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A very brief discussion about capitalism and democracy. Before the industrial revolution started in the 1700s and gained steam, pun intended, in the mid-1800s, when the start of mass production of goods became de rigueur, capitalism as we know it didn't exist. If you want more detail on the history of industrialization, it's available online, ...

We're going back to the moon after fifty years. And not just to kick dust or gather rocks, but to look at the moon as a launch platform for exploring our solar system and perhaps the first in a chain of roadside rest stops and refueling stations on other planets and asteroids on our way to the stars.The question is,...

What Can We Do To Ratchet Down The Threats Of Violence Based On Race?

I'm about to embark on a discussion of a theory for which I am under-qualified, at least in academic terms. I strive to develop evidence based theories and opinions whenever I can. They are not merely opinions with no basis in fact, but may not be established beyond argument. As I start this piece, I have no idea how long...

We, humans, are tribal by nature. The archeological evidence from graves and other sites indicates that we have been tribal for a long time. Anthropological studies show there is debate about the effects of tribalism on society. I can't imagine that I could or should argue with the anthropologists. Nonetheless, I have some thoughts on tribalism and...

The first time I heard the term "user-friendly" was in the early days of the IT revolution in the 1980s. User-friendly referred to how easy a piece of software was to use by the typical not-techie user or how intuitive navigating a website could be, again, by a non-techie. I can tell you that the term was magic in its...

He grabs his loaded AR-like weapon and begins to slink along a wall toward the living room where they think the sound came from. He hears something behind him. Finger on the trigger, he swings his weapon around in the dark, knocking a hole in the drywall with the barrel. He sees a blurry image at the end of...

Maybe you've heard of the Great Replacement Theory, or maybe you just heard about it because of the bat-shit crazy white supremacist shooter in Buffalo, NY. If not, it goes something like this; Simply put, the conspiracy theory says there is a plot to diminish the influence of white people. Believers say this goal is being achieved both through the...