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Joel Inman
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I'm usually pretty cautious in my beliefs, but I'm a-gonna go ahead and assume that Mitt Romney had a Swiss Bank account for dodging taxes, and used the 2009 amnesty program to report it when the risk of paying IRS fines exceeded what he expected to save on taxes.  If I were a computer built to maximize profits, it's what I'd do.
Facing mounting calls to release more details about his taxes, Mitt Romney remains steadfast against disclosure.
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Totally with you here. Of course, I've inherited my grandfather's point of view on this one: it's very unlikely that anyone can be a contender for president without scratching a few backs on the way up. Or in his words, "they're all a bunch of crooks!"
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Private sector experience that translates to national government.
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You'd think a guy who spends to buy influence would also be open to spending on people.
Even candidates for minor, obscure offices have found themselves the recipients of Mr. Romney’s money and time.
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The OWS message is perfectly clear. Just not formatted for Fox News.
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My Dad grew up on Isaac Asimov. My son will grow up on Doctor Who.

The attached video contains spoilers from Doctor Who series 6. That's New Who. Not the 1973 series 6. If you still think Doctor Who is a campy british sci-fi comedy from the 70's, you're half right. But the current seasons have really taken over as the most compelling science fiction on television today, or perhaps, ever. Isaac Asimov, were he alive today, would likely call it a worthy heir. If he were into that sort of thing. I don't think he was. And he'd start by saying, "You haven't been to Mars yet? I'll go back to being dead."
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no duh its new who!
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I’ve seen a few trailers for another Three Musketeers film. It’s about time. Every five years or so, starting in 1932, some producer, somewhere in the world, trots out the most tired of Dumas’ stories to see if there’s any appreciation for it in a modern audience. Let’s recap the plot to see if it fares better in today’s political, social, and economic climate:

A military inter-service rivalry paralyzes the nation’s defenses, but it’s ok because there are no real military threats to the nation at the time. The king demonstrates himself to be a total cock, carouses with little interest in the country, and the queen has an affair. The only character with any real desire to help the nation is the villain, and he seeks to finally throwout the least effective part of government, the king. The most crack commandos risk their lives to keep the paparazzi from finding out about the queen’s affair. The bodies pile up, all in the name of a little less celebrity gossip.

So, tell me again why this relates to our time?
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In defense of the Sonic Screwdriver, from GeekMom. My only frustration is likening the screwdriver to the lightsaber. As awesome as lightsabers are, they are primarily a weapon. Elegant, yes, but at its heart it destroys.

Now The Doctor's sonic screwdriver is only a tool. It represents the doctor as a healer and wise man, stubbornly insisting on constructive solutions when it would be so much more convenient just to hack your problems to bits like so many so many stumbling stormtroopers. Or battle droids, for the kids these days.

Kids: A "Stormtrooper" is what we called the faceless, brainless enemy back when Star Wars was three movies and Pluto was a planet. Don't ask why Clone troops look so much like Stormtroopers. I'll explain it when you're older. Mom can do birds and bees. I've got this one.
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I've reverted to using military time, as in, "it took me 1800 hours to build my son a play table."
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What if our space station were actually a big, hollowed-out asteroid? What if we didn't have to ship our metal to space, but mined ore from an asteroid, with our robots turning it into more robots and space exploration vehicles?

It's not nearly as far-fetched as it sounds. Some kids built a lego robot that builds lego robots. My three-year old built a lego bulldozer that scoops up legos. Between them, that's proof of concept. If we can spend $500 billion on a war, why can't we spend a few on getting our kids to space?
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While I don't expect to read it ($150) the "Cambridge History of the American Novel" sounds like everything I did and didn't miss on my way to a literature minor.

The essay I've linked below explains the most serious of charges against the work, that it doesn't protect the "fortress of high art". So tell me, just what makes "high art"?
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Remember this guy? The Scout Stormtrooper from Return of the Jedi who (among many others) gets smashed into a tree? Could have been me.

I know what it’s like to join the Navy, with big plans. So picture this. You enlist in the Empire, you know, to help unite the galaxy in world peace. You get your dream posting: riding zero-footprint, no-pollution speeder bikes through a pristine, beautiful forest. You’re far away from any real fighting, so you don’t really think about how you’re a soldier in a war. Then one, day, your com-link jams, and while you’re trying to call your buddies to see what’s up, this dude in black flies up on your bud’s bike and starts trying to ram you. In the commotion, he jumps off and you see your bud’s bike crash into a tree. You turn to look to see if the dude who was ramming you is ok, and while you’re not watching the forest, you ram into a tree and your speeder bike explodes.

I’m telling you, man. Could have been me.
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Stay at home dad, philosopher, coach, teacher
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Elementary teacher, writer, dad, philosopher.
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  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Philosophy, 2005 - 2008
  • Willamette University
    Master of Arts in Teaching, 2013 - 2014
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