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.

Democrats Urge FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Curb Straight-to-Voicemail Practices from Telemarketers, Debt Collectors

Democratic Senators are urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to curb the practice of telemarketers using straight-to-voicemail technology to bypass consumers’ ringtones. The Hill reports that Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal, both of Connecticut, penned a letter together with Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and other legislators, requesting Pai not permit companies to ‘leave messages

Audio Leak Reveals Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull Mocking Trump at Annual Dinner

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may have placed himself on the wrong side of Donald Trump after a leaked tape caught him mocking the president. Turnbull was entertaining guests at a closed-door speech to journalists and legislators. Called the Midwinter Ball, the event is akin to the White House’s annual correspondents dinner. Although reporters in

Angry Parents, Human Rights Group Sue Georgia’s Worth County Sheriff’s Office For Groping Hundreds of Teens in Drug Sweep

A human rights organization is filing a lawsuit against Georgia’s Worth County Sheriff’s Office after 900 students were searched by law enforcement officers in an unannounced and unprecedented drug sweep. The incident prompting the suit occurred midway through April. Several dozen police officers converged on the school without advance notice, ordering students into hallways and

Michigan House of Representatives Passes Laws Promising Harsh Punishment for Female Genital Mutilation

The Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill that includes increased penalties for individuals found guilty of participating in female genital mutilation. The package of bills ups the punishment dictated by federal law. With bipartisan support behind the law, legislators made performing or coordinating female genital mutilation a state felony with a maximum sentence of

Federal Court Orders EPA to Explain Stay On Methane Emissions Regulation

A federal court is demanding the Environmental Protection Agency explain why it has the authority to pause an Obama administration regulation on methane emissions. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit announced on Tuesday that it was giving the EPA until June 15th to respond to the request of environmental advocacy organizations

British Prime Minister Theresa May Loses Snap Election Gamble

The results of a snap election called by British Prime Minister Theresa May poured in overnight. The decision to bring Brits to the polls before 2020 was considered by many to be a gamble for the Conservative leader. Surveys and political groundwork showed May’s party performing well across the country, with opportunities to seize a

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Houston Jail Bail System

A federal appeals court ruling will lead to dozens of inmates at a Houston jail being released, after judges found the county’s bail system discriminated against the poor. Harris County, encompassing the city of Houston, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to deliver an emergency order blocking the original decision, upheld by the 5th Circuit Court