Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.

For-Profit Secondary Schools Offering Money, Pizza for Student Referrals

An early October investigation by ProPublica shows how for-profit secondary schools incentivize their students to refer their friends for enrollment. ProPublica reporter Heather Vogell opened an article on the subject with the story of 17-year old Lyla Elkins, who’d transferred to the private North Nicholas High School in Cape Coral, FL, in 2016. Elkins had

Christian Alcoholics & Addicts Rehab Program Accused of Stealing Workers’ Comp

An Oklahoma-based drug rehabilitation program called Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery has been accused of stealing its participants workers’ compensation claims. A former participant in the program, Fred Barbee, had his story published early in the week. Barbee was sent by a ‘drug court judge’ in Tulsa, OK, to a rehabilitation program – Christian

Menards Faces Three Class Action Suits Over Wage Theft

Home improvement chain Menards is facing three separate class action lawsuits, all of which accuse the retailer of stealing its employees’ wages. The first complaint was filed in federal court by a disgruntled low-level employee, Maurice Bradley. The Indiana man alleges that Menards used a strange “compensation scheme” to ensure its employees were only being

Prime Minister of Turkey “Saddened” by Diplomatic Row with U.S.

The Prime Minister of Turkey is allegedly “saddened” by the United States’ decision to temporarily suspend its embassy’s non-immigrant visa services. Since the decision, Turkey has responded in kind by placing similar restrictions on visas being applied for by Americans. “For the ambassador in Ankara to take a decision like this, to put it into

San Diego Settles for $500,000 to Trash Truck Drivers Stiffed on Pay

The City of San Diego agreed to pay $500,000 to trash truck drivers who say they were illegally denied pay while taking lunchbreaks. The class action suit was filed in 2014, after disgruntled drivers filed a complaint over what was then a standard practice – deducting a half hour’s pay from each shift. The 30-minute

Ivanka Trump Says Dreamers “Need a Long-Term Congressional Fix”

One day after her father unveiled an unrealistically harsh list of immigration requirements, Ivanka Trump called the plight of Dreamers “a very complicated issue that needs a long-term congressional fix.” Ivanka Trump’s comments marked her first foray into the debate over the future of those young men and women who were participants in the Deferred

“The War on Coal is Over” Says EPA Director Pruitt

“The war on coal is over.” The announcement was made Monday by the Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Speaking from Kentucky, Pruitt said the agency was working to roll back Obama-era regulations on carbon emissions from power plants. Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan was finalized in 2015, with its intent being