Archive for January, 2012

January 14, 2012

And Sports!

I am a Featured Columnist at Bleacher, one of the fastest growing sports writing pages on the web.

Read it here->

January 14, 2012

LP Reviews

I am the editor of, and contributor to, the used record review blog, The Reissue.

Reader here ->

January 12, 2012

Herman Cain 2012: Why He Ran The Worst Campaign of any Republican Candidate

Politicians are not a popular bunch these days. According to Gallup, the nation’s most referenced pollsters of all things “human nature and behavior for more than 75 years,” President Obama currently has a 46% approval rating. That’s dangerously close to the average approval rating of fellow Nobel Prize recipient Jimmy Carter who, in 1981, was sent back to the peanut farm after only one term in office.

Congress, meanwhile, is in poor standing with the American public, even by congressional standards. According to Gallup the average job approval rating for congress since 1974 has been 34%. Today it is a record low 11%.

With an economy that can’t seem to get rolling and elected officials on both sides of the aisle that seem unable and unwilling to cure the nation’s ills; it’s easy to see why Americans have lost faith in their politicians.

With that back drop, enter Herman Cain with, as one New York Times writer described it, his “golden voice and folksy manner.”

A virtual nobody when he began campaigning for the Republican Party’s nomination in April 2011, Cain used his credentials as a self-made man and that same “folksy manner” as a catapult to the head of the polls. By the end of September he had won a Florida Straw Poll, and suddenly the Washington outsider looked like a serious contender for the GOP nod.

But September, as it tends to do, turned unsympathetically into October, the month of witches, monsters and ghosts, and one whopper of a ghost emerged from Herman Cain’s past in the scariest of forms-sexual harassment allegations.

read more »

January 12, 2012

Playing With a Broken Controller: What Video Games Teach Us about Unemployment

No matter his age, a man needs something to read when he is sitting on the toilet.

At least that’s what I told my girlfriend when, the other day, she caught me sneaking into the bathroom with my laptop.

While I was sitting in there I opened up a quote by E.B. White.

E.B. White, of course, authored the elementary school standard, Charlotte’s Web.

Not to be confused with the movie Babe. Which Wikipedia says beat out Apollo 13 for the best visual effects Oscar in 1995? No kidding.

White also coauthored the English language equivalent of Mao’s Little Red Book, which American college freshman will recognize as The Elements of Style.

Anyway, what White said was, “The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.”

I would counter with the time not to become someone’s child is 22 years before a global recession, as shown by a 2010 study by the International Labor Organization.

“The classic premise that youth are more vulnerable to economic shocks” is true the ILO said, and “young people are the ‘first out’ and ‘last in’ during times of economic recession.”

In the year since that report was first published things have hardly improved at all. Global youth unemployment has stalled at 12.6 percent. That’s roughly 74.6 million people, aged 15 to 24, all over the world, with no j-o-b.

In the United States alone the number of unemployed youth, as of July 2011, was 4.1 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, down from 4.4 million a year ago.

Though the numbers suggest things are improving, the rate of recovery seems a snail’s pace.

read more »