Author Archives: Guy N. Texas

About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.

Ameena Matthews: Making a Peaceful Difference on the Streets of Chicago

I was fortunate to be in my car when Ameena Matthews was interviewed on “Fresh Air,” the on-air home of NPR’s extraordinary Terry Gross. The subject was The Interrupters, a new documentary by the maker of Oscar-winning Hoop Dreams. But the best part … Continue reading

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The environmental cost of eating shrimp is off the charts

Two vegetarian friends of mine, through their quiet example, have caused me to improve my approach to eating, at least sometimes. Although I will never achieve a “no meat” diet, I eat less of it than before, and I look … Continue reading

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Woz Larry Summers who dunnit

If I were king, I’d send any advisor who did this to me off to a life cleaning the royal chicken coops: Noam Scheiber: The Memo that Larry Summers Didn’t Want Obama to See, by Noam Scheiber: …Last month,… Ryan … Continue reading

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The “total return” for the broad stock market (S&P 500 Index) has declined by 30% in real terms since the March, 2000 peak

If you feel poorer despite continuing to add to your stock market savings, there’s good reason for that. Below is the chart. Note that the “red line” is the one you want. It’s inflation-adjusted and accounts for dividends (not fees … Continue reading

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Need help with your movie popcorn habit? Try eating it with your other hand

Via Andrew Sullivan we come to this study finding that grabbing the popped goodness using your non-dominant hand can significantly reduce the kind of eating that we indulge in out of habit rather than hunger: Participants ate out of habit, regardless of freshness, … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs on mortality as a gift

Today’s New York Times: In [his 2005 commencement address at Stanford], delivered after Mr. Jobs was told he had cancer but before it was clear that it would ultimately claim his life, Mr. Jobs told his audience that “death is … Continue reading

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Westboro Baptist Church to picket Steve Jobs’ funeral

It’s nice to see Rev. Phelps and his congregants continuing to do their bit to make the world a better place: If you’re ever at a loss for what the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, is all about, take … Continue reading

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