5 Economic Benefits When Workers Telecommute
When Covid-19 hit the scene in 2020, it forced employers into a corner. Either they became flexible with their work arrangements, or they allowed their production to flat line. We can argue on either side of the fence the pros and cons of this hostage situation, but at the end of the day, there inarguably were both pros and cons.
Living With 50% Inflation
I moved to Argentina in October 2009, when the country’s inflation rate had just started to rise. Through the following decade, the inflation has usually hovered between 25% and 30%, rising to around 50% in the past couple of years. Just this September, the inflation rate was 3.5%. In one month.
The Truth Behind U.S. and Canadian Indigenous Boarding Schools
Content warning: murder, colonialization, genocide, and physical, mental, and sexual abuse In May of 2021, it was announced that over 200 bodies were found in unmarked graves on the property of The Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada or more accurately, on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc. Established in 1890, it was considered one of the largest residential schools in Canada, peaking at 500 students in the 1950s. It was first established as an acculturating Indigenous school. But the school finally closed in 1978.
Why We Owe Pride Month to Transgender People of Color
Pride Month is something I’ve noticed for years when growing up. It was something I was so enamored with and in awe of. Watching my family members who were openly out, celebrating their true selves, made me appreciate the significance of the month even more. However, it wasn’t until years later that my appreciation grew.
Critical Race Theory: A Former Tennessee Teacher Responds to New State Legislation
Critical Race Theory. The latest newly politicized buzzword has become a polarizing topic in politics and education circles across the U.S. Touted by many academics, activists, and professional teachers as a valuable lens through which to analyze legal, political, and historical topics but widely derided by the conservative right as an inaccurate portrayal of history, today I will examine the basics of critical race theory, explain how this method comes into play in K-12 classrooms today, and argue against legislation currently awaiting the governor's signature in my home state of Tennessee.
Can Writers Be Apolitical?
Short answer: no. No, they cannot. Long answer: it's a little more complicated than that. I find discussions of politics to be incredibly fascinating. Maybe it's because I study in a program heavily based on politics and write about current affairs every day. Growing up, I was privy to a phrase that rings in my ears to this day. Three things you never talk about: money, politics and religion. I have to say, even as a child, I thought this was a weird turn of phrase. On the smörgåsbord of interesting conversational topics, why is politics off limit? What about politics triggers our delicate sensibilities and makes such topics untenable?
''Blackfishing" Is The Modern Day Version Of Blackface
We are living in an age where non-black people are using a modern form of blackface that enables them to get opportunities because of this “Black Aesthetic.” However, black women struggle to get the same opportunities that people who blackfish do.
The One Thing I Love The Most About Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris is a phenomenal woman. She is not only beautiful, inspirational, accomplished, bold and strong, she is also a mover and shaker in her fields of endeavour. Women and little girls from all over the world are in awe and are looking up to her.
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The Rolemodel Mr. R. Chandrasekar, B.E. is the Secretary of the Kovai South Rural MGR Youth Wing, as well as the Publisher of "Namadhu Puratchi Thalavi Amma."He also represents the AIADMK as a full-time politician.
Moscow's Calling - 5
This conversation happened on January 18, 2022. “Hello, Donnie?” “Hello, Vlad,” (sounding dry and unexcited), “What can I do for you?”
VALKYRIES – Part 8:
I am a reluctant fan of Kaitlin Bennett. Even as my enthusiasm and support for Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again (MAGA) agenda began slowly waning in 2018, Kaitlin Bennett started grabbing my attention.
Vice President Kamala Harris
It is no secret that Vice President Kamala Harris is struggling to keep her head above water. The excitement and optimism generated by the shattering of a longstanding glass ceiling just over a year ago is all but forgotten. Herstory was made, and that is never going to change. Given the fact that the 19th Amendment (granting women the right to vote) came into effect a little over 100 years ago, many would say “about time.” Regardless of what happens over the next few years, Kamala Harris will always be notable as America’s first female Vice President, but that alone doesn’t guarantee that she will have a good reputation after the dust settles.
Vladimir Putin Russia will not go to war with Ukraine as this is bad for business at home
Tension between Russia and Ukraine will increase in 2022 as most people expect conflict. Rest assured, there will not be war, and the bellicose attitude of Vladimir Putin’s Russia is nothing but negotiation tactics to keep Russia’s security and economic priorities alive.
What will define the New Order?
Geopolitics and international affairs in the coming decades will be mainly focused on cyber capabilities, threats, and actors. While the USA lately has concentrated on building fighter jets, missiles, and conventional warfighting weapons the rivals have increasingly adopted irregular warfare: cyber attacks, the use of proxy, propaganda, espionage, and disinformation. The new digital innovations have offered adversaries increasing opportunities to find vulnerabilities and the potential to undo the capacities and military forces. Planting a seed of misinformation in a bed of long-standing tensions will culminate in the destabilization of a region, country, union, club, alliance. A well-targeted cyber-attack can generate conflict and trigger political landslides in the glimpse of an eye. So will geopolitics with irregular parts define the new world? I say loud yes.
Martin Luther King
On January 17 millions of Americans will stay home from work in honor of Martin Luther King. Even those who are not fortunate enough to get the day off will no doubt be reminded of him as they scroll through their various social media feeds. You will see friends, family, (Especially.) politicians, and even businesses quoting or referencing him, commending his accomplishment and claiming to eximplify some aspect of him. Television shows and podcasts will discuss him at nausea. Almost all of these conversations will be focused in one of two areas, his work on civil rights and voting rights. Now let me be the first to say that he deserves all the recognition he gets in these areas, no question. However I want to ask a question a teacher once posed to my class in gig school, did Martin Luther King want to help the poor? Most of us would answer yes, in fact that was how we all answered in my freshman year of high school too. It seemed obvious, all of us having heard of the March on Washington and his I Have a Dream Speech, his work on the Birmingham Campaign, so we all assumed that he wanted to do something for the poor. With all of us on the same page my teacher asked another question, what did he do for them or was he trying to do for them? Being high school freshmen this may surprise you that none of us could come up with compelling answer. The sad truth is though that most adults, heck many people reading this probably can’t tell you what he was really trying to do for the economically challenged. My teacher though had an answer, The Poor Peopls’s Campaign and a guaranteed income.
"I Have A (Lucid) Dream"
I drove two hours from my home in Carrollton, GA, at 6 am in my beat-up pick-up truck (affectionately named Lucille) and hiked up to the base of the mountain. As I stood beneath it, I was amazed at how gigantic and imposing it felt. This is what Dr. King was talking about.
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