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There has been a typhus outbreak going on in LA county this year, it has just crossed the 100 known cases mark. Most sufferers endure headache, fever and rash, however, in severe cases, typhus can lead to life-threatening hepatitis and internal bleeding. More

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Some say Necco wafers. I feel about them like I do about pumpkin pie–a seasonal thing, of which I want one serving per year. But not the worst. Others will point to candy corn, Smarties, circus peanuts. Lame, but whatever, y’know? By all means share your favorites, and your hate list. More

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In ‘get off my lawn’ news, I am kinda sick of the Nightmare Before Christmas-ization of Halloween. I’ve heard the theme constantly today, and Skellington is the face of Disney’s Autumn/Winter Haunted Mansion for who knows how long? The tedious and forgettable quarter century-old movie (I admire the actors, director, and Oingo Boinger in other […]

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Back in the day, teens would roam neighborhoods with toilet paper rolls, tossing them up into trees. Which brings to mind both the clean-up and the material: both good writing material for our November Group Writing theme: Elimination. • Can someone explain the Charmin bears? Really?  More

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As Air Force One landed in Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon, demonstrators wearing black had gathered in Squirrel Hill to hold a shiva, a Jewish mourning ritual, that also doubled as a protest against Trump’s visit.  Protest-funerals are the new hotness, tombstones with political slogans can’t be far off [insert Dem-voting corpse joke here].  More

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Here’s a quick summary of how I see things going down:

  • You start out with 240 GOP seats (235 incumbent and 5 vacancies) vs. 193 DEM seats (with 2 vacancies)
  • There are about 10 net seats that look likely to flip DEM at the outset, so: 230 vs. 205. (DEMS will take 12 red districts at the outset, GOP will take 2 blue, so a net of 10 for the DEMS).
  • DEMS need ~12 to 15 more seats to flip the house after that (25 net new seats altogether)
  • There are approximately 35 seats in play… tossups.
  • 12 of those look to be good for the GOP.
  • Another 12 have favorable GOP trends or models.
  • 12 look to be leaning to the DEMS.

Bottom line: it’s going to be very tight and history tells us the DEMS have an advantage but if the turnout model is a 2014 turnout model then the GOP will retain by 10 seats.

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The volcano erupted on November 7, 2016. People on the Left were sobbing and screaming about the election of Donald Trump. Attacks on the President had been myriad before the election, but they exploded unimaginably after the election. The Left was furious in concert with the media, and they were prepared to do anything to take down Donald Trump.

Two years later, he is still in office.

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Well, sitting in my office after a brisk walk across the campus I feel all warm and fuzzy. I won’t be here much longer — visiting guest lecturers, experts in residence, or whatever’s are like fish, … no make that really old cheese. They eventually smell pretty bad, dry out, and turn to dust. But they do provide an excellent medium to grow anti-biotic molds.

And that is me. Having retired early, more than once, I am about to be free to live life!!! The deal is this, contribute lots of money and get a few thousand back and a temporary title as an executive in residence. I feel good. They have money. The is my third invite to interact with students – back by popular demand. I give a few lectures, taught courses in business (real life) to Econ, Liberal Arts, and Grad students, spoke to countless groups, and even sat down with ROTC students to discuss … Pericles and Athens (way out of my league there). Since I lack much gravitas, I generally toss in a few funny lines to keep the hallowed walls smirking if not echoing in laughter. (Popularity on campus is determined by two things: Easy grading and funny stories). Alas, all things come to an end.

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Engineers make good economists because engineers are good at solving problems which require the ability to understand complex systems, and economics does. Unfortunately, the converse isn’t true. Economists make poor engineers. At least when they try to engineer an economy. More

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When seeing is no longer believing, what follows? We live in a digital era when picture and video manipulation becomes increasingly easy and accessible. Claire Berlinski once wrote about watching young men throw rocks and shout for Western TV news cameras while just off-screen other men sat quietly observing the scripted mob. Memes, making humor […]

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Tom was young when the war broke out, too young to legally enlist. He lied about his age and enlisted as a private soldier anyway. He spent the first years of the war as a private, and then mustered out after three years as a corporal. By that time, Tom was old enough to join the army legally.

His eldest brother had gone to the United States Military Academy at West Point and managed to graduate just as the war was heating up and get a commission as an officer. The eldest brother had done fairly well for himself, well enough and with enough promotions that he could have an aide-de-camp. Tom was commissioned a second lieutenant and became one of his brother’s aides. By this time, it was 1864. Lincoln had finally gotten a general who fights, and some of the hardest fighting of the war was still before them.

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The Haunting is a 1963 British horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn. The film depicts the experiences of a small group of people invited by a paranormal investigator to investigate a purportedly haunted house. Parts of the plot don’t work but the movie has some very spooky scenes. I especially like the scene with Mrs. Dudley.

 

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In the past few weeks I have seen numerous articles, letters to editors, and commercials, encouraging people to vote. Frankly, if people don’t have enough interest in the election to be self motivated to vote, I don’t want them to vote.

I don’t think it is good for society to have people voting who are ignorant of the candidates, and issues. Personally, I often skip parts of the ballot. For example, I have not taken time to learn anything about the candidates on the ballot who are running for judges, or the school board. Therefore I leave that section blank (while also feeling guilty for not doing a little research ahead of time). I don’t think people should participate in the selection process if they don’t have any knowledge of the topic.

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We had a full harvest of October Quote of the Day posts, with many making the Main Feed. You too can gain instant recognition by sharing your favorite quote on the November Schedule. We make it easy to “Start a Conversation” by including tips for finding great quotes. Enjoy the Fall season and sign up […]

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I have worked with Izzit.org on many occasions, and even thought about joining them at one point. They always manage to produce amazing teaching aids for kids. This one is an amazing video on race – especially in education. More

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Today is Halloween, which means that tonight is Beggar’s Night. Or as I like to call it, my neighbor’s annual chance to confirm that someone actually does live in that house. At 6pm, I’ll need to be outside, as a bunch of rando people come walking up my driveway expecting me to interact with them.

What a horror show.

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The U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamin B6 is often revised, but at the time of which I am speaking, it was 2.2 mg/day. A teaching colleague, back when I had any, posted exam question answers outside her office, and that was one. The wrong answers were 2.0, 2.1, and 2.3. I thought a question […]

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