Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

When Billionaires Battle Billionaires

We scoff at Vladimir Putin’s Russian oligarchy of billionaires, but American politics has become, in many ways, a battle between billionaires over health care, environmental regulations and tax policy. The … Continue reading

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Happy Crap You Can’t Actually Buy

Brick and mortar retailers try everything to lure customers into their stores. Sky Mall retailers have a captive audience on airplanes that are looking for something to divert their attention … Continue reading

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Reflections on Former Iowa Cornfields

Dallas County just west of Des Moines, Iowa has a serious problem with school overcrowding. Three decades ago, it worried about President Jimmy Carter’s grain embargo. Michael Barbaro’s piece in … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

American Women: ‘Almost Equal’

The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been introduced in every Congress since 1923, but still hasn’t passed. While equality for women in America may be generally assumed, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Boyhood Dream of Bug Wrangling

Little boys love to play with bugs, but few dream of making a career of it. Except for Steven Kutcher of Pasadena who parlayed a biology background into a Hollywood … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Being Sent to Water School

Misbehaving people are sent to school to stop drinking and driving or to curb their anger. Now miscreants in California are being carted off to water school. Residents in Santa … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Before Edward Snowden

If you want to know why Edward Snowden leaked classified information and fled the country, the answer may be living in Oregon. Working in Congress as a Republican staffer for … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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