Middle East peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
After a three-year hiatus in Mideast talks, Secretary of State John Kerry invited Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington, D.C. to set up a plan for future negotiations. While there’s plenty of hope, no breakthrough is expected anytime soon.
First of all, such a complex problem with security; territory; refugees; and geostrategic interests at stake probably cannot be resolved with just one diplomatic push. A consistent multi-year effort is needed.
Gas prices are on the rise, once again, and they are leading to higher prices in other commodities as well.
The price of gasoline has reached $4 per gallon again in some U.S. cities, hurting consumers and businesses, especially those who are poor and middle class. High prices are containing the U.S. and world economy.
Before the onset of the war in Iraq, oil was $25/barrel, higher than normal, because of the strong economy up until 2000, and then September 11.
Not only was the Iraq War long and bloody, but speculators found opportunities to invest in petroleum due to the declining value of the U.S. Dollar; occasional outbursts of terrorism globally; or, even a hurricane.
Detroit filed for bankruptcy because it’s reached the point where the city can’t pay its bills anymore, including pensions to municipal employees. It’s terrible and shows why pension funds must be invested even more conservatively, because municipal bonds are only as secure as the municipality’s finances.
There is no quick or painless solution, but it shouldn’t take long to motivate people to grab opportunities; find jobs; and make money.
I read a BBC.com article on ‘fracking’ in the US. More specifically, this article discusses a new $20 billion project to open an export terminal in Louisiana where extracted natural gas will be shipped abroad. To give a brief overview, when the terminal was first started it was intended as an import terminal for natural gas. However, with recent discoveries of plentiful reserves, the US is moving towards exporting the energy source to countries such as the UK. A factor in this recent boom is the new innovations in the processes of discovering and exploiting natural gas reserves.
Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, occurs when pressurized water is forced into the shale. Granules of sand in the water help make the fissures in the shale larger, allowing the natural gas to flow out. The 90 degree turn allows for a wider field of exploitation.
We all need some health service sometimes, even young and healthy individuals, so having health insurance is essential to pay for expensive services. However, the objective must be to achieve universal coverage by lowering costs, so people can afford it, not with mandates that increase everybody’s expenses.
ObamaCare has once again surfaced into the attention of the media and, once again, is stirring up controversy.
The Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate, requiring employers with 50+ full-time employees to provide them with high-quality health insurance, until 2015 after the midterm elections. Major corporations have been asking and receiving exemptions after ObamaCare became law. Although most of these employers already have health insurance for their workers, the employer mandate will increase costs for employers and employees alike. Employers have to determine whether hiring is possible, many are hiring part-time now to avoid paying these cost.
The following is a short story I had to write for one of my summer classes. I ended up spending a lot more time on it than I originally thought, and am proud of the finished product. That is why I am sharing it here! I may write a follow up to continue the story depending on reviews and how much time I have. Please enjoy and feel free to leave comments:
The hooves pounded on the ground as the three horses raced to their destination. The riders pushed their horses to the limit to return to Androsia, capitol city of the island nation of Theras. These three men and their mounts were scouts, sent out to patrol the mountain passes and cliff overlooks. While out on their latest patrol they had spotted the sails of their enemy’s ships along the horizon of the Afasian Sea. The scouts of Androsia were expecting the attack. What they were not expecting was the magnitude; several thousand individual ships had been spotted, and there seemed to be a never ending tide of them. This was the burden placed upon the scouts as they raced back to Androsia, to warn of the oncoming tsunami that the enemy had mustered.
Witnesses are making it clear that George Zimmerman, a police-watch volunteer, shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an African-American high school student, in self-defense after Martin knocked him to the ground and beat him.