A new Chinese billionaire emerges nearly every week

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the first quarter of 2015 showed that the ranks of the Chinese mega-rich grew by nearly one new billionaire a week. At the current pace of growth for China and the United States, China will have more billionaires in less than a decade. Continue reading A new Chinese billionaire emerges nearly every week

Martin O’Malley is the next Barack Obama

The concept of being a “frontrunner” at this stage well before the primaries is usually the type of joke that’s only popular because journalists and mainstream media publications like to get people riled up before it’s even necessary. At this point in 2007, Hillary Clinton was the frontrunner for the democrats and nobody was really considering Barack Obama. We all know how that turned out. Continue reading Martin O’Malley is the next Barack Obama

Hamas cruelty highlights the blurred lines in Middle East conflict

Confusion and disarray normally favors the weaker side of a conflict. It’s during this chaos that moves can be made that go contrary to acceptable rules of war. In the case of last year’s Gaza war, rekindled partially today, Amnesty International has laid some gruesome accusations against the Hamas governing faction in the region. Continue reading Hamas cruelty highlights the blurred lines in Middle East conflict

Direct potable reuse may become a thing in California

There are certain things that we’re willing to eat that don’t seem to bother us. Dead flesh. Chemically manipulated soft drinks with unhealthy sugars. Genetically modified food products that don’t always resemble food products when seen raw. All of these things are part of how Americans eat, but there’s a line that has never had to be crossed. Now it might be time to cross that line. Continue reading Direct potable reuse may become a thing in California

Islamic State is getting more sophisticated

How was the Islamic State able to take two important cities in Iraq and Syria within a few days of each other? How have the been able to survive despite a continuous barrage of air strikes from the United States and others? Why has the Iraqi military, equipped with United States military technology and training, been unable to hold territory or take it all back systematically? The answers to all of these questions may be that we’re simply underestimating their sophistication. Continue reading Islamic State is getting more sophisticated

New York City underground park may be a template for the future

There’s a certain irony in the Lowline, a project in Manhattan that will attempt to transform an abandoned train station into the world’s first underground park. Technically speaking, city ordinances prevent it from being called a “park” because it is not “open to the sky,” a criteria that the city uses to define a park. Continue reading New York City underground park may be a template for the future