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Dogs

You can learn a lot about a place by observing how dogs exist within that society. I’ll compare the U.S., Ecuador and Laos; three nations I have lived in with vastly different cultures. In the U.S. stray dogs are almost entirely non existent because any that do are quickly trapped and put in cages. Many

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Laos: First Impressions

I’ve been in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for over a month now; here are my first impressions and observations: It’s more common to see Lao walking with umbrellas to block the sun than it is to see them wearing sunglasses. They call it ‘summer’ now (Jan/ Feb). But, since we are in the northern

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Slow Journalism

Last month I packed a bag and bought a one-way ticket to Laos. I’ve lived abroad before and had various types of jobs but my biggest source of income has always been teaching English; this time may be different. A new plan is forming. My only trip abroad in 2015 was to a familiar place;

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The Primaries: A Cause for Concern and for Hope

This is the year of the fringe candidate. Probably a good thing, if, like me, you believe that the status quo is not working for the majority. But there are all kinds of outsiders. There is Bernie Sanders. There is also Donald Trump. I am often a critic of my birth nation. Yes, the United

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Bitcoin Rising

Bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency, is back in the headlines this week after its price doubled in less than a month. After spending most of 2015 hovering around $250, the price skyrocketed up to $500 this week before stabilizing around $375. Since its meteoric rise and fall in 2013, the pseudonymous currency has

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Between The World And Me: A Brief Review

If great writing makes us view the old world in a new way—and I think it should—then I can’t think of a better example in recent years than Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me. The book, which is short enough to read in a single sitting, is told through a series of letters the

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Molotov; A Rocky Mountain Dragon

Molotov was born in Denver. At a young age he learned how to fly and he has a broad habitat which covers the entire Colorado Rockies and extends into northern New Mexico. He subsists on high-altitude flowers and enjoys the occasional bath in lakes or streams. He is usually content to hang out in fields

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Can Bitcoin Slow War?

Bitcoin exists on the periphery; most people either don’t understand it or don’t care to. Yet, there also exists a growing group of people who champion this new technology and say it will change the world. At The Next Web conference, philosopher Stefan Molyneux told a packed theatre: “[Bitcoin], has the power to limit the

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