Finance Articles / Videos



My fears about buying a home

Many people in my life have made the jump to home ownership in the past 6 months: one of my best friends and business associate purchased a great home for his wife and himself, a family member upgraded to a larger... 

College tuitions up 6.5%, but is it a surprise?

College is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many students just entering their higher education years, with the average tuition jumping to $7,020 per year for a 4 year college, says the College Board annual... 


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Crime Articles



Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan should be legally put to death

The cases of Pennsylvania judges Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. and Michael T. Conahan are an example of one of the only situations... 

Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez: mow my lawn for a job!

I love Chicago, my birthplace and about a 3 minute walk from my current home.  It’s endless news on the crime front:... 

A sad day for freedom: the Joey “the Clown” Lombardo sentencing

It’s always a sad day when “criminal” masterminds finally go away after being caught by the Feds.  Today,... 

Jimmie Akins fired from Judge Jeanine Pirro show over tow truck scandal

Last week we talked about  Michael Ciancio, a Chicago ex-cop who pled guilty to Federal extortion charges from the FBI investigation... 

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Politics Articles




They’ve taken away my freedom to say no

I like the word “no.”  It instills a sense of understanding from almost everyone I say it to — whether it’s someone I love and care for, or a customer who has high hopes for me to do something at a price I... 

State of Illinois is in hock, productive people on the hook

There’s an aphorism that us free marketeers say often: “If you subsidize something, you get more of it.” That’s always the case when government starts a “war” on some impoverished industry or group... 

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Technology Articles



Check out a friend if you need 3D design work

A little plug here for a friend and contractor that I use, Mr. Brad Ahrens, a young and driven Chicago 3D designer who is now taking freelance jobs. If you need... 

FCC to pry open cable box monopolies

I haven’t had cable in years — as an advocate of providing my expendable income towards only competitive markets where I have a choice, I’ve fallen... 

RFID-stealing WarCloning comes to eBay from the heroic Chris Paget

Today’s passports in the U.S. contain a chip called an RFID tag.  These tags have been used for years for inventory control in warehouses, and for other purposes.... 

Ma.gnolia Crashes: fall go boom

I think I’m bad luck to Web 2.0 companies.  The moment I start using them, things break. Today, Ma.gnolia, the social bookmarking competitor to del.icio.us,... 

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Lifestyle Articles




Seeking information on Salon Coop Chicago and hair stylist Lena Cooper

Friends and readers (and Google searchers), I am looking for information for anyone who has done business with Lena Cooper of Chicago, a hair stylist who currently works or contracts for or owns Salon Coop on 2120 S. Halsted Street. in Chicago. Miss Cooper is... 

$20 a gallon, will life change? (Christopher Steiner)

Local Evanston journalist Christopher Steiner has a book ranking in the top few thousand at Amazon titled “$20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better” that delves into the thought of what might... 

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Arts Articles

Get rid of Ticketmaster and Ticket Brokers

I’ve never understood the need for Ticketmaster or ticket brokers in general: when bands have tickets to sell, why... 

Update on the Charlie Cooper situation

In my article titled RIP Charles “Charlie” Cooper (Telefon Tel Aviv), some facts I had gathered from newspapers,... 

RIP Charles “Charlie” Cooper (Telefon Tel Aviv)

BIG UPDATE: After reading this article, please read my follow up on the Charlie Cooper situation: Update on the Charlie... 

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Entertainment Articles

Where are the real 3D avatar movies?

It’s been a sidenote in science fiction books for decades, especially in Jack McDevitt’s “Hutch”... 

The sexiest woman on TV, ever (not the PETA Superbowl ad)

I don’t own a TV.  There are days I consider buying one, but I don’t see the purpose of spending $1200 a year... 

G.U.N. announces latest website: the CasinoWiki

As an avid entertainment seeker and math geek, I’ve always loved the atmosphere of the hotel-casinos and resorts around... 

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Travel Articles

Soaring Chicago parking meter rates: it’s a good thing!

Early next month, the City of Chicago’s parking meters will be privatized — a word that is endearing to this... 

Student Brian Goding kicked out of Vic Theatre over bomb threat

According to the STNG News Wires, a drunk student was tossed from Chicago’s Vic Theatre on Monday, January 20, 2009... 

Selling a diamond to raise money, pay down debts

I’ve been helping quite a few people work out ways to get rid of the burden of debt.  One of my first recommended... 

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