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 […]

Self driving car

Google’s self-driving cars

The following video is a TED talk delivered in Vancouver, BC in March, 2015 by Chris Urmson, head of Google’s self-driving car program. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next. Why would […]

The Federal Reserve Jobs

The societal impact of June’s jobs numbers

On Thursday, the Bureau of Labor released it’s jobs report for June, 2015. According to the report, the economy added 223,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.3%. The problem with the jobs report is that, while the unemployment rate dropped, the reason it dropped is that people have stopped trying to find work. […]

Was Charleston a tipping point in the racism discussion?

Ferguson, Missouri. New York. Walter Scott. The racial upheaval resulting from these killings have dominated the news for much of the past nine months. But the Charleston massacre last week may have been a tipping point, ripping a large piece of the scab off the racial wound of this country, exposing the infection that keeps […]