Debate recap: ‘Who owns information?’

Connecting lobsters and monopoly and altruism and robots can be less whimsical than you might think. I did it in this debate for the Citizen Jane Blog. Strategy aside, the debate was entertaining, as far as it went. Below is a clip from the second round. Worth reading, I’d say! After circling each other like…

I Dreamed of Donnie

In which a friend confides his erotic dream starring me and (*gasp) Donald Trump!

California Dreaming

A chance encounter at an airport inspires nostalgia. I question whether other versions of myself would feel the same way.

It’s official: I’m a ‘media attache’

It’s official! I’m the “media attache consultant” for Bella & Associates Consulting LTD. It’s a firm made up almost exclusively of African expats with PhDs. (except me on both counts!). It focuses on Africa and the now contentiously titled field of “development”. From the site: Country of Birth: United States of America (USA) Education: College of…

Notes on my Stanford Speech

In November, I headed a roundtable at Stanford University at the invitation of student groups, the European Association at Stanford and the European Security Undergraduate Network. That speech was a culmination of some coverage I had done on the Catalan referendum. See: “Europe’s Death Dance” and “Ghost of General Franco”. That speech went well. I have…

Who the hell are you?!

In an effort to let the gown slip a little, I am taking to the interwebs. In addition to an intimate revelation, it’s a public resurrection! Though I was (and remain) unknown, at the request of some friends, I will impose myself on that vast void as if the world were clamoring for me. So:…

Blog Resurrected!

Since its inception, posts on this blog have been sporadic at best. At the request of some friends, I will remedy that in the coming weeks. Think of this as a resurrection, of sorts. Stronger and more entertaining, my words are back! Fair warning: though the majority of the content will be political, I may…

Why the electoral college is actually democratic

Is the election of Donald Trump really an argument for the removal of the electoral college? Not even close. Noticing that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and objecting to Donald Trump’s election, many people (recently former Governor of Massachusetts and presidential nominee Michael Dukakis) have renewed calls for an end to the electoral college….

Is This the End of the Democratic Party?

For the past few months, I have considered writing an article entitled “Is this the end of the Democratic Party?” Over the course of a few months, the argument of this article took shape: the Democrats were getting increasingly desperate over the polls and it didn’t look as though they’d take back control of the…

My First Voting Experience

Inspired by Evan Puschak’s comments on his first voting experience, I thought I’d share my own. The story of my first vote. Thanks @hankgreen for tagging me. I tag @mikerugnetta & @CaseyNeistat. #firstvote16 https://t.co/giJQppF1rX pic.twitter.com/ZWJLfixOHg — Evan Puschak (@TheeNerdwriter) September 30, 2016 My experience was a strange mix of education, campaigning and hypocrisy. It was the…

Notes from middleland: Iowa and the Republicans No. 2 Guns, Guts, Gory

Daniel Mollenkamp AKRON — Over the weekend, several Republicans made their way to Hole ‘N the Wall Lodge, in northwest Iowa, for the eighth annual “Bud Day” pheasant hunt hosted by Congressman Steve King (R-IA). The hunt raises money for King’s campaign fund. The scene might have been ripped from an NRA advertising campaign. Pheasants,…

Notes from everyman’s land: Iowa and the Republicans No. 1, GOP rally in Orange City.

By Daniel Mollenkamp ORANGE CITY — Four Republican candidates met in Northwest Iowa Friday evening, with din from Wednesday’s Republican debate still audible, in a gathering of the Cherokee, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux County Republican parties. Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and former Senator Rick Santorum pitched their presidencies to…