Minnesotan Mensches

Idea Mensch is a simple premise: help nascent entrepreneurs by bringing them together and having them listen to presentations by not-so-nascent entrepreneurs–those who’ve “broke through” and can tell their tales of inspiration, ingenuity, and insight. I was alerted to one of these events right here in Minneapolis Monday night. It wasn’t a large event, maybe…
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The Rich Pt. 3: Mitt Romney

When sizing up President Obama with his Republican contender, I’ve compared their backgrounds, experience, and ideologies. Liberal/Conservative; private sector/public sector; Republican/Democrat. But have we thought about Romney and Obama’s leadership from a biological point of view? No, not Black/White. Alpha/Beta. Like a Boss, written by National Review editor Kevin D. Williamson, makes this case. New…
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Selective Recognition And The Greek Financial Crisis

Continuing from the last post, we look at the most recent example of bonafide financial turmoil: Greece. In Wednesday’s article, I shared how when it comes to economic or political themes, people are selective with their perspectives. We talked about rich people and how some people only see the wealthy as fleecing the public for…
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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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