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No Such Thing As Easy Money: Corporate Speculation

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’tis a Trade founded in Fraud, born of Deceit, and nourished by Trick, Cheat, Wheedle, Forgeries, Falshoods, and all sorts of Delusions; Coining false News,…

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The Death Speculators

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In the thriller Buying Time written by a friend of mine, attorney and mystery writer Pamela Samuels Young, a disbarred lawyer named Waverly Sloan goes…

All Men Must Die

Burial Plots

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“Valor Marghulis” – All “Song of Ice and Fire” fans know it means “All Men Must Die” in High Valyrian. At some point, we must…


Broken Windows and the ‘Slowdown’

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A few weeks ago, as New Yorkers (well, tourists) rang in the New Year at Times Square, an unusual thing happened: no one got arrested….


L.A.’s Police Addiction

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On January 10th, the Police Protective League, the union that represents police officers at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), announced that they had hired…


Reflections in Black and White

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Part I In 1987 me, Gary and his father, Dikes, moved from Gary’s boyhood home in South L.A. on Flower near Slauson to the house…


On Slow and Spectacular Violence

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In the aftermath of the murder of Michael Brown I wrote about Ferguson, a catharsis of feeling, a mourning for another life taken, a way to…


Through a Lens, Blackly

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While I haven’t seen Selma yet, I intend to. Though given I’ll probably see it at the movie theater multiplex in the Crenshaw mall for…


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