football / major sports / non-profits / taxes

YAY! Under Increasing Scrutiny, NFL Ends Tax-Exempt Status

This picks up on a blog post I wrote some time ago, highlighting a New Yorker article about the NFL’s tax-exempt status. It’s about time the major sports organizations file taxes as for-profits which is absolutely what they’ve been all along, raking in millions from broadcasters, tickets, advertisers and fan swag. I wonder if they did … Continue reading

Diving / neurology / north sea / norway / oil exploration

The Men Who Lost Their Minds to Make Norway the 6th Richest Country on the Planet

Besides Nordic mysteries, Netflix offers a 2013 Norwegian film called “Pioneer” which follows one fiercely tough, Norwegian diver who discovers the true stakes involved in the experimental deep dives he’s been training for.  While the portrait painted of the Norwegian government and their alliance with nefarious American energy interests is gritty, sinister and full of evil webs, the end notes state that their parliament … Continue reading

American History / Anthropology / Christopher Colombus / Early American Settlement / Explorers / Islam / Judiasm / Puritans / Religion / Religions

Book Review: One Nation Under Gods, A New American History by Peter Manseau

I published this book review for a weekly newspaper out of London and Dubai.  This book features thoroughly documented history, but it’s a page turner.  For anyone receptive to breaking the mold on what most of us have been taught about Columbus and his voyage, this book makes for fascinating reading.  Definitely on my all-time favorites list, and for a … Continue reading

Cities / Civil Engineering / Creativity / Dubai / Emirates / Middle East / Sustainability / urban design / Urban Planning

Dubai Amazes Again with Indoor City Design

I’ve often dreamed of how marvelous it would be to have interesting places to walk indoors, safely at all hours, with some serious green spaces and entertainment options. During the day of course one can visit museums and then there are those dreaded American shopping malls–which people default to for the safety and climate control but are limited by fixed hours with an atmosphere … Continue reading

conservation / Environment / Nature / photography / Trees

A Tree is a Tree

I’ve been doing some research for a book review and couldn’t resist posting this remarkable Ronald Reagan quote from a speech he gave in 1966 in which he opposed expansion of Redwood National Park: “A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?” Thank goodness, there are enough right-thinking people across this country … Continue reading

Animals / current events Middle East / Dairy / Folktails / Nature / Society / Superstition

Go Get Your Goat!–….and update what happened next.

Old Phrase:  Go Get Your Goat!  Basic Definition: To annoy you to the point of getting quite bothered about something… Sub Definition: Goat: The goat is a metaphor for your state of peacefulness. When your goat is with you, you are calm and collected. When your goat is stolen, you become angry and upset. Notes: Getting … Continue reading


The ethics of living longer?

 Captains of industry once invested in infrastructure, libraries and the arts….developing the creative sensibilities, learning and sense of history for the masses.  Today’s titans of industry have money much sooner and their staggering wealth accounts for over 50% of the world’s total wealth.  They are young, masters of data, with big egos and, as Oracle’s Larry Ellison … Continue reading