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I love reading and talking about politics, culture, and religion with my peers. It’s easily one of my favorite pastimes.

Over the past 5 year or so, however, we have seen a strange air settle over the country and broader society. Most of the things listed above feel too sensitive to talk about. That doesn’t mean people have stopped having opinions or questions about them, of course, it’s just that voicing them has become too uncomfortable, taboo, or even dangerous. In large part, because the court of public opinion has deemed certain ideas/questions as unacceptable, illegitimate. See James Damore.


Rewind four years ago to 2016. FiveThirtyEight national polls showed Hilary Clinton with a 5 to 6 percentage point advantage over then-candidate Donald Trump. Although this narrowed to about 4 points the day before the election, most were confident this would ensure an easy Clinton victory. It turned out the polls were missing something. I surmise part of the miscalibration was attributable to a large tranche of voters that preferred not to broadcast their support for Trump.

Fast forward to 2020, FiveThirtyEight is showing Biden with a 10 to 11 percentage point advantage over Trump in the national polls. Is…

Online college adoption has grown over the past decade, but its expansion has been slower than many had hoped. That said, many are still optimistic that it can expand significantly and help drive down higher education costs through competition with traditional universities.

The majority of those who complete online degrees (at least before COVID) either work part or full-time, and/or support a family, as the flexibility and price point of online programs naturally cater to such students. …

One of the problems with the state of the news today is that it often plays into our worst tendencies. This includes both the content of the news, as well as the medium through which we consume it.

First, the internet has changed the content of the news because it has shrunk the world. We are now able to travel, stay connected, and read the news from any part of the world, immediately. This has created a feeling that we must be engaged and care about national and international issues as much if not more than what happens more locally.

Straight and simple, going into the office is expensive. Let’s assume the average worker drives 15 miles one way to work every day, totaling 30 miles a day in the car. If we assume gas costs $2.50 per gallon and your average car gets 25 miles to the gallon, that’s about $3.00 per day for gas. Then we must add wear and tear costs on the vehicle, which we can assume is about $.10 per mile. That equates to another $3.00 in vehicle costs per day, for total vehicle costs per week of about $30.

Next, let’s estimate that the…

Here’s a proposal to make the work week more productive and less stressful. shouldn’t that be the goal, anyhow?

Monday: work from home, start at 8:30–4:30 PM

Tuesday: office 8:30–4:30

Wednesday: work from home, 8:00–5:00 PM

Thursday: office, 8:30–4:30 PM

Friday: office from 8:00–3:00 PM

Everyone experiences to some degree or another the Sunday blues. A major contributor to this is the thought of having to wake up early the next morning, prepare lunch and trek to the office. It’s especially tough during the winter for those of us who live in a tundra climate, not knowing whether the car…

I got on a strange kick to learn more about the history of U.S. presidents, specifically any interesting differences or trends between Republican and Democratic presidents throughout history.

The different birth dates of the Democratic and Republican parties makes it a bit tricky to compare apples to apples. The first 6 presidents belonged to various parties that no longer exist: an independent (George Washington), a Federalist (James Madison), and four Democratic-Republicans. Then, there were four Whig presidents scattered in the years before 1860.

The first president of the Democratic party is considered Andrew Jackson in 1829. Meanwhile, Abraham Lincoln was…

When I lived in Rome last year I remember what a strange feeling it was to see restaurants and shops with signs on their doors reading: “Closed for ferragosto, reopening August 30.” Every year on the feast of the Assumption, August 15, Italy celebrates its “ferragosto” (August holiday). For roughly the next two weeks, Italy slows down as Italians take time for vacation before the academic year and high tourist season begin.

I remember thinking this would never happen in the U.S., but wishing it would.

Then Covid hit and the U.S. shut down for weeks consecutively. Based on my…

Just a quick glance and one can see 2020 is a bad year to experiment with an election. We are politically divided as a country, battling a public health pandemic, facing civil unrest and upticks of violence in many large cities, and trust in American institutions (Washington, the Postal Service, the media), are at low points. This combination of factors, mixed with added distrust, uncertainty or significant delays in electing a president would be fertile ground for more commotion, protests, and potential violence. That’s why widespread mail-in voting for the 2020 election is a foolish proposition.

While I don’t believe…

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“Let’s go!” I scream as a turn the shower dial all the way to the right. “Woah! Yeah!” I exclaim as the cold water hits my skin and I feel my body jolt from its dormancy. Two minutes later I am wired and haven’t yet had my morning cup of Joe.

I have gone on a few different cold shower kicks over the past few years. Every time I restart one of them, I ask myself in amazement, “why did I ever stop?” Of course, as soon as I cave and take a hot shower, my question is convincingly answered…

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