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Music Monday, Might Be Tuesday: Elementary

Published on September 22, 2014 By bmagnus

Turns out chemistry isn’t as hard as I feared. In Closing: voice actors; only when it comes to spending that helps normal people; anybody have any idea why our government cares about ISIS/ISIL more than Boko Haram? (Is it just oil? Could there be a faint whiff of racism?); money money money money; I bet […]

No kidding….

Published on September 19, 2014 By bmagnus

Only 8% of Americans think the economy is “recovering strongly.” Most think it’s recovering, but not very strongly. Gee, I wonder why! Despite the fact that poverty seems to be dropping and more people have health insurance, it’s tough out in the real world — that’s the place where people understand that there’s just no […]

Well, isn’t this interesting

Published on September 5, 2014 By bmagnus

In California, one out of every ten workers is here illegally. Most of them have lived here for years and live with an American citizen. Yesterday’s protests seeking an actual living wage for fast food workers resulted in arrests — and remember, if you eat lunch at these places you need to be served by […]

Music Monday: Good Luck Finding One

Published on September 1, 2014 By bmagnus

Happy Labor Day. Do you like weekends? 40 hour [theoretical] workweeks? The ability to say you won’t stand for employer abuses? Safe working conditions? Limited class sizes for your school kids? Thank a union member.

News

Published on August 28, 2014 By bmagnus

Even though the stats say people read this little site regularly, the fact is not many people comment. One of the few people who I’d call a “regular commenter” was Cynthia. It is with great sadness that I must report that Cynthia passed away this morning. She leaves behind a long-term boyfriend, assorted distant relatives, […]

Joe Average and the Economy

Published on August 22, 2014 By bmagnus

The bad news is that hourly wages have declined. Look at the first chart, and you’ll notice that’s even true for the top quintile! In other words, ThinkProgress is soft-selling the fact that most of us — on average — are making less per hour in favor of pointing out that those at the very bottom […]

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 […]