According to a blog found on RE Factor Tactical, a company founded by veterans which sells tactical products and provides special operations with solutions for unconventional battlefield issues, violence can, and has historically been, the answer to major conflicts. In their blog, they state: “Those who say “violence is never the answer”, most likely never stared death in the face or encountered some of the greatest evil that plagues our society. In reality, violence often solves some of life’s greatest issues”. Thinking back to our World Wars, revolutions and the current conflict in Venezuela… they may actually be right. On today’s episode, we have a conversation about pacifism and violence, and their respective effectiveness in resolving escalated social conflict.
According to a recent article found on LinkedIn, many millennials believe that they will have been able to save $1 million by the time they hit 40, but the reality is that millennials’ 2016 salaries are actually 25% lower than those who were the same age in 2007. On this episode, Carl reflects on a recent trip to Key West, an interesting approach to saving and spending in a two-income household, a simple to remember savings strategy, and a very quick overview of a few retirement options many employers offer. The most important lesson in this episode -- find out what it means to be “fully vested” in your organization’s retirement options!
According to a 2015 article found on the FlexJobs website, 75% of employees reported not having enough time for their children, 40% of mothers were the sole source of income for the household and most parents (almost three quarters) reported that after having a baby, they prefer to work fulltime again once the child is school-aged. These stats aren’t just limited to heterosexual couples, as of the approximately 700,000 same-sex couples, over 16% are raising children, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA’s law school. On this episode, we discuss some statistics on the challenges of working professionals attempting to maintain their careers while raising a baby and toss around some ideas that could help couples who are currently or will soon be adding a new member to their families!
When it comes to decisions about how to spend federal funds, there is almost always vast differences in opinions on what the country should prioritize. According to a recent survey of U.S. adults by the PEW Research Center, about 72% favored increasing spending on education while 28% suggested decreasing assistance to the needy across the world and 23% suggested decreasing spending to help those who are unemployed. On this episode, we explore the use of tax revenue across a number of public issues and programs, and share our opinions on how the government should prioritize spending.
For the first time in three decades, nearly 1 in 4 Americans have not had sex in the past year! As it turns out, according to an article found in the Salt Lake Tribune, age is a major predictor - those who were more likely to abstain from sex were older than 60 or under 30! On this episode we discuss some of the potential reasons for this trend.
According to a recent Gallup poll, Millennials are the least engaged generation in the workforce, are more likely to job hop, and it is predicted that the US economy loses on average $30.5B from Millennial-related turnover. According to a recent Deloitte Study, a majority of Millennials from around the world felt that companies don’t behave ethically and that most companies have no ambitions beyond wanting to make more money. On this episode, we explore the underlying social contexts responsible for this shift and debate whether this is a good or bad thing.
According to survey results we found on the PEW Research Center’s website, “nearly half (46%) of the public would rather live in a different type of community from the one they’re living in now — a sentiment that is most prevalent among city dwellers.” This prompts us to explore the question - why are we prone to the desire to live elsewhere? Does periodic travel satisfy our deep, nomadic roots? Or are we simply constantly in pursuit of new experiences?
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the number of working men without a college degree has been on the decline (from 95% in 1960s to 85% in 2015), leading some economists to worry. Ariel Binder and John Bound of The University of Michigan has a new theory as to why: the shifting family dynamics, women taking on leadership roles, among the few reasons. Today we discuss on their research.
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, recently testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee about his involvement in the 2016 election and hush money paid to Stormy Daniels, among other proof which incriminates President Trump. Cohen’s testimony also has us all wondering: is our democratic republic is failing (so much that it has enabled a bad actor like Cohen to exploit our democratic system and defraud the American public)? Or is it a clear indication that while our democratic system is not perfect, it is nevertheless functioning?
Two years have passed since Britain voted on Brexit, but the split has proved more difficult than originally promised. Pro-Brexit arguments ranged from more rational immigration policies to the EU strangling the UK with burdensome regulations. However, big businessmen and current residents are now worried for their immediate implications with possible tariff and border changes. Ology Research Group weighs in on the parallels between Britain and the United States and how "emotionally charged policies” create rash decisions.
Parents nowadays have to battle technology and are trying “flip-phone parenting” to emphasize self-care. As we're kicking off the year and the Letamendi's are welcoming a beautiful baby girl into the world, we're going to discuss a few parenting trends, as depicted in an article we found on Everydayfamily.com.
This month, President Trump declared a national emergency, which will allow him to move forward with building a wall along the southern border. Other recent (and still active) declarations of national emergencies include blocking property of people threatening peace, security or the stability of Yemen, declaration of national emergency by reason of certain terrorist attacks, and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. On this episode, we’ll discuss the precedent setting of this national emergency, in comparison to others declared by presidents over the last couple decades.
According to author Malcolm Harris, author of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, Millennials (those born between 1980-2000), are bearing the brunt of the economic damage brought by the late-twentieth-century capitalism. He states, “If Millennials are different, it’s not because we’re more or less evolved than our parents or grandparents, it’s because they’ve changed the world in ways that have produced people like us.” He argues that this is also a reason why millennials are so burned out. On today’s episode, we want to explore the question: are millennials a product of a Capitalistic environment or are they its biggest benefactor?
According to a 2015 article titled Happiness and Productivity: Understanding the Happy-Productive Worker, happier employees exerted higher levels of effort and more productivity than those who were not. This represents just one of many studies regarding employee morale, which shows that employee happiness, while not considered in many office environments, has a positive impact on output, job satisfaction retention, and cohesion amongst employees. On this episode, we discuss approaches to increase employee morale and how to maintain it, regardless of where you are on the organizational chart!
Bullying in grade school is a well-researched topic. There are tons of campaigns aimed at reducing bullying at schools, creating a safe and welcoming environment, and ensuring that the adverse consequences of bullying are avoided. On this episode, Kacey and Carl talk about an interesting project the team at Ology is currently working on, which will be presented through the New York State Public Health Association’s Best Practices & Innovations Webinar Series on November 20th of this year. In this conversation, they discuss their motivations behind choosing the topic, statistical methods and what’s desired as they contribute the study to the fields of public health and education, research and practice.
According to the website YouthMentor.org, 1 in 4 public school children drop out before finishing high school, and African-American and Hispanic students have a 65% likelihood of finishing high school on time. The website also states that 76% of at-risk youth who had a mentor aspire to enroll in college, have lower rates of depression symptoms, are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. On this episode, we want to take a moment to acknowledge mentors during National Mentoring Month (January) and discuss the importance of mentorship in improving individuals and our neighborhoods.
Long gone are the days where children can only flip through channels to watch cartoons! On this episode, we discuss the growing trend of children watching their cartoons on YouTube, and some helpful considerations for parents, and for Carl and Jazmin, whose baby will probably also get pulled into YouTube too!
Often times, we are taught a certain narrative about what life is like in other countries. On this episode, we discuss Kacey’s observations from his recent trip to China, and Jazmin and Carl’s trip to Russia just a few years back, where something interesting happened -- development of a new perception!
According to AAA, about one third of Americans (112.5 million) are expected to travel during the 2018 holiday season! On this episode, we discuss the trend and hypothesize why this trend exists, despite all the hassle, expenses and discomforts associated with travel.
As we enter into the holiday season (aka peak retail season), it’s common for us to give gifts to one another, as a gesture of appreciation, or for workplace secret santas. On this episode, we explore the concept of gift giving during the holidays, and reasons for purchasing gifts for others. Is gift giving meaningful, or useless?