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.


Is the Marine Corps Photo-Sharing Scandal Growing More Massive?

The armed forces came under heavy fire in early March after servicemen were caught circulating lewd photographs of their female colleagues on Facebook. Over the weekend, investigative journalists found out the Marine Corps photo-sharing scandal went further than anyone had expected. The story was first broken by Thomas Brennan of The War Horse, a nonprofit news


Donald Trump Laments the “Bad, Sad News” of Second Travel Ban Block

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked Donald Trump’s revised travel ban mere hours before it was due to take effect. In a lengthy ruling, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson declared that the second version of the ban didn’t appear to be any more legal than the last. Watson sided with critics of the executive order,


21 Children Take on the Government in Global Warming Lawsuit

A pioneering global warming lawsuit brought against the federal government by 21 children could change everything for the Trump administration. Originally filed back when Barack Obama was still in office, the plaintiffs claim that the government is infringing on their right to life, liberty, and property by refusing to take action against climate change. They


Mustafa Ali Resigns As Head of EPA Environmental Justice Program

The long-time head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s program for protecting minorities from pollution, Mustafa Ali, publicly resigned from his post on Thursday. Ali, a 24-year EPA veteran, elected to leave the agency amid talk of his division being defunded. The Environmental Justice initiative was put in line to be axed after Donald Trump proposed


Why Are Illegal Immigrants Begging to Be Put in Solitary Confinement?

Less than 100 days into the president’s first term, the Trump administration has been making big moves. In March, the commander-in-chief announced his plans to recruit thousands of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Under the pretense of securing the nation’s borders, Trump has also begun campaigning to expand the number of facilities used to


The Congressional Budget Office Might Sink Republican Healthcare Plan

A report from the Congressional Budget Office could leave the Republican healthcare plan dead in the water. The non-partisan committee’s findings have given much-needed ammunition to Democratic leaders in the House, as well as their moderate conservative allies. According to the CBO, a proposed plan sponsored by the GOP would leave tens of millions of


Scott Gottlieb Nominated as Commissioner of FDA

On Friday, President Donald Trump nominated Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the FDA. The second week of March marks what must be at least the third or fourth controversial appointment by the commander-in-chief. Up until now, Trump has stacked the cabinet with billionaires and named industrial captains to head major federal departments. Andrew Puzder infamously


Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection Lands on American Shores

Dozens of people along the Eastern seaboard have been diagnosed with a deadly and drug-resistant fungal infection. Federal health officials had warned physicians to be on the lookout for the pathogen since last summer, cautioning that it had been making its way across the sea from East Asia. First found in the ear of a


First Year Medical Residents to Work 24-Hour Days

Almost everybody knows that doctors are among the most overworked professionals in the United States. Medical school graduates often have to toil through grueling shifts after being matched with a specialty. For first-year physicians in training, the days are about to get even longer. A new rule issued by a Chicago-based regulations group now allows


Democrats Introduce Bill to Boost Airfare Transparency

Two House Democrats introduced a bill to increase airfare transparency on Wednesday. Spearheaded by a ranking member of the House Transportation Committee, Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Rick Larson (D-WI), the bill would unravel a few of the many mysteries of what goes into making airfare so expensive. Possibly in a response to tactics by budget