some history

March 10th, 2013
Roosevelt's Secret War, The Tycoons, Shattered Sword more »

a lentil soup

March 9th, 2013
While I consider necessary expansion and clarifications on other matters, I recount below the complementary factors of production that contribute to making a lentil soup of certain note... more »

employment compensation - health insurance

March 7th, 2013
There are other factors affecting the economy surrounding health care, but the main thing is the same as in every other part of the economy - people make their economic decisions on the basis of cost and benefit, and obscuring the cost side of that balance distorts the result. more »

metrics run amok

March 4th, 2013
... in the fervor surrounding the French revolution they introduced such changes [to clocks] at the same time as arriving at the length for the original meter and mass of the original gram, and the grad measure of angles more »

when worlds collide, who pays for it?

February 24th, 2013
Insurance as a model for protection against asteroids - concentrate the costs to those that benefit most, and spread the gain across the entire population of the planet more »

Artificial Intelligence (2001)

February 19th, 2013
While the film opens some interesting questions, the second half leaves so many loose ends it looks like the producers failed to consider some of the most basic ramifications of the premise. more »

Message to Love

February 16th, 2013
It's 1970, the Isle of Wight festival, and everyone is there:  Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Joni Mitchell, Jethro Tull, the Who, Tiny Tim, and 600,000 fans.  more »

Das Boot, Directors Cut

February 13th, 2013
I've never before seen a three+ hour movie go by so quickly, all the more significant by the film being in German and subtitled.  Suspense, action, and drama -- a war film that looked as harrowing and awful as I can imagine submarine operations to be. more »

from the archives ...

February 12th, 2013
"SPEEA's main goal is to ... afford leadership involvement in labor politics" more »

24 hour party people

February 9th, 2013
[A mostly the same version of this review was distributed separately in 8/25/2002] For members and fans of Set It Quiet, the film "24 Hour Party People" could be considered something of a history lesson concerning the creators of some of the music perf… more »