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Man and machine

“User friendly” is a term that can work wonders when man and machine cooperate. If not, it leads to creating cataclysms, according to Clay Chandler in Fortune Magazine. When a machine is...

 

Billionaires

According to Fortune magazine, 15 years ago the ultra-rich were admired by the American public. Headlines detailing their influence, abuse of power and agendas have weakened the opinion to the point...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    January 3, 2020

Annoyances

What annoys you? Some annoyances are specific, some are universal, but all are a distraction. Is there some scientific principal that applies? Joe Palca in National Geographic says, “Annoyance may...

 

Microbe madness

National Geographic Magazine asks, “Are our health and well-being really driven by the bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa that live in our bodies?” The only human microbe-free lives as a fetus...

 

Oklahoma gaming

An article in the Enid News & Eagle explains the current casino conflict between the state and the tribes. The compact is written to renew automatically Jan. 1, while the governor insists on...

 

Mustang

The Ford Mustang was conceived to appeal to women. Launched in April 1964, it was based on the Ford Falcon economy car chassis with the first-year sales targeted to reach 100,000. It sold 400,000 the...

 

Phone spoofing

Have you received a robo-call with the caller ID of someone you know? Doug Shadel in AARP Magazine explains how easy it is to spoof someone’s phone number. It was irritating enough to receive the...

 

Micromobility

According to an article in Smithsonian Magazine it took 70 years to perfect the bicycle. The first design was built by Karl von Drais and was just two wheels on a frame that was straddled and pushed...

 

Autonomous outrage

An article in Car and Driver Magazine addresses protest over self-driving vehicles. Many suffer frustration and fear over technology, and while it operates in the background it’s visible in the...

 

Ford vs Ferrari

Three great moments in my childhood: John F. Kennedy is elected president, Neil Armstrong walks on the moon, and Ford beats Ferrari at LeMans. From the 1910s when Henry Ford put a Model T in every...

 

Secret ingredient

The business section of Time magazine recently reported that in 2016 a journalist snapped a picture of the list of 11 herbs and spices found in the Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe, reportedly from a...

 

Chronic pain

Chronic pain: pain lasting longer than 12 weeks. Lance Frazer addresses the problem in his article in Legion Magazine. We’ve seen the lawsuit, heard the verdict, and accept the proof that opioid...

 

Baseball

As I listen to the World Series, Nationals vs. Astros, with the score tied, I think back to the excitement generated in those contests I remember as a youth. The games took place during school hours... Full story

 

Retirement savings

An article in AARP Magazine by Allan Roth is labeled “Saving for Retirement May be Wrong.” It certainly got my attention and here is his rationale. The first statement is so true: “Wealth is...

 

Breast cancer

You’ve seen the advertisements, witnessed the heartache, made aware of the billions of dollars spent on research, but women continue to die from metastatic breast cancer, some 40,000 Americans...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 4, 2019

Guitars

“Guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music are the only things that keep me hangin’ on.” –Dwight Yoakam, 1986 The modern guitar was developed by Antonio Torres Jurado in 1850, and in 1930 Adolph...

 

Vaping

Vaping has recently surged to the forefront as to its’ dangers and possible benefits. The CDC reports almost 400 serious lung illnesses and six deaths linked to vaping. Nicotine, like alcohol, is...

 

Marijuana

President Bill Clinton admitted to smoking marijuana in the ‘70s but famously stated “I didn’t like it and I didn’t inhale.” That led talk show host Johnny Carson to quip, “Even when...

 

Woodstock

August 15th has come and gone but the memories of what happened in upstate New York on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm 50 years ago is fresh on many people’s minds. Not the adventurous soul that would...

 

Apple pie

September signals the start of the fall season with its official beginning on the 23rd. I know Autumn is arriving as the apples have ripened on our tree in the 300 block of Flynn. Apples are a great...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 30, 2019

In control

It becomes obvious that Lou Costello will never figure out who the players are in the classic vaudeville skit, “Who’s on First?” Is it a lack of communication on Bud Abbott’s part or the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 23, 2019

Technology's future

The world’s population doubles every 40 years. While that happens, technology is catching up to biology with some surprising results. DNA is the basis for life on Earth and as it makes copies of...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 16, 2019

To rebuild or not

The recent decision concerning the Alva pool reminds us of the dilemma over the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral whose entire roof and spire were destroyed by fire. While the degradation of the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 9, 2019

Summer heat

John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful sang, “Hot time, summer in the city, back of my neck getting’ dirt and gritty,” and global warming was yet to come! Oklahoma, cool, and August have never...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 2, 2019

Soil

This is the time of the year that the fields lie fallow, waiting for the September planting and the regrowth of wheat, a crop vital to the economy of this region and the nutrition of the nation. We...

 

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