seem  unseemly.  

Also, can anyone tell me why the link to start a new post is all the way down at the bottom of the page with the comments instead of being at the top of the page?

Just wondering.

Added by Alan Milner on October 1, 2012 at 2:11pm — 5 Comments

Collision Course: Islam and the West

Over on Open Salon, someone asked me to comment on an article about the relative numbers of Islamic demonstrators compared to the total population of Islam. 

It was a good piece:

But it instigated the following comment:

The numbers of…


Added by Alan Milner on September 17, 2012 at 11:48am — 7 Comments

An Open Letter to A Young Iranian Muslim

An Open Letter to  A Young Iranian Muslim

When you first contacted, me some weeks ago, I was very pleased to hear from you because I have a great affection for the Persian people, and a great sympathy for the religion of Islam.

My father served in Iran during World War II and nearly lost his life serving the Persian people, coming home as a disabled veteran.

I have been associated with a traditional Iranian Sufi Order for nearly 40 years now.  I have lived with Iranian…


Added by Alan Milner on September 14, 2012 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Overstating the Obvious: Contrarian Politics Doesn't Work

In business, contrarianism works.  Buying when others are selling, and selling when others are buying is a good way to make money, if you have enough money to back your bets.

It's a terrible way to run a country.

The problem with being a contrarian is that, as a contrarian, you aren't for anything:  you're against everything.

Mitt Romney is a contrarian.  Everything in his childhood, as a member of a contrarian religious sect, and family background, as the son of a…


Added by Alan Milner on September 12, 2012 at 10:39pm — 7 Comments

Every Picture Tells A Story

Take a look at these two pictures.  Do you see what I see?

There is a deep connection between these two images that goes far beyond the pose itself.

Look at their eyes.  These are the eyes of people who have seen too much and feel deeply about what they have seen.…


Added by Alan Milner on September 12, 2012 at 2:39pm — 11 Comments

Utter Nonsense: Romney's Employment at Bain

There's a fine line between employment status and beneficiary status.

Mitt Romney claims that he ended his tenure at Bain in 1999, but admits that he had taken a three year leave of absence in order to salvage the 2002 Olympics while simultaneously insisting that his tenure at Bain ended in 1999 when his own admission indicates that he remained the general partner until 2002, when  his leave of absence expired and he decided not to return to the firm.

However, when he…


Added by Alan Milner on July 16, 2012 at 11:44am — 9 Comments

Utter Nonsense: How Taxes Really Affect Business Investment.

Both parties have embraced the myth that tax cuts stimulate business growth, despite the obvious evidence to the contrary with respect to small businesses and, in so doing, they have embraced a pernicious falsehood.

First, let's redefine small business.

The SBA defines a small business as an enterprise that has anywhere from 100 to 1500 employees, with annual receipts ranging from $500,000 to $21.5 million.

This definition is very different from the colloquial definition…


Added by Alan Milner on July 10, 2012 at 7:00am — 47 Comments

Information Proliferation and dissemination

I have been  thinking, and writing, about the problem of information overload for quite some time now.  It's really a book in progress, but I haven't decided if it's a novel or n expose, if not both.

Ever since we, as a group, started to become concerned about the ultimate face of Open Salon, a proliferation of website from, by and for OS members (orphans, refugees)  has vastly INCREASED the difficulties OS members face in attempting to keep in touch with each other.

There the…


Added by Alan Milner on July 3, 2012 at 11:20am — 2 Comments


Trump trusts his gut

Posted by Dicky Neely on July 21, 2018 at 2:11pm 0 Comments

Apartheid Version 2.0

Posted by Safe Bet's Amy on July 21, 2018 at 7:32am 4 Comments

Dreaming at My Age

Posted by Ben Sen on July 20, 2018 at 7:00pm 0 Comments


Posted by Ben Sen on July 20, 2018 at 11:14am 2 Comments

Off With His Head!!!!!

Posted by Safe Bet's Amy on July 20, 2018 at 7:03am 11 Comments

Birth of a New Day

Posted by Ron Powell on July 19, 2018 at 3:30am 11 Comments

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