Salads, I-Pads, and Anomie
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Salads, I-Pads, and Anomie

What’s an Eatsa? Earlier this month the DC branch of the fast-casual restaurant, Eatsa officially closed its doors. Eatsa, founded in 2015 and based in San Francisco has a unique business model that limits human interaction and separates the consumer from the producers of the product, which in this case happens to be salads. Often … Continue reading

Cabell County and More: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
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Cabell County and More: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Rates of opioid addiction in the United States have continued to increase leading to the destruction of families, a decline in labor participation, and rising healthcare costs. Out of all the drug overdose deaths in 2015, 63.1% involved an opioid. This problem has been appropriately called an epidemic and its consequences and widespread effect have … Continue reading

Changes in the Classroom Dynamics: Competency Based Education
America / Culture / Education / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Changes in the Classroom Dynamics: Competency Based Education

We can all remember sitting in a hot, stuffy classroom crammed with twenty-plus other kids, staring mindlessly at the front board as a teacher droned on about a math concept or a grammar rule that you personally fully understood. The boredom is suffocating and the engagement is next to nothing. When already knowledgeable about a subject, … Continue reading

Death Wish: Dying with Dignity
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Death Wish: Dying with Dignity

Just seven years ago, “aid in dying” or “assisted suicide,” was illegal throughout the United States with the exception of Oregon. Today, five additional states have passed “death with dignity” bills that allow terminally ill patients to choose to die with the help of their physician. Many praise this legislation for allowing patients who are … Continue reading

Yes means Yes.: California’s Affirmative Consent Legislation
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Yes means Yes.: California’s Affirmative Consent Legislation

Last week California passed a law that caught the attention of universities across the state and people across the country. The new law, Senate Bill #967, requires that universities create and implement protocol to address sexual assault of students, faculty and staff on the college campuses. This new bill states that universities who fail to put … Continue reading

Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too
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Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too

“Everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.” Few things are truer than that we, as humans, fail to appreciate the present moment.  Regardless of how bad the “good ole days” were factually, we hang on to the notion that simpler technology equates to simpler needs, simpler problems, and simpler living.  While being lost in … Continue reading