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Human Nature and Economics

US Economy, Fiscal Cliff and Taxes + Grover Norquist

Economic policy doesn’t have much to do with ideology.

At least, not in the way it has become popular habit to pretend.

There are (who can keep track? 30 or so?) different presidential candidates announced so far, and with more than a year to go before the primaries are over (to say nothing of the actual election), plenty of time left for more brilliant minds to enter the field.… [Read more]

Accidents Happen: Protect Yourself

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Life will occasionally throw you curveballs that you are forced to deal with, whether you like it or not. These curveballs can come in many forms. Some are much more serious than others. How you choose to deal with them will have a huge impact on the rest of your life. A car accident is something that every person hopes they are never involved in.… [Read more]

The Origins of “Murica!”: Satire or Just Sad?

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It’s a guy with a mullet and a beer. It’s a bald eagle draped in stars and stripes perched on a machine gun. It’s chicken fried bacon. It’s “Murica!”

These days, you can’t surf the Web without seeing the word “Murica” printed at the top of funny and often ridiculous memes, and you can’t have a conversation about the U.S.… [Read more]

Is Money for Military Operations Well Spent?

Is Money for Military Operations Well Spent

It has been estimated that Australians have forked out around $15 billion to fund overseas defense missions since 1999. This figure is estimated to increase by around $1 billion or more in recent years owing to war against the Islamic States in Iraq. This estimation was provided in a report by the online Australian news portal news.com.au.… [Read more]

Minimum Wage Votes: What’s Expected For Earners Today

Minimum Wage Votes What's Expected for Earners Today

On May 19 of this year, Los Angeles lawmakers voted 14 – 1 to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 by 2020. That makes L.A. the largest city to significantly raise the minimum wage, which is currently at $9.00 [1]. The increase would take place in stages with the first one happening on July 1, 2016.… [Read more]

Government Agencies that Keep Us Safe from Cybercrime

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Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats in our country today, notes the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to having a negative impact on consumer safety, cybercrime can hurt our economic prosperity.

Fortunately, a variety of government agencies are working hard to make sure to protect us from cybercrime. From local law enforcement to national organizations, steps are in place to protect us from online scammers.… [Read more]

What Agencies Aren’t Telling You: Busting The Myths Of Temporary Jobs

What Agencies Aren’t Telling You Busting The Myths Of Temporary Jobs

More employers are hiring temporary employees. According to the American Staffing Association, “U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.2 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2014, up 5.4% from 2013.”

While staffing agencies will tell you that the rise makes temporary work seem like a positive thing, what they won’t tell you is that there are many cost-effective benefits for employers when it comes to hiring a temporary worker vs.… [Read more]

Motor City Back on the Upswing

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When most of us think of Detroit, we think of its historic nickname: Motor City. There’s over a century of automotive history behind that nickname – automotive history that fostered the American dream and the expanding world of capitalism.

The 20th century saw the rise and gradual decline of one of America’s greatest powerhouse industries. This once-booming staple fell into a deep period of misfortune during the 2008 recession, but it’s finally on the upswing.… [Read more]

White Collar Crime: Who These Criminals Are Really Hurting

White Collar Crime Who These Criminals Are Really Hurting

There’s no doubt white collar crime in the US is out of control. The number of white collar criminals have increased in proportion to the growth of industry itself, and the 2013 FBI report on white collar crime showed a decrease in the number of white collar criminals prosecuted. Perhaps, the decrease in prosecution is evidence that white collar criminals are far more sophisticated and less visible to legal authorities. … [Read more]

Militarized Healthcare: National Security’s Future

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The military of the future does not fight wars and hunt terrorists—it fights the spread of disease.

At the start of 2015, President Obama made a State of the Union speech thanking, in one sentence, the doctors, nurses, and soldiers responsible for helping control the spread of Ebola. More tellingly, he went on to connect international health with poverty—right in the middle of his discussion of American national security.… [Read more]

What’s Being Done to Crack Down on Drunk Driving Today?

