The Big Picture

Conflict Spiral

by Eubie on June 20, 2014

If you are a fan of peace (or rather, a ‘man of peace’), the news is not good. After 60 continuous Cold War-ish years of ever-increasing peacefulness here on Home Base Alpha, we’re now in the midst of a seven-year slide, so says the just-released 2014 Global Peace Index put out by the Institute for Economics […]


‘Mr. G’ and ‘Jellybean’

by Eubie on May 27, 2014

Well, we just liked this story so much we thought we’d put it up on the ol’ board for our legion of followers to see!


The Wrongly Accused

by Eubie on April 9, 2014

Today comes a story from the InterWebs of a man freed from prison after serving 25 years for a murder he didn’t commit. These stories are increasingly popping up in the news, especially as the work of such organizations as the Innocence Project gain traction. Why is this particular story so compelling? The level of […]


This is Some Creepy A** S**t!

by Eubie on September 12, 2013

There’s no other way to describe this video than ‘mesmerizingly disconcerting’… okay, yeah, there’s probably a million other ways to describe it, but watch and decide for yourself what is your reaction (and how to translate that reaction into words). We’ll skip any explanatory intro so as not to spoil the visuals (and the surprises […]


The Lumpy Prole

by Eubie on September 8, 2013

We’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves. Tomorrow’s tip includes an attempt at cleverness by punning, eggcorning, neologizing or some such word play of the word ‘lumpenproletariat‘ (we’ll leave you to discover it when the tip comes out tomorrow morning). Of course, this led us to a bit of Internet investigating to see exactly how […]


Notes on the Zombie Apocalypse

by Eubie on June 23, 2013

World War Z is in theaters this weekend. The movie, based on the critically-acclaimed book, received generally good reviews, though most of the critics who also read the book were quick to point out that something of the latter’s depth was lacking in the film. Interesting side note: the book was written by Max Brooks, […]


Payback: Update on the Brian Banks Story

by Eubie on June 17, 2013

Brian Banks? He’s the former standout high school football star who had his career path to college (and professional) sports success interrupted by a ‘vacation’ of five hard at one of California’s many, many overflowing prisons (and another five on probation, including signing up as a sex offender) for a rape he did not commit. […]


Working Moms

by Eubie on May 29, 2013

Wanted to toss this up for comment from the legion of UB followers out there! Mothers are now the top earners in 40 percent of all households. This represents a rather important societal shift. More mothers as top breadwinners, more single mothers, fewer marriages, more pressure on government and business to enact family-friendly policies to […]


What’s Wrong With the Media

by Eubie on May 12, 2013

The Fourth Estate is ***ked! That’s the verdict of this article from the website MarketWatch. Why? According to article author Brett Arends, what’s driving today’s media market is to blame: 1) the speed at which stories go to press… or to cyberspace; 2) declining revenues in an era of free information and information overload; 3) […]


Hoist With Our Own Petard

by Eubie on May 3, 2013

“The world is coming to an end, I don’t even care… as long as I can have a limo and my orange hair!”–Earache My Eye, Alice Bowie Question: What happens when you put a bunch of smarty-pants, know-it-all eggheads in a room together? Answer: Doom! Well, a prediction of doom, anyway. Apparently, Oxford University (nesting […]