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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 →

Minsk, Belarus Travel Review

Minsk is a very clean and well-planned out city, an example of what countries under the control of the Soviet Union may have looked like in modern day times had world events turned out differently. Unlike other former Soviet states,… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the Police and Power Abuse

Recently I finished watching a series of the newer Cops episodes. It got me thinking about some of the changes in perception we’ve had toward law enforcement in the past decade or so. It appears that opinions have been altered… Continue Reading →

Your Privacy is a Privilege – A Lesson from East Germany

Although college education has come under attack as of late, one valuable lesson from my university experience was studying overseas. Whenever I have the opportunity to discuss the merits of a college education, I always encourage students to consider studying… Continue Reading →

Is it Safe to Visit Kiev?

If you are wondering whether Kiev is worth visiting and if the city is safe for tourists, the answer to both is yes! To put this question into perspective, walking some of America’s inner cities at night is a far… 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 →

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 →

Living In Eastern Europe – An American Perspective – Service

As far as customer service goes, America wins hands down. There simply isn’t a better place I can think when it comes to the level of respect, attention to detail and thoroughness that Americans receive in all facets of life,… Continue Reading →

How You Can Really Make a Change

  I don’t really write in the format made for modern blogs, mostly because I don’t care who reads this. So I’ll avoid the single sentence paragraphs that are so common, these are simply my thoughts, oh well. I participate… Continue Reading →

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