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Crystal Ball

Published on February 5, 2015 By bmagnus

It is the year 2035, and one court case is receiving a whole lot of attention: Average vs Doe. The facts of the case seem simple. Back in 2020 Joe Average got married to Mary Doe-Average. Just last year, Mary tragically succumbed to cervical cancer. Doctors were able to trace her cancer to Human Papilloma Virus. […]

Music Monday: In which I misuse Tom Petty

Published on February 2, 2015 By bmagnus

  There’s been quite a lot of talk about, between, and across those that think vaccinations are wonderful lifesaving technology, and those that don’t. And for those who are saying “What’s the big deal? Measles are just a rash!” Roald Dahl has some words for you. Here’s one of the better summaries. Let me briefly […]

In honor of flu season…

Published on January 17, 2015 By bmagnus

Ok, so by now everyone knows that this year’s flu vaccine isn’t quite as effective as would be desirable. By the way, that’s because the flu virus changes (read: evolves!) quickly. There’s still a few things you can do to reduce your chance of getting the flu. One of the biggest things is almost free and […]


Published on January 14, 2015 By bmagnus

Some years ago, I read a book called the Inner Game of Music. In a manner of speaking, it was about getting out of your own way. Oddly enough, one of the things that stuck with me about this book was a peculiar concept: giving yourself permission to fail. Apparently many people have learned this […]

Back to School Time is Back to the Vaccine Debate Time

Published on August 2, 2013 By bmagnus

So my local CBS affiliate is trying real hard to do the fair-and-balanced two-sides-of-every-issue thing. In one corner, we have a highly respected local pediatrician who works in a local hospital pointing out that he’s seen 4 cases of whooping cough in the last 2 months, adding “Vaccines are one of the most important advances in […]

No Reason to Subscribe to Fortune

Published on January 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Let’s cut to the meat: [I]f America fails to enact historic, structural reforms in spending, an entirely new source of revenue will be needed. And it’s likely to be enacted in haste and near-panic, as the only option to forestalling a crisis. “The gap between revenues and outlays will be simply too large,” says J.D. […]

Music Monday: PSA

Published on September 10, 2012 By bmagnus

Hi there, dance music songwriters! Did you know that the saxophone can do more than honk like an injured Canadian goose? First notable orchestral sax solo in the literature begins about 6 minutes in: Ok, maybe that’s not your thing. How about this? I think you get the idea. Don’t make me get Bill Clinton […]

International No Diet Day

Published on May 5, 2011 By bmagnus

International No Diet Day is May 6. I know some of my readers practice “No Diet Day” every day, and I mean them no offense by this post. I recognize that there is a small minority of people — mostly people with a decades long history of dieting and failing and/or people recovering from eating […]

Oklahoma Shitbowl

Published on April 29, 2010 By bmagnus

I do try to avoid unnecessary profanity, but what Oklahoma is doing is profane. Maybe by now you have heard that any woman unfortunate enough to be pregnant in Oklahoma will find great obstacles to her care. For one thing, her doctor is allowed to lie to her about whether he has reason to believe […]