Podcast of the Week: “How Did the Flint Water Crisis Happen?” by ProPublica


How Did the Flint Water Crisis Happen? is an important podcast by the investigative journalism agency ProPublica about one of the greatest criminal acts performed by a government against its people in American history.  This is an important listen for gaining better understanding of this still under-reported humanitarian crisis in Michigan.

Worst Night of the Year Won’t Go Away


Believe it or not it’s been three years since I posted how much I hate Daylight Saving Time, and particularly the night in which we must “spring forward” the clock 1 hour.  I’m not looking forward to waking up tomorrow and dragging myself through the day. I’ve nothing new to write, but here are my…

Retropost: Confessions of a St. Patrick’s Day Curmudgeon


In honor of this special day let’s revisit one of my favorite posts. While most kids look forward to Christmas, when I was a child, St. Patrick’s Day (along with Thanksgiving) was one of my favorite days of the year.  It was a big day in my family usually involving going to the parade in…

Worst Night of the Year Keeps Coming Back


A friend of mine called me “crankypants” yesterday because of it, but I still hate switching to Daylight Saving Time.  I’ve been congested and sleeping poorly the past week so I didn’t need to lose an hour of sleep on top of that. Anyhow, I like this quote attributed to some unnamed Native American (who…

March Madness?


I’ve read on several blogs and new sites about a recent study that apparently links research behavior at American universities with the NCAA Basketball Tournament. According to this study by Charles Clotfelter, after Selection Sunday when the tournament teams are announced, the number of articles viewed on JSTOR drop.  What is really frustrating me about…

Worst Night of the Year…Redux


Daylight Savings Time begins today meaning that we will have a greater risk of on-the-job injuries according to Scientific American.  And The Christian Science Monitor reports that changing our clocks will cost us money.  The Monitor rightly asks why is that we spring forward again? Ugh!  Join me in hoping that this silly — and…

Confessions of a St. Patrick’s Day Curmudgeon


While most kids look forward to Christmas, when I was a child, St. Patrick’s Day (along with Thanksgiving) was one of my favorite days of the year.  It was a big day in my family usually involving going to the parade in New York and seeing family and friends we hadn’t seen in a while. …

Stadium Naming Rights


The recent hullabaloo over CitiGroup’s 20-year contract to name the New York Mets new ballpark has reminded me of some ideas regarding stadium naming rights. Corporate naming of venues is a trend already unpopular with sports’ fans but not really all that new.  After all, the oldest surviving ballpark in baseball was named to promote…

Retropost: The Worst Night of the Year


A couple of years ago I wrote a post about why I think Daylight Saving Time is evil.  As we spring forward our clocks today, and try to shake off the sleepiness, have more heart attacks, feel more blue and find the roads even more dangerous than usual, let’s look back at my alternate plan:…

RetroPost: What do Presidents do when their term is up?


A couple of years ago I wrote What do Presidents do when their term is up?, possibly one of my most well-researched and better written posts.  In it I examined the post-Presidential career of every US President who survived his Presidency.  The post was prompted by a suggestion that if Hillary Clinton became President, that…

Remembering Odetta


I don’t usually do celebrity obituaries on this blog, but I want to make an exception for the folk musician Odetta who died yesterday at the age of 77.  She was a talented musician with a powerful voice and amazing guitar skills.  I call her a “folk musician” but she adeptly performed and interpreted all…

Book Review: The Devil We Know by Robert Baer


I listened to the audiobook of The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower (2008) by Robert Baer and I can tell you right now that this isn’t going to be a good review because this book presents such a different understanding of Iran than any other perspective I’ve ever encountered.  Here are…

Get out the Vote


Tomorrow is Election Day.  While the Presidential Election is well-publicized, if you’re like me you may find it hard to find information on the other elections and ballot-initiatives that are taking place.  Here are a few resources I’ve found and I hope this may help any readers in making informed decisions when voting. Imagine Election…

Papal Mass in Washington


Yesterday, I watched Pope Benedict celebrate Mass with 48,000 people at Nationals Park in Washington. I wouldn’t usually do this because like fireworks, there’s something about Mass on tv that just isn’t the same. I’m also something of a “low church” kind of Catholic, to use an old fashioned term. But I was home from…

library links for 19 February 2008


To start things off today a fun Sesame Street clip, “No Cookies in the Library” (via the new WorldCat Blog): And now a couple of links about reading and writing: Resources for Book Suggestions by Brian Herzog (Swiss Army Librarian, 2/14/08) – an exhaustive list. Information Overload: The Blogger’s Worst Enemy and 8 Ways to…

links of the day for 15 February 2008


A Guide for Europeans:How to Read the U.S. Primaries by VICENTE NAVARRO (CounterPunch, 2/13/08) The American way — whatever that is by Joan Chittister, OSB (National Catholic Reporter, 2/13/08) Lance Armstrong, world’s fastest bike commuter? WTF! by Russ Rocca (Bike Commuters, 2/14/08) Is a minimum-wage worker officially in poverty? by Brooks Jackson (FactCheck.org, February 2008)

links of the day for Valentine’s Day


I’m late on this, but love is enduring. Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss by Chip Walter (Scientific American Mind, February 2008) Another V-Day, Another Drama by Sr. Bernadette M. Reis, fsp (BustedHalo, February 2008) Idea: Scientist Valentines by David Friedman (Ironic Sans, 2/11/08) Have an Astronomical Valentine’s Day by Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy,…

links of the day for 12 February 2008


And for once, most of the links are actually from today. Memories of Shea: The Great Gatsby (Loge 13, 12/10/08) – The Mets’ little-known literary link. American Insanity: Killer Commutes by Paul Dorn (Bike Commute Tips Blog, 2/11/08) – I could have written this paragraph – “As a survivor of a suburban childhood, I will…

library links of the day


I’m so far behind on these “of the day” posts.  I’ll start this one off with a fun clip from the Star Trek animated series: via Librarian In Black And now the links, focusing mainly on Library 2.0, library humor, and all of the above.  The essence of Library 2.0? by Meredith Farkas (Information Wants…

election links of the day for 7 February 2008


Here’s a special edition of links of the day to follow-up on Sooper Dooper Tuesday.  I was kind of bummed that a) candidates I liked policy-wise (Kucinich then Edwards) dropped out before I could voted and b) that voters of my state went for a right-wing corporatist and Mitt Romney.  One thing I miss about…