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It blows my mind every time I see a conservative with an iPhone, its like a walking oxymoron. Okay those are strong statements that is going to get me hate mail, so let me make the case. First off, all big tech is run by progressives that think socialism is a good thing, but Apple […]

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Among my several customary morning bicycle routes are ones that pass fenced properties with dogs inside. These get excited. I hardly see them, because I am sailing right by and the fencerows are overgrown in many places; but I hear all too well the onslaught. The way it seems to work – but don’t trust […]

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I just came across this article on a local Web site.  It describes a house fire in a suburb just south of our house, and the headline reads Fire Destroys Lynnwood Home, Causes Teslas to Explode in Driveway.  Recently there have been recalls of electric cars, where the manufacturer urged owners not to park their […]

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Jim and Greg are both on vacation but they put together a full week of brand new content for you. Today, they preview Jim’s soon-to-be-released novel, “Gathering Five Storms.” It’s the third installment in his “Dangerous Clique” series. Today, Jim offers a refresher on the premise for the series and what readers can expect in this latest novel. He also has a related e-book short story entitled “Saving the Devil” so you can get a flavor for the novel for just 99 cents. Finally, they discuss how real world events and ideas greatly influence the plot in his novels.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the CIA drone killing of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan and recount the horrors he helped to inflict over the years. But they also wonder just how much Al Qaeda has reconstituted in Afghanistan. They also note the signs of a fraying relationship between the U.S. and Ukraine and whether the Biden administration is looking to end the war while Zelensky refuses. And they shake their heads as Trump endorses “ERIC” in the Missouri Senate race, since Eric Greitens is a scandal-ridden cancer on the GOP who could easily lose the general election and Eric Schmitt is a strong conservative who would win easily in November.

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Just to mix things up, after my latest awed citation of Tropical Agriculture I decided to have a look at quite the opposite. What do they grow in Iceland? I couldn’t remember. I mean I couldn’t remember seeing anything growing at all. Lava fields are impressively sterile. But Iceland isn’t all lava fields. I did […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they hammer the Biden economic team for insisting two straight quarters of negative economic growth is not necessarily a recession. They also verbally pummel former Vice President Al Gore for comparing anyone not on board with his big government climate agenda to the police who refused to confront the shooter in Uvalde, Texas. And they get a kick out of NBC News once again wondering if this is the year that Democrats win in Texas with yet another glowing profile of Beto O’Rourke and his uphill campaign for governor.

 

This week on JobMakers, host Denzil Mohammed talks with Aki Balogh, immigrant from Hungary and cofounder of MarketMuse, which created an artificial intelligence powered content intelligence and strategy platform; and cofounder of dlc.link, which aims to decentralize Bitcoin. Moving to the U.S. after fleeing post-communist Hungary, Aki and his family did whatever they could do to survive, and that included delivering newspapers and phone books, and even starting a computer repair business, as a young teen.  Today, Aki is a pioneer in content intelligence technology and has created more than 90 jobs in the past eight years. But he didn’t come up with groundbreaking software or build a successful business alone. He had help, from a diverse group of collaborators who built something great, as you’ll discover in this week’s JobMakers podcast.

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This week on JobMakers, host Denzil Mohammed talks with Chet Manikantan, immigrant from India and founder of Aegis Studios, which builds crypto games. Chet was founder of a string of companies and a partner at two venture firms, but he was almost denied the opportunity to innovate and create jobs in the U.S. by our outdated immigration system, if not for a chance encounter that led to a workaround for select foreign-born entrepreneurs. And he’s keenly aware and grateful that this country gave him what he needed to succeed, as you’ll learn in this week’s JobMakers podcast.

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Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with Dr. Hussain Lalani about his recently published research on the potential for more than $3 billion in savings were Medicare to use Mark Cuban’s new direct-to-consumer drug company to purchase generics.

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the Supreme Court decision confirming that gun owners do not need to “show cause” to get a concealed carry permit. They also criticize four Senate Democrats for demanding Google not include any information on pregnancy resource centers when people search for abortion services. And they wonder why the Biden administration is banning Juul vaping products.

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I moved three years ago and found a binder from my father who worked on Project Vanguard. Project Vanguard was approved in 1955 as the American attempt by the Naval Research Lab to launch a satellite during the International Geophysical Year (actually 18 months from July 1957 to December 1958). The Soviets were first with Sputniks 1 and 2. After the failure of Vanguard TV-3 (see below), the Army launched Explorer 1. But the three oldest satellites in orbit are Vanguards 1-3.

I’m working on an article for the 65th anniversary of Vanguard 1 next March (here’s an article I wrote for the 60th). My father designed the small test satellites which were launched before the larger Vanguard scientific satellites. Here’s the memo from Vanguard’s director John Hagen approving this (which I found in the binder).

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The technology companies base their business models on collecting information about us, the consumer.  And I resent it. We are under constant surveillance whether it is the internet monitoring what we look at, the credit reporting agencies snooping into our finances, the credit card companies analyzing what we eat, wear, etc., and the worst of […]

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Yesterday, I got 81.1 miles-per-gallon on the way home from our Food Lion.  My previous record was 69.9 MPG, and I was going to make a post about that, but decided against it. Not this time.  I went to Food Lion in the morning, and there was hardly any traffic on the road.  I don’t […]

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This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-hosts Cara Candal and Gerard Robinson talk with Chris Sinacola and David Ferreira, co-editors of Pioneer’s new book, Hands-On Achievement: Massachusetts’s National Model Vocational-Technical Schools. They share information from their new book on the story of the Bay State’s nation-leading voc-tech schools, and how accountability tools from the state’s 1993 education reform law propelled their success. They talk about the pivot from the singular focus on occupational education, to a more balanced approach that required a solid grounding in high-quality reading and math skills. They review Massachusetts’s voc-tech schools’ status as high schools of choice, and how this impacts these schools’ remarkable graduation rates, and high demand. They discuss voc-tech schools’ success at educating special needs students, who enroll in these schools at disproportionately high rates. They explore how best to close racial achievement gaps, and how voc-techs have partnered with businesses and unions alike to help place their students in careers. The interview concludes with a reading from their new book.

Stories of the Week: In New Mexico, the Governor has submitted an education reform plan, after a 2018 court order requiring statewide education reforms to address inequities impacting students with disabilities, English language learners English, Native Americans, low-income students. Has the focus on raising academic achievement pushed out physical education from K-12 schools?

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with communications expert and cofounder of South & Hill Strategies Lizzy Guyton about what the research on the profiles and preferences of rideshare drivers tells us about the industry, and the possible effects of designating independent contractors as employees.

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That is not a mad agricultural ambition of mine, although I do have those. What I envision is an enterprise which takes advantage of the country’s great size, indeed could not be done in a country that just doesn’t have enough latitude. In this one, northern areas could grow one thing, southern areas could grow […]

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I don’t think mathematics has a branch called “perspective theory,” but if it does, I hope its problems end with such a command. Even though you never see “solve for chaos” or “solve for catastrophe.” In those branches, the objective may be just to look at equations and correctly sense that one variable here slightly […]

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