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"It is better to be drunk with loss and to beat the ground, than to let the deeper things gradually escape."

- I. Compton-Burnett, letter to Francis King (1969)

"Cynical realism – it is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."

- Aldous Huxley, "Time Must Have a Stop"

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Sunday, 14 May 2006
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No blogging Sunday. All that is elsewhere. The new issue of Just Above Sunset, the weekly magazine-format site that is parent to this daily web log, is now online. This is Volume 4, Number 20 for the week of May 14, 2006.

A whole lot has been happening, and the week that just passed deserves some comment, so there you will find six extended commentaries. The first is what to make of the man form the NSA who has been nominated to head the CIA - the acronyms fly and his position on many matters is examined, with reference to famous cartoon characters. There's an item on trends, and as the woman said it the movie, "fasten your seat belt, it's going to be a bumpy ride." And do we have a new royal family now that George has said his brother Jeb would make a fine president? There historical precedents are examined. Of course all the voices on the newly revealed giant government database of every phone call made since late 2001 are noted, and the issues detangled. And there's a collection of odd political facts and figures, showing one can have fun with numbers. Finally, for policy wonks and those who think big, there's an item on ways of looking at the social contract - how we behave and how we expect others to behave, and what we expect of the government we fund.

There are three Hollywood items - a movie premier, an odd history of the corner down the hill (and all the celebrities and the riot there), and a bit of France on Sunset Boulevard.

The "pure photography" pages cover the oddest of LA signs down on Melrose Avenue, and some very odd walls there, and there are three pages of intense botanical shots this week.

Of course our friend from Texas provides the weekly array of the weird. And the quotes this week? The Wisest Fool of the Past Fifty Years. It was his birthday.

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Extended Observations on Current Events ______________________

The CIA Gamble: The No-Nonsense, Blue-Collar General from Pittsburgh
Storm Warnings
Tautology and Royalty
Telephone Records: Surprise! Making a List, and Checking it Twice
Facts and Figures: Fun with Numbers
The Social Contract: Will the Leviathan Survive All This?

Hollywood Matters ______________________

On the Scene: Another Day in Hollywood
The Eye: Looking Down on Ghosts
Cultural Dislocations

Southern California Photography ______________________

Ominous Signs
A Collection of Walls
Les Fleurs du Mal
Harsh Botanicals
Easy on the Eyes

Quotes for the week of May 14, 2006 - The Wisest Fool of the Past Fifty Years

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