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More Ferguson

Published on August 21, 2014 By bmagnus

The ASSociated Press has published a little article which my local news picked up. The first paragraph reads: The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat. Let’s back up […]

Shorties Fright

Published on August 2, 2014 By bmagnus

The Monk who Saved Lives: Ittetsu Nemoto. The Priest who Preached Happiness: Let’s hear it once more for Pope Francis. Israel and Palestine: Just a few assorted and random links. You know you want it: Here’s the NSA, privacy, FBI, CIA, War on Terror, and related links. Broken:  immigration and immigration reform problems. Wow: Larry Kudlow seems to have […]

Keep It Simple, Silly.

Published on July 16, 2014 By bmagnus

Alright, so apparently it took tens of thousands of kids showing up all alone in our country, having traveled thousands of miles through incredible obstacles to get us to collectively pay attention to immigration policy for more than 5 minutes. There’s screaming on both sides: they’re kids, many of them little, and they need our […]

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, […]

Shorties Academy

Published on May 13, 2014 By bmagnus

One last thing on Microbiology: We have perfectly good vaccines that prevent deadly diseases. Use them! Freakin NSA: please, help yourself to the links. Can you feel the love tonight: A wolf falls in love. This is apparently a thing: Maybe I should have waited until Caturday, but heck, enjoy some Catios. TIL: Anderson Cooper […]

Yet More Things I Learned This Semester

Published on May 10, 2014 By bmagnus

Yes, the semester is almost over and that means it’s time to share a few choice thoughts. In General: There are people who are willing to wait for a spot 100 feet closer to the building, even in nice weather. In the meantime, I’ve parked in the next lot over, locked my car, walked to […]

Triple Play

Published on November 8, 2013 By bmagnus

It used to be that the saying “the elephant in the room” meant “the big thing that’s really important but nobody wants to talk about.” And that’s the sense that Time Magazine meant this week: the Republican Party might be controlled by its far right wing, yet voters would rather elect more centrist pragmatists like […]

A Very Successful Failure

Published on October 20, 2013 By bmagnus

While the Government was having it’s temper tantrum and existential crisis, the very bill the Republicans claimed to have been fighting quietly started working. Of course, we’ve all heard about how the official Federal website hasn’t been running as well as we expect well-established online services like Google to run. Because it’s totally reasonable to […]

The Last Will and Shorties of Rosalind Leigh

Published on October 18, 2013 By bmagnus

On Education: Children living in poverty are everywhere, and standardized tests are not ready for them. For pity sake, we’re wasting time teaching kids who are still figuring out how to hold a pencil how to fill in little bubbles on scantrons. All hail the holy power of earning a completion certificate degree. On Spying […]