Posts by Alexis Chapman

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It’s been almost five and a half years since the Fukushima reactor melted down and the disaster is still not fully contained. Tens of thousands of gallons of ground water flows into the plant each day and becomes ...
Can we be safe with it? Can we fight climate change without it?

The Nuclear Option

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It’s been almost five and a half years since the Fukushima reactor melted down and the disaster is still not fully contained. Tens of thousands of gallons of ground water flows into the plant each day and becomes radioactive. The latest attempt to prevent the radioactive water from flowing into the Pacific involves underground ice [&hel
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The rules about women’s swimwear are always changing and can be very different from place to place. Most customs and laws have been trending towards allowing more of our bodies to be exposed while in swimwear, but still ...
French fashion policing just got very ugly.

Get Your Laws Off My Bathing Suit

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The rules about women’s swimwear are always changing and can be very different from place to place. Most customs and laws have been trending towards allowing more of our bodies to be exposed while in swimwear, but still declare a few bits of lady skin to be taboo and not suitable for public. Now, several [&hellip
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With no reported polio cases since July of 2014, Nigeria was supposed to be celebrating 2 years free of the disease. Instead, a new large-scale vaccination campaign was launched after two children were diagnosed with polio ...
Political turmoil and inaction are enabling the spread of deadly diseases.

Politics is Making People Sick, Literally

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With no reported polio cases since July of 2014, Nigeria was supposed to be celebrating 2 years free of the disease. Instead, a new large-scale vaccination campaign was launched after two children were diagnosed with polio last week. This virus is genetically linked to a strain that was seen in 2011, which means it has [&hellip
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In the near future, once President Obama has left the oval office, there will be analysis of his legacy based on how well he delivered on the promises he made during his campaigns. This will be an important task and be a big ...
Obama’s presidency has not gone the way many predicted.

No Death Panels, No Shariah Law, Everyone Still Has Guns

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In the near future, once President Obama has left the oval office, there will be analysis of his legacy based on how well he delivered on the promises he made during his campaigns. This will be an important task and be a big part of understanding how history views his time in office. But what’s [&hellip
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The Olympics are supposed to be about the global community coming together in the spirit of friendly competition to celebrate elite athletes. But of course humans are the absolute worst, so the Olympics never end up being ...
So. Many. Things.

It’s the Olympics, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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The Olympics are supposed to be about the global community coming together in the spirit of friendly competition to celebrate elite athletes. But of course humans are the absolute worst, so the Olympics never end up being that good or that simple. We let companies shamelessly and un-ironically use the Olympics to sell things like [&hellip
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First of all, your vote definitely counts. A representative democracy only works if people vote, and the more informed we are and the more we vote the better it works. And your vote counts a ton in your state and local ...
But your vote still counts.

You Might Not Get to Choose the President This Year

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First of all, your vote definitely counts. A representative democracy only works if people vote, and the more informed we are and the more we vote the better it works. And your vote counts a ton in your state and local elections. For instance if you live in Eastern Tennessee please go out and vote [&hellip
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Last week another batch of frozen foods was recalled due to possible listeria contamination. This time it was frozen peas and mixed vegetables from Bountiful Harvest, Great Value, Live Smart, Market Pantry, First Street, and ...
Listeria doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

The Outbreak that Won’t End

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Last week another batch of frozen foods was recalled due to possible listeria contamination. This time it was frozen peas and mixed vegetables from Bountiful Harvest, Great Value, Live Smart, Market Pantry, First Street, and Sprout. These products are just the latest to become part of a listeria outbreak that has already affected hundreds
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In the wake of this latest mass shooting we are already hearing versions of “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” This pithy expression may feel truthy and it fits nicely on a bumper ...
We really need good guys with gun policy reform.

The Good Guy With A Gun is Not The Answer

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In the wake of this latest mass shooting we are already hearing versions of “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” This pithy expression may feel truthy and it fits nicely on a bumper sticker, but it falls apart pretty quickly under even minor [&hellip
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On June 2nd the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced proposed new rules for Payday Loans, Vehicle Title Loans, and some High Cost Installment Loans. These types of loans are all characterized by a few ...
We can do better than what we have, and better than what’s being proposed.

Payday Lending Needs Better Regulation

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On June 2nd the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced proposed new rules for Payday Loans, Vehicle Title Loans, and some High Cost Installment Loans. These types of loans are all characterized by a few things: they’re generally very short term, payment is usually due by the borrower’s next payday, hence the name; they
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