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Decent Charities

I find it difficult to select charitable organizations to support with either my dollars or my time. Everybody has a hand out. Federal “not for profit” status is no indicator of good intent, much less effective action in the world. Neither is appearing in the…

Cultural Re-Alignment

I was reading Matt Taibbis most recent blog post, and I feel moved to build on his points. America is losing its competitive edge. There are a lot of reasons for that, but one if them is almost certainly the fact that we pay our…

Prayer Banner, Redux

Jessica Alqhuist is a student at West Cranston High School in RI. I’ve written about her before. She’s the one who noticed that her school still displayed its “School Prayer” (a relic from the 50’s) on a large banner (a relic from the 60’s) in…

Light in the Darkness

Christmas day falls very close to the solstice, and also to the shortest day of the year in North America. It finally got cold in Boston just this week. We had an extended remix of what we used to call “Indian summer,” and then briefly,…

Occupy America, but what part?

Whatever you think of the “Occupy” protests, please consider: If they cannot be in the parks, and they cannot be in the schools, and they cannot be in the town squares – then where should they go? If the public squares of our cities and…

Griftopia

I recently read Griftopia by Matt Taibbi. He’s the Rolling Stone blogger who came to national attention with his 2010 Vampire Squid characterization of Goldman Sachs. To wit: The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most…

Occupy Everywhere

I’ve spent a few hours over the last couple of weeks wandering near various of the “occupy” protests in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. On Friday, I grabbed a chunk of curbside next to the Boston encampment. I sat, listening to the babble, and tried…

Watching the World Go By

I write this from the Northbound Acela, returning home to Boston at the end of – I think – my third trip in as many weeks. Perhaps it’s the fourth. I’ve learned that it’s better to not spend too much time counting the little wounds,…

Do Something

I see a lot of things in the world that could be better than they are. I’m not talking about the part where we will all get sick and weak and die eventually. That’s unavoidable. I’m talking about the crappy systems that we build for…

The four noble truths

The four noble truths of buddhism, restated: 1) The vast majority of us are suffering.2) More than likely, you are suffering because you are an idiot.3) If you were less of an idiot, you would probably suffer less.4) Just keep going along those lines. It’s…