Author: David Spake

Born in Alaska, lived there until my senior year of high school. I AM Northern Exposure. Then Guam. Minister and techie. Then Japan. Graduate student and all-around anthropologist. Now Atlanta. Business Analyst and pinball machine museum proprietor. I am famous in Australia, HUGE in Japan and the sole reason the cattle industry remains profitable. I’ve been everywhere, love everyone and am kind of an intellectual snob. My family is very important to me, and I’m a gamer. Yes – I admit it. I’m a gamer and I like Star Trek. For a decade I had a fauxhawk, am tattooed, and love house and trance music. It’s true. (shhhhh)

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Mississippi Prison Revenues Down

Mississippi Prison Revenues Down

Often in discussions with friends about the need for substantive reform in our prison systems; the standard rebuttal I hear is the "prison industrial ...
Jill Stein Pledges to Grant Edward Snowden a Full Pardon and…

Jill Stein Pledges to Grant Edward Snowden a Full Pardon and…

I recognize this isn't the newest of news, yet it still resonates with me two weeks later. Jill Stein is very much a third or fourth party candidat ...
American Hunger on the Rise

American Hunger on the Rise

Yesterday I read the Facebook status of a friend, and colleague whose life and work has changed my personal view on poverty and homelessness to a grea ...
What if ALL Drugs Were Legal?

What if ALL Drugs Were Legal?

I've frequently wondered about the course of "substances" over the history of western culture, and specifically the USA where I live. We have some dru ...
Hope for Holding Off Dementia

Hope for Holding Off Dementia

I know that after my grandfather died from Alzheimer's disease - and the frightening and terrible loss of self that I saw accompanying it - I've been ...
How Facial Recognition Works

How Facial Recognition Works

Have you ever wondered how Facebook recognizes your friends in pictures you upload and tries to get you to tag them?  What is the technology that driv ...
Black Lives Matter to Me, and the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

Black Lives Matter to Me, and the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

I came across a thoughtful and well written editorial about the issue of trying to redirect the conversation about Black Lives Matter vs All lives Mat ...
Wiretap Scare Stories and Other Tall Tales…

Wiretap Scare Stories and Other Tall Tales…

OMG the terrorists will win if we don't scare the world away from encryption! OMGOMGOMG!!! So, with all the issues and fear mongering about all the ...
The U.S. Population is Becoming Less Religious, but we already knew that…

The U.S. Population is Becoming Less Religious, but we already knew that…

While most Americans are probably already aware that the U.S. population is becoming less religious, but there is other data collected by the Pew Rese ...
Masculinity vs Female Targeted Movies and TV

Masculinity vs Female Targeted Movies and TV

The blog Five Thirty Eight has been presenting some very interesting information on how movie and TV show ratings on the internet represent a bias mos ...
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