How do you like political satire on television? If you think these shows are just dumbed down “news” sprinkled with gross humor, think again. They can be entertaining and informing at the same time. The two most popular satirists on cable television are Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is a mix of commentary and a liberal view on the day’s events and the media, politics or anything interesting. The latter part of the show serves as a guest talk show. Col…

The debate on the fiscal cliff mostly focused on cutting spending and raising revenue. One of the most contentious issues was taxes on the rich. Ultimately, both parties in the Senate agreed upon taxing the topmost layer of the income bracket. Democrats routinely call for higher taxes on the rich as part of their “fair share,” lowering taxes for the same economic group has been a hallmark policy of the Republican Party. Even after decades of experience with different policies, both the p…

The start of a new semester brings to us new classes, friends and schedule. As for our schedules, we divide most our time between classes, homework, work and home. Even with more or less the same things to do, everybody ends up with different productivity in a single day. Some people get all their priorities done and still find quality time while others struggle through everyday homework and tests. There are elaborate planners among us who have their schedules planned and pinned up in ro…

One of the first things I did after landing in the United States was to open a bank account at a local bank. In a new country, I was ready to experience culture shock. However, I was in for a different kind of shock. It was the interest rate. For smaller amounts in a savings account it was 0.10 percent and 0.01 percent in a checking account. It was a shock because during the recent credit crunch in India, the savings rate had reached 9 percent!

The recent events in Libya and Egypt where U.S. embassies were stormed and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed are deplorable. Protesters say their actions are in reaction to a film posted on YouTube which mocks Prophet Muhammad by showing him as a buffoon. According to media sources, the film produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula under the name “Sam Bacile” was uploaded in July this year. Violence erupted when an excerpt of the film was broadcast on an Egyptian Islamist television s…

When was the last time you wrote? To be more specific, wrote with a pen? Most likely, you handed in a print-out of your latest assignment; you took notes on your laptop in class; you took your last test by filling out bubbles; you texted your friend; and possibly you signed off the little credit card payment slip with an electronic pen and screen. Maybe you are not alone. According to a survey, the average adult wrote with a pen 41 days ago. Some people now may not know how their handwri…

High-school students are encouraged to attend college and pursue their dreams. Yes, it is important to attend college for a better life and contribute to society, and I do not wish to argue college is not a good investment considering a pure economic view of return on investment. Instead, I want to put forth the point that college has been made into such a difficult choice that many students after high-school are content doing menial jobs.

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