James Onorevole

June 20, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: 12 Things You’ll Learn While Studying Abroad in Europe

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Buzzfeed, watch your back…   #1 Elevator “Door Close” buttons actually work   You heard right, that button inside  the elevator actually closes the door! It’s revolutionary! This feature alone has left European sitcom writers short of material for years. Now you can nonchalantly block those frantic luggage-loaded people sprinting toward the lift hollering, “HOLD […]

June 20, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: Germany, A History Pt. 2

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Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and Germany, Divided Again The struggle for power continued, with radical-left Communists seizing power in Bavaria. The Treaty of Versailles (1919) placed a majority of the blame and economic burden of the First World War on Germany. This spawned a period of hyperinflation and crippling economic burden. 1924 ushered in […]

June 5, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: Germany, A History Pt. 1

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I love history! But by now, everyone should already know that. For this reason, I am appalled that I had not already thought of spinning the tale of Germany’s history for all of you. It’s a beautifully tragic one to be sure. The German people truly have seen the brightest and darkest forms of human […]

May 17, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: The German Welfare State Pt. 2

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Opinion In America, every now and again you still come across a far right conservative who advocates for a laissez faire economy and the end to government welfare programs. However, most people have come to realize the importance of providing some amount of welfare; unless you are talking to Ron Swanson, that is. (By the […]

May 17, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: The German Welfare State Pt. 1

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Welfare is one the great debates of modern American politics. Those who lean toward the left tend to advocate for more expansive and encompassing government welfare systems which the poverty-stricken masses can live off of. More conservative folks would argue for fewer government handouts and would more than likely make a reference to Social Darwinism. […]

April 26, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: Manners

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Prior to leaving for this semester abroad, I was granted innumerable departing well-wishes and reminders. “Have a beer for me!” “Don’t bother coming back!” “Stay safe!” “Make good decisions!” “Remember, God is watching!” You can imagine who said those last few. However, by far the most common send-off was, “Have fun, it will go by […]

April 13, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: The Environment Part 2

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As I discussed in the first part of this environmental comparison overview (found here), a reformation of electrical energy production is, at this point, overdue, and the strides made in renewable energy by the Germans should be used as guidance. There are lesser ways that the Germans reduce their carbon footprint and resource usage without […]

April 6, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: The Environment Part 1

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Hey guys, congratulations, we’ve finally done it! As of a few days ago, we have officially made Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, a tepid 63.5°F (17.5°C). This is just one more example of human resiliency. From 1901 to 1904, Captain Robert Falcon Scott led the Discovery Expedition, the first official exploration of Antarctica. When […]

March 29, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: Transportation

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Transportation is the backbone of any society. Cars bring people to work, buses haul kids to school, trucks spread goods across the country, trains pull miles of containers from coast to coast. America’s institutions would not exist if we did not have fast, reliable means of transportation. However, for six decades America has neglected to […]

March 15, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: Fashion

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A few days ago, I decided, I need a haircut. This seemed like an easy enough proposition, and yet I was shaking in my boots. Well, I’m actually wearing hiking shoes which, by the way, are great for these uneven cobblestone streets. Although many Germans, particularly young adults, speak fluent English, local businesses like barbershops […]