Best advice and tips for getting your private pilot’s license

Nov 15, 2018 @ 11:42 PM ET By Ben Alonzo

This year was full of major accomplishments, including earning my private pilot’s license. It wasn’t easy and it cost a small fortune. There’s nothing like being able to fly your own airplane and take people for the ride of their lives. The Federal Aviation Administration standards for private pilot are pretty modern and demanding. I’ve ….read more

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Ask a Professor: Is it a good idea to only use Snopes or Wikipedia for college research and how can I become a better skeptic when fact-checking?

May 28, 2018 @ 2:25 PM ET By Ben Alonzo

It’s always best to verify something for yourself, instead of relying on someone else to verify for you. Years of encouraging people to effectively outsource their independent fact-checking to a single website has resulted in an erosion of independent thinking, verification, and personal responsibility. When a person fails to fact-check for themselves, they leave it ….read more

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It’s time to ban all pets on flights, passengers abusing system for legitimate service animals

Mar 17, 2018 @ 10:13 AM ET By Ben Alonzo

A major flight attendant organization stated that pet travel is now “out of control.” Several video reports detail pets biting passengers, mauling and hospitalizing travelers, attacking crew members, and even causing emergency landings. The recent “Kokito” dog death on a United Airlines flight caused a digital lynch mob, but the actual problem is passengers bringing ….read more

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Are too many atheist, freethought, and skeptic communities exhibiting religious cult-like behavior?

Nov 13, 2017 @ 12:12 AM ET By Ben Alonzo

Have you ever thought that once you left a religious cult, but think you found yourself in another kind of cult? The parallels are worth discussing, and it’s something that we should be talking about, especially among the atheist, freethought, and skeptic communities. Atheism is supposed to mean apart from belief in a theistic figure ….read more

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