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Ward ZintelSomewhat over a month ago I ran a little scam wherein the highest bidder in an official Raging Pencils eBay auction would have the pleasure of getting their mug slapped on a Raging Pencils cartoon.

The naive sucker, I mean, lucky winner was Ward Zintel from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It took me a while to find a joke which would suit his Canuckly comeliness but today's the day.

The Big Prize also includes a copy of the original artwork but, well, let's just say "Thank Cthuhlu" for Photoshop.

I plan on having another such auction in the near future. Don't say I didn't warn you.


isaac asimovYears ago, before the dawn of affordable VCRs, I used to tape everything I found of interest with my trusty little portable cassette recorder. I mean EVERYTHING. Among the pile of tapes I'd amassed over the years were two treasures I've always meant to digitize and share, each an hour-long episode of an old National Public Radio program called "Options".

The first is called "I, Thou, and the Computer" which features Isaac Asimov giving a very amusing and informative speech on the subject of privacy in a computerized world. (Circa 1979, no less.)

The second tape is called "Space '79" and it features NASA scientist Jim Louden bringing us up to date on the Voyager mission to Jupiter. These were our first real close-up looks at Jupiter and Mr. Louden's uncontained exhuberance is a joy to hear.

As you might be able to tell by the red links the MP3 versions of the programs are yours for the taking and enjoying. So take. Enjoy.


PS, by some random bit of synchronicity today was the anniversary of President Lincoln's Morrill Land-Grant Act, which gave us what came to be our state colleges. In 1800 a second Morrill Act was signed that expanded the state college system into the former Confederate states, mandating that race not be an admissions criteria.



Oh, that Mitt.

big fat liarAt a campaign stop in Virginia last Wednesday Mitt Romney made the following statement about education:

"I want to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity where everyone has a fair shot, they get as much education as they can afford and with their time they're able to get and if they have a willingness to work hard and the right values they ought to be able to provide for their family and have a shot at realizing their dreams."

To sum up: If you can afford it, if you have the time for it, if you have the right values, then you have a shot at realizing your education dreams.

But if all you can find are minimum wage jobs, well, tough cookies. Better luck next life, amigo.

Mitt Romney. Man of the people.

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And now our Chart of the Day: The Difference Between A Portion and a Serving.

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Super-gigantic version of chart to be found here.

Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation7-2-2012: On Friday, the 29th, the House grudgingly passed the Transportation Bill, which has never been a problem up until now, and mortgaged the future of college graduates. No jobs were created.

The House is now adjourned until the 9th of July.

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


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