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From the road near our cabin in northern Wisconsin, here's a one minute video of the fall colors this year. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Nine Shift
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Some changes make even my head spin. Here's one. My wife Julie called Alaska Airlines lost baggage people to find out if they had found our luggage yet. Very helpful woman, but said she couldn't access all her records since... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Breaking news for the founding fathers and authors of the Constitution. Or not. A confused NineShift reader alleges that the United States "is a republic, not a democracy." I believe this might be a fad-of-the-day, certainly not a fact of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Nine Shift
To follow up on yesterday's blog entry, here's some statistics to back up the hoped-for claim that Millennials are voting more this year. "Pennsylvania is leading the groundswell, with registered voters 34 and younger now outnumbering those 65 and older,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Nine Shift
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You and I have not yet won the Net Neutrality war, but we won a big battle last week. The State of California legislature passed a very tough pro-Net Neutrality bill and sent it to Gov. Brown. California has led... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Millennials, especially the downtown college oriented knowledge worker Gen Yers, may be impacting change by also stepping up to vote. After being quiet at the 2014 polls, and disheartened by the rigged 2016 nomination, they might just turn out big... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Nine Shift
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After a week in which a few stories sided with young men abused by their female teachers, the NY Times is back to their sexist war against boys. This week a columnist joined the trendy faddy crowd to question testing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Last week most of the dozen young people Julie is watching out for called in panic. All at once, it seemed to her. Depression, panic attacks, anxiety, worries and stress. They are smart, young, not given a chance in college,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Two great Americans, Aretha Franklin and Sen. John McCain, showed the country how we can be. The virtually simultaneous funerals expressed the kindness, the values, the integrity, the moral compass that America has had, and will have again. To use... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Yesterday's news about the Manafort and Cohen convictions, tied to a couple of other positive news for democracy, makes today seem like a holiday to celebrate renewed hope for our democracy. This (2018-2019) is the time period when Americans decide... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Nine Shift
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The Center for Disease Control suggests the fastest growing way for boys to die: drug overdose. Some 72,000 people died from drug overdoses last year, a huge jump of over 10%. It is a "more popular" way to die than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Normalcy, the term used for the roaring twenties, will return, but some of us are starting to yearn for it now. So tired of the this-that of the current U.S. political scene, I switched the radio "dial" to the BBC.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Males are 99.9% of combat deaths; 94% of workplace fatalities; 84% of homicides; and 75% of suicide victims. Now there's a new way young men are dying: cirrhosis of the liver. The despair, stress, depression and anxiety afflicting Gen Y... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Nine Shift
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A confused reader disputed our post on July 23 that Americans would be protected under the new European Union law. Let's give two examples: 1.Earlier this week, my little organization wanted to get some software from a company in Europe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at Nine Shift
If you thought the U.S. federal government was THE world's superpower, think again. Europe, and now California, are making some critical moves right now. Regarding net neutrality, California is on the verge of passing the nation's toughest, and best, net... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Nine Shift
Canada and other advanced nations may not suffer from the U.S. killing net neutrality, according to Belhassen, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He told us, ":We are fortunate enough to have enough bandwidth (generally) that we wouldn’t suffer enough, unless something truly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Nine Shift
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The bigger impact for education and non-profits of killing net neutrality than losing out to YouTube for bandwidth could be serving those in non-urban areas. Earlier Dan Belhassen identified content - - the big guys like Amazon and Walmart and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Nine Shift
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If Net Neutrality is killed in the United States, as is the government's plan, it would hurt education and non-profits big time. Here's what online guru Dan Belhassen told LERN, "I see educational resources as being one of those categories... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Europe is creating the governmental infrastructure of the 21st century. Saving your rights, and saving big business from itself. So, are you a 'data subject'? Europe says yes. And the fascinating thing is, Europe is protecting you, and me, Americans,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Nine Shift
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The controversy over women's testosterone levels continues. Some females support the new track and field standards, some oppose it. But one interesting thing was revealed in a recent NYTimes story, the levels of testosterone. "Most women, including elite female athletes,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Nine Shift
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There was a deep 18 month recession 100 years ago. It seems more likely than not that we will experience another one 100 years later, and for the same reason. Last week the U.S. began a useless no-win trade war... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Ellen Rupel Shell's new "Jobs" book is my nomination for the worst book of the year. In short, 1.It is wrong factually. 2.It is morally unsupportable. 3.It is racist. Looking back and supposedly using data from the last century age... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Americans of every stripe and hue and belief are exhausted, suffering from mental health issues, mentally broken down, with partisan hate and incivility at an all time high. So I hoped to find a little comfort in rereading John Dos... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Nine Shift
The Washington DC City Council has passed an emergency one time bill to allow 26 students to graduate high school this month. These students have been absent for more than 120 days, but have met all other academic requirements. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Nine Shift
So I get this email this week with the subject line, "Where are the Girls?" The press release, from the Pittsburgh Aviation Institute - - which trains aviation mechanics, says that there is a huge retirement now of aviation mechanics... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Nine Shift