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29 September 2008
by andrew
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the limits of détente

I get the impression that Marshall McLuhan was not impressed with the first Ford-Carter debate (in Philadelphia) (via): The rebellion of the medium against the message he refers to was the breakdown of the audio part of the broadcast near … Continue reading

26 September 2008
by andrew
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grandmother clause

My Swiss-born grandmother came to the US in the 1920s when she was a kid. Some of her relatives were already in the US; not all of them stayed for their entire lives. She went back to Europe at least … Continue reading

25 September 2008
by andrew
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stop the presses

Unless someone objects, I’m going to stop doing Tribune Thursday for a while.

23 September 2008
by andrew
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a matter of opinion

Some time ago Alyssa Rosenberg (filling in for Ezra Klein) linked to a piece by Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal about authors’ voices and authorial voice. I didn’t particularly like the piece, but Teachout brought up Raymond Chandler … Continue reading

22 September 2008
by andrew
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safe investments

Those who have seen Boiler Room, which I just watched last night, can see the irony in this: But systemic corruption—and that is the right word—has been unveiled at lenders across the board. Two of the most revealing stories on … Continue reading

22 September 2008
by andrew
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I could spoil everything

Many people who know me know that I don’t like the way the idea of the SPOILER affects discussions of movies. They know this because I reveal the ending of every film I’ve ever seen in the least polite way … Continue reading

12 September 2008
by andrew
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Tribune Friday (in 1908: Saturday)

In Fort Meyer, Virginia, in front of a crowd of spectators, Orville Wright set a new record for the longest flight “for a heavier-than-air machine”: 1 hour, 10 minutes, 26 seconds.   One person was killed in an explosion in … Continue reading

11 September 2008
by andrew
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another late edition

It will be Tribune Friday again this week.

10 September 2008
by andrew
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SOTTL

Sort of a combination of works like “The Subprime Primer” and educational films, the Mortgage Crisis Blues are just what you need to help you follow the news.

9 September 2008
by andrew
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the beginning of time

Paul Krugman writes: I wish people wouldn’t say that Fannie and Freddie have been “nationalized.” I mean, it’s basically accurate, but it conveys the wrong impression. The fact is that Fannie Mae was originally a government agency; it was privatized … Continue reading