The Emotional Path

To better understand the role of emotions in a person’s life, it is necessary to understand how the brain functions and how the emotional and rational work together. The two main structures in the brain that demonstrate this functionality are the amygdala and the neocortex. In humans, the amygdala – from the Greek word for […]

A Breakdown of Police use of Fatal Force in 2016

The Washington Post has published a page detailing how many people have been shot and killed by police in 2016. The data is pulled from news reports, public records, social media and other sources and is automatically updated. They have also made the file containing the details of each person killed by police available to the public. […]

Practice makes automatic

Practice makes automatic. Not better

It has been said that practice makes perfect. But it really doesn’t. In the past, I’ve modified the saying to “practice makes permanent”. That’s a better way to look at practice. But now I think there may be even a better way to think of practice. I think it’s more precise to say, “practice makes automatic”. […]

Transgender

Wading into the transgender debate

A few years ago, I did a series on homosexuality. I’m going to link a few of the posts below. This week, I hope to summarize a couple of these posts and reframe them in the context of transgender issues. I have no answers, but hope to shed some light on the topic from past […]

Does Facebook suppress conservative news and views?

The cynical underlying reality is that Facebook does not wish to appear heartless, but does not (yet) have the more subtle manipulative institutions that newspapers and TV stations have developed over decades or even centuries. They clumsily act in a politically correct manner, without proper institutional camouflage, and now they are being called on it. […]

United Healthcare

United Healthcare is leaving ObamaCare. It’s a big deal, and here’s why

Despite being the largest health insurer in the country (pending the merger of Aetna and Cigna), United Healthcare is leaving ObamaCare in 2017 in all but a handful of states. Why? “The smaller overall market size and shorter-term higher risk profile within this market segment continue to suggest we cannot broadly serve it on an […]

Is Bernie Sanders Wrong on the Gender Pay Gap?

It’s been spoken by comedian Sarah Silverman: MEDIA CLIP: Oh, hi. I’m Sarah Silverman, writer, comedian, and vagina owner. Women make up almost half the working population, yet we typically earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man makes in almost every profession. And Senator Bernie Sanders: There is no rational economic reason why […]

Prison Cell Block

Incarcerating the community: the impact of a large prison population

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Incarcerating the community

During the Baltimore riots earlier this year, I ran across an article that spoke to the community impact on Baltimore due to the lack of an older generation with the Black community. The article, titled ‘Lord of the Flies’ comes to Baltimore, interviewed 28-year-old Zachary Lewis, with the author asking him about the absence of older men. He […]

M-Pesa Payment

M-Pesa: Africa’s mobile payment advantage

M-PESA (M for mobile, pesa is Swahili for money) is a mobile-phone based money transfer and microfinancing service, launched in 2007 by Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile network operator. M-PESA was originally designed as a way to allow microfinance-loan repayments to be made by phone. Doing this reduced costs, and made it possible for lower […]