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A followup.
The Ted Rall LA Times brouhaha is lighting up the net. Rall responds to the paper's explanation on why it fired him after the LAPD complained about him. Exclusive.
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Spending cuts can in fact revive an economy. Greece is a bad example. Try Ireland, Canada, The Netherlands
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A series of videos of people being arrested for jaywalking--and beaten, handcuffed, and more...
The LAPD claimed that Ted Rall lied when he said that cops manhandled him for jaywalking. But look at these videos. Jaywalkers risk injury by cops ... video roundup. Violence, language, viewer discretion advised.
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http://reason.com/blog/2015/07/15/self-driving-cars-could-destroy-fine-bas

Oh NOOO! Fewer traffic fines from safer driving!
Increasing automation limits the ability of authorities to profit off human error.
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Interesting point--pushing towards by-the-mile pricing instead of just gas and car sales.

But they will still lose out on the fines, which have become increasingly oppressive....
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Bad. Very bad. Need to throw everything at this right away.
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Nice slideshow with tipsy video intro....
aNewDomain -- We sent correspondent Terry Gardner along with the entire United States Bartenders' Guild for a first visit to the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. One of the newest stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Stitzel-Weller emphasizes responsible drinking. As you can see from Terry's tipsy video report, she discovered she is a lightweight bourbon drinker.…
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The Los Angeles Times fires Ted Rall, an award-winning political cartoonist and essayist, after the LAPD objects to his criticism of cops and produces a hard-to-hear 13-year-old tape as "proof." Listen for yourself. Exclusive.
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Interesting point. I vaguely remember this from my time in the Army. 
Is the president allowed to salute ever? Nope. Yet Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and others got all over US President Barack Obama for not doing it. They're dead wrong. Here's why.
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Reason Magazine, reacting toa Brookings INstitute report that blames the increase in billionaires for the unrest in our cities:

"Is Brookings actually trying to blame the gap between billionaires and the poor for the racial tension in Ferguson? Which venture capitalist was it who told the Ferguson police to step up fine collection to rake in more money for the city's coffers?

Which hedge fund manager invented the bureaucratic court system in Ferguson and other St. Louis County cities designed to wring every last cent from any indigent minority who couldn't afford an attorney?

Which Wall Street "fat cat" is adding additional fees to every little fine so that getting pulled over for something as simple as not signaling a turn could end up costing hundreds of dollars for somebody who could end up losing his license and his ability to even work?"
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How curious!
"It’s strange because every English speaking child on Earth will hear that word and proceed to write a ‘z.’ There’s no logical sense for the ‘x,’ and it turns out there’s no history for the ‘x.’”
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heheheh! An amateur takes on a bourbon-tasting tour!
aNewDomain -- We sent correspondent Terry Gardner along with the entire United States Bartenders' Guild for a first visit to the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. One of the newest stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Stitzel-Weller emphasizes responsible drinking. As you can see from Terry's tipsy video report, she discovered she is a lightweight bourbon drinker.…
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There were a lot of ebullient gay pride parades this weekend. But the New York City Pride 2015 parade was spectacular, says our editor. Here's her photo gallery ...
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    Chemistry, 1964 - 1965
    Dropped out in Sophmore year. Hated college. Lived to regret that I didn't finish--cost me several years in my career.
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I am acting Publisher of ANewDomain.net,, the  in-depth tech news and features site founded and run by Gina Smith and featuring many from her team from Byte including Jerry Pournelle and John Dvorak. 
 
I was on the founding team for Zenergo.com, an activities-oriented social network startup; I ran editorial as well as customer support. Zenergo ceased operation in 2012.

My background is editorial and editorial management, especially online. I've managed editorial for custom publishing at DevX, was founding editor-in-chief of IDG Books, and publisher of IDG's Web Publishing Inc., where I launched four Web-based magazines including JavaWorld and SunWorld. Currently I work at RingCentral, the PBX-in-the-Cloud company.

