Information Is Free … Now What?

For the overwhelming majority of human history, access to information has been severely limited. Sometimes, this was because the authorities (secular or religious) suppressed unsanctioned ideas, but usually it was the result of simple logistics: if you couldn’t find a living expert or an authoritative Read More …

Positive Intelligence vs. Emotional Agility

Are unpleasant feelings a valuable doorway to personal insight, or are they the destructive byproduct of misdirected survival instincts? Two best selling books square off on opposite sides of this debate. In Emotional Agility, psychologist and TED Talk favorite Susan David encourages us to seek Read More …

An Objective Look At Firearm Violence

The ongoing debate over mass shootings and gun control made me curious about the rate of actual firearm violence over the last few decades. I was surprised to see that virtually every chart available online contained cherry-picked data, either devoid of historical context, or a Read More …

Minimalist First-Aid Kit

How do you reconcile the “two is one, one is none” mentality of emergency preparedness with a desire for budget-friendly minimalism? The short answer is: the more you know, the less you need! An even shorter answer is: when in doubt, ask an expert. Why? Read More …

“Bail-Ins” And The War On Cash: Will Your Money Be Safe?

During the financial crisis of 2008, most of us became very familiar with the term “bail-out.” Banks that were considered “too big to fail” – i.e. vital to the stability of the national economy – received truckloads of taxpayer dollars to keep from collapsing. We Read More …

Carbs & Insulin Explained In Plain English

Have you noticed that there’s a tremendous amount of confusion associated with nutrition in general, and carbohydrates in particular? Let’s clear things up. What Is A Carb? First of all a carb is not a TYPE of food, it is a PART of food. There Read More …