What’s going to happen with all those refugees* crossing the US-Canada border?

You’ve probably seen the images of people entering Canadian territory from the US, woefully underdressed for winter temperatures. The police are even giving some of them a helping hand as they cross the border. Aww, melt my frozen heart! (Image via globalnews.ca.) What happens once they enter Canada? They might receive a warm welcome from the …

East Germany has a refugee problem. But the call is coming from inside the house.

Something pretty significant flew under my radar until I was sent a link: In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung back in May 2016, his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama said, “…there are too many refugees. Europe, and Germany for example, shouldn’t become an Arab country. Germany is Germany (laughs).” His Holiness. Source: Yahoo News. …

Why Bernie Sanders said white people don’t know what it’s like to be poor

The question was asked on Quora recently: Why did Bernie Sanders say white people don't know what it's like to be poor? The following story may seem unrelated to the question. Bear with me. The other day I was out (very late) with two girlfriends. One is black, one is white. (I am also white, …

Nice to smell you: Are we more like dogs than we think?

Imagine the following scenario: You're walking down the street, and you see someone interesting/attractive/well-dressed walking towards you. As they pass, a gust of air passes with them. Do you a) continue breathing normally, or b) surreptitiously inhale a little deeper?  If your answer is b), you're not alone. (If your answer is a), are you …

10 proven (and unproven) ways to reduce smartphone radiation

We all know about the dangers of smartphone radiation. But let’s face it: we’re not willing to return to the times of land lines and pagers, and it could take years before cell phone manufacturers and public health officials are incentivized to change. In the meantime, here are 10 proven (and not-so-proven) ways to reduce your …