A raised fist
A raised fist
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I’ve been pissed off in the aftermath of the siege on the US Capitol on Jan. 6th. For decades, I’ve watched America growing this “movement” — this Cancer. And I’ve been watching cynical politicians feed off the anger and resentment for their own profit, gain, power and ego. In news report after news report, I’ve seen pro-Trump people referring to themselves as Patriots. I’m fed up with it and I’m going to tell you why.

First of all, I come from a long line of unquestioning Republicans. I never questioned it. Until the 80’s when anti-abortion movements started taking over…

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It’s the middle of the night. I have no idea if we have a President yet, or not. Right before I went to bed, a very upset friend sent me a message shared by a mutual friend on Facebook yesterday. It’s a circulating meme going around in Conservative circles in the form of a “Divorce Agreement”. It’s well written. It’s articulate. It’s sad, really. As an “Excommunicated Republican”, both sides of it resonated with me. But it bothers me… enough that I couldn’t sleep. Not for what it says, but for what it assumes about America. …

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You often hear people complain about the pace of change in technology and how often their devices become obsolete. There are also the customers who want the latest tech, as soon as they can get it, damn the torpedoes! Manufacturers are often faced with having multiple generations of technology in their product lines at the same time and there is a constant pressure to stay current with the state of the art. Managing compatibility between generations so customers aren’t holding an orphaned product is a difficult but necessary part of managing your product line. Planning for a robust product line…

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So, I have a story to tell, and a question to ask, and a theory. But before I start, I want to apologize in advance to whoever I need to, because I’m an old, fat white guy and I don’t pretend to have a clue about how to talk about some of this stuff or what the right use of pronouns are here. I’m not exactly what you’d call “woke.” I’m not even sure how to define “woke.” But here we go. First, the story:

My wife and I needed to replace our kitchen faucet. On Friday night, we head…

It used to be, way back in the 60’s and 70’s, that almost every home either had a big, five-foot wide stereo console or a shelf full of audio components. Audio was a big part of people’s lives. The fact that many homes only had one or two TV channels may have been a part of that. But everyone spun records for entertainment. Replacing the needle was as common as getting the oil changed in your car. I remember my Grandma playing Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins while she made dinner.

But times have changed. Now everyone has access to…

Jeff Haagenstad

Jeff is the CEO of EXOGAL, a US manufacturer of high-end audiophile stereo equipment. He’s a proud Graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

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