The past couple of seasons have made it tough to be a football fan, at least if you’ve got a conscience. Even the most ardent fans can’t ignore conclusive evidence of brain damage associated with playing the game. More than a handful of ex-players continue to refuse the NFL’s settlement offer. There were charges of domestic abuse.… [Read more]
What issues change society's social order? Here we discuss social progress and the issues that impede that progress such as poverty, negative impacts upon the environment, and disparities among peoples.
These days, having an energy-efficient home, driving a gas-sipping automobile, and recycling are a must if you want to show dedication to preserving our environment. This trend has made its way into fashion, and now there are designers and companies striving to create more products and run their businesses in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. The following are some of the leaders in eco-friendly retail and what they are doing differently.… [Read more]
Prisoners may be having more of an opportunity to eat healthier, thanks to a recent boom in prison gardens and a fight for better mental and physical health within the legal system. The initial idea of hardened criminals living it up on fresh fruits and vegetables may be uncomfortable, but keep in mind that one of the biggest populations of current prisoners are nonviolent prisoners arrested on drug charges.… [Read more]
As society begins to welcome diversity in many new areas including race relations and same-sex marriage, the trend appears to be making its way into national sports as well. Football, baseball, basketball and hockey, considered the Big Four of U.S. professional sports, have made great strides with diversity not only with players, but also with coaches and administrative personnel.… [Read more]
When it comes to Millennials, those between the ages of 23 and 34, ideas about child birthing and rearing tend to deviate from earlier generations. Trends in these aspects of having and raising children will inevitably tend to change with prevailing attitudes. Since Millennials place different values on what is important, as concerns their children, it is understandable that they will endeavor to indulge a new generation of children with these values.… [Read more]
Aaron Swartz was, in addition to being a young man of conscience, a poster child for the terms “computer whiz” and “child prodigy”. He was still just a child of 12 when he created the Info Network, a forerunner of Wikipedia, and by the age of 13, he’d already become a co-founder of Reddit and one of the authors of Creative Commons(1).… [Read more]
In the past, there was no doubt about which road to take when it came to having the best opportunities for a promising future. College was dangled in front of the youth of America like a golden ticket to make their career dreams come true. Today, a higher education has lost its luster due to a struggling economy and an extremely competitive job market.… [Read more]
As a society we often consider college life a rite of passage. Young adults go off to college and learn to be independent. Sure, we think our kids are now adults and that they can handle themselves, after all isn’t that what college is about? But over the years there has been an aspect of college life that has been overlooked.… [Read more]
Initiation rituals, humiliating and sometimes downright deadly acts required of individuals seeking to be accepted into a group, are known as “hazing.” But it’s perfectly clear that these stunts can cause short-term and life-long physical and emotional harm.
Athletic teams, high school social clubs, college sororities and fraternities . . . these are some of the groups known to subject wannabes or newbies to hazing, often concentrated in a short period of time called “hell week.” Sadly, the damage can last a lot longer than that.… [Read more]
Maybe the naysayers don’t have it completely wrong. Maybe there is something to be said about the dangers of getting swept up in every gust of opinion that blows its way across the national stage. Perhaps it’s true that bowing to public pressure isn’t always the best course of action, and a mob mentality shouldn’t decide whether or not people should get to keep their jobs.… [Read more]
Even before Colorado Amendment 64 was passed, there had been a long-standing public debate concerning the illegality of marijuana. The public support for marijuana decriminalization has been noticeably strong, especially since Colorado legalized the drug recreationally for those 21 and older. Popular media outlets tend to touch on the topic frequently, often highlighting how the country’s public opinion is currently in favor of decriminalization.… [Read more]
I know what you’re driving, what you pay every month, and when your lease expires. I know what bank you got a loan from and the interest rate.
I know your house payment and if you like red shoes. When you go online I can have a banner appear that shows your favorite brand of coffee.… [Read more]
A gay rights movement has the potential of taking off from a somewhat unlikely area: a group of small businesses in Mississippi. The movement comes in light of Mississippi state legislation that could allow businesses to openly discriminate against homosexuals based on religious grounds. In late April, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a short provision into law which said the state could not significantly burden people’s religious freedom unless there was a compelling reason.… [Read more]
There are many ways to examine and quantify America’s illicit drug use. Geography is one such method, but even then there are a number of ways to look at the same data. Each of the nation’s 50 states have a “drug of choice” – that is, the narcotic most frequently cited by law enforcement officials as the greatest threat to the health and safety of the public.… [Read more]
Is there really more racism? Or has it always been here but just on the DL? Are more racists emboldened because of their anger at our first African-American president? Or was it there and nobody said anything?
I don’t know the reason but suddenly you can hardly read the news without somebody getting caught on tape, an open mic or writing something racist and hateful.… [Read more]
A controversial questionnaire has recently appeared in the media as Western Washington University contemplates ways to diversify its student body. Specifically, the school-wide survey posed a question prompting respondents to brainstorm ways to make their student body “less white.” This controversial question carries the message University President Bruce Shepard has been supporting in recent speeches and blogs.… [Read more]
Women’s rights, as understood by American women, are often limited to what impacts us immediately. At times, we have a narrowed point of view that unintentionally excludes the experiences of women in other parts of the world. In truth, women’s rights are a global fight, impacting women of various ethnic groups, religions and economic standings.
As a woman traveling around the world, it may only then become clear how different the status of women is from region to region.… [Read more]
Despite some economic and political setbacks, the U.S. remains a land of opportunities. For that reason, it attracts immigrants from across the world. Your immigration lawyer will tell you in detail how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have provisions to help various categories of immigrant aspirants to gain citizenship in the U.S. In case, a citizen or a permanent resident of U.S.… [Read more]
Although the term “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) is an idea that’s been part of the corporate lexicon for more than four decades, it’s still a relatively unknown concept in many business circles. In many ways, it’s an esoteric umbrella term that encompasses many things, ranging from environmental policies and hiring practices to corporate philanthropy.
Ultimately, CSR is a top-down philosophic approach evocative of Google’s old mantra, “don’t be evil.” Although it’s arguable whether Google has actually been following this core value, especially since it has recently started producing robots for the military, the underlying sentiment is clear: Corporations should behave in a socially responsible manner.… [Read more]
Ah marijuana…or weed, or ganja whatever you wish to call it. It has divided opinions all over the world, and especially in our country. Some cultures extol its virtues, others deride it, still others are indifferent or on the fence. It is a hot topic though, wherever you go. In pop culture too, from rappers to film stars, and even The Simpsons and South Park, everyone has an opinion on that little green plant and aren’t afraid to share it.… [Read more]