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By Joseph Meyers

May 2, 2019

  

   Sir Richard Branson’s satellite launch company, Virgin Orbit, will use Guam as the second site for its upcoming LauncherOne small satellite launch service. “With its remote location and close proximity to the equator, Guam serves as an excellent base of operations from which the company’s unique 747-launched rocket can efficiently serve all inclinations, a boon to the rapidly expanding small satellite market.” t...

September 1, 2018

 In the current political atmosphere, the hardest part of entering a public debate — other than avoiding the social media mob — is avoiding an argument that will automatically make half your audience dismiss it as mere partisan hackery.

 The freedom of speech in this country is under attack from multiple directions. Some of the oppressive speech codes are perpetrated by social media giants including Apple, Twitter, Google and F...

May 2, 2018

     There is a social media phenomenon known as “virtue signaling.” It is often aligned with trending opinions, such as “climate change,” or helping the needy, or simply any social issue Sean Penn likes to be associated with.

    And with that in mind, I watched the entire congressional hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the hot seat. The proceeding was filled with high-level “virtue signaling” from al...

April 3, 2018

   Taxes. Nobody likes figuring them out and no one likes paying them. Yet, lucky us, we have some new ones to discuss! So I’d like to start off by acknowledging how boring the conversation about taxes can be. That is, extremely boring this side of discussing the proper conjugation of verbs. (Not to be confused with conjugal visits, which I assume are exciting.)

   About the only time we enjoy taxes is when they are revers...

March 3, 2018

   Okay, here we go again. Yet another horrific mass shooting in America, this time in a high school by a deranged killer has taken the life of our most innocent members of society. Besides heartfelt sympathy for the victims and their families, the only acceptable thing to say publicly without being scolded as cold-blooded is to call for some type of decisive action.

  

And so I say, let’s call for action, but in smart...

February 3, 2018

    Some generations ago, parents often threatened to wash a child’s mouth out with a bar of soap as a punishment for swearing. Being punished with soapy water in your mouth was something you’d keep to yourself, and would not upload on YouTube for millions of presumably smarter and more discreet people to watch. Of course, You Tube didn’t exist and really, most of the time, the mouth washing was just an empty threat to ke...

December 31, 2017

 

A great philosopher once said — or maybe it was a TV host on E channel— that for Spice Girls fans, every year is 1997, the height of their fame. Yes, it’s been that long. But for doomsayers, it seems like every year is 2012, the year the world was supposed to end — according to pop interpreters of Mayan history. It turns out, it was really just the end of the Mayan Calendar (and a bad movie), rather than the beginning of the...

December 6, 2017

One of the most telling tales of modern Hollywood is North Korea’s hacking of Sony Pictures’ internal emails a few years ago. This stunt was in retaliation for Seth Rogan and James Franco’s goofball comedy “The Interview” and exposed embarrassing secrets that ultimately led the resignation of Sony co-chair Amy Pascal. But it had more to do with the mockery of President Obama’s race than the lampoon on Kim Jong-un and a fiction...

November 2, 2017

Here we go again with more ups and downs regarding North Korea’s threat toward Guam, the U.S. mainland, and the entire whole world. Threats, launches, tweets, drills, pundits and commentators all come and go.

   Think it has been bad in the last few months? Imagine living under this constant cycle of threats for the next generation or two. But imagine it growing to truly earth-shattering proportions. Any choice to be made can h...

September 1, 2017

   “The Soup Nazi” is one of Seinfeld’s most famous episodes. It’s about  this guy who runs a soup takeout place. Labeled “The Soup Nazi,” he is feared for his strict enforcement of his soup-buying rules and his harsh attitude. The real-life soup vendor, Al Yageneh, who inspired the episode, took offense at the moniker.  

  There is nothing worse than being called a Nazi. The term is usually used in a hyperbolic...

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