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Date : August 2013

Sam’s Club

Categories: PlaceReview
Comments: 2 Comments
Published on: 2013.08.31

It’s possible I’m the last American to enter a Sam’s Club. Regardless, that’s what I did yesterday for the first time in my life. The one next to our city isn’t open yet, but it will be in less than a month. So we got our family membership and drove 33 minutes to Temple, Texas,[…]

Thoughts On The Miley Cyrus VMA Complaints

Categories: InTheNews, PopCulture
Comments: 3 Comments
Published on: 2013.08.27

In The News: Miley Cyrus MTV Performance Draws Complaints (BBC News, Aug. 27, 2013) Most major news networks ran stories about 20-year-old Cyrus’ performance at the Video Music Awards on MTV, and how it was shocking, inappropriate, etc. The one I’ve cited here quotes a complaint from the Parents Television Council (PTC), the advisory board[…]

5 Toughest Work Conversations?

Categories: Business, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.08.26

5 Toughest Work Conversations (CNN, Aug. 26, 2013) 1. I Want A Raise 2. My Performance Review Was Unfair 3. Something Shady (Or Illegal) Is Going On 4. I’m Not Getting What I Need To Do The Job 5. Your Strategy Is Ridiculous

Healing The High Cost Of Health Care (Short Version)

Categories: Government, Health, Healthcare
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Published on: 2013.08.25

I’ve written a much longer entry on health care problems in the U.S.. You’re currently looking at the short version. The biggest problem with health care in the U.S. is that prices are unreasonably and artificially high. We pay more (by far) for health care than any other nation on Earth, but don’t have the[…]

Healing The High Cost Of Health Care (Long Version)

(This is the long version. Click here to read the short version.) What cost $2,000 at one hospital might cost $235 at another one, according to an NPR story. And that’s just a tiny glimpse; there are many more example in Steve Brill’s exposé in Time Magazine (online content is only available to paid subscribers;[…]

NSA Update: They Search More Than They Said They Did

Categories: Government, InTheNews
Comments: 2 Comments
Published on: 2013.08.21

Previous NSA entries on this blog: • NSA Updates: They Did Break The Rules • Existence, Not Transparence, Is The Issue • Obama Frustration New NSA News: • NSA Surveillance Reach Broader Than Publicly Acknowledged (FOX News, Aug. 21, 2013) • The NSA Searches Ten Times As Much Of The Internet As It Said It[…]

Reason #4

Categories: InTheNews, Television
Comments: 3 Comments
Published on: 2013.08.20

A month ago, I lamented the continuing demise of cable television news channels, listing three major factors that keep me from watching them. Today, driven nearly insane by my toddler’s “educational” channels, I decided to switch to a news network. Feeling ambivalent, I tried CNN first.

McDonald’s: Minor Efficiency Complaint

Categories: PlaceReview
Comments: 4 Comments
Published on: 2013.08.20

One of the many McDonald’s in our area recently underwent what the newspaper called “an extensive remodel” — actually they tore down the entire building and even dug up the parking lot and foundation to completely rebuild the site. It’s apparently part of a nationwide program to update all the chain’s restaurants. As with the[…]

NSA Updates: They Did Break The Rules

Categories: Government, InTheNews
Comments: 2 Comments
Published on: 2013.08.17

In my recent entries, Obama Frustration and Existence, Not Transparence, Is The Issue, and in the comments underneath each entry, I expressed my frustration with the Obama administration’s unwillingness to do anything meaningful about the NSA’s domestic spying program. Since then, more information has come out: NSA Often Broke Rules on Privacy, Audit Shows (New[…]

‘It Still Haunts Me’ (Journal, 1995)

Categories: Nostalgia, Relationships
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Published on: 2013.08.17

From my journal, Aug. 8, 1995: “When I got back… everyone was still awake. I was waiting for them to go to sleep, so I could leave, and then I remembered [her] face when she was pleading with me not to go. The look of love on her face held me. And it still haunts[…]

Sometimes A Judge Has To Tell People What To Do

In The News: Tennessee Judge Orders Baby’s Name Changed From ‘Messiah’ (WBIR, Channel 10 News, Knoxville, Tenn.) In principle, I’m against government interference in our daily lives and decisions, our assumed right to live according to our own customs and beliefs. But all our rights only extend until they begin interfering with other people’s rights.[…]

Existence, Not Transparence, Is The Issue

Categories: Government, InTheNews
Comments: 4 Comments
Published on: 2013.08.11

I like the way the New York Times phrased this: “It is the existence of these programs that is the problem, not whether they are modestly transparent.” (A Weak Agenda On Spying Reform, New York Times, Aug. 9, 2013, referring to President Obama’s recent attempt to charade us into feeling better about the NSA’s “abusive”[…]

Obama Frustration

Categories: Government, Politics
Comments: 12 Comments
Published on: 2013.08.10

I made no secret of my support for Barack Obama leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election, and I stand by everything I’ve said on this blog. Note two things though: (1) I was supporting Obama against Mitt Romney, and (2) I criticized Obama before the election as well. I still think Obama is a[…]

Raising The Minimum Wage Will Make The Middle Class Poorer

Categories: Economy, InTheNews
Comments: No Comments
Published on: 2013.08.09

You’ve probably heard about the recent strikes by fast-food workers (an example story, from USA Today). They’re asking that the federal minimum wage be more than doubled, from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour. My opinion — not as an economist, but as someone who’s worked at minimum wage for many years, through several[…]

Science: Cooperation Beats Selfishness

Categories: Evolution
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Published on: 2013.08.02

Another scientific study has shown what common sense already knew: that cooperating individuals will eventually win out over selfish lone individuals. A Michigan State University team published it study yesterday (reported in BBC News and Phys.org, among others), saying “Being mean can give you an advantage on a short timescale but certainly not in the[…]

Hosting Server Was Down

Categories: Internet
Comments: 4 Comments
Published on: 2013.08.02

Screenshot from IsItDownRightNow? For anyone who tried to read my blog or look at any page on my website this morning, it was down for a while — a solid hour and then on-and-off through most of the morning. This was due to an outage at my hosting provider, BlueHost. For me, the site came[…]

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