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American Economics, Part 1 – The U.S.-China Trade War

| May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

This is the first article in a three-part series exploring certain practices of the American government related to economics. In this installment, I will take a brief look at what happened during the U.S.-China trade war that ended a few months ago. I also will include some of what economists have to say about certain […]

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Food Shortages and Broken Supply Chains?

| April 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the topics which U.S. news outlets have taken up recently is the amount of food that is going to waste in our country. In south Florida, farmers are plowing fields of ready-to-harvest cabbage, beans, and other vegetables back into the ground because nobody will buy them. In Idaho, one farmer reportedly dug ditches […]

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How to Read the News

| April 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Due to the number of new subscribers who have signed up in the last couple years, we thought it may be good to explain again the approach that Plain News uses regarding news reporting. When it comes to world news, Plain News does basically no original research. We do not send reporters to areas of […]

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State of the Coronavirus

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

For those of you who are new to Plain News, this is the fourth article that we are publishing about the novel coronavirus. The first article was titled: “The New Virus Disrupting the World – COVID-19” and gave a brief overview of the spread of COVID-19 through the end of February 2020. The next two […]

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COVID-19 Comes Knocking with Opportunity

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments
COVID-19 Comes Knocking with Opportunity

Are you tired of hearing about COVID-19 by now? Join me if you are! Like it or not, though, we are all in this for the long haul: This disease has come knocking on our door now. It is safe to say that the virus that causes COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of most people […]

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Of Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

| March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

On February 22, 2020, “Mad” Mike Hughes strapped himself into his homemade rocket and was launched into the California sky. His goal that Saturday was to reach a height of 5,000 feet in his steam-powered contraption, but something went wrong: the rocket’s parachutes didn’t deploy, and the rocket crashed into the sagebrush half a mile […]

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Of Viruses, COVID-19, and Finding Truth Amid Opinions

| March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments
Of Viruses, COVID-19, and Finding Truth Amid Opinions

Some Plain News subscribers have asked for more information on COVID-19, which is causing so much news, tremors, and rumors. Other Plain News subscribers are probably tired of hearing about it. This article is an attempt to explain viruses in general, the specific virus that causes COVID-19, the flu viruses, what recommendations are being given […]

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Phubbed by FOMO

| March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Have you been phubbed recently, because of someone’s FOMO? I have, and I do not like it; sometimes it strikes me as the epitome of rudeness. To explain the terms, phubbed is a combination of phone and snubbed. To snub someone is to disregard them. You have seen it happen; maybe you have done it. […]

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The Rohingya: People Without a Place to Call Home

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Rohingya: People Without a Place to Call Home

Recent news reports are proclaiming that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people are fleeing persecution in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and ending up in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Myanmar claims that the Rohingya are essentially Muslim invaders who belong in Bangladesh. Others claim that the Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for several centuries, and are being […]

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South Sudan, the World’s Newest Nation

| August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

In January 2011, the people of what is now the Republic of South Sudan (usually just referred to as just South Sudan) voted in a referendum to become independent of Sudan (referred to later in this article, to avoid confusion, as (North) Sudan, although North is not part of its official name). The vote was […]

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