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Read Harold Henderson's blog, Daily Harold, at chicagoreader.com

[snip] "One of the most important victories of the Republican Party was to convince people in the suburbs to vote their fears and their wild fantasies rather than their interests," writes Stirling Newberry at tpmcafe.com. "Reagan won everywhere because there were suburbanites everywhere. . . . The exfoleyation of the Republican Congress, the bubbling gambling scandal, and the crumbling of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan strike at the heart of the argument . . . that the Republicans are the party that will protect you." --Harold Henderson | hhenderson@chicagoreader.com

[snip] Epistolary ineptitude. Cienna Madrid at thestranger.com: "I've never received a love letter, and I've only written one in my life. It was to my first serious boyfriend in college. I was living in France at the time and missed him terribly. The letter contained the line 'If you fuck Anita* (*not her real name), I will rip out your tongue with a shrimp fork. Happy Valentine's Day!' Obviously, I suck at writing love letters." --HH

[snip] Why marry? wonders Annabel Lee at hartfordadvocate.com. "Marriage is a naturally polarizing process that causes one person to detest, over time, what the other person loves. . . . There's no incentive to stay married and wait for our children to grow up and come work in the family business, because they won't. If we're really, really lucky, they'll place a few calls and drive us to the nursing home. There's no hardship significant enough to keep us dependent on each other." --HH

[snip] "All things considered, it will only take a few tens of thousands of years at most before almost every trace of our present dominance has vanished completely," writes Bob Holmes in New Scientist. "Alien visitors coming to Earth 100,000 years hence will find no obvious signs that an advanced civilisation ever lived here." --HH

[snip] Watch more, know less. This just in from the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform: the typical 30-minute news broadcast on Chicago TV between September 7 and October 6 included advertising (nine minutes and 26 seconds); sports and weather (six minutes and five seconds); teasers, bumpers, and intros (two minutes and three seconds); and election coverage (29 seconds). --HH

[snip] Econ 101. Michael Reich, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley, writes at wsj.com: "Of course, minimum wages at levels that are set too high will trigger negative effects. (The limits depend in part upon how sensitive consumers are to prices.) But we have moved away from such [levels] in the past two decades. The national minimum wage in real dollars and relative to [the] average wage is quite low by historical standards."

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