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Feb.04.2014
(Video linked below)  I'm starting a petition drive: my city needs several million of these... ...and the way this winter is going, so will yours. Video link at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=602866653125847&set=vb.118593331553184&type=2&theater — Earl Merkel * * * Visit us...
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Feb.03.2014
I've long stopped giving unsolicited advice to political parties. In this case, I'll make an exception. Presidents' Day is Feb. 17, a wasted federal holiday. The first party --Democrat, Republican or even the freakin' Whigs-- which proposes Congressional legislation that officially moves Prez...
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Feb.03.2014
I've seen those "CBS Cares" and NBC's "The More You Know" public-service spots... ...but none have ever been, IMHO, more potentially effective --and, to be honest, likely also as legally insane-- as this one from the Land Down Under. (gulp!) I'm betting Aussie school-attendance stats spike...
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Feb.02.2014
Good journalism is good journalism, even if it's more than four decades old. Note I said "old," not "outdated"-- and for a taste of one of the vintage best, you could do far worse than read a classic 1970 article by Edwin Shrake titled "The Land Of The Permanent Wave." Edwin Who? In the case...
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Jan.31.2014
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(Graphic at right) A line deleted --upon the insistence of the State Department-- from this week's State Of The Union Address: "And if you like your pop stars and your mayors, Canada-- you can keep 'em. Period." — Earl Merkel Related article at: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/rob-ford-...
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Jan.27.2014
Continuing our Occasional Series on "Alternative Uses Of Power'd Implements..." Interestingly, leaf blowers are not just useful for whole-house dusting and carpet-cleaning. On powdery snow, they'll scour right down to the pavement. With an industrial-power model, even below it. Ah, well: parts...
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Jan.27.2014
NO 'BLACK HOLES'??!!? Thanks a freakin' BUNCH, Stephen Hawking. (sigh) Well, there goes about forty years of science fiction... http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/stephen-hawking-there-are-no-black-holes-9085016.html Okay, maybe more. But since nobody really knows what space-time IS,...
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Jan.26.2014
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Uh... might be time to have that mole looked at by a doctor, Justin... (Photo, at right)  BTW, the... uh... interesting graphic came from a story in The Daily Beast. Wherein TDB interviews --on the topic of Mr. Bee'b's "spiritual crisis"-- a Ms. Cathleen Falsani. Who wrote a book titled "...
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Jan.20.2014
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To distract sports fans from the impending potential catastrophe of the Winter Olympics, the Authorities at the International Olympic Committee have rushed into the 2016 Summer Games lineup a new sports category: Gymnastic Archery. (Photo, at right) Thumbs up on this innovative new addition,...
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Jan.20.2014
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LEGAL RELEASE: "This graphic may be reproduced for display on refrigerators and/or highway billboards without the expressed written consent of the Designer. But don't blame ME if they put you in a particularly decrepit retirement home." — Earl Merkel * * * Visit us at www.earlmerkel.com Watch...
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Jan.20.2014
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"Oh, for the love of... just g'wan and HACK me. I freakin' GIVE UP!!!" (Image provided courtesy of my NSA friends, who seem to sympathize with my plight.) — Earl Merkel * * * Visit us at www.earlmerkel.com Watch the "video book trailer" for my thriller, FINAL EPIDEMIC, offered for your minute-and...
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Jan.12.2014
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One of the proven perils of "smartphone auto-correct" is risk of Death By Hysterical Laughter. (DANGER: Sample photo, at right) Empirical proof is at: http://littlewhitelion.com/the-best-autocorrects-of-2013-49561/ — Earl Merkel * * * Visit us at www.earlmerkel.com Watch the "video book trailer"...
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Jan.11.2014
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Why my own she-Beagle will forever be one step ahead of her "owner." Alas! (Video, below...) (sigh) Yep: Beagles are a single opposible thumb away from Global Domination... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/video-1079773/Crafty-beagle-steals-chicken-nuggets-hot-oven.html — Earl Merkel * * * Visit...
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Jan.11.2014
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The Disease of Writer-Competitiveness forces me to suggest an alternate caption to this admittedly charming nature-photo: "Jane adapted quite quickly to life in the jungle, though  Tarzan's incessant snoring often required her to sleep on the downstairs sofa." Still —as was the case in my...
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Jan.11.2014
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HEADLINE: "Coffee Won't Dehydrate You." Good to know; with my own "while-writing" intake forcing Juan Valdez into 'round-the-clock production, I had expected to end my days with a funeral service involving a soft cotton cloth and a can of Pledge... http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/la-dd-...
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