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When the Shorties Went Out

Published on March 20, 2013 By bmagnus

Gee, D’ya Think?: Turning underpaid undocumented workers into legal taxpayers making at least minimum wage could boost the economy. I Could Like this Pope: Ok, he’s not perfect (No, I don’t believe in Papal Infallibility either). At least he has no Nazi entanglements, what with having been a little kid on the other side of the globe […]

Do you think these two things might be related?

Published on February 26, 2013 By bmagnus

Fact one: Home prices are up nationwide. By how much depends on which index you like to use. Fact two: The number of available existing homes listed is down. Not down a little bit, but down about 17% in 146 metro areas (I think that qualifies as “nationwide”) and down over 25% in a couple dozen […]

Music Monday: In “honor” of the Pope

Published on February 11, 2013 By bmagnus

It seems like everybody has at some point today said “I didn’t know the Pope could quit!” A lot of us remember John Paul II spending a lot of years being rather frail, so I am forced to wonder about Benedict XVI’s “health” issues. Tim Minchin is hilariously funny, highly intelligent, a ridiculously good musician, and […]

Music Monday: Musicology and Modern Popular Music

Published on October 22, 2012 By bmagnus

Free term theme idea: Recurring Thematic Material in the Collected Works of Flo Rida. If one were to listen to his entire discography, how many songs would seem to reference oral sex? Regrettably, there doesn’t seem to be an official music video I could embed. In Closing: a bounty I hope gets paid; waaah, the media […]

The Shorties in Black

Published on August 9, 2012 By bmagnus

In Plane Sight: I have a soft spot for Boeing. Here’s the latest version of the 747. True: About the 2012 Elections. On the Economy: global growth; more than 3 people for every available job in June despite the highest number of job openings in 4 years. Math: “With regard to mathematics, the problem is not that we are […]

Shorties: The Hands of Fate

Published on June 23, 2012 By bmagnus

The Things One Finds: Roman beads in ancient Japanese burial mound. Well, we all gotta go sometime: Ok, sure, we have more heart disease and cancer. We also have a whole lot less tuberculosis, flu, gastrointestinal infections, and diphtheria. Because the real purpose is to make Chertoff a nice chunk of change: Not a single terrorist has been arrested […]

Good News on the Economy

Published on May 23, 2012 By bmagnus

Seriously, I’m coming up on 9 years of writing here, and this is the first time I’ve been able to write those words without meaning it sarcastically. First, unemployment is down to 8.1% (locally, down to 12.4%). That’s still too high, and it still doesn’t account for people who have given up on finding a […]