Will Mankind Evolve Away from Monetary Transactions?

Imagine being able to deconstruct the vast subject of economics into three major principles or theories. The first theory is that the global population has a duty to the global economy. This viewpoint holds that the economy lives and dies based on the habits of the peoples of Earth. If we want economic prosperity – if we want the economy as a whole to continue to exist – then it is up to the individual consumer to step up and perform his or her worldly duty of infusing said market with capital.… [Read more]

The Future of Education

In the future it is possible we will no longer be educated by human beings. As technology progresses, computers will surpass our capabilities of instruction and logical analysis, thereby offering a sentience possibly beyond our control; science estimates within 100 years this will occur.  This means that computers, not humans, could be those in the best position to teach.… [Read more]

Why Democracy in the Middle East Could Be Doomed

Democracy, loosely defined as for the people by the people, has long been a fantasy of developed countries for the Middle-East and North Africa. Though it would be heart-warming to think that this goal is purely altruistic, this is not the case. There are economic motives to consider amongst many other variables which contribute to the pressing desire to spread democracy.… [Read more]

Space Mining: The New Frontier

If you follow politics, or at least the President, then you will no doubt recall during a statement about the NASA budget some words from Mr. Obama regarding an intangible concept known as ‘Asteroid Mining‘. Since not much else was said during this release other than this mining practice will be the focus of future space development rather than NASA‘s approach to explore space, it’s easy to throw such a concept aside; the concept is for those space nerds and science fiction geeks but it’s viewed as having little to no actual impact on the life of individuals.… [Read more]

New Rules will Challenge Laws Surrounding Mental Healthcare

According to the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), those suffering the loss of a loved one could be classified as depressed rather than bereaved, which was the old approach to such a catastrophic event. Now, exhibiting such characteristics as loss of appetite, lack of sleep, or irritability for more than two months after the passing of a loved one, a psychiatrist could prescribe medications for something entirely different from what the patient needs.… [Read more]

Salvaging and Growing the U.S. Economy: Moving on with Lessons Learned

Ask most and they will tell you there are two ways to salvage an economy: the revenue side, by way of taxation or fees, or on the the spending side, by way of expenditure reductions. Determining where and how much is the point at which negotiations and compromise get bogged down.

The President re-elect has released his budget for 2013 that the administration believes is fair;  at another time in history the budget would be viewed as pragmatically centrist.… [Read more]

Dystopian Economy: The Antithesis of What Benefits All

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a very general metric one can use to ‘feel out’ stock market performance. Merriam-Webster defines the word “dow” as useful or capable, but the old English dictates ‘having worth’ as the initial utilization of the term. Nasdaq, the second largest stock exchange, is purely the tech market on display; its ebbs and flows reflect trading activity for publicly-traded technology companies.… [Read more]

NASA’s Role In Space: Private vs. Public Space Exploration

NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, costs taxpayers about half a penny annually. Allow reiteration of this statement to resonate: NASA costs you less than a penny every year in taxes. Evidence supports that Americans could easily be persuaded to dig deep and pay that extra half penny a year to aid in keeping such a visionary program operational.… [Read more]

Playing For Keeps: How the GOP Voting Endgame Seeks to Ensure Tilted Elections

By now, anyone who followed the elections heard that there were statistically insignificant occurrences of voter fraud (in terms of those casting their vote) to the point that the justification for creating laws surrounding that issue is entirely baseless. It has been reported here and elsewhere that vote tampering by way of tests, ID checks, gerrymandering, and the like is not a new phenomenon.… [Read more]

The New Face of Home Ownership

The American dream of the 1950s — owning a home in suburbia — is no longer what it seems. Single income households are generally a thing of the past, and residential renting became much more practical when the housing market turned downwards at the onset of the economic recession. As single family home sales stalled, condominium purchases picked up some slack.… [Read more]

Chesa-‘Piqued’ Energy: A Fracking Nightmare Waiting to Happen

Though not personally invested in this stock, Chesapeake Energy has always been intriguing to me nonetheless. The more one reads about this company, the more interesting this company becomes. Headed by Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake Energy is a publicly traded company based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and its financial interests lie mostly in the midwestern United States.… [Read more]

America: The Empire

America at last count was said to have military bases in over 36 countries. The United States’ global influence has grown since President Polk; some argue it is due to economic interests by way of crude resource material, and by way of  business growth opportunity with regard to trading among other nations.  Others would argue it is a direct course of the many, many pieces of legislation nullified since World War II.… [Read more]

The Oldest/Newest Test To Our Democracy

Voter Suppression is a rampant news headline these days, depending on the circles of news you follow. It is always a big issue leading up to the presidential election here in the U.S. because at times like these, there are tactics, such as gerrymandering, that are deployed to infuse that suppression in various ways. Gerrymandering is the act of redistricting for the benefit of one political party over the other.… [Read more]

The Supreme Court, Its Relation To The Election, and You

The Supreme Court started a new term this week and it is being argued that this may in fact be one of the most important sessions in over 60 years. After a three-month recess which began after the last session upheld the Affordable Care Act — which included the divisive Individual Mandate — the Supreme Court has released its list of potential cases.… [Read more]

The Oxycontin Epidemic

Welcome to the new face of addiction that outranks heroin, meth and crack. Except it isn’t a new drug and it isn’t illegal. Oxycontin has been around since the mid-1990s and is made from the poppy plant to produce a feeling of euphoria. But wait, isn’t heroin made from poppy plants? Yes, yes it is.

The picture begins to take shape then as to why this drug is such an issue.… [Read more]

Zionism In America

Let’s start with defining Zionism; Zionism is a nationalist call to establish a Jewish state, which is defined by a nation of mostly individuals of Jewish descent. But, you may ask, isn’t that what Israel is? And you would be correct. Zionism was founded due to Jewish disbursement under Roman rule in 70 AD. It was given its name and officially recognized as a movement in 1897 by Theodor Herzl.… [Read more]

Thoughtcrime – Future Pandemic?

Some have seen Minority Report, the film based on a Philip K. Dick science fiction short story centered around a protagonist of the future crime division in charge of apprehending criminals. The twist is that said criminals have yet to commit the crimes. Some have no clue of what they are about to do yet, under the authority in the future setting of this story, it is entirely legal to be arrested prior to committing a crime.… [Read more]

Congress and The Election

In 2010, there was a midterm election. The Right took a seat majority from the Left. Reactions varied; some claiming to be totally unsurprised, others were more honest. Even in the face of what many termed ominous for President Obama, to his credit regardless of the validity, he took the blame. Some have appointed this stumbling block the reason behind the lack of faith in the European markets still rampant today.… [Read more]

The Real Story of Heroin and the Middle East

Most everyone is aware that heroin is a problem in the Middle East. However, not everyone realizes that the Middle East produces more of the drug than any other place on Earth, or that the market there is run mostly by the Taliban and Al Qaeda (different organizations with similar goals who compete for these ends) — which is a major source of income for both sides.… [Read more]

The Potential Decline of American Public Media

This story broke a little over a week ago and coupled with learning that the owners are Republican/Conservative leaning individuals on multiple boards that oversee financial contribution to the entities of not just NPR, but PBS as well; these precious organizations screamed for illumination. As always, starting from the beginning is the best place.

NPR was founded in 1970 by President Lyndon B.… [Read more]