Mankind has always been fascinated by the beauty and wonder of the mighty whale, especially since the publication of Herman Melville’s classic about the Moby Dick, a sperm whale on a mission of revenge. Yet the very reason Melville was able to write his masterpiece of suspense was the very reason that he was among other seafarers hunting the great beast for its whale oil to be used in lamps.… [Read more]
The Environmental Working Group estimates that more than 12,000 people die each year in the US from asbestos exposure and 255,000 people all over the world. The most significant toll is on the people who have to work with asbestos on the job, accounting for 90% of the total number of deaths.
Health hazards regarding this mineral emerged 40 years ago when it became known that asbestos causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and cancer of the larynx and ovaries.… [Read more]
With nearly 2 million electric cars already in use, the world is becoming more sustainable with each day. However, we must remember that these cars need sustainable infrastructure to reach their full potential. If everyone owns an EV in the future, more plug-in stations may not be enough, and with current charging times, we will definitely have to resort to more sustainable roads to power our cars on the go.… [Read more]
In today’s world, it’s getting more difficult for the general public to evaluate articles and other information on the Internet. It’s easy for anyone to publish something online and call it fact, even if it is full of errors or inaccuracies, which is particularly harmful when false information is spread to voters and taxpayers. The popularity of fake news has even the smartest people thinking about trustworthy sources and the accuracy of information found online.… [Read more]
Thanks to the world wide web and international shipping, the world is our marketplace and our shopping mall. You can buy products from anywhere in the world at any time. However, that does not always mean it is a good idea. What quality are the products you are getting, and how are they produced? Was child or forced labor involved?… [Read more]
It may be rather surprising for some to hear that the field of medicine is still riddled with issues of racism. Unfortunately, issues related to race still prevail both for people of color working within the medical system and for those seeking treatment by healthcare professionals. Although there have been a few steps taken to address the issue, it has not been enough.… [Read more]
The prescription and use of medical marijuana is currently legal in 30 states, including our nation’s capital. It is also legal in some states to both grow and sell medical marijuana. Some states will only allow it to be cultivated, and others will allow it to be sold, but not grown. That still leaves 20 states where it’s completely illegal, in addition to federal laws against it.… [Read more]
With the recent emphasis on the reality of climate change, many people are looking for ways to incorporate environmental consciousness into their daily lives. If you want to cultivate a more sustainable lifestyle in the wake of the 2018 UN climate change convention, there are several small changes you can easily incorporate into your life.… [Read more]
TIt’s that time of the year again. Are you prepared?
No, I don’t mean the time of year when the new Star Wars movie is going to be released (though I, personally, find that equally exciting).
It is what is collectively known as the “Holiday Season”.
What this entails can mean a different thing depending on where you are in the world.… [Read more]
Hospital-acquired infections continue to be a big problem in healthcare. Recent research notes that nearly 4 percent of patients receive a new infection while they’re hospitalized. Eleven percent of those infections become deadly.
“The simplest way to say this is that about 100,000 people die each year from infections we give them in the hospital,” Dr.… [Read more]
Whenever it’s time for a local, state, or national election, there is typically a substantial amount of discussion about whether young people who have recently become eligible to vote will exercise that right and go to the polls. Unfortunately, determining whether they will take that action is not a straightforward process for many reasons.They Often Neglect to Register
One of the main problems hindering the potential for a strong youth vote in elections is that young Americans frequently don’t register to vote.… [Read more]
Consider this a public safety message: whether you are a gun collector, hunter, or own a couple of handguns for protection, it is important that your guns are stored safely. Hundreds of people die each year from accidental shootings, and unfortunately, many are children. There are several ways to keep your firearms secured and prevent a tragedy.… [Read more]
Often, the political dilemma in the United States of America seems double-sided. The bipartisan system domineered by Democrats and Republicans has the potential to oversimplify the context of the political climate, making it seem like individuals and states are majorly one or the other.
However, as with any human issue, the truth is not painted in black and white.… [Read more]
Tax law changes relatively often. Major tax reform is rare, but rules and regulations, especially at the state level, have a tendency to fluctuate, and this can mean that you see slightly different results in your tax returns from year to year. For example, in 2018 a number of IRS filing changes took effect, including a much larger standard deduction and a lower mortgage interest deduction.… [Read more]
You hear the story over and over again: an elderly person scammed out of their retirement by a family member or acquaintance. As one of our more vulnerable groups, the elderly are constantly targeted by the predators of our society because they’re lonely or easy to confuse. It’s a sad state of affairs, especially among a people so easy to manipulate.… [Read more]
Diversity has been a dialogue in the U.S. for decades. In 1920, women were given the right to vote nationally, after almost a century of protests for suffrage. Up until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, segregation was legal across the country, which held up standards of exclusion that permeated American culture across all classes.
This was a little over 50 years ago, and although we are getting closer to equal human rights, the effects of centuries of sexism and racism will continue to influence those in power for decades to come.… [Read more]
The classic American Dream is has become nearly unachievable in the modern U.S. With the dismantling of labor groups and unions, the idea that someone can work hard and live a comfortable life while supporting a family after learning a trade is far-fetched. Even those who obtain a college education and enter the workforce with a degree are saddled with unprecedented debt, crippling their long-term earning potential.… [Read more]