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4 Ways Education Improves the Standard of Living

4 Ways Education Improves the Standard of Living

It’s not uncommon to hear success stories from businessmen that never took so much as a step into a college lecture hall. Is a college education still worth what it used to be? With the varying ways to obtain an education in our digital age, it’s easy to fail to see the benefits that come from shelling out a couple grand a year for college enrollment.… [Read more]

Who Is to Blame in the Kansas Waterpark Death?

Roller Coaster and Theme Parks

It’s fair to guess that the American public has a slightly skewed impression of theme park-related deaths. Many folks likely imagine they’re more common than they really are — and that’s in part because they’re so scarce.

Statistics are difficult to come by, but deaths from roller coasters occur at an approximate rate of 0.27 per year.… [Read more]

4 Emerging Green Technologies That Could Change Our World

4 Emerging Green Technologies That Could Change Our World

Between climate change, deforestation, and decreasing levels of potable water, our planet is in a state of crisis. Luckily, scientists and civil engineers alike are working on new green technologies that pose solutions to these problems. Here are some of the best emerging green technologies with the potential to change our world.

Toxin Eating Trees

Using plants to absorb industrial waste and other pollutants isn’t a new technique, but it hasn’t proven effective until recently.… [Read more]

Defective Road Conditions & Car Accidents

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Every summer, millions of families hit the road and set out for a memorable summer vacation. Whether you’re taking a short trip to the lake cabin or a week long road trip to see some of America’s “must see” landmarks, you may be at a greater risk for being involved in a car accident. Not only do our roadways become more congested with fellow travelers, but road construction and traffic delays can add to hazardous road conditions and often resulting in defective roads.… [Read more]

Running for Office: How to Have a Successful Campaign

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“All politics is local politics,” long-term Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill was fond of repeating. While in today’s increasingly globalized world, this aphorism is no longer factually true, it is true that voters remain most concerned about the issues that affect them personally and respect endorsements from individuals whose hands they may have shaken.

What this signifies for you if you’re running for office is the importance of building a grassroots organization that relies heavily upon the efforts of local volunteers.… [Read more]

4 Professional Paths You Can Take with a Degree in Military History

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There are a number of different careers a person with a degree in military history might pursue. Many people might think first of teaching, but below are four other potential career fields. Prospective students can learn more about military history and jobs in the profession from the Society for Military History.

Military Analyst

The CIA hires people who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in American history or military history.… [Read more]

4 Best Degrees to Serve Your Country and Community

4 Best Degrees to Serve Your Country and Community

While every hard-working person with gainful employment makes an impact on the nation, some professions and positions make markedly more of an impact. These are the positions that influence medicine, science, law and the government itself.

Let’s take a look at the four most influential degrees that you can obtain. These degrees will help your community and your country as a whole.… [Read more]

Why Voting Still Matters and Who’s Producing the Best Turnout

Why Voting Still Matters and Who's Producing the Best Turnout

One of the more common excuses for not heading to the polls on Election Day is “my vote doesn’t count”. Many see voting as a waste of time that has no impact on anything that happens in terms of policy. And the large amounts of money flowing into campaigns these days does little to dissuade citizens of this notion.… [Read more]

Teachers Don’t Worry; You, Too, Have (Debt) Options!

Student Loan Debt Burden

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is a student loan forgiveness program by the United States Department of Education. The sole purpose of this program is to encourage individuals to enter and stay in the teaching profession without thinking too much about the loans which they have acquired during their academics. Teachers who provide full-time direct classroom teaching or classroom type teaching in a non-classroom setting for a period of five complete tax years and consecutive academic years in listed and eligible school or school district may have their loans forgiven if they have acquired a federal student loan.… [Read more]

Presidential Frontrunners vs. Small Business Owners

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American culture is hardwired to exalt the small business owner, and with good reason: small businesses added two-thirds of the three million new jobs created in 2014.

