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Preparing for even worse times

By Tom Purcell
After the wild stock market downs and ups last week, I crawled out from under my desk and began Googling plans for a backyard survival bunker. You see, not being an economist or expert about government debt and spending, I have ...

America’s heroin epidemic

By Tom Purcell
There were so many people buying “breakfast bags” of heroin from street dealers one Philadelphia morning, the traffic came to a standstill — and the dealers cursed at anyone who dared honk. So recounted Lou Gentile, a former undercover operative for ...

Hot & cold: Air conditioning’s mixed blessing

By Tom Purcell
Air conditioning was invented 110 years ago and, boy, has it changed the world — both for the good and not so good. According to Energy.gov, two-thirds of American homes now have air conditioning. Many have only had it the past ...

Renting, the new American dream

By Tribune-Review
Get this: Renting is the new American dream. And that doesn’t bode well for America. According to a report by the Urban Institute, American homeownership rates are the lowest they’ve been in years and will continue to decline. Homeownership, which peaked in ...

Weak recovery has ‘staycations’ here to stay

By Tom Purcell
“I wanted to go to the beach, but the wife tells me we barely have the funds to go miniature golfing!” “Ah, yes, you speak of a common experience for many Americans in recent summers. According to a 2014 Google Trends ...

Americana on a bun

By Tom Purcell
It’s July, and we know what that means: time to celebrate the American hot dog. July is National Hot Dog Month, you see, a glorious month when the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council tells us about the history of the ...

How to rack up debt

By Tom Purcell
“Did you see that the federal government raked in record tax revenues so far this fiscal year? The country must be doing great!” “Ah, yes, you speak of the Monthly Treasury Statement which was recently released. It says that the federal ...

The consequences of short attention spans

By Tom Purcell
Get this: The average human being now has a shorter attention span than a goldfish. According to a new study from Microsoft Corp., reports Time, average people lose concentration after about 8 seconds, whereas the average goldfish doesn’t begin losing interest ...

Free-range parenting getting costly

By Tom Purcell
Ah, summer. We all know what that means for young children. If your kids are seen walking without adult supervision, somebody will call the cops, Child Protective Services will conduct an investigation and charges will be filed. That is what happened recently ...

Independence Day’s importance

By Tom Purcell
“Beer, family gatherings and fireworks! Gosh, I love the Fourth of July!” “Ah, yes, you unwittingly illustrate a growing challenge with Independence Day: too many Americans are unaware of the holiday’s real importance.” “That there are also terrific mattress sales?” “A few years ...

Hairy women, hairless men

By Tom Purcell
It’s a fashion trend that I don’t think I’ll ever get used to: More American women are letting their armpit hair grow. According to The Associated Press, “Women are proudly showing off their growth on Instagram and YouTube, and it’s not ...

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