Ugly Americanism

When I was 18 I was fortunate enough to go on a trip to Italy and France. In Paris, I had a profound experience with kind strangers who opened their bar after hours to prevent us from walking through a bad part of town. While there they served us unlimited wine and bowls of peanuts […]

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Accidental Essay on Stupidity

So I accidentally wrote an essay on stupidity in response to an article about stupid people having more friends. My accidental essay was responding both to the main article and a comment claiming it was more about introverts vs extroverts. I think I make sense here, and for this being a stream of thought, I […]

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On Modern Times

Sometimes I feel like the world is a broken record. It never seems to change. The patterns persist, and I spend far too much time caught up in the net. But this year (2015) there is a feeling that has fallen over the Earth like dry heat. At first, it’s comfortable—perfect even—but soon you feel […]

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Vertical Farming: A Solution to the Future (Chap. 42 in Life On a Treadmill)

In one hundred years, from 1900 to 2000, the global population grew from 1.5 billion to 6 billion, a 4.5 billion person increase. By 2050 the global population is expected to reach between 9 and 10 billion. The causes of such massive population growth are the result of advances in healthcare technology, lower mortality rates, […]

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