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…chill out

Crusaders, I have a bone to pick with the weather.

After a week of frigid temperatures, a lot of the country is staring down three days of 50-degree days, and I for one do not trust it. Not just because I’ve just fully regained sensation in my face…

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…Stay Curious

Children of the 90’s (and others with an undying thirst for knowledge), I have some great news…NETFLIX science bill nye april fools bill nye the science guy GIFYes, everyone’s favorite “Science Guy” is back, on Netflix, this Friday. His new show, “Bill Nye Saves the World,” promises all the science, quirkiness, and curiosity of the original series. It also could not have come at a better time. Read the rest of this entry

…put it mildly

sunIt’s the last weekend of January, and here in sunny (I say that with slight irony) Chicago, we’re in the middle of a weather miracle. We’re talking nearly 50 degrees, people. Read the rest of this entry

…give it a few days


I hope think it’s safe to assume that we’ve all been posed with that age-old hypothetical question on peer pressure: If everyone jumped off the bridge, would you jump too? Read the rest of this entry

…take a deep breath

..."smiling at me, nothing but blue skies do I see..."

With all that’s going on in the political realm right now it’s easy to forget that there are so many other battles out there– economical, ideological, environmental, psychological (battles of the mind are often overlooked), just to name a few.

And those are only the headliners.  Let’s not forget the sub-categories and of course the hybrids.

Today I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge one of these hybrids–environmental politics.

I know, I know, nearly everything ends up being political these days, but that is not the point.

The point is that today is the 40th birthday (or anniversary) of the Clean Air Act!!!

But what do you get an Act for their birthday?

We could go the heartfelt route, maybe a solar-powered something or other.

Or there’s always the classic gag gift…clean coal?

Wait…I know!  How about a heated debate?

All of that hot air may not be exactly environmentally friendly, but it’s got to be more efficient than a Hummer at least…right?

We’ll begin with the home team: The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.)

It seems the E.P.A. is using the law to control what people (and manufacturers) are allowed to put in the air.

I’m no politician, but that seems to be what the Act was created for.

And in the other corner we have the other guys: Business

Yes that’s a broad range, but here’s the gist of it.  For all of their environmental improvements, there are some business advocates out there who think the E.P.A.’s finances could be more economically efficient.

As a frugal spender myself I see the concern, money does indeed make the world go round (for better or for worse).

And that my friends is the most simplified telling of the battle between business and environmentalism (not to mention politics) ever told.

Here’s where I stand.  Clean air is good.  Debate is good.  Debate that leads to clean air is great.

Here’s hoping this debate ends well for all of us.

…other takes

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…bi-daily smile…

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