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]
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]
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]
Many Americans may struggle to find Idaho on a map, but the state recently has been making news across the U.S. for its Democratic candidate for governor, Paulette Jordan. Not only would she become the first female governor of Idaho, if elected, but she would also become the first Native American governor in the history of the country.… [Read more]
Do you know anybody, perhaps even yourself, who eschews traditional “Western” medical treatments for entirely natural ones? Perhaps this person has a lifestyle that involves an abundance on supplements, homeopathic remedies, and similarly alternative treatments?
Well, as excellent for one’s health as it is to choose a good balance of vitamins and minerals, to avoid taking unnecessary prescriptions, and to ingest natural and unprocessed foods, an over-reliance on or trust in all things “natural” can end up being a very poor decision for your health.… [Read more]
Good news for the world: scientists who’ve discovered an enzyme that eats plastic have accidentally mutated it, making it stronger. This is great news, considering that our oceans are littered with plastics throughout. While there may not actually be a “giant Pacific garbage patch,” but without these enzymes, the chance that our race will someday face such a disaster is high, because plastics aren’t traditionally biodegradable.… [Read more]
Why Thousands Cross the US Mexico Border to Seek Affordable Health Care is Curbing Medical Bankruptcies
In 2013, an estimated 1,800 medical-related bankruptcy were filed a day. 2013 saw nearly 1,800,000 wives, husbands, kids, and other related family members were affected by these bankruptcies. The high cost of healthcare is the leading cause of bankruptcy, affecting more than 1 million families per year.
Healthcare has become so expensive that even those with health insurance may not be able to afford their $5,000 or $10,000 deductibles, as 57% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings.… [Read more]
We live in the age of Trump. What this means will vary from individual to individual, but for every person who thinks he represents straightforward business, there is another that believes he represents an affront to American intellectualism.
Perhaps it’s because of comments like this, spoken by Trump at a campaign rally in 2016:
“You know, I’ve always wanted to say this—I’ve never said this before with all the talking we all do, all of these experts, ‘Oh we need an expert’—the experts are terrible!”
Nicholas Baer, Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, mentions as much in his article, “American Idiot: Rethinking Anti-Intellectualism in the Age of Trump.” He draws heavily upon the work of Tom Nichols, a book titled The Death of Expertise.… [Read more]
In January 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as Global Goals, came into action. In the United Nations Development Programme’s words, these 17 goals are a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.” In replacing the Millenium Development Goals, the SDGs introduce new areas of concern, with the aim of reaching all of these goals by 2030.… [Read more]
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]
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]
With driverless cars quickly becoming a reality — both privately and commercially — it’s time to look at a few considerations for using a driverless car as part of a business.
Imagine a taxi service with driverless cars. Overhead is lower, as you won’t need a driver. But there’s one problem: In the past, hackers have remotely hacked internet-enabled cars.… [Read more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]