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Interview with composer Joan Tower

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 3:20am
Composer Joan Tower had a few minutes to speak with me about her birthday concert on…her birthday of all things! And I don’t care how old she is! The concert titled “Happy Birthday, Joan Tower” is being thrown on Thursday, September 6th at Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space in New York, and it [...]
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Prince Harry Gets Ballsy in Vegas & Legitimate Meets Ignorance

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 3:15am
It’s been an interesting week in the satirical world of Phineas Pudowsky. Prince Harry shows it’s good to be the non-King, US politicians of the far right persuasion fail basic science, people give thanks to  Issac for sparing everyone the first day of the GOP ignorance rally, and motel pillow talk is smothered. Oh… and [...]
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The Beauty and Controversy of Art

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 3:10am
“Now the work of art also represents a state of final equilibrium, of accomplished order and maximum relative entropy, and there are those who resent it. But art is not meant to stop the stream of life. Within a narrow span of duration and space the work of art concentrates a view of the human condition; and [...]
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New Media Done the Old Fashioned Way

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 3:00am
Original comedy and drama pretty much disappeared from the airwaves here in the US as many of its popular programs and stars made the transition to television in the 1950’s. Over the years, as TV became less of a novelty, nostalgia, along with younger writers and performers becoming drawn to the concept of using words [...]
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Leading a Bad Example

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 3:00am
I was reading Al Jazeera – as I am wont to do – and I stumbled onto an article about Togolese police dispersing a fair vote rally of over 2000 protesters with tear gas. The protest was planned and routed with permission from authorities, but the week before the protest “The government of the west [...]
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Cartoon of the Week

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 3:30am
Looking at how technology is changing our world, from the mind of Bob Cochran  
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Jon Corzine, Global Disgrace

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 3:20am
Over the past year, several major scandals have shaken the financial world. Last April, JPMorgan took a loss of anywhere between $2-$9 Billion trading Credit Default Swaps. In early July, it was revealed that Peregrine Financial, a Chicago brokerage firm, was missing $215 Million of its customer’s money.  At about the same time, it was [...]
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Paul Ryan’s Diminishing Hope

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 3:00am
When I think of Paul Ryan, I can’t help but draw parallels to the concept of Replicants in the film Blade Runner. In it, Replicants are high-functioning androids that require a special test to distinguish them from real human beings. They were the bright star highlighting mankind’s technological and scientific achievements. However, they quickly became [...]
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Pat Yourself On The Back: Your Earned It

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 3:00am
“Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else.” Eleanor Roosevelt The alarm rings at 5:30 am, you crawl out bed, trip over your shoes and the dog on your way to the shower, rinse what seems like only 20 minutes of sleep out of your eyes, and [...]
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Free Speech and Buses: The Second Conversation

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 3:40am
There’s the kind of conversation I prefer to have; and then there’s the kind of conversation we sometimes have to have. If you’re like me, you prefer to exchange ideas with reasonable people who generally share a similar worldview, even if you don’t always agree on the details.  You enjoy working through the questions of [...]
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Orrin Evans Turns in a Flippin’ Good Script

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 3:25am
Due to a freak cryptozoological accident, a mailman recently fell from the sky after being carried several miles by a rare giant tartan plaid breasted warbler. I happen to know this because it was me who cushioned his fall. In an amazing coincidence, one of the packages strewn all over the beach was addressed to [...]
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The War on Terror: Trillions Spent and We are No Safer!

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 3:20am
I just finished watching the HBO series “Homeland” and a couple of things struck me.  This nation spends an incredible amount on threat prevention even though a small angry disenfranchised group of people (aka terrorists) only need to spend a small amount to do a lot of damage. No matter how much we spend on [...]
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Richard Herring: Britain’s Podfather of Live Comedy

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 3:05am
There are an increasing number of excellent podcasts recorded before live audiences such as Greg Proops’ Smartest Man in the World, The Thrilling Adventure Hour and No Pressure to be Funny. British Comedian Richard Herring, whose prolific podcasting over the last several years has earned him the nickname “Podfather”, was one of the first to [...]
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Why Not To Support Obama And Progressive Left: Anti-Zionism

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 3:15am
There is an element on the progressive-left, both in the United States and in the west more generally, that despises the Jewish state of Israel. Political hatreds never come without causes, alleged or real. While the moderate Right and the Republican Party, neither of which I belong to, have done a terrific job of purging [...]
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Who’s Your Daddy?

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 3:10am
I’ve come across something that I found disturbing – and it is even more disturbing that no reputable news source has covered it. So, I will cover it here. For those of you who are (hopefully blissfully) living under a rock, James Holmes is the young man accused of shooting up a cinema in Aurora, CO [...]
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Cultural Purveyor: NFL Betting & Pussy Riots

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 3:00am
Each week, the Cultural Purveyor looks at politics, entertainment, society, and the outer realms of sanity from the mind of Phineas Pudowsky. This week, NFL betting, Pussy Riots in Russia, TV stars from another time, and why a mom gets stoned. While watching an old ‘Andy Griffith Show”, I marveled at the nonchalance of the townspeople [...]
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Samsung and Apple are Making Fools of Themselves

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 3:50am
Can someone - anyone - please tell the powers that be at Samsung and Apple that they’re making fools of themselves? This patent war has become utterly ridiculous. The entire world is watching how two rich and powerful companies, that both deliver fantastic products customers love, are led by men (and, to a lesser degree women) with [...]
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Why The Monkees Are Still Cool

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 3:45am
When I was young, I had acquired my sister’s hand-me-down record collection, and a few of the albums by The Monkees were in this collection. Albeit damaged by various things between her carelessness (leaving the records out of their jackets, leaving them near the radiator, etc) and putting them in the vulnerable situation of leaving them where [...]
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The Summers of My Past

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 3:40am
Standing at the end of the driveway feeling the press of the soles of my feet on the warm tar, the wind flows and thunderstorms threaten overhead; I am overcome by a sense of timelessness and nostalgia. This is the driveway of my childhood. This is the place of pop-a-wheelies and skateboards and pogo sticks. [...]
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Paul Ryan: A Blue-Chip VP Pick

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 3:35am
I was going to write about how Olympic Badminton and our tax and regulatory codes are very similar to each other. I was going to argue that modifying rules changes incentives, and that we should change our rules to promote investment, not discourage it. I even had most of it written already. But then Mitt [...]
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