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Creative Accounting, or GO REBELS!

Published on June 21, 2013 By bmagnus

So Jeff Skilling got a new sentence handed down for his role in the financial shenanigans at Enron. Actually, it’s a reduction of the sentence he was given back in 2006 for stuff that happened throughout the 90s and caused the company’s collapse in 2004. In case you’ve forgotten: Enron’s collapse put more than 5,000 […]

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.

More Things I learned

Published on May 19, 2013 By bmagnus

By the way, data released by the makers of the ACT confirm what I saw in person: many students simply aren’t ready for college. And it looks like I am not the only one who thinks some people should reconsider whether college is a good idea, especially if it means a mountain of student loan […]

Things I learned

Published on May 16, 2013 By bmagnus

  Last night, I completed my first semester of for credit college classes in a couple decades. Over the next few days, I will be sharing a few of the things that I have learned. Let’s start with generalities: This is the sort of college where “admissions requirements” are pretty much “has a valid credit […]

Springtime

Published on April 28, 2013 By bmagnus

Taken in my back yard with a “potato”*. At least one lantana is starting to bloom, which means the hummingbird and butterfly buffet will soon be in full swing. In Closing: Why doesn’t Johnny just go to broadway and get it over with?; Save Our Post Office; Wingnut screaming about how if we had Russian […]

Open Letter to Los Angeles

Published on February 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Hi L.A., How are you? This is a little awkward. See, the thing is that I do like you. I don’t mind your sprawl. I love your museums. How many cities have their very own tar pit?  You have a cute little Chinatown. The thing is, I don’t think you are safe anymore. The problem […]

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 […]

Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Shorties

Published on February 8, 2013 By bmagnus

I haven’t been as posty as I’d like lately. As some of you know, I have recently gone back to school. That means I have a lot of reading, and a bit of getting used to classmates who occasionally make me feel like this: I remind myself that I am old enough to be mommies […]

No Reason to Subscribe to Fortune

Published on January 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Let’s cut to the meat: [I]f America fails to enact historic, structural reforms in spending, an entirely new source of revenue will be needed. And it’s likely to be enacted in haste and near-panic, as the only option to forestalling a crisis. “The gap between revenues and outlays will be simply too large,” says J.D. […]

Old Time Religion

Published on October 9, 2012 By bmagnus

Today, a bunch of men in another part of the world were so threatened by the very idea that a woman might learn something that they shot a 14 year old girl as she rode home from school in a bus. What a bunch of big, manly men that they had to go shoot a teenager […]