Tagged: politics

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Big Sports and the Cable TV Bubble

In economics, a “bubble” occurs when when something gets wildly overvalued. Its value increases to ridiculous amounts, until people realize what’s going on. Then the bubble bursts. This has happened many times throughout history,...

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My Former Hero: Scott Adams

I was a big fan of “Dilbert” as a teenager. With its minimalist artwork and focus on office and technology jokes, it was utterly unlike the other comics in the newspaper. Soon I found...

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The Olympic Costs of Hosting the Olympics

Hosting the Olympic Games is one of the biggest honors a city (and country) can have. The World Cup is just as prestigious, especially in soccer-obsessed countries. But hosting the Olympics or World Cup...

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#lovewins: Fifty States of Gay

I was driving in my car when the DJ came on the radio to announce the news. In the landmark case of Obergefell vs. Hodges, the US Supreme Court has ruled that state and...

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American Musings on Scottish Independence

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Scotland will vote on whether to declare independence from the United Kingdom. As an American of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry, I have been following the debate. I’ve never...

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Avoiding Human Extinction

I’m amazed that human extinction isn’t more of a political issue. It should be. The survival of our species is the most important issue we can address. I’m not being hyperbolic. As living creatures,...

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The Future of Stephen Colbert

The big news in entertainment this week came from Stephen Colbert. After nine years of filming The Colbert Report, he is leaving the show to replace David Letterman as the host of The Late...

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The Eighth Deadly Sin

I’ve always liked the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. What makes this list so amazing is that you don’t have to believe in God or...

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Frozen Pipes and Big Government

During my first winter in Texas, I saw signs outside my apartment complex that said, “Freeze Warning: Keep Faucets Dripping”. This came as a surprise to a Michigander like me. Up north, we never...

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Upworthy and Terrible Headlines

Despite all its annoyances, I’m still a heavy Facebook user. Despite its problems, it’s still the best place to interact with my friends and share funny links on the Internet. For the most part,...