In the late 1970s, the population of China was approaching one billion so the government decided to take action to slow down the growth rate. The policy has delivered mixed results.
Sadly, echoes of the bitter segregationists are still heard today even among those who seek high office.
There are several deep rooted causes of Indian poverty, some have historical roots and others derive strength from social structure. Lack of effective governance has only sustained Indian poverty.
Although health and medical care have been defined as human rights, healthcare is far from being self-evident in African LEDCs. When will the international community finally react to combat the issue?
Farmers use a variety of potentially toxic chemicals to prevent pests from consuming our food. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals can be bioaccumulated in our bodies or biomagnified through the food chain. Over time, some of them have the potential to cause severe adverse health affects in humans.
Did you know the United States holds many of the world's records for school shootings? Or that our first school shooting took place in 1764? Learn this and much more with this in depth article.
One of the most significant controversies which has emerged in education has to do with cell phones. More specifically…should cell phones be allowed in school? There are pros and cons to both sides.
Alternative sources of energy from fossil fuels have become increasingly sought in recent years. In this article, I list the advantages and disadvantages of wind power.
Think tanks have an enormous effect on public opinion and policy. Most think tanks promote themselves as being unbiased - but are they?
There have been five mass extinctions; we are now in the beginning of the sixth mass extinction. How is global warming threatening all life on earth and what can we do about it?
This article explores the issues regarding the question of whether or not cigarettes should be banned, with themain arguments that are used for and against making cigarettes illegal listed.
This article uses a radial mapping diagram to connect the major stakeholders who have a vested interest in the outcome of the 2nd Amendment and Gun Control.
This is basically my breakup letter to feminism. For many years, I was a feminist, but not a radical one. But radicals took over, sanity has left the building, and I am not a feminist anymore.
Regardless of the reasons why growing hemp became illegal, there are 1 billion trees cut down each year to make paper. That could be remedied by using hemp instead--if it were legal in all 50 states.
This article gives the essential arguments for and against gun control laws, listing the main pros and cons that people use in the debate.
Lots of people have believed for decades that men are the better drivers over women, but do the facts support that belief? Or is it a myth of machismo?
Some of my opinions as to why so many people in America seem to have no empathy for homeless people despite being mere paychecks away from the circumstance themselves.
We all want murder rates to come down, but is gun control effective? Statistics and facts on gun crime and gun controls vs crime. You decide.
The truth of the matter is tobacco kills, but quitting the nasty habit also carries a series of long term side effects. If you don’t like being lied to, this is a must read.
Learn some of the most common stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions about homeless people in America. Weigh in with your opinions in the comments.
This article looks at the relative advantages and disadvantages of religion, with a pros and pros and cons list.
Children who were not perfect and considered "feeble-minded" were shut away from society, their families, and everything they knew.
No one wants to discuss dying, but one day we all will. Now is the time to make plans for the certainty of our demise.
Sociological research demonstrates that when whites are exposed to the Confederate flag, it causes them to react more negatively toward blacks.
Unless you're aiming for a very scholastic or specialized career, there's little reason to stay in school after you've learned the basics.
This article looks at the pros and cons of a US amnesty for illegal immigrants and lists the arguments used by both sides in the debate.
Facts about water pollution and the environment. How to avoid polluting our waterways and prevent the harm that comes from damaging them.
See how easily negative emotions grow in childish minds not disciplined to explore feelings. If we understand our internal issues, we can find options besides hate to deal with external situations.
Poverty kills more people every year than any other cause and contributes to even more deaths. Why doesn't anybody care?
Opinions matter, especially since this agenda is being promoted by the United Nations which clearly expects the idea to have international appeal. Learn about the CEDAW treaty and share your opinion.
With climate change and increase in the use of toxic pesticides, honey bees are disappearing. Colony collapse disorder causing their deaths will affect humans, honey bees vanishing is not a good sign.
Six ideas to help end homelessness and an invitation to share your solutions to the problem of so many Americans being homeless. So many are veterans, children, elders, and disabled people.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a hot button issue these days. Sorting fact from fiction shows that it's not the panacea that many believe it to be.
