#1 Like Japan and many countries in Europe, the population of the United States is rapidly aging. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, children will
soon be outnumbered by those that are 65 and older, and that will be the first time that this has ever happened in all of U.S. history ...
Politicians tend to favor authoritarianism over capitalism and monopoly over competition. They have directly created monopolies (and oligopolies) in all major industrial sectors by imposing policies favoring preferred corporations and preferred special interests. In 2017, University economists Jan De
Loecker and Jan Eeckhout found monopolies behind nearly every economic problem. They have slowed economic growth and caused recessions, financial crises
and depressions. These monopolies restrict the supply of goods and services so they can inflate prices and profits while also reducing quality. In addition
, monopolies have decreased wages for non-monopolists by decreasing the competition for workers. This has led to wealth disparity, underemployment,
unemployment and poverty ...
High-level delegates at COP24 feast on cheeseburgers while they discuss how to solve the climate crisis. The dinner menu was a feast of meat: beef with
smoked bacon and sauerkraut, dumplings with fried pork and beef, and cheeseburgers. Yet this was no ordinary gathering. This menu comes from the United
Nations climate talks taking place in Poland this month ― a series of discussions aimed at coming up with solutions for saving the planet. With multiple
warnings from scientists in the past few weeks about the climate effects of eating meat and our need to reduce overconsumption, the menu for delegates was
quickly criticized ...
California routinely makes national headlines for its big government policies. This week is no different, as bureaucrats move to impose a texting tax on
state residents in the name of providing mobile services to the poor. In a November proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission, Commissioner
Carla J. Peterman laid out the “proposed decision” exploring the potential effectiveness of the tax. According to that 52-page report, California’s budget
continues to increase even as tax revenues ...
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:37. Jesus’ disciples had asked Him what would be the signs of
His coming and the end of the world. The question they asked wasn’t about the “Harpazo-“, but it was regarding the Second Coming and the end of the world.
Other translations use the word “age” instead of “world”. Jesus told them not to be deceived. Then He told them about the signs of the times that would
include wars, rumors of wars, love waxing cold, the abomination of desolation, and much more. One of the signs given was that it was to be like the days of Noah. The men He was talking to understood what He meant because they weren’t confused about what the days of Noah entailed. It wasn’t until later that the
meaning got confused ...
The Department of Homeland Security has posted the latest update to a series of Privacy Impact Assessments attempting to whitewash the invasions of
privacy and human rights inherent in a comprehensive system of automated facial identification of travelers. The latest PIA reveals more than the DHS has
previously admitted about the nature and scope of its planned use of automated facial ID technology. ...
Just look at what is happening in the airline industry. When I was growing up, there were literally dozens of airlines, but now four major corporations
control everything and they have been making gigantic profits. AMERICA’S airlines used to be famous for two things: terrible service and worse finances.
Today flyers still endure hidden fees, late flights, bruised knees, clapped-out fittings and sub-par food. Yet airlines now make juicy profits. Scheduled
passenger airlines reported an after-tax net profit of $15.5bn in 2017, up from $14bn in 2016. What is true of the airline industry is increasingly true of
America’s economy. Profits have risen in most rich countries over the past ten years but the increase has been biggest for American firms ...
Big media attacks “fake news.” Independent reporters rightly point the finger at big media as the predominant purveyor of fake news. Here I want to
comment on one of the most devious forms of MSM fake news: the limited hangout. When necessary, news outlets will do a PARTIAL EXPOSURE of a hidden crime.
The assumption is, once the story is published and broadcast, everyone will shake their heads and say, “That’s terrible,” and move on. The whole thing will be forgotten in a matter of days, as if the whole truth has been revealed ...
The middle class has been steadily shrinking, but most Americans still believe that they are a part of it. Perhaps this is due at least in part to the
egalitarian values which have been pounded into our heads for most of our lives. Very few Americans would have the gall to define themselves as “upper
class”, and I have never met anyone that would describe themselves as “lower class”. In place of “lower class”, many politicians now like to use the much
more politically correct term “working class”, but a more apt description might be “the working poor” ...
While some have returned home, many members seek a better life as they seek local jobs and await word from US authorities. Inside the Tijuana migrant
shelter that has become a home for thousands of Central American migrants, 55-year-old Carlos Gómez approached some strangers asking if they knew where he
could find a job. Gómez was one of thousands who fled Honduras with the migrant caravan that arrived in Tijuana one month ago. He would still like to seek
asylum in the US, but with thousands of people ahead of him in the line to submit an application, he would be content to stay in Mexico, he says ...
