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Daniel Matthews is a thirty-two years young freelance writer and musician from Boise, Idaho. In 2006 he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from Boise State University. Boise State’s faculty includes two of Daniel’s mentors: Philosophy professor Tony Roark and poet Martin Corless-Smith. Throughout his twenties, Daniel worked as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist, a marketer, and a server. He toured with two bands and explored his love of music. Two years ago he began a book of poetry titled Serial Killer he plans to publish in 2016. Last year he took the plunge and became a full-time writer. Daniel believes one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of modern business is the understanding and appreciate of diverse cultures. He also believes if everyone made their best effort to ride a bike to work at least once a week we’d all be a whole lot better off.
Think Inequality Is Bad Now? Wait Until AI Takes Over
8 percent of people own nearly 90 percent of the world's wealth. They're designing artificial intelligence to keep people impoverished and milk them for every last penny they make. Unless we do something about it now, our future bosses will be robots that report to super rich puppet masters we never see.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Redefining Liberalism for Election '18
The Democratic party has co-opted the term "liberal" and they've done it a disservice. Candidates who understand the true meaning of liberalism and distance themselves from the mainstream DNC have a greater chance of getting elected.
How the U.S. Manufactured the Obesity Epidemic
How is the U.S. to blame for obesity? We didn't invent capitalism, nor did we invent the urge to binge on Cheetos and Hostess products and Netflix. What we did do is create an economic environment that promotes obesity.
Friday, May 18, 2018(32 comments)
Without Regulation, We're Headed Toward a Surveillance Explosion
There is no regulation on instant facial recognition through artificial intelligence. This is tech other countries are already using. The tools for surveillance are becoming more powerful. We need to change the gatekeepers now and elect people who care about our right to privacy.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018(78 comments)
Free Speech Online Is Under Fire
People like Alex Jones who peddle defamatory conspiracy theories are going to break the internet as a free speech zone. What's more, FOSTA makes forums liable for their users' words. Here's a deep dive on a growing problem.
Cyber State: No Citizen Is Safe
The recent Cambridge Analytica revelation brings into stark relief the reality of statehood, citizenship, and cyber technology in the world today. Cyber states want to operate outside the bounds of state jurisdiction to manipulate state citizens and gain wealth and power.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018(1 comments)
In a Gun Control Vacuum, Social Enterprises Must Step Up
What's the difference between a social entrepreneur and a politician? The entrepreneur has the guts to admit they're trying to make a profit. Conservatives have plenty of successful capitalists ensuring Republican candidates and their issues get traction. Where's the major enterprise promoting gun control when we need it?
Marijuana, Alcohol, and Disinformation in America
Trump's use of "fake news" and lies as a political tactic is as old as Harry J. Anslinger's and Nixon's war on marijuana. Now, we're seeing this play out in Jeff Sessions' call for federal attorneys to prosecute medical marijuana users.
Friday, December 29, 2017(3 comments)
The NFL Is a Microcosm of Our Year of Trump
In a league where the dominant team is the Patriots, it's fitting that Colin Kaepernick's protest brings patriotism to task today in America. If you don't seriously question American patriotism after a year of Trump, you're not paying attention. One thing is clear: with Trump as president, to be patriotic is to protest.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017(3 comments)
Net Neutrality: Will the FCC's Ruling Actually Wake US Up?
There's nothing like a terrible ruling and a lack of regard for democracy to highlight where we are in this country now. This is the type of ruling to wake citizens from our stupor. I'm referring to the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality , a blow to democracy--a blow because so many people voiced their support for net neutrality, and Trump's corporate shill in the FCC, Ajit Pai, ignored that support. This may be the slap
Friday, December 8, 2017(3 comments)
The Plan: Balloon the Deficit, Take Off With the Windfall
The controversy over Jerusalem is a ploy to distract us from the highway robbery happening right here at home. The GOP and Trump are working quickly towards a tax code that will cost us big after Trump is out of office. At the same time, Trump stands to benefit immensely from it.
While Millennials Flounder, Trump Wants to Cut Taxes on the 1%
Maybe there's just something wrong with the education system that helped raise millennials. Correct me if I'm wrong. But as a psychopathic Trump parades destructively down Main St. waving guns, too many millennials are too busy working side gigs and staring at their smartphones to know what's going on, as Trump attempts to sneak a tax cut for the rich under their noses.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017(12 comments)
Equifax Breach Reveals Terrible Truth of the American Experiment
If you didn't pay attention to the Equifax data breach, you should. It highlights the danger inherent in a system that places the dollar sign at the top of a totem pole. Trump is the embodiment of the theft, the con--a man who stole the presidency. But you already know that. Did you know your very identity is at risk?
Friday, September 8, 2017(12 comments)
Oregon Drug Bill Highlights Growing Chasm Between States and White House
The war on drugs is a waste of time and money. The Obama administration already blew it by keeping marijuana on the books as a Schedule 1 drug. The states showed their disdain for that decision. Now, one state is leading the way in showing further disdain and rebelling against Trump's war on drugs.
The Deadly Price of Healthcare in America
As Trumpcare hangs in the balance, millions may end up lacking insurance coverage, and more deaths are sure to follow if it passes. A convoluted and insidious web of politics brought us to this point. Here's a look at the backroom power dealings that make America's healthcare system one of the deadliest in the world.
Would Donald Trump pass the psychopath test?
Many successful business executives and politicians would fail the psychopath test. Turns out Donald Trump is one of them. Particularly, he qualifies for Antisocial Personality Disorder.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016(16 comments)
Schedule II? Cannabis threatens to disrupt the pharmaceutical industry
While fentanyl is killing people left and right, the DEA is evaluating cannabis. Cannabis could potentially be prescribed as a painkiller in place of opioids like fentanyl. If the DEA determines cannabis is a Schedule II drug, it could very well disrupt the pharmaceutical industry that thrives on opioids.
Thursday, February 4, 2016(50 comments)
Is Bernie Wrong about Universal Healthcare?
Bernie's plan will cost the nation a great deal of money, and we're just settling into Obamacare. Should we force people who don't need healthcare to essentially pay for other people's healthcare? Here's why the the answer is yes.
Friday, November 6, 2015(2 comments)
Student Debt a Trillion Dollar Issue for 2016
The student debt issue is a trillion dollars deep, and growing. The Pay as You Earn program starts in December, but it won't provide a fix. Here's where the top candidates stand on fixing the student debt problem right now.