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Preventing Mass Shootings

Posted on:  May 30, 2022

Mass shootings, those involving a gunman opening fire on people indiscriminately, leave most of us wondering what can be done to stop them. Gun control is controversial in America, and even some supporters of gun control don't believe that gun control is the answer. There is something that is easier to accomplish that would help to prevent these types of mass shootings. I thought of it after reading Malcom Gladwell's book the Tipping Point. The idea is now gaining ground, but you seldom hear it discussed. Some people in America are talking about the idea. Websites like: and books like: are now trying to get the word out.   Read more

A scary stat about retirement in America

Posted on:  January 4, 2020

An article from The Atlantic on life without retirement included one very scary fact about retirement in America. I thought I would share it here.   Read more

Measuring the Popularity of Soccer in the USA

Posted on:  June 11, 2014

Tomorrow is the start of the 2014 World Cup, so I thought I would take a moment to discuss the popularity of soccer in the United States. It is hard to pin down the true popularity of a sport, but I thought two important measures could serve as a barometer of the sport's popularity in the USA: average attendance numbers for MLS (Major League Soccer) games and MLS revenue.  Read more

What if MOOCs Seriously Succeed?

Posted on:  April 5, 2014

The hot topic in education right now is massive, open, online courses (MOOCs). These online courses are offered by both for-profit companies and non-profit organizations. Supporters claim that MOOCs will revolutionize higher education by increasing access for the world's underserved populations and by dramatically reducing costs. This post considers one possible consequence should MOOCs manage to succeed.   Read more