Category Archives: Ideas

The Ayn Rand Academy …free markets, wet pants, and the launch of the most pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstrappiest charter school in America

I occasionally get awesome ideas that, because I have a soul, I can’t act on. And I had one of those ideas just now, as I was sitting here, reading about a third grade teacher in Vancouver, Washington who just recently instituted a pay-to-potty scheme with disastrous consequences. The information at this point is scant, […]

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I’ve decided to buy a house of douches

Inspired by an article in the New York Times, I’ve decided to purchase a house full of douches in the greater Ann Arbor area. If you feel as though your household might be sufficiently douchey, please call my people and set up a meeting. Here’s a clip from the Times. On a recent Tuesday evening, […]

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Killing predatory payday lenders with the USPS

Rarely do I find myself getting fired-up over policy initiatives being weighed in D.C., but I just read a really interesting piece in the New Republic about the possibility that the United States Postal Service could begin providing expanded financial services, and I’m intrigued. Not only would it create a new revenue source for the […]

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Time Banking comes to Ypsilanti with the hOur Exchange

You might already know this, but I just discovered that Ypsilanti now has a functioning time bank. (For those of you not familiar with the concept, that’s a system of reciprocal service exchange in which units of time serve as currency.) It’s called hOur Exchange Ypsilanti (hEY), and there’s a 1:30 orientation session Thursday, January […]

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All aboard for Gettysburg

As you know if you read this site, I interviewed local musician Matt Jones over this past weekend about his all-consuming love for Gettysburg… Well, somewhere during our conversation, thanks in large part to Matt’s overwhelming enthusiasm for the subject matter, I decided that I needed to pack up the family and visit the battlefield […]

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