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A year later, new stuff continues to trickle out

Published on August 13, 2014 By bmagnus

So here we are. Edward Snowden has been in Russia long enough that his visa has been extended. You can actually buy t-shirts with his face on them. There are people who consider him a traitor and people who consider him a hero. He’s got a huge spread in the current issue of Wired. The […]

Federal Judge Rules that Banks Must Follow the Law

Published on July 9, 2014 By bmagnus

More specifically, a Federal judge has ruled that MERS tried to circumvent state law, costing counties millions of dollars in lost recording fees, compromising public records, and confusing consumers. Needless to say, executives form MERS disagree with the judge’s interpretation of state law. This ruling could cost MERS millions of dollars — billions if other jurisdictions […]

“Oh No, Say It Ain’t So, Joe”

Published on July 12, 2013 By bmagnus

Today, I got a letter from Joe Biden. I was kind of excited when I saw it. He asked about my family and how my classes were going… No, not really. He wanted money for the DSCC, “the only organization solely dedicated to electing and reelecting Democrats to the Senate.” So in short, here’s my […]

Cognitive Dissonance

Published on June 17, 2013 By bmagnus

Hey Christians, can you do me a favor and stop pretending this song has anything to do with Jesus? Ok, yeah, Light of the World. I get it. The lost without him thing. I get that too. But there’s no way around the fact that none of you can think of a reason it would […]

A Few Words about Taxes and the IRS

Published on May 30, 2013 By bmagnus

Forbidden Fruit. Apple has been getting grilled for following the law in a manner that reduces their taxes. Frankly, most of us choose to do legal things to minimize our tax liability. Give a charitable donation? Buy a house with a mortgage? You could be guilty of following the law! I’m with the CEO of Google […]

R.I.S.D: Rest In Shorties Department

Published on May 24, 2013 By bmagnus

I Would Watch That!: I have been given permission to share my son’s brilliant idea for a new TV show: he calls it “Law and Order and Batman.” Dumbasses: There are plenty of vegan parents out there who manage not to starve their babies to death. Leia: 20 facts, 20 pictures, one princess. Startling: The amount […]

America Knows Best

Published on May 10, 2013 By bmagnus

Sorry for the little hiatus. Finals are coming Real Soon Now and my writing has been monopolized by a paper on Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells. Fascinating stuff. For a minimally sciencey version, check out this biography. Depending what day it is, the world news front is likely to say something about Iran, North Korea, […]

Apples and Oranges

Published on May 1, 2013 By bmagnus

In the wake of Newtown and the failure of Congress to “Do Something Do Anything” about gun laws, various people have suggested bulletproof backpacks or even uniforms for school children, saying  “It’s no different to having a seatbelt in a car.” No. No, it’s very different from a seatbelt in a car. First off, car crashes […]

Music Monday: I like the song but could do without the vocals

Published on April 29, 2013 By bmagnus

Seriously, what exactly does that add? In closing: grey area; the rich get richer; yeah right; la la la la la la la la; and Masako-sama.

Prep Your Guest Room

Published on April 6, 2013 By bmagnus

Because if Mr. Obama gets his way, your parents will eventually have no choice but to move in with you. CNN/Money describes Chained CPI as “The Geeky Debt Fix That Might Work.” It will do no such thing. The assumption is that “CPI overmeasures inflation” when in fact, inflation has been systematically undermeasured for many […]