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1210, 2017

Editorial: Keep President Jimmy Carter Away from North Korean Negotiations

By |October 12th, 2017|Editorial, Featured, Nuclear, Politics, Presidential, World|0 Comments

PNN – Former President Jimmy Carter has offered to serve as a negotiator with North Korea on the United States’ behalf, with his goal being a peace treaty between the United States and North Korea. While President Carter has been to North Korea for negotiations before, sending him there now would be an unquestionably bad move, despite what some legacy media sources would have you believe about his past “successes” in the region.

President Carter’s first trip to North Korea took place in 1994, during the Clinton Administration. The negotiations concerned North Korea’s nuclear program. As an eventual result of these negotiations, the United States helped North Korea to obtain light-water reactors, which the Clinton Administration claimed could not be used to make nuclear bombs. This was objectively false and the Clinton Administration demonstrably knew this, because hardly a year later they were condemning Russia for attempting to supply light-water reactors to Iran because they feared Iran would use them to make nuclear weapons.

In short, former Presidents Carter and Clinton both played a significant role in helping North Korea obtain the resources that eventually became the hydrogen bombs that they seem to have and are using to threaten ourselves and our allies with today. As of Thursday, October 12th, it seems as though they have tested yet another hydrogen bomb, which makes for their second hydrogen bomb test this year. One cannot be sure, but perhaps without our government’s assistance in the 90s, North Korea would not have the same level of nuclear sophistication that they have now.

President Jimmy Carter wishes for a peace treaty with North Korea, and that is admirable. True peace would be wonderful and few people genuinely want to see a war. […]

1110, 2017

Are Women Treated Equally?

By |October 11th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

A big debate for many years now has been as to whether women really have the same rights as men do. While they can now vote, and work in any industry a male can, there are still many misogynistic views about where a woman’s place is, within the family or society. This article is going to explore a few examples of this, to let you make your own mind up on the situation.

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Working
Let’s be honest here, if you see a female working on a construction site it’s going to shock you, but why shouldn’t women be doing that kind of work? Many men have taken to doing what society used to call “a woman’s job” like hairdressing and nail technicians, so why should it be any different for women? The problem here is that many men feel the need to protect women, which is a very nice gesture, but it’s very restricting for women. Or you could take the alternative view on a woman in a construction site which is that she’s going to be gawked at by male passersby and possibly even her work colleagues.

It’s definitely something to ponder on, isn’t it?
Custody of children
A point more in favor of women here, or is it? Over the last fifty years or so, men have fought for their rights to have custody of their children if they are no longer with the mother of said children, and so they should as children should have the access to both of their parents (unless one is dangerous or the many other reasons that can stop you from having access to your children). Regardless of your sex, you should always visit a mother’s rights attorney to find out […]

610, 2017

Political Scientists Release Findings On The Trump Presidency So Far

By |October 6th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

There’s no doubt that the Trump presidency has been contentious. One of the most shocking election results in recent history has given us a president that has divided opinion in a huge way with policies like the border wall and the repeal of Obamacare. During the election campaign, anti-Trump protesters were quick to denounce him as a fascist. That’s a pretty strong claim to make about a person, regardless of what you think of them, but is there any truth behind it. Fascism is defined as a system of authoritarian rule characterized by an uncompromising dictator and violent suppression of opposition. It represents a complete destruction of democracy and every single one of its values. Can that really be said of the presidency of Donald Trump?

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Fortunately, it looks like we might be getting an answer to that question, courtesy of four political scientists that have been tracking his presidency since day one and assessing any potential attacks on democracy so that they can highlight these attacks to groups like the National Endowment for Democracy. They are committed to protecting and upholding democracy around the world, including the United States. The four political scientists that have been keeping an eye on Trump have released their findings, and luckily, they don’t tell a tale of authoritarianism.

Recent research into the American population has found that less and less people are concerned with democracy than they were before. The number of people that are completely committed to democracy is falling with each generation and people are becoming more accepting of alternative, more authoritarian ideals. That’s one of the reasons that concerns about Trump are growing.

The opinions on democracy in America are massively polarized and, depending on whether you’re for […]

2909, 2017

How Technology Is Going to Shape the Future of Politics

By |September 29th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

At the heart of politics are the issues of today and the modern world. And a huge part and major issues of the modern world we live in today is technology. So, it’s no surprise that technology is having an impact on politics, and it’s no surprise that it will probably continue to do so. Make sure to read on to see how much of an impact technology is going to have on the future of politics, and how it is likely to shape it.

