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To American fans, Premier League team nicknames are all at once surprising, confusing, amusing and even offensive. Here is a quick guide to some of the nicknames in the BPL. To the average Brit, this may seem unnecessary.

The average Brit is unsurprised by a team named Sheffield Wednesday. The lads all met on Wednesdays to play and practice after all. To the average footie fan in Britain, it makes perfect sense to name your team after the place and day you are available for matches. Yes of course, it makes perfect sense.

The average Brit is thinking this is…


Nothing demonstrates the ability of humans to heat up this planet like Bitcoin mining. I actually have a mining rig. It gives off a lot of heat. I use it to heat the room where there is a tropical fish tank. Cryptocurrency mining generates a lot of heat. Proof of work computing requires a lot of number calculations and the components give off heat under this kind of load. This is a fact which cannot be debated.

This is cryptocurrency mining’s whole problem. The heat and energy usage are legitimate criticisms. If we try to compare it with the rest…


Most Americans accept without question the founding principles of the United States are ones of rugged individualism. Possibly this is the reason taking care of each other has not been as ardently embraced by a similar number of Americans. There is a common, but erroneous suspicion it is socialist to care about each other through collective action in government. That somehow caring for each other violates the principles of rugged individualism.

In truth, America took off as a global superpower once we really started taking care of the less fortunate in our society. The United States has a complex relationship…


If a loving God was to send down an ambassador would not the form of the dog be useful? A dog is literally an “angel” incarnate. Dogs are so immediately trusted by humans, they are brought into the home without a second thought. There at our feet, the dog can teach us so much about compassion, understanding, love and loyalty.

Perhaps it is why dog is god spelled backward. Somehow we suspect this connection…at least we English-speakers. We all understand if we were as good a person as our dogs think we are, the world would be a much better…


Medium and I have had a rocky relationship at times. Yet I keep giving Evan Williams my money. Why?

Why I Came to Medium

I came to Medium initially because I heard it was a “hothouse” for writers. If I wanted to read the cutting edge ideas of the 21st century, Medium was the place it would be written. Evan Williams was a patron of the arts we were told. We were encouraged to join his patronage and put up $5.00 a month.

It was not the only reason though. I was writing a book. I figured along with me helping other writers perhaps I…


After twenty years, trillions of dollars and the invasion of two nations will Americans finally accept they are the ones responsible for their security. As we watch retrospective after retrospective, this is the one thing which will not be discussed. The curtailment of individual liberty and freedom can only make us less safe. This seems counter-intuitive, but it is true. The events of September 11, 2001, clearly illustrate this truth. The cold, harsh reality of that truth is scary and makes us want to hand security to big government.

On September 11th, 2001 a diverse group of random Americans demonstrated…


Climate extremes and their connection to human-caused climate change are the main theme in a climate report released Monday by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is authored by more than 230 leading scientists from countries. The report is an update on how the Earth’s climate and our understanding of it have changed since the last such report in 2013.

“It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land,” the report states. Many of the changes inflicted on the planet — especially our oceans — will be “irreversible for centuries to millennia,” and…


Nothing exposes the deep connections and control corporations exert over the major environmental organizations than this silence. There has been near silence on the “Return to Work” push having a negative impact on the environment. After 2020 became the first year for any carbon reduction targets to actually be met.

There was an enormous 7% drop in CO2 output in 2020. Practically such a cut is impossible in 2021, of course. However, a new baseline could be established. A baseline of commuting and work from home which has a much smaller carbon footprint. …


The European sovereign debt crisis was a harbinger of things to come.

In 2013, the sovereign debt crisis in Europe was in full swing, with Greece leading the way downward. Bitcoin shot over $1000 and stayed there. It did not take long to figure out why.

The sovereign debt crisis affected another European nation closely tied to Greece, Cyprus. Citizens of Cyprus got a serious haircut. Cypriots woke up one day to discover their bank accounts had been raided by another country’s government. Typically, this would be seen as an act of war, but in this case, it was the exact opposite.

It was an act of cooperation between the nation-states and…

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