In the March issue of the Atlantic magazine, deputy editor Don Peck uncritically published a host of claims about how marriage civilizes men. (See Page 3 online of “Men and families in a jobless age” or Page 53 in the print version.) The person who made the claims was Brad Wilcox, the Director of the [...]
I remember when the internal strife in Syria first began back in the spring of 2011. Like most people, I considered it to be a continuation of the events that had begun in Tunisia and made its way through Egypt; another Middle East dictator swiftly ousted at the hands of the “Arab spring.” Yet two [...]
In early summer, a small, heavily militarized country invaded its southern neighbor. The local conflict soon grew regional as other nations allied with both original participants began to support their respective friends, thereby making escalation a serious concern. Three years later, over 1 million people had died as a result of the disastrous war, yet [...]
There is an popular opinion piece on FoxNews.com right now by John Kartch of Americans for Tax Reform called “Five Major Obamacare Taxes that will hit your wallet in 2013.” Shockingly, it is very misleading on nearly every issue it discusses.
There is a reason that presidents have been fighting for a better health care system for 100 years. In 2010, over 50 million Americans went about their daily lives with no health insurance. If they got sick, odds are they went bankrupt and you had to foot the bill. Insurance companies could look at an application of a newborn infant, born with a defect, and deny the child coverage. A man who had diligently paid for his own health insurance for his entire life, could get cancer, and the insurance company could drop him. Insurance companies would set annual or lifetime dollar limits on needed care, leaving patients who thought they had coverage with massive medical bills and no hope.
Whether or not to allow plantations into the fair trade model is not the only debate raging within the specialty coffee industry. Another, and more wide-reaching debate, is whether certification schemes benefit producers, or if they are in fact barriers to trade. While millions of small-scale coffee producers have benefited from certification systems like Fair [...]
It is a reasonable assumption that many readers of the Conducive Chronicle or students around the world enrolled in some type of college social science class featuring elements of post modernism are familiar with the concept of modernity. Modernity has been both categorically and lexically challenging to define since the term is immensely expansive. Subsequently, [...]
In New York, delis are associated with Koreans like finance with Wall Street and odd size names for Starbucks (should we begin to label our clothes “tall” and “venti”?). With the struggling economy and increased competition, Koreans face greater challenges to maintain a grasp on their historic niche in New York City. One of the most [...]
Solar PV design and manufacturer, SolarDock, LLC, recently signed a license and distribution agreement with Ontario-based SunRise Power Corp to produce, market, and distribute a new high-tilt-angle solar racking system that installs without penetrating existing rooftop surfaces. Touting the unique value proposition of the new design, Rob Kenton, Account Manager at SunRise Power expects that [...]
German Solar Corporation recently announced plans to expand its assembly and distribution operations into London, Ontario in order to take advantage of the province’s rapid solar development. Expecting to employ at least 20 associates once fully operational later this year, the 25,000 sq ft assembly plant will be dedicated to producing environmentally friendly solar arrays [...]
This month India will begin what some have called the world’s largest administrative task, recording their national census. A formidable task for any nation, India is attempting to push the envelope even further this year by not only counting the number of citizens, but by photographing and fingerprinting every citizen over the age of 15, [...]
The hardest part about finding someone to date is…finding someone to date. In a society where most women are judged to be straight before assumed to be gay, it is even harder to meet that special woman by chance, in person. Though some people are sketchy about looking for love online, online dating can be [...]
Once in awhile, I run across a fairly decent comment underlying an item in my hometown newspaper.
This Saturday morning, reader Pugsleythe Great offered political analysis regarding the pressure bestowed upon Governor Charlie Crist by Florida teachers to veto the Merit Pay bill–educational reform legislation recently passed by Crist’s very own Republican party.
“What most do not realize is Charlie is playing a game.
And along came Day 21 of 21 Days for World Hunger. This journey is coming to a conclusion. This will be the last day I will be mimicking the diet of the world’s hungry and eating about 1,000 calories a day. I’m ready to hang up my hunger hat and get my life back. This [...]
Finally, your car and our water heater have something in common: this week the federal government set tougher standards on both vehicle and water heater efficiencies.
Day 20 of 21 days for World Hunger. One more to go until I can stop eating a diet similar to many of the world’s hungry. Yesterday I wrote about hunger in the United States. Staggering figures to say the least. And how do we solve this problem? Fortunately, there are innovators and organizations that [...]
The move from “thinking green” to “embracing green technology” can either be a difficult changeover or a seamless transition, depending on the mindset and resources at your disposal. At least this is the general attitude espoused by Ric Jones of RJ’s Specialties. Jones has big plans to bring clean, free energy to the masses. [...]
Day 19 of 21 Days for World Hunger and I’ve moved away from Asia and am back to the United States. Well, it looks like I’m going to make it to twenty-one! Woo-hoo. It has been 19 days that I have been mimicking the diet of the world’s hungry. I have so little to report [...]
On this, Day 18 of 21 days for world hunger, I maintain my attention on Asia and tomorrow I take a look at hunger in the U.S. But today, I will address my critics, the people who blame Third World hunger because of too much breeding. My stomach had a definite growl at 2:17 pm. [...]
Well, here we go again. After being practically convinced that the “alternate timeline” formula of this season of Lost was set in stone, we find that it’s not. I should have known better. In last night’s episode, “Happily Ever After,” we spent time with two of the series’ all-time-best characters, Desmond and Charlie, as they [...]
Imagine a collection of garbage swirling round and round and round in the middle of the Northern Pacific Ocean. Discarded plastic bags and bottles, old fishing nets and other forms of trash pitched over the sides of ships or thoughtlessly cast into the ocean from the shoreline, drift on currents to gather in a vast area between Hawaii and California which [...]
For the past three weeks, I have been hooked on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on ABC. The show is essentially about UK chef Jamie Oliver, attempting to change the eating habits of Americans by targeting one of our most overweight cities, Huntington, VA. The show is simultaneously about the American diet, our fierce individualism and a [...]