Guild Wars 2: A gamers review

I do have a few hobbies and one of them is playing an online game. Yes, I know, the stereotypes abound regarding the antisocial single man living with his mother playing video games in the basement until 40, but most of those stereotypes really aren’t exclusive to gaming anymore than they are to any other …

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Idaho’s Insurance exchange: Giving the Feds a stick to beat us with?

Idaho has taken the first steps towards creating a health insurance exchange for the state, but many do not agree with this decision.  Let’s take a look at how this looks to be playing out:   The Federal government has yet to define the rules governing the creation of the state health insurance exchanges, or …

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A comedy of errors: This week’s Obama gun control & child safety speech by the numbers

In his speech, Obama mentioned a number of goals and his office released the following list outlining those goals in more detail.  So here’s the list and my take on what it means:   Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.  Great. So …

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TechNews Daily Mangles Critique of Hobbit

I really hate it when I find someone spewing pure garbage in an attempt to grab attention and in this instance, I really got sucked in by this negative review which turned out to be pure trash…

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Boehner retreats on taxes

Today, House Speaker Boehner sounded the clarion call for a full retreat on the conservative’s no tax pledge. According to Fox News and Politico, House Speaker Boehner has declared that if you make $1 million or more, you need to pay higher taxes. If you happen to work for one of those people, get ready …

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The ins and outs of Climate Science: Scientists being less than scientific.

Have you tried to search for the word climate change lately?  Or global warming?  You will notice two things, the UN has completely canvassed the entire internet with its climate change dogma.  Also notice the Global warming is no longer used, because the global temperatures have tended to stop rising in the late 90’s, so …

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Dear Republicans: Get a clue!

Dear Republicans:   Stop milling about as if your head has just been lopped off and find your backbone! OK, that may be considered a bit severe by some folks, but the message is nonetheless quite poignant for our current circumstances.  Ever since the election, House & Senate Republicans have been falling over themselves in …

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Getting that second opinion and why it can save your life

I recently went through a rather hair raising experience lately that brought something to my attention that I did not know before, and to be quite frank, was surprised at the simplicity of it all.  That lesson was so eye-opening that I need to share it.  Now the point of this is not to point …

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Why this scoffer of Organic food myths drinks only Organic coffee

I am one of “those People” who has never bought into the mythology surrounding organic goods as being the end-all, be-all of human health and wellbeing.  The exhaustive studies published by Stanford University have more recently borne out my initial disdain for the fad craze of supposedly natural foods which it turns out are no …

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The second 2012 Presidential debate: Eyeballing it from the cheap seats.

Do we truly need any further examples of media bias?  Is there anyone out there who has not realized that journalists standards are sure and truly dead in the majority of media  outlets in America today?   I watched the debate  Between President Obama & Governor Romney the other day and today I looked for …

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Poem: I love my life…

[important]  Audio version available!         I love my life [/important] I love my wife, I love my life My heart shines through my children’s eyes   Troubles come and then they go Through it all she won’t let go Cloudy skies don’t trouble me No silver lining do I need When in …

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President Obama’s double-eagle salute.

President Obama just flipped you the bird, now what? Today the Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona immigration bill.  (found here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-182b5e1.pdf)  No surprises there:  Some portions of the bill were struck down and one key provision was allowed to remain.  What is surprising though, (Shame on me, I should know better by now right?) …

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Texting and driving is driving me nuts!

I am so completely done with people using their cell phones while they drive.   I get the attraction,  really; you want to see that emergency message that just popped up from your boss and such, but so many people take it so far beyond common sense that their swaying car might as well have a …

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The digital divide: The cause of poverty in America, or just the latest tscam on the poor?

Most of us have heard this claim:  There exists a “digital divide” between the poor and the rich.  Those who don’t have internet are getting farther behind those (the rich supposedly) who do because they don’t have access to the same internet tools that are (supposedly) so vital to their success.  Let’s take a closer look …

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Idaho’s backroom politics: Business as usual?

Last week, a bill requiring a sonogram for every abortion caused quite a stir.  It brought activists from both sides of this topic out of the woodwork and into the streets in droves, but the bill itself made no sense at all, since sonograms are already required in order for doctors to determine the age …

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American Healthcare: Why so expensive? Where do we go from here?

So then we must ask ourselves: “What is causing our system of medicine to be more expensive than it should be?” And of course that leads directly into the next question:  Where should we go from here? Now, certainly I am not a medical professional and this is an outline of my own thoughts and …

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Cuban Healthcare: A glimpse into our future?

What to do with Healthcare:  Is our system of healthcare truly as broken as we are told, or is that only one side of the story?  Some would argue that we absolutely must cover every person in America with some form of blanket healthcare coverage and inevitably a number of people will also pipe in …

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Is your presidential candidate insulting your intelligence?

As I sit here, watching the news coverage of the GOP candidates, I am struck by the rather blithe coverage of what must seem to politicians as a way of life, but to me it seems somewhat surreal.  The newscaster and pundits refer to one candidate or another as having trouble “Appealing to the conservative …

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Hedging your bets in 2012? (The cowardice of timed political endorsements)

Normally, when you hear from someone today about the Republican Presidential candidates, you  you hear hedging and equivocation until very close to the end of the primary season.  Why?  Because nobody wants to be seen on the losing end and lose the public image of being an authority on all things political.  Why else would …

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St Luke’s Meridian: Hospital of Horrors

I must say that I was until now, blithely unaware that here in the Treasure Valley there was such a huge disparity between our two major hospitals, St. Alphonsus and St. Lukes. I recently had the opportunity to evaluate the hospital care of both. What did I find?  Massive differences, and some very troubling problems. …

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A question of service: A look at Military service and citizenship

A question was raised to me recently that I have heard before often enough and it deserves a little time and attention to explore a few of its twists and turns:  Should we force all of our young to serve in the military?  Other countries do it, and some think that doing this would cause …

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Yogurt: A weighty subject

I recently visited a new Yogurt shop here in Eagle that sells frozen yogurt self-serve by the ounce.  Now let that sink in a moment and consider the pro’s and cons of this arrangement:  While you ponder, let me walk you through my own recent visit. The selection of flavors and toppings is quite generous, …

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Occupy [your city name here] Powerful movement for change, or pointless whistling in the wind?

Perhaps at some point when they (the Occupy Movement) begin to make actual sense and can articulate something other than “Rich people, bad. Give me their money!” Someone might take notice for some reason other than to fill a slow news day.  So far, all I’ve seen during countless interviews is malcontents that have no …

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Unpatriotic youth today? Really? In Idaho?

My letter to the Mayor of Eagle, Idaho:   Dear Mr. Mayor, I am sincerely disturbed to learn that not a single day after being elected as the Mayor of the City of Eagle, you have already expressed publicly your ignorance of the community whom you serve. I am deeply saddened that you publicly regard …

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The wolf at your door. Is it your own employer?

A look at today’s job market from the inside: You’ve worked for one company for more than ten years and even in hard times it seems to continue growing.  The pay is good; extremely good, until one day your email stops working.  You call in to troubleshoot and find your account has been turned off and …

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