Tiny Houses: Living Better By Living Smaller

“I want to live in a tiny house!” Continue reading

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5 Best Positive Political Ads Of 2014 (So Far)

It seems like too often in campaigns, candidates turn to negative attack ads to get their message across. But who says positive political ads can’t also be effective?

Here are just a few examples from this year of good, positive ads that work (note: I originally posted this on Listicle.com)…

1. ‘Comeback Kid’ Rick Snyder (Michigan)

Things are pretty bleak in Michigan. That is until you watch this ad from Republican Governor Rick Snyder. The thing that makes this spot so great isn’t that it lists all of Snyder’s accomplishments, and it certainly isn’t that 80s saxophone in the background, but it’s that Snyder is willing to do what almost no politician will: make fun of himself. Continue reading

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Al Jazeera Tackled Clickbait And What They Found Absolutely Won’t Shock You

We’ve all done it.

We open up our browser or grab our phone, point to facebook or twitter, and minutes later, without realizing it, we’re halfway through reading a blog post about the 21 Things Only People From Cleveland Will Understand.

I call it clickbaitnesia. It’s a portmanteau of a portmanteau. Continue reading

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Is It Worth Engaging Climate Deniers?

deniersI just posted this over on Soul Pancake and figured I’d post it here, too…

Climate change is the great “flat earth” debate of our time.  While science has already settled the issue and moved on to determining the impact of things like sea level rise and trying to find ways we might be able to slow down global warming, there are still some folks who insist on denying the problem exists or that it’s our fault.

So what do we do with those people?  Do we ignore them and focus on implementing possible solutions or do we engage them and hope maybe some of become a part of the solution?

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Can We Save The Internet?

The cynical part of me says “no,” it’s too late, because like most things in America big money inevitability carries more weight than the will of the people and big money is hell bent on destroying internet freedom. But the hopeful part of me wants to think we the people can still make a difference.

So I’m torn. I don’t know that net neutrality will ever be a thing again, if it ever was a thing before.

But it doesn’t matter. All that matters is we try. And a good place to start trying is to watch the above video, then tell the FCC you support net neutrality, and then take action in other ways that could make a difference.

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