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305, 2017

Identity In The Age Of Trump

By |May 3rd, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Identity In The Age Of Trump

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It’s the biggest political shock in recent memory. The reality TV star who became the leader of the most powerful country in the world has thrown up biggest of questions, what does the notion of identity mean in the modern era? The Era Vulgaris we are living in has, for many people, taking the vulgar part of that word to a whole new level. The time for vulgarity and what can only be described as post-political correctness is booming. With each wall Trump wants to put up, he is being met with a massive backlash, and for the left-wing that is great, but what does this mean on a grander scale? And what can we define as identity?

Identity politics, once a term associated with the liberal left, is now being used by Trump supporters, and the tagline Make America Great Again has a lot of assertions to cultural identity in modern America. Will the continued efforts of putting up “a wall” do anything to reignite the proud, blue-collar American image that has been mocked due to Trump’s association with it? The irony of the 156th richest man in America being a spokesman for the working class is not lost on many. The spate of people wanting to make their entry into the States from other countries has been made more difficult with the travel ban, but by no means does this spell a lack of business for an immigration attorney anytime soon. In fact, there are some who are seeing quite an increase in business. Some have reported a rise of 25% in their business, and haven’t seen this much since the era of Reagan.

The backlash against other races, from African-Americans to Mexicans and everyone […]

105, 2017

Is a Career in Farming For You?

By |May 1st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Is a Career in Farming For You?

Agriculture, for many, seems like it might be quite a straightforward business. But in fact, it is a complicated and ever-changing field to be in. There are many different angles to take and things to decide upon. To be successful in farming then you need to know a lot about your land and the type of things that you plan to do with the land that you have. Plants and animals can be pretty complicated, though. So it really is a science that you need to be up to scratch on. You shouldn’t just go into farming thinking that it is going to be a walk in the park. You have to have a good understanding of it all of it all in order to make a profit. And at the end of the day, you want to make a profit in order to have a successful business. So here are some things to consider, if you are thinking about a future in farming.

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What Is Your Farming Experience?

If you have very little in the way of farming experience, then you need to think before you just start to rent or buy a farm. You could end up with this land but not have a clue about what to do with it all. So if you don’t have much experience, then it could be worth hiring a farm hand to help you out. It might only be for the start of the business, but it is important to learn from an expert if you don’t have any experience. So bear that in mind when it comes to planning for your business and costs.

Look For Ways To Be More Cost Effective

You don’t want the costs to […]

2704, 2017

Four Ways To Promote Peace and Tolerance in Your Community

By |April 27th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Four Ways To Promote Peace and Tolerance in Your Community

In the world that we live in, we hear about wars, rumors or wars, and conflicts on a daily basis. But politics aside and whatever you do or do not think about the current situation, there are many things that we can do to help to promote peace around the world. By making a few small changes in ‘our’ world, with those people that we directly come into contact with, it can have a great impact. At the end of the day, even if we change just one person’s view and cause them to do something differently, then it becomes like a chain reaction. They can go to help others promoting peace, and the chain goes on. So if you’re not sure what you could be doing, here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Use Social Media Wisely

We have such an incredible tool right at our fingertips with the internet. What comes along with that is the use of things like social media. It can be a bit of a double-edged sword for many. But there are lots of things we can do on there to help spread peace. Don’t participate in hateful comments or campaigns. Spread information that empowers, rather than information that harms or upsets. Look at Moshe Kantor in Forbes, for example. A billionaire who actively participates in the promotion of tolerance and reconciliation in the modern world and someone that uses his platform to spread the message of peace. If you cause contention, even online contention, then it is never a good thing.

Attend a Rally

There is nothing better than showing how you feel about something that actually getting out there and doing something to show the world what you feel. […]

2504, 2017

Watch Out, There’s Trouble On The Road Ahead

By |April 25th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Watch Out, There’s Trouble On The Road Ahead

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Let’s think about the roads and how safe they really are. You might assume that road accidents are quite uncommon, but that’s not true. In fact, in 2015 alone there were over 35,000 deaths on the road. If you think that’s worrying, it get’s worse because that number is a ten percent increase from the 2014 stat and it’s not even taking into account injuries that don’t result in death. So, what’s going wrong? Well, there are a few problems that we must start taking seriously if we want American roads to be safer.

