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Incitement to violence? What is it?

Published on July 1, 2015 By bmagnus

It’s what the Ferguson Police did, and it’s very important right now. Of course my readers knew that before the riots even started. If you’re interested, the Washington Post is going to be keeping track of police shootings. Some of you are wondering about the title of today’s post. Tomorrow is the 35 anniversary of […]

Music Monday: Courthouse Edition

Published on June 22, 2015 By bmagnus

I spent the morning on jury duty. The first group to get called back was about 40 people. The next group was about 80, and I was in it. I was thinking to myself “Oh nuts, this has got to be a big trial!” Suddenly, we were all dismissed! When I got home, I watched […]

A few random thoughts about Baltimore

Published on May 3, 2015 By bmagnus

So on one side we have a lot of people saying stuff that boils down to “those people are animals and that’s why they can’t have nice things.” This attitude ignores the realities on the ground: no jobs, no economic development (because after all who would open a factory there?); a minimum wage that won’t get […]

Every Afternoon

Published on January 31, 2015 By bmagnus

  Translation: Every Afternoon in Grenada, Every Afternoon a Child Dies. Here in Las Vegas, our Child Protective Services office is under fire. Here’s a dead baby found incidental to police serving another warrant. Here’s a boy beaten to death for lying about reading some Bible verses — sadly, school officials alerted CPS to a […]

Eat It

Published on January 13, 2015 By bmagnus

Today’s question: Do you tend to order the same thing at restaurants? Or do you like to jump around the menu? Answer: yes. It depends where I am. There are places where I just want the one or two things that I know are awesome. There are other places where I am busy trying new […]

Shorties Box

Published on January 10, 2015 By bmagnus

Congrats to Jon Keeyes and Nightmare Box on its multiple nominations in the Winter 2015 Macabre Faire Film Festival. Serial: High school students may be more, er, connected than they thought. And not in a good way. The ugly truth: The NYPD work stoppage is showing how little what they do impacts public safety. Economic Noble Truths: […]

Hard Habit to Break

Published on January 6, 2015 By bmagnus

Today I’m actually using the official prompt: Have you ever tried to break a habit and failed? What made it so difficult to break? Ok, this is a weird one. I’m still not quite over this habit: I have a hard time passing up things that are cheap or free. I’ve got dozens of books on […]

Hello 2015

Published on January 1, 2015 By bmagnus

Like many people, I was happy to see 2014 go and I’m looking forward to a great 2015. This is a time of year when many people are working on habits: getting rid of bad ones, starting good ones. As you can see from the nice banner at the side, I’ll be talking quite a […]

Happy NSAmas!

Published on December 26, 2014 By bmagnus

The Feds took advantage of the fact that nobody was expecting anything newsworthy to happen on Christmas Eve to quietly release a treasure trove of documents (links to source material here!) showing that they have been very very bad stewards of our private information. And all of you who bought the Elf on the Shelf? […]

Music Monday: Top Ten

Published on December 22, 2014 By bmagnus

In Closing: Pardon me; the Music Man; no new ideas; dangerous jobs; a pretty cool boat; a family affair; on hacking; ride-bys; affordable; I thought this would happen; and weird museums.

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