Author Archives: Jason

Are you queer or unpronounceable?

I remember when there was a gay community. Then we started calling it the “LGB” (or “GLB”) community. Then it became “LGBT”, and finally (I thought) “LGBTQ”. The word “queer” can mean pretty much anybody, so “Q” was the last … Continue reading

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Mad Max: Every Which Way but Loose

For reasons I won’t explain, I recently watched Clint Eastwood’s slapstick comedies Every Which Way but Loose¬†(1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980). Surprisingly, they often reminded me of the first two Mad Max movies (1979 & 1981), though … Continue reading

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Sorry, no revolution today.

According to online sources, an armed revolt is starting in Nevada in response to the tyranny of the federal government.¬† Hordes of armed citizens are showing up to help an innocent rancher defend his cattle from the Bureau of Land … Continue reading

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Mechanic A: $1200. Mechanic B: $166.

Here in New England, cars require annual safety inspections. An inspection gives a mechanic a chance to look at your car, find something wrong with it, and tell you it’s not legal to drive until it’s fixed. My tactic is … Continue reading

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Romney’s Fantasy of Blame

Mitt Romney is happy that domestic oil production has increased in recent years, but he wants to make sure we don’t thank the president for it. Today, Romney pointed out that the Red Sox won the World Series while he … Continue reading

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Technovictorian Dream Sucker

Back in 2003, my friend Mike Missiaen was planning to make a movie called War Against Sleep. He asked me to make a prop, and he wanted it to have a certain look — I think he called it “techno-Victorian.” … Continue reading

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Weren’t we talking about a pipeline?

Jobs, climate change, and congressional grandstanding have little to do with the Keystone XL proposal. Continue reading

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You may not have health care, but at least you saved $71.

Despite all the hooplah about cutting taxes, the savings for most Maine taxpayers are miniscule. Meanwhile, the governor is proposing massive cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services. Continue reading

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Voodoo Economics Today

The Tax Policy Center has reviewed the tax plans proposed by Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry. All three would drastically reduce taxes on corporations and wealthy taxpayers. Romney would take things a step further by actually raising taxes … Continue reading

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Do-it-yourself nut (in both senses)

What do you do… ahem, what do I do if it’s Independence Day and my wife’s bike is missing a metric nut? Make a new nut, of course! I made it out of a bolt head. First, I measured the … Continue reading

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