Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Edge of America

I just spent a few days in San Diego for my cousin’s wedding to a woman from Korea. My uncle, who originally brought his family to this area for a job doing construction along the border fence, gave a short … Continue reading

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Travel plans

Part of what has been keeping me so busy lately (besides grad school) is this durned book. It is turning out to be a pretty high-maintenance project, as I set up various promotional events hither and yon. I had no … Continue reading

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Cooperative peacemaking

This afternoon I had the rather unexpected honor of being on a radio show immediately following Sen. George Mitchell, who has played a large role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland (among other accomplishments). Take a listen here if you like. … Continue reading

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What to do about housing?

Since I solved the automotive industry problem yesterday, this evening I think I’ll tackle housing. I’m on a roll. Watch out. Last wek it emerged that Treasury Secretary Paulson is basically faking it. And this week the story is that the … Continue reading

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What to do with the auto industry?

Hold on to your hats because the next phase of the Grand Unification Bailout is about to unfold. Already, the government has given up on using the $700 billion for what they originally said it was for. Already, Hank Paulson, … Continue reading

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Deflation: Pros, Cons and Responses

The headlines have started picking up on the D-word, and generally they follow the same story line: Lower prices are bad, because people start putting off purchases and investments. This sets off a vicious cycle in which the more people … Continue reading

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What’s shaking?

Pardon the pun, but today California is having a major statewide earthquake drill. My mother, who has processed claims for the state during disasters since the 1989 quake (the one that busted the SF Bay Bridge) is now taking a … Continue reading

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