Zoo Day!

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved to go to the zoo.  The animals are cute and funny, and I learn new things with every visit.  I’m also struck by nostalgia every time I go there.  I remember the gorilla Samson and how I thought he was the best.  And my complete love affair […]

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Madison, WI Budget Repair Bill Protests

As you may know, I live in Wisconsin. I love this state. We have some great cities, some wonderful wilderness, and typically friendly people. We are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy all four seasons. But we just got a new governor and he is taking some actions of which many of us don’t […]

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Irrational Beliefs

The other day I read this article in the New York Times about people who believe untrue things despite strong evidence to the contrary.  In addition to this, people read chain emails and scam pages on social networking sites and believe them without asking questions about the veracity of the claims. I recently received an […]

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Bacteria, Oil, Viruses, Crackpots, and the Great America

Can spending time outdoors make you a calmer, smarter person? What about classrooms – should they include time outside? According to this article on Science Daily’s website, yes. They say that there’s a bacteria that there is a bacteria commonly found in soil that people often breathe in or ingest, and that when this bacteria […]

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Security, Education, and Brain Damage

Here’s an article reviewing one of the best free antivirus programs available. There’s no excuse for leaving yourself open to viruses, worms, and other digital nasties! We all know there are plenty of problems with our education system overall. But when it comes to figuring out how to fix things, most of us just throw […]

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Can we afford to keep ourselves healthy?

Last year, when I was diagnosed (again) with bipolar disorder, I didn’t have to worry about the price of my medication.  Though I didn’t have health insurance, the county I live in was able to finance most of my medications  and doctor visits.  My payments were quite affordable and I was thankful for the taxes […]

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Please Help Me Understand!!!

I’m interested in understanding different viewpoints on our country’s issues.  I’m confused about the economy and what’s happened over the last 6-9 months. Last year, under the leadership of GW Bush, our country passed some bailout of about $750 million dollars that went to major banks and businesses that were in trouble.  We’re giving help […]

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Race Issue?

I just watched some news coverage of the conviction of former alderman Michael McGee, Jr.  I understand that he is charismatic and has a large following in the city of Milwaukee – not just in his district. The reporter interviewed some people outside the courthouse.  There were two women (both African-American) supporting McGee.  They seemed […]

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