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JULY 3, 2012 4:51AM

Obsessed With Self-Improvement

Self-improvment. Improvement of the self. Growth. Change. Life is a journey. Oprah Winfrey.

I am obsessed with my self. My self. ...And improving it. Working for the same company for almost 11 years, wherein your performance fluctuated between occasionally doing well, even very well, and mostly al… Read full post »

Amnesty International released a report detailing how Bahraini "security forces used live ammunition and extreme force against protesters in February without warning and impeded and assaulted medical staff trying to help the wounded." Among the report's findings:

*a pattern of fatal and serious injurRead full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 12:38PM

Movie Review: Hugo

I find it no surprise that the two movie critics I most commonly read, Andrew O’Hehir and Roger Ebert, both use the word “breathtaking” in their reviews of Martin Scorcese’s Hugo. Stunning, arresting, awesome… I am disappointed that off the top of my head I cannot find… Read full post »

Try to imagine yourself on a road trip with two acquaintances. Not friends you know well, just two people who, for whatever reason, had to come on the trip with you. Imagine a stop for gasoline. You fill the pump, go inside to pay. You look outside and find a stranger… Read full post »

UPDATE I below...

The Obama administration, to its credit, keeps a section on the White House's web site (called "We the People") through which citizens can directly petition the administration. Any time a petition receives enough signatures, the administration promises a respons… Read full post »

 
I tend to be a bit behind the times with technology. I just discovered iMovie.
 
 
Your own thoughts on these topics eagerly welcomed.
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MARCH 18, 2011 7:28AM

Outlier Libya

For the last decade I've read my Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald. In 2007 I co-captained a busload of Minnesotans on an overnight, weekend jaunt to Washington D.C. to participate in demonstrations against the wars. If he'd stayed in the race until my state's caucus night, I would've voted for Dennis… Read full post »

MARCH 15, 2011 3:12AM

Photos: Protest Signs in Madison

 

I'm a Minneapolis native, was lucky enough to make it to Madison this weekend.

 

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Part II

So are white people oppressed? My answer, seriously now: Yes, a lot of them. The Economic Policy Institue will help me explain:

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NY Times:

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An analysis in two parts

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Part I 

Some ills pervade society to such a spectacular degree eventually even the poobahs of liberal media have to acknowledge them. For once, Fox News is not alone in seizing the gauntlet.

 

Poor Whites

 

They marched on Washington to reclaim civiRead full post »

 

"Industries Find Surging Profits in Deeper Cuts" NY Times 7/25/2010

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This seeming contradiction — falling sales and rising profits — is one reason the mood on Wall Street is so much more buoyant than in households, where pessimism runs deep and joblessness shows few signsRead full post »

MARCH 9, 2011 3:03AM

Bible Stories! (Judges 4.17-21)

Sisera... fled on foot to the tent of Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite... Jael came out to greet Sisera and said to him, "Come in, my lord, come in here, do not be afraid." So he entered her tent and she covered him with a blanket. He said to her,Read full post »

   Bad Samaritans:  The Myth of Free-Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism, by Ha-Joon Chang.  2008.  Bloomsbury Press.

 

Free trade stifles economic development in poor countries, and disproportionately benefits the rich, powerful countries.  It… Read full post »
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NOVEMBER 3, 2009 10:16AM

Identity Crisis, Kindergarten-style

Note:  Except for a few edits made before posting, I wrote most of the following on October 1, 2006, a day after the described incident. I am a live-away, every-other-weekend father, we usually visit my parents on those weekends.

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"I don't think I'm tough."

Words spoken… Read full post »


Despite the exhilaration of the Minnesota Twins’ late-season hot streak which propelled them to the playoffs, Twins’ fans are sore after another early exit from the playoffs for a Minnesota pro sports team.   The Minnesota Timberwolves with Kevin Garnett were notorious for such… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2009 6:32AM

Joe Nathan

Yankees fans have a special cheer for Derek Jeter.  They may not know it, but I've been to the old Yankee Stadium and I've heard it.  It starts as a low rumble like an orchestra tuning up and it doesn't always get loud, but it gets... confident.  It sounds just like… Read full post »

Woman:  "So do ya think the Twins will win today?"

Man:  "Nope!"

-Overheard (by me) in the Minneapolis downtown skyway this morning.

It was a slightly older pair of people.  The man spoke with certainty and no despair, answering as if he was being asked if he had a lot of hard… Read full post »

The Twins faced the Yankees in the opening round of the playoffs in 2003 and 2004.  Like this year, the series opened in the Bronx.  Unlike this year, the Twins won Game 1 of both series.  They followed both games with three straight losses to the Yankees (the 2004 Game 2… Read full post »

 

Any article to tell the story of the Minnesota Twins' victory last night, clinching their 5th American League Central Division title since 2002, is an exercise in planned obsolesence.  In 10 hours, the Twins will begin the ALDS against the Yankees in their Stadium.

As my dad has said, it'… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2009 7:27PM

Twins Fan Raps On Game 163

As this past weekend began, local news media were billing it as one of the biggest weekends for sports in the Twin Cities in recent memory.  The cross-border football rivalries of the Minnesota Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers, and the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers were both being renewed/… Read full post »

I am blogging!  What should I write about?  What can I write about?  Am I selfish for writing?  Am I a writer?  I don't think I'm a writer.

I am learning Italian via Michel Thomas discs.  I just finished the 4th disc and I don't know how to say "I… Read full post »