Eat The Rich

Are you mad at rich people? Do you respect them? The class warfare debate is as alive as ever, and an article in the New York Times stirred the coals with this piece. It says that France’s new Socialist President, François Hollande, is eyeing a 75% income tax for French citizens who make over $1.25M a year.…
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The New Loch Ness Monster Sighting

Do you believe in monsters–or aliens, or ghosts… A neat image surfaced in the media on Friday. (That’s not all that is said to have surfaced.) That attractive monster from Loch Ness was sighted–but in that oh-so-teasingly way that cleanly continues to divide the believers from the skeptics. Reading about it, both sides have lots…
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Women In Underwear: American Style

Images are constantly used to make a statement. Sometimes, however, there’s more than one statement being made–and that’s the case below. And instead of offering just one take, let’s encompass the multiple ways this picture can be seen.     What’s your initial reaction? Mine was that the image is both a slight against rail-thin…
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Prisons Should Be For Protection And Rehabilitation–Not Revenge

In November 2009, Andrew Conley, 17, was wrestling with his 10-year old brother when he decided to put a choke hold on him. This was no innocent big brother antic, however. It was the act of a killer. Conley was a very troubled teenager. He had tried to kill himself because of fights he had…
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New Plateaus Geography Spotlight # 3 – São Tomé And Príncipe

*This article was co-written with the help of the talented and intelligent, Thomas Brandt. If you’re ever interested in contributing ideas or material to New Plateaus, please express it. 🙂 Gosh, with a name like São Tomé and Príncipe you’ve got to assume some kind of western European influence, huh? But that doesn’t help a whole…
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A Generation Back From The Dead

This is a piece about our connection to ancestors, their way of life in the Midwest, and these discoveries through one little old lady. My Aunt Olive Hendrickson was born in South Dakota and now lives in South Saint Paul. I’m 31; so guess what year she was born: 1970? Back to 1958? How about…
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Hmm, Maybe Canada Really Is On Top Of The U.S.

When I was a boy, the Cannuck currency was 2/3 that of America’s. I remembered the ratio by comparing it to the ratio of kilometers to miles. And though it was still cool to have Canadian coins (money was still money and good for candy!), I know the storekeepers in my hometown preferred the American…
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Your Own Virtual Girlfriend

In Japan, technologists have created some kind of cutie-pie cartoonish virtual young woman who follows you around in real life. You won’t get any street cred for having this gal by your side, though, because you’re the only one who can see her. She’s not imaginary–just fake. Before we go on, take a look. Start…
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The Irony Of Apple

Steve Jobs was a self-starting, free-thinking entrepreneur. Yet whenever a new Apple product is released, we see that part of his legacy is a population of those who chase trends and hold a brand in sacred esteem. A recent article from the news magazine, The Week, offered a piece called “Five Reasons Apple is a…
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On Freedom, China, And ObamaCare

Happy Fourth of July! Here are some thoughts about freedom. My friend, Susan, attends a very liberal liberal-arts college. It offers no majors or class requirements. The intention is to remove all roadblocks from a student pursuing their interests. I thought it sounded great. In high school and college I hated having to take classes…
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