Tech Misunderstandings

You might have heard of the auto technology that is available for cars right now. Auto tech supposedly means the car can drive itself. But some recent victims have found out that this isn’t quite true. In fact, recently a man was killed in his self-driving car after it crashed into the side of the road. What’s interesting is that reports show the man had roughly seven seconds to correct the car’s course. In driving time, that’s an age and more than enough chance to react if you’re watching the road.

The issue here is that many owners of self-driving cars take the name literally. They think they can sit back, relax go to sleep or watch a movie. However, the pioneer company of these cars, Tesla make it quite clear that drivers should keep their hands on the wheel at all times and focus on the road. It is only intended to make things easier and not take over completely.

Unless the misunderstanding is resolved soon, self-driving cars are probably going to be the cause of a lot more crashes.

Goodbye Cellphones, Hello Drink Driving

Good news, the usage of cell phones while […]

1304, 2017

A Survivor’s Guide: Restoring The American Dream

By |April 13th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on A Survivor’s Guide: Restoring The American Dream

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The economic climate is at one of the worst records in history. Expensive housing, rising unemployment and low pay all contribute to a standard of life in which “getting by” is now seen as the benchmark of modern living.

Whatever happened to the American Dream? Once a land of insurmountable opportunity, America is now the perfect example of a complacent nation that has settled for adequacy. But there is hope yet! With a little know-how and a lot of ambition, you can recapture the spirit that helped found one of the greatest countries on this earth.

Get educated

It’s no surprise that the best-paid jobs go to the most qualified, skilled workers. On the whole, these workers tend to be college graduates. Take an online course or a night class and begin the journey that will equip you for a lifetime of success.

Yes, you will have to pay initially for these courses, but the long-term benefits that a good education can provide you with far outweigh the initial cost.

It is advisable to take courses in subjects of which you already have a basic understanding, as this will help you develop the skills you already have. Knowing your skills and weaknesses is essential to success.

Keep the faith

In hard times, it is easy to quit. That is why it’s important to have a coping strategy for when life gives you lemons.

Many people turn to religion, with proven success, and many modern churches have modern designs, such as those found at https://www.seatingconcepts.com/customizable-jubilation-church-seating-for-worship/, making daily worship even more comfortable.

Attending worship is also a great place to meet like-minded people, who can share advice and help you overcome whatever difficulty you face. They are great to talk to about anything from personal […]

1204, 2017

What To Do When Your Elderly Parent Refuses Help

By |April 12th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on What To Do When Your Elderly Parent Refuses Help

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Whilst growing up is completely optional, growing old isn’t, and it isn’t much fun either. It isn’t much fun for the person and it isn’t much fun for the family either, especially when you know they need a little assistance, a little care, a little help.

Perhaps they need a tad of help around the house, such as getting up the stairs or in and out of the bath. Maybe they have gotten to that point where driving is no longer a safe thing for them to do. Or maybe it is becoming increasingly hard for them to afford the running costs of their family home. All of these are challenges that you have to help them overcome, but it won’t be easy.

So to help you through this process – and help you overcome their objections – here are some strategies that may make the idea of them having help a little easier to accept.

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Start As Early As You Can

In an ideal world, we would all sit down as a family and get this conversation out of the way before health reasons force our hand. So try and live in this ideal world. Ask them about their future, where they see themselves settling and how they feel about a little bit of help, such as getting a cleaner, or someone to drive them to the shops each week, or anything else.

Patience Is A Virtue

When you ask a question, make sure you allow your parents the time to answer. Patience is going to become your best friend, as is the tactics you use when asking the question. The worst thing you can do is put words into their mouths. Instead, ask open questions. Persevere. It […]

1204, 2017

What US Immigrants Need To Know

By |April 12th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on What US Immigrants Need To Know

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If you are thinking of emigrating to the USA, then you might be surprised at just how much there is to take on board throughout the whole process. These days, the process of actually emigrating to the USA can be quite difficult to finalize, and if you are really keen on living in this country as comfortably as possible you might be surprised at how many hurdles you need to get through first. However, it is still a beautiful country, and if you stick it out you will be pleased with the results. In this article, we are going to look at a few of the basic things that you need to get to know well if you are to settle in and enjoy your time in the USA.

