#JustGovThings Parking at the DMV

At almost every private business, the parking for customers is the closest and the parking for staff is the farthest away. As I was paying my extortion fees property taxes upon registering my car in a new state, I realized that here at the DMV, the closest spots are reserved for the staff and the […]

Homo creatus

I’ve been having this idea recently that our species, Homo sapiens – the thinking man, is misnamed. Instead, Homo creatus – the creating man is more appropriate. Now before any biology geeks jump down my throat, I am sure that creatus is not the proper Latin or Greek or whatever. Fine, have it your way. […]

What is Your Great Going?

I remember watching a talk given by the Blue Zones guy about cultures that have unusually long lifespans. He said there were certain commonalities among them that helped to explain how many people over the age of 100 continued to live in these areas. The one bit that really stuck with me was the “ikidai” […]

Giving to Charity is Stupid

File this one under barbequed sacred cow. I think giving to charity is dumb. And harmful to the people you think you are helping 99% of the time. So before you get out your pitchfork, let’s examine what the point of charity is: helping people. But helping them to do what? There are cases where […]