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Mark Small's Blog – October 2013 Archive (23)

Pepper Snyder, American public education, last night's "Round Table," and Saturday's topic: gerrymandering.

   Gary Snyder's "Round Table," if you have not heard it, is a political discussion that runs weeknights on "Indiana Talks," roughly from 8:30 to 9. Last night I was privileged to be a guest, along with Pepper Snyder, who co-hosts a show on "Indiana Talks," and Andrew Markle, who is a candidate for Indiana House from the 99th District. At some point our conversation turned to American education. Mr. Markle is under the mistaken impression that Finland, to which many people look and regard as…

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Added by Mark Small on October 4, 2013 at 5:43am — No Comments

Government shut-down's effects: The "What? Me worry?" attitude of the Far Right.

   People posted comments yesterday and the day before to the effect nothing has changed for them since the Federal government shutdown. The phenomenon is reminiscent of people in the 1800s scoffed at the notion little organisms they could not see with the naked eye (viruses) or practices in which their people had engaged for centuries (obtaining water downstream from where people deposited human waste) could cause disease. Tuesday seemed like any other day. 

   I would like to point…

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Added by Mark Small on October 3, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Obamacare, gerrymandering, Andrew Kirch and Miah Akston, and anarchy.

   Sometimes aspects of one's life criss-cross, then, more infrequently, they come together to form a nexus.

   Yesterday, at about this time, shortly after 5 a.m., I tried to get onto one the health insurance marketplace for people who live in Indiana. I could not get through. Finally a customer service rep came onto the chat box, apologized for the backlog and asked that I try back later. Later I learned there had been over one million (1,000,000) hits on the website before 7 a.m.…

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Added by Mark Small on October 2, 2013 at 5:47am — No Comments

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