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Boeing’s double trouble in the making

an airplane getting fixed at a factory

Benjamin Verheiden

April 22, 2019

While Boeing has already suffered catastrophic damage from the 737 MAX investigations and crashes, there is another soon-to-be-coming plane upgrade in Boeing’s pipeline that is also taking a huge gamble with a potentially catastrophic downside should it go wrong at the wrong time: the 777X. Wh...

The problem with Boeing and the 737

A Southwest aircraft

Benjamin Verheiden

April 4, 2019

Boeing and the 737 have been making international news headlines after two eerily similar crashes of the newest MAX variant in just five months. The first was in Indonesia in October 2018, and the second and latest was in Ethiopia just a few weeks ago on March 10. Between March 10 and 13, the entire wo...

Cosplay: The new front-line on sexual objectification

an illustration of Superman and Wonder woman

Benjamin Verheiden

April 3, 2019

Cosplay is where you dress up as your favorite characters (even ones you happen to create) and has been my main hobby for years. However, as the hobby has become more mainstream, it has increasingly turned into a screen accuracy and popularity contest. This has put unnecessary and dangerous pressure on...

The criticality of leadership succession planning

marching band logo

Benjamin Verheiden

October 16, 2018

With the increasing amount of fighting over the current leadership from CSUN all the way to the federal level in the U.S., it is often overlooked who will succeed the current leadership. The reason to look into this is that we need leaders that will truly pick up the pieces in the end, not continue th...

Ships burning oil contribute to climate change

cartoon drawing of a ship

Benjamin Verheiden

September 19, 2018

While most of the focus on climate change in the transportation sector is on land-based modes and land usage with a small amount in air-based modes, the real super polluters are in the ocean right off the shore’s horizon.Ships burn bunker fuel, and according to Derrick Penner of the Vancouver Sun, "Deeps...

Climate change reveals hurricane conditions could affect California

pier by the ocean

Benjamin Verheiden

September 6, 2018

Considering recent Hurricane Lane in Hawaii and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last year, many might now be wondering what this entails with climate change and our state. The thing is that there are many oceanic and atmospheric variables that go into tropical cyclone formation and strengthening bo...

The Republican Origin of ADA

2 guys in suits greeting each other

Benjamin Verheiden

August 21, 2018

The Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA, was signed into law proudly in 1990 by former President George Bush Sr. who said, "This historic act is the world's first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities -- the first. Its passage has made the United States the international le...

Earth’s Climate: On thin ice

political cartoon of the state capital depicted as a buoy

Benjamin Verheiden

March 14, 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympics now melted into memory, there is one place in the northern hemisphere that did not have much of a winter from December to February. The lack of a normal winter in the Arctic Ocean entails catastrophic consequences for the whole world; along with the Antarctic, the Arctic ha...

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