Matthew J Geiger

Matthew J Geiger

My name is Matthew Justin Geiger; I currently hold a BS in physics and psychology based politics from Allegheny College of Meadville, Pennsylvania. I am a freelance writer, political analyst, commentator, and scientist presenting my views through the ​Yahoo! Contributor Network and Helium Network while I am also the creator/manager of ​The Washington Outsider. In addition, I have written a short story collection, “​Dreaming of​ Other Realities,” two novellas “​Alien Assimilation” and “​The Survivor,” and a poetry collection, “​A Candle Shrouded in Darkness” available on ​Amazon. My goals are to offer my opinions and skills to those who are in need of an honest, professional consultant or freelance writer.
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  • Preparing to Study Abroad in the United States
    Students living in a foreign land need to be prepared to deal with the challenges that arise when trying to assimilate into an alien culture.
  • The Russian Annexation of Crimea in the Eyes of the World
    In the eyes of Westerners, Russia’s actions are seen as an act of piracy, because the territory is owned by the Ukrainian People and the People of Crimea must follow Ukrainian law, including when they want to secede or leave their homeland.
  • Putin Has Overplayed His Hand With Crimea
    Although Putin is likely fully aware that US military power is superior to Russian military power, he is trying to utilize the strategic strength of a rogue nation.
  • Corporate America Pleads the First
    Given the Supreme Court’s senseless interpretation of the Law and its failure to recognize the long-term, broader implications of its attempt to bridge holes in the Law, it is time for Congress to act by explicitly defining corporations as not people.
  • Avoiding a Conflict Between America and Russia Over Ukraine
    When it comes to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, a potential military conflict between Russia and America must be stymied while the credibility of the International Community must be protected.
  • What Drives the World’s Interest in Russia’s Actions in Ukraine
    What is driving the strong reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the world’s fear of Russian influence and the need to protect the credibilty of the International Community.
  • Red Dawn in Ukraine
    To understand Russia’s actions in Ukraine, including and beyond its seizure of Crimea, it is important to understand the psychology of Putin.
  • Staying Safe While Traveling
    Where staying informed can help travelers avoid hazardous destinations, travel insurance helps travelers recoup the financial loss of abandoning their travel plans and find their way home when in need of rescue.
  • On the Baby Boomer’s Self-Centeredness
    What made the actions of the Baby Boomers so important is that they enjoyed an unprecedented amount of influence in the world? Their egocentric nature, therefore, may have had a huge impact on subsequent generations.
  • Rising Western Acceptance of LGBT Primes Culture Clash
    LGBT supporters and supporters of more traditional lifestyles must approach how they express their beliefs in a more balanced approach in order to avoid a catastrophic culture clash.
  • Treading Softly on the Politicizing of the 2014 Sochi Olympics Over Gay Rights
    Boycotting the Olympics for political reasons must been done in very select situations where attending the Olympics would show support for the policies of the host country while all parties involved in LGBT issues must be allowed to express their views.
  • Dealing With Income Inequality and Poverty
    The more affluent view disparity as a series of intellectual findings and lack the intuitive understanding needed to offer a vision of how to address the needs of those who are limited by their circumstances and the thinking their circumstances instill.
  • Haitians Sue the UN for Failure to Help With Cholera
    A group of 5,000 Haitians is marching forward with their lawsuit against the UN over the cholera epidemic that began four years ago in the wake of 2010 Haitian Earthquake. Given their dependence on aid, it is questionable as to whether they should.
  • On Russia’s Coercion of Ukraine
    With the European Union expanding, the Westernization of Ukraine represents a heightened threat to Russian influence, so Russia is seeking to co.
  • What Modern Day Revolutionaries Need to Learn from Leader's like Mandela
    Given the revolutionary forces driving change and unrest in the Middle East, as well as other regions of the world, there are several populations that will soon face the need to resolve past grievances and ongoing conflicts with rulers who did wrong.
  • Minimum Wage is Not the Problem
    The economy is not distributing our national resources in the most efficient or effective manner, thus public policy must recalibrate the workings of our economic machine. Unfortunately, raising the minimum wage will not solve the real problem.
  • Eminent Domain Used Against Banks
    Businesses have blatantly used their influence over government to abuse eminent domain in order to force homeowners to sell their properties. Ironically, officials of Richmond, CA decided to use eminent domain to seize underwater properties.
  • On the Loss of Earmarks and Its Influence on Dysfunctional Government
    As House and Senate members can no longer bring home the bacon, Party leaderships have lost a great deal of leverage over their members.
