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Shedding light on Daylight Savings Time

Shedding light on Daylight Savings Time

| March 8, 2007 | 6 Replies

The practice of shifting clocks twice a year is an annoyance to everyone. Its roots go back to the Enlightenment, when such luminaries as Ben Franklin suggested the practice in part to keep urbanites, who lived by the clock, in better summertime sync with the rural majority who lived by the sun. Back in 1973, […]

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End This War bumper sticker

End This War bumper sticker

| March 8, 2007 | 1 Reply

Move on is giving away a great bumper sticker.  I’m not much for bumper stickers, I’ve only ever had three on my car.  My first was years ago, it said, “Indians had bad immigration laws.” My next was during the last presidential election.  I can’t remember exactly what it said, but it wasn’t flattering to […]

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World imbalances maps

World imbalances maps

| March 7, 2007 | 2 Replies

Many of you have probably seen maps like these before.  The geographic size of each country is adjusted (inflated or deflated) to show the relative size of some non-geographic characteristic.  Notice, for example, the map of military spending.

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Trying to teach art at a dysfunctional public grade school

Trying to teach art at a dysfunctional public grade school

| March 7, 2007 | 3 Replies

“If I didn’t care about my kids, I’d have an easier time.” “No real-life problem is ever actually solved, it seems.” For three years, Geri Anderson has worked as a grade school art teacher. She wakes up every day, willing to try her hardest to make a difference in the lives of the students who […]

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Statement by new owner of Air America

Statement by new owner of Air America

| March 6, 2007 | 2 Replies

Here’s what new owner Mark Green has to say about the focus of Air America: Air America will aggressively cover national politics and policies in ways that will be informative, opinionated and entertaining. All three. We’ll be full of news and views. Two views especially. First, America should stop attacking Muslim countries in ways that […]

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Bush’s troop surge already shows signs of failure

Bush’s troop surge already shows signs of failure

| March 6, 2007 | 3 Replies

According to this article, Bush’s troop surge, which was aimed at reducing violence in Baghdad, already shows signs of failure.  While violence has fallen inside Baghdad, as you might expect following an influx of U.S. troops, insurgents have simply moved elsewhere, killing American troops and other people in areas not affected by the surge.  Bush, […]

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Why can’t I get that song out of my head?

Why can’t I get that song out of my head?

| March 5, 2007 | 20 Replies

I might owe some people an apology.   I recently posted about a song from “Scrubs the Musical,” a television episode that aired a few weeks ago.  The title of this tune is presumably “Everything comes Down to Poo.”  It is a clever and funny tune, but it is also dangerous. For me (hopefully not for you) […]

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What do you do when you reach the end of the Internet?

What do you do when you reach the end of the Internet?

| March 5, 2007 | Reply

Check here for instructions.   I’d been looking for this for months.

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On balance . . .

On balance . . .

| March 5, 2007 | Reply

Here’s another quicky post from a site called Dark Roasted Blend.  I haven’t tried any of these elegant balancing acts, but I plan to. 

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