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Does The Minimum Wage Help The Poor And Small Businesses? 4 Arguments Against Raising The Minimum Wage

Having majored in the so called “dismal science” known as economics, I will concede that much of economic theory must be prefaced by the statement “all things being equal.” Unless you are living in a cave, you’ll soon realize that… Continue Reading →

Why Pulling the Michael Jackson Episode from The Simpsons Sets a Bad Precedent

As a long time Simpsons fan and semi professional global distributor of Simpson’s themed tic tacs (need to update my LinkedIn), I have mixed feelings about the recent decision concerning the famous Michael Jackson episode, officially known as “Stark Raving… Continue Reading →

Minsk, Belarus Travel Review

Minsk is a very clean and well-planned out city, an example of what countries under the control of the Soviet Union may have looked like in modern day times had world events turned out differently. Unlike other former Soviet states,… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the Police and Power Abuse

Recently I finished watching a series of the newer Cops episodes. It got me thinking about some of the changes in perception we’ve had toward law enforcement in the past decade or so. It appears that opinions have been altered… Continue Reading →

Your Privacy is a Privilege – A Lesson from East Germany

Although college education has come under attack as of late, one valuable lesson from my university experience was studying overseas. Whenever I have the opportunity to discuss the merits of a college education, I always encourage students to consider studying… Continue Reading →

Financial Crash Survival Guide

As of this writing, which is in the tail end of August, it will be about 10 years since the financial crisis of 2008. We’ve been in one of the longest bull market streaks since then, although the pains of… Continue Reading →

The Downside of Fame

One of the biggest drawbacks of social media is that it connects us closer to others we don’t know. And by doing so, it tricks us into thinking we know them. This is why when we hear of the suicide… Continue Reading →

Education Reform – We Must Start Teaching Children About Finance, Savings, and Investing

This is the first part of a series of reforms I am suggesting for America’s battered educational system. I struggled with mathematics in school, especially in grade school where I simply didn’t get it. Partially this was due to poor… Continue Reading →

7 Helpful Tips for Playstation 4 (PS4) Battlefield Gun Master

I must confess that I’ve probably played far too many rounds of Gun Master on Battlefield 4 for the PS4 than I’d like to admit. In some ways I must be a glutton for punishment, as consistently going for gold… Continue Reading →

Underappreciated & Lesser Known Movies of the ’80s

Once Upon a Time in America Any fan of spaghetti Westerns will immediately recognize Sergio Corbucci’s name on this Scorcese-eqsue, 3 hour long masterpiece. When you then discover that the score was done by none other than Ennio Morricone himself,… Continue Reading →

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