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Fracking the Media: Can We Have TOO MANY Different News Sources?

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 1 comment




Fracking the Media:  Does shrinking and therefore dividing news sources sabotage our common understanding of reality and impede compromise?  Might this spell the end of democracy?

Writer’s Note:  Today’s essay is a continuation somewhat of yesterday’s topic, “Are Twitter and Facebook Flaming Out?” which can be read HERE.

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Are Twitter and Facebook Flaming Out?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 5 comments




A thought-provoking essay appeared today online, “Why Twitter’s Dying (And What You Can Learn From It),” authored by Umair Haque.  I urge everyone to read it.  If accurate (and I believe it is), the future doesn’t portend very well for traditional social media outlets, particularly the two most popular platforms in the United States — Twitter and Facebook.

In his essay, Haque describes Twitter as what was once the embodiment of a Utopian promise, that an instantly-accessible open global town square would become the centrifuge for creative thoughts and new ideas which could be freely expressed, without censorship nor commercial viability.  Posts could be compressed into a single, easily-digestible cliffnote of just 140 characters, be blasted out, and then receive instant feedback.  Presumably, one’s own devoted army of followers serve both as a sounding board and a filter to the vast greater universe beyond.  Post something truly profound, and it just might get re-tweeted into the thousands.

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Dear England: “We apologize.” — Signed, America

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Sports Betting | 2 comments




Dear England:

You deserve much better than this.  You really do.

You once gave America greatness.  You shipped us your icons.  You gave us the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Who.  We returned the favor by sending you the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Talk about getting shafted!  Somebody in this exchange got screwed royally, and it has nothing to do with your old blue-haired Queen.  By the way, is she still alive?

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Steve Jobs Peeled Down to His Core (Movie Review)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Movie Reviews | 0 comments




Irrefutable genius.  Jerk.  Innovator.  Opportunist.  Delinquent dad.  Visionary.  Narcissist.  Man-child.  Entrepreneur.  Asshole.

All those descriptions (and then some) fit Steve Jobs.  In spite of, and to some degree due to his premature death in 2011, he endures as both a metamorphic icon and a cultural myth.  Jobs’ unbridled energy combined with his uncompromising ingenuity led to a transformation in how the world works and plays — be it on iMacs or iPods, iPhones or iPods, or Macintosh desktops and laptops.  But for all his cutting-edge high-tech marvels and toys, which included a number of failures along the way, it was Jobs’ grandiose, almost naive idealistic vision of our world — that technology should serve humanity rather than the other way around — which has become his everlasting legacy.  Arguably, Jobs transformed the daily lives of more people, in more ways, than anyone who’s lived since Thomas Edison.

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“Poker Night in America” Returning to Seminole Hard Rock

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments





“Poker Night in America”​ Returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida During the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open”  November 19 – December 2, 2015

Popular Television Show Set to Feature High-Stakes Cash Games, Ladies Night III, and $2 Million Guaranteed Championship


Hollywood, Florida (Oct. 21, 2015) — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the television show “Poker Night in America,” which is broadcast weekly on the CBS Sports Network and other cable channels.  This will mark the third such partnership since first collaborating in 2014.  The popular TV series will primarily feature action from the “Rock n’ Roll Poker Open,” taking place Nov. 19 through Dec. 2.

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Look What This Las Vegas Barbecue Joint Turned Into….

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Restaurant Reviews | 1 comment




Gee, I thought the barbecue tasted a little funny.

Las Vegas locals who live here on the West Side will undoubtedly remember the name “Memphis Championship Barbecue,” which opened up their family-style restaurant about 15 years ago at 1401 South Rainbow Blvd.  Not to be confused with their Henderson sister location which remains open, for reasons unknown, this rib joint just never made a splash.

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The Power of One Voice

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 1 comment




Sometimes the most powerful voice comes from where you’d least expect it.

Certainly not from a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, named Malala Yousazai.

Now age 17, the little girl known to creeds and colors all over the world simply as “Malala” has grown up some, her maturity taking place very much in front of the camera as tens and perhaps even hundreds of millions of people — young and old, male and female, Muslim and non-Muslim — have watched with intrigue and admiration.  She’s become a global champion of human rights and a public advocate for female education, particularly in countries and societies where such virtues not only aren’t guaranteed but even risk personal endangerment.

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The Strangest Thing Happened to Me in Fargo

Posted by on Oct 17, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Travel | 2 comments




I just spent the whole last week in Fargo, North Dakota.

One wouldn’t expect Fargo to make too many lists of “favorite places to visit.”  It’s not what you would call a Travel and Leisure cover story.  But the more times I’ve been here and hung out with the locals, with each visit I’ve increasingly looked forward to returning here again sometime soon, and this last trip was no exception.  Just don’t book my ticket to North Dakota in mid-February, when it’s been known to get down to 40-degrees below zero in these parts.

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