Music Monday: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

My son and I just finished watching the first episode of a relatively new series on Apple TV: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything. Here's a brief description of the eight-part series: An immersive, deep-dive rich with archival footage and interviews, “1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything,” will show how the musical icons … Continue reading Music Monday: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

Friday Fallacy: If By Whiskey

This may or may not become a  semi-regular feature on Fridays. It depends on how many fallacies I find interesting enough to write about. I have been fascinated by the world of behavioral economics for several years now, and always enjoy learning something new, especially when it comes to our cognitive biases. Dan Ariely mentioned … Continue reading Friday Fallacy: If By Whiskey

Some Striking Financial Disparities Between Black and White Americans

CNN recently had a story that used four charts to show the financial disparity between Black and White Americans. I think this is worth sharing so that as many people as possible are aware of such disparities. Awareness of a problem is often the first step needed before working towards a solution. As they say, … Continue reading Some Striking Financial Disparities Between Black and White Americans

Music Monday: The Linda Lindas – Punk Is Alive and Well in the U.S.

The Linda Lindas, a young, half-Asian, half-Latinx group comprised of two sisters (Lucia,14 and Mila,10), their cousin (Eloise,13), and close friend (Bela,16), recently performed their song “Racist, Sexist Boy” at the Los Angeles Public Library. The song went viral, collecting nearly 4 million views on Twitter. The clip opens with Mila introducing the song, which … Continue reading Music Monday: The Linda Lindas – Punk Is Alive and Well in the U.S.

Is It Time to Believe in UFOs?

When President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law in December, it began a 180-day countdown for US intelligence agencies to tell Congress what they know about UFOs. That report must contain detailed analyses of UFO data and intelligence collected by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena … Continue reading Is It Time to Believe in UFOs?

Talk about Planning Ahead

Philadelphia is the best city in the U.S., hands-down. But depsite its magnificence, it does have its problems. One of those problems is Roosevelt Boulevard, a 12-lane highway that runs through the middle of a fairly populous part of the city. Every year, there are about 700 crashes and 10 traffic fatalities on this single … Continue reading Talk about Planning Ahead

Today’s Date Brings Back A College Memory

It was 1977, and I was a sophomore in college. Naïve and impressionable would have been two good words to describe me back then. I will never forget seeing the photo below in an issue of High Times magazine, which was dedicated to the culture and legalization of marijuana. I'm not sure who on my … Continue reading Today’s Date Brings Back A College Memory

If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

In 10 to 20 years there could be no smokers left in many markets, according to analysts at Jefferies Financial Group. Governments and tobacco companies are on the same side in this shift, as more countries adopt smoke-free targets and companies push smokers over to reduced-risk products (RRP) such as vaping and oral nicotine. It's … Continue reading If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

A New Job for K-8 Teachers – Spot the Narcissist

Thanks to Adam Grant for sharing this research study. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Texas conducted, to their knowledge, the first study of the relationship between narcissism levels and various aspects of leadership in children. They first assessed narcissism levels using the Childhood Narcissism Scale and assessed leadership emergence in … Continue reading A New Job for K-8 Teachers – Spot the Narcissist

Simply Put, This Is Disgusting

I've written about gun control before, sometimes in response to a recent mass shooting, sometimes just to share my thoughts. Of all the hot-button issues we face as a nation, this is my number one. My wife and I have supported Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action through donations, protest marches, and phone calls. … Continue reading Simply Put, This Is Disgusting