You Recycle, Right? Yet, You Still Might Be Destroying the Planet By Doing It Wrong

Recycling becomes more and more commonplace each year. Before you pat yourself on the back for your eco-friendliness, however, you should know that many people mess up their recycling in unexpected and unintended ways. Here are just a few mistakes that you might be making with your big blue bins.

You’re Throwing Away Dirty Items

Contamination is a widespread problem with recycled goods.… [Read more]

The Impact of Climate Change on Summer Storms and What You Can Do About It

Have you ever been in a harsh summer rain storm—one of those where lightning seems to continuously charge across the sky, thunder rolls on day or night, and rain and hail pound the earth with fury—and thought to yourself, “I caused that?” You may not be Thor, God of Thunder, but your presence on this earth does have a power and influence to it.… [Read more]

4 Ways Trump’s Presidency Might Affect Healthcare Legislation

Sweeping changes to legislature are occurring barely one month into Donald Trump’s presidency. On January 9, 2017, the Journal of the American College of Radiology released an article citing four main areas of healthcare that might be affected by Trump’s presidency: repealing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), increasing executive branch authority over physicians’ practices and payments, eliminating the CMMI and its impact on The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, and changing tort reform.… [Read more]

The Key Tax Changes to Anticipate in 2017

Back in October, the IRS announced a number of key changes to policies regarding taxes, both for individuals and businesses. As we enter 2017, it is important to anticipate these changes coming into effect. These changes will affect the taxes you file for the fiscal term of 2017. What are the key changes to anticipate this year?… [Read more]

What Do You Think Would Fix Global Healthcare? Here Is One Suggestion

There is no question about the fact that healthcare is broken in the United States and really has been for many years. It was largely on the issue of unaffordable healthcare that Obama won the presidency in 2008, and it is still largely due to an unaffordable and broken healthcare system that led Donald J. Trump to victory in 2016.… [Read more]

College and Faith – Important Things to Consider

For many students, faith doesn’t play a huge part in deciding which college to attend. For them, the only real consideration is which college offers the right course, or whether they can afford to go to an Ivy League college. For students of faith, however, there is another issue: that is, whether to apply to a secular college or attend a mainstream college.… [Read more]

3 Misconceptions Related to Hiring Veterans

Transitioning back to civilian life after actively serving as a soldier can be tough, but becoming employed is arguably one goal that could help soldiers feel like they’re doing worthwhile things and contributing to society. Unfortunately, some employers balk at the idea of hiring veterans. That’s less likely to happen, though, if they’re educated about what to expect, plus understand the truth about common misconceptions.… [Read more]

Breaking Political Branding

Politics aren’t as easy as the 1800s when you could ply your voters by providing enough booze to kill them and hope they hit your name on the ballot box. It involves complex branding and image control. There are degrees based around setting up a good political image. It’s a serious business.

The real question is how much of your vote is based around branding and not candidates?… [Read more]

Legalized Cannabis Too Good an Investment to Ignore

Every once in a while, an investment opportunity comes along that is just too good to ignore. These don’t happen often, and you need to be able to react when they do pop up. If you’re looking into what that big opportunity will be in the coming months, then look no further than cannabis investments. Thanks to the legalization of cannabis in a handful of states, investors must look at it in a serious and rather exciting manner.… [Read more]

Myths About the Affordable Care Act Debunked!

Another session of open enrollment for affordable health insurance is running from November 1, 2016 all the way to January 31, 2017. Under the new open enrollment period, you can enroll and acquire proper healthcare coverage. Election results haven’t changed this.

While there is plenty of information you can read to understand this latest open enrollment period and the available plans, there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding health insurance and the healthcare industry in general.… [Read more]

4 Ways HR Can Save Your Company Money

Amid new fears that China’s financial problems will bring the global economy plummeting again, more and more companies are looking for ways to save money in order to protect their bottom line. From cutting back on energy to seeking cheaper materials, small businesses around the globe are trying to trim expenditures to the bare minimum. There are actually some ways your Human Resources (HR)  department can help you cut back on payroll going forward.… [Read more]

How Your Business Can Do Its Part to Fight Climate Change

One hundred ninety-five nations came together in Paris to strike a landmark deal to fix our climate once and for all. Just weeks after members of the Islamic State shocked both France and the world, global leaders met to discuss another enemy threatening our planet—climate change. While the agreement is the first of its kind, the effort was mostly political theater.… [Read more]

Amandla…Rest in Peace, Mr. Mandela

Amandla is a Xhosa and Zulu word that means ‘power’. Many of us who live outside of African nations first heard the word used as a rallying cry during the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. It was also during that time, many of us who were coming of age became aware of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela — who, at age 95, after spending much of his life being the greatest embodiment of peace and non-violent resistance.… [Read more]

The Case for Expanding Social Security

Our friends at Democracy for America and MoveOn.org posted this infographic that we want to see shared far and wide. The mission is to “combat this growing retirement security crisis and tell Congress that Americans support expanding Social Security — not cutting it.”

On this site we’ve commented about this issue repeatedly; we note that when politicians talk about cutting so-called “entitlements” they neglect to note that if a person has worked and contributed to the system, s/he is ‘entitled’ to receive funds back from that system because it’s actually an earned benefit.… [Read more]

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]

It’s Election Day!

From our friends at Unite Blue, a nonprofit organization that “leverages the power of social media to connect and amplify progressives. Our tools empower the grassroots to build their influence and take action on their agendas. We organize for collective action to bring attention to progressive priorities and effect change on the national and local level.… [Read more]

Marissa Alexander will be Prosecuted Again for Defending Herself

Marissa Alexander, the African-American mother from Florida serving a 20-year sentence for self-defense, will had a status hearing today. In case you’re not familiar with her case, Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to stop an attack by her abusive husband — but was not allowed to use Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to support her defense. … [Read more]

Janet Yellen nomination for Fed Chair set for today

It was a good day when Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and economic advisor to President Obama withdrew his name for consideration as new the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. It’s an even better day now that Janet Yellen has been nominated for the position. If confirmed, Ms. Yellen will make history as the first female chair of the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central banking system.… [Read more]

Right now, the POTUS is not blinking

“We are not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills.” ~ President Obama

The 8-day old U.S. government shutdown has been described as ‘a game of chicken‘. Today at a press conference, President Obama announced that he spoke with House Speaker John Boehner and told him that “Hanging the threat of economic chaos over the heads of the American people should not be part of any discussion about the government shutdown.”  That certainly set the stage for what is now clear: the president is not blinking as of right now on the issue of the debt ceiling and defaulting on the nation’s debt.… [Read more]

The time is right to continue the strikes

Fast Food Forward, the group that organised protests in New York City, stated “No one can survive on $7.25 (per hour).” They’re correct — especially when one takes the cost of living in a large metropolitan area into consideration.

Across the country a couple of weeks ago, protesters gathered outside a host of fast-food restaurants to take part in a one day strike that called for higher wages for fast food workers.… [Read more]