Cheerfully Intense

Cheerfully Intense

Brian Gongol's cheerfully intense look at what's happening. Thought-provoking but not mindlessly provocative. Guided by four rules: Make money, have fun, clean up after yourself, and mind your business.

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May 29, 2021 9 min
What's going to become of international travel if we don't do something about the hijacking in Belarus? And, on a different note, should rail enthusiasts start recruiting for their cause at airline hubs?
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Dr. Anthony Fauci got his first coronavirus vaccine shot yesterday, and my thoughts turned to truck stops
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November 2, 2020 6 min
Unless you actually believe we're all living in a simulation (like The Matrix), then it's time to recall that everyone around you -- even your opponents -- is living a complex, rich internal life just like yours. And we can't do right by them unless we're dedicated to being fair.
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June 30, 2020 10 min
If people persist in thinking that I "look like a manager" for no good reason other than my gender and my skin color, then we're a long way from equitably treating everyone with the dignity that is inherently theirs.
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June 8, 2020 9 min
Where did James Mattis have his letter published this week, and what does it have to do with the Capital Weather Gang?
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March 23, 2020 10 min
The most important thing for people to do amid the COVID-19 outbreak is nothing: Stay home and socially distance. But there are lots of things to do while you're doing nothing, and taking action can make you feel better about having some control over the future.
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March 9, 2020 11 min
The New York Times editorial board wants to publish its consensus opinions less often. That's a giant mistake.
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March 2, 2020 10 min
The Surgeon General wants you to quit hoarding masks because you're panicked over coronavirus. But it's not just doctors and nurses and EMTs who will need to be masking up if this thing gets worse.
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February 24, 2020 12 min
Getting the difference between a "human right" and a "universal need" shouldn't be this hard, but Sen. Bernie Sanders sure wants to make it tougher than it is.
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It's not often that the Catholic Church has a Sunday reading that fits with the news, but China's President Xi definitely should have been in the pews this week.
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February 10, 2020 11 min
The people who are chicken about facing competition from "foreign" films are really no different from the people who want to "build a wall". Money, ideas, goods, and people ought to move with the maximum practicable freedom.
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February 3, 2020 9 min
It's Caucus Eve in Iowa, and we've already celebrated with our traditional dinner of pork chops and corn syrup. (I kid.) This is going to be a big week for news. But is it going to be a good one for the Constitution?
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January 18, 2020 8 min
101 years ago, Americans made a big mistake by ratifying Prohibition. It took almost a decade and a half to fix that mistake. Correcting our errors is job #1 for Americans.
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