Archives for June 2015

Ironic Nationalism at the Drive-Thru

What kind of message appeals to both the intellectual progressive and the intransigent conservative with equal zeal?

Getting both self-serious parties to buy such a concept is a precarious prospect—one that even the most experienced politicians have tapped a formula to exploit. It is only fitting, then, that the answer comes in the form of America’s most important export: fast food.… [Read more]

The Origins of “Murica!”: Satire or Just Sad?

It’s a guy with a mullet and a beer. It’s a bald eagle draped in stars and stripes perched on a machine gun. It’s chicken fried bacon. It’s “Murica!”

These days, you can’t surf the Web without seeing the word “Murica” printed at the top of funny and often ridiculous memes, and you can’t have a conversation about the U.S.… [Read more]

What Whistleblowers in Foreign Fashion Factories Have Seen in the Past Year

Today, popular apparel companies bring in billions of dollars each year in revenue from retail sales. It may be shocking to hear some of the most popular brands, and even some not so popular, have very unethical practices going on in their factories overseas. These underhanded practices are just coming to the surface with the help of whistle-blowers and government investigation.… [Read more]

Is Money for Military Operations Well Spent?

It has been estimated that Australians have forked out around $15 billion to fund overseas defense missions since 1999. This figure is estimated to increase by around $1 billion or more in recent years owing to war against the Islamic States in Iraq. This estimation was provided in a report by the online Australian news portal news.com.au.… [Read more]

Higher Education Today: Is it Worth the Cost and Time for Millennials?

In the past, there was no doubt about which road to take when it came to having the best opportunities for a promising future. College was dangled in front of the youth of America like a golden ticket to make their career dreams come true. Today, a higher education has lost its luster due to a struggling economy and an extremely competitive job market.… [Read more]

Minimum Wage Votes: What’s Expected For Earners Today

On May 19 of this year, Los Angeles lawmakers voted 14 – 1 to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 by 2020. That makes L.A. the largest city to significantly raise the minimum wage, which is currently at $9.00 [1]. The increase would take place in stages with the first one happening on July 1, 2016.… [Read more]

Government Agencies that Keep Us Safe from Cybercrime

Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats in our country today, notes the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to having a negative impact on consumer safety, cybercrime can hurt our economic prosperity.

Fortunately, a variety of government agencies are working hard to make sure to protect us from cybercrime. From local law enforcement to national organizations, steps are in place to protect us from online scammers.… [Read more]

Party All Night: Living on Campus in a Culture of Binge Drinking

As a society we often consider college life a rite of passage. Young adults go off to college and learn to be independent. Sure, we think our kids are now adults and that they can handle themselves, after all isn’t that what college is about? But over the years there has been an aspect of college life that has been overlooked.… [Read more]

Financial Literacy Gap among U.S. Students

American students have been found to be way too behind in the financial literacy arena. According to a recently conducted study, U.S. students’ financial literacy scores were below average. Although this study was for high school students, the findings among students beyond high school was the same. While students are pushed to towards higher education, in spite of them being unable to afford it, they make some very basic mistakes due to their lack of understanding regarding finances – and this ends up costing them even later on in life.… [Read more]