  • A Few Lessons from a Foreign Policy Business Blunder
    For those who do not believe political science is a useful field of academic study, the mistake of one businessman is the very reason schools need to impart a very robust understanding of the social sciences onto students.
  • Why Middle Eastern Publishers Are Important
    The Middle East is an important region to watch, but the peoples and the cultures of the region can only be understood through their stories while their stories can only be told by those who are part of those cultures.
  • Shocking Ways Ebooks Will Make You Better in Bed
    Ebooks can clearly make a man better in bed, or at least make him more manageable.
  • Ebooks in the Oddest of Places
    Revolutionary innovations often destroy traditions, but ebooks fit right into all cultures as they simply expand the horizons of readers.
  • How Ebooks Aren't as Bad as You Think
    Reading is a learning experience that opens us up to other cultures and ways of thinking thanks to foreign firms like Darussalam Publishers. The lower costs of ebooks and increased availability of more diverse selections allow readers to do this.
  • Iran Makes a Deal
    For around seven billion dollars in sanctions relief, the International Community gets a fairly good intermediate nuclear deal with Iran that leaves room for ongoing talks.
  • America Needs to Focus on the Impending Fiscal Crisis
    Washington's main focus at this time must be on addressing the impending threat of a government shut and potential Default scheduled for the beginning of 2014.
  • On the Future of a Nuclear Negotiations with Iran
    Maintaining a dialog with Iran and halting any progress on an Iranian nuclear weapon are important steps, but a treaty is only useful so long as it addresses the interests of the relevant parties. Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear bomb.
  • Tread Softly Israel for a Heavy Step May Be Your Undoing
    While the US and the rest of the International Community must avoid a bad nuclear deal with Iran, Israel has the potential of making itself “the bad guy” by continuing to react to a potential nuclear deal with Iran in such a heavy handed manner.
  • Why Hardliner Thinking in the NSA and CIA is Doing Damage
    Since the Edward Snowden leaking of NSA secrets began, the world has been learning more and more about America’s top-secret organizations and their doings. These often outrageous revelations reveal a national security aparatus lacking balance.
  • Travel Necessities: Travel Insurance
    Travel insurance serves as a clear example of one aspect of travel that must be considered. Just as we need the protection of insurance at home, we need it abroad as well.
  • Affordability Drives Fear of Obamacare and the Individual Mandate
    The Affordable Care Act created high standards to guarantee health insurance would work for policyholders, but it has yet to ease concerns over the affordability of coverage.
  • It’s Just Sex?
    Exploring various mindsets on sex can help explain why individuals make decisions to have sex, why individuals react differently to the sexual behavior of others, and why individuals respond differently to wrongs committed against them.
  • Trying to Understand PTSD and Other Trauma-induced Mental Health Issues
    Trauma-induced mental illnesses can be better understood by taking a closer look at how extreme and prolonged stress affects individuals who find themselves in traumatizing circumstances.
  • On the Willing Victim of Abuse
    Victims of abuse make choices that ultimately lead to their mistreatment. That said, these willing victims gradually lose the ability to choose not to be victims as abusers slowly seduce their pray into circumstances that make them helpless.
  • The Role of Substitution in Decision Making
    Substitution involves an attempt to avoid the consequences of one choice by embracing the less uncomfortable consequences of another choice. Substitution can be healthy or unhealthy.
  • Exploring Human Emotion
    Viewing human emotions as a spectrum can help us better understand emotions and people.
  • Describing the Mind as Modes of Thought
    Understanding modes of thought offers us one more tool that can be used by laymen and professionals alike to better understand severe mental illnesses like clinical depression, schizophrenia, anti-social personality disorder, and many more.
  • Rape in the US Military
    The unfortunate reality is that our society’s growing tendency to avoid conflict could easily allow serious issues, such as sexual assault, to go unresolved by our public officials and military leadership.
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts of Manipulators
    Although there are legitimate reasons to shape and frame facts in order to develop ideas and better communicate thoughts, the same techniques used are more often abused to manipulate others for deceitful, self-serving reasons.
  • Justice for All
    Although a lack of legal justice undermines the fabric of society, all forms of injustice cause damage to our communities and personal relationships.
  • Seniors Start Businesses
    Older workers need to be the source of business creation while high quality younger workers need to be positioned for future business creation.
  • Dealing with the Restarting of the Korean War
    The world is at a critical juncture where the lack of a sufficient response to North Korean violence will lead