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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


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


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

Tsipras - Greece

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


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!

Union 'Thug' - maligning teachers

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

LED Lightbulb

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

Image via Flickr by gtorelly


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

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Debt: Accounting 101 for Politicians

Student Loan Debt Burden

If children are our future, why is their commencement into adulthood a Sisyphean burden of student debt?

Both Republican and Democratic candidates have begun sprinkling policy specifics into their presidential campaigns, and addressing student loan debt has managed to earn some attention in between blustery rhetoric aimed at Trump, Obamacare, and choosing the best epithet for describing immigrants.… [Read more]

Saying Goodbye to Mom and Pop: What’s Changing in America’s Family Business Scene

Saying Goodbye to Mom and Pop What's Changing in America's Family Business Scene

According to a recent University of Vermont article, there are almost 6 million family owned businesses in the U.S. that employ roughly 60 percent of the workforce. While family businesses have traditionally been the backbone of the economy, times are changing, and many are struggling to survive. Below explains both positive and negative changes in America’s family business scene today.… [Read more]

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

Auto Technology

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?


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… [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

Cybercrime - Handcuffs on laptop keyboard

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


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


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]