Recommended: Nonosserie Nonosserie (YouTube)

One of my enthusiasms is French pop music from the 1960s. Does that sound a tad eccentric? All I can say is that from the time I discovered the phenomenon of the yé-yé girl, I was hooked.

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Excuse Me, but ‘We’ Are Not in Niger

I ran into an acquaintance at the store and we started talking about current events. “Did you know we’re in Niger?” he asked at one point.

If I didn’t know better, I would have worried about his mental state. There we were, standing in the produce aisle of a supermarket in the middle of North Carolina … and he’s thinking we’re actually more than 5,000 miles away in a country neither of us has ever been?

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Seven Wrong Reasons to Cut Taxes, One Terrible One, and One Correct One

People who argue for cutting taxes usually do so for the wrong reasons. If you view taxes as a moral issue, which I do, then there is only one correct reason for cutting taxes or, preferably, eliminating them entirely.

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Catalonia, California and the Problem with Secession

Californians who are pushing for that state to secede from the U.S. are drawing fresh inspiration from events in Spain and the effort by Catalans to break away and form an independent Catalonian republic (according to an article I saw).

As a general proposition I support secession, wherever it occurs or is proposed. The problem is that it never goes far enough.

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Recommended: Oh No Ross & Carrie (Podcast)

In the past year or so I’ve become a huge podcast devotee. At the moment I’m subscribed to about a hundred different ones. They’re great for listening to on my iPhone when I’m exercising, unwinding in bed or — especially — making a long drive somewhere.

I like all of my subscribed podcasts (obviously, else I’d unsub them), but only a few have gone onto my elite “favorites” list. These are the ones I want to hear immediately when a new episode drops.  Oh No Ross and Carrie is one of those.

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Vintage Newspapers: Untapped Source for E-book Publishers (Part 3)

I’ve been writing about mining old newspapers in the public domain for content for e-books. (Part 1Part 2) Those papers constitute a virtually untapped and free-to-use trove of weird news, forgotten history and even the occasional piece of good literature.

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Contact Form Works Now

The contact form on this site works now. I say this sheepishly, after realizing a few minutes ago that I had neglected to add a working email address in the form’s “To” field. If anyone tried to message me earlier, I never got it. It’s fixed now, though — I tested it to be sure.


Among those whose voices I genuinely miss from my Facebook days is Dave Shellenberger’s. (See Facebook’s Stupidity Brought Me Here for why I’m no longer on FB.)

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