Wild tigers are critically endangered, there is now more captive tigers than there are wild tigers. If we do not act soon, it is very likely that wild tigers will become extinct dying off in the wild.
Political correctness is a contentious issue in American culture. It is, at the same time, a reminder of the U.S.' despicable racism, and the desire to transcend this country's odious unjust past.
Female dominated gangs make up an important but understudied culture. Female gangs have been ignored in research studies but offer interesting insights into gang cultures that differ from male gangs.
Referring to “people first” and then their disability is supposed to focus attention on the person and not their condition. If that is true, why aren’t more people and the media using it?
Everybody agrees that prejudice is bad. I have never in my life met anyone who was in favor of prejudice. There is such universal agreement on this topic that it makes us feel united. Except when it comes to actual instances of prejudice. Then...
When it comes sustainability in our world, we need to be concerned about three key areas. The important concepts of environmental, economic, and social sustainability form a basis from which good decisions and actions can be made. Here, I will discuss the three spheres of sustainability and how these interrelated concepts ultimately effect you and society as a whole.
Working class white people are dying far sooner than they should, apparently because of despair at their life circumstances. But the experience of African Americans provides hope.
Plastic pollution can be dangerous for marine life. Microplastic particles are tiny pieces of debris that may be harmful for animals and for humans as well.
With our modern technology, we are inundated with various devices and systems that help make our lives easier. But is our need for convenience damaging our natural abilities and skills?
The new Nat Geo Wild program features an exotic pet vet in Deerfield Beach who regularly derides exotic pet owners while collecting checks from them. Florida exotic pet owners, find a new vet.
The Indian reservation of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, is rife with meth and alcohol. The teens I met are kind and loving, scared and distrustful. Their rate of suicides are the highest in the U.S.
Although the debate over whether cannabis should be legal has gone on for decades, the intensity has increased in recent years. This article lists the pros and cons of legalization.
A two-day experiment conducted by Jane Elliot, a third-grade teach in Iowa, teaches her third-graders a lifelong lesson on discrimination.
America is passionately divided on the issue of gun control and the 2nd Amendment, and some, it seems, will go to extreme lengths to counter any changes in the law. This is the reason for this article
Often lumped together, this article attempts to discern how chewing tobacco and cigarette addictions are different.
A listing of ways just one person can help protect endangered species. Learn ways you can help by starting right in your own backyard or make a difference for animals around the world!
Chocolate bars have a dark, often untold story of human trafficking and child slavery. Cocoa plantations on the Ivory Coast use unpaid child labor to harvest the cocoa beans, often employing tactics such as physical abuse by overseers on plantations in West Africa.
This analysis of Peter Singer's book "Animal Liberation" and chapter-by-chapter summary covers the various arguments for (nonhuman) animal rights.
I am not a celebrity. I am simply a writer with my own ideas, opinions and creative pursuits. Behind my words, you cannot see me, except for a small profile picture in the corner of the screen. If you saw me in the street, you would not recognise...
Why do homeless people seem to avoid using emergency housing shelters? Here are some of the reasons.
Many claim homelessness is caused by (and only caused by) making stupid, destructive , and completely avoidable choices. This page examines some of those poor choices. Have you ever made any of them?
The computer revolution that began in the second half of the twentieth century has brought many benefits, but also some downsides. I look at the advantages and disadvantages of the internet.
"Good without God" may be an idea whose time has come. A recent spate of dueling billboards on this topic has people talking.
Following generations of difficult struggles, women are now celebrating sisterhood in new ways that are primed to change the patriarchal model in the United States and potentially the world.
Arguments for Gun Control – International murder rates and crime rates show why arguments against gun control are difficult to support. A novel use of statistics is employed to extract the key gun control argument.
Have you ever had an encounter with a homeless person and wanted to do more to help? Here are a few things that you can do throughout the year to make a difference.
For every second in David Rockefeller's long life, he's been one of the wealthiest human beings on the planet. But this isn't the only fact that makes it easy to dislike him....
