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The General in Trump Land

“On a chill November day in 2010, a crowd of mourners gathered in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, America’s Valhalla. The highest-ranking U.S. military officer to lose a child in combat in the post-9/11 wars was there to bury … Continue reading

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The Clothes Line

A  piece of fiction Freddie and Philomena Bartolomeo lived in a small 1 bedroom second floor apartment in Brooklyn’s little Italy along with their two sons, Fredo and Nicola in 1950.  The place was small with four of them;  little … Continue reading

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Child Labor in the Fifties – (smiley face)

Once upon a time, during the reign of the Divine Tiberias, a.k.a the fifties, young boys got Summer jobs. Now I’m sure some kids still do; it’s just that the kids seem older now than they were then. And the kind … Continue reading

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The “Ethics” of Wall Street

Most of you know I spent my life in banking, much of it on the international side.  Banking, especially investment banking is the epitome of the capitalist state.  Are there any ethics on Wall Street?  How does one not fall … Continue reading

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“I Like to be in America!”

The dour stone-faced German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble made a joke in 2015. “According to Bloomberg, Schaeuble said, “I offered my friend [US Treasury Secretary] Jack Lew these days that we could take Puerto Rico into the euro zone if … Continue reading

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On “Thoughts and Prayers”

Having lived now just 5 years short of the proverbial four score I am no longer surprised by te ability of politicians to turn an innocent, innocuous phrase into a near profanity. It’s become a sort of twisted American ritual: … Continue reading

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Freedom vs. “Freedom”

Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse So how free are we? I posed that question in a post back in 2013 which I re-posted here in 20115: https://toritto.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/how-free-are-we-2/ This week we had another slaughter of innocents in Las Vegas committed by … Continue reading

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