“I want to say one word to you,” Mr. McGuire says to Ben in The Graduate. “Just one word. Plastics.” It was the line that defined a generation, or the promise of it. Nearly forty-five years later, that famous clip is included in another film depicting the high cost of fulfilling that promise. On March [...]
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 began in Tunisia and made their way through Egypt; another Middle East dictator swiftly ousted at the hands of the “Arab spring.” Yet two years [...]
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, [...]
The world had been rocked over the past few months by the cataclysmic changes brought about by the Jasmine Revolution. Across the Middle East, seething, roiling masses of humanity are realizing their collective power, and as they spread their wings and test their strength, the earth trembles. Looking around and seeing corruption, oppression, and inequality, [...]
Today, March 3, is International Sex Worker’s Rights Day. Millions of women, men, and trans people around the world choose to sell sex, and the topic of sex work is one that sharply divides feminists and women’s rights activists. In this series of articles I will explore the links between globalization, migration, the ‘rescue industry’, [...]
I had been working on a piece about Tunisia, Egypt, and the domino effect of people inspired to take action against dictators and despots throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East, but now it seems we have taken that push for real democracy to heart here in the United States. When decades-old regimes were pushed [...]
Today is the big V Day. Maybe you’re selecting flowers that benefit a charity. Maybe you’re still researching fair trade chocolates for cacao content and worker conditions. Maybe you’ve torn up the sixteenth draft of the sonnet you’ve written your sweetie. If you’re still stumped (or even if you’re all set), there’s one thing you can [...]
Our drinking water is in peril. Just imagine a reality of combustible well water, poisoned crops, sick and dying livestock and family members – perhaps even you – developing skin and breathing problems and lethal brain lesions, kidney and liver problems and nervous system illnesses from exposure to harmful hydrofracturing chemicals. Horrifically, this tableau is [...]
This is the fourth installment of a critical history of the Democratic Party and its role in American politics. Part I looked at the alleged Jeffersonian roots of the party; Part II looked at its rise in the pre-Civil War era; Part III its role in the events leading to the Civil War. Now Part [...]
To remain competitive in the emerging market of clean energy technologies, Senator Bingaman (D-N.M.) called Monday for the 112th Congress to put renewed focus on policy. “Companies will not establish manufacturing bases where they don’t see a real market,” Bingaman said in a speech addressing the NDN at the National Press Club. “Factories are located close [...]
Just last week, what seemed like a minor response to the democratic protests in Tunisia, quickly ballooned into the most serious threat to Egypt’s political system since the assassination of President Anwar Sadat thirty years ago. The last week of massive demonstrations in Egypt have completely dominated the news, quickly switched the public focus from [...]
October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and since that time, I’ve been thinking a lot about this widespread problem in our society. I noticed, as you likely did, that numerous methods for supporting patients and further research were promoted during the month. October saw a barrage of advertisements and events, both material and virtual, [...]
Eco fashionistas, with party season upon us (why let New Year’s end with the ball drop?! Being stuck indoors means being stuck indoors with all your closest buds dressed to the nines, I like to say!), let the extravagance begin! I’ve put together a chic look that screams originality and style for ultra glam party [...]
For good and bad, the family with which we must now identify is the global one. Few communities operate in isolation in a world interlinked by technology, trade, and politics. Some would argue that globalization, as was chronicled in Part I of this series, has so far primarily served just the powerful multinational corporations. As national economies increasingly intertwine, we may legitimately [...]
Why, in the midst of a huge recession, were any Americans in support of continuing tax cuts for those making $250,000 or more a year? Despite high unemployment and a significant decrease in wages–Americans still, somewhere deep inside, believe that one day they too will be wealthy, which is why most had already stopped listening [...]
I read an obvious and overused clichéd critical reference that ended up telling me absolutely nothing about the new film Love and Other Drugs. I have yet to meet anyone who actually likes these types reviews or those quick phrases on movie posters and ads that say things like “You will laugh. You will cry. [...]
It was through a series of important maneuvers, all connected with the American political process, which gave rise to over-sized private organizations whose reach would ultimately circle the globe. The costs have been numerous, including a stripping away of our citizen-based democracy and a species threatening ecological crisis. The result appears to be an international corporatocracy existing without an equally powerful political body to properly supervise its agendas.
Close to 500,000 classified U.S. military reports have been released on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The CIA is on a public campaign to expand the drone war in Pakistan and get clearance to assassinate U.S. citizens in countries we have not declared war with (any other assassinations don’t warrant an ethical dilemma). All [...]
Disney’s princess plots are more predictable than a woman’s period. Girl is oppressed (by magic, evil villain, or station in life), girl decides to challenge adversity, girl meets vagabond boy en route, cue adorable magical or animal sidekick, boy and girl conquer evil villain, boy and girl marry and the live happily ever after. The [...]