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Decennial Anniversary

Ten years ago today my writing “career” started with a short column on the Quebec Summit of the Americas published in a soon-to-be-dead online magazine. A hundred and fifty columns, 4,500 blog posts, and fifteen hundred dollars in earnings later, here I am. This summer the novel will be out in print, and I’m hoping another major project will be nearing completion (It’s not much, but it’s something solid). I can’t complain about how things have gone, I’ve had every opportunity a writer can ask for. Some of my articles have been read by thousands of people. That’s not impressive in today’s media world, but it would have been impressive to that college freshman back in 2001. Every once in a while I consider calling it quits altogether. Those moments don’t last long. To everyone I owe thanks, thanks. To everyone else, thanks too.

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  • // Good take-down of the new Atlas Shrugged movie.
  • Quote:"Forty-one percent of federal student loan borrowers who started repayment in 2005 have either defaulted on their loans or have been delinquent on their loans at some point, according to this report.

    The study found that although 15 percent– or 258,404 students representing $3.2 billion in loans – actually defaulted on their loans, the percentage of people who have trouble repaying their loans, but never actually default, is much higher.

    Twenty-six percent – or 454,000 borrowers, representing $8.5 billion in loans – were delinquent at some point, but never defaulted.

    // And it's only getting worse.