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C. Peter Wagner’s New Apostolic Reformation

C. Peter Wagner’s New Apostolic Reformation

It was on The Rachel Maddow Show back on August 10 that I first heard of the New Apostolic Reformation. That segment, viewable above (transcript available online), aired just before Rick Perry entered the 2012 presidential race, and just after his August 6th prayer...

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Social Media Week Chicago: Reinventing media careers

Social Media Week Chicago: Reinventing media careers

Social Media Week Chicago took place last week, and one of the sessions generating some online buzz was the event above on Friday evening, featuring: Nancy Loo (@NancyLoo) Robert Feder (@RobertFeder) Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) and Steve Dahl (@SteveDahlShow)...

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Iraq War casualties erased from ‘War on Terror’?

Iraq War casualties erased from ‘War on Terror’?

Today, as news organization after news organization "remembers" the September 11 attacks — and as our fellow Americans remind us not to forget September 11 — I saw something truly shocking. It was a Facebook post by WISN 12 NEWS, Milwaukee's ABC affiliate: By The...

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SC Johnson companies pay no Wisconsin income taxes?

SC Johnson companies pay no Wisconsin income taxes?

Over his 45-year career in journalism, David Cay Johnston has many impressive achivements. Tax reporter for the The New York Times from 1995 to 2006, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2000 and 2003, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting in 2001 "for his...

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Allstate ‘Raccoon Mayhem’ commercial with Dean Winters

Allstate ‘Raccoon Mayhem’ commercial with Dean Winters

The Allstate Mayhem commercial series has burrowed deep into my head. I saw the "Raccoon Mayhem" commercial above a couple of days ago. Then, this morning at about 2:30, I heard either a large raccoon or a small horse tramping across our roof above my bed. All I could...

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TV schedule shell games make it hard to follow shows

TV schedule shell games make it hard to follow shows

As a TV viewer, there are few things which irritate me more than the games played with the TV schedule these days. Despite the ridiculous amount of money we pay to a cable company every month — and despite our willingness to follow and even promote the few shows we do...

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Sound of a chipmunk: Weird chipmunk noise

Sound of a chipmunk: Weird chipmunk noise

The chipmunk noise in this video was recorded on our front doorstep a couple of years ago, but we have the same situation in the backyard today. After weeks of air conditioned cabin fever during the Heat Wave of 2011, the windows are finally open here at the...

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‘The Kids Are All Right’ (2010 movie)

‘The Kids Are All Right’ (2010 movie)

Many gentle souls still practice the delicate daily art of rapport with their fellow human beings, despite some whose approach to life is aimed more at "winning" some aggressive marketing campaign. Although a lot of movies today rely on computer-generated robots in...

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Austerity is dangerous class politics

Austerity is dangerous class politics

Watching the riots in England these days, one line from the video above keeps echoing in my mind: There's a term for this: "class politics," and it usually ends badly. Speaking about austerity in the video is Mark Blyth, a faculty...

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3D printing miracle: The 3D printer will change the world

3D printing miracle: The 3D printer will change the world

The latest installment of the BBC World Service's Global Business program — "New Dimensions for Manufacturing - Episode 1" — kind of blew my mind. It's about "3D printing," which I had never heard of. Apparently it's been around for 30 years, known as "rapid...

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Racine history: 1861 Joshua Pierce home

Racine history: 1861 Joshua Pierce home

e were talking gardening with our neighbor Katie last month when she mentioned that her daughter, Mary, has an interest in Racine history and has been researching our neighborhood's past online. I handed Katie my business card and told her I would...

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Japanese Beetle control: Grubs in lawn

Japanese Beetle control: Grubs in lawn

We first saw a Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) in our Racine, Wisconsin backyard a few years ago. They were devouring our rose bush. So, after reading about the use of geraniums as a trap crop (since geraniums are toxic to Japanese beetles), we planted a geranium...

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Jeff Bridges movie: ‘Crazy Heart’ (2009)

Jeff Bridges movie: ‘Crazy Heart’ (2009)

I knew I wanted to watch Crazy Heart (trailer above) — Jeff Bridges won the Academy Award, it was well-reviewed, Ryan Bingham is in it and sings the theme — but I was also hesitant. It's about an aging alcoholic singer-songwriter, so it might be a terribly tragic and...

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Hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe)

Hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe)

Watch this video in full-screen, 720p mode. The Hummingbird Moth is difficult to see at first, but it comes closer during the second minute of the clip. The first time I saw one of these, my mind briefly went into a strange Twilight Zone mode because I couldn't place...

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Taiji dolphin slaughter caught on film: ‘The Cove’ (2009)

Taiji dolphin slaughter caught on film: ‘The Cove’ (2009)

The Cove is a 2009 documentary about an annual dolphin slaughter — 23,000 bottlenose dolphins killed every year in a secluded bay at the whaling town of Taiji, Japan. We first became aware of it when it won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary, and finally...

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‘Farmer John’ movie documents Illinois farmer’s life

‘Farmer John’ movie documents Illinois farmer’s life

We watched a DVD last night that turned out to be an unexpected delight. The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a 2005 documentary about the life of a farmer, John Peterson of the Angelic Organics farm at Caledonia, Illinois, which is just a little northeast of Rockford,...

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Jackson Browne, ‘The Barricades of Heaven’

Jackson Browne, ‘The Barricades of Heaven’

bove is a YouTube video of Jackson Browne performing "The Barricades of Heaven" at the Glastonbury Festival in southwest England in June of 2010. The song — originally released on Browne's 1996 album Looking East — has been my constant earworm...

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Milkweed Bug infestation of Butterfly Weed

Milkweed Bug infestation of Butterfly Weed

ictured here is the original idea — purple Liatris spicata spikes paired against orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) blossoms in one of our backyard flower beds. Both attract butterflies, both are easy-to-grow perennials, and both have...

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Paul Ryan is Dagwood Bumstead

Paul Ryan is Dagwood Bumstead

In the video clip above we see Rachel Maddow, aggravated over Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and the tendency of the news media to portray him as a bright and earnest young man on the rise — a numbers-whiz with a sharpened pencil behind his ear who has the guts to level...

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‘Mad Men’ Season 5: I give up

‘Mad Men’ Season 5: I give up

As Maureen Ryan wrote yesterday at TV Squad, Mad Men Season 5 is now postponed until 2012. Difficult negotiations are reportedly in progress over product placement, cast cuts, and trimming two minutes of each Mad Men episode's length. [includeme...

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Rick Steves travel bloopers

Rick Steves travel bloopers

We have enjoyed Rick Steves and his European tours on public TV for years. We've even used a Rick Steves travel guide or two to find our way around France and Italy. Only through social media, however — like the Rick Steves...

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Stupid Americans found to be dumb and ignorant

Stupid Americans found to be dumb and ignorant

A March 20 Newsweek story — "How Dumb Are We? / How Ignorant Are Americans?" — found that 29 percent of us can't name our vice president, 44 percent cannot define the Bill of Rights, and 73 percent are clueless about the core issue behind the Cold War. All of these...

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Potassium iodide: Thyroid protection from nuclear radiation

Potassium iodide: Thyroid protection from nuclear radiation

Watching coverage of the Japan nuclear meltdown over the last couple of days — as well as the related discussion of the risk of nuclear plant meltdown here in the United States — the distribution of potassium iodide there made me wonder: What does potassium iodide...

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