The Risk of Nuclear Incident

The Risk of Nuclear Incident

Nuclear power is often considered the cleanest form of energy [1].  And many credit nuclear bombs for ending Japan's efforts in World War II.  In order to use nuclear technology, though, we are relying on the integrity of our governments to act responsibly.  Let us take a moment to examine some of humanity's track record with nuclear … Continue reading The Risk of Nuclear Incident

Unconstitutional Attempts at Gun Control

Unconstitutional Attempts at Gun Control

During the 2016 debates, Clinton repeatedly stated that anyone on the terrorist watch list should not be able to purchase a gun [1].  Senator Diane Feinstein proposed legislation to do exactly this in 2015, but it lost with a vote of 45-54 [2].  Afterwards, Senators Susan Collins and Heidi Heitkamp proposed a bill that would … Continue reading Unconstitutional Attempts at Gun Control

The Price of Medicine in the US

In 2003, the "Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act" (MMA) was signed into law by President George W. Bush.  The vote was almost perfectly split: republicans for and democrats against.  This act significantly changed Medicare; in particular, it provided Medicare users with prescription drug cost coverage [1]. One might imagine that Medicare, with its large customer … Continue reading The Price of Medicine in the US

Injuries, Lawsuits, and Obstacles

Suppose you are genuinely injured, and the responsible parties are unwilling to compensate you adequately.  What obstacles do you face when seeking justice through the court system?  (We will use the state of California as an example.) Firstly, you must hire an attorney.  This is a gamble for the attorney; he/she must work and front the costs … Continue reading Injuries, Lawsuits, and Obstacles

US High School Graduation Rates Vs Student Performance

Last year (2016), the high school graduation rate reached a record high of 83.2%  [1].  Obama implied that this was a result of the efforts of his administration during his presidency [2]; this may indeed be correct.  In fact, the high school graduation rate has risen ever year during his presidency [3,4].  Whenever, though, we … Continue reading US High School Graduation Rates Vs Student Performance