Archives for 2015

The Potential of Drones in Agriculture

For many years, farming has been the fruit of manual labor. With the advancement of technology in everyday life, this may soon not be the case. Enter agricultural drones. Though drones are often associated with surveillance or warfare, these aerial devices can serve a variety of purposes. In an article in The Boston Globe, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International states that, “agriculture drones are expected to make up 80 percent of the future commercial market.” There is plenty of potential for drones in agriculture, but one aspect, that of Crop Surveillance and Aerial Imaging, stand out far more than others.… [Read more]

How Your Business Can Do Its Part to Fight Climate Change

One hundred ninety-five nations came together in Paris to strike a landmark deal to fix our climate once and for all. Just weeks after members of the Islamic State shocked both France and the world, global leaders met to discuss another enemy threatening our planet—climate change. While the agreement is the first of its kind, the effort was mostly political theater.… [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 Are The Health Benefits Of E-Cigarettes?

Many smokers today are switching to e-cigarettes. One of the top reasons being their ability to help benefit people’s health. As more of us are aware of the dangers associated with smoking, quitting is a journey many are taking. Substitutes like e-cigarettes can be helpful in making this transition. Below is a list of some of the ways your health can potentially benefit if you switch to e-cigarettes on the road to quitting.… [Read more]

Fighting Foster Care: How the System is changing for the Better

Foster care is a valuable service provided by The Children’s Aid Society who are rescued from unsafe or unstable homes. In the past, foster homes were sometimes viewed with criticism and concern, as some questioned the credentials of those appointed to care for children in need. However, in recent years the system has been improving through a series of important changes that help to better prepare, monitor, and coordinate foster families and their needs.… [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]

Gun Control in America: A Look at the Legislation That Got Us Here

Enough is enough. Those were the words of President Barack Obama after yet another mass shooting, this time at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last week. The President said these incidents will not be normalized as part of American culture, but it may be too late for that.

There was at least one mass shooting (defined by at least two people being injured) every day in the U.S.… [Read more]

What’s the Scoop on Google’s New Mortgage Shopping Tool?

Google is by far one of the best run companies in America. They have a distinct management style that makes them highly profitable, and their products stand far above the competition. Seldom does a Google venture fail because they thoroughly research new ideas before making a move. It was a pleasant surprise when the company announced its launch of a new mortgage product, Google Compare.… [Read more]

The Economic Frenzy Around Education

This is not a good time to be a young student according to skeptics within the US. Even with the unemployment rate down by noticeable percentage, college costs are still a daunting prospect. As people point the fingers at the education curriculum, we have students struggling still to land decent paying jobs after graduation. Ultimately that ends up leading them towards a carousel, which is a lot more daunting if they are stuck in debt from their college.… [Read more]

How to Host an Offbeat Business Event

Business events are often deathly boring. The guests stand around making small-talk and nibbling on snacks, wondering how long they have to endure the tedium before they can slide out of a side exit door. If this is your idea of a fun business event, then great, go right ahead, but if you prefer the idea of guests talking about your event for months afterwards, then here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.… [Read more]

Judicial Terror: Pakistani Court Sentences Man 13 Years of Prison for Facebook Posting

Thirteen years of prison and a fine of ($2,300) – only for an offensive Facebook posting of a Shia sect member in Chiniot, Punjab, in Pakistan. The case hasn’t evoked a media furor but is another alarming example of the judicial vandalism that is rampant in Pakistan under the current government.

ABS-CBN is one of the few media outlets that published the AFP story of the case.… [Read more]

How to Save Money on Your Business Taxes

Business taxes are an unfortunate part of doing business. They come under many names, such as corporation taxes, but the reality is this is the government attempting to claim their slice of your pie. Do everything you can to reduce your business taxes and you can save thousands every year.

Let’s take a look at this complex issue.… [Read more]

Cash to Stay Afloat: Minimize the Effects of a Natural Disaster on Your Business

One out of four businesses that are hit with a natural disaster never opens again. Natural disasters are becoming more common. In 1975, approximately 100 natural disasters were reported, according to the International Disaster Database. By 2010, there were nearly 500 disasters reported. Simply put, if a company wants to stay in business after a disaster, it needs to have safeguards in place to mitigate the risk.… [Read more]

Online Con Artists: Six of the Scariest Scams of 2015

As technology evolves, so do the criminals and scammers who use it. In the past year, several online scams made headlines, from the use of online dating services, to gift cash, to conning Facebook users into spreading spam. Looking at these different instances we see how the use of technology is affecting the way crime is being done.[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]

Six of the Most Prosecuted Cyber Crimes

We all spend a surprising amount of time on the internet these days. Our virtual world has quickly replaced the natural world in some ways. So it’s not surprising to realize crimes happen right alongside social media use, movie watching, and email checking. If you’re wondering just what type of online activity could land you in jail, read on and learn more about the most prosecuted cybercrimes today.… [Read more]

Avoiding Abuse: What Genetics Have to do With Addictive Tendencies

For many years, doctors, psychologists and medical scientists were completely baffled by people who were addicted to drugs or alcohol. They could help to get them sober by putting them through a medical detoxification process, but the majority of people were unable to remain so. Science today benefits from the leaps and bounds made in past years in uncovering why addicts do what they do, but there is still a stigmatization about addiction that hinders the ability of addicts to seek the help they need.… [Read more]

6 Surefire Ways to Protect Your Rental Property Investments

Given the lingering effects of the Great Recession, many people consider the benefits of a fall-back plan to safeguard their hard-earned money. One way to diversify is investing in real estate. If you’re a first-time landlord in the current housing market, it’s more important than ever to know the responsibilities and expectations you’ll face and take the proper measures to ensure your property is protected no matter what may occur.… [Read more]

The Biggest Hearts in the NFL

The past couple of seasons have made it tough to be a football fan, at least if you’ve got a conscience. Even the most ardent fans can’t ignore conclusive evidence of brain damage associated with playing the game. More than a handful of ex-players continue to refuse the NFL’s settlement offer. There were charges of domestic abuse.… [Read more]

Polio: How Pakistani Media Can ‘Capitalize’ on Ignorance

Polio – one of the most politicized and commercialized diseases that has been cashed on both local and global scales. Of the many stories of misinformation and twisted facts about polio, a recent one in a popular Pakistani paper made me wonder whether it’s a matter of ignorance or simply a dramatic exhibition of naïve journalism that ignored basic facts.… [Read more]