The Culture

Whenever you move to a new country, this is always going to be one of the most difficult elements involved. In part, this is because of the culture shock itself. Depending on what country you are moving from, you might find the culture to be so strange as to cause you some emotional distress. If this does happen to you, try not to worry. Remember that culture shock is perfectly natural and that it will pass in time as long as you don’t force the process. The best thing you can do at this point is to gradually get involved in your local community. That way, you will be able to eventually feel like a real part of the culture, and that will help you hugely in settling in.

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Administration

One of the most important aspects of emigrating to any country, but in particular the USA, is to make sure that you are following any protocols […]

504, 2017

How To Become An American Citizen

By |April 5th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on How To Become An American Citizen

Becoming an American citizen is something that a lot of people in the country are currently striving towards, particularly given the current political situation which has seen people who have been living in the USA for over twenty years being deported. Becoming a citizen is the easiest way to attain a lot of privileges and rights that are only given to citizens in the USA. Here are the four ways that you can become a citizen in the United States of America…

Naturalization

For people who were not born in the USA, naturalization is the most common way to become a USA citizen. The criteria are as follows: the applicant must be aged 18 or over, and they must have one of the following: 1), they must have been resident in the USA for the last five years, 2), they must be married to and living with an American citizen for at least three years, or 3), they must have served in the American Armed Forces for at least one year. Fulfilling one or more of these criteria is probably the easiest way to become an American citizen – talk to a law company like Hacking Law Practice if you want some more information on what exactly to do. If you want to become green card naturalized, you need to have held it for at least five years, have a good knowledge of American history and the English language, and to be a person of good moral character.

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Acquisition

It is possible for a child to have US citizenship even if she or he was born outside the country. If that’s the case, then the child needs to file an Application for Certificate of Citizenship. They can become […]

504, 2017

Growing Up Different: How To Support A Disabled Child

By |April 5th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Growing Up Different: How To Support A Disabled Child

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Most people can probably imagine some of the difficulties parents face when supporting a disabled child. While they still get as much love as any other baby, caring for them can become stressful. Lots of parents simply don’t know where to start, and it can take a few years before they master the process. With that in mind, we wanted to release a post that offers some advice and guidance on the subject. The nature of your kid’s disability will determine the finer workings of your solution. However, the tips below will help you to make a start. They should help you to develop a framework from which you can work out how your lives will play out.

Seeking financial support

Before you do anything else, it’s wise to look into the funding available for parents in your position. Caring for a disabled child could cause a lot of stress any worry. That could encourage your mental health to deteriorate if you don’t have the right level of financial support. Thankfully, there are many government funds and programs that could offer a helping hand. In some instances, you might even choose to seek compensation if the disability could have been prevented. Birth injury lawyers could help you to sue the medical professional or hospital that made a mistake. So, you need to research all those options as soon as possible. That is especially the case if one of you has to stop working.

Taking the time to listen and learn

All children are different, and that’s particularly true when it comes to those with disabilities. As a responsible parent, you will want to give them the life they deserve. So, it’s vital that you always take the time […]

3103, 2017

Standing Your Ground When The Going Gets Legal

By |March 31st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Standing Your Ground When The Going Gets Legal

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The law can be a troubling thing. Most people only know the very basics of what’s legal and illegal. And, don’t have a grasp of the subtleties that come with this area. This is understandable, though. Most people don’t have time to spend researching how the law works in their country. But, without this knowledge, it’s impossible to know if you’re being treated fairly; if you’re ever in trouble. A lot of the time you would need the knowledge, you may not have done something wrong. So, it’s critical that you start learning. To help you out, this post will be helping to you find the resources you will need to get up to date on the laws and legislation in your home.

Getting a solid understanding of your local laws will take some time. Most countries are different when it comes to law. So, first, you have to make sure that you’re looking at the right resources to help you. In most cases, your government websites will be the best place for you to search. You can start with something easy, like the rights that police officers have in your home. And, how long jails can hold you before you go to trial. If you don’t know what the police are allowed to do to you; it’s impossible to know if you’re being treated fairly by them. Once you’ve mastered basic laws like this, you can start to shift your focus onto more pressing things.

Having an idea of what the police can do to you and what your rights will be in court is great. But, you should be preparing for the worst, at the same time. You never know when you might have […]