Jeff Larsen

Jeff Larsen is an Occupy Wall Street veteran, a demanding wiseacre, and a generally good egg. He now lives in New Jersey, was born at the same hospital as Bob Dylan, and was hit by a car as a child on Highway 61. He still ruminates on these as portents of something, but hasn't yet put all the pieces together. He fears for our Republic, and actively pursues a moral and ethical way of living. Follow him on his personal website: http://surrealplumber.wikifoundry.com

Ruminations of an NYC Man who Paid off his Mortgage

In my view, no debt is positive.  It sucks your net worth, it gives you a subordinate position to predatory lenders, it endangers your future.  That said, it's impossible to acquire property without debt.  That, because of the tax write-off, is probably the only worthwhile debt to incur.  But even as we speak, the real estate market is being gamed, particularly in the southwest.  It's being gamed by banks that are renting foreclosed properties at Continue Reading...

On The Surpreme Court & “Personhood”

Justice is the linchpin of a society.  Without a system of laws that reflect it, a nation’s government will lose its credibility among its governed.  Plato used the Greek word "Dikaisyne" for justice, which translates to 'morality' or 'righteousness.'  Justice is not the right of the stronger but the effective harmony of the whole.  Since his time, a common ideal to reflect justice in codified laws has been the purview of a select body of Continue Reading...

God, Does This Picture Trouble Me

This guy is old. Post-70 old. He’s wearing a tie. He looks like Barry Goldwater. His lower lip is recessing into his skull. He appears to be some sort of former CEO-type who hates the fact that he’s old and can no longer function as a prima facie cog in the dream game of capitalism. Yet, he’s still alert enough, aware enough, to follow his stock on Schwab. Yeah, Schwab! If he is all what his countenance suggests, he’d be talking directly to Continue Reading...

Ruminations on Miley

Miley is guiltless.  She’s just a cog in the machine.  Women have no choice but to play the cultural role in which they are ordained.  It’s our myopic patriarchy that’s wrong here.  Miley has all the talent to make it without twerking and otherwise acting like an peripatetic inflatable sex doll. Nothing to be done. Continue Reading...

Goldman Sachs: No Honor Among Thieves

Goldman-Sachs, acknowledged far and wide by all objective sources not engaged in predatory global finance, is perhaps the most devious, all-consuming, and nefarious institution on the planet.  Its role in the 2008 meltdown is well documented, yet it emerged entirely unprosecuted.  Its wink and a nod loans to Greece in 2001, to allow that country to enter the EU, was directly responsible for the catastrophic state of that country.  Continue Reading...

Online Porn: A Zero-Sum Game

Hannibal Lecter: He covets.  That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice?  Do we seek out things to covet?  Make an effort to answer now. Clarice Starling:  No. We just… Hannibal Lecter:  No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. -Dialogue, Silence of the Lambs This is an essay about money.  And sex.  How sex is presented and communicated.  And how money and technology Continue Reading...

Music Review: Jonathan Richman at The Bell House, Brooklyn

The first thing you notice about Jonathan Richman is his totally unique, visceral sweetness.  It's in his remarkable eyes, his gestures that are always seemingly gentle, his cocked eyebrows.  Witnessing him for five minutes at a concert and you want to invite the guy over to your house, cook him dinner, and make him your best friend. Continue Reading...