The NFL Is The New Sheriff In Town

There are two common responses to the Adrian Peterson suspension. One goes like this: “What?! Others players have done far worse and have gotten far less.” The other side says, “Good. He got what he deserved.” But both sides take the phenomenal leap of assuming that the NFL should be in charge of distributing justice–even…
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Why The Federal Government Struggles To Fight Ebola

This article on Politico.com says that Americans are not confident in their government’s ability to response to the Ebola scare. Truth is, the U.S. has never done “government” well–as in, nationwide government action. It wasn’t created to do that. We’re not China. So we struggle with nationwide efforts such as immigration, with helping after Hurricane…
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I Bought A Pork Sandwich With Bitcoin

“Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up and try one of our world-famous BBQ Pork Sandwiches! It has onion. It has pickles. It has pork. It has BBQ. All on a soft, chewy bun. “It will only cost you 6.2 millibits of Bitcoin!” Milli-what? Bitcoins? *** Chances are, you’ve heard of Bitcoin; chances are, you don’t…
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Is Homeschooling Better?

I work for a school district, so it seems odd for me to ask such a question. Then again, one sees the good and bad when on the inside. I’ve written about this before. But even though state schools have their problems, the question this post poses still can’t be asked unless there’s some compelling…
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Mail Order Heroin

I once talked to a former drug addict who was a roadie for a rock-n-roll band. He shared about getting cocaine sent to him from his dealer back in LA when the band was on the road. “How do you send cocaine through the mail?” I asked. “Peanut Butter”, he replied. “Peanut butter?” “Yeah, you…
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The Boiling Point Of Aaron Swartz’s Suicide

The more I read about Aaron Swartz, the more he seemed like a hero from an Ayn Rand novel. Unfortunately, accompanying his Randian hero-like intelligence, moral IQ, and frustration that the rest of the population ignorantly resists progression was the nonfiction of his flaws. Swartz was too idealistic to work within the confines of the system,…
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The Right, The Left, And The Newtown Massacre

In our polarized country we need a new plateau of perspective rising above the two standard, reactionary viewpoints. The political Right and Left responded to the Newtown school shooting, this tragedy of exaggerated proportions, with similar and understandable extreme. First everyone feels terrible about what happened. Soon after, sorrow turns to fear and anger and ideology…
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Minnesota Is Being Laughed At

I suppose every state in the U.S. would be guilty of creating laws that ended up biting them. Or perhaps they just don’t enforce them the way Minnesota recently did. Regardless, Minnesota was mocked for interfering with free online education. Why the heck would a state like Minnesota, known for top-5-in-the-nation academics, prevent something so obviously…
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Beyond Politics

In China, I remember explaining the concept of campaigning to my adult English students. They laughed as I walked from one to the next, energetically shaking their hands and smiling. “See class? That’s what we get to do in America that you all miss out on here.” Well, that and political ads and debates and…
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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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