Steve Jobs & Disney

Jobs did as much to keep adults acting like children as Disney, of which he was the largest shareholder by Marc Jampole The death of Steve Jobs led to a tidal wave of sympathetic news coverage. Jobs the entrepreneur. Jobs the visionary. Jobs the entertainer. Jobs the philanthropist. Jobs the college dropout who showed those […]

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“Best Cities” Biases

by Marc Jampole The latest mass media survey of the best cities in which to live again fixes the results by putting bias into the criteria by which it measures things. The fix is always in favor of an automobile, mall and chain store-based existence, even when considering city life. This time, it’s a Bloomberg […]

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Justice and the Death Penalty

by Marc Jampole In baseball parlance, the anti-death penalty movement has batted 500 over the past 24 hours.  The Supreme Court of the United States stopped the execution of white man Cleve Foster, but the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to black man Troy Davis. The racial contrast speaks for itself. Much […]

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9/11 and Our National Conscience

by Marc Jampole Where was I? In my office in downtown Pittsburgh speaking by phone with the Manhattan-based chief financial officer of a Fortune 500 company whose habit was to have a financial TV station on in his office constantly for the stock ticker.  Suddenly he cuts me off mid-sentence and screams, “Oh, s—t, on […]

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Bertrand Russell and the Koch Bros.

by Marc Jampole Reading the great 20th century philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell’s The History of Western Philosophy has made me wonder once again about the motivation of the Koch brothers and other ultra-rich who oppose environmental regulation and global warming. I’m thinking specifically about Russell’s analysis of John Locke’s ethical doctrines.  In Russell’s probably […]

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A Real-Life American Atlas

by Marc Jampole I recently stumbled across a new book by Boston-area university professors Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager that I highly recommend to everyone: The Real State of America Atlas is a series of charts, graphs, surveys, facts and snippets of text that attempt to give a picture of present-day America. Enloe and Seager use […]

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Budget-Cutting: Choosing Among the Same Things

by Marc Jampole Last week, we had three competing plans to reduce the deficit as a condition of raising the debt ceiling: 1) The McConnell-Reid Outline; 2) “Gang of Six” Plan; and 3) The Tea Party Plan (aka “cut, cap and balance”). Now we have the star-cross Boehner plan. These plans present us with the […]

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