Faith in Humanity

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It’s easy to get discouraged about the world. There are a ready supply of assholes who think that they’re doing God’s work by killing people, be they recently in Paris, or today in Colorado Springs. Instead, I found a pretty great quote from Mahatama Gandhi on Wikiquote that helps put things into perspective: You must … Read more →

Thanksgiving and Refugees

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Let’s be honest here. Every generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees, whether they are the Irish, the Vietnamese, the Cubans, or the Haitians, and those fears have been broadly unfounded. In fact there was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true, … Read more →

What is Finance For?

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The financial collapse of 2008—centred on subprime mortgages—was my first real exposure to the insanity of the “financial sector.” Until then I’d been to young to really pay attention, but suddenly the preposterous games being played with the world’s economy came into sharp focus. When they lost, the world lost, but they didn’t. So The … Read more →

Nature or Nurture

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As someone who recently became a parent, the nature vs nurture debate has ceased to have a merely academic interest. Is my son purely who he is because of the grab bag of genes my wife and I saddled him with? Or is he a tabula rasa awaiting the imprint of the right kind of … Read more →

Jim Butcher’s New Series

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Jim Butcher is one of my favourite authors. He’s most well known for The Dresden Files, a punchy mystery series that happens to involve wizards and various mythical creatures in modern day Chicago. Not only is it hilarious and well-written, it has gotten steadily better as the series has progressed to its current 15 book … Read more →