The answer to a great many questions of today

This post will seem to fall right out of nowhere for you, mainly because you haven't been privy to my thoughts in recent years -- how could you be, after all? It may also strike you as highly inconsiderate and you may even become angry with me. Let it be so. You will inevitably calm [...]

Dr. Eugster on aging, work and exercise

If you're not familiar with Dr. Charles Eugster, he's 93 years old and began working out when he was 80-something. He's a living, breathing example of the kind of life we could all have when we're older. In this TED Talk, he offers enlightening truths about aging as it currently is throughout the world, and [...]

The problem of human trafficking

Human trafficking is a practice I condemn deeply, particularly the practice of sex trafficking or sexual slavery, because it could have touched very close to home. My wife went to college in the city of Constanta, Romania, which is one of the main cities in the country where abductions and other crimes of sex trafficking [...]

Turning trash into usable products

Ann Wizer from XSProject Foundation (as in "excess") is making custom-designed bags and other products from non-recyclable plastic waste found in Indonesia and the Philippines. She buys the raw materials from trash pickers, whom she pays at above-market rates, and, using trained artisans, creates beautiful products from trash that would be clogging landfills, streets and [...]

Is global warming a cyclical event?

While most agree that global warming is occurring, they do not agree on the root cause. Some say global warming is caused by man, mainly by CO2 emissions, while others say it is part of a larger picture of cyclical global warming and cooling events that have occurred throughout history. Unfortunately, the debate is mostly [...]

The pain and importance of communication

During the past several months, I've had to work with people much more than before, and I learned a few things, one of which is the importance of communication. It's one thing to sit in front of the computer all day and communicate via email and the occasional meeting, as it happens in IT work, [...]

Life Inc – another perspective on today's society

Douglas Rushkoff, an award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker and scholar, has written a book entitled "Life Inc", where he delves into what he calls the "corporate mindset" of today's society, and how to overcome it in order to make our lives and our world better. I'll let him tell you what the book is about in [...]

Child rape survivor saves young girls in Zimbabwe

So happy to hear about the good work Betty Makoni is doing in Zimbabwe. She's put together a support network for rape victims. Child rape survivor saves 'virgin myth' victims - CNN.com Witch doctors (so-called traditional healers) have spread the rumor that a man can be cured of AIDS if he rapes a virgin. So [...]