Author Archives: Fred Stiening

The end for Harold Camping

“They” say you are not really dead as long as someone remembers you.  Harold Camping may have died this week. You might remember him as the head of Family Radio, the numerologist who predicted that the rapture was going to … Continue reading

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Following in the Footsteps of National Socialism

Both Elizabeth Warren and ailing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are proposing the notion of a “wealth tax” on the “ultra rich”.   This is a fundamental change in how our government would pretend to be funded, and it has an … Continue reading

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Stock Trades were meant to be free?

E*trade has joined Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade in eliminating trading fees on retail stock trades  (and other financial products).   The dirty little secret is that $5 per trade fee was never the reason your online brokerage loves you. … Continue reading

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Pumpkins and Beer

Now there is a recipe for disaster!

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While you were distracted

In another time, what I am about to tell you would have been huge national news. Since the news media seems to be obsessed only with finding a way to impeach Donald Trump, you have not heard about this. Jack … Continue reading

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Septa is not just about public transit

September, from the Latin Septum, meaning Seven. Latin seems so non-inclusive.   Each special interest  group in the Democratic Party should be encouraged to rename days, months and planets.  

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How Stupid is Joe Walsh?

He says he doesn’t know why Salem Radio fired him from his syndicated radio show the day he announced he is a candidate for President. https://dailycaller.com/2019/08/26/joe-walsh-radio-show-canceled/ Setting aside the issue of running against Donald Trump in the Republican primary, you … Continue reading

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Podcasting explains why Amtrak is so bad

I came up with this comparison while engaged in a discussion about India railways on YouTube. India railways employees 1.4 million people, making it one of the largest non-military employers of the world. Because India railways is operated essentially to … Continue reading

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What makes music popular?

Is it the quality of the music? The opinions of the people listening? Probably not. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/radio-stations-hit-pay-for-play-867825/ It adds a detail that might explain why there are so many country music stations in a genre which maybe isn’t that popular.

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Improved All FCC Licenses Query

This is an old, but very powerful, search tool that is only slightly related to radio. The FCC makes available a database of every fixed location transmitter license (including broadcast licenses, excluding federal agencies, of course). Access to this search … Continue reading

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