The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over fifty books--some with paper!--available on amazon.com and elsewhere.
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Zimbabwe Fight Inflation
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Speculative Bubble to Burst
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- “If only Emily Dickinson
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The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded the other day, and for the 40th consecutive year since I first took a course in the subject, I didn't win. Excuse me if sound a tad bitter this morning.
This year's winners were Andre Geim… Read full post »
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida. Mel Spinogle started working at Tropicana Field here when it was known as the ThunderDome and before that the Florida Suncoast Dome, but this week brought a new set of challenges to the 57-year-old facilities manager. “What are we going to do with… Read full post »
MIAMI, Florida. The American Bar Association, the legal profession's largest membership organization, is considering an updated code of conduct for judges under which lap-dancing would be considered improper under certain circumstances.Read full post »
STOCKHOLM, Sweden. Peyton Manning today accepted the first Nobel Prize in Football, given to him by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the distinctly American game that Scandinavians have grown to accept, if not completely understand.Read full post »
STOCKHOLM, Sweden. Three American housewives will share this year’s Nobel Prize in Home Economics in recognition of innovations they contributed to traditional recipes.
Pamela Hageboom of St. Clair, Idaho, was hon… Read full post »
Don, the boss's son, went to college, though he didn't
study much. He knew the business would be his when
he was through, no matter what he did or didn't do.
He played basketball when he was in high school
but he wasn't much good. He had his mother's body,… Read full post »
Donald Trump offered 25% more than Hisham Elzanaty paid for the proposed site of a mosque near the former World Trade Center even though, in Trump’s words, the location was not “a spectacular one.”
MODERATOR: Good afternoon and welcome to the Trump Entrepreneur I… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. Representative John Boehner, who is likely to become Speaker if Republicans re-take the House this fall, ramped up his attacks on the President today, saying Obama is "the worst black president America has ever had."
"We d… Read full post »
Because of the wide range of topics covered by Gerbil News Network, and deadline pressures that limit average research time per story to thirty seconds surfing the internet, errors of fact or emphasis are sometimes made. Note the passive voice--it's not like we made th/
girl, clapping her hands under
each upraised knee in succession,
as she lopes down the concrete
towards the bus station.
on vacation; her parents
agents, also editors,
But most assuredly not my numerous creditors,
Someday they won’t mean jack to me—
The people who won’t get back to me.
I find on the web—
One’s named Robin, the other’s a Deb.
I wonder whatever attracted me&m
WASHINGTON, D.C. A new Pew Research Center survey revealing only 60% of Americans can correctly name the Vice President hit this city--whose residents overwhelmingly work for the federal government--like an earthquake today. But the aftershock was even stronger when it was lear… Read full post »
WORCESTER, Mass. This gritty central Massachusetts city is known to some as the Industrial Abrasives Capital of the World, and to others for its numerous railroad car diners. What it is not known for, to the dismay of many, is its educational and cultural attractions.Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. With mid-term elections little more than a month away, new polls showing historically high levels of unhappiness among clams has Democratic Party leaders concerned their losses may exceed even the gloomiest forecasts by political prognosticators.
In happier times.
"I wo… Read full post »
NEWTON LOWER HILLS, Mass. This quiet village just west of Boston looks much like any other suburb on a rainy Monday morning; well-tended lawns sprinkled with a few early-fallen leaves that are sent swirling by a gust of wind. There’s one striking difference howe… Read full post »
Some corners of the world seem to be consigned to an eternal hell of never-ending strife. The Middle East; Northern Ireland; the faculty lounge at Oxford University.
What's that you say--one of those three seems out of place? Well you… Read full post »
CHICAGO. The American Dental Association yesterday issued the results of a ten-year study indicating that patients whose teeth are cleaned by women with large breasts receive less information about proper dental care than those who are treated by small-breasted women. The professional organization vo… Read full post »
HONOLULU, Hawaii. On the surface, there couldn’t be two more improbable musical bedfellows than the U.S. Navy Band and John Coltrane, the fiery tenor saxophonist who changed the course of jazz with his 1960 album “Giant Steps.” But current Navy Commanding Officer/Leader… Read full post »
Got a home repair question? Ask Mr. Fix-It! He usually knows the answer, and if not, your problem isn't worth fixing. Here are some questions received from do-it-yourselfers this week.
Dear Mr. Fix-It:
Our roof leaks a… Read full post »
BOONVILLE, Mo. To a casual observer, Norm Visbeck is a well-adjusted, mature adult with a steady job at the Missouri Department of Fish and Game. "I count catfish," he says with obvious pride. "It's my dream job."
But probe ever so gently beneath… Read full post »
I heard B.B. King flub a
Miles Davis too, plenty of 'em.
If it happens to the best of ‘em;
what hope is there for
mere mortals like me?
I saw Dwight Evans misjudge a line
sailed right over his head, all the way to the wall
in right at Fenway Park. You won’… Read full post »
We finished, and there we lay
throbbing to Enescu,
or something like that,
according to the DJ.
There was frost on the crazed
window that would be there
when we woke, barely
warmed by the light of the morning.
It was a piano piece—
delicate, precise. I thought
you… Read full post »
It's hard out there--to coin a phrase--for a guy who'd like to quit his day job and write. You look for any advantage you can get. A few weeks ago I read about a guy two towns over from me whose first collection of short stories received a glowing, full-page… Read full post »
BOSTON. Adams & Peabody is an old-line law firm whose roots extend back to the civil war, a distinction that has faded over time as successive waves of technological innovation have swept over the New England region.
"It's not enough that your founders look like th… Read full post »