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So I just spent the last two hours writing this post and when I went to save the draft it deleted my whole post. Needless to say I had a temper tantrum, stomped around the house for a couple of minutes, yelled in a language that only really angry people understand, did breathing exercises to try to calm myself down and nearly started to cry. I don’t normally have anger management issues but I was sooooo pissed when that happened. My computer Read More

The Debt Crisis Circus

On Monday night President Obama addressed the nation regarding the battle over how to best fix our nation’s massive debt and deficit problem. And then after he finished, Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), gave his rebuttle speech…I love how both sides act as if it is all the other side’s fault. If I had to choose a plan to support, I would 100% choose President Obama’s plan, and I have been vocal about how much I disagree with the Republicans Read More

Somali Drought and Famine

I have to confess that I just heard about this last night while watching ABC World News. But it doesn’t surprise me that a story like this hasn’t gotten much coverage. The Horn of Africa is facing what some are calling the most devastating humanitarian crisis in 50 years. Hundreds of thousands of Somali’s have walked for days to reach neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya to escape devastating drought and famine that has affected their homeland. In Ethiopia, emergency refugee camps that opened Read More

Good News Regarding Global Poverty

When the United Nations announced their Millennium Development Goals (MGD’s) in 2000, the overall goal was to end global poverty. Well, it appears that we are well on track to end extreme poverty, despite the global economic recession. The global poverty rate is expected to fall below 15 percent by 2015–well below the 23 percent target the MGD’s set for that same year–and it also fulfills the target of the first MDG of halving the proportion of people living on less than Read More

The High Costs of Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, Tax Code Loopholes, and Oil Subsidies

As our nation’s leader argue about how to “fix” the economy, the American public is getting bombarded with daily reminders of how dangerously close we are coming to defaulting on our debt. And defaulting on our debt would be really, really bad. If the debt ceiling is not raised and we default on our debt, we could see spiking interest rates; inflation; a second recession; drastic budget cuts; a 2.3 percent drop in GDP; a disruption of Social Security, Medicare and military Read More

South Sudan: The World’s Newest Country

For over five decades, north and south Sudan have fought several civil wars, claiming the lives of roughly 2 million people. But today, South Sudan became an independent nation in accordance with a peace agreement reached in 2005. However, the north is threatening to block oil pipelines that go through its territory to Sudan’s only commercial port on the Red Sea. Presently, the south supplies about three quarters of Sudan’s oil output and depends on oil for about 98 percent of its Read More

Drones: The New Weapon of Choice

There was an interesting article in the Washington Post a couple of days ago about how China has been developing it’s own drone fleet to catch up with the United States. With the successes the U.S. has had with drones, many nations are scrambling to build their own, especially considering it is a cheaper and more effective weapon. Defense spending on drones is now the most “dynamic sector” in the world, with the Teal Group in Fairfax, VA estimating that by the Read More

Healthcare Spending Among the OECD

Below is a nice chart from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that shows how healthcare spending is outpacing economic growth among all of its 34 members. Not surprisingly, the U.S. spends the most on healthcare with a per capita expenditure of $7,960–two-and-a-half times the OECD average of $3,223. As a share of GDP, the U.S. spent 17.4 percent of it’s GDP on healthcare in 2009, compared to the OECD average of 9.5 percent. The article at the source also Read More

July 2, 1776

Today is the day that the Continental Congress voted to adopt the resolution of independence, thus severing all political ties with Great Britain. Twelve of the 13 delegations (all except New York, whose delegation was not allowed to vote on this matter) voted in favor of independence. John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, saying that July 2 would be the day that the colonies would celebrate their independence. However, when the Declaration of Independence was signed two days later, after the Read More