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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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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