Author: Erik Loomis

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The nature of work in the United States is changing fairly rapidly. Capital mobility wiped out millions of industrial jobs. Automation is eliminating the rest–along with many other job categories–with each passing day. Service work replaced much of this. But because this wasn’t seen as “real work,” including by many workers themselves, it remains low […]
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Milos Forman

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On April 17, 2018
As you may have seen, Milos Forman has died. Ultimately, his career is defined by a couple of great movies, followed by a series of solid but not spectacular Hollywood productions. Nothing wrong with that. My ranking of his films: 1) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 2) Loves of a Blonde 3) The Fireman’s […]

The Gulf Stream

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On April 17, 2018

Living in an age of unprecedented human-caused climate change sure is fun! This new study published in Nature shows that the Gulf Stream is at its slowest in at least 1,600 years, probably because of

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This is the grave of Herman Melville. Born in 1819 in Manhattan, Herman Melvill (the “e” was added later) was born into the middle class, as his father was a merchant specializing in goods from France. But when his father died in 1832, the family plunged into near-poverty, which had actually already started because of […]

Black in America

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On April 16, 2018

Q: Why do black babies and black mothers die at rates far higher than white babies and white mothers? A: Because black lives do not matter to white people. From 1915 through the 1990s, amid vast impro

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