Reckless Driving in Italy: A Public Health Crisis on the Road

Why Italy has one of the highest rates of road fatalities in Europe and what Italians could do to improve road safety

Italy has a serious problem with reckless driving and a high rate of road fatalities. According to data from the World Health Organization, Italy has one of the highest rates of road deaths in Europe, with approximately 4,000 people losing their lives on the country’s roads every year. This is a major public health concern, […]

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Einstein in the Age of the Spanish Inquisition

Exploring the Potential Consequences of a Genius Living in Oppressive Times

As I ponder the curious case of Albert Einstein, I cannot help but wonder: what if this brilliant scientist had lived during the time of the Spanish Inquisition? How might his revolutionary ideas have fared in the face of such an oppressive regime? Einstein’s theories of relativity and the nature of light would have been […]

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The Simplicity of Songwriting

Create Songs with Pencil and Paper and a Guitar

Writing and producing songs with pencil and paper and a guitar is a time-honored tradition that has been used by some of the most successful songwriters in history. While technology has provided many new tools for songwriting and production, there is something special about the simplicity and intimacy of the pencil plus paper and guitar […]

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Sacking Justine Sacco

On the Intersection of Freedom of Speech and Online Bullying in the Internet Era

In 2013, a woman named Justine Sacco found herself at the center of a scandal that would ultimately cost her her job. Sacco, a PR executive for the media company IAC, posted a joke. With just a few hundred followers on Twitter, she likely didn’t anticipate the widespread backlash that would ensue after she tweeted […]

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Evil Twins

How Excessive Consumption and Population Growth Are Killing Us

Overconsumption and overpopulation are two major challenges facing the world today. They are closely interconnected and have far-reaching impacts on the environment, society, and economy. Overconsumption refers to the excessive consumption of goods and resources, often beyond what is necessary or sustainable. It is driven by consumerism, the belief that the more we consume, the […]

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The Dark Side of the Globe

How the Globalization and the Future of Interconnectivity Could Lead to the Collapse of Civilization

Globalization has been a driving force in the world economy for the past several decades. It refers to the increasing interconnectedness and interdependence of countries through the exchange of goods, services, and ideas. Globalization has led to the creation of multinational corporations, the expansion of international trade, and the increased mobility of people across borders. […]

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Origin and Nature of Government

Originally published by Laurence Labadie in Balanced Living, Vol. I, No. 2 (February 1958)

When a “nation” is relatively wise politically it requires considerable force, in the shape of police and army, to keep the populace in their place. Where people are steeped in political ignorance, very little force is necessary, especially when the illusion is kept up that when choosing their rulers they are actually ruling themselves.

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But won't they be lonely when they are alone?

On post-apocalyptic tendencies

It did not matter to them if their lives were mediocre, as long as they went on, and on, seemingly forever and setting out for immortality. In my dream I also saw the same people ignoring the health of our societies, failing their solidarity towards each other, and ending social contracts in fear of dying a predicted death.

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Zen and the Art of Moving to Italy - Part 2

Or how to move during a lockdown with no time to put on belt or shoes

After a few days we came to the conclusion that we had to focus on getting to Italy during the first small window of opportunity. It would be a now or never situation. We had to get a flight for as long as they were available, for as long as airlines still existed.

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A Comet for all Seasons

On the significance of being insignificant

On Monday the 13th of July 2020, I remembered that there was a to-do item on my itemized list of things to check, that still needed some work. July was the month of the comet Neowise, a stellar body that orbits earth every 6800 years, and coincidentially, it so happens, that the comet chose the […]

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