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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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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