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Music Monday: Michael’s Crafts Customer 4 Evah

Published on June 30, 2014 By bmagnus

Ok, so the Supreme Court came out with an extremely narrow ruling regarding whether closely held private corporations can refuse to provide contraceptive coverage for employees. So yeah, even if I were a crafty type of person — which [Deity] knows I’m not — I won’t be going into that hobby store with the rhyming […]

Another Month, Another Jobs Report

Published on June 6, 2014 By bmagnus

Good news everyone! Employment is at an all time high. There’s 217,000 more jobs than last month, and we finally have more people working than at the start of the Great Recession. Ok, now for why that isn’t really very good news at all. Good jobs went away only to be replaced by crappy ones […]

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 […]

A Simple Request

Published on February 13, 2014 By bmagnus

I was looking at my calendar, and happened to notice that it’s 2014. Can we please, for the love of all that is good, stop speculating about the 2016 Presidential Elections? Seriously. It’s over two years until that particular election day, and two other First-Tuesday-After-The-First-Monday-Of-November election days between now and then. A lot can happen […]

The NSA Scandal is a Gift that keeps on Giving

Published on December 13, 2013 By bmagnus

So, let’s get started. No particular order here. The NSA is apparently tracking a lot of information about where people are based on their cell phones. I’m not sure whether this makes it better or worse, but this appears to be a big deal overseas, where Bad Guys might want to follow American spies “case […]

But the CEO might not be able to afford a second Bentley!

Published on December 8, 2013 By bmagnus

You’re going to have a hard time convincing me that raising wages a few dollars an hour is going to result in massive inflation in an environment where every fast food joint I can think of is highly profitable and introducing new low-price options on a regular basis. On the other hand, I can see […]

Music Monday and More: Spirit of Christmas

Published on December 2, 2013 By bmagnus

Some pre-South Park action. In Closing: the freaking NSA; more awesome Pope Francis; Captain Morgan; park; fire; minimum wage; medical ethics; iPhone tax; and why we need real immigration reform.

A Bucket of Shorties

Published on November 19, 2013 By bmagnus

Department of Education: It looks like textbook publishers have decided to call a Texas-sized bluff and print science books that only have science in them. Elsewhere, Arne Duncan has realized that insulting “white suburban moms” might not be a winning strategy. Defiance: Apparently you have to be ready to retire from Congress to actually work […]

“Don’t Worry Little Lady, I Won’t Let the Democrats Kill Your Cat!”

Published on September 7, 2013 By bmagnus

A couple years ago, I mentioned the Sea Stone wait I mean Hotel Baja California Restaurant. Guess what? It closed. The rather expensive building sat vacant for a while before displaying a new banner: “Coming Soon! Boca Park Animal Hospital.” Another expensive build ensued. I found this rather curious. Repurposing serially failed restaurant space with […]

Music Monday: An Interesting Discovery

Published on August 5, 2013 By bmagnus

It turns out that locally, used economy cars are much more expensive than similar used luxury cars. A 10 year old Toyota or Scion in decent condition is $2000-4000 more than a 10 year old Lexus, despite the fact that they have almost identical drivetrains. The same holds true for Honda vs. Acura. One more […]