My other passion is wine; I publish a wine blog at SavvyTaste.blogspot.com and am cofounder of the wine-advice site SavvyTaste.com. My Amazon Single, Wine101, can be found at http://amzn.to/rw6ZxC 

I am also a committed Libertarian.
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Dreamed up the first Dummies book (with author Dan Gookin); ran InfoWorld's Reviews department during the 1980s; published first online-only computer magazines (SunWorld, JavaWorld, LinuxWorld)
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Publisher/Editor/Writer
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Writing, editing, leadership in publishing environments, both online and offline. Wine advice site editor.
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  • Retired
    Retired, 2015 - present
  • Savvytaste.com
    Cofounder/Editor, 2010 - present
    Work with founder Lew Perdue on site that helps find wines you are most likely to enjoy.
  • Zenergo
    Editor, 2010 - 2015
    Zenergo, an activities-oriented social network, is, sadly, no more.
  • ANewDomain
    Publisher, 2012 - 2015
  • RingCentral
    Lead Copywriter, 2012 - 2014
    Lead team of three in all internal and customer-facing B2B Web content and collateral for this cloud business phone system leader
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Progress on Creators.com
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John Stossel Opinion Columns - Progress

Nuclear Goes To The Oscars In A Blackhat
www.forbes.com

On the eve of the Oscars, it’s fascinating to see another nuclear scare movie, Blackhat, trot out the nuclear accidents/nuclear terrorists a

Can SMRs Lead The U.S. Into A Clean Energy Future?
www.forbes.com

Whether it’s SMR’s ability to load-follow renewables, desalinate seawater, provide district heating, power chemical production, oil refining

European Science’s Great Leap Backward - The New Yorker
www.newyorker.com

Scientific achievement has become a questionable priority in both Europe and the United States. Increasingly, we express contempt for the id

Vote Libertarian to Stop the Next 'Bipartisan' Disaster
reason.com

The failed drug war? Mass surveillance? $17 trillion debt? All that and more, thanks to Republicans and Democrats working together.

Are Libertarians Spoiling the Midterm Elections?
reason.com

Libertarian Party Vice Chair Arvin Vohra on the 2014 midterms

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History : A Very Strong Recommendation : Sam Harris
www.samharris.org

Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Lands

How to Slake California's Thirst
reason.com

Following Australia's lead on water rights and water markets would solve the state's water shortage.

You are always learning – or failing | David Berman | LinkedIn
www.linkedin.com

One of my first jobs out of college was selling employee payroll and tax filing systems door-to-door to small businesses in Garden Grove, Ca

More women in computing than you think! | Meta Brown | LinkedIn
www.linkedin.com

Author Tom Geller (@tgeller) shared an enticing tweet this week:There are more women in computing than you think!With that, he drew in reade

Meet a Town That's Had Enough of Militarized Policing
reason.com

Barry Township, Michigan, with a population of about 4,000, has four full-time police officers, four part-time officers, two Humvees, two ar

Yes, There's Job Growth. No, Tax Hikes Aren't Why.
reason.com

California tries to lift the bucket it's standing in.

Predictions of a Man-Made Sixth Mass Extinction May Be Exaggerated
reason.com

Urbanization, forest, and agricultural trends point in a more hopeful direction

The Coding Gender Gap | LinkedIn
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On the back of Google’s $50 Million Made with Code Initiative, we’ve begun to hear more and more about the huge gender disparity in the tech

How to Go From Working 60 Hours a Week to 40 By Sending 2 Emails a Week ...
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I’m convinced 95% of cubicle workers who work over 60 hours a week constantly can cut it down to 40-45 hours by sending 2 emails a week to t

Tim Howard named Secretary of Defense in the best Wikipedia troll ever
www.theverge.com

On Tuesday, there was a silver lining to the US men's soccer team losing to Belgium: Tim Howard, the American goalkeeper, had one of the mos

Does All Wine Taste the Same?
www.newyorker.com

Editors’ Note: Portions of this post appeared in similar form in an April, 2011, post by Jonah Lehrer for Wired.com. We regret the duplicati

Classic urban winery: An industrial space with the barrels in the back and the tasting bar in the front; run by a couple on weekends, wines that win lots of awards. Specialty is Italian-style wines -- which taste better than those from Italy! Be sure to try the Barbera Rose - even if you don't like rose, this one is special. Their red Barbera from Sierra Foothills grapes is also terrific. Several excellent whites and quite a few more reds including the rarely seen Teraldigo, a pretty nice Pinot, and a darned fine and fruity Grenache as well. Whites include a pretty nice dry Reisling and a very good Sauvignon Blanc. Worth a visit, easy on-street parking, pleasant casual vibe.
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