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I like to write. I like to learn. I like to hike. I love my wife. I also have other affinities, but enough about me. 

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by mynameismatt
6 years ago
Idi Amin: The Butcher of Uganda

The twentieth century has seen numerous swift, questionable rises to power throughout the world. Let's take a look at one such individual: Idi Amin, who has been called The Butcher of Uganda. Specifically, let's investigate his military background, his reign of terror, and his eventual demise.

History
by mynameismatt
6 years ago
Instant Expert: The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in modern times around 1947, in the Judean Desert. A group of Bedouin shepherds, looking for a stray goat, came across an untouched cave, the interior of which had jars containing ancient scrolls. Over the next decade, thousands of scroll fragments were found in eleven caves near the Dead Sea region. The span between the caves and the actual Dead Sea, known as the Qumran ruins, was excavated by archeologists around this time also. Carbon-14 dating and other research indicated both the Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran ruins date back as far as the third century B.C.E. In fact, the scrolls are older than any other discovered biblical manuscripts by almost one thousand years.

Business & Money
by mynameismatt
6 years ago
The Economic Impacts of a Minimum Wage Increase

During the depressed economic conditions of the late 1930s, the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed. This new law created a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour, or roughly 40 percent of the actual average wage. Although this rate was very low and applied to only a limited number of workers, this was the beginning of minimum wage policy in the United States. Let's examine the economic impacts of a minimum wage increase.

Lifestyle
by mynameismatt
6 years ago
Instant Expert: Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard

Scientology. What comes to mind when you hear this word? For many, it invokes association with its celebrity followers: most notably Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Others may know the word, but not really understand what it means. Let's take a look at the Scientology religion, including its background and beliefs. Let's also discuss some of its rather controversial practices.

History
by mynameismatt
6 years ago
The Treaty of Versailles: An Overview

Negotiating is a careful art. Entire books and websites are devoted to this deceivingly simple topic. Although almost anyone can negotiate, very few can negotiate effectively. The Treaty of Versailles is perhaps the 20th Century's best example of negotiation attempts on a global scale. Let's take a look at what the major negotiating parties wanted and received. Let's also examine post-World War 1 Germany from 1919 through 1938.

Business & Money
by mynameismatt
6 years ago
The Savings and Loan Crisis: An Overview

To many financially savvy Americans, the savings and loan crisis is remembered as the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression. What caused this and why wasn't the disaster averted, or at least minimized? Weren't there strong warning signs of where the savings and loan industry was headed? This article will highlight the key developments and factors in this economic crisis. It will explain how the situation got as bad as it did, and the rationale behind some of the choices that were made during the fallout.

Entertainment
by mynameismatt
6 years ago
The Ramones: A Great American Band

"Gabba gabba we accept you we accept you one of us! Gabba gabba we accept you we accept you one of us!" If the lyrics from the song 'Pinhead' do not sound familiar, you are probably not alone. Although the Ramones released over twenty albums, stayed together for two decades, and played literally thousands of shows, many are unfamiliar with this influential American band. This is the story of the Ramones.

History
by mynameismatt
6 years ago
The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Retrospective

"Hindsight is 20/20" This is a very common saying. All of us can probably look back in regret at a missed opportunity, or at a situation we should have handled differently. The annals of history are no different, as demonstrated by the factors which led to World War I and World War II. Let's look back at the Cuban Missile Crisis. Specifically, let's focus on the events leading up to it, the infamous thirteen days of the crisis, and some mistakes that could have been avoided along the way.

Health
by mynameismatt
6 years ago
Trail Running: Fuel for Your Body and Mind

When it comes to running, many people rack up the majority of their miles on a treadmill or asphalt. Have you ever considered taking your passion for running off the road and onto the trails? This article will provide an overview of why more and more people are ditching the sidewalk and hitting the dirt. A trail run can benefit both your body and your mind. Imagine reaping all the benefits of running, while also putting less stress on your body. Strapping on a pair of trail shoes also offers multiple mental perks. Let's examine these in more detail.

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