Politics

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Political solutions: When rational thinking just won’t do

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., July 21, 2014 — From the apparent shooting down of Malaysian flight MH17 to the flood of immigrants across our southern border, only one thing is certain: Our response will be random rather than strategic. Since we have divorced ourselves from the concept of being a “Nation of Laws” and replaced

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Dr. Tim Elmore teaches Gen Y about leadership

OCALA, Fla., July 15, 2014 — Just what sort of future does America have? That all depends on the people living in it. At the forefront of social change, and experiencing the first traces of what will one day become our economic mainstream, is Generation Y. According to BusinessDictionary.com, this is “(t)he generation of people

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Dr. Tim Elmore teaches Gen Y about leadership

OCALA, Fla., July 15, 2014 — Just what sort of future does America have? That all depends on the people living in it. At the forefront of social change, and experiencing the first traces of what will one day become our economic mainstream, is Generation Y. According to BusinessDictionary.com, this is “(t)he generation of people

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Why our approach to immigration ‘borders’ on the absurd

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 14, 2014 – Our political “customs” are in evidence as we see the immigration issue unfold. Recently, over 39,000 families and 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained for entering our southern border illegally. This latest surge adds to the 11-13 million individuals who are estimated to already reside in our

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Recorded in Washington: Review of ‘In Medio Ecclesiae’



COLLEGE PARK, May 16, 2014 – There is simply no substitute for authenticity. Where sacred vocal music is concerned, the truth of this maxim is amplified significantly. As polished as certain professional performances of the sacred masterworks may be, these recordings are often eclipsed by groups that may be short on professional accolades, but long

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CATF: Thomas Gibbons’ ‘Uncanny Valley’ is uncannily good

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va., July 19, 2014 – Back in the late 1960s, science fiction author Philip K. Dick wrote a novel whose title posed a most interesting question: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In 1982, a script loosely based on Dick’s haunting tale came to life in “Blade Runner,” a now classic science fiction

From L: Julian (Alex Podulke) and Claire (Barbara Kingsley).

CATF: Thomas Gibbons’ ‘Uncanny Valley’ is uncannily good

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va., July 19, 2014 – Back in the late 1960s, science fiction author Philip K. Dick wrote a novel whose title posed a most interesting question: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In 1982, a script loosely based on Dick’s haunting tale came to life in “Blade Runner,” a now classic science fiction

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Creating equity versus debt

There are a number of useful resources designed to help people get back in the black. Mint is probably the most recognizable free online financial tool.

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U.S. confirms ‘rebels’ down MH17; SEC after HFTs?

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 – Evidence has accumulated to the point where the U.S. government is willing to claim that “Russian separatists” in Ukraine (i.e., the KGB or their hired minions) were responsible for shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, killing all aboard. That nasty riff on the disturbing Ukrainian situation was largely what put

Screenshot of new Sebelius music software packaging. (From the Avid Sebelius web site.)

Music and Technology: Review of Sibelius 7.5



WASHINGTON, July 4, 2014 – The Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius was unable to complete his eighth symphony before he died, just short of his 92nd birthday. The Avid music notation software named after him long seemed destined to have concluded its existence at a seventh effort. That is, until the company recently released Sibelius 7.5.

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Blue Monday: Ukraine, Middle East, other issues roil stocks

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – Not a lot to write this morning as the Maven needs to exercise his real estate evil twin out in the wilds of West Virginia and in far western Mountain Maryland, which politically, oddly enough, is an enclave about as conservative as any city or town near a Texas oil

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Miami Metro Zoo: One amazing place to visit!

MIAMI, July21, 2014 — Until Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992, Miami Metro Zoo was considered one of the best in the country; it still holds its top-ten rating. The rebuilt animal wonderland still has a way to go to return to its former heights, but it’s not for want of trying. The zoo has certainly earned credibility with

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