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Brian Gongol's cheerfully intense look at what's happening. Thought-provoking but not mindlessly provocative. Guided by four rules: Make money, have fun, clean up after yourself, and mind your business.
May 29, 2021
Roundabouts, rails, and regional jets
What's going to become of international travel if we don't do something about the hijacking in Belarus? And, on a different note, should rail enthusiasts start recruiting for their cause at airline hubs?
Dec 23, 2020
On truck stops and Dr. Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci got his first coronavirus vaccine shot yesterday, and my thoughts turned to truck stops
Nov 2, 2020
To be fair about it
Unless you actually believe we're all living in a simulation (like The Matrix), then it's time to recall that everyone around you -- even your opponents -- is living a complex, rich internal life just like yours. And we can't do right by them unless we're dedicated to being fair.
Jun 30, 2020
Do I look like a manager to you?
If people persist in thinking that I "look like a manager" for no good reason other than my gender and my skin color, then we're a long way from equitably treating everyone with the dignity that is inherently theirs.
Jun 8, 2020
News for Nerds
Where did James Mattis have his letter published this week, and what does it have to do with the Capital Weather Gang?
Mar 23, 2020
Victory Gardens of the mind
The most important thing for people to do amid the COVID-19 outbreak is nothing: Stay home and socially distance. But there are lots of things to do while you're doing nothing, and taking action can make you feel better about having some control over the future.
Mar 9, 2020
The Old Gray Lady shouldn't shut up
The New York Times editorial board wants to publish its consensus opinions less often. That's a giant mistake.
Mar 2, 2020
Away go troubles down the drain
The Surgeon General wants you to quit hoarding masks because you're panicked over coronavirus. But it's not just doctors and nurses and EMTs who will need to be masking up if this thing gets worse.
Feb 24, 2020
Paging Doctor House
Getting the difference between a "human right" and a "universal need" shouldn't be this hard, but Sen. Bernie Sanders sure wants to make it tougher than it is.
Feb 17, 2020
Let your "yes" mean "yes", wherever you're the President
It's not often that the Catholic Church has a Sunday reading that fits with the news, but China's President Xi definitely should have been in the pews this week.
Feb 10, 2020
Who's afraid of a little Korean cinema?
The people who are chicken about facing competition from "foreign" films are really no different from the people who want to "build a wall". Money, ideas, goods, and people ought to move with the maximum practicable freedom.
Feb 3, 2020
Caucus Eve in Iowa
It's Caucus Eve in Iowa, and we've already celebrated with our traditional dinner of pork chops and corn syrup. (I kid.) This is going to be a big week for news. But is it going to be a good one for the Constitution?
Jan 18, 2020
Are we as humble as the Founders?
101 years ago, Americans made a big mistake by ratifying Prohibition. It took almost a decade and a half to fix that mistake. Correcting our errors is job #1 for Americans.