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Silly Snake!

Published on November 7, 2012 By bmagnus

Submitted for your approval: Though it became a well-known pop culture joke after Samuel L. Jackson’s 2006 fictional movie, snakes can sometimes be found on a plane. That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday when a cabin crew was checking an airplane that landed in Glasgow, Scotland, according to The Scotsman newspaperin Edinburgh. The flight had come in from Cancun, Mexico when […]

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 […]

Down And Out on Paradise

Published on November 8, 2011 By bmagnus

Sticklers for detail will notice this is the Strip and not actually Paradise, a few blocks East. Things are tough all over. I do hope nobody is surprised to learn that poverty in the United States is even higher than expected. After all, some 15% of our population is on food stamps — and that’s according […]

Geraldine Ferraro, and the One Thing I Remember About Her

Published on March 26, 2011 By bmagnus

The very first news item I encountered this morning as I opened my computer was the death of Geraldine Ferraro. By many standards, she did enjoy a good life: former member of Congress; Vice Presidential candidate (the first female one in the United States — there wouldn’t be another for over 2 decades); TV host; […]

Wanted: X-Ray Glasses

Published on January 20, 2011 By bmagnus

Watch this. It’s a man with a golf club, being shot to death in his own home by cops who had a no-knock warrant. He was known to have a drug problem, and was suspected of being a dealer. The county attorney called it “justified.” Do you hear the police identify themselves in that video? […]