Whats Being Done to Crack Down on Drunk Driving Today

Approximately 11,000 people are killed as the result of a drunk driver annually in the United States, more than three times the number of Americans killed on 9/11, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Due to the high number of people killed in drunk driving accidents, a variety of strategies are being employed to crack down on this very serious problem.… [Read more]

Broadway Leads the Conversation on Taboo Topics

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Broadway has had a long history of pushing cultural boundaries and influencing pop culture and media. From cultural and racial diversity to sex to disease to media, Broadway is almost always ahead of the time. That being said, let’s take a closer look at how Broadway has influenced our culture and media.

Embracing Cultural and Racial Diversity

Broadway shows have never been a stranger to embracing cultural and racial diversity.… [Read more]

Healthcare Today: How Much has Obamacare Actually Affected?

Healthcare Today How Much has Obamacare Actually Affected

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 created a number of changes in the American healthcare system. Many caused the system to become more consumer-oriented and less profit-oriented for insurance companies. Despite problems with its rollout, Obamacare is helping to make Americans healthier, while helping to reduce costs for the healthcare industry.

Guaranteed Issue Covered Preexisting Conditions Previously, health insurance companies could increase their profits by denying coverage to people who have already been diagnosed with a medical condition.… [Read more]

One More Reason Why Addiction Is a Shared Burden

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Recent studies show that drug addiction impacts more than one’s social and economic standing. The idea that addiction affects a single person is long gone, but until recently, there hasn’t been much information on the drug industry’s influence over the well-being of our planet.

In fact, through these latest analyses, we are now able to see that drugs, both legal and illegal, are making major changes in our environment.… [Read more]

US Industry Sites are Safer Than Ever

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There’s good news on the safety front for U.S. domestic industry: industrial work sites are safe than ever before, according to OSHA, which monitors work site safety, injuries and illnesses. OSHA reported these encouraging statistics in 2014:

  • Fatal job-related injuries dropped by nearly 25% over the past decade
  • The rate of work-related severe injury and illness fell between 2011 and 2012 for private sector and local government employees
  • Overall, all work site injuries and illnesses dropped between 2011 and 2012
Ebola Raised Awareness of Disease Control Efforts

It wasn’t until the Ebola virus arrived in the U.S.… [Read more]

Egypt in Turmoil: What It Means for the Rest of the World

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With all the fears ISIS has generated about the possibility of homegrown terrorism cells sprouting up throughout Western nations, the recent attack in Egypt, which left at least 25 people dead, is a stark reminder that Islamic fundamentalists are a threat in predominantly Muslim countries as well.

Some reports claim the attack was made with a car bomb, while other sources claim an RPG struck a vehicle containing ammunition.… [Read more]

How Low Can Congress’ Approval Rating Get? We’ll Know After the Elections

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With the midterm elections just a few days away, politicos across the country are on the edge of their seats waiting to see whether the Republicans will take back control of the Senate. It seems as though the GOP has a stranglehold on retaining a majority presence in the House of Representatives, and now the polls indicate that they might in fact edge out the Democrats in the other chamber of Congress as well.… [Read more]

4 Crazy Motorist Laws You Don’t Know About

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The city of Phoenix only gets about eight inches of rainfall per year, so storm sewers were never included in city plans when pavement was laid for streets years ago. Low annual rainfall also means drivers don’t get much practice navigating wet roads.

This combination of factors did not convince the Arizona legislature to build a sewer system.… [Read more]

Chock Full O’ Health Benefits: Drink Your Coffee, Dear, It’s Good for You

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People of a certain age will recall a 1980s advertising campaign that featured the “coffee achievers of American society—the movers and the shakers.” It showed clips of actress Cicely Tyson fake-slapping some guy during a rehearsal, glam-rocker David Bowie (who, incidentally, is English) and Annie and Nancy Wilson of Heart. “Hold on tight to your dreams,” someone sang in the background, and then a woman’s voice explained, “Coffee gives you the time to dream it.”

The ad was a clumsy appeal to younger people (those at the tail end of the Baby Boom), because coffee was viewed as something only old people drank.… [Read more]

Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know

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With all of the controversy swirling around the topic of Net Neutrality, it can be hard to know what to trust and what to take with a boulder-sized grain of salt. For an issue that threatens to impact almost every aspect of our increasingly electronic daily lives, Net Neutrality remains relatively obscure, and thus ripe for manipulation and disinformation.… [Read more]