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Double Down

Published on October 12, 2014 By bmagnus

The Freakin NSA The Executive Director of Google says that the NSA is going to break trust in the internet, and thereby break the very internet itself. I don’t think the government cares. The NSA will do whatever it likes, thankyouverymuch. Further, it will do what it likes in whatever country it chooses! Ed Snowden […]

What does Google know about me?

Published on November 14, 2013 By bmagnus

I’ve been using Google well over a decade now. That’s how I learned that someone skilled and diligent can find out a surprising amount of information about almost anybody. Google therefore has a detailed history of my searches for as long as they actually keep data. This data is potentially available to law enforcement — […]

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Neighbor!

Published on July 1, 2013 By bmagnus

It’s Canada Day!   Insert joke about saying “aboot” here, eh? In Closing: Pot; the economy is bad enough that we have to buff it out with Kardashians; Google Reader is dead.

A Few Words about Taxes and the IRS

Published on May 30, 2013 By bmagnus

Forbidden Fruit. Apple has been getting grilled for following the law in a manner that reduces their taxes. Frankly, most of us choose to do legal things to minimize our tax liability. Give a charitable donation? Buy a house with a mortgage? You could be guilty of following the law! I’m with the CEO of Google […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Published on November 19, 2012 By bmagnus

  In Closing: That would be bad; Googlegator; Japan Crush; Rolling Jubilee gets more press; the last cooler than average month was during the Reagan Administration (maybe hell froze over when he compromised with Democrats or raised taxes?); Lost Decade, American Style; Forbes and USA Today disagree on the buyer, but agree that somebody will […]

Addressing a trend

Published on October 25, 2012 By bmagnus

I’ve been getting more than my fair share of comment spam recently (not quite enough that I’m ready to use one of those “prove you’re human” things). Lately, one of the topics is HCG diets. Let me make one thing perfectly crystal clear about HCG: it is the only diet drug required by the FDA […]

Shorties Awakening

Published on August 23, 2012 By bmagnus

When Al Jazeera points this out, it’s a problem: School to Prison Pipeline. If you find this topic interesting (or horrifying, whatever), the ACLU is a great place to start. Old Flowers: In this case, 32,000 years old. For those keeping track, that’s over 5 times as old as young-Earth creationists think the world is. <sarcasm> […]

Organizational Tools

Published on June 17, 2012 By bmagnus

Today’s Life Well Lived question is this: What are your favorite resources (Products, Apps, Books, Websites, etc.) to help you get organized? Join the discussion here, and don’t forget to enter the current sweepstakes! I’m simple when it comes to resources to get organized. I’ve tried lots of things over the years. I’ve got at […]

Getting Organized

Published on February 22, 2012 By bmagnus

Like many people, I’ve got stuff that must be done: bills to pay, people to see, floors to clean, you know the drill. And like many people, I find it’s easy to let things slip away if I don’t stay organized. I’m a big believer in “to do lists,” because it’s easy to see what […]

Mama Economy

Published on January 27, 2012 By bmagnus

Remember Tay Zonday? He’s back, and he understands economics. In Closing: Autopsy; Castro; Google thinks I’m a dude too (clearly I need to search more for shoes and makeup); Just for fun, read the first paragraph to somebody before telling them it’s Bob Dole; Because surely her hair is more important than anything else; Okay, […]