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Health Update

1 year 5 months ago
This month my M-protein level is up a bit: These small ups and downs are pretty normal, but naturally I'd just as soon see more downs than ups. Still, as long as I'm below 1.0 things are OK. That said, I'd sure like the Carvykti people to find a slot for me. There are not ...continue reading "Health Update"
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Raw data: Single family starts were down 4% in November

1 year 5 months ago
Construction starts for single-family homes were down 4.1% in November. That's hardly a surprise. But starts for new apartment units were up 4.8%: In case you think this is unusual, it's actually part of a very long-term trend: The single-family housing market is a boom-and-bust affair, but with a marked secular trend downward over the ...continue reading "Raw data: Single family starts were down 4% in November"
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House votes today on releasing Trump’s tax returns. They shouldn’t.

1 year 5 months ago
Will House Democrats release Donald Trump's tax returns to the public? A House committee is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon on whether to make public tax returns belonging to former President Donald J. Trump....A rarely used federal law allows the committee to obtain any U.S. taxpayer’s returns. While the statute generally requires lawmakers to keep ...continue reading "House votes today on releasing Trump’s tax returns. They shouldn’t."
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The past two years show that illegal immigration isn’t a very big problem

1 year 5 months ago
Here is the rate of "border encounters" over the past decade or so: Border crossings spiked at the end of Donald Trump's presidency and since then have remained at about 5x the normal rate. Is this a crisis? I think borders should be enforced but it's never been one of my hot buttons. Partly this ...continue reading "The past two years show that illegal immigration isn’t a very big problem"
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Lunchtime Photo

1 year 5 months ago
This is a fragment of the famous theme restaurant at LAX. At least, it's a fragment of what used to be the famous theme restaurant at LAX until a few years ago when it closed for lack of business. However, the observation deck got rebuilt a while ago and you can still visit it one ...continue reading "Lunchtime Photo"
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Let us ponder Gov. Doug Ducey’s jerry-built border wall

1 year 5 months ago
As you probably know, for the past few months Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona has been building his own makeshift border wall out of shipping containers. Here's a picture: This wall is illegal, ridiculous, expensive, and environmentally hazardous. But put all that aside. Isn't it also God's gift to coyotes and their customers? Stop me ...continue reading "Let us ponder Gov. Doug Ducey’s jerry-built border wall"
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Lunchtime Photo

1 year 5 months ago
I have good news and bad news for local readers. The good news is that the Queen Mary reopens today after a two-year shutdown. And the city of Long Beach is conducting free one-hour tours! The bad news is that the tours are already all filled up. Easy come, easy go. Anyway, it turns out ...continue reading "Lunchtime Photo"
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