The First Amendment doesn’t protect your Facebook or Twitter account.

The FCC has been regulating broadcast content since, well the birth of the FCC in 1934. To this day it is still not possible to utter a word of profanity on public television without repercussions.

In 1941, President Roosevelt created an Office of Censorship just before the U.S. officially entered Would War II. This office not only had sweeping powers to regulate content, but it could actually arbitrarily shut offending radio stations. The goal of this office was to prevent misinformation, propaganda, or anything that could cause a clear and present danger to America.

More recently, during the Iraq War…


The worst is when these "millionaires" are twenty somethings who made their small fortune by generating followers of their social media content, and then they exploit naïve and overworked marketing managers who have a budget to spend on social media marketing. Somehow, they think that it's legitimate and sustainable. They go on to tell everyone else how to become a con artist of the internet. Pretty amazing.


Despite what's being said in the news, or at the local Wal-Mart perhaps, most people are indeed taking covid-19 quite seriously. That said, here in France I have witnessed a major generational issue: I'll estimate that 90% of people (if not more) have taken covid seriously; amongst the group of aged 16 - 21 that number has been more like 40% - 50%. I've been astonished how many of my students (university level) have shrugged off the protective measures, but then when they actually get covid, they freak out. Even more strange, their fellow students in the upper levels (22 - 24) are far more likely to be avid mask wearers. It's a very bizarre situation that I imagine will be studied for many years to come.


Yes, and we saw this in a major way in 2006 with that Secret Law of Attraction BS that swept the nation, millions of corporate drones pinning an image of bank check for $10,000,000 to their cubicle, all in hopes that simply by loving money, they would receive money. But facts are facts, and all the credible research on income inequality clearly shows that economic mobility in America has now become rare, very rare, and worse yet, entirely unpredictable. …


I live in Europe after 38 years in America, and I have found it far far far easier to live here. Further, I find that people struggle a lot less here in general, let alone for basic things. Trying to have kids in the USA daunting, here, society is setup for it. It's almost as if... they thought about it.


The late comedian George Carlin "predicted" much of what is now happening, and those "predictions" were in the mid 90's. I use quotations because for him they were simply the reality, but back then; it's just that the symptoms had not yet manifested to their extremes, as they have now. Today, we cannot deny what Carlin said, it's right in our faces. I now teach finance to university students in France (many of them are actually from Africa and China however) and one of the challenges is motivating them to learn about what is essentially a corrupt and immoral system…


Call me old school, but if someone takes your money, then tells you that in order to get what you're paying for it will require a long-term commitment... doesn't that sound like a classic con job or pyramid scheme? As a Job Board, LinkedIn is now dominant, but I find that it has made the overall experience a lot lot worse. Now more than ever it is almost certain that someone's next job will come from people they actually know (in reality) rather than cold calls. I never thought I would miss the days of Monster.


How a six party political system in the USA could help lower the temperature of both politics and the planet.

The political situation in Washington D.C. today is terminal. While Americans from different political ideologies currently agree on very little, most do agree that there is a major problem. They may not agree on what that problem is exactly, but most do concur that the problem, whatever it is, has been compounded by a sheer lack of political diversity, a failed system of checks and balances, and an utter collapse of thoughtful discourse.

In this age of misinformation, the best answer to targeted political propaganda is not more thought control, but less

The advent of digital technology has ushered in…


There may not be a silver bullet for the current divide in the USA, but one is needed desperately.

The American political situation today is terminal. While today, Americans from different political ideologies agree on very little, most do agree that there is a major problem.

Americans may not agree on what that problem is exactly, but most do concur that the problem, whatever it is, has been compounded by a sheer lack of political diversity, a failed system of checks and balances, and an utter collapse of thoughtful discourse.

In this age of misinformation, the best answer to targeted political propaganda is not more thought control, but less

The advent of digital technology has ushered in an era…


Some common English phrases that literally make no sense.

If you want to confuse a non-native English speaker, there are plenty of ways to do it, but perhaps the most fun method is to utter some of the more commonly used catchphrases that us native speakers tend to take for granted.

When we take these phrases literally, they make absolutely no sense in the context that we use them in. Yet, the meaning behind these weird word combinations are universally understood in America, and oftentimes around the broader English speaking world.

Here are a few examples of some of these phrases, and how bizarre they are when we take…

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