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NSA: Going Away or Here to Stay?

Published on January 17, 2014 By bmagnus

Ok, so the President made his big presentation on NSA reforms today. For your convenience, here’s the actual transcript of what he said. If that’s too wordy for you, here’s a summary with commentary, and the EFF kindly provides a short version. Today I have just a little round-up of what people are saying. And what better […]

ShortWoman’s Super Simplified Campaign Finance Plan

Published on August 8, 2013 By bmagnus

Over the years, I’ve talked about tax simplification and campaign season streamlining. Today I share my idea — singular — for simplifying campaign finance. Since it’s clear that we are unlikely to get to a place where campaigns are publicly funded and each candidate is sharply limited on what he (usually he, sometimes she) can […]

I Think my Hair Dryer is Trying to Kill Me

Published on June 7, 2013 By bmagnus

  Go ahead, reach right into the water immediately… Muahahahahaha! In Closing: Newer doesn’t mean better; a few items about today’s labor report; so students can fail on a grander scale; and passwords.

Angelina

Published on May 14, 2013 By bmagnus

Alright, by now everybody and his or her dog has heard the latest about Angelina Jolie, right? Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be […]

On Boston

Published on April 17, 2013 By bmagnus

My tax day post was obviously pre-written, and the actual events of the Boston Marathon Bombing left me with nothing coherent or original to say. As things stand, there are few answers and much worthless conjecture. If anybody tries to tell you that “everybody knows,” remember that once upon a time “everybody knew” that the […]

ShortWoman.com Supports the International T-Pain Autotune Treaty

Published on November 12, 2012 By bmagnus

Be it resolved that henceforth, only T-Pain will be allowed to use autotune in recorded music. Other uses shall be considered a crime against humanity. It is further resolved that quotations of Rapper’s Delight may only be made with the express consent and permission of the United Nations Security Council.* Please, join me in support […]

Trust Your Eyes

Published on September 6, 2012 By bmagnus

Once more it is book review time. Today’s selection from the BlogHer Book Club is Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay. As usual, this is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. Join the discussion here! When Ray Kilbride comes home after his father’s fatal accident, one of the […]

NASA can be cool

Published on August 16, 2012 By bmagnus

…. And not just because some of a geek with a mohawk. It turns out that in addition to putting robots on Mars, they’re responsible for a lot of things that are making life better right here on Earth. Just keep clicking for more great tidbits. Welcome to yet another internet rabbit-hole. In closing: brains and […]

Facebook

Published on August 1, 2012 By bmagnus

Facebook is a social media site that I don’t use. At all. Ever. You see a Bridget Magnus over there? It’s not me. Probably that lady from Vancouver. Ok, disclosure out of the way. So, it seems that their stock is at a record low. And it’s expected to dump more altitude in a couple […]

Abraham Lincoln, Shorties Hunter

Published on July 11, 2012 By bmagnus

2%: Ok, you don’t normally find good articles about taxes at a science website, but here’s the truth about the Obama Tax Plan. Would you prefer an economist’s take on the bad news coverage that makes it seem like a better idea to get your news from a biologist? Speaking of Economics: Economics textbooks may be dangerous […]