This section is here because, well, there is more than just one opinion on the planet.

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

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!

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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]