Archive for ‘Economics’

July 2, 2016

It’s Time for Churches to Pay Their Share

moneyThere is an indoor public pool in Brooklyn, New York that has become the subject of a growing debate over discrimination. This is nothing new, public pools were a large issue in the civil rights battles of the 1950’s and 60’s, and public bathhouses have been significant in debates over gay rights.

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June 29, 2016

Striving for collective intelligence 

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By Jade

Were you profoundly focused on the last political remark you read on social media? If so, were you aware that it affected you? In regards to the presidential elections, social media currently has great power. The power of social media is driven by collective intelligence. Collective intelligence in business can enhance a company’s image, increase their profit, or make consumers feel important.

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June 29, 2016

Supreme Court Stops Obama’s Immigration Plan

affirmative-actionStevie was my neighbor from the time I was born. We played together just about every day, and we went to Kindergarten together at the public school up the hill from our houses. We played with G.I. Joe mostly, and I never saw the irony in that. It never registered with me that his name was actually Esteban. Even when his parents were speaking Spanish they called him Stevie.

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August 12, 2015

The Tent City: Running Out Of Room For Sweeps

Tents line the sidewalks at Ohe Street near Waterfront Park in Kakaako. 30dec2014 . photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat http://www.civilbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/kakaako-homeless-ohe-street1-640x322.jpg

Tents in Kakaako. 30dec2014 . photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat.

As I drive by Kaka’ako, I see homeless children, mothers, and fathers, pushing their possessions in a shopping cart. I see others chugging their problems away with Karkov Vodka. I see a crazy lady with white wispy hair preaching nonsense to the world on the corner of McCully and Kapiolani Blvd. I see “Mooch,” a native Hawaiian surfer, every Sunday, where he lives at my favorite surf spot, Rockpiles by Ala Moana.

I find myself trying to sweep my memories of the homeless away under a bridge, just like how the government tries to sweep them away, hoping they’ll be less visible. The fact of the matter is that sweeping away homeless people with more “Sit-lie” bands do nothing but move them around. Conducting city sweeps does not solve the root of the homeless problem. The government must stop wasting time on money and sweeps and work towards more permanent/affordable housing along with a livable minimum wage.

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August 12, 2015

Netflix’s Special Gift

netflixCurrently, according to the Family and Medical Leave Act, employees expecting to care for a newborn or newly adopted child are entitled up to 12 weeks of leave, but hold your applause; this leave is unpaid. According to the Center for American Progress, only 12 percent of Americans work for companies that offer paid leave. This low percentage is due to the fact that paid leave only applies to companies that have more than 50 employees, which means very few Americans can take benefit since a majority work for small to midsize companies that have fewer than 50 employees.

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August 14, 2014

Obama Airstrikes, But Keeps Promise

Map showing ISIS presenceOne week ago, the White House and Obama Administration discussed a possible military airstrike against an Islamic Extremist group (known as ISIL – Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) quickly gaining ground in Iraq and Syria.  The group, also known as the successor to Al-Qaeda, gained a hold of the most powerful dam in Iraq that grants them access to the entire Baghdad River more or less.   With that acquisition, the United States along with other allies such as France and smaller cities in Iraq decided that it was time to take action.  Would the best tactic be a full-on military assault to stop the group immediately?  Should we not take military action, but just aid the religious minorities?  President Obama proposes an airstrike.  A move that covers and solves the three major problems we currently have: offense, defense, and promises.

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August 13, 2014

Corporate Inversion: A Popular Trend

round-glass-offices-architecture-1229592-sThe idea of a multinational corporation has become more attractive in recent months. Becoming a multinational corporation, also known as MNC, is currently the go to method for maximizing profits. One the major benefits of becoming an MNC is avoiding paying taxes. The act of merging with a foreign company in order to relocate to another country that has a lower tax rate is known as corporate inversion. In 2004, Congress did take measures to limit this activity. But because of a gaping loophole, the recent surge of corporate inversion has been ever present.

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May 8, 2014

Minorities, Children, and Minimum Wage

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The recent racist remarks from, now banned, Clippers owner Donald Sterling has surely sparked a controversy that highlights the issue of racism in our country. Once thought to have been dwindling, considering America has been making attempts at becoming a more accepting and tolerant nation, this reminded us all of how there are still those with unfair and morally debased judgments. The mindset says that black people, as well as other minorities, are inferior to white people.

These thoughts and beliefs aren’t only unique to Donald Sterling, however.

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May 8, 2014

FCC: Caught in the Corporate Net

neutral 1On May 15th, 2014 there will be a notice of proposed rulemaking issued to the public that Senator Al Franken says “is the free speech issue of our time.” These rules aren’t being proposed by any court or justice department, but instead by the fellas at the freaking FCC, as Peter Griffin refers to them. Before you scoff at Al Franken’s remark, let’s take a closer look at the history of printed information and see why the Senator is not alone.

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May 7, 2014

Tattoos in the Workforce

Tattoos_Workplace_MillennialsDo you know someone with a tattoo? Tattoos are now becoming mainstream due to their increased acceptance in society. About 60% of people with blue collar jobs have a tattoo. Tattoos have meaning or tell a story about a person. Certain cultures encourage tattoos because it symbolizes overcoming hardship and their personality.

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