As a result, any cogent political philosophy will pay close attention to the needs of America’s legion of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The 2016 race is no different.… [Read more]

What’s Changing For Medicare and Social Security?

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For millions of Americans, Social Security, Social Security Disability, and Medicare is a crucial part of their livelihood, but it can also be extremely confusing to understand. Recently, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan budget bill that changes Social Security and Medicare. Regardless of what side of the political aisle you’re on, it’s important to know and understand the changes that were made and how the changes will affect millions of Americans.… [Read more]

The Fusion of Education and Politics

School desk photo courtesy of Todd Petrie/Flickr

In 2009, the Council of Chief State School Officials and National Governors (CCSSO) Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) combined forces to create “college and career ready standards”—the result, the Common Core Standard Initiative.

The line of thinking that was used to develop standardized education may look great on paper, with an all states doing the same thing and leaving no kids at a disadvantage approach. … [Read more]

Big Pharma vs. Medical Marijuana

Pharmaceuticals vs. Marijuana?

During the late 1960’s, the nation seemed divided on feelings about marijuana. You either indulged or you wagged your stern finger at those who smoked marijuana. Today, with nearly half of our country’s states allowing some use of marijuana for medical purposes, people’s perceptions are changing. One of the reasons that many people are changing their minds about marijuana is the consistent harm that prescription drugs are doing to thousands of Americans each year.… [Read more]

A Brief History of the E-Cigarette

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Ever wondered how and when the e-cigarette was created? Last night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” e-cigarettes were mentioned – so we thought we’d present you with the graphic below that details the history of the e-cigarette and its rise to popularity in current pop culture and society. Check out ‘A Brief History of the E-Cigarette’ by NJOY.… [Read more]

Strati: The World’s First 3D Printed Car

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According to a recent report, almost 95% of American households own at least one car. Even though most people today own or have owned a vehicle, few know about the detrimental environmental effects that go into manufacturing their dominant means of transport. Auto production leaves a giant footprint because of all the materials involved in making a car fit for the road – not to mention, the huge expense of manufacturing the same.… [Read more]

Greek Financial Crisis: Tsipras Gets a Second Chance

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This year began with a call for sweeping change in Greece when the Syriza party reached new heights and its leader, Alexis Tsipras, became Prime Minister. With economic instability having plagued the country for the better part of a decade, the election results in January represented yet another shift in the national approach toward escaping debt and taking steps toward financial independence and prosperity.… [Read more]

The Impact of Financial Crime: Effects on Policies & Industry

Financial Crime

The nature of financial crimes may not have changed much in the last century, but the specifics could not be more radically different. Some modern financial crimes are rising in frequency at a rate that could not have been anticipated a century ago. A Javelin Strategy study found that in 2013 more than 13 million Americans were victims of identity fraud, a number that has grown from 11.2 million since 2005.… [Read more]

Welfare Reform and Income Alternatives for Low-Income Workers

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With minimum wage hikes under debate around the country, New York has become the first state to approve a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers, the highest in country. As The Wall Street Journal reports, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move at a labor rally with Vice President Joe Biden while proposing to work for legislation that will make $15 a minimum wage across all industries.… [Read more]

Those Pesky Unions!

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There are few things that drive top-hatted monopoly men more crazy than a skinny unioner with their demand to enter the middle class, excel at their job, and get paid a fair wage like some greedy fox stealing rabbits out of your own personal hen house.In case you haven’t guessed yet, I am adamantly pro-union. There are some silly things that have demanded, and there are some silly things that are now law, like 15 dollars an hour for fast-food workers.… [Read more]

8 Techniques for Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

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There are quite a few awesome projects that can help people make their homes more eco-friendly. In this article, we discuss a range of projects from DIY to major construction. These options can help people live a greener lifestyle.

1. Switch to CFL Bulbs or Go LED

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Switching from conventional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) is an easy project.… [Read more]