Archives for 2017

Renting in NYC: How the Economy is Making it Tough

The housing market has always been a large indicator of economic standing. When the economy is doing well, real estate value goes up, rent increases and residents are expected to keep up. However, when the economy is doing poorly, rent prices do not follow the decreasing trend, and for those with stagnant wages, finding affordable housing in big cities is not made any easier.… [Read more]

How Will We Fix Our Opioid Crisis?

Our country’s problem with opioids has become increasingly urgent. Every year, thousands die from opioid overdose. Drugs classified alongside heroin and fentanyl — including some prescribed painkillers — are making a resurgence, reaching record addiction levels across the nation. New England, the Midwest and Appalachia, in particular, harbor some of the highest rates of opioid addiction and overdose.… [Read more]

Why Has Teen Pregnancy Slowed? Stats on Generation Z

If you’re looking for good news, you might be surprised to find it in teen pregnancy trends. Since the 1990s, there has been a sharp decline in teen pregnancy. In fact, from 2008 to 2010, there was a 15 percent decline alone. There is clear indication of some major things slowing down the trend and below covers a few other factors to consider.… [Read more]

The Stats Are In: The Criminal Justice System Needs More Data

You can never truly tell how well a system works if you don’t have the statistics to back it up. Unfortunately, one of the most important systems in the United States is severely lacking in usable data: the criminal justice system. We may know the “what” of crimes, but very little is known on the more important “why.”

At a time where people are demanding more transparency from companies and their government, the call is even stronger when it comes to the criminal justice system.… [Read more]

The UK’s Infrastructure Budget: What Do The Cuts Mean?

Despite once being one of the world’s ‘superpowers’, or indeed ruling over around 23% of the world’s total population, the United Kingdom is now facing some heavy times. Infrastructure budget cuts, political instability, Brexit (and the expected ’buy-out’ fee of £50bn) and financial cuts means that ‘Great Britain’ could now be better known as ‘Alright on a good day Britain’.… [Read more]

Virtual Reality & Documentary Filmmaking: What’s Next? Has Society Become Desensitized?

“What if I could present you a story that you remember with your entire body and not just with your mind?” asks journalist and virtual reality pioneer Nonny De La Peña. When it comes to VR, science fiction, gaming, and simulated reality have the potential to really change up the way we experience entertainment as well as storytelling.… [Read more]

5 Common Misconceptions About Prison and What the Truth Really Is

The perspective of a prison warden or guard is quite different than that of the prison inmate. The inmate views prison incarceration negatively, while the warden views it positively. Here, we will examine 5 common misconceptions about prison and we give you the truth.

The Food is Bad

This one might have a hint of truth, but it depends on where you are and the behavior of the inmates.… [Read more]

3 Great Scholarship Sources for Tech Students

Despite the Republican tax plan that includes elimination of student loan interest deductions, earning an education is still worthwhile – especially in areas that are in demand globally. Given the increasing demand for STEM graduates, questions remain for many about their ability to earn a degree – including how they would pay for it. Fortunately, there are many scholarships open specifically to tech students.… [Read more]

What is the Divide Between Western and Eastern Republicans?

Although they find common ground on many issues, there are sharp differences between Eastern and Western conservatives. Jacob Weisberg of Slate suggests that Eastern conservatives are more moderate than Western conservatives, and that they are less inclined to take conservative social positions than their counterparts. These conservatives, he says, are inclined to accept the idea of a welfare state.… [Read more]

6 Countries with the Fewest Wars

Certain countries around the world are known for their almost nonexistent war records. Many other countries that are involved in regular military conflicts can learn a lot from these peaceful nations on how to settle disputes without having to go to battle. Here are a few countries in the world that have had the least wars.… [Read more]

The Opioid Crisis Proves Failures in Current Leadership

Ex-DEA whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi recently shocked the nation during an interview with 60 Minutes in which he revealed that America’s opioid crisis exists and is “fueled by” the greedy actions of the pharmaceutical industry and Congress.

“His greatest ire is reserved for the distributors, some of them multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 companies. They are the middle-men that ship pain pills from manufacturers, like Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson, to drug stores all over the country,” explains 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker.… [Read more]

Polarized Nation: So…What Can We Do?

In a nation so polarized, there are outpourings of concern on social media and between friends during everyday life. It is natural for us to seek the like-mindedness of our friends and colleagues during these tumultuous times.

Carrying on this way can be comforting at first, but we have to consider the question, “what can we do to actually make a difference?” The United States is a democratic country.… [Read more]

5 Things That Will Cause Your Workers Comp Claim to Be Denied

The economy is holding up but that doesn’t mean you are. Are you financially protected? Did you sign up for all benefits to which you are entitled? Have you been involved in an accident at your workplace? An on the job injury can leave you feeling uncertain about the future, especially if you’re facing a long recovery.… [Read more]

Gender Pay Gap: Are Female Coaches Paid Less Than Their Male Counterparts?

Despite the 1972 Title IX legislation requiring equal pay in all educational institutions funded by the federal government, the gender pay gap in sports coaching seems to be widening, according to an article earlier this year by the Centre Daily. Not only do female coaches make less money, they also make up less and less of the athletic coaching staff at colleges across the country.… [Read more]

How Sustainable Energy is Impacting the World Right Now

It’s clear that building a sustainable future is more important than ever, especially in the aftermath of natural disasters across the world.

Extreme, deadly hurricanes (Irma, Harvey and Maria), and devastating fires have caused billions of dollars in damage, killed people, and uprooted many more. Climate change is not a potential harm that will impact us down the road — it’s happening all around us right now.… [Read more]

Real Estate Execs Should Not Be in Charge of the Needy

Buying entry-level housing is considered a safe play in the real-estate world because there will always be people who need homes. But what happens when the business play on cheap housing impacts those living below the poverty line? In affluent places like San Francisco, that is precisely what’s going on.

Wealthy executives have the investment know-how to spot a profitable housing investment, and recently, they’ve turned to non-profit housing operations as a source of income.… [Read more]

Our Prison System Is Broken and We Need to Fix It

One of the greatest novelists of the 19th century, Fyodor Dostoevsky, famously said that societies can be judged by the way prison populations are treated. This assertion begins to make sense when considering the prison systems of countries such as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, where the humane treatment of inmates is often lauded by United Nations agencies and religious organizations.… [Read more]

How to Help a Troubled Family Member

In this era during which there is a daily barrage of troubling news, and reasons to feel concerned and fearful, many are feeling the weight of mental fatigue. While not always the case, many have family and friends who are there for them. When your close family member seems to be going down a dark path, however, you can feel lost and distressed.… [Read more]

The Aftermath of Hurricanes That We Don’t Always Think About

2017 has already delivered two hurricanes that made national news, and with weather patterns only expected to become more extreme, there’s a chance we’ll face more of the same before storm season ends.

Powerful winds and flood tides can leave local infrastructure in a sad state, and with the crumbling state of much of our country’s infrastructure as is, this is severely impactful.… [Read more]

How White-Collar Crime Affects More Than Just the Criminals

White collar crime prosecution has become a focus on many law enforcement agencies recently, especially since the recession and housing market collapse highlighted how pervasive and damaging this problem can be. White collar crime refers to any type of nonviolent and financially motivated crime, often committed by government and business professionals. These crimes can have a widespread impact, affecting more than just the perpetrators. … [Read more]