Environmentally friendly windows for your home

Green World

The U.S. Department of Energy recently revealed that energy-efficient products can reduce your household energy bills by up to a third. Not only does this drastically improve your finances, but it also significantly heightens the environmental efficiency of your home; reducing your carbon emissions due to unnecessary energy expenditures. One of the most environmentally friendly modifications you can make to your home is replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones.… [Read more]

The Clean Air Act Explained

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The Clean Air Act (CAA) is a comprehensive federal law which regulates air emissions from industrial and mobile sources. This law authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in order to safeguard the health and welfare of the US public, and regulate the emission of hazardous air pollutants.… [Read more]

Cost of Drugs

Generic Drugs

Americans have come to face the harsh reality that health care isn’t cheap. Prescription medications are no exception. On average, Americans pay $983 per year for their prescriptions. In fact, Americans pay up to 100 percent more on medications than any other country in the world. How can that be? The answer lies in the overwhelmingly high costs of research and development.… [Read more]

Top 7 tips to reduce your carbon footprint

Green Footprint

With a growing public awareness to the dangers of global warming (climate change), it is becoming increasingly important to remain informed about how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Listed below are seven ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint and safeguard the environment for future generations.

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1-Green electricity

Renewable energy is the future of energy resources, due to its significant environmental benefits as well as providing a solution to the depleting reserves of fossil fuels.… [Read more]

The Woes of Discrimination in the Workplace

No Workplace Discrimination

Often, employees feel powerless when faced with what they believe to be discrimination in the workplace. Out of fear of losing their jobs in the current economic climate, many people feel that they have no choice but to tolerate certain behaviors, including harassment, jokes, and coworker favoritism, among other sometimes difficult to prove forms of discrimination.… [Read more]

How corporations protect the rich

Pay your taxesThere are a multitude of tax breaks and subsidies provided by federal, state and local governments which protect the financial interests of rich corporations. These include direct federal subsidies to corporations which allegedly cost taxpayers over $100 billion each year. (Image Source) In addition to federal subsidies, many corporations also receive state and local subsidies. Louise Story calculated that state and local governments provide at least $80 billion in subsidies to corporations, with over 48 major corporations receiving over $100 million each.This is mainly due to the fact that state and local governments fear these major corporations will move their jobs overseas if they do not receive subsidies from the US.… [Read more]

Top 10 environmental gadgets

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Want to help the environment but not sure how? Looking to reduce your energy and other household bills? Or are you simply interested in the newest gadgets aimed to improve your day-to-day life? Then check out these top ten environmental gadgets which can help to enlighten and improve not just your life, but also that of the planet.… [Read more]

Invest in your child’s education with a personal tutor

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Throughout your child’s education, they will face a multitude of standardised tests. These tests are pivotal with regards to your child’s future as many employers hold these academic qualifications in high esteem. In order to protect your child’s academic and subsequent working future, it is advisable to invest in a personal tutor.

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By granting your child access to a personal tutor, you are providing them with the advantage of being taught by a highly qualified professional with a wealth of experience, personal knowledge and history.… [Read more]

My Wish for 2014

Wishes for 2014

As I look back at 2013, the posts I’ve written in the Marketplace, the articles we’ve shared on our Facebook page, and our Twitter messages, I’ve come to appreciate the power of social media. I am convinced now more than ever that our vision of leveraging social media to effect change is one worthy of continuing, one we must push forward.… [Read more]

Who Owns Your Congressman?

Congress Influence

While many people know that politics can be tricky, the financing behind it prove that politics is all but a dollar game. Take a look at the “Who Owns Your Congressman?”infographic below; it unveils the monetary goals behind political funding.

In this most recent election cycle alone, more than $441 million dollars was raised for candidates.… [Read more]

Poverty: An American Epidemic

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It seems hardly a day goes by without another news story about the 1%, the healthcare crisis or picketing laborers. The truth is that a shocking number of Americans are living at or below the poverty line.

