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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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Go ahead and dub this #firstworldproblems but I’m coming to you today to sing of the wonders of single-gender education and tell you why alumni -- particularly alumni with lady bits -- need to donate more to their schools. ...
Are There Any Benefits?

Boys Are Gross: The Benefits of Single-Gender Education

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Go ahead and dub this #firstworldproblems but I’m coming to you today to sing of the wonders of single-gender education and tell you why alumni — particularly alumni with lady bits — need to donate more to their schools. I don’t have stats to convince you how single-gender education is better; you can find studies [&hellip
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In 1976 Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require reporting and testing of potentially harmful chemicals. Specifically it addressed PCBs, ...
It May Finally be Getting an Update

Our Toxic Chemical Legislation is 40 Years Out of Date

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In 1976 Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require reporting and testing of potentially harmful chemicals. Specifically it addressed PCBs, asbestos, radon, and lead-based paint. If you’re wondering what those things have in common, besides the fact that the
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Hey, hey 2016 is just around the corner, so congrats! You are not one of the 965 people fatally shot by police in 2015. Now, I am no math major, and of course, I am guilty of thinking while female, but I believe that is ...
Happy New Year, Gun Nuts!

Racial Inequality in America: 2015 Police Shootings by the Numbers

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Hey, hey 2016 is just around the corner, so congrats! You are not one of the 965 people fatally shot by police in 2015. Now, I am no math major, and of course, I am guilty of thinking while female, but I believe that is an average of 2.64 people killed. Everyday. In America. By [&hellip
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In honor of the historic release and success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode 7) and the year coming to an end, I felt it timely to review 2015 in terms of the Dark Side and the Light Side, to see where the ...
Dark Side Versus Light Side

The Year 2015 in Review: Star Wars Style

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In honor of the historic release and success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode 7) and the year coming to an end, I felt it timely to review 2015 in terms of the Dark Side and the Light Side, to see where the year falls. For you non-Star Wars types, the Dark Side is all [&hellip
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If you are looking for some seriously amazing punk/alternative punk with a nasty attitude, look no further. Hit play on The Objex's Super Charged Little Nova and enjoy the sudden rushof energy, as they have A LOT of that. ...
How About Some GrrrrrrrrrR!?

Listen To: The Objex, ‘Super Charged Little Nova’

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If you are looking for some seriously amazing punk/alternative punk with a nasty attitude, look no further. Hit play on The Objex’s Super Charged Little Nova and enjoy the sudden rushof energy, as they have A LOT of that. These four aren’t messing around. This fantastic four from the Sin City is comprised of Felony Melony
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‘Tis the season to be thinking warm, fuzzy thoughts about our fellow man, peace on earth, good will to all, etc. But my cup of rage runneth over when I read two different stories of ‘Murican justice. In one corner we ...
A Tale of Two Criminal Justice Systems

Color Blind Justice

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‘Tis the season to be thinking warm, fuzzy thoughts about our fellow man, peace on earth, good will to all, etc. But my cup of rage runneth over when I read two different stories of ‘Murican justice. In one corner we have Corey Williams: an intellectually disabled black man convicted of first-degree murder in Louisiana [&hellip
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Religious and cultural celebrations are-a-plenty in the month of December. Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican); St. Lucia Day (Swedish); Hanukkah (Jewish); Christmas Day (Christian); Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, ...
PC Xmas

Can I Say Happy Holidays?

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Religious and cultural celebrations are-a-plenty in the month of December. Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican); St. Lucia Day (Swedish); Hanukkah (Jewish); Christmas Day (Christian); Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish); Kwanzaa (African American); and Yule (Pagan) Winter Solstice are just a few holidays that fall in th
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This is typically the time of year when my depression and anxiety mix with a masochistic tendency toward over-commitment, an appreciation of fine liquor and unreasonable expectations of yuletide bliss prompted by excessive ...
True Colors

The Queen of Everything and A Search for Perspective

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This is typically the time of year when my depression and anxiety mix with a masochistic tendency toward over-commitment, an appreciation of fine liquor and unreasonable expectations of yuletide bliss prompted by excessive viewing of Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies. In short, I become a jingle jangle mess and spend way too much time
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Governor Christie has been catching some well-deserved grief lately for proudly declaring during the latest Republican debate that he is a friend to King Hussein of Jordan, who has been dead since 1999. It’s funny because ...
One of Many

Chris Christie is a Perfect Example of What’s Wrong with Politics in the U.S.

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Governor Christie has been catching some well-deserved grief lately for proudly declaring during the latest Republican debate that he is a friend to King Hussein of Jordan, who has been dead since 1999. It’s funny because this comment was made while he was criticizing President Obama for not being trustworthy and criticizing his republi
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Well, well, well, how much things can change in a week! We wondered if Martin Shkreli, a smirk come to life, was the world’s worst person or the embodiment of the American Dream. Guess what, it’s kind of both! While ...
This Week in Schadenfreude

The Worst Person in America, Part 2: Karma Edition

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Well, well, well, how much things can change in a week! We wondered if Martin Shkreli, a smirk come to life, was the world’s worst person or the embodiment of the American Dream. Guess what, it’s kind of both! While last week Shkreli was on our radar for promising to raise prices on yet another [&hellip
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Tune in for episode 18 of This Week in Jackassery, where Adrienne Boettinger and I take on current event topics in the game Rad or Bad, discuss what's driving us to drink this week, and somehow find proof that everything ...
GOP Debates = Crunked

This Week In Jackassery, ep. 18

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Tune in for episode 18 of This Week in Jackassery, where Adrienne Boettinger and I take on current event topics in the game Rad or Bad, discuss what’s driving us to drink this week, and somehow find proof that everything doesn’t suck! Listen in, and then reach out to TSD, Adrienne and me on Twitter [&hellip
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Those who appreciate that straightforward, well-practiced and technically excellent heavy rock/metal music will certainly enjoy Explicit Distortion's A Box in the Garage, which is laden with influences from Lamb of God, ...
A Review

Explicit, Distorted and Fun: ‘A Box in the Garage,’ by Explicit Distortion

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Those who appreciate that straightforward, well-practiced and technically excellent heavy rock/metal music will certainly enjoy Explicit Distortion’s A Box in the Garage, which is laden with influences from Lamb of God, Guns N Roses, Pantera, AC/DC, Slayer, and Metallica. Explicit Distortion is a great band out of Pierre, South D
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On December 10th President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In spite of the fact that it’s about eight years late (NCLB expired in 2007) ESSA is being ...
Probably. Maybe. Let’s Wait and See.

Congress Finally Did Something Right!

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On December 10th President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In spite of the fact that it’s about eight years late (NCLB expired in 2007) ESSA is being considered a rare legislative success story. It was drafted and passed with overwhelming support from both [&hellip
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