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The Price of Sex in South America: A Guide for Secret Service Agents

The Price of Sex in South America: A Guide for Secret Service Agents

Finally, an angle on this secret service story that interests me! Big Think answers the tough questions…or at least the ones we want to know about….or at least the ones most media wouldn’t dare touch with a ten-foot pole.

As my friend martiniqueeny asked “I wonder who gets to do this research?”

Ted Nugent to Meet With Secret Service

 

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent to Meet With Secret Service

I had the opportunity to meet the Nuge a few years ago. I was on a video shoot project for a local hospital that contracted with Ted to provide a public service announcement on the dangers of substance abuse.

Now, given that perspective I understand that colors my upcoming thoughts on Ted.

So, the arrangement for the shoot determined that it would happen in his trailer parked behind the stage at a local summer county fair – that also features a lot of big name music acts during the week. His son greeted us and was very polite and courteous, but he asked us to wait for a bit while they cleaned out the trailer a little. The “cleaning out” was basically carrying out dozens of gun cases (full, I’m sure) and stowing them near by in a neat fashion. Weird, but kinda cool too. I’m not so turned off by folks that like to own guns.

Fast-forward 20 minutes – we are all set up in Ted’s trailer, ready to go, when he makes his entrance. Rednecky-cowboy hat and all. Dude was straight up polite to every one of us. Offered us cold beverages – no alcohol, of course. I will say honestly that the Nuge had a way of putting us at ease. And, as media production folks, we don’t encounter that all that often. We’ve shot with Sheryl Crowe, LeAnne Rimes, Helen Hunt – Ted was probably the most down to earth of all of them.

I’m not sure why I am pointing all of this out. I’m well aware of his conservative stance and have never agreed with him on political points. This recent brew-ha-ha concerning his statements about Obama getting re-elected certainly comes off as pretty dumb and ill-advised. The dude is also a pretty infamous misogynist — also, not cool.

Whenever the Nuge appears on the 24/7 news cycle I, like most people, roll my eyes. While I don’t think he can be reasoned with in political matters, I have at least felt like he is a human being and kind of down to earth in a way.

I was never even a huge fan of his music. But of all the famous people I’ve met over the years, meeting Ted was one of the more positive experiences.

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain. (New York Times article)

I have a brother that lives in France.  He is married to a French woman and they have a 4 year old daughter.  My brother is bi-lingual and his wife can speak 5 languages. They are starting to introduce their daughter to English.  I envy multilinguals….I think learning a second language is a great skill to have, especially for school-aged children. This New York Times article gives a pretty good run-down of the benefits.

Panoramic Overhead View of Paris

Panoramic Overhead View of Paris

This is a fun and interactive panoramic photo from a sky POV of Paris. You can pan, tilt and zoom with your mouse. Very high quality.

“Tree Lobsters”

“Tree Lobsters”

Steve Jobs’ Cancer Treatment Regrets

According to Steve Jobs’ biographer, Walter Isaacson, the Apple mastermind eventually came to regret the decision he had made years earlier to reject potentially life-saving surgery in favor of alternative treatments like acupuncture, dietary supplements and juices.

Forbes Article

Gibson Guitar plant raided, still no charges filed

Gibson Guitar plant raided, still no charges filed

Interesting video clip from Reason.tv, the Libertarian online media dispensary. I’m not a Libertarian, but I think this is an example of government overreach that might seem more accessible to most folks than, say, the Affordable Healthcare Act.

From Reddit user “aelbric”: An Open Letter to the Republican National Committee: I am your demographic and you’ve lost my vote

From Reddit user “aelbric”: An Open Letter to the Republican National Committee: I am your demographic and you’ve lost my vote

This post reflects my frustration with the GOP as well.  I have always been independent, but I did actually vote for Bush and was going to vote for McCain until he selected his VP running mate.  Ever since then, it seems the Republican party is being run by the insane asylum inmates. Read the post, it’s long but worth it.

The Soccermen – a Kickstarter project.

The Soccermen – a Kickstarter project.

Good on these guys.  I hope they can reach their funding “goal”. 🙂  Currently they are doing an AMA over at reddit.