The Problem With Pinktober: Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Working?
Oct15

The Problem With Pinktober: Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Working?

As most people probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or Pinktober. Expect to see dozens of pink ribbons in support of breast cancer on every product, screen, clothing item, or surface you can imagine. When any woman living in the United States has a one-in-eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer, surely raising awareness is a good thing, right? Unfortunately, a lot of Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn’t nearly as helpful or supportive as you’d be led to believe. Pink Ribbons and Promotional Material Many breast cancer survivors argue that the excessive amount of pink ribbons and marketing material exposes a sensitive time in the life of many women, a time that most would not like to have romanticized in the way that much of Pinktober does. Many survivors feel that much of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign does not appropriately address the trauma that breast cancer survivors go through, and that the “gentler” image for public consumption can be deeply uncomfortable to see for an entire month. The practice of “pink-washing” has gotten old, and many survivors are tired of it. Missing the Point Additionally, while making some survivors relive past traumas, Breast Cancer Awareness Month doesn’t necessarily do what it was initially created to do. While the Susan G. Komen Foundation formerly used a portion of all pink-ribbon product profits to provide breast cancer screenings for women who could not otherwise afford it, the organization no longer partners with the same providers. This means that fewer dollars overall are going towards breast cancer prevention and research, largely defeating the purpose. Despite October having been Breast Cancer Awareness Month for years now, there has been little change in the rate at which women are diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 40,000 women and men die from the disease annually, and that rate has hardly been impacted by Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Perhaps it is time to stop raising awareness with pink ribbons on every commercial product, and start promoting affordable treatment and care for this deadly...

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Solar Energy On The Rise In The United States
Oct15

Solar Energy On The Rise In The United States

  Solar energy continues to grow in popularity throughout the United States, both in application and in public opinion. With clean energy becoming more important than ever before, it is likely we will be seeing more solar energy systems being installed throughout the nation in the future. Record-Breaking Numbers The past few years have been promising for solar energy, with the United States’ output of solar power putting forth impressive figures. As of mid-2017, the U.S. had a total solar capacity of 47.1 gigawatts, enough to power 9.1 million homes. Since then, the United States has reached a capacity of 58 gigawatts, creating the ability to power 11 million American homes. Solar power has been a huge success outside of the United States as well. Worldwide, new electricity generation has primarily been through solar power, with other green sources of energy falling shortly behind. This suggests a global shift towards environmentally-friendly sources of energy, a crucial shift given the status of the global climate today. Reasons For The Shift As global energy production has shifted gradually towards solar power, public opinion has as well. While many homeowners cite a wide variety of reasonings for preferring solar power, some of the most common responses reference the reduced impact on the environment. Other reasons American homeowners tend to be opting for solar power over other forms of electricity generation include increased home resale value with solar panels, lower overall energy bills, and reduced system maintenance when switching to solar power. Additionally, many governments worldwide have now been offering homeowners incentives to switch to renewable energy sources, with solar power being the most popular choice for this switch. Governments across the globe have been feeling the pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of their nations, and one of the primary methods of doing that has been to get citizens to switch to renewable energy sources. While it remains to be seen if this trend will continue into the future, the numbers don’t lie; solar power is here to stay, and it is likely to grow and expand further into the overall energy and power...

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The Top Three Causes of Car Accidents In The U.S.
Oct15

The Top Three Causes of Car Accidents In The U.S.

  It’s no secret that driving can be incredibly dangerous with so many accidents on the road every year. However, there are a few behaviors that make it even more dangerous, and they could put you at risk if you’re not aware of them. The three most common causes of car accidents in the United States are distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. Read on to learn a bit more about each of these dangerous driving behaviors. Distracted driving: With the proliferation of technology today, it’s very easy to fall victim to this bad behavior. Texting while driving and phone use are some of the most common distractions behind the wheel, but distractions are by no means limited to technology. Distracted driving is especially dangerous, causing approximately one-quarter of all vehicle crashes. Drunk driving: Despite the many awareness campaigns to reduce the amount of drunk driving in the United States, this remains one of the main causes of fatal car accidents in the country. While laws permit a certain level of intoxication, any amount of being drunk behind the wheel can lead to reduced reaction times and poor judgment, causing accidents. Over 10,000 people die annually from injuries sustained in drunk driving accidents; that’s approximately 29 deaths per day. Not only that, but there’s a drunk driving injury sustained about every two minutes in the United States. Speeding: Speeding and other forms of reckless driving are also responsible for a great many accidents every year. Over 10,000 people die annually as a result of speeding or reckless driving in the United States. Part of the reason this number is so high is that many people who speed or drive recklessly to begin with don’t take proper safety precautions, such as fastening their seatbelts. This means that people driving recklessly are at higher risk of accident and also at higher risk of more severe injuries or even death from those accidents. While it’s impossible to control how other people drive, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe. Limit your distractions behind the wheel, drive sober, and drive safely and within the speed limit to keep you and those around you on the road...

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Why Pickup Trucks Are Becoming More Popular
Oct15

Why Pickup Trucks Are Becoming More Popular

Once exclusively used for hauling workloads and usually only seen on construction sites or out in the country, pickup trucks are gaining popularity across urban America. Originally designed for heavy duty work, pickup trucks have long been a part of American culture. Many people see them as representative of the American working class and as a symbol of the American economy. However, these rough-and-tumble roots seem to be getting a bit of a makeover in recent years, as pickup trucks grow in popularity, even as luxury vehicles and suburban commuter vehicles. Light trucks, including pickups, SUVs, and vans, outsold cars for the fifth straight year in 2017, jumping to a market share of 64.5%. Families everywhere are trading in their sedans for pickups, even in situations when the trucks aren’t being used for work. These trucks, built and designed to haul large, bulky, and heavy loads, are spending more and more time hauling groceries as pickups become a popular choice for suburban families. So why the sharp climb in sales for these particular vehicles? Pickup truck designs are shifting to accommodate the modern consumer, with higher safety standards and more advanced features. Bed space is now being sacrificed for cab space, making room for more passengers. These changes are appealing highly to families and women; while a majority of pickups are still owned by men, the number of women registered for pickup trucks increased by 67% between 2008 and 2016. Pickup trucks are now even being bought and shown off as luxury vehicles, with many celebrities purchasing and driving them in recent years. Wealthier pickup drivers love the full lineup of features and accessories these new luxury trucks offer, with most being as well-equipped as many modern luxury cars, if not more so. Plus, these luxury trucks have the added bonus of being able to tow other expensive “toys” around – boats, RVs, horse trailers, and more. The pickup truck’s days as a symbol of the working class and a rough-and-tumble attitude may be nearing their end, as a new breed of luxury pickup gains popularity. While many standard pickups still are bought and sold every year, luxury trucks are on the rise and are sure to be a more common sight on the roads in the...

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