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The Academic Redneck Fitness Challenge: Update 7

Previous Weight Loss (November 28, 2016-January 1, 2018): 25.6 pounds Weight Loss (January 1-February 5, 2018) 2 pounds Total Weight Loss (November 28, 2016-February 5, 2018) 27.6 pounds Well, the weight loss isn’t much to crow about, but at least I’m going in the right direction again. I seem to be pretty lazy and lackadaisical these days. Oh, I’m still doing my regular exercise, but I could be doing a

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Alabama Senate Race Post-Mortem: Democrats Don’t Get Out-Jesused Again

Happy Birthday to me! I publish today’s column on my 53rd birthday. Mike, Mr. Darcy, and I are in Sweet Home Alabama right now planning for Mother’s surgery tomorrow. This year, it’s a southern Christmas for us. Speaking of Alabama, I enjoyed the hell out of watching last week’s Alabama senate race election results roll in, county by county. Alabama elections are ALWAYS interesting whether the national press comes along

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Alabama Senate Race: The Academic Redneck Endorses Roy Moore

Dear Fellow Alabamians (or “Alabamans,” as media types who know nothing about you and don’t really care to learn, call you): Despite our home state’s unfortunate notoriety in history and literature for falsely accusing men of rape, your betters have decided that this time it’s your moral obligation to join a righteous mob. You no longer need be troubled by cases like the Scottsboro Boys and the theme of To

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Florida’s Invasive Serpent: The Burmese Python

A few thousand years ago, the Kissimmee River freely trickled south over 11,000 miles of Florida’s land, creating a vast, thin sheet of water that spread over much of the state’s southern half. Over the next couple thousand years, ponds, marshes, and forests developed creating nearly half of Florida’s delicately balanced ecosystem. Four-fifths of that land eventually went to farming and development. In 1947, Everglades National Park opened in order

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What Is Quantitative Easing?

A buzzword that flies around the media when warranted is “quantitative easing.” Although it sounds complex, the idea is relatively simple in economic terms. The central banking system, the Federal Reserve in America, buys bonds from private or commercial banks at a slightly higher price than anyone else in the market is willing to pay, injecting cash into the market and creating economic growth by increasing spending power through bank

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