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27
Jun
Everything’s up to date in, erm, Halifax City...

Everything’s up to date in, erm, Halifax City...

Oklahoma is often regarded as the first classic Broadway musical on a more or less contemporary theme. Written in 1943, it was actually set in 1912, a few years after Oklahoma became the 46th state.
One of the main characters in the musical visits the nearest metropolis, Kansas City; and confronts the full force of early 20th century modernity and progress:

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13
Jun
Who are the one per cent & do they matter?

Who are the one per cent & do they matter?

Talk about the almost legendary one per cent has been a staple of political debate and social commentary since the rise and eclipse of the Occupy movement.
Joseph Stiglitz, the left leaning economist, appears to have been the first person to use that phrase in a Vanity Fair article in 2011. Not the place one might have expected to see the launch of a radical movement.

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30
May
Media echoes & the Justin phenom

Media echoes & the Justin phenom

Many people in an increasingly complex society have problems explaining what they do for a living.
Remember the scene in The Bonfire of the Vanities where Sherman McCoy is forced by his wife (on whom he has cheated) to explain to his daughter his job as a bond broker.

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16
May
Edward Cornwallis, British aristo-twit

Edward Cornwallis, British aristo-twit

When you hear the name Edward Cornwallis, what is your first thought?
Today probably, his issuing an edict to pay bounty for aboriginal scalps, an edict that apparently was never acted on. But it has caused Cornwallis, perhaps not quite fairly, to be seen as an advocate of genocide.

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02
May
I take the PBS Trump Bubble Test

I take the PBS Trump Bubble Test

In 2013, the conservative American political scientist Charles Murray wrote Coming Apart, in which he describes how America is becoming two nations: a relatively (at times very) affluent cosmopolitan economic/cultural/media elite with mostly intact families; and a lower class that is losing good blue collar jobs and is less attached to stable families.

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