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Taboo Topics
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Broadway Leads the Conversation on Taboo Topics

Broadway has had a long history of pushing cultural boundaries and influencing pop culture and media. From cultural and racial diversity to sex to disease to media, Broadway is almost…

Hell Week
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Hazing:  When “Hell Week” Lasts Longer Than 7 Days

Initiation rituals, humiliating and sometimes downright deadly acts required of individuals seeking to be accepted into a group, are known as "hazing."  But it's perfectly clear that these stunts can…

Healthcare Today
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Healthcare Today: How Much has Obamacare Actually Affected?

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 created a number of changes in the American healthcare system. Many caused the system to become more consumer-oriented and less profit-oriented for insurance companies.…

Affordable Care Act and Taxes for 2015
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Affordable Care Act and Taxes for 2015

Since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, the number of uninsured Americans has dropped from 18 percent to 13.4 percent at the end of the 2014 enrollment period,…

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Broadway Leads the Conversation on Taboo Topics

Broadway has had a long history of pushing cultural boundaries and influencing pop culture and media. From cultural and racial diversity to sex to disease to media, Broadway is almost always ahead of the time. That being said, let’s take a closer look at how Broadway has influenced our culture and media.

Embracing Cultural and Racial Diversity

Broadway shows have never been a stranger to embracing cultural and racial diversity.… [Read more]

Healthcare Today How Much has Obamacare Actually Affected

Healthcare Today: How Much has Obamacare Actually Affected?

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 created a number of changes in the American healthcare system. Many caused the system to become more consumer-oriented and less profit-oriented for insurance companies. Despite problems with its rollout, Obamacare is helping to make Americans healthier, while helping to reduce costs for the healthcare industry.

Guaranteed Issue Covered Preexisting Conditions Previously, health insurance companies could increase their profits by denying coverage to people who have already been diagnosed with a medical condition.… [Read more]

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One More Reason Why Addiction Is a Shared Burden

Recent studies show that drug addiction impacts more than one’s social and economic standing. The idea that addiction affects a single person is long gone, but until recently, there hasn’t been much information on the drug industry’s influence over the well-being of our planet.

In fact, through these latest analyses, we are now able to see that drugs, both legal and illegal, are making major changes in our environment.… [Read more]

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US Industry Sites are Safer Than Ever

There’s good news on the safety front for U.S. domestic industry: industrial work sites are safe than ever before, according to OSHA, which monitors work site safety, injuries and illnesses. OSHA reported these encouraging statistics in 2014:

  • Fatal job-related injuries dropped by nearly 25% over the past decade
  • The rate of work-related severe injury and illness fell between 2011 and 2012 for private sector and local government employees
  • Overall, all work site injuries and illnesses dropped between 2011 and 2012
Ebola Raised Awareness of Disease Control Efforts

It wasn’t until the Ebola virus arrived in the U.S.… [Read more]

Social Change

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Hazing: When “Hell Week” Lasts Longer Than 7 Days

Initiation rituals, humiliating and sometimes downright deadly acts required of individuals seeking to be accepted into a group, are known as “hazing.”  But it’s perfectly clear that these stunts can cause short-term and life-long physical and emotional harm.

Athletic teams, high school social clubs, college sororities and fraternities . . . these are some of the groups known to subject wannabes or newbies to hazing, often concentrated in a short period of time called “hell week.”  Sadly, the damage can last a lot longer than that.… [Read more]

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Goodell Must Go

Maybe the naysayers don’t have it completely wrong. Maybe there is something to be said about the dangers of getting swept up in every gust of opinion that blows its way across the national stage. Perhaps it’s true that bowing to public pressure isn’t always the best course of action, and a mob mentality shouldn’t decide whether or not people should get to keep their jobs.… [Read more]

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Veterans Day 2013

Today marks the federal observance of the nation’s veterans. It’s the day each year when across the nation somber reflection and celebrations are held to remember the sacrifices made by armed forces veterans in their service to this country.… [Read more]

Quick News Bites

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Want Legalized Marijuana? Then Change Drug Testing Policies

Marijuana is becoming an increasingly more accepted drug in our society. Medical marijuana use is now permissible in over a dozen states, and consumers can legally use … [Read More...]

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Finance

Taxes and the Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act and Taxes for 2015

Since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, the number of uninsured Americans has dropped from 18 percent to 13.4 percent at the end of the 2014 enrollment period, according to a Gallup poll. The law has had its ups-and-downs, but appears to be working the way Congress and President Barack Obama envisioned it.

Each year more provisions of the law go into effect.… [Read more]

Green Greed Biggest Money Scandals of 2014

Green Greed: Biggest Money Scandals of 2014

Money is often said to be the root of all evil, and from cartoon villains, to real life businesses, scandals involving big bank accounts and lawsuit settlements with advances, can devastate the economy and many different businesses. There was no shortage of scandals involving large amounts of money in 2014. Let’s look at a few of the most outrageous.… [Read more]

Technology

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A Primer: 5 Interesting Solar Panel Facts

Solar panels are a great invention, a perfect source of renewable energy that can help decrease our carbon footprint. If you don’t know much about how they work, this primer is a chance for you to get educated.

Solar energy produces no pollution whatsoever.

Many things cause pollution. For example, there are emissions from manufacturers, cars and other fossil fuel burning machines, cleaning products, painting supplies and a range of other things.… [Read more]

WTLF*?!?

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Distribution of wealth in the USA

The United States has a significantly unequal distribution of weallth when held in comparison with other developed countries across the globe. So much so that recent figures state reveal that in the US 75.4% of all wealth is owned by the richest 10% of the population. This means that the US has the most extreme wealth concentration of any of the top 20 developed nations in the world.[Read more]

Lifestyle

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Doomed Diversity: How is America’s Culture Changing?

For over two hundred years, the dream of America has been the goal for many people from many lands. From those who believed the roads were paved with gold, to those seeking religious or economic freedom, it has been a country of people from diverse cultures. The Melting Pot of the World used to be an apt description of America.… [Read more]

Wrap-Up

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To Hell in a Left Hand Basket

Last night I was talking with someone who has an active mind that I very much respect. I always enjoy our discussions whether about politics, sports or women. Politically we are polar opposites, but we share passions and, at the end of the day, we share many concerns. This was not an angry or contentious discussion by any means but, toward the end, I realized, perhaps for the first time, that our views of the state of America are as opposed as our solutions.… [Read more]

Say It In Song

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All By Myself

It’s a challenge to feel ‘musical’ when surrounded by so much negativity. The “Say It In Song” space has always been used to connect songs of any era and genre to current political events but, given that songs often evoke powerful emotions, it has been difficult to post songs when political tensions are already running so high (or low, if one is taking the disgust factor into consideration).… [Read more]