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Fear-mongering at its finest.

Published on September 30, 2014 By bmagnus

The TSA really doesn’t like that Apple and Google both have products they can’t just hack remotely. As in, they are trying desperately to make them stop it. Poor babies may actually have to get search warrants. Oh, and here’s a nice article on some of the NSA’s computing issues and an item on how […]

Shorties Untold

Published on September 14, 2014 By bmagnus

Appetizers: Let’s start with the NSA poppers, and perhaps a beer flight to wash it down? Soup or salad: The soup du jour is puree of police violence and race issues with a hint of civil forfeiture, topped with prison visit data. Perhaps the lady would prefer our Cosmo-inspired salad with cranberry vinaigrette? The main […]

Music Monday: Life Finds a Way?

Published on August 25, 2014 By bmagnus

The Russians think they have found life. Life, on the outside of the International Space Station. It’s from Earth, all right, they just don’t know how it got there.   In Closing: hopefully a few last words on Ferguson, the militarization of our police, the death of the right to peaceably assemble, and the press (but it won’t […]

Joe Average and the Economy

Published on August 22, 2014 By bmagnus

The bad news is that hourly wages have declined. Look at the first chart, and you’ll notice that’s even true for the top quintile! In other words, ThinkProgress is soft-selling the fact that most of us — on average — are making less per hour in favor of pointing out that those at the very bottom […]

More Ferguson

Published on August 21, 2014 By bmagnus

The ASSociated Press has published a little article which my local news picked up. The first paragraph reads: The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat. Let’s back up […]

More for the College Bound Crowd

Published on August 7, 2014 By bmagnus

This time of year, I usually link back to my 2007 post on campus drinking. And hey, it’s still unfortunately relevant. Today I’d like to remind you that  hand in hand with college drinking is the problem of sexual assault on campus. No victim blaming is intended here, but if you are headed off to […]

Point, Counter-Point

Published on June 9, 2014 By bmagnus

Remember when we were told that only a good guy with a gun could stop a bad guy with a gun? Last week, a good guy with a grain of common sense but no gun stopped a bad guy with a gun. Yesterday, a good guy with a concealed carry license was killed by two […]

You mean news should be informative rather than just sensationalist?

Published on June 3, 2014 By bmagnus

As far as I am concerned, the mainstream TV news sources should be utterly and completely ashamed of themselves. A new study shows that the most informed “news” watchers are not the ones watching CNN or Fox or even reading their local newspapers. The most informed consumers of news are the ones watching Comedy Central’s The […]

Honeysuckle in Bloom

Published on May 28, 2014 By bmagnus

  In Closing: let the mental health circular firing squad of mostly half-baked ideas begin (but too many people my age and better remember these asshats for any real reform that involves hospitalizing more people); A few stray NSA and Snowden items for you; slipping away; real median household income; “choose between Satan and Lucifer”; yeah, maybe your […]

At the risk of saying something offensive…

Published on May 25, 2014 By bmagnus

Ok, let’s all take a deep breath. In case you don’t know what happened in Santa Barbara yesterday, start here. Like Comrade Misfit, I will not glorify this man above his victims by naming him. Other people have done some terrific commentary, and a few have really stuffed their feet into their mouths as far […]