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About libertarianmathprof

I'm a college Math Professor, and have been since 2002 after teaching HS Math for a year. I teach mostly entry level subjects such as Prealgebra and Algebra, but enjoy teaching classes that have logic or statistics as part of the content (something that goes beyond just doing arithmetic). Prior to that, I worked for 25 years as an actuary specializing in the design and administration of retirement plans for small businesses. My interests include, in no particular order: Libertarian politics Economics, particularly Austrian economics and political economics Female acoustic singer-songwriters, the more unknown, the better Oldies from the pre-British invasion era, when pop music radio stations played everything from Jimmy Dean to Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Lawrence Welk, and it sounded all so natural together (and you can actually understand the words as you sing along with the songs word for word) Puzzles, particularly logic-based puzzles such as Sudukos NPR Will Short's puzzle on WESUN Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals in particular The Cleveland Browns of the 1960's (led by QB Frank Ryan, perhaps the only NFL player with a Ph.D. in Mathematics) The NCAA men's basketball tournament The Winter Olympics Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the most famous person you've never heard of. Her nonviolent and tireless pursuit of democracy for Burma (and don't call it Myanmar as long as those nutcases with OCD continue their illegal rule of this nation) makes her one of the true heroes of our time--and perhaps of all time. You go girl! When in the car, if I'm not listening to CD's, I listen to: WFAE ("Your NPR News Source")--Charlotte's NPR affiliate. Mostly during the NPR news shows during drive time WNCW--eclectic music legend out of Western North Carolina. WNCW plays just about anything--what it doesn't play is easier to describe than what it does play WSGE--"your independent music source" from Gaston College. Exists in a parallel universe and overlaps a lot with WNCW. WRBK ("Classic Oldies")--automated noncommercial FM station out of Chester County, SC whose playlist is about as broad as you can get (1950's through the early 1980's) unless it's..... WAIZ ("63 Big Ways") a recreation of the legendary Charlotte top 40 station from the 60's airing out of Hickory, NC. Usually infested with static, but the static is a minor inconvenience to be able to hear oldies ignored by most other radio stations. WAVO, from Rock Hill, SC. Does for standards what Big Ways does for pre-British invasion oldies. Also WAVO and Big Ways overlap a lot, with both playing some of the greatest music ever recorded that doesn't get played too many places! 650 AM WSM ("The Legend") when I'm driving home late at night after teaching night classes. The station that made the Grand Ole Opry Famous KMOX from St. Louis. Flagship station for the St. Louis Cardinals. That says it all!

Economic Fact and Fiction

1. There is no such thing as a free lunch 2. More specifically, there is no such thing as “free” college, “free” medical care, etc. 3. There are two laws that nobody can change—the law of gravity and the law … Continue reading

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coupons on food and other items

This one would be a good one for the late Andy Rooney. Ever notice that while coupons are bigger in value, they also require you to purchase more than one of the item?  For example, in the past, Kellogg’s might … Continue reading

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Songs that belong on Rolling Stone’s Top 500, but aren’t

In no particular order they are: “Love Is Strange”–Mickey and Sylvia–how can you NOT fall for that opening hook? “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”–The Tokens–the opening vocals (“wee….eee…..eee….um….wee….eee…eee…eee…….wee…um…uh….way”) in this classic do what the opening guitar hook does in “Love is … Continue reading

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Adele’s pregnancy

Why do celebrity mags glamorize and glorify the pregnancies of unmarried entertainers such as Adele, Jessica Simpson, etc.  Don’t they realize that by doing so, they are engaging in irresponsible journalism? Furthermore, their doing so gives the impression  to impressionable teenage and … Continue reading

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Best instrumental works of all time

…..and I don’t mean instrumental versions of songs that would otherwise have lyrics.  I mean songs that were composed as lyric-free songs. These are the flightless birds of popular music, a style that has all but disappeared from currently popular … Continue reading

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The penalty for not having health insurance being regarded as being a tax is a major error.   Taxes are collected by the government to raise revenues, with the anticipated revenues from taxes being part of the budget making process … Continue reading

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Players, coaches, etc. who belong in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

1.  Otis Taylor.  The receiving end of many of HOFer Len Dawson’s passes.  Together, they embarrassed Minnesota in the last Super Bowl game played by an AFL team. 2. Jack Kemp.  More famous as a politician, he literally led San … Continue reading

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