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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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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