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What Will Happen in 2020? Thoughts on Politics & Media in 2019

Now 2 years into the Trump presidency, I find myself at a political crossroads. I think much has changed since this formidable election, unfortunately none for the good as I see divisions in the country being dug deeper than before…. Continue Reading →

Does The Minimum Wage Help The Poor And Small Businesses? 4 Arguments Against Raising The Minimum Wage

Having majored in the so called “dismal science” known as economics, I will concede that much of economic theory must be prefaced by the statement “all things being equal.” Unless you are living in a cave, you’ll soon realize that… Continue Reading →

Why Pulling the Michael Jackson Episode from The Simpsons Sets a Bad Precedent

As a long time Simpsons fan and semi professional global distributor of Simpson’s themed tic tacs (need to update my LinkedIn), I have mixed feelings about the recent decision concerning the famous Michael Jackson episode, officially known as “Stark Raving… Continue Reading →

Privacy is a Privilege – A Lesson from East Germany

Although college education has come under attack as of late, one valuable lesson from my experience was studying overseas. Whenever I have the opportunity, I always encourage students to consider studying abroad. Despite the hackneyed phrase, my education overseas did… Continue Reading →

Is it Safe to Visit Kiev?

If you are wondering whether Kiev is worth visiting and if the city is safe, the answer to both is yes! I’ve spent considerable time in Kiev and can vouch that Kiev is safe both day and night. You must… Continue Reading →

My Moldova Experience

Being situated in Poland, where travel possibilities in all directions are limited only by several hours, I opted to visit Moldova. Having done no prior research besides the location on the map, I arrived with completely unbiased expectations. Arrival I’ve… Continue Reading →

When the Internet Goes Wrong – Sovereign Citizens

How the Internet is Fueling Extremism in America The Internet has made it possible for nearly anyone to have a voice, which is something I wouldn’t want to take away. Like any advancement though, be it technological or otherwise, this… Continue Reading →

Financial Crash Survival Guide

As of this writing, which is in the tail end of August, it will be about 10 years since the financial crisis of 2008. We’ve been in one of the longest bull market streaks since then, although the pains of… Continue Reading →

The Downside of Fame

One of the biggest drawbacks of social media is that it connects us closer to others we don’t know. And by doing so, it tricks us into thinking we know them. This is why when we hear of the suicide… Continue Reading →

James Randi Is a Hero

With the exception of professional wrestling, which I’ve written a piece about, I find that magic is one of few experiences both adults and children can enjoy at equal levels. What I mean by equal is that an adult can… Continue Reading →

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