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Hi folks. The site is approaching completion! The Pictorials page isn't up yet but the rest are up and running. I'll trying to get the Pictorials up sometime soon. Thanks for your patience and please do check back again!

Best To All
--Alan

Recent Articles:
Fighting Fires
Have you ever wondered just what a fire fighter endures to become certified? I'd never make a fire fighter. The training would kill me.
Someone Special
True story about the day I was led across Pittsburg, PA by a blind lady.
My Way, Dammit
America has become politically and ideologically polarized to a degree I never thought I'd see. We've reached a point where the old "Us versus Them" attitude between the political left and right is nearing open warfare. It's high time we learn to pull together again.
Do Increases to the Minimum Wage Affect Unemployment?
Democrats and Republicans often debate the merits of increasing the federal minimum wage. Who's right? Who's wrong?
Crime by the Numbers
Given the racial tensions and crime rates in the US right now, I've been digging through some FBI and UN resources and compiled a decent summary of crime data as to how it relates to race, and tossed in a global list of crime rates for good measure. I hope you find it informative and useful.
That Damn Square Puzzle
That mildly annoying "How many squares?" puzzle is again making the rounds on Facebook. There aren't 22 or 36 or 32. There are FORTY squares. I have painstakingly marked them and posted it so we can end the debate.
Freedom of (and from) Religion in America
A discussion of the swirling debate regarding church-state separation, gay rights, etc
Tilting At Windmills
A brief rant about the prevalence of conspiracy theories in the US
State By State Rankings Study #1 2014
Sortable table representing various social and economic rankings by state. Fields include: Infant mortality rate, poverty rate, property crime rate, violent crime rate and DUI fatality rate.

Internet Explorer Users Please Note: Back when I my old site was up and running I grew tired of having to make allowances for Microsoft Internet Explorer. A perfectly written, standards-compliant web page that worked fine in all other browsers could often crash or display incorrectly in IE. Microsoft has made improvements to IE over the years, and the company plans to scrap IE altogether in favor a new browser in the near future. But I will no longer make allowances for IE. If a page works ok in standards-compliant browsers (I test with Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari) then I don't care what happens with IE. Sorry folks, but if you're using IE (especially an older version), you're on your own.


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