Book Review: Of Paradise and Power

This week’s book review takes a look at Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order by Robert Kagan.

This book is both short, to the point, and very readable. What Kagan does is analyze the different viewpoints of both the United States of America and of the European Union.

Robert Kagan, a leading scholar of American foreign policy, forces both sides to see themselves through the eyes of the other. Europe, he argues, has moved beyond power into a self-contained world of laws, rules, and negotiation, while America operates in a “Hobbesian” world where rules and laws are unreliable and military force is often necessary.

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Book Review: Jackdaws

It is 1944 and the Allies are preparing for the invasion of Europe. In the occupied town of Sainte-Cecile, the French Resistance is preparing to blow up the chateau that now houses the crucial telephone exchange connecting the French telephone system to that of Germany. Bombers have been unable to inflict enough damage on the chateau to disrupt communications for more than a few hours at a time, but the Allies need to make sure that communications is down for longer so that there will be as little warning of the invasion as possible.

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Book Review: The Defining Decade

 

Our “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.

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Is the Unemployment Rate Enough to Judge the Economy?

The media, government officials, economists, and nearly anyone else with mainstream attention talks about the unemployment level. They freely use it as a gauge of how well the economy is doing. The unemployment level has essentially become the official thermometer with which to judge the health of our economy.

But is it really enough? Can one figure, one form of measurement, truly be all that is necessary to gain a comprehensive idea of the state of our economy?

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Africa is becoming China 2.0

The Chinese middle class is growing and, with it, so are the costs of labor. Only a few short decades ago, the world turned to China (as well as some other Asian countries) to produce manufactured goods for low costs. Now China is looking to do the same. China’s target: Africa.

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Book Review: Life After Life

This week’s Book Review takes a look at Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson, won the 2013 Costa Book Awards (Novel) and was shortlisted for the 2013 Orange Prize for Fiction and It was also selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the editors of the New York Times Book Review

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Book Review: SIGMA Force Series

The SIGMA Force series is written by James Rollins and is a personal favorite of mine.

Rollins uses a mixture of real science, historical facts, and fiction to create an interesting, often times thought provoking, and exciting ride in each one of the books.

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Study on the Public Opinion of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Proposed Increase in the Minimum Wage

The following is a research project conducted to determine how those businesses most affected by an increase to the national minimum wage feel about President Obama’s proposal from a few months ago.

After the Executive Summary and Report, please find the Questionnaire used as well as some visuals in Data Findings.

Executive Summary

The topic of whether the minimum wage should be increased to $10.10, as proposed by President Barack Obama, has become an intense issue. This study has been conducted to bring to light the current sentiment by those most affected by a change in the minimum so that policy makers have a better understanding and grasp of what needs to be done.

The research conducted was limited to an area in Monmouth County, NJ that includes a range of socio-economic groups from upper lower class to high middle class. The target of the study was divided into two main demographic groups; Professional Managers and Owner Managers. These two groups represent Large Companies and Small Businesses, respectively. Further categorization includes gender and number of employees. Once the data was collected, it was then analyzed to yield results that could be used to complete the objective of accurately portraying how different demographics feel they will be impacted by increasing the minimum wage.

The results have limitations based mostly on the small sample size and specific area that the study was conducted in, as well as the types of industries represented. The implications of the information are important, nonetheless. Large Companies tended to be more against increasing the minimum wage than did Small Businesses. This seems to be because of the large labor force employed by retail corporations that have multiple locations across the state or country. Large Corporations also have more financial burden relative to Small Businesses and would feel the strain of increased labor cost more so than smaller businesses.

After considering the study results and factoring in the limitations, it seems important that policy makers and interested parties conduct similar research on a much larger scale in order to better represent the scope of the nation. With concern to this study, however, recommendations to policy makers would be to increase the minimum wage incrementally on a national scale, however to encourage states to take more of a lead based on each state’s respective economies. A change in the tax code is also necessary to allow businesses, large and small, to better face the current economic challenges. Increasing the minimum wage is only one small step to revitalizing the nation’s economy.

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Final Broadcast of The Motley Experience on WRSU FM

It has been an asbsolute pleasure being able to speak about important current events and broadcast it all to the Rutgers community and beyond.

This is the final broadcast of The ME on WRSU FM as I am graduating.

Have no fear, however, as the podcasts at The ME will surely continue!

The Motley Experience is back on 88.7 WRSU FM New Brunswick!

Check it out every Tuesday from 12pm to 1pm from now until May.

For live streaming, visit http://www.wrsu.org and click “Listen Live”!

In case you miss the live show, you can listen to the recording right here on WordPress!

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The Motley Experience on WRSU 4 8 14

The Motley Experience is back on 88.7 WRSU FM New Brunswick!

Check it out every Tuesday from 12pm to 1pm from now until May.

For live streaming, visit http://www.wrsu.org and click “Listen Live”!

In case you miss the live show, you can listen to the recording right here on WordPress!

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