Whether you like it or not, whether you care or not, Joaquin Phoenix is still here. I would prefer to look at the movies as opposed to the actors or the concept of their celebrity or their role in media or paparazzi or all things that lie on the fringe of being famous. However, with [...]
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, [...]
Back in January, in response to Fair Trade USA’s (FTUSA) decision to begin certifying plantation-grown coffee, I wrote that fair trade was dead. Some critics vehemently disagreed with my assessment, seeming to take issue with the sweeping declarative statement I made, and accusing me of conflating the concept of “fair trade” with the products distributed [...]
The Social Network, the film that tells the tale of the founding and rise of Facebook, has taken a lot of flack from feminist critics since its release on October 1. The film and its screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, have been accused of creating and promoting misogyny, of pigeon-holing women into hyper-stereotyped roles in which they [...]
Names like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Earl Hines come to mind when one reviews the list of great jazz musicians. The back streets of New Orleans French Quarter gave birth to jazz and seemingly bequeathed it to male musicians. From its inception, the jazz arena was a ‘man’s world’, but the tables are slowly [...]
November 2nd, California’s voters had a chance to make history. The state which took a bold step in 1996 when it became the first state to offer medicinal marijuana has found that it is out of steps, at least for now. Prop 19, California’s ballot initiative to effectively legalize recreational marijuana use, has failed. That [...]
Today is Day 21 of 21 Days for World Hunger. For nearly three weeks I have had the indescribable honor of joining four Conducive Chronicle writers who have been diligently and persistently, passionately and assertively working to shed some light on the issue of world hunger. We’ve been researching, interviewing, writing and reducing our caloric [...]
Some are questioning as to whether the motives of Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity is a fun comedic event to unite folks or a step toward political activism.
Today is Day 18 of 21 Days for World Hunger…and counting…according to the empty pit in my stomach. Much like the last series, I am trying to eat like (as in as little as) the majority of the nearly one billion people who are living with hunger. I am reminded that I don’t like being [...]
Today is Day 17 for World Hunger, and after more than two weeks of my fellow writers sharing their research, knowledge and talents on the ubiquitous issue of world hunger, I am rounding out this journey with the first of five articles focused on activism. According to the Free Online Dictionary, activism is defined “as [...]
The mosque being built two blocks from ground zero will practice a form of Islam called “Sufism.” Al Qaeda, the terrorist group who attacked us on 9/11, routinely bombs Muslims practicing Sufism throughout the world. To put it bluntly, the type of religion that will be practiced at this mosque is hated by our enemies.
As hunger is such a widespread problem, I cannot know or address every potential cause, but I can share with you some of the biggest, most widespread causes, those being poverty and high cost of living, a lack of access to good food, and an overall confusion about how to find help.
Nearly HALF the women in NYC have difficulty affording food. Some blame this on the fact that women are paid less than men. Nationally, for every dollar a man makes, a woman still only makes 77 cents. At the opposite end of the spectrum are seniors, who are also largely impacted by hunger here, as one out of every three have a hard time buying food.
Lincoln contended that the founding fathers had opposed slavery because they had adopted a Declaration of Independence that pronounced that all men were created equal. A good deal of this repudiation of the Democrats also had to do with a brief rise in nativist politics engendered by immigration levels in the early 1850s that were five times higher than those of the previous decade. Most of the new arrivals were poor Catholic peasants or laborers from Ireland and Germany
New York City is the most populous city in the U.S., with roughly 8 million people inhabiting its five boroughs. Of those 8 million people, it’s safe to estimate that 1.3 million have a hard time buying food for themselves. I can think of no better place to start examining our country’s hunger problem than here.
Under the guise of mass production to feed the world’s hungry, Big Agra has artificially and genetically altered staple crops like corn and soybeans. And while this seems to be a noble cause, the introduction of genetically modified organisms or GMOs into our food supply may have far-reaching negative consequences.
With such a high percentage of foods containing GMOs in some way, shape or form, you may be asking yourself how you can possibly avoid what I’ll call the GMO Bad Nasties. And with over 70% of the food in grocery stores today containing some sort of GMO, admittedly this is a tough one. Luckily, there is a way. One of the best ways to avoid GMOs is to go organic.