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Social Class

As developments occur — whether they are technological or not — so does a need to own and make use of them. This has always been the case, and will always continue to be the case. So, with new technological developments will come a class of people rich enough to afford them, as well as a class that is not. Therefore, technology is going to forge yet another divide in the already tenuous divide that is in place currently between social classes. It is even said that as technology advances a new class called the ‘super-haves’ will arise — their name tells you everything you need to know about them: they have everything money can buy.

What all this means is that future governments are going to have to be very wary of what advances in technology are going to do to their country’s social classes. Yes, technology is more than likely going to build on the significant progress made over the past few decades regarding the provision of the basics, such as food, water and education to underprivileged communities, namely those in third-world and war-torn counties. But what it will also do is only worsen what is known as […]

1809, 2017

Are You Dying To Be Heard? The Problems With SSD

By |September 18th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Are You Dying To Be Heard? The Problems With SSD

Did you know that Social Security Disability wait-lists are so long that thousands of individuals died last year before their cases were heard? Demonstrating that the system is in dire need of reorganization to enable it to work properly. But what does this mean for the average American that needs to claim disability benefits? Keeping reading to find out.

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The problem

The problem here was that the Social Security Disability system in America is in disarray. There are far too many people applying for benefits than can be seen in a reasonable period. Causing huge delays and wait times, which are leaving vulnerable, sick people without the essential income they need to survive.

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Remember too, that the average disability payment isn’t a lot, so most of the applicants aren’t trying to get a free ride and not work for a living, but are genuinely in need of assistance. Combine this with the issues that the US is having with providing standardized, affordable medical treatments for all through Medicare, and it’s not hard to see why medical fees and benefits are both super hot political topics right now. After all, they are affecting real people in their real everyday lives. Indeed for many, it is truly an issue of life or death!

What is Social Security Disability?

For those unsure how the US benefits and medical system works here is a quick rundown. Medical care is provided by hospitals, some of which have free clinics, but most of which work within a free market system. Meaning they choose to set their own prices and there are no standardized costs for medical procedures.

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This means you have can have the same treatment in one place and will cost you […]

1409, 2017

The Harm Of The Hurricanes And The People Who Heal It

By |September 14th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on The Harm Of The Hurricanes And The People Who Heal It

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Let’s be honest; September hasn’t gotten off to a great start. First, we had Hurricane Harvey, which hammered some areas with more than 40 inches of rain. The storm was so severe that it became the first to cause landfall in the U.S. in over a decade. And, Hurricane Irma came hot on its heels, sweeping destruction over the Caribbean before hitting Florida. The category four storm caused severe destruction, and the death toll currently stands at 22.

While the scope of Irma’s destruction is still unclear, one thing’s sure; we have a lot of cleanup work ahead of us in both cases. With flooding subsiding from Harvey, the devastation is still making itself apparent. And, workers are only just able to start clearing the streets. You can rest assured that we’ll see the same things happening in Florida soon.

In the case of Hurricane Harvey, operations look set to take months. As it stands, Texas streets are filled with spoiled belongings. In fact, there are nearly 8 million cubic yards of destroyed household items lining the streets of Houston alone. And, the next few days are sure to reveal a similar theme in Florida.

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So, who does the clean up fall to? Citizens do, of course, always do their part. Never do people come together more than during a cleanup like this. But, the bulk of the work has to fall to those trained in handling situations like these. Even clearing furniture poses risks if you don’t know what you’re doing. In the case of flooding, for example, mold spores could do real damage.

As such, those in the know take to the streets and help us rebuild our lives. As well as general cleaning, such […]

1109, 2017

Editorial: Understanding Trump’s DACA and Debt Ceiling Strategy

By |September 11th, 2017|Editorial, Illegal Immigration, National, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on Editorial: Understanding Trump’s DACA and Debt Ceiling Strategy

President Donald Trump’s recent moves regarding DACA and the debt ceiling have left many people, regardless of their political ideologies, confused. After months of constant hysteria surrounding Trump’s supposedly anti-immigrant platform, Trump’s decision to end DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy which was passed via executive order during the Obama administration – seemed, to many on the left, like confirmation of their worst fears. Trump then made the announcement that he wants to pass a new version of DACA – most likely yet another revision of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), which has been shot down numerous times since 2001 – through congress as an actual law, and his opposition to DACA seems to be primarily because the executive branch does not have the power to institute such a policy. This gave those same people pause. How could this be the man who wants to build a wall on our southern border?

