“The Key to Reducing Suicide Rates”

Article in the LA Times: Op-Ed: The key to reducing suicide rates? It’s definitely not lowering taxes Some takeaways: States with higher taxation were also noted to have lower suicide rates than states with lower taxation This turned out to be related to the finding that states with higher taxation also had lower rates of gun … Read more“The Key to Reducing Suicide Rates”

No One Is Black, and No One Is White—So Why Do We Call Them That?!

Maybe this is one of those indelicate subjects that needs to be tiptoed around, but … why the F do we call black people, “black people”?? They’re not fucking black … I mean it can’t just be me that thinks this right? that if society calls them that—and I get that they call themselves that … Read moreNo One Is Black, and No One Is White—So Why Do We Call Them That?!

Believe In Yourself! [But Not Too Much]

I think part of the problem in America [and in Western cultures in general] is this idea of “The Maverick”—we romanticize those who follow some “inner voice” and shrug off all the dissenters and naysayers and those who say they’re wrong, and that it can’t be done … “Mavericks” don’t care what anyone thinks; they … Read moreBelieve In Yourself! [But Not Too Much]

The Big Island – A Peculiar Interlude

As I stepped off the plane, it was suddenly obvious – “THAT’s the reason they call it the Big Island!” I exclaimed to myself. Now, to be sure, I’d always had an inkling that part of the reason for the nickname had to do with the island’s purported superiority over its neighbors, in terms of … Read moreThe Big Island – A Peculiar Interlude