Conflict Minerals in Congo

Last month I blogged about Raise Hope for Congo, a campaign run by The Enough Project that aims to end the use of conflict minerals in our electronics products such as cell phones, laptops and televisions (click here for a refresher). These minerals are fueling a war that has killed over 5 million people and left millions more homeless and in refugee camps. To make matters worse, rape has been used as a weapon of war and tens of thousands of women Read More

Obama Releases Long Form Birth Certificate

So we can all finally sleep at night knowing that our president is indeed a natural-born American citizen. Thank the Lord! I don’t know about you but I was up all night, pacing the floor, on pins and needles, just agonizing over this. And if it weren’t for the valiant efforts of Donald Trump, we would all still be worried sick. In case you didn’t pick up on it, I am being totally sarcastic right now. I hate to say it, but Read More

Earth Day 2011

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day. And although the debate continues to rage about climate change, we should all at least agree that we could do a better job–as a species–of taking care of our planet. This day is a reminder to us that this planet is our only home and as the dominant species we are responsible for it’s upkeep. Ask yourself this, would you pollute and wreck your house the way we are polluting and wrecking our planet? Everyone makes Read More

CNN Doesn’t Know the Definition of ‘Adult’

I received this email from Our Time, a youth organization aimed at giving young people a stronger voice, about a recent CNN poll that didn’t include the opinions of 18-to-34-year-old adults. Below is the email: CNN and Opinion Research think your opinion only matters if you’re over 35. No, seriously… In case you missed it, CNN commissioned a poll, conducted by Opinion Research Corp., of 824 “adult” Americans about their feelings on legalization of marijuana and gay marriage, but failed to ask Read More

Scientists Want Early Warning System for Climate Change

This article from Reuters discusses a new paper released by British scientists that claims an early warning system for climate change is needed to not only warn of possible climate “tipping points” but also to keep countries that have agreed to cut their greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol honest. Euan Nisbet, the author of one of the papers released this past Monday in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, said that scientists want to see if Read More

Trump to Announce 2012 Decision on ‘Apprentice’ Finale

So it’s looking more and more like Donald Trump will run for president. He is supposedly going to make his announcement on the finale of “The Apprentice” on May 15. If you haven’t heard, Trump has been all over the place lately promoting that “birther” BS, saying he is increasingly skeptical that Obama is a natural born citizen. At the same time, he has skyrocketed in the Republican polls, and is basically head-to-head with front-runner Mitt Romney. Many speculate Trump has done Read More

Obama’s Plan

So yesterday I blogged that Obama would give a speech tonight outlining his deficit/debt reduction plan. It actually happened today at George Washington University in D.C., which I think was stupid because this is a really big deal and this speech should have been in primetime when many more Americans could have seen it. Of course they can always watch it online or read the transcript, but come on, you know that won’t happen. (But just in case you do want to Read More

Realism…

“Remember when teachers, public employees, planned parenthood, and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither.” This is a comment my friend Heather made on her facebook page and I just had to share it. Well put, Heather. Well put. ***Update*** My friend Heather has informed me that these actually weren’t her words, that she Read More

Obama to Address Nation on Budget Crisis

Supposedly, President Obama is going to address the nation on his budget plan Wednesday evening, and he is putting “everything on the table,” including the “need to reduce spending on Medicare and Medicaid while at the same time tackling defense spending and calling for increased taxes on the wealthy.” And this AP article reiterated Obama’s plan to bring back increased taxes on the wealthiest Americans (i.e. those that make over $250,000 a year) after temporarily shelving this plan in order to strike Read More

The Government Shutdown and Young People

The youth nonprofit Our Time is reporting that 200,000 workers under the age of 30 will get “the shaft” if the government shuts down at midnight tonight. Go here to find out more and to sign a petition showing your solidarity with all young Americans. If the government does indeed shutdown, it will likely effect young people far more than any other age group. It’s time for us to stand together and demand more from our leaders in Washington. If we don’t Read More