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dou·ble·think: the acceptance of two contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time.

We Americans sure love our freedom.

But freedom has taken on many meanings over time. As a result, its concept has become increasingly abstract––dangerously so. Coupled with its deeply entrenched importance in the national conscious, it has morphed into a non-questionable justification for acts of oppression, discrimination, and greed.

Why we love freedom

Freedom in its purist meaning is one of the most beautiful and inspirational concepts ever born out by humankind. It’s an ideal we can and should strive for, which means being able to differentiate the ways it’s used.


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Sometimes all you need to get out of a rut are tarantulas, Kylie Jenner, and a boycott.

Touted as the ‘biggest IPO since Facebook,’ Snapchat was the belle of the ball on Wall St. in March of 2017. The stock surged almost 60% within its first 48 hours as a public company.

But a stormy cloud loomed over Snap Inc., one that had followed it almost since inception. Just two months earlier, a menacing Silicon Valley adversary crossed an ominous milestone. Theirs was a rivalry that Mike Judge could have based Silicon Valley’s Pied Piper-Hooli rivalry on. (The timeline checks out…just saying).

Who could fault the debutantes for wanting to celebrate their IPO? The platform they had…


We need to clear something up.

There is a strange phenomenon happening in which strong statistical analysis across multiple dimensions is dismissed with the cliched scientific counter: ‘correlation does not mean causation.’

It’s true. There are correlations that are random and unrelated. An example of this might be that dog grooming appointments and subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal both increased at the same rate every month for a year. They’re correlated, but one does not beget the other.

But there are also degrees of correlation. When there are multiple, strong correlations based on vast amount of data, that’s usually pointing to something.

I say this…


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NIO (NYSE: NIO) bulls have two big hurdles to clear this week, especially those with call options expiring in the coming weeks.

Firstly, the Chinese EV maker is expected to announce November sales figures. Last month, NIO reported a record number of vehicles delivered in one month, which kicked off a fierce bull run that drove the stock up 66% in the month of November alone.

A consolidation period was overdue as it was. Expectations on November delivery figures will be lofty — even healthy growth would warrant a price correction.

But delivery numbers are small potatoes compared to a…


Or they might lose another election.

Let’s be real — no one cares how qualified the president is for his job — probably including you…yes, YOU, reader.

Sure, they might say they do. And in their heart of hearts, they probably believe they do.

But they don’t.

What the American People really want

A few years in print and digital publishing has taught me that most people have no idea what they want. Odds are, they don’t want whatever they say they want.

Most people say they want quality content — information rich and fact laden. …


Politicians aren’t trying to solve issues.

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Two-party system 101

Let’s boil down the underlying ideologies of both major political parties in their most simplified form.

Democrats believe in government-supported social services, funded by tax revenue. I.e., we pay a certain portion of our income to the government who in turn uses those funds to pay for public institutions like schools, libraries, infrastructure, social security, medicare, and so on. At its core, Democrats’ guiding principle is that society (e.g., government) should ensure that its citizens have basic amenities like food, shelter, and education, even when the going gets rough.

Republicans, at their core, believe…


Despite reports of a deadly virus tearing through Wuhan, China in December, Americans carried about their business unbothered. After all, deadly viruses seemed to many of us the plight of far off places that aren’t as ‘developed’ as we are — poor sanitation systems, lack of access to adequate health care, or a host of other things that both differentiated and protected us from such things…right?

First-world problems

Wrong. The ‘developed’ world has been much harder hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. …


#floodthefeed

It’s been an earth-shattering week of protests and resistance across the nation after haunting footage of the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police circulated far and wide sparking unrest across the nation.

Many communities, leaders, and companies have released public statements condemning the ruthless killing and expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

But nobody was expecting the seemingly coordinated — and powerful — effort of K pop fans.

K pop fans are social media savvy

K pop fans are known for their next-level commitment and adoration of Korean pop groups. K pop fans They are generally known as massive crowds…


And highlights the problems with our commonly held assumptions.

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A new study from Harvard University suggests that commonly held notions of what makes great leadership might be based on a skewed data set. conclusions draw from skewed data sets are often off base and don’t accurately depict the full story.

We often think of leaders as confident, assertive, decisive, and strong. Not coincidentally, these qualities are also commonly associated with masculinity.

It makes sense: After all, historically, leaders have been predominantly male.

But researchers at Harvard found that leaders who are most effective in bringing about positive change registered high…


We’ve been looking at this through the wrong lens the whole time.

Let me preface by saying I am not a doctor — but I do a lot of data analysis in my job. Like most Americans, I’ve been following the news about the coronavirus closely.

I’ve noticed a theme emerging in reports from frontline medical workers that suggests COVID-19 is more of a blood-based illness than it is respiratory. And when we look at it through that lens, everything seems to add up. Consider the following:

Male vs. female mortality rates

Across the world, health officials have noted that men both contract and succumb to COVID-19 at higher rates than women. …

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Rejected stories and ‘called it’ receipts.

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