In this episode, I discuss some recent headlines, including DACA, college students, millennials, student loan debt, and college costs.
Morality is an essential feature of sound education. Those who try to distance education from morality are inherently undercutting quality education, because in arguing that morality does not belong in education, they are using a moral argument to argue against morality by saying that its inclusion in education is immoral, thereby starting education with logical inconsistency and destroying the foundation of what they claim to be defending. Plus I talk about coffee.Read More
In this episode, I discuss the Lys Kaffe Norwegian Light Roast from Trader Joe’s. I discuss a few ways to prepare it. I also discuss a couple of headlines, one light-hearted, one serious, and then I follow up with a plea for truly civilized discourse with those who oppose us.Read More
In this episode, I discuss the difficulties of life along with a reminder that life isn’t all dark clouds and lightning bolts. It is full of beauty and light and love and kindness—and we can choose to enjoy it or not. Plus I talk about Napoleon Hill and read a couple hymn lyrics.Read More
In this episode, I go all in on coffee. I discuss coffee preparations. I discuss coffee rituals. I discuss the best coffee shops in Charlotte, North Carolina. And I discuss the importance of sustaining existing healthy culture and creating new healthy culture.Read More
In this episode, in honor of the start of the 2017-2018 school year, I discuss some basic education principles. I read from *Leftism: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse.* I also read from *The Art of Thinking.* I reference *The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.* And fundamentally I defend rationality and rational discussion, which begins with truth and honesty.Read More
This episode launches from a recent Tweet about the state of the national debt since Trump took office on January 20, 2017. There was some discrepancy about whether the national debt has increased or decreased since then, so I provide the current number and compare it with the starting number. Then I unpack the debt situation under the previous three U.S. presidents.Read More
In this episode, I pretend that I’m going to cover several categories of headlines but in the end only cover one category: the one regarding the Trump CNN WWE Meme, focusing on the ideas relating to claims of anti-semitism and free speech. It’s so important, that I use the whole episode to discuss it (except for the coffee talk, of course).Read More
In this episode, I discuss all the recent hubbub about the Trump CNN WWE Meme, including CNN’s bad choice to take it seriously, bullying bullies, and the sad state of bullying tactics on Twitter.Read More
This is a real smorgasbord that touches on local culture, Twitter, the struggle with self, changing ourselves, not changing others, doing what’s right, influence, everyday conversation, and why coffee is more important than politics.Read More
In previous episodes about civilized discourse, I have already described the importance of truth-telling, but of course there is more to it than that. Mankind was built to tell stories. In order to properly understand the importance of civilized discourse and how to engage in it properly, we must understand the importance of not only storytelling, but also storyhearing. Too often, we spend our time wanting to tell our own story, without hearing the other party’s story. In this episode I discuss that, as well as the inherent flaws in the design of Twitter that make both storytelling and storyhearing extremely difficult (if not nearly impossible), and therefore why Twitter is—by nature of its very design—an enemy of civilized discourse.
Boy, oh, boy, do I get deep into it with this one. I talk about coffee in Paris, McCafe, the shooting of GOP congressmen, Preet Bharara, and Bill Maher and the N(bigger)-word. Plus—as a bonus—I completely butcher the name of Kathy Griffin. And I introduce the new online podcast recording service called Cast that I’ve used the past couple episodes.Read More
Of course I talk about the Jura Impressa C60, but this time I also talk about the Keurig and a recent experience with paper filters in both the Keurig 1.0 and the Keurig 2.0. Then I talk about the relationship of politics and culture, and the importance of utilizing accurate generalizations. Then I talk about the circus that is politics—particularly American politics—and I express (mild) remorse that I’m not a funnier person so I could draw out just how hilarious I find politics. And I end the episode with a brief analysis of James Comey’s disastrous *feelings.*Read More
The apps and services listed here are the ones that I actually use in developing and maintaining the website and podcast. If you see it listed here, I love it. I don’t keep using any app or service I don’t love. Every app and every service has limitations—some more annoying or frustrating than others. But if it’s on this list, you can be sure that on the whole, I love it.Read More