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…Continue
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
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…Continue
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....
Restless days, sleepless lights,
Remembering happier days
Before you got the word that
The enemy has broken through again
You rally your…Continue
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…
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…Continue
(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…Continue
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…Continue
Cranky Cuss came across a post on Craiglist from Salon.com 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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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?
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Alan Milner on September 14, 2012 at 2:59pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.