Ryan J. Farrick

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.

Security Footage from South Carolina Church Reveals Child Abuse, Sparks Lawsuit

Security footage from a South Carolina church is stoking fears that a young volunteer may have molested more than a dozen children on its premises. The footage, detailed by the Associated Press, purportedly shows 28-year old Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett ‘repeatedly abusing young children in a bathroom.’ The attacks were repeated, sustained and took place

Ripley Entertainment Settles First Duck Boat Lawsuit

Ripley Entertainment, the owner of a Branson, MO duck boat that sank in July, has settled its first lawsuit with the remaining family of a couple who died aboard Stretch Duck 07. The Kansas City Star reports that William Bright, 65, and Janice Bright, 63—both from Higginsville, MO—were aboard Stretch Duck 07 on July 19.

Court Says Encouraging Illegal Travel to U.S. is Free Speech

A federal law barring Americans from encouraging or inducing foreign nationals to illegal travel to or stay in the United States has been stricken down. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of California resident Evelyn Sineneng-Smith. Sineneng-Smith, writes Bloomberg.com, was prosecuted under a law the 9th Circuit called “unconstitutionally overbroad.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal Visits Migrant Caravan Over Weekend

Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D) headed across the U.S. border on Saturday, offering assistance and support for thousands of migrants gathered in Tijuana. Before setting off for the U.S.-Mexico border, Jayapal paused to offer her perspective on the migrant caravan that’s been prodding political tensions for weeks. Taking on President Donald Trump—who’s frequently referred to

Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner Slams Airbnb, Politicizes Personal Ideology

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling for an investigation into Airbnb, claiming the company enforces discrimination against Israelis. The popular home-sharing agglomerate recently announced that it’d de-list any properties located in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The West Bank, part of Muslim-majority Palestine, is crisscrossed by a series of small Jewish outposts. Often called

WSJ: Small, Inexpensive Handguns May Not Be Safe for Everyday Carrying

A Wall Street Journal investigation suggests that small, inexpensive handguns may not be safe for everyday use. Heading its story, the WSJ spoke to 34-year old teacher Travis Barthel. Barthel, a South Dakota native, regularly carried a pistol made by Utah Inc.’s Cobra Enterprises. As the owner of about 20 other guns, Barthel thought he

Iowa Inmates’ Suit to Keep Pornography in Prisons Struggles to Stay Afloat

A group of Iowa inmates intent on overturning the state’s decision to keep pornography out of prisons is beginning to buckle under legal pressure. The Des Moines Register reports that fifty-eight inmates from the Fort Dodge Correctional Center launched the suit in October. Filed in U.S. District Curt, the convicts claimed the pornography ban was

Marriott Offers to Reimburse Hacked Passports Following Congressional Demands

On Sunday, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked Marriott International to foot passport replacement fees for consumers impacted by the hospitality chain’s data breach. Days later, company representatives said they’d implement a tentative program to recompense affected customers. The attack on Marriott’s Starwood systems, which went undetected for nearly four years, compromised the personal information