U.S. International Assistance Efforts: Are They Enough?

 

Knowing whether or not to get involved with other countries’ affairs is a major political dilemma. Politicians and ambassadors must decide when intervening in another country’s affairs will be ultimately helpful or harmful. Unfortunately, most of the time, the drive behind this decision is not based on the wellbeing of the citizens of either country, but rather by greed and corruption.… [Read more]

Six Myths About Wind Energy Busted!

Wind energy in one of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy. It’s sustainable, helps to create jobs, and is a source of clean fuel. While the wind energy is increasing, there are still a lot of barriers that are hindering the growth of this industry. People who deny climate change, or have a general misunderstanding of wind energy, are spreading a lot of false information.… [Read more]

Racism & Law Enforcement: An Inseparable History

The idea of the modern police officer, as we know them, is less than a century old. Nevertheless, it may not surprise you to know that the concept of law enforcement is born out of a deeply rooted connection to racism, slavery, and discrimination that is still plaguing America today.

This news shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who has been paying attention to recent events.… [Read more]

The Erosion of Consumer Protection

As consumers, we have the right to be protected and feel confident about where our money goes as well as any of our personal data. Even if some of the “smartest” consumers are mindful about every purchase they make, read all the small print, and do extensive research, there’s always the risk of being a victim of fraud, being injured, or losing one’s identity or money.… [Read more]

Renewable Energy Is on the Rise — and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It

Good news for the world: scientists who’ve discovered an enzyme that eats plastic have accidentally mutated it, making it stronger. This is great news, considering that our oceans are littered with plastics throughout. While there may not actually be a “giant Pacific garbage patch,” but without these enzymes, the chance that our race will someday face such a disaster is high, because plastics aren’t traditionally biodegradable.… [Read more]

A Few Things You May Be Surprised to Know Aren’t Covered by Health Insurance

Health insurance is a hot button topic lately. Even with the introduction of the healthcare mandate and the Affordable Care Act in place, there are still some surprising things that aren’t covered by health insurance, but really should be.

Clinical Trials

Many believe that participants get paid to participate in clinical trials every time. However, many new therapies that are still in the trial phase require that you pay for your treatment during the trial.… [Read more]

Women in STEM: Four Resources to Learn More About Female Scientists

Unfortunately, many technical industries remain male-dominated. This continued societal imbalance isn’t doing anything to improve the U.S. global rank on the issue. Therefore, real progress is likely to require a more concerted, targeted effort on everyone’s part.

For educators and parents who want to provide girls with more information about opportunities for women in a science or math career such as engineering, there are several excellent resources available about women in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.… [Read more]

Overcoming Income Inequality for Children

There is no question that children should be given the best care and education possible. Not only are they young, innocent, and undeserving of mistreatment, but they are also the ones to whom we will pass the world to next. Unfortunately, many children are afflicted by income inequality: living in impoverished neighborhoods, going to underfunded schools, and living with food insecurity.… [Read more]

Preventative Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act

Despite efforts by members of the Republican party and President Trump to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this legislation is still in effect. However, some changes are on the way, which may have major impacts on those enrolled in ACA-based insurance policies. Perhaps the most notable development involves the individual mandate, which requires most Americans to keep a minimum level of health coverage or else face a tax penalty.… [Read more]

Why Thousands Cross the US Mexico Border to Seek Affordable Health Care is Curbing Medical Bankruptcies

In 2013, an estimated 1,800 medical-related bankruptcy were filed a day. 2013 saw nearly 1,800,000 wives, husbands, kids, and other related family members were affected by these bankruptcies. The high cost of healthcare is the leading cause of bankruptcy, affecting more than 1 million families per year.

Healthcare has become so expensive that even those with health insurance may not be able to afford their $5,000 or $10,000 deductibles, as 57% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings.… [Read more]

When Companies Move Their Business Overseas

The “Great Recession” of 2008 left no one untouched. Many people held their breath as their co-workers were laid off and hoped they weren’t next. They lost their homes, cars, and savings. Companies struggled to stay afloat and to take care of their employees, sometimes having no option but to close.

