It’s the year 2020. We’re in a middle of a deadly pandemic, and on top of that we just experienced one of the most insane elections in our country’s history. At the same time in this election, over 360,000 Americans voted for the Green Party. In 2016 1.4 million Americans voted for Jill Stein. That is the progressive wing of the Democratic Party that may have felt disenfranchised or pushed aside in recent election cycles.

When people look at the Democratic Party today do they see a party that is united, or do they see a party that is divided? Political pundits are quick to point out that a new wave of progressives entering the political scene in the last two elections have shattered the unity we witnessed during the Obama era especially the 2008 elections that saw a record voter turnout. It actually goes back much farther than that though. In fact, the split between labor progressives and moderates happened under the Nixon administration and I am about to tell you why. This is the short story of what the Democratic Party once represented and how and why the split ended up happening. …


Have you been keeping up with the news lately? Over the last decade or so we have seen a trend that was sweeping the nation, and that was the rise of the “anti-vaxxer” community. A new group of moms and dads that were refusing to give shots to their children being raised in the 21st century.

Chicken pox parties, herd immunity, and religious exemptions make up around 15–20% of the country surveyed that do not believe it is important to vaccinate their children. A big drop in confidence just in the last two decades. …


It’s been four years since Donald Trump first took office. The American people have had time to judge the job of this President. Our country is in the middle of a moral reckoning, with violent protests reaching out streets. Arguably racial tensions are at a worse point in this country than they have been in the last three or more decades. On top of everything else in the year 2020, add in a global deadly pandemic and you have a bucket of gasoline.

In the 2020 election Bernie Sanders came back with an attempt to take the party’s nomination again with a new hope in sight for progressives. In the first weeks of the primaries he took Iowa, New Hampshire, California, and blank. At last it had appeared our voices were being heard and were making an impact on the political scale. As the elections moved farther into the South our hope and candle diminished almost overnight of electing a progressive. Throughout the election season Joe Biden made an unprecedented rise to power from conservatives and moderates around the country who have become disgusted with Donald Trump’s rhetoric, and maybe wanted to a return to a more distinguished and restrained speaker. Waves of voters across the country want to return to a country where we are not fighting with each other anymore, where we can agree to disagree. It is these rose-colored glasses in the Biden campaign. …


You turn on the television today, you watch the news, and you look at your political climate. You say to yourself that my country is more polarized than ever before and we just can’t get along with each other.

You look at the Congress and the Senate, and you see that nothing is getting done. You say to yourself that we are too divided today and we need to join together to solve our problems. Reaching across the aisle is the political term, but maybe the actual problem is not division at all. …


Tune into the news lately. When it was live on television I watched Nightline episode The Dropout about a bright young entrepreneur out of Silicon Valley who was now facing up to 20 years in prison. Her name was Elizabeth Holmes and she was the 19 year old college dropout from Standford.

She was labeled as the next Steve Jobs. She was an icon of woman empowerment and the next generation of entrepreneurs. She was an inspiration, a leader in her community, and paid every one of her workers at least a $15 minimum wage. However something drastically went wrong in the year 2016. From 2016–2018 her company went bankrupt and her lab was shut down by CMS under the Trump administration. …


I hear this questions asked a lot. Was 9/11 an inside job? Whenever the subject is brought up you are automatically labeled a “conspiracy theorist”. No it was not an “inside job”, but I want to give you my perspective about why it happened. Here is a factual overview of the history behind it.

To think that someone in government said, let’s murder thousands of people for no reason is ludicrous. People throw “inside job” around irresponsibly because it throws any valid argument that you may have out the window and make any debater automatically lose an argument.

What 9/11 was and this is a fact, was the largest failure of intelligence in the history of our government. I think it is not out of the question that in some form, the United States should take responsibility for a mistake and perhaps they have. So many steps have been put in place to make sure it can never happen again, but has that been too little too late? …


In the 21st century there is huge talk from climate scientists and political pundits about reversing climate change. The threat is very real they say, and that if we do not act now the next generation of Americans will be under water. Is that so accurate to say or is that fear mongering?

What if I told you that planet earth is on the path of destruction because of the environmental movement. Would you call me nuts are out of touch? Maybe even a cold plain liar? …


I’m writing this article to talk about tires for the trailer queen. The owner that wants tires that can sit in a garage for decades without being driven. This is not about daily driving or road handling ratings.

It’s common today, even government law in some areas to recommend that you replace your tires every three or four years when they lose their tread. What if I told you this is a modern phenomena?

Beginnings Of Tire History:

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Original Walters bias ply Tire Shop taken in year 1932 in Marshall Michigan (Public Domain)

The rubber tire was first used practically by John Body Dunlop and made for the first bicycles. Hence the name Dunlop tires we used to hear. …


I’m going to talk to you about a controversial but interesting part of American automotive history that is seldom talked about. We often drool over engine specs, maybe car design, but no one really ever talks about chemicals and what that really means to the average man or woman.

What were the chemicals used in automotive paints throughout the 20th century, and what does that have to do with working at the car wash blues?

For starters I myself am a new automotive painter and bodyman. I went to my local trade high school where I majored in auto body, and from their I went onto to Nashua Community College in New Hampshire where I participated in the Associates Degree program for collision repair. I was motivated to enter this industry and help others because of the sketchy repair shops out there that would deceive you to make a dollar. …


Look around you right now. Depending on who is reading you may be a millennial still living under your parent’s roof. You may be a middle aged parent still taking care of your adult children. You may yell “okay boomer” at your 60 year old neighbor who hangs a Trump sign on his front lawn.

We live under economic times that are so drastically different than the past century. The average new college student will be paying student loans for the next three to four decades. The average home price in many parts of the country now costs upwards of half a million dollars. You often hear political pundits from the left claiming that millennials can’t afford college or healthcare because of the evil wealthy members of society. …

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Ben Kleschinsky

Independent writer outside of Boston.

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