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What I Learned This Semester

Published on December 19, 2013 By bmagnus

The fall semester is over and grades are filed. Let me fill you in on just a few new discoveries! Maybe it will help you impress a friend while watching Jeopardy someday. Ok, probably not. General: You can always find a place to park on campus for an 8 AM class. The bad news is that […]

Financial Illiteracy

Published on August 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Many thanks to Cara Delany for this terrific infographic. Way back when I went to high school, I was required to take a trimester long class called Personal Finance. Among the topics were how to write a check and balance a checkbook, how to put together a family budget (this lesson might as well have […]

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 […]

5150 Shorties Way

Published on January 11, 2013 By bmagnus

Let’s clean up some tabs here…. It’s supposed to be cold in Vegas tonight. First person to say that disproves global warning gets smacked upside the head. It’s called “math”:  Someone notices that rent can be more than a mortgage these days. Funny thing, your landlord is entitled to a profit over paying his own mortgage! […]

Diet Research? It must be January.

Published on January 4, 2013 By bmagnus

Yes indeed, it’s the first week of the year, and that means millions of Americans are trying to shed between 5 and 500 pounds. Some scientists were even willing to stick their necks out there and say fructose is a culprit in weight gain (a culprit not the culprit). Check the archives and you will find me many […]

On the Jobs Numbers

Published on December 7, 2012 By bmagnus

So I have some open tabs that I’ve been saving for a discussion on employment, unemployment, and job creation. Luckily for me, job creation and unemployment numbers came out today. Unemployment does continue to go down, and it looks like we [barely] create enough jobs to keep up with demand. However, many of those new […]

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 […]

Unemployment and Underemployment Mythbusting

Published on June 20, 2012 By bmagnus

According to the current conservative narrative, the unemployed and underemployed are what they are because they are lazy. They’re not doing what it takes to get a job. They’re not willing to get educated for the so-called Jobs Of Tomorrow. They’re not willing to step down to take a job that doesn’t pay enough to […]

Things really are tough all over

Published on June 12, 2012 By bmagnus

Maybe you saw the report showing that the net worth of the average American family is down almost 40%. It’s down to the levels we had during the Original Bush Administration (oh, and Happy 88th Birthday to him). Now, of course that’s partly because home prices are down to where they were a decade ago. […]

Follow-Up Thursday

Published on February 3, 2011 By bmagnus

HR3: “Ok ok, we’ll take that word out if you’re going to get pissy about it. Damn feminists and liberals! We’d better get some concessions in return!” It’s still a bad bill that should not become law. Banking Corruption: Oh yeah, JP Morgan knew Madoff wasn’t quite legit, problem? Elizabeth Warren still needs to head […]