Author Archive - Nick

2011 Was A Pretty Great Year…

Posted 31 December 2011 by
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I didn't have an exact picture that summed up 2011 for me, but I really liked this one.

I’m going to go ahead and come out and say it: 2011 was a pretty amazing year for me. Like, better than most years. I’ve been thinking about it a lot the last month or two as this year has been drawing to a close and running down some of the various activities and adventures […]

Until Love Is Equal

Posted 18 November 2011 by
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  Tonight, The Meanwhile, the bar I work at is hosting a benefit for the group Until Love is Equal. This has been an amazing group and I’m honored to work on a night that benefits an organization fighting for one of the most basic human rights. This note was written back in July by […]

Picking a fight about Detroit with a Cato Libertarian

Posted 31 July 2011 by
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THE WHOLE WORLD OPERATES ONLY ACCORDING TO MY NARROW IDEOLOGICAL BELIEFS!!!   As hard as we all try and avoid this kind of thinking, obviously we are all guilty of it at some point. The internet, blogosphere, and social media are full of it. However, a couple days ago, as I going through my Twitter […]

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan

Posted 24 May 2011 by
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So today is Bob Dylan’s 70′th birthday. I have a fairly lengthy history of love for Bob Dylan. I saw him in concert when I was about 16 and there is even some rumors of him being distantly related to me (hey, we’re both Jews). I had heard this song in passing many times over […]

The Real Rapture

Posted 20 May 2011 by
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Sorry, but I can’t help myself.

A wrap-up of a big news day

Posted 2 May 2011 by
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On big news days like today, I’m generally pretty glued to the interwebs (plus I had a day off).  Just figured I’d share some links from the punditocracy on the day of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Glenn Greenwald’s take: we should not be cheering. Jeremy Scahill on JSOC: the Casey Rybacks who took down bin […]

Early thoughts on the death of Osama Bin Laden

Posted 2 May 2011 by
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For a little over an hour, I’ve been sitting here watching news and Twitter as the news has progressed from the ominous “Obama to make a statement at 10:30 on a Sunday” to MSNBC confirming that Osama Bin Laden is dead. As this news has settled in, I am left with heavy and conflicting emotions. […]

On ITPWatch’s “90% Empty” Claim

Posted 14 April 2011 by
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Thanks to Sean Dailey for doing the hard math on Kent County Families For Fiscal Responsibility’s ridiculous claim. This is reposted from a note he made on Facebook. ITPWatch and Kent County Families for Fiscal Responsibility claim that the Rapid runs “90% empty.” Here are some basic calculations that prove what a ridiculous claim that is. […]

Egypt and The Wave Speech

Posted 11 February 2011 by
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As most probably know by now, the 18 days of protest in Egypt culminated this morning with President Hosni Mubarak resigning. For right now, Egyptians have had their demands met and their dictator is gone.  However it is guaranteed to be a long road to real freedom.  This got me to thinking about one of […]

Street Shoveling Party…or OH MY GOD LOOK AT ALL THE SNOW!!!

Posted 2 February 2011 by
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In the wake of Snowpacalypse, Snowmageddon, Snowtorious B.I.G., whatever you’re calling it, all Grand Rapidians can agree that our city got hammered. The only picture I took last night was of how I “coped” with the storm. Needless to say, the worst was over by sunrise this morning, and then came the work of cleaning […]