Posts by Alexis Chapman

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As you probably already know the U.S. has a massive drug problem, specifically with opiates. The reason I’m betting you already know this is that, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, as of 2014, 21.5 ...
Hi America.

Hello, My Name is America and I’m an Addict.

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As you probably already know the U.S. has a massive drug problem, specifically with opiates. The reason I’m betting you already know this is that, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, as of 2014, 21.5 million Americans 12 or older have a substance abuse disorder and of those, 1.9 million involved prescription pain [&
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One of the greatest things about the U.S. is our public land. We have millions of acres of Federal lands in all the states and territories featuring all different kinds of significant natural areas and historic sites. One of ...
This Land is…IDK, Somebody’s

This Land Is Your Land

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One of the greatest things about the U.S. is our public land. We have millions of acres of Federal lands in all the states and territories featuring all different kinds of significant natural areas and historic sites. One of the annoying things about the U.S. is that we seem to always be in some kind [&hellip
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Volkswagen may soon reach a deal in the $46 billion lawsuit that U.S. regulators filed against them. The lawsuit was the result of the discovery last September that VW had installed a so-called “defeat device” in a ...
Everyone’s Pants Are On Fire

Volkswagen Lied to Us But We’re Also Maybe Lying to Ourselves

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Volkswagen may soon reach a deal in the $46 billion lawsuit that U.S. regulators filed against them. The lawsuit was the result of the discovery last September that VW had installed a so-called “defeat device” in a number of diesel models, which was designed to cheat emissions tests. The “device” was software that could de
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If your local convenience store has a basket of apples and bananas and oranges on the counter and you’ve ever wondered why it’s there the answer might be the 2014 Farm Bill. The 2014 Bill changed the requirements for ...
But Also Fruit and Stuff

Let Them Sell Cake

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If your local convenience store has a basket of apples and bananas and oranges on the counter and you’ve ever wondered why it’s there the answer might be the 2014 Farm Bill. The 2014 Bill changed the requirements for retailers to be able to accept SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as “food [&he
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Texas is one of a number of states where schools are not required to provide sex education. In Texas schools where it is provided it’s not really sex ed, it’s so-called “Abstinence Education,” which is more or less ...
Houston, We Have a Teen Pregnancy Rate Problem

Texas Needs To Talk About Sex

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Texas is one of a number of states where schools are not required to provide sex education. In Texas schools where it is provided it’s not really sex ed, it’s so-called “Abstinence Education,” which is more or less the opposite of sex ed, and has been proven less effective at preventing teen pregnancies and STDs. [&hellip
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As the presidential primary circus departs New Hampshire and all eyes turn to Nevada and South Carolina it can be easy to forget that there are other things happening in politics in this country right now. A lot of things. ...
And Local Politics is Important

All Politics Is Local

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As the presidential primary circus departs New Hampshire and all eyes turn to Nevada and South Carolina it can be easy to forget that there are other things happening in politics in this country right now. A lot of things. Bills are being introduced and passed and challenged and none of it has anything to [&hellip
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S. 2012, The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (EPMA), is currently moving through the Senate. It’s a bipartisan frankenbill pieced together over months from about 50 different bills that originated on both sides of ...
There May Be a Way to Change That

The New Energy Bill Doesn’t Mention Climate Change

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S. 2012, The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (EPMA), is currently moving through the Senate. It’s a bipartisan frankenbill pieced together over months from about 50 different bills that originated on both sides of the isle. Nobody is getting exactly what they want, but there are no major deal breakers yet either. The bill [&hell
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UN sponsored peace talks on Syria which were supposed to begin on the 25th have been rescheduled to start on the 29th. The delay was due to the difficulty in figuring out whom to invite and also a desire to actually get it ...
So Many Unanswered Questions

Syria Peace Talks Probably Won’t Prevent The U.S. From Ending Up At War With ISIL

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UN sponsored peace talks on Syria which were supposed to begin on the 25th have been rescheduled to start on the 29th. The delay was due to the difficulty in figuring out whom to invite and also a desire to actually get it right this time and not have a repeat of last year’s failed [&hellip
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Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will be in San Juan today meeting with Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and other lawmakers to talk about Puerto Rico’s financial crisis. The extremely short version of what’s going on ...
Maybe One of These Bills Can Fix It

Puerto Rico’s Debt Is Out Of Control

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Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will be in San Juan today meeting with Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and other lawmakers to talk about Puerto Rico’s financial crisis. The extremely short version of what’s going on is that the Government of Puerto Rico borrowed tens of billions of dollars from mainland hedge funds in anticipatio
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