A New Look at Israel

There is an interesting article at Time about how younger Jews have less pride for Israel than older Jewish generations. Many younger Jews view Israel’s recent aggression towards Palestine with shame, and they feel that Israel is occupying land that belongs to other people. According to the article: A 2007 poll by Steven Cohen of Hebrew Union College and Ari Kelman of the University of California at Davis found that although the majority of American Jews of all ages continue to identify Read More

Canadian Ice Shelves Melting Rapidly

Two Canadian ice shelves that formed thousands of years ago have shrunk significantly this past summer, with one almost disappearing altogether. According to new research from Carleton University, the Serson ice shelf–which shrank to two separate ice shelves five years ago–further diminished over the record-high temperatures of this summer. One part of the ice shelf went from 16 square miles to 9.65 square miles, and the other part went from 13.51 square miles to 2 square miles. Additionally, the Ward Hunt Ice Read More

DADT is Officially Over

After two decades, at midnight tonight the military ended its ban of openly gay service. It is a relief to many–both gay and straight–as everyone can finally be free to be themselves and to love whoever they want. Click here to read a great article from Yahoo’s The Lookout that includes a touching video of a service-member calling his father to tell him that he is gay (the link to the video is also posted below). His father is heard saying, “I Read More

Are Climate Scientists Wrong?

I came across an article from USA Today that talks about the link between the recent surge in extreme weather events and climate change. The article gives the basic premise that man is contributing to the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, which is then contributing to the rise in global temperatures, which is then contributing to the rise in extreme weather events. But how much man is contributing to this cannot be determined. Many climate scientists believe we are responsible for a Read More

IMF’s Gloomy Economic Forecast

The International Monetary Fund, a 187-member nation fund that conducts economic analysis and lends money to countries in financial distress, has released its most recent findings on the state of the world economy…and it isn’t good. Not surprisingly, the economies of United States and Europe had particularly bad outlooks. According to the IMF, the U.S. economy is expected to grow just 1.5 percent this year and 1.8 percent in 2012, down from its June forecast of 2.5 percent in 2011 and 2.7 Read More

Remembering 9/11

I know I am a few days behind getting this posted but I had to work all last weekend and didn’t have time to write something until now. Below is a recounting of my experience of that day. Unlike most Millennials, I was not in high school or middle school when this happened. I was 18-years-old and in my second year of college. I remember leaving for school that day. It was an absolutely beautiful Tuesday morning (at the time I went Read More

Why Millennials Need to Aid the Country

There is a great article by Morley Winograd and Mike Hais over at the Huffington Post that explains the important role Millennials will play during this century, most especially the next decade or so. Their argument is similar to the one that I make here: that Millennials are next in line to be a generation that moves the country–and subsequently the world–in a more positive and civic-oriented direction. They discuss how the previous two Civic generations–the Republican Generation (or Generation of 1776) Read More

Rick Santorum: I’m No Bigot

Rick Santorum, a Republican Presidential candidate, was speaking to a group of Penn State students last Wednesday when he got into a pretty heated exchange with a female student about his assertion that there aren’t any social science reports that prove that same-sex marriage would have little to no negative effect on children. When she challenged him by bringing up the American Psychological Association (APA), he dismissed research done by the APA that suggests that children of same-sex couples would benefit if Read More