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WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton & the Death of Jeffersonian Democracy

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Somewhere back in the second Bush administration, U.S. politics gained transparency as a kind of running joke, a trundling circus-wagon of cheap face paint, bold contradictions and brutalized teleprompter speeches. It would have been way funnier if the offenders were fictional characters and not the actual leaders of our country (Frank Caliendo’s Dubya impression notwithstanding). If...

De La Soul’s Got the Antidote!

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For every hip-hop listener in my generation, there’s a cinematic origin story. Ask him where he was when he first connected with Wu-Tang, Nas, Hiero, Redman etc. and you’ll get sprawling descriptions of cassette decks with foam headphones cranked up at the bus stop on cold, windy mornings. Our memories are rooted in the historical fabric of hip-hop; the signposts of old album-releases...

Capra’s Tao of Physics: A Marriage of Brahman and Quanta

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I find it strange that the 20th century was sold to us as the ultimate battlefield of science and religion. Christian demagogues clashed with proponents of Darwinism in what became something of a comic-strip conflict, which in turn created a consensus that the two fields were as irreconcilable as the freshman classes of Duke and UNC. All the yelling and loud noise, meanwhile, actually drowned out...

Sri Ramana Maharshi and Self-Enquiry in 2000-Now

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As I get closer to 30, I’ve noticed a lot of us transitioning from the ‘formless blob’ phase of our early 20s into the absolute, right-angled plots of tentative maturity. With this maturity comes a lot of impressive labels (and some fine print, but that’s another story) that we’re allotted to inform other members of society just ‘who we are’. Some are...

Tiger Temple Scandal Highlights Conservation Crisis

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*I originally wrote this for a local Salt Lake magazine, but I guess I overestimated its concern for things happening on the other side of the world. Someone should tell them the butterfly effect is a thing. ~JM    Most of us forget that only a century ago, more than 100,000 tigers freely roamed our planet’s forests. Desensitized as we are to wars, calamities, species extinction and...

Erykah Badu On Your Hotline

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In an information age where yesterday’s content seems like a year ago, discussing an event 6 months in the past is like visiting our grandparents’ generation. Especially when it’s a musical release. I know, what I’m about to do is a little extreme. But it’s not like Erykah Badu isn’t already a part of every audiophile’s listening history, and the more...

Guest Post–“What Are We Talking About?: Thoughts On Terrorism In Today’s Discourse”

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We have a guest blog post today from my good friend John Brisker in Europe. I know John to be a marked bibliophile with knowledge ranging on topics from historical theology and philosophy to NBA folklore and Western literature. I had to have him on the blog–his erudition always shines through. This article especially highlights the discrepancies haunting today’s political discourse...

Being A Successful ESL Teacher

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I never thought that I would be a teacher when I was in high school. In fact, it was the furthest thing from my mind. Giving a simple presentation in front of my English class was enough to put the fear of God in me. Giving lessons in front of a class on a daily basis? Unfathomable. But it’s funny what can happen as you grow into yourself. Our innate capabilities almost sneak up on us, or...

A Night To Remember: Kobe’s 60 & The Warriors’ 73

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As my girlfriend and I watched Kobe’s storybook finale and the Warriors’ Herculean triumph unfold at the same time (I couldn’t choose), I couldn’t help but think of Bill Walton. That’s right, Bill Walton, basketball’s hippie Hall of Famer who is  just as well-known for his space-cadet moments on live TV as his legendary playing days in Portland. Why? Because...

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