How can you tell if someone is homeless? There's no sure way but there are a lot of clues that may add up to homelessness when taken together. Knowing them can keep people living on the street safer.
Have you ever wondered why people become homeless? This article explains just a few of the most common causes of home loss for people living in the United States. Some of them may surprise you.
Young girls growing up in India are struggling with the taboo culture surrounding menstruation and sanitation. It's an issue that poses a multitude of risks and needs to be better-addressed.
Religion has its good points, but does it do more harm than good? This essay does a cost-benefit analysis and discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly of religion in modern times.
One of the world’s oldest tax havens is Monaco, described by writer W. Somerset Maugham as a “Sunny place for shady people.” Now, the world has 50 or 60 places where people can hide money
Should school uniforms be abolished? This article looks at school uniform pros and cons and addresses both sides of the school uniform debate.
While numerous people have felt deep conflicts between their physiological and psychological structures, gender reassignment has been slow to emerge as a pathway to freedom
Skinheads are one of the most misunderstood and wrongly-labeled groups of people. Learn about what a skinhead really is, where they come from, and what they're all about.
Many people already realize the importance that recycling has on our society and way of life. However, if you still need more convincing, here are five big reasons why you need to start recycling today.
Simply put, when the Europeans came to America - the Native Americans discovered that Europeans were savages.
What can be done to change people's minds about tossing trash in the streets or industrial waste in our rivers? We can start by looking at our own behavior and asking ourselves some key questions.
Without change, our dependence on petroleum and coal for power could someday lead to society's demise. But why wait for the inevitable when we can enact change now? With a multitude of viable energy sources at our finger tips, we are on the brink of a paradigm shift. Here are nine sources of renewable energy that could potentially change how we power our future.
Is there a God? Atheism argues there’s no scientific proof that God exists. In reality, atheists willfully blind themselves to a profusion of compelling evidence that God does exist.
Ethics and morality are two different things. A lack of morality may or may not harm some people, but a lack of ethics always will.
Learn who the homeless people in this country are and how much our public assistance programs cost. The truth may surprise you.
Hostility and contempt towards women, or belief in their inborn inferiority, has pervaded religious and political ideology. Many women believe the fight continues to obtain equality and respect
If you're homeless and trying to figure out how to spend a small amount of money to best effect, this list may help. It has also proven useful to charities creating care packages for homeless people.
We use a huge amount of plastic today. Most of it takes a very long time to degrade and can harm marine life. Some bacteria are able to break down plastic.
This article suggests a list of the 10 most polluted rivers in the world. Included in the story are what countries are doing to cleanse these filthy waterways.
This article looks at the main arguments for and against in the debate over the question of should corporal in schools be allowed.
The symbolism of the Confederate flag is defined by its repellent history, not the belief of its supporters that it has nothing to do with racism, but symbolizes the best in Southern heritage.
If those searching for the truth don't trust mainline media outlets, where should they go? This article explains media consolidation in the United States and gives alternative sources to the MSM.
Education reform in America is focusing on bad teachers, teacher's unions and merit pay. But are teachers the main cause of educational failure in America?
Who doesn’t like cute widdle wabbits hoping about the landscape? Twenty-three million Australians for a start.
A look at a growing problem in the United States and elsewhere. The homeless are a part of the fabric of this nation and yet what to do about it?
This article summarizes the history and misdeeds of the Mexican drug cartels. The scope of this international problem is discussed as well, emphasizing its impact on the United States, perhaps the only country powerful enough to stop them.
This article summarizes the various reported incidents of human trafficking in the contemporary world. The story also provides contacts for organizations involved in the fight against human trafficking.
From language to beauty and gender, the human race has created its own restrictions. As new times approach us, it might be about time we expand the barriers we have created.
Many deaf and hard of hearing people object to being labeled as “hearing impaired” or having a “hearing impairment.” Surprised? Check out the reasons why.
Industrial livestock farming is unsustainable and unethical. Eating meat and dairy causes ill-health and climate change. What can we do?
Have you wondered why people living on the street don't just get jobs and stop being homeless? Learn some of the barriers to employment they must overcome and share your solutions in the comments.