Let’s stop accrediting for-profit degree mills like ITT and Everest University

By Ben Alonzo

The for-profit ITT Technical Institute has been effectively shut down by the US government. Thousands of students are angry, but they may be getting their educational loan debt forgiven, given the circumstances. This is an example of government doing something right, acting in the interest of education and financial risk. It’s also a reminder of ….read more

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The Key to Ending Terrorism is Fully Embracing Objective Science, Instead of Ancient Subjective Thinking

By Ben Alonzo

We can more effectively end terrorism by fully embracing objective science, especially as a way of thinking and making decisions. The subjective thinking that comes from religion and tradition leaves people divided, constantly fighting, and unable to decide on actual problems. The recent June 12, 2016 Orlando, Florida Islamic terrorist attack has once again divided ….read more

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Is storm chasing out of control? Let’s talk about it.

By Ben Alonzo

It’s severe weather season in various parts of the country, which means lots of storm chasers and spotters will be out observing severe weather. Each year, there is also talk about the importance of safety, respect for others, respect for nature, and issues between storm spotters and chasers. I thought would discuss some current storm ….read more

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Media Hype on Tornado Outbreaks Causes Public to Distrust Scientists

By Ben Alonzo

Recent overhyped severe weather coverage has caused concern about public trust in meteorologists. April 26, 2016 was another example of severe weather communication issues. There were very misleading graphics from some media meteorologists that suggested a 100% chance of killer tornadoes, which prompted many people to panic. To complicate matters, it wasn’t a great tornado ….read more

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10 Best Tips for College Students to Improve Your Job Outlook

By Ben Alonzo

1. Have Major Interest in Your Major The very first piece of advice I could give college students is to actually like your classes. Before you think about changing your major, consider that some people learn they like a certain study area by accident, typically when they are taking electives. Therefore, I encourage you to ….read more

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