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This is a relatively minor irritation, but a recurring one. You get handed a set of facts in a news story, but with no context to put them in perspective. I'm moved to write by an example in ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 6 comments on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 05:47 PM PDT with 11 Recommends
There's a good diary by tin41 noting that Lake Mead is at its lowest level ever . I thought I'd do a follow-up to expand on some of the points raised. It's not just there's a water ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 89 comments on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 09:19 AM PDT with 100 Recommends
From the Star Gazette , via NARP CAF USA ’s impact is significant on the Southern Tier, [Congressman Tom] Reed said. “It’s not just the 700-plus jobs that you’re seeing here today in ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 7 comments on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 04:34 PM PDT with 23 Recommends
With other news quickly pushing it out of the headlines, it's still worth looking at the revelations coming out of Ireland after a local historian connected the dots about what happened to ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 48 comments on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 07:26 PM PDT with 172 Recommends
While the news cycle is chewing over Bergdhal, Benghazi, the VA, etc. etc. Charles P. Pierce picks up on a Washington Post report by Terrence McCoy of a true horror story . More than five ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 57 comments on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 05:56 PM PDT with 110 Recommends
Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman made a statement at a Regional Plan Association conference last week that's generating some consternation . “I’m being told we got something less than 20 years ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 83 comments on Mon May 05, 2014 at 08:17 PM PDT with 262 Recommends
If there's anything conservatives are good at, it's faux-trage, the art of the hissy fit. You know, standing up for a dead-beat rancher who's been stiffing the tax payers for years - until he ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 12 comments on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 09:41 AM PDT with 22 Recommends
The March 31 NY Times has a report on GM and the citrus problem - it was clear the Cobalt was a lemon almost from day one. Danielle Ivory and Rebecca R. Ruiz take a look at states with Lemon Law ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 7 comments on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 12:35 PM PDT with 3 Recommends
I got unfriended on Facebook today. Big surprise, no? Somebody I've known for a while and worked with for posted something that set me off. That person has been enjoying a well-deserved ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 84 comments on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 07:42 PM PDT with 195 Recommends
Despite wars and other distractions, Climate Change continues. Despite one hand - other hand reporting, Climate Change evidence mounts. Despite liars and deniers, Climate Change is real. ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 10 comments on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 09:05 AM PDT with 23 Recommends
The previous three installments of this ongoing project ( here , here , and here ) took a look at the ongoing Chris Christie saga in ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 12 comments on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:37 AM PST with 17 Recommends
Weakened Presidential Timber Chris Christie is not having a good time. But - he does make a good case study to tease out what's underlying the pathology on display here. He may yet be ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 8 comments on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 04:28 AM PST with 21 Recommends
Over at Esquire Lt. Col. Robert Bateman has a powerful piece looking at Immigrants and Military Service . Bateman is a man who knows history and is not afraid to use it. For those whose ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 1 comments on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 06:09 PM PST with 5 Recommends
Words are tools we use to understand the world, interact with it, and manipulate it. Like fish in regard to water, we normally don't pay particular attention to words until or unless they ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 21 comments on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 10:56 AM PST with 46 Recommends
I owe Facebook an apology. by Barry Friedman (no politics today) I need to apologize. To Facebook. You heard right. A few years back, I did a horrendous commentary on public radio about ...
by vuzvilla
Comment Count 40 comments on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 04:00 AM PST with 14 Recommends
Over the past two days Charles P. Pierce has looked at Dickens classic and measured where we are today against the moral imperatives in the story. He's rolled it out in three posts: First , ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 11 comments on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 07:55 AM PST with 19 Recommends
The controversy over the suspension of Phil Robertson by A&E from "Duck Dynasty" for making remarks about homosexuals and African Americans that were 'unenlightened' to say the least, has ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 10 comments on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM PST with 18 Recommends
One of the things that makes getting a handle on climate change less than simple is that it can manifest in so many ways. There are large scale effects taking place over vast distances; there are ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 3 comments on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 04:10 AM PST with 15 Recommends
The Catholic Church of Rhode Island has its own lobbyist? A real, honest to God (what pun?) lobbyist? A person who lobbies State legislators for Church friendly legislation? Holy crap, Batman! I ...
by Ellen Columbo
Comment Count 12 comments on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 08:35 PM PST with 9 Recommends
An appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a defamation lawsuit brought by birther publisher Joseph Farah and birther author Jerome Corsi over a satirical blog post published by ...
by AnitaMaria
Comment Count 13 comments on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 06:35 PM PST with 39 Recommends