Author Archives: Dave Pollard

On the Shoulders of Giants

This is the third and final story in a trilogy about a father and daughter. The first two were The Project, and Calling the Cage Freedom.  Image: Stepping Stones, by Paul Stevenson, CC BY 2.0 “OK, so I’ve been reading that book … Continue reading

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The Price of Oil

The clueless gamblers that speculate on stock and commodity prices have been having a field day recently. Desperately chasing profits, like high-rollers who keep increasing their casino bets every time they lose, they have wiped billions out of share and … Continue reading

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Risky Business

UPDATED: Jan 26, 2018 1pm replacing last year’s ‘maps’ with this year’s, just released. This year’s Davos Global Risk Forum “landscape”. Last year’s for comparison purposes, with legend here.  Every year, an organization called the Global Risk Forum presents the corporate … Continue reading

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Networking to Find Better Work

I’m retired, and hoping I won’t ever have to return to the work world, but I know most of the world doesn’t have that luxury, and many aren’t happy with the work they are doing as employees, freelancers or contractors (or they … Continue reading

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Letter of Termination

image from Fill at Pixabay CC0 Dear Powers That Be Consortium: This is to inform you that the services your organizations have been providing to us, as our agents, no longer meet our needs, and we are terminating our agreement (the Industrial … Continue reading

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Improv

my life is a play and my role, apparently is as part of an musical octet which sings three songs as interludes in a vast improv performance, and after each, acts out a short improv scene of our own, a … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter — December 2017

New Yorker cover by R Kikuo Johnson A dark time for me, finding myself absurdly triggered by completely ordinary events, and aware of the impossibility of letting go of my anxious, fear-driven, hypersensitive, reactive, stress-riddled self. Meanwhile, day to day events … Continue reading

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Senseless Behaviour

If you don’t like hopeless messages it might be best to skip this post. Cartoon by David Sipress from The New Yorker When you put too many rats together in a confined space in conditions of scarcity for a prolonged period, you get … Continue reading

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Calling the Cage Freedom

This is the second of a series of three new short stories. Image below from wikimedia, CC-SA 3.0. “I never want to have a job,” Sevi lamented, walking into the kitchen while staring at her tablet screen and almost bumping … Continue reading

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The Project

This is the first of three short stories featuring two new characters. The others in the series should be coming up later this month. Image below from skeeze at the wonderful pixabay CC0. “Daddy… I need to ask you about something. … Continue reading

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