EMOJI ARE MORE than a millennial messaging fad. Think of them more like a primitive language. The tiny, emotive characters—from 😜 to 🎉 to 💩—represent the first language born of the digital world, designed to add emotional nuance to otherwise flat text. Emoji have been popular since they first appeared on Japanese mobile phones in the late ’90s, and in the past few years they have become a hallmark of the way people communicate. They show up in press
releases and corporate emails. The White House once issued an
economic report illustrated with emoji. In
2015, 😂 became Oxford Dictionaries’ “Word” of the Year. Emoji
aren’t just for people who say things like “lmao smh tbh fam.” ...
A leading expert says declining fertility rates in the west should be a cause for “celebration” because migration from countries in Africa will replace native populations. According to the University of Oxford’s Sarah Harper, warnings that European countries are at risk of a “depopulation disaster” or a “baby bust” are alarmist in nature because migration and artificial intelligence will eliminate the need for domestic population growth ...
From outsourcing to tariffs, globalization is all over the news these days. What is it? Few topics inspire as many strong opinions as globalization. It's a subject that touches on tariffs, jobs and immigration, all topics nearly guaranteed to start a fight at holiday tables. It won't help anyone to yell at your uncle over the holiday break, even if he has become a human Facebook feed. It will help quite a bit to learn exactly what globalization is and how it works ...
Was 2018 everything that you expected it to be? Every year contains surprises, but 2018 truly turned out to be a year that we will never forget. Over the past 12 months we witnessed great political shaking, Wall Street experienced the worst downturn that we have seen since 2008, the crust of our planet was rattled by an increasing number of major seismic events, social decay spread like wildfire, and America continued to become even more divided as a nation. In comparison, 2017 was rather bland and boring, and I truly believe that one day we will look back on 2018 as a major turning point ...
The Creepy Line, a new documentary by director M.A. Taylor, is now streaming at Amazon Prime. It takes a disturbing look at how Google and Facebook
influence their users’ view of the world, and how the companies have pioneered new ways of doing business. It’s a business model in which personal data
harvested from users is exploited so as to offer targeted advertising to third parties. The Creepy Line takes its title from a description of Google once
uttered by Google executive Eric Schmidt who said Google’s mission was to “get right up to the creepy line and not cross it ...
Once upon a time the United States had the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world, but now the middle class is steadily being
eroded. The middle class became a minority of the population for the first time ever in 2015, and just recently I wrote about a new survey that showed that 78 percent of all full-time workers in the United States live paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time. But most people still want to live the
American Dream, and so they are going into tremendous amounts of debt in a desperate attempt to live that kind of a lifestyle ...
Retail giant Walmart has found an interesting, and not terribly surprising, response to the ongoing pressure to increase minimum wages by hiring a fleet of robots to sweep its floors and cut humans out of the equation entirely. The company has just announced that it has enlisted a fleet of 360 “custodial”
robots to autonomously clean its stores’ floors. Billed as a cross between motorized wheelchairs ice rink machines, the computer-vision robots were
developed by Brain Corp. After being taught the stores’ layouts and best routes by humans, the robots will be off to sweep and scrub the floors ...
Drivers for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft will be guaranteed a minimum pay rate of around $17 an hour in New York City thanks to a new set of
rules aimed at securing workers’ right to a living wage. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted this morning to mandate the wage floor of $17 .22 per hour after expenses for drivers — or $26.51 per hour before expenses. This will raise the average pay for over 77,000 drivers by around $9,600 a
year with “minimal disruption to passengers,” according to the commission’s analysis, although ride-sharing app companies say it could lead to an increase
in rates for riders ...
Last year’s oceanic heat wave wasn’t as destructive as one the year before, scientists said. The Great Barrier Reef fared better during an oceanic heat
wave last year than during sizzling weather a year earlier that caused hundreds of miles of corals to bleach, according to a study published Monday that
suggests the massive structure may be growing more tolerant to climate change ...
A recent article published by Flagler College Gargoyle serves as another reminder that our government and society’s increasing fascination,
implementation, and reliance on digital, electronic, and wireless technology has also significantly increased the amount of Electronic Waste (E-Waste) being dumped in landfills and everywhere else. ...