Losing Insurance Through a Supreme Court Decision

Almost 10 million Americans could lose their health insurance. The reason? A Supreme Court ruling. | Image source: XEROX

Almost 10 million Americans could lose their health insurance. The reason? A Supreme Court ruling. | Image source: XEROX

You may not know this, but a recent Supreme Court decision is on the horizon—and it could threaten health insurance of about 9.6 million people—specifically white, employed, and middle-aged! The decision is related to the controversial Affordable Care Act.

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The Supreme Court and Nullification

Proposition 8 hearing on the right to appeal ruling in court.

Proposition 8 hearing on the right to appeal ruling in court. | Image source: The Examiner

I understand that you’re not too familiar with the concept of nullification. It is the theory that the Supreme Court can essentially invalidate federal laws deemed unconstitutional. And now, it may be looming on the horizon in the U.S.

It’s never really been validated nor confirmed by the federal court, but many are reviewing it and may be in place in the near future. In Missouri itself, legislators have passed a bill that would play a key role in nullifying federal gun laws.

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In Memory of the Auschwitz Victims

The entrance to Auschwitz.

The entrance to Auschwitz.
Image source: Wikipedia

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Union liberated those imprisoned within the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. We’ve all heard about the atrocities committed by the Nazis inside this death camp and I don’t think I need to go deeper with the details.

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Compensation for AirAsia Victims’ Families

Debris of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 found at sea.

Debris of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 found at sea.
Image source: Voice of America

You’ve probably been tuning in to the news. Last December 28, 2015, AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared as it was on its way to Singapore from Surabaya in Indonesia. And there have been developments to the story as key parts of the plane—such as its tail section—have been found. The seach team also found the two black boxes which will greatly benefit the whole investigation process.

Now, all this poses a question: will the victims’ families be compensated for the loss? It’s truly tragic and devastating event for the family members of victims. Fortunately, the airline company vowed to grant families up to $100,000 compensation. Initially, it was set at around $23,000, but families refused to take it.

$100,000 is a hefty amount, and I think that’s only fair. AirAsia Indonesia set about 1.25 billion rupiahs for damages pertaining to death caused by aviation accidents—according to rules and regulations.

AirAsia’s CEO, the eccentric yet charismatic Tony Fernandes, made every effort to reach out to the families, making sure that transparency is to be practiced. However, to family members, money isn’t really an issue, as the loved ones lost is far more important than how much they would receive.

Nevertheless, the compensation to be provided should meet aviation standards and I can see that AirAsia’s doing their best in making it so.

On a legal note, according to the law, insurers are liable for paying the amount to family members for each of the passengers. Also, for those who purchased flight insurance themselves, an additional $25,000 to $60,000 would be provided.

The plane allegedly did not have the permit to fly through the route on that day, but Indonesian Aviation confirmed that the day of the flight did not have any impact on the crash and thus, families would still be able to grab the compensation they are entitled to.

So what do you think? Is it only fair that AirAsia provides money for damages to victims’ family members? Let me know your thoughts

The Supreme Court’s “Passport Case”

Israelis have long claimed Jerusalem to be the capital city.

Israelis have long claimed Jerusalem to be the capital city.
Image source: The Electronic Intifada

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are all aware of the ongoing conflict over at the Gaza strip. The issue has divided citizens on where they should be siding. Some argue that Israel’s actions are war crimes whereas others think the initiative by Israel is a good thing as it keeps extremism at bay.

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On the Man Charged with Terrorism for Posting Exodus Lyrics on Facebook

Exodus was one of the biggest thrash metal acts which emerged in the Bay Area.

Exodus was one of the biggest thrash metal acts which emerged in the Bay Area in the 80s. Image source: Metality

James Evans is a huge metal fan. One of his favorite bands is the Bay Area thrash band, Exodus. One day, he decided to post a line from the band’s song, “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer).” Needless to say the authorities were not too thrilled about it.

On August 28, he was arrested and jailed. He stayed behind bars for eight days because he could not afford to pay the $1,000 bail.

The reason for the arrest? He was supposedly making terroristic threats by posting the line below:

“Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate.”

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An Overview on ISIS

ISIS forces marching.

ISIS forces marching.
Image source: ZeroFiltered.com

If you’ve been tuning in to world news, you’re pretty much aware of the organization called the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham or ISIS. Members of ISIS are responsible for much of the appalling events in the Middle East, specifically in Iraq and Syria. The most well-known of these acts include the recent beheadings of foreign journalists. In the face of near universal disapproval, both from outside and within the Middle East, their numbers continue to increase, partly from within developed countries such as France and the UK.

But exactly how much do we know about this extremist movement?

I did a bit of research on the group. It appears that its formation may be have been obscure and only gained infamy as of late. Here are some facts on ISIS which you need to know.

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