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Where in America is the Workforce Getting Most Neglected?

The United States are made up of an entire network of mini-economies. Every city, state, and town operates in accordance to its own functional, sustainable economy, including industry, business, and of course, the workforce. In many places all over America, the workforce is now dwindling, fading to be forgotten as a footnote in the United States’ economic crisis.… [Read more]

Mental Illness Can Be a Real Disability, So Shut Up

When a child is born with a disability, do we brush it off as an illusion? Do we insist that it’s just a weakness or deficiency in character? Of course not! So why does society’s thinking change when that disability, instead of twisting the body, is a mental illness? If you know someone who thinks mental illness isn’t a “real” disability, let’s talk.… [Read more]

Let’s Tour Some Prisons

When it comes to serving time in prison, one’s experience will vary greatly depending on where they are incarcerated. For example, prisons in U.S., Canada, or Europe are generally better than prisons in Russia, China, or South America. About 50% of all prisoners worldwide are being held in the U.S., China, and Russia.

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  • A 2013 audit reported women prisoners were forced to work 14 hours a day.
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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 Hidden, Insidious Gears of Poverty Cycles

Have you ever had to replace something that you need as cheaply as possible? Has an emergency ever forced you to give something up on your monthly budget? What if that was the reality of every purchasing decision you make? You would be approaching the daily struggle of being poor.

Understanding poverty means understanding the poverty cycle on both a daily and generational level.… [Read more]

Drug Policies Around the World & How They Affect Society

What is most effective at keeping a society safe from addictive substances while minimizing the costs of such efforts? When it comes to the penalties for the use and sales of illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin, each country around the world has its own set of rules and punishments. Today we compare four: the United States, Australia, Germany, and Switzerland.… [Read more]

Socioeconomic Concerns Within the Gig Economy

Today, the gig economy is all the rage, with more millennials opting for short-term “gigs” rather than long-term permanent work contracts. Also sometimes referred to as the freelance economy, the gig economy can be summarised as “an economy in which temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace, and companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees.” Freelancers, independent contractors, and people who take up a variety of small jobs are all part of the gig economy.… [Read more]

How Will States That Want to Legalize Marijuana Be Treated Under Trump?

Marijuana legalization has been a hot topic in the US for decades, however it was only during the Obama period when states began to legalize its use for recreational rather than medicinal purposes, with states like Washington and Colorado opting to try and find a way to make cannabis a legal commodity. Since those revolutionary moves, more and more states have voted to make recreational marijuana legal, including California, Nevada, Florida and Arizona, who all passed the vote on election day.… [Read more]

Top 4 Degrees to Help You Build a Career in Politics and Government

Building a career in politics and government can be a very noble aim. Our country needs knowledgeable, skilled people who are willing to compromise and have the best interests of the nation and the people at heart. Here are the top four degrees to prepare you for the life of a public servant. 1. Political Science

Perhaps an obvious answer, but a political science degree continues to be a great choice for students wanting to be involved in government.… [Read more]

Water Worries: What’s Being Done to Help Residents in Flint, MI?

More than two years have passed since the water contamination problems in Flint, Michigan, first came to light. From neurotoxins to high lead levels, this drinking water issue will surely become a mandatory topic of research for college students who are pursuing a masters of in emergency management or even an environmental law degree.

With thousands of children exposed to dangerous lead levels, the Flint water crisis has been cited of an example of how poor city management can lead to a series of catastrophic failures.… [Read more]

What Are the Biggest Changes for the Future of Farming in America?

For hundreds of years, farm land has been the life blood of the United States. However, despite how families have farmed the land for generation after generation, new advances in agricultural science and new technology are causing change in America’s farmland. Below are some of the biggest changes American farmers can expect in the future. Farming Wind Traditionally, farmers have only made money from growing crops and raising livestock.… [Read more]

A Hidden Danger in Driving: Socioeconomic Status?

Thanks to innovations in auto manufacturing and the tightening of laws, such as distracted driving and drunk driving laws, the number of injuries and deaths due to car accidents is gradually declining each year. Recently, a troubling trend has come to light involving individuals who are live within the lower socio economic status; they are more likely to die in a car accident than those who are “well off”.… [Read more]

My Mom likes Reagan and Trump. WBU?

Millennials (people born around 1983-2000) and their parents got along better than any generation measured before (many millennials even partially support their parents) and yet there is a fundamental difference in the political actions of millennials and the generations before them. I know, I stereotyped a whole generation, but we are talking trends (instead of individuals) and the trend says that the political ideal of the young and old are rapidly rupturing.  … [Read more]

America’s Hidden Heroin Addiction and Who’s Taking Action

Instances of heroin use are skyrocketing in America, and has become an epidemic among many teens and young adults. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 8,000 lives have been taken by Heroin in just the last year. That number is expected to triple as use of the illicit drug continues to spread.… [Read more]

Water Waste in America and How Things are Changing for the Better

Water is the most precious resource on earth, essential for all forms of life. It makes up about 60% of the weight of an average human body and without water life would not exist on earth. As the human population continues to multiply exponentially, the strain on important resources such as water continues to grow. It is important to ensure conservation of water for the continued existence of life on earth.… [Read more]

How Rates of Drug Use in American Teens Have Changed

Drug abuse rates have always been a concern for Americans. More specifically, they have been concerned with teen drug use rates. Our culture and social norms have changed from generation to generation and what causes these changes is still mostly up for debate. Since 2008, drug use in teens has gone up and down. But in general, teens have been using less hard drugs, even though marijuana use has gone up.… [Read more]

Veteran Validations: Best Programs that Give Back

There are over 20 million veterans who have served their country in the U.S. and fortunately, there are many helpful programs that offer a variety of services and benefits to help them permanently adjust to civilian life after active duty. Below are some of the best and most well-known for helping out veterans in need. Vocational Rehabilitation The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VRE) service of the VA provides veterans with job training, resume development, and coaching skills needed to obtain gainful employment after military service.… [Read more]

Fighting Foster Care: How the System is changing for the Better

Foster care is a valuable service provided by The Children’s Aid Society who are rescued from unsafe or unstable homes. In the past, foster homes were sometimes viewed with criticism and concern, as some questioned the credentials of those appointed to care for children in need. However, in recent years the system has been improving through a series of important changes that help to better prepare, monitor, and coordinate foster families and their needs.… [Read more]

Gun Control in America: A Look at the Legislation That Got Us Here

Enough is enough. Those were the words of President Barack Obama after yet another mass shooting, this time at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last week. The President said these incidents will not be normalized as part of American culture, but it may be too late for that.

There was at least one mass shooting (defined by at least two people being injured) every day in the U.S.… [Read more]

What’s the Scoop on Google’s New Mortgage Shopping Tool?

Google is by far one of the best run companies in America. They have a distinct management style that makes them highly profitable, and their products stand far above the competition. Seldom does a Google venture fail because they thoroughly research new ideas before making a move. It was a pleasant surprise when the company announced its launch of a new mortgage product, Google Compare.… [Read more]