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Drones are bad---especially for other aircraft, like commercial airliners, aloft.

Posted by Mark Small on November 24, 2014 at 7:22am 0 Comments

   In the aftermath of last week’s blizzard in the Buffalo, New York, area, various television networks ran footage taken from drones—unmanned aerial vehicles—to show viewers how bad the snow had been. I was surprised the different angles we were given from, what the anchors said, were different drones.

   A few weeks ago, a couple of YouTube videos went viral. In each the viewer was treated to an incident from the drone’s eye view. In one, a hawk attacked the drone. In another, the…

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Death by privatization---on today's Show we discuss inmates and deprivation of medical care.

Posted by Mark Small on November 22, 2014 at 7:00am 0 Comments

   America no longer is the “land of the free.” With five percent of the World’s population we have nearly twenty-five percent of the World’s correctional institution (prison) inmate population. We have more people in prison than such progressive nations as North Korea and China.

   Since Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs, we have seen billions of dollars invested in a large-scale effort to scuttle parts of the Constitution and a failure in cessation of people from seeking the…

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Electronic/digital billboard ordinance poses a financial threat---bloggers Pat Andrews and Gary Welsh alert the public.

Posted by Mark Small on November 21, 2014 at 7:24am 0 Comments

   Pat Andrews at “Had Enough Indy?” and Gary Welsh at “Advance Indiana”®  have done their usual excellent jobs of research on another topic of local concern. They have blogged about an ordinance being considered by the City-County Council that would ease restrictions on construction of digital billboards in Marion County. Others, particularly on Advance Indiana®, have posted comments about the proposal and the process by which it has snaked its way behind the scenes.

Worst aspect of the…

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Climate change, drinking Old Style(r) in Berwyn with a Chihuahua, and plumbing on submarines.

Posted by Mark Small on November 13, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

   “What’s your dog’s name?”

   The Chihuahua lapped up beer from a bowl on the bar. Beer is not good for dogs, but the dog’s owner looked as testy as his pet. I was disinclined to criticize. Also, the bar was a few doors down from a place into which I recently had moved. I was a stranger to the regulars there. I always would be, as it turned out, but that is beside the point.

   “His name’s Tojo,” the man, who looked to be in his late 60s, replied.

   “Are you a veteran of…

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