One company in the northwest, Micron, was no exception – but it hits close to home.… [Read more]

American Anti-Intellectualism and Social Inequalities in the Age of Trump

We live in the age of Trump. What this means will vary from individual to individual, but for every person who thinks he represents straightforward business, there is another that believes he represents an affront to American intellectualism.

Perhaps it’s because of comments like this, spoken by Trump at a campaign rally in 2016:

“You know, I’ve always wanted to say this—I’ve never said this before with all the talking we all do, all of these experts, ‘Oh we need an expert’—the experts are terrible!”

Nicholas Baer, Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, mentions as much in his article, “American Idiot: Rethinking Anti-Intellectualism in the Age of Trump.” He draws heavily upon the work of Tom Nichols, a book titled The Death of Expertise.… [Read more]

How Our Political Discourse Today Leaves the Elderly Out

Today, the way we talk about politics is heated, to say the least. Many political discussions devolve into name-calling and cherry-picked numbers from both sides of the aisle. And almost all of those heated discussions take place online. A topic that is frequently brought up in our political discourse today is marginalized groups — and for good reason.… [Read more]

84% Think Medical Cannabis Should Be Legal: 4 Health Facts to Convince the Other 16%

Although it is still controversial, the idea of medical cannabis is becoming more popular. According to Business Insider, 84% of the population believe that it should be legalized. If you’re still on the fence about this issue, there are several health benefits that you should be aware of.

It’s a Safe Alternative to Opioids

Drug-related overdoses have reached epidemic levels across the country.… [Read more]

What’s the Progress on Sustainable Goal Development, Worldwide?

In January 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as Global Goals, came into action. In the United Nations Development Programme’s words, these 17 goals are a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.” In replacing the  Millenium Development Goals, the SDGs introduce new areas of concern, with the aim of reaching all of these goals by 2030.… [Read more]

Will Commercial Driverless Cars Lead To Mass Unemployment?

Since ages, humans have been trying their best to increase the efficiency and creativity of their output, and one such possibility is the replacement of human-oriented work with automated machines and robots. Not only has this made our lives far more comfortable, but has also eliminated chances of errors.

A very similar prospect has been introduced by Tesla, in which driverless automobiles have been designed to conduct rides without any action from the person taking the trip.… [Read more]

Advice To Help You Prepare For A Job Interview in Any Environment

Getting a new job is a big undertaking, even during periods of economic expansion. It’s not easy and will, without doubt, take a toll on your health if you’re not careful. While it’s an important part of your life, remember that you aren’t defined by whether or not you get the job. And remember to be patient, as the job market differs across sectors and geographic regions.… [Read more]

Dreamers Hanging in the Balance: DACA Policy in Flux

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as minors, also known as Dreamers, are waiting for lawmakers to come to a compromise. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA policy grants them amnesty in the U.S. and eligibility to work, and unless congress can revise the policy with changes that satisfy President Trump, their lives will be uprooted.… [Read more]

Republicans Needs to Stand Up for Their Party

Jeff Flake’s career as a United States senator never attracted the kind of media attention garnered by those of congressional counterparts such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — until now, that is. What is it Flake has done to earn his 15 minutes in the limelight? He has openly questioned the policies of our nation’s most controversial president in modern memory.… [Read more]

The Rise of Fake News and How to Avoid it

The New York Times recently reported that Donald Trump said he did not use vulgarity to describe Haiti and African countries late last week. Yet according to lawmakers, some confirm the comments the president made in a meeting regarding immigration reform and others “do not recall” the comments referring to these countries as “s***holes”. This story will likely remain a “he said” “she said” debate until another prevalent or infuriating news article surfaces and steals its glory.… [Read more]