In conjunction with these seemingly contradictory moves, President Trump made good on his threats to work with the Democrats to move his agenda along, which comes following the Republican legislature’s refusal to repeal the Affordable Care Act – known derisively as “Obamacare” – despite the fact that many of these same Republican politicians campaigned on the promise that they would repeal it immediately, and their subsequent refusal to tie debt ceiling approval into a more popular bill for expedited approval. In exchange for freeing up more money for hurricane relief in the face of both hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trump agreed with Democratic leadership to raise the debt ceiling. This led to one of the most shocking developments of all:  press conferences from Senate Minority Leader […]

509, 2017

The War Is On, But Are Narcotics The Enemy?

By |September 5th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on The War Is On, But Are Narcotics The Enemy?

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Drug trafficking is a problem. Whether President Bush’s declaration of war in `1989 was a masterstroke or not, there is no doubt that the stats match his ideals. Since 2013, Americans aged 12 or older have used an illicit drug, which equates to 10% of the population. And, it isn’t only the USA as the entire world has a problem with narcotics. Still, does that make them the enemy? Or, do we as a nation and people continue to misunderstand the subject?

There is no doubt that a national drug problem affects everyone in the country. It is easy to allow junkies and addicts to go about their lives how they please. Let’s face it; their choices don’t affect us. How do they? Statistics show that, since 2007, powerful narcotics have cost the healthcare industry $11 billion. And, if you want to add prescription opiates into the mix, the figure rises to $37 billion. To the average American citizen, that is a waste of money which puts lives at risk. With such an amount going down the drain on a yearly basis, the standard of care is bound to drop. At the least, the war should help the law abiding people who need quality health care.

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However, there are two startling facts which everyone should be aware of before they come to a conclusion. The drugs that put the most strain on the health care service are not illicit or illegal. They are cigarettes and alcohol, two substances that are, and have been legal for decades. In total, cigarettes and alcohol cost the industry $300 billion and $249 billion respectively. Therefore, both substances nearly hit the $600 bn mark. Compared to the illegal and prescription […]

3108, 2017

Why Is Violence Such A Commonly Found Political Tool These Days?

By |August 31st, 2017|Editorial, Politics, XPC|Comments Off on Why Is Violence Such A Commonly Found Political Tool These Days?

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In many headlines lately, most likely brought on by the wider cultural discussion of the very vocal detractors of President Trump, violence is a word on many people’s lips. Recent events in Charlottesville, as well as the picketing and protesting of many conservative pundits, have highlighted the growing cultural and political divide in the country. However, since the dawning of the United States of America, there has always been a difference in opinion and cultural identities.

The whole point of the founding of the nation was that its citizens should have the freedom to openly debate these political issues, in the effort to try and make the best ideas win out. Unfortunately, it hasn’t always been the case that these ideas have met peacefully and won through pure merit alone. Some issues, such as the establishment of civil rights for those of all races, were won through repetitive exposure and force. Looking back over history, it’s certain to say that these conflicts resulted in a net positive for the country and general ethical hygiene of its people.

Unfortunately, however, in our mostly peaceful internet climate, violence is being used more than ever to try and back up political points, and the fault lies with both sides of the argument. Recent attacks in Charlottesville have spurned on these issues. While white supremacy is an insidious and hateful problem that needs to be addressed at its root cause, the common means of countering this found today, such as those found in the aptly named ‘Anti-Fa’ groups have not done anything substantial to quiet the fire. In fact, in many cases, they have progressed issues even further.

It would be very wrong to take sides in these instances. Extremism in any […]

3108, 2017

Is The Electoral System Being Rigged?

By |August 31st, 2017|Editorial, Politics, XPC|Comments Off on Is The Electoral System Being Rigged?

During and after the most recent American general election, there were accusations of foul play flying around. Whispers of interference from Russia has been a contentious issue and the validity of Trump’s victory has been brought into question. In the run up to the election, it was Clinton that was accused, and 41% of voters believed that there could have been some kind of election fraud going on. Whether you believe it or not, it highlights an issue that existed long before Trump and Clinton. Mccain accused Obama of benefiting from voter fraud through the Acorn organization and when George Bush was elected for a second time, there were plenty of conspiracy theories about electronic voting machines that had been tampered with. In amongst all of these accusations, and a growing climate of mistrust in the government, it can be difficult to know whether the American voting system can be trusted to give a true representation of the will of the people. So, what’s the truth?

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Electronic Voting Machines

Since being the focus of the conspiracy around George Bush’s second election win, electronic voting machines have gathered a lot of suspicions. However, those that are making accusations about Florida in the 2004 election haven’t actually managed to come up with any evidence of tampering. Hacking is another concern that people have but if you look at the facts on Smartmatic, you’ll find that these machines cannot be preprogrammed, they are protected against hackers, and they can be audited after the election to check that there has been no foul play. Those accusations that people are making about tampering with electronic voting machines are not grounded in any truth whatsoever.

Is The System Right?

One of the […]