ARTICLES: News, History & More

Because this page was getting pretty long ,and you now had to really dig down to find different categories, I’ve created new sub-tabs.

I’m reserving this page for recent articles and items of interest. These items will be moved after some period of time to category pages.

In order to find and use the new category tabs, just hover your cursor of the LINKS tab, and the options will show. This should create a more organized experience which will enable you to find more easily the things which might interest you. The links which were already on this page have been sorted to their respective new tabs. This should make your perusal easier and more enjoyable.

If you have any ideas, suggestions or interesting links of any sort, please let me know by comment on this site, or by emailing me at

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the way this site is developing,




50 Shades of Graduation,  from (Commencement 2012 / Editorial) By Alexandra A. Petri, Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012): “Oh dear. You’re graduating. This is terrible news. Now you’ll never be Steve Jobs. You won’t even be Mark Zuckerberg. I know they want to hand you a diploma, but don’t let them! You still have time. Flee. Flee for the hills! Send irate letters to your Teaching Fellows insisting that, in fact, you did not complete the course requirements. This is the only thing. Otherwise, you’re stuck…” [Read Full Article Here.]


“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?

Seriously, who?

Because we’re looking for those people. We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.


‘Franken-ship’ proposed from space shuttle scraps, Shuttle-derived rocket is one of several options under review (, 9/29/2010): Ditch the space shuttle orbiters. Stretch their rocket boosters. Add more main engines. Put a capsule on top. What do you have? Franken-ship — the quickest route to a new rocket for NASA.

How Much Revenue Would a Millionaires’ Tax Raise? by Nate Silver (, 8.09.2010): Writing for the New Yorker, James Surowiecki floats an idea that we’ve discussed here before: instituting a new tax bracket on earnings in excess of $1 million. Clusterstock‘s Joe Weisenthal isn’t entirely disagreed, but is skeptical that it would “move the needle” much in terms of revenue.

The GOP’s New Strategy: Bring Back Hoover! (, 9/23/2010): …  there may be good news on the horizon for the president. The Republican “Pledge to America” has been issued, so we now finally know what the party of “no” will do if it regains control of Congress. And for those who recall the history of the Great Depression, and the enormous success that President Herbert Hoover had pulling us through and restoring the vitality of the American economy, there is good news: We will revisit those glorious days.

‘Vegetative’ patient communicates via brain scan (, 2/4/2010): In a three-year study by the Medical Research Council and the University of Liège, 23 patients diagnosed as being in a vegetative state were scanned using functional MRI. The researchers found they could detect signs of awareness in four of these cases.

Linda McGibney: We Who Prospered Should Pay Tax. Counters Ben Stein’s Claim That Ending Tax Cut Is “Punishment” of Well-Off, Says It’s Patriotic for Rich to Pay More (, September 26, 2010): (CBS)  A number of you have contacted us in response to what Ben Stein had to say about the prospect of higher taxes last week … including Linda McGibney, a Supervising Producer and Writer for the show “Stargate Universe” on the SyFy Channel. She had some things of her own to say.

Animation: “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession”: This animation is currently  up-to-date through May 2010. Keep in mind that these are 12-month rolling averages. On that basis, any recent improvements would show only slightly. The latest map from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Avg. August 2009-July 2010) is here.

Frank Schaeffer: Obama Will TriumphSo Will America (Published Dec 21, 2009): This is from Mr. Schaeffer’s blog. It was written almost a year ago, but is now circulating again in emails. It’s very much worth a read. – Mike

Legroom Tight Now? New Seat Is Less Spacious (NY Times, 9/22/2010): Think airplane seats are bad now? Read this and weep!

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