“The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender, and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board.” — Simon Williams
One of my oldest memories is my grandfather taking his old wooden chess set from the closet and setting it down in front of me. The pieces were carved in intricate detail, each individually wrapped in paper towels to prevent scraping against the storage compartments. …
The Black Lives Matter movement experienced a powerful resurgence during the spring and summer of 2020 due, in large part, to the social and political elements that created a perfect storm. A nationwide quarantine, rising unemployment, a hated leader, and the killing of George Floyd were catalysts for the largest series of protests and calls to activism for a movement that began around 2013. With over 450 major protests held across the United States as well as abroad, BLM received unprecedented media attention, public support, and even corporate recognition.
In any social and political movement, the most difficult element to sustain is momentum. As elated as the public is to move on from the Trump presidency, the future of the BLM movement is questionable. This is not because the message became less relevant, but because movements are largely successful when they are in opposition to contrarian forces. …
On Sunday, November 15, 2020, the four-man crew of the Space X Crew Dragon Capsule was launched into orbit and docked at the International Space Station. The successful launch and docking of the Space X vehicle promises to usher in a new era of space exploration after the retirement of NASA’s shuttle program in 2011.
As the world is battling another spike of COVID-19 cases, with cities once more shutting down, space exploration may seem like a fever dream. It is difficult to look up at the sky with wonder when society appears to be on the brink of economic collapse. …
Growing up as an immigrant, investing and portfolio management was not a part of my upbringing. A college degree and a lifetime of work were supposed to be sufficient to build a nest-egg to retire on. In high school, I took a finance class where I learned such concepts as compound interest and buying low/selling high, however, even then, the access to the stock market was largely through brokerage firms that carried fees per trade.
With the advent of Robinhood and the elimination of transaction fees from other retail brokers, putting money in the market is a thumb swipe away. Through this accessibility, an entire generation of day-traders was created. While amateur investors chase the dream of turning thousands into millions, the average investor is more likely to lose their money than beat the market. …
Everybody has an opinion and the prevalence of social media makes it inevitable that you will be confronted with an endless array of self-proclaimed experts, debating fanatics, and just plain old contrarians. Even a family dinner table is a four-cornered ring with grandma facing off with your uncle about the latest Trump Tweet.
My experience as an attorney has taught me that an aggressive approach to argumentation is not always necessary, especially outside of the courtroom. Arguments are won by your mind more so than your mouth. …
When one considers the qualities that a leader possesses, words like integrity, fortitude, and strength come to mind. During the course of his presidency, Trump has offered glimpses into his narcissistic persona through Twitter exchanges and rally speeches. Despite the falsehoods, contradictions, and blatant lies, Trump has been able to keep his head up and back straight while peddling his snake oil.
Throughout this election, as the votes slowly stacked against him, Trump took off the mask of false confidence and revealed a coward. He has attacked the election process, falsely claimed victory, demanded a stop to the counting of votes, and threatened mass litigation. …
I steal the threads of destined fate
Entwined with souls in silvered light
My Master’s hands are careless, late
Yet mine are nimble, true, and sleight
I weave a cloth of purest form
So songs of home can bring me through
The fractured skies and gales that swarm
My vessel sailing to the new
I left my harbor, friends, and kin
To seize the treasures beyond reach
Cold ocean spray may sting my skin
But, there are lessons it can teach
I lived a life with love and verse
Played in the sun and braved the rain
Some moments touched me like a curse
The gentle mercies cured the…
Civil forfeiture is a legal form of piracy, where the state and federal policing agencies can take your money and property without any charges being filed or arrests being made. It is a remnant of the colonial taxation and seizure powers of the Crown, receiving unprecedented power during the War on Drugs. The net income for state and federal policing agencies is measured in billions, all of which stems from seizing assets from Americans.
A weapon intended against criminal enterprises, civil forfeiture has left a trail of innocent victims since inception. In particular, the impact is most felt by minorities and the economically disadvantaged as they are most likely to reside in areas with a higher number of police searches and are the least likely to have the economic means to fight unjust seizures. …