The NFL’s Protest Problem

If you took the “under” in a bet predicting that the pre-game protests among NFL players would fizzle out by the mid-way point of the 2017 season, you just lost your money. In the hours leading up to the eighth weekend of the NFL season, a story broke that had Houston Texans’ owner Bob McNair … Continued


Steph Curry’s Missed Opportunity with Trump

It has become a cliché to note that we are “living in strange days,” but in the era of social media and Donald Trump, what else can one say? This past Friday, two-time NBA Champion guard Steph Curry publicly announced that he was not in favor of his team, the Golden State Warriors, going to … Continued


The NFL is Playing – Right into Trump’s Hands

This past weekend, Americans tuning in to watch football were met with even more politicization of their sport than last year. In response to tweets from the President, about kneeling or locking arms during the anthem, If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see … Continued


The Unscientific Claims of the March for Science

The posters were wittier and there were fewer pink hats but last weekend’s March for Science was no less about partisan grandstanding and name calling than any other political rally. The message this time? We are pro-science and anyone who disagrees with us is anti-science. As if there are people out there burning copies of … Continued


Millennials: Here’s How to Be Civil and Disobedient

The history of democracy is the history of protest. Sometimes protest leads to revolution, other times to repression and retaliation by the people in power. Odd though it may seem, however, there are basic rules to effective and productive protest that ensures that two critical things happen: your message is heard and you don’t alienate … Continued


Stop Trolling Politicians at Town Hall Meetings

Most Americans, particularly those in suburban and metropolitan areas, may not know where their town hall is, or even if their town has one. But lately everyone, it seems, is ready to attend a town hall meeting. Town hall meeting is the it phrase of 2017. In some cases, thousands of people beyond capacity are … Continued


Pipelines, Politics, and Suicide

Of all the depressing statistics that one could report about Native Americans—the highest rate of poverty of any racial group, the highest rates of gang violence, sexual assault rates at 2.5 times the national average—perhaps none is as disturbing as this: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for males between the ages of … Continued


Forget Milo. Why Not Have Real Debates on College Campuses?

Sure, blame it on the ninjas. A speech by Milo Yiannopoulos had to be cancelled Wednesday night in Berkeley, California, because, according to a UC Berkeley spokesman, “This university was essentially invaded by more than 100 individuals clad in ninja-like uniforms who were armed and engaged in paramilitary tactics,” Mr. Dan Mogulof said. “They were … Continued


Be Like Library Man

A cellphone video recently uploaded to YouTube, which has been viewed over 750,000 times as of this writing, proves that heroes don’t always wear capes. Sometimes they come in button-down shirts and nerdy eyeglasses. The video opens on a band of University of Washington student protesters gathered in the school library, reportedly about an hour … Continued