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I’m not actually an optimist, but I play one on the Internet

Published on May 22, 2014 By bmagnus

The problem with the unexpected is that, well, it’s unexpected. A decade ago, some guy was running for Senate in Illinois as a Democrat. I’m not sure anybody thought he had a chance — after all, he’d already lost in a bid for a seat in the House — until the unexpected happened. In this case, […]

Shorties Academy

Published on May 13, 2014 By bmagnus

One last thing on Microbiology: We have perfectly good vaccines that prevent deadly diseases. Use them! Freakin NSA: please, help yourself to the links. Can you feel the love tonight: A wolf falls in love. This is apparently a thing: Maybe I should have waited until Caturday, but heck, enjoy some Catios. TIL: Anderson Cooper […]

Shutdown, Debt Ceiling, and Hostage Taking

Published on October 9, 2013 By bmagnus

So here we are over a week into the Government Shutdown. From where I sit, it sure looks like the Republicans are being more like RepubliCANTs, completely unwilling to negotiate in a world where negotiation doesn’t mean “give us everything we want.” Not that the DemocRATS are angels here, please understand. Right now nobody likes Congress […]

“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 […]

Gridlock and Opportunity

Published on December 22, 2012 By bmagnus

The next session of Congress is either going to be complete gridlock, or an era of great bi-partisanship. I say this based on this chart from Nate Silver. In case you’ve forgotten, that’s Nate “the man who got all the numbers right when everybody else got them horribly wrong” Silver:   Let me point out […]

Let the Spin Begin

Published on September 12, 2012 By bmagnus

Ok, the good news first. Poverty is down ever so slightly. The number of people without health insurance is down, despite the fact that health insurance premiums went up 4% (far exceeding the official inflation rate).  The bad news is that  typical American income is down for the 4th year in a row. Adjusted for […]

A Plea for Civility

Published on June 23, 2011 By bmagnus

Can we please all stop with the name-calling? Seriously, I don’t care if you’re liberal or conservative, we need to stop hurling around insulting names. It doesn’t do a bit of good, certainly doesn’t persuade anyone to your way of thinking, and it makes everyone who agrees with you look like an asshole. I’m tired […]

Shorties Highway

Published on March 30, 2011 By bmagnus

A few things about the Economy: Standard of Living; broke; working for nothing. Wonder Wonder, Wonder Woman!: The History of the Universe as told by Wonder Woman. Is it time to stop?: I don’t know. Um, Yeah: Stock photos. A sign of the Catpocalypse: Hello Kitty Hell tells you to buy Hello Kitty stuff by […]

Slight Overreaction

Published on March 23, 2011 By bmagnus

I’m having trouble figuring out where to begin on this one. So Steven Seagal is now filming his little cop-show in Arizona, with Everyone’s Least Favorite Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Mr. Seagal just happened to be along on a little raid of a suspected cock-fighting operation. Rather than do something rational like knock on the door […]

Mulholland Shorties

Published on February 23, 2011 By bmagnus

Was I Wrong About Rahm?: He’s not even sworn in yet, and he’s announced that something he wants to do is enlarge a good old-fashioned public works project! Granted, it’s just bike lanes, but it will put people to work and help other people get around when it’s done. Food Insecurity is just a fancy […]