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Midweek Music Moment: Desperately clinging to celebrity

Last week, I was driving home from work and saw a billboard for an area casino’s summer concerts. The top right was emblazoned with “Grand Funk Railroad” with a picture of five guys beneath it. Wait a minute. Grand Funk was one of the original American and a highly popular power trio. Meanwhile, next Thursday […]

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Weekend Edition: 7-27

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Growing up Muslim in America (“… while the heightened sense of a threat from Islamic terrorism that existed post-[9/11] may have gone, it has given way to a persistent, low-level paranoia that pervades the everyday lives of the million-plus Muslim Arab Americans living here and throughout the country.”) (via) […]

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Joining the one percent, of sorts

It’s official. Sort of. Earlier this week I got an email from Goodreads this week announcing: “You’re in the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads!” (Their emphasis, not mine.) But digging around a bit makes me feel I’m still pretty much with my friends in the 99 percent.

First, the email also tells me that […]

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Top top 100 books

An ambitious soul on Reddit compiled the information from 11 “Top 100” book lists into a combined master list. The results are interesting. Only three books made 10 of the list and only 26 made it on more than half the lists.

Here’s the books and the number of lists they’ve made. I’ve italicized those […]

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Weekend Edition: 7-21

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Liberty—Myth or Fantasy? (“Our country no longer hungers for the myth of liberty; it is starving from its absence. In place of this myth, various groups have established their own set of beliefs and moral goals, all of which are designed to encompass a few but hold out the […]

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Emotion rules over reason in Rolling Stone controversy

Sadly, my post yesterday about the number of Americans who think the First Amendment goes too far in protecting freedom was all too timely. We now have people across the country throwing conniption fits over the cover photo Rolling Stone used for its story on accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Evidently some people believe […]

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