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I sure hope the afterlife has bubblegum

Published on July 31, 2015 By bmagnus

The Earth bids farewell to Rowdy Roddy Piper. In Closing: I have a problem with the fact that a night in jail can be a death sentence; the TPP is still out there; the NSA is scaling back; Too Big To Fail; the other lion; who the hell are the parents who make it necessary to […]

An interesting question

Published on July 26, 2015 By bmagnus

A couple of weeks ago, I happened to be working in a facility where, as a matter of patient safety, there were no liners or trash bags in the garbage cans. I think everybody knows that garbage bags can be used to suffocate someone. Granted, the ones I use at home are probably not strong enough […]

Voucher Detente

Published on July 18, 2015 By bmagnus

So, recently the State of Nevada passed a law allowing vouchers for parents to send their Special Snowflakes to private school on the public’s money. I have long been opposed to school vouchers for several reasons and if you’re curious, you can read about them here and here. But it turns out that the Nevada […]

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 […]