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Monday, April 16, 2012

Time travel made easy

How can that be? Simply put, we are traveling through time all the, well, time. Sure, right about now you feel like the guy buying a car who just found out a spare tire is extra. You suspected it all along you just didn’t figure someone would go “in your face” with it. When I travel to the past, my... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

North Korea and its ugly little rocket

I wrote this last night, but then didn’t post it. While most of the nations around this earth seem to be growing more mature, North Korea is firmly entrenched in the “terrible twos” phase of development. A land of starving people, waving pink flags on demand and kow-towing to their “dear leader” of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The problem, the solution, the problem with the solution

Once again I am whining about things. The problem: A lot of devices we have in our lives these days take batteries. Batteries do not last forever and so we have to constantly re-supply ourselves. Batteries are also environmentally unfriendly, so we are doubling our costs in the long run. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 30, 2012


There have always been bullies. I imagine there always will be. So why is it worse these days than it has ever been? The schools bend over backward to teach “touchy-feely” subjects to maintain self-esteem but those lessons apparently fall on deaf ears. The new movie that deals with this subject is... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Medicare made easy…

Is not a headline you will see anytime soon. I just finished signing up. I understood it about as well as one is able to at the time but don’t ask me about it this morning. Lets break it down, there is original Medicare, which would be fine if you never got sick or had to use it. It has part A and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The domino theory and health care

Sometimes called “the slippery slope” this idea postulates that once something is started, it cannot be stopped, that like a row of dominos, one will fall into the other until the whole row is gone. This argument has been used to justify the Viet Nam war and is now being trotted out against the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Trayvon Martin tragedy

And what it could mean to everyone. I’m not going to dwell on the specific tragedy, I don’t know all the facts and any words I have cannot help Trayvon or his family. What I do think about is, this will not be the last time we see this kind of news story. Harsh economic times have meant cutbacks for... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Six seconds to success.

Your resume gets, on the average, six seconds to make its case. Six seconds to encapsulate a lifetime of achievements or start one on that road. We are constantly told things to put on resumes that will attract an employers attention, but really, what can you put on a resume that will get you a job?... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Mayan Calendar thing

I was told by a Mayan in Cozumel, Mexico that, sure the Mayan calendar would end this year, but in the same sense that our regular calendars festooned with photos of wildlife, scantily clad firemen, bikini models or classic cars end every year until we hang another one on the old calendar nail. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The job numbers

More jobs reportedly were created but the unemployment percentage stayed the same. Someone didn’t do their homework and account for seasonal layoffs, particularly in areas where roads are shut down to truck traffic as they thaw out and become soft. Higher gas prices may be causing more layoffs as... Sign in to see full entry.

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