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Music Monday: More of the Same as it Ever Was

Published on August 18, 2014 By bmagnus

  It does look like things are getting a lot more complicated in Ferguson. And that’s before the Fed’s version of the autopsy*, and before any grand jury sees evidence. The Genie’s out of the bottle now. In Closing: imagine that, mandatory insurance didn’t fix some of the stuff it was supposed to; fake news reinvented; feminism’s benefits for […]

A year later, new stuff continues to trickle out

Published on August 13, 2014 By bmagnus

So here we are. Edward Snowden has been in Russia long enough that his visa has been extended. You can actually buy t-shirts with his face on them. There are people who consider him a traitor and people who consider him a hero. He’s got a huge spread in the current issue of Wired. The […]

Put the Outrage where it Belongs

Published on July 23, 2014 By bmagnus

So, this story has been making the rounds: a worker at a Subway sandwich shop was allegedly fired because she left sick. More specifically, she went outside to puke some more and a worker at a nearby Pizza Hut noticed her, calling an ambulance on her behalf. Cue the outrage and petitions saying she should get her […]

Music Monday: The Sea

Published on July 21, 2014 By bmagnus

Today is a holiday in Japan called Sea Day (Marine Day or Ocean Day, if you prefer), so enjoy this little sea shanty from Shogun:   In Closing: Oh yeah get your hot fresh NSA and privacy and War on Terror links right here (H/T Comrade Misfit); the War on [Brown People Using] Drugs, the Police […]

Crazy Talk

Published on June 5, 2013 By bmagnus

So, it seems clear to me that the War on Drugs isn’t even the War On Some Drugs, but rather the War On Brown People Possessing Drugs. At what point can we confess this and address the problem? At what point do we stop wasting millions of millions of dollars “fighting drugs” and putting people in prison […]

Music Monday: I like the song but could do without the vocals

Published on April 29, 2013 By bmagnus

Seriously, what exactly does that add? In closing: grey area; the rich get richer; yeah right; la la la la la la la la; and Masako-sama.

We don’t want any trouble

Published on April 25, 2013 By bmagnus

Nobody wants to live in a bad neighborhood, right? And certainly nobody wants to live in the kind of place where the police are continually coming around. But consider this situation. Imagine you get beaten up. As bad luck would have it, it happens a couple more times. The third time, the cops call your landlord […]

Open Letter to Los Angeles

Published on February 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Hi L.A., How are you? This is a little awkward. See, the thing is that I do like you. I don’t mind your sprawl. I love your museums. How many cities have their very own tar pit?  You have a cute little Chinatown. The thing is, I don’t think you are safe anymore. The problem […]

Moderation in All Things

Published on January 31, 2013 By bmagnus

Maybe, just maybe, an all fruit diet is a bad idea. Seriously, how would anybody who passed 7th grade health think this was a good idea for more than a day? In closing: under this standard, almost any hotel can be seized; hemp; and King Peggy.

Quite Possibly the Most Offensive Christmas Song Ever

Published on December 3, 2012 By bmagnus

Don’t play it if you don’t have a sense of humor. Don’t play it if you don’t want to hear “bad words.” You probably shouldn’t play it at work.   In Closing: the choice to fail; the majority of Americans want common sense; tweeting pope; and you thought American banks were bad; on the economy; explaining […]