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Dan on March 1st, 2014

I ran across a couple quick posts that shed some light on why people such as myself maintain blogs.  I have purposely not evaluated the cost / benefit of maintaining this blog, or how I would ever try to monetize  this (though feel free to support my advertisers!). Sarah Peck had a post worth noting […]

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Dan on January 24th, 2014

The thing I found most interesting out this Consumer Reports report on carcinogens in Pepsi was Pepsi’s defense: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/01/caramel-color-the-health-risk-that-may-be-in-your-soda/index.htm Consumer reports found the levels of caramel coloring  in a can of Pepsi should require a cancer warning. Pepsi’s defense?  It [Pepsi] cited government consumption data that shows that the average amount of diet soda consumed […]

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Dan on January 21st, 2014

Richard Sherman is my new favorite Seahawk.  Not only an incredible athelete – but a shrewd businessman.  While I do believe that part of his infamous post game interview with Erin Andrews was an emotional outburst – I also  believe at least part of it was part of the master plan.   Richard Sherman is […]

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Dan on January 11th, 2014

If you believe the business of the NFL is ratings, then there are definitely some Super Bowl matchups that the NFL would prefer and prefer not to have.  Check out these maps of Facebook likes for each playoff game: http://www.businessinsider.com/nfl-division-playoff-round-fan-maps-2014-1 Based on this data, can we assume: Super Bowl Ratings Disasters: 1.  San Diego vs […]

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Dan on December 8th, 2013

I think it seemed odd to most people in Seattle that the Seattle Mariners would spend 240 million over 10 years on a free agent 2nd basemen.  Perhaps the brain-trust of the Seattle Mariners realized they were one superstar away from being contenders. Or, perhaps this is another sign of the dysfunction that is the […]

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Dan on November 7th, 2013

Interesting overview of how the Somali piracy industry works. http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21588942-new-study-reveals-how-somali-piracy-financed-more-sophisticated-you It doesn’t sound a whole lot different than the drug trade – fueled by the imbalance of the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ in close proximity to each other.  The higher the wealth gap between two parties, the less rule of law matters.

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Dan on May 25th, 2013

OK – I don’t blog much about human evolution stuff – but this article on a new theory in human evolution caught my eye and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130524104041.htm Many theories exist on why humans evolved to walk on two legs with the savanna theory being the most accepted.  While I am […]

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Dan on April 6th, 2013

The NBA has a very interesting strategy for getting what it wants. Seattle went through this when the Oklahomans came to town and bought the Seattle Supersonics, and the ownership told Seattle they had better build a stadium or else. Now the Sacramento Kings ownership, with the support of the NBA, is threatening the same […]

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Dan on September 22nd, 2012

Here is a great example of an advertisement for Ambien masked as a new article. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTKL0LM3eIY Ask yourself a couple questions after seeing this: 1.  Is the revelation that a US Navy Seal took Ambien on his flight from America to Pakistan a big revelation worthy of a 3 minute news story? 2.  Is the message […]

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Dan on August 28th, 2011

Wow – only 347 fans showed up for a Marlins Reds game: http://www.nesn.com/2011/08/marlins-reds-game-draws-estimated-347-fans-ushering-in-new-low-for-florida-baseball.html Granted it was a game that was rescheduled, but maybe Major League baseball has too many games or too may teams?

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