Explaining the Libyan Conflict to College Students Who Don’t Care

I’m a college professor who teaches political science to students who generally aren’t interested in the information. It’s a required course, which means you end up with a lot of students who are in the class mainly to fulfill a requirement and then get out. The information is irrelevant to them. It’s not important. It’s information best left to people … Read More

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My One Day as the Kingmaker of San Francisco

Some years ago, I had a pretty unimportant job as an investigator for a major hotel chain. I happened to be in San Francisco, working for one of the properties of that chain, when there was a major political event taking place in the city. The election for mayor was taking place, and this was the evening of the results. … Read More

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Cell Phone Companies in the US Really Suck

Just yesterday, AT&T attempted to (and may have succeeded in) buying T Mobile. Now, personally, this really doesn’t affect me as I don’t have a T-Mobile account. I do have an AT&T account, but as AT&T is doing the buying, and not being bought, it’s not that big a deal to me. However, an inner sense in me tells me that … Read More

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It’s Amazing How Many Products Have High Fructose Corn Syrup in Them

I recently changed my eating habits completely, cutting out any variation of high fructose corn syrup from my diet. Now, this isn’t a post to argue the merits or deficiencies of HFCS but just to point out how hard it is to cut it out if you decide that’s something you want to do. Some years ago, Bill Maher had … Read More

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The News is Filled with Nothing But Crap These Days…An Analysis

I was checking out the news today when it started to dawn on me how much of our news is just crap masquerading as news. So I decided it would be fun to point out the stories that seem to be generating lots of buzz, and then point out why it’s doing nothing but wasting our time. Part of the … Read More

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Revisiting Old Computer Games

Over the last weekend, I was taking a break from writing, and I found myself looking for a computer game to play. I was already tired of the current crop of games out there, so I was looking for something new, different, or just not the same old game. So I went onto Steam’s site, looking for a game to … Read More

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How Do You Fix the Problems of Race in America?

I’m going to talk about a subject that no one wants to talk about, mainly because to do so automatically causes the person talking about it to be perceived as either a racist or clueless. I was watching an science fiction show from the BBC (British Broadcasting Channel), and something kept striking me as odd, but I really couldn’t put … Read More

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Why Congress Doesn’t Care if the Government Shuts Down

This may come as a surprise to people, but if Congress doesn’t approve a budget, the only people who will suffer from the government shutting down are the rest of us who aren’t in Congress. Turns out that the last time the government shut down because of  a budget problem (December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996), well, the government … Read More

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My Comparison of Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color vs. the Amazon Kindle 3G

I’ve owned a 3G Kindle for a few months now, and I’ve been pretty happy with it. However, being the tech junkie that I am, when I heard that Barnes & Noble was coming out with a color e-reader, the Nook, I took a quick look at it and then decided it was something I was willing to try out. … Read More

duaneMy Comparison of Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color vs. the Amazon Kindle 3G