Donald Trump, the Women’s March, and Flavors of Fact

A bit of a grab bag commentary on the start of Trump’s Presidency and related eventsLet’s start at the beginning:The Inauguration Instead of watching live, I opted for reading the transcript of Trump’s speech and associated fallout from it. If you try to find anything that resembles a center these days, George Will has been a reliable conservative for decades, yet called it “the most dreadful inauguration address in history.” view full post »

Defining the Political Spectrum

A little while back (okay, four years ago) I wrote a two-part series entitled “defusing the political powder keg.” While I meant for it to be a longer series – that didn’t quite happen. Even so, the first two pieces hold up pretty well as a standalone that is still relevant today. Please take a look at Part I and Part II if you have time.Fast forward to today. We’ve combined hyper-partisanship with a fundamental divergence of information, data, and facts as I wrote about last week. No matter what side of any political debate you fall on, it should …

Information, Volatility, and What It Means For Us

Information, or data, is so fundamental to the world that we often don’t think about it on its own. But when we do take a close look at information, how we transfer it, and how it varies, we get a clearer picture of just how radically we’ve changed the world and what could come from that change.  Stephen Hawking recently wrote a great piece covering why right now is “the most dangerous time for our planet.” He rightfully points out the dangers that inequality and the increasing visibility that technology brings to that inequality poses an existential threat to society. …

One Week in Cambodia

About a month ago, I was able to spend a week in Cambodia. Admittedly, I did not do nearly as much preparation as I normally do before visiting a country. I knew that I wanted to see Angkor Wat and that they had some turbulent times back in the 1970’s. Otherwise, I didn’t know much beforehand.In total, I was really impressed by the country and the people there, so I wanted to shed a little light on what it is like, and along the way hopefully paint a picture of why you should visit if you have the chance.First and …

Making Compromise Great Again

Since the election of Donald Trump, and we’re veering off into a world of a predictable rhetorical arms race toward our respective corners of ideology. Insults, name calling, the calls of hypocrisy, the claims of policy that will ruin the country or the world: you name it and it’s been said. Before we get into any discussion of politics in the coming weeks, this adversarial mindset must be debunked. We need to revive a world of accepting compromise.It should be self-evident why it is critical for us to deescalate tensions between left and right. On face, a nation where one …

To Fresh Starts: A Look Ahead to 2017

As can be seen, I’ve taken a bit of time off on the blog here since the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election. But despite that, I have been quite busy personally as well as reading and writing a lot – currently for my own consumption.Without going into the election and the issues that have arisen over the past two months, this election should bring everyone’s mind to figuring out what they stand for and what are they going to do actively to bring about a better world.It’s in that vein that has me more determined than ever to make …