Anger Of Muslims Part 2: Making Sense In 3D

In the end and in the know everything makes sense. It does simply because it is. The problem is that we don’t always know the whole story. I took the isolated incidents of the anti-Islam video release and the extreme response to it and thought it very odd, as I have many times past, that…
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Anger Of Muslims

The narrative surrounding the protests and violence in the Middle East is that it is occurring because a film called Innocence of Muslims depicts Mohammed. It’s against Islamic law to create images of their prophet, and this movie certainly crosses that line as it has an actor portraying him. This same reason was credited for…
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Lottery Scratch-offs Part 2: Stating The Obvious

Part 1 was about the interesting psychology that gambling brings out in people. We also looked at those $30 scratch-offs and the mixed feelings that come with buying those things. But while people have to wrestle with their own budgets and morals to see if gambling has a place in their lives, there’s another aspect of the…
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Lottery Scratch-offs Part 1: Not Just A Dollar Anymore

I was driving home from my brother’s last weekend when I stopped to fuel up on the edge of his small town. After washing the windshield, emptying out my wrappers and empty soda cans, and fillin’ ‘er up, I went inside to pay. I handed the nice young lady my credit card. And while she…
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The Lesser Of Two Evils = Vote Third Party

President Obama is easily the most likeable president I’ve been alive to see. His leadership capabilities range from inspiring to heart-warming. He’s charismatic and has a great family. But in areas of national defense and drug policy President Obama has been a disappointment. In fact, he’s been indefensibly terrible. In these days when his supporters…
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A Neighborhood Boy With No Parents Around

Last night I was walking home when a faint voice got my attention. I looked toward the houses on my left and saw a boy looking at me sitting on the steps of a house. “What’s that?” I asked back. “You know what time it is?” he asked. “8:30”, I responded to the young man…
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New Plateaus Spotlight: Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya

New Plateaus is about interesting people, places, and ideas. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get it all of this in one story. This article is about education, the history of East Africa, and how a Minnesota-connected university is doing their part to develop a continent. I met Pat Mahin last winter when I worked at an Italian…
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Good News/Bad News–for Only $1

The capability and popularity of dollar store retail outlets say a lot about the times we live in.  And while one says something bad, the other is good. So enjoy this good news/bad news post, and as I usually prefer, we’ll start with the bad so we can end on the good: ) It’s not…
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Problem Solved? #2 Meat-eating

I like meat; you like meat. Most everyone likes meat. But there are problems with being carnivores: scarcity, price, and (scoff if you must) there’s that whole moral issue. Back in May, I introduced a series called “Problem Solved?”. These posts take a look at current conundrums in our world and introduces revolutionary ways to solve…
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Charity And The Little League World Series

A Little League team from Uganda is the first ever from Africa to reach the final tournament at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. For these boys, it’s a whole new world: the crowds in the stands, the national media, the luxury of their lodgings. Along with their countryfolk behind them, the team from Uganda had the continent of Africa…
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