By the Numbers

According to U.S. Census data from 2012

  • Nearly 46.5 million people are living in poverty, up from 46.2 million in 2011;
  • 18.9 million are white non-Hispanic, 13.6 million are Hispanic, 10.9 million are Black/African-American, and 1.9 million are Asian;
  • More than 16 million children (under age 18) live in poverty.
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Green Your Holiday Season with a New Take on Father Christmas

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Father Christmas switched his wardrobe from green to red because an American soft drinks company decided that Santa, or Father Christmas, should be wearing red instead of green, according to the BBC. This year, a renewable energy company called Abundance Generation seeks to return Father Christmas to his green roots with The Green Father Christmas campaign.… [Read more]

Healthcare at The End of 2013

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Listening to the rants of those outraged with Obamacare, you’d think our current healthcare system is something to be proud of, and probably difficult to improve upon. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.

This article reviews some of the problems with our current healthcare system, and how some of the changes ushered in by Obamacare (more officially known as the Affordable Care Act, [the “ACA”]) might help.… [Read more]

The Impact of Stop & Frisk on Undocumented Residents

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The phrase “illegal alien” is a favorite of newscasters and journalists, but in hard legalese, no such phrase exists. What “illegal alien” refers to, legally speaking, is something called an “undocumented immigrant,” or “undocumented resident.” An undocumented resident is essentially someone who was born in a country that isn’t the United States, and is living in the United States illegally, without the proper “documents” (like a green card).… [Read more]

Looking Internationally: Peru – Environmental Issues and Concerns

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Far too often when we think about the environment, only our immediate surroundings or issues impacting our own nation crosses our thoughts. In one way or another, all life on this planet is connected; our nations are not as separate as we may think and, in fact, what is done in one country often impacts life in others.… [Read more]

What Types of Crimes Put You at Risk of Losing Your Immigration Status?

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No nation on Earth is associated with immigration more profoundly than the United States. That born Americans will proudly rattle off laundry lists of ethnic backgrounds is a testament to the “melting pot.” But the state of immigration has traveled a long way (so to speak) since the days of grainy film footage of Ellis Island.… [Read more]

The Elections Are Over, Now What?

Election Results

We all know the cliche: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  If we know this and believe it to be true, then when it comes to the election cycle we’re definitely insane.

Every year we’re bombarded with advertising that’s mostly negative. We get our full share of speculation from the various media pundits and, because we’re special, we get to hear the candidates debate issues that someone else decided were important for us to listen to.… [Read more]

From Marcy to Madison Square

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A few weeks ago many folks in New York City were in an uproar. First because a young man, who lives with his mom in Corona, Queens, is studying engineering at the New York City College of Technology, and has a work-study job was detained by law enforcement stemming from the purchase of a $349 Ferragamo belt at Barneys.… [Read more]

Treatment Denied: 4 Bizarre Reasons Patients Are Refused Medical Care

Medical: Denied!

Although doctors still haven’t perfected the “Star Trek” body scanner that can diagnose with one swipe of the patient, 21st century medical advances are still pretty impressive. Just because the diagnostic and treatment procedures exist, however, that doesn’t mean that everyone in the free world can have access to them. Maybe it’s a growing trend, or it could just be that news spreads faster these days, but a number of bizarre reasons for denying medical treatment have come to light, even for — or especially for — those with health insurance.… [Read more]

Locked Up In America

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A new Gallup survey was released yesterday that indicates opinions in America are shifting with regard to marijuana use. Given the legal penalties for drug use, and the current overcrowded state of America’s aptly named ‘prison industrial complex, it’s time to revisit the nation’s record on crime and punishment.

With so many behind bars for drug charges at a time when the legalization of marijuana spreads across the country, Americans are paying more attention to the question, “Why do we have so many prisoners?” With 25 percent of the world’s prisoners comprised of Americans in U.S.… [Read more]