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Charlie My Boy

So Much More Than Just a Dog
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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a little more traffic at 4:30am, when I drove back to my house [&hellip
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From the moment we wake until it’s time for bed, we take water for granted. It’s there when you brush your teeth, wash fruits and vegetables for meals, bathe your children, make the coffee or put some ice cubes in a ...
Environmental, Political and Health Crises in Flint

But Not a Drop to Drink

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From the moment we wake until it’s time for bed, we take water for granted. It’s there when you brush your teeth, wash fruits and vegetables for meals, bathe your children, make the coffee or put some ice cubes in a medicinal cocktail. In a prolonged drought, we have tightened water restrictions but by and [&hellip
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These days it, at least, to me, seems to be harder and harder to find unbiased or unaltered information on pretty much anything. Between reviews that people have been paid to leave and post or reviews placed by those that ...
That Crashes The Apple Store

KIMOJI: The $1 Million Per Minute Money Maker

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These days it, at least, to me, seems to be harder and harder to find unbiased or unaltered information on pretty much anything. Between reviews that people have been paid to leave and post or reviews placed by those that are given compensation to data test or alternate means, the information has become biased and [&hellip
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Here in New York we’re sitting in our ice locker after this weekend’s winter storm (or Jonas or #snowpocalypse or whatever). I’ve been through enough of them to know that the forecast a day before the storm means ...
Christie’s Missed Moment

Why Winter Storm Jonas is Chris Christie’s Missed Opportunity

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Here in New York we’re sitting in our ice locker after this weekend’s winter storm (or Jonas or #snowpocalypse or whatever). I’ve been through enough of them to know that the forecast a day before the storm means nothing. Many a cancellation has been implemented only for us to get a few flurries. So when [&hellip
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The latest Gimlet Media podcast series, Surprisingly Awesome, aired last November with a part humor, part informative, but mostly awkward show titled simply “Mold.” With a promise to explore the boring aspects of our ...
Weirdness You Must Hear to Believe

Surprisingly [not so] Awesome: Making the Boring a Little Less Boring

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The latest Gimlet Media podcast series, Surprisingly Awesome, aired last November with a part humor, part informative, but mostly awkward show titled simply “Mold.” With a promise to explore the boring aspects of our lives and “uncover their inner awesomeness,” the idea seems interesting, and the hosts carry a heavy load of prior
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James Taylor of the Heartland Institute studied atmospheric science; his analyses have been published in virtually every major newspaper in the United States. That’s impressive. I didn’t major in anything, and I ...
The Heartland Institute Is On The Case

Pack Up Your Science Books

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James Taylor of the Heartland Institute studied atmospheric science; his analyses have been published in virtually every major newspaper in the United States. That’s impressive. I didn’t major in anything, and I haven’t written for a single major newspaper. Fortunately (for me and this article), analyses hold weight only when publis
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This presidential race feels more like a popularity contest-- for strutting peacocks, science deniers, imbecilic tycoons, and TV divas -- than an actual political race with serious candidates. The democratic nominee ...
Losers and Quitters and Dropouts, Oh My!

2016 Presidential Candidates: Go Home Already

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This presidential race feels more like a popularity contest– for strutting peacocks, science deniers, imbecilic tycoons, and TV divas — than an actual political race with serious candidates. The democratic nominee hopefuls seem to be working it out and dwindling down to a digestibly-sized team. Meanwhile, the GOP clan (pun in
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Rather than working on apps for its own operating system or the Windows Store, the team at Microsoft has created the newest selfie and portrait enhancement app for iOS, simply called Microsoft Selfie. Much like the ...
Because More Filters Are Just What We Needed?

Microsoft Selfie: Removing Smart from Your Smartphone

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Rather than working on apps for its own operating system or the Windows Store, the team at Microsoft has created the newest selfie and portrait enhancement app for iOS, simply called Microsoft Selfie. Much like the simplistic name this app looks as though it has been created for a child. It offers very limited options and [&hellip
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When we found out Liberty University was having Donald Trump speak on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we were pretty sure it was a sign end times had finally arrived. And now, the Palin has emerged from her hole to ramble ...
Proof Nearly Everything Sucks

Pretty Please, Is It Time For The Apocalypse Yet?

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When we found out Liberty University was having Donald Trump speak on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we were pretty sure it was a sign end times had finally arrived. And now, the Palin has emerged from her hole to ramble on in semi-intelligible gibberish, commanding her legions to support Herr Trump, so this [&hellip
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Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will be in San Juan today meeting with Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and other lawmakers to talk about Puerto Rico’s financial crisis. The extremely short version of what’s going on ...
Maybe One of These Bills Can Fix It

Puerto Rico’s Debt Is Out Of Control

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Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will be in San Juan today meeting with Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and other lawmakers to talk about Puerto Rico’s financial crisis. The extremely short version of what’s going on is that the Government of Puerto Rico borrowed tens of billions of dollars from mainland hedge funds in anticipatio
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It’s been a month since the eventual Queen of Everything last checked in but don’t doubt that I’ve been thinking of my dear chickadees all the while. Right before Christmas a story broke that got little attention as we ...
We Get Paid Less So Of Course Things Should Cost Us More

The Vah Jay Jay Tax

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It’s been a month since the eventual Queen of Everything last checked in but don’t doubt that I’ve been thinking of my dear chickadees all the while. Right before Christmas a story broke that got little attention as we all rushed around for the holidays and dealt with terrible things like mass shootings and more [&hellip
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It’s no secret that this election cycle is… heated. The debates are seemingly endless, the pandering is intensifying, and it seems like now that 2016 is here, the rhetoric is escalating even more. It would be great if ...
It’s all fun and games until it’s not

Time For Change (No, Really!)

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It’s no secret that this election cycle is… heated. The debates are seemingly endless, the pandering is intensifying, and it seems like now that 2016 is here, the rhetoric is escalating even more. It would be great if all of this coverage and discussion actually meant that the American people were engaged with these issues [&hellip
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Just when you thought you the worst the internet had to offer were those “share or your mother dies” posts, along came Katie Notopoulos and Ryan Broderick with Buzzfeed’s Internet Explorer. The quirky pair are ...
The Weird Corners of the Internet

Buzzfeed’s Internet Explorer: Laugh, Cringe, and be Amazed at all the Weirdness the Internet has to Offer

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Just when you thought you the worst the internet had to offer were those “share or your mother dies” posts, along came Katie Notopoulos and Ryan Broderick with Buzzfeed’s Internet Explorer. The quirky pair are delivering everything you’d expect a podcast version of Buzzfeed to be, from cringe worthy tales of online fame seekers to
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On January 7th the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One of the most notable, and most confusing ...
Don’t be Jealous, They’re Not Very Good Guidelines

The Government’s New Dietary Guidelines Aren’t For Us, They’re For The Government

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On January 7th the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One of the most notable, and most confusing things about the 2015 Guidelines is that they’re not actually for individual Americans. According to the Introduction
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