Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Recent Argument Against a North Carolina Bottle Bill

On 29 January 2011, the News & Observer of Raleigh, NC, published a letter to the editor by Roger Reilly of Raleigh, arguing against the establishment of a new “bottle bill” in North Carolina — see “Stinky, Sticky.” Reilly’s letter … Continue reading

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Interesting phrases and excerpts from Obama’s 2011 SOTU speech

Below are some rhetorical examples from the President’s State of the Union address that stand out to me. Throughout his speech, the President pushed for bipartisan cooperation: That’s the project the American people want us to work on. Together. Here … Continue reading

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Academic employment decisions: Who gets to decide what is ‘foolishness’?

Former Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins posted an essay on BoingBoing on 24 Jan. 2011 in which he discussed the University of Kentucky’s recent out-of-court settlement with astronomer Martin Gaskell. )See Dawkins’s commentary at “Should employers be blind to private beliefs?“) … Continue reading

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Got Tired of Waiting in the ER, Sewed Up His Own Leg

Tale: Got Tired of Waiting in the ER, Sewed Up His Own Leg Jonas, a 32-year-old man from Sundsvall, Sweden, was doing some fix-up work at home in his kitchen, when he accidentally cut himself on a sharp edge of his … Continue reading

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The Young Robin and the Old Owl

Fable: The Young Robin and the Old Owl Al Bredenberg An old owl spied a young mother robin sitting on her nest at the end of a tree branch. The owl flew over and perched on a higher branch. “What … Continue reading

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The Scourge of Leaf-Blowers in Our Neighborhood

The Scourge of Leaf-Blowers in Our Neighborhood Al Bredenberg, 18 January 2011 One day a couple of years ago in the fall, I was on a phone call doing an interview with an important source for a report I was … Continue reading

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Taibbi Comments on Media Responsibility for the Giffords Tragedy

Matt Taibbi, who writes about politics and the economy for Rolling Stone, makes some interesting points about the incendiary nature of political discourse these days — see his article from 10 Jan. 2011 at “The Giffords Tragedy: Is the Media … Continue reading

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