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3011, 2017

Has The “Manly Man” Tag Finally Gone?

By |November 30th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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The days of the man of the family being the breadwinner are well and truly in the past, or is it? The dichotomy of being a manly man or just being part of the male sex is something that shouldn’t even be debated in the modern world. But, when we look to these classic images of what men are, you might think of your James Deans, Steve McQueens, or even something a bit more up-to-date, a la the 80s action stars. Is there any room for these types of men in the modern world?

The Idea Of Masculine

Hopefully, we’ve seen a big shift in what being masculine actually means. It used to be that the typical man would go to forage, or they would spend their weekends on hunting ranches, but now we are seeing the change in dynamics. And this is very evident in popular culture, and even something like a show on TV now, it has a lot more imagery where the manliness of years gone by are put alongside so-called masculine activities. Something like Dancing With The Stars, or Strictly Come Dancing, depending on where you live in the world, shows these muscular characters embracing the softer side. And this is great as we are hoping to raise our children in a more tolerable world. On the other side, there are still people trying to get back to the old-fashioned idea that men fix cars, and don’t do much else. Is this seriously damaging the image of men for years to come?

The Conflicted Environment

So, where does this leave the modern boy? In growing up in a background where the idea of “men” is still adhering to the image of yesteryear, depending on the […]

2811, 2017

Who’s Who In The Vaping World?

By |November 28th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

Vaping has become an increasingly popular alternative to smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco. E-cigarettes are often marketed as a healthier product in a bid to steer people away from smoking. With all the focus on vaping, you may think that major tobacco producers are quaking in their boots, but research has lead us to believe that some of the major players are actually actively involved in the production and distribution of e-cigarettes. Far from losing out on the growing popularity of vaping, some of the world’s leading tobacco companies are actually profiting from the booming vaping trend. This info-graphic contains information related to who’s who in the vaping world. You may be surprised to find out that many of the companies health officials are trying to encourage you to leave behind by adopting a healthier lifestyle are benefiting from the ever-growing popularity of vaping.

As this info-graphic suggests, several of the most high-profile vaping brands are owned by the world’s dominating tobacco force, Big Tobacco, which comprises of British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco International, China Tobacco and Imperial Brands plc. Five leading brands were found to belong to parent companies not linked to tobacco while 80 percent of vaping brands belonged to independent firms. It’s easy to assume that tobacco firms would have no link to vaping, but as you can see from the info-graphic, this is not the case. Many of the most recognizable companies actually own vaping brands, which enables them to benefit from both markets.

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711, 2017

Employers Take Note: This Is What Today’s Millennials Expect From You

By |November 7th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Employers Take Note: This Is What Today’s Millennials Expect From You

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Should you be an employer, you need to know that it’s harder than ever to retain your employers. In this age of millennials, loyalty is an issue, as outlined in the Deloitte Millennial Survey. While your employees want to be paid, their needs go beyond the pay packet at the end of the month. Knowing they are making an impact, and working for a company that is ecologically aware, are both components that the survey found are important in this current generation. Failure of the employer to take note means the employee is liable to jump ship to another position with more to offer there increasing worldview.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the reasons employees are leaving their jobs today, each of which are outlined in the aforementioned survey. As an employer, you need to take note and make an effort to improve your operation. If you are an employee, you will know what to look for in your workplace, and may already have the expectations mentioned.

Forget zero hour contracts

Job security is important, so working freelance or on a temporary basis isn’t going to cut it for today’s workforce. 65% of millennials stated a full-time job is a priority. This is nothing new of course, as job stability is something many of us look for, but when other employers are reaching out to the latest graduates for work, a full-time contract is going to win somebody over sooner than a part-time or zero hour offer.

Flexible work/life balance

The other buzzword prevalent in the study was flexibility. This includes the employee having flexibility in their job role, but it also extends to having more of a work/life balance. Employers can accommodate this […]

2010, 2017

3 Important Thoughts To Consider In Your Twenties

By |October 20th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on 3 Important Thoughts To Consider In Your Twenties

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Living through your twenties, especially the first tentative years can be a difficult time. While you have your youth, your smile, and your entire life ahead of you, many people report their early twenties as one of the most challenging periods of their lives. You are still not a ‘fully developed person,’ but you have all of the responsibilities of adulthood. The comforts of childhood are entirely behind you, and now you are fully responsible for your success, come rain or shine.

The choices you make during this period matter. Of course, thinking that you should have everything sorted out in the early years is the fastest way to feel disparaged in making any progress at all. Learning your tastes, experimenting, and finding out what you’re good are the most important things to consider.

Still, when you find your job of choice and start to become settled in your routine, there are a few thoughts which you’d do well to consider. Here are some lessons we’d like to talk to you about.

Long-Term Health (& Coverage)

While your health is likely with you right now, it’s important to understand that with time, it will deteriorate. For this reason, placing down your strategies to stay healthy and keeping up with a good diet is essential. Begin your exercise regimen here, and set achievable goals for it. You don’t need to be superhuman, but you can benefit from working out at least 3 times a week for 90 minutes each time. Exercise is different from training, and training is important to prioritize. It will allow you to get better over time and make your workouts seem fresh.

You can choose anything to train toward. Sport, weightlifting or merely running longer and faster […]

1210, 2017

Editorial: Keep President Jimmy Carter Away from North Korean Negotiations

By |October 12th, 2017|Editorial, Nuclear, Politics, Presidential, World|Comments Off on Editorial: Keep President Jimmy Carter Away from North Korean Negotiations

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|Comments Off on Are Women Treated Equally?

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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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|Comments Off on Political Scientists Release Findings On The Trump Presidency So Far

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|Comments Off on How Technology Is Going to Shape the Future of Politics

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 […]