Shameful Exploits of Christopher Columbus

On October 12th 1492, Christopher Columbus made landfall in the Bahamas and encountered the Arawak tribe, in effect discovering the New World.  This event is marked by the United States as a Federal holiday on the second Monday of October.  However, if we were to look beyond the discovery to the impact Columbus had in the Americas it would be hard…

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The Hidden Cost of Our Smart Phones

Tin, tungsten, and tantalum are three necessary metals for smart phones, computers, and laptops.  The problem is where these metals come from.   In a recent Smithsonian Magazine article on Conflict the author, David Zax, tells us, “Leading sources for those critically important metals are mined in Congo, where a brutal civil was has claimed more than five million lives…

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The Value of What We Own

It seems that we measure life by what we are able to amass, such as homes, cars, vacations, clothing, electronics… stuff!  I’m no less guilty than the next person.  For years I was able to buy new possessions for my apartment and improve the quality of my possessions.  But 30 days ago I put 90 percent of my possessions…

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