Category: Nonfiction

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Fixing the Electoral College

Every four years, Americans complain about the Electoral College, only to forget all about it once the election is over. And while a single blog post will lead to reform, I’d still like to...

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No Smoking

I hate cigarettes. I always have. If there’s even a whiff of smoke in the air, I can smell it. And while I certainly have my share of bad habits, smoking is not one...

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Who Owns Star Wars?

Note: This article was written just a couple of weeks before George Lucas sold the Star Wars Franchise to Disney. And while I doubt that Lucas read my article, I’m glad he came to...

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Atheism vs Secular Humanism

While researching my recent article on religion and morality, I started looking for atheist and non-religious people who have made a positive change in this world. There were plenty of people to choose from,...

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Disney Princesses in a Democratic Republic

The Walt Disney Company has built a entertainment dynasty around princesses. Over the years they have come out with a whole line of fairy tale heroines. These Disney princesses — Ariel, Belle, Snow White,...

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Religion and Morality

The Dalai Lama recently said that religion isn’t enough. He says we need something else to boost moral and ethical thinking in the world. I agree with this statement. While we have traditionally connected...

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Universal Health Care and Job Creators

In recent years, conservative politicians have talked about creating more jobs to boost the economy. They talk about lowering taxes on wealthy “job creators”. However, I think that the best way to stimulate business...

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Lost Letters: New Alphabets

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at letters of the alphabet that didn’t quite make the cut. Some of the these letters were added to the alphabet and later dropped. Others were...

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Lost Letters: Modern Spelling Reforms

Over the centuries, many spelling reforms have tried to add new letters to the alphabet. Given that the Emperor Claudius couldn’t pull this off, you might think that no new letters have been added...

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Ode to This Old House

I’ve been a fan of This Old House since I was a little kid. I liked it so much that my grandpa suggested I go into heating and cooking. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hammer a...