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45% of Russians Believe A Global Shadow Government Controls the World

Consider the following statement: “The world is run by some sort of overarching entity that pulls the strings in governments around the globe.” While groups like NATO, the United Nations and the G20 all include some of the biggest and most influential nations in the world, most people would probably say that the statement above is a bit of a stretch. Unless, of course, you live in Russia. A recent poll carried out by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center found that a whopping 45% of Russians agreed

My Two Cents On Ray Rice, Janay Palmer, and American Society (Opinion)

This week, pop culture conversations in the United States have been dominated by discussions of the recently released video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancé (and now wife) Janay Palmer. There are so many different facets of this discussion which I could address, but I’ve chosen to focus on the two which have been the most prominent in my mind. Cent #1: Domestic violence is a widespread problem in professional sports American society is reactionary. As a result, so too are

What Does It Cost to Completely Turn Around A Rough Neighborhood?

Harris Rosen was born in a tough neighborhood of Manhattan in 1939. Through personal grit and lots of hard work, he made it to Cornell University, where he attended the School of Hotel Administration. Now he’s the owner of seven resort hotels in and around Orlando. But if you ask Rosen what his proudest achievement in life is, he won’t tell you its his success as a businessman and hotel mogul. Rather, he’ll tell you the story of a small

Beijing’s Simple Yet Effective Idea to Get People to Recycle (Video)

China has become notorious in recent years for its high levels of air pollution. This, however, is only one of many issues facing China as the country’s middle class continues to grow. Beijing, China’s capital city, is home to around 20 million people. As a result, the city produces a lot of trash. On a number of occasions, academics have attempted to estimate just how much trash Beijing produces. They have all failed, due in large part to the fact that the massive

How To See A Map of Every Location Where Google Has Tracked You

Source: Google Official History, Comscore (Courtesy of statisticsbrain.com)

I’m not here to bash Google or Google Maps. I use both regularly and I definitely appreciate the convenience they’ve added to my life (the time before Google Search seems more and more like the dark ages these days). But with added convenience often comes added cost. One of those costs is allowing Google to track your movements using GPS satellites. This allows them to give you a very high level of accuracy during navigation, but it also allows them to store

Mesmerizing Visualization Shows the Spread of Western Culture Over the Past 2,000 Years (Video)

Dr. Maximilian Schich is a professor of art and technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. His current research focuses on how the spread of the arts and sciences affected the spread of culture. To illustrate this process, he decided to map the movements of 100,000 of the most influential figures of western culture from the past 2,000 years. Among the names were people like Apple founder Steve Jobs, Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen, and the famous artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. Schich gathered information

Why This World Famous Gunmaker’s Newest Gun Has Gun Rights Activists Up In Arms

Ernst Mauch is a legend in the firearms industry. In his 30 years at the legendary German gunmaker Heckler & Koch, Mauch became a sort of folk hero in the gun world, designing some of the most deadly firearms in the world, including the one which reportedly killed Osama bin Laden. But Muach’s new gun has turned him from hero to villain overnight in the eyes of many gun rights activists. But how could a famous gunsmith make gun-lovers mad

The Streets of Chicago Are 4 Times More Deadly Than the Battlefields of the Middle East

This Fourth of July weekend saw joy, laughter, fellowship and fun. It also saw another rash of murders in the streets of Chicago. The 3-day weekend starting on the 4th saw eight murders in Chicago. Two more have already been reported for today. While this weekend was slightly more violent than others, it is definitely not an aberration. Easter weekend this year saw 45 separate shootings in Chicago. The weekend before that, there were 35 shootings in 36 hours. In recent years,

Update: I Owe Hobby Lobby an Apology… Sort Of

Yesterday I took Hobby Lobby to task for what I saw as blatant corporate hypocrisy. My goal for The Higher Learning is to always provide our readers with all the facts surrounding a story, even if they might contradict or weaken a claim that we made in the past. So, I feel that it is my duty to revisit the issue and add some key information that I discovered earlier today. In my post from yesterday, I criticized Hobby Lobby for including companies that

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