The Right To Life; The Right To End It.

A difficult, but thought-provoking issue is the case of Englishman, Tony Nicklinson. The 57-year-old suffered a stroke in 2005 and has lost all ability to move except for some facial motion–including his eyes. And therein lies his only freedom, and his wish? To be able to choose death. First the technical: Nicklinson is able to communicate…
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20 Years

A picture is worth a thousands words. But I think these two photos say more like ten-thousand. This isn’t an economics blog; this isn’t a geography blog; this isn’t a political or ideological one. It’s simply a place to realize some “aha” moments. And if this picture doesn’t make your jaw drop a bit, then…well…oh,…
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Problem-solvers Vs. Doomsdayers

It seems that everywhere you look the end is near. The scientist tells us of imminent environmental catastrophe; economists say we’re headed for financial disaster; the politician claims a nightmare ahead for the poor, or the youth, or all of America for that matter.   And then I encountered this breath of fresh air: Doomsday…
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Insights Into Exercise

Why is it that people have such a hard time keeping an exercise routine? A cool article on the New York Times has some revealing answers. According to it, most go into exercise trying to lose weight or generally improve their health. Unfortunately for them, however, benefits usually don’t matter much to keeping us on track. The…
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Coca-Cola Sells In Every Nation But Two–Which Two?

After a 60-year absence in the country of Myanmar, Coca-Cola, historically the most popular brand name in the world, is returning. This means that in every country in the world, you can always feel a tad at home with a cool, red can of Coke in hand. That is, except for these two countries. This…
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Investor Vs. Liberal: A Poignant Daily Show Interview

Last time, I showed you a fella who thought income inequality was a threat to the country. This time, I bring you a guy–Edward Conard–who says the opposite. Interesting stuff. The part that got me thinking, “huh, I never thought of it like that” was when he compares us to Europe and Japan, states that…
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“A Nightmare We’re Marching Toward”

Catchy headline, huh? Yeah people like to be dooms-dayers. Using this phrase in the video, Joseph Stiglitz brings up some interesting data. Speaking about income inequality, he cites that only 8% of Ivy League students come from families in the bottom 50% of household incomes. Wow. I didn’t know that. That’s especially interesting because those…
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The Lessons Dad Taught Us

What are those life lessons dads are so good about teaching us? My article, “Five Lessons From Dad”, is now featured on the blog, The Good Life. You can see it there, or just read it right here below.  : ) ******************************************************************************************************** There are certain things that Father does best. And then there are certain…
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Lost Languages

An interesting phenomena globalization is. It produces such polarity: greater exposure and appreciation for other peoples of the world and their culture; at the same time, though, modernity has smoothed out the ridges of our differences and completely erases some nuances altogether. Some of these nuances come in the form of rare and unique languages.…
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5 Days To Go

New Plateaus’ first title is being released later this summer! For those of  you who don’t know, I spent a year living in and traveling around China. I wrote a ton about my time there (many of my articles can be found in the archives of this blog) and when I got home, I started…
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