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Only Shorties Left Alive

Published on June 28, 2014 By bmagnus

Ok, I know why some of you are here: to get your sweet sweet dose of NSA links. Turns out not: There’s no shortage of STEM workers. There may, however, be a shortage of STEM workers who want to work for crappy wages. Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me: Which of these inventions is likely to be […]

I’m not actually an optimist, but I play one on the Internet

Published on May 22, 2014 By bmagnus

The problem with the unexpected is that, well, it’s unexpected. A decade ago, some guy was running for Senate in Illinois as a Democrat. I’m not sure anybody thought he had a chance — after all, he’d already lost in a bid for a seat in the House — until the unexpected happened. In this case, […]

5 Things Happening that are More Important than Cliven Bundy

Published on April 26, 2014 By bmagnus

  Ok, the Bundy thing is still going on, and I do appreciate that it’s a local news story with national coverage. Not sure why anybody cares who says what about him on Facebook. However, while all of us are watching the circus, here’s 5 things we’re not paying attention to: The President is in […]

Talking out both sides of their mouths.

Published on March 27, 2014 By bmagnus

The White House says they have a plan to end NSA collection of data, by which they mean they are going to make phone companies keep the data and see to it that the courts issue subpoenas when anybody with a badge asks have overview. Snowden says well hey, that’s better than nothing! And of course, […]

More thoughts on Minimum Wage

Published on March 6, 2014 By bmagnus

Many arguments against raising the minimum wage — and indeed, against helping those in low wage jobs — does boil down to victim blaming. That is, “it is the fault of the person making low wages that they make low wages and it is on them to do something about it.” Never mind the fact […]

NSA: Going Away or Here to Stay?

Published on January 17, 2014 By bmagnus

Ok, so the President made his big presentation on NSA reforms today. For your convenience, here’s the actual transcript of what he said. If that’s too wordy for you, here’s a summary with commentary, and the EFF kindly provides a short version. Today I have just a little round-up of what people are saying. And what better […]

Syriana

Published on September 3, 2013 By bmagnus

Today is all Syria and nothing but Syria. Obama managed to surprise his own advisors on Syria. What’s the rush? Why did John Kerry have to stick his neck out and fluff up the “evidence” with decade old pictures? The phone is ringing, Secretary. It’s Colin Powell asking if you’ve lost your mind. And Ok. […]

A choice selection of NSA and spying on citizens links

Published on August 6, 2013 By bmagnus

So much for “We’re only using it to track bad guys overseas. Ok, well maybe Americans but only if they’re terrorists.” Turns out the DEA, CIA, FBI, and IRS got a piece of that action too. And then they tried to cover it up. Here’s a hint folks, government officials don’t try to cover up […]

Prep Your Guest Room

Published on April 6, 2013 By bmagnus

Because if Mr. Obama gets his way, your parents will eventually have no choice but to move in with you. CNN/Money describes Chained CPI as “The Geeky Debt Fix That Might Work.” It will do no such thing. The assumption is that “CPI overmeasures inflation” when in fact, inflation has been systematically undermeasured for many […]

Gridlock and Opportunity

Published on December 22, 2012 By bmagnus

The next session of Congress is either going to be complete gridlock, or an era of great bi-partisanship. I say this based on this chart from Nate Silver. In case you’ve forgotten, that’s Nate “the man who got all the numbers right when everybody else got them horribly wrong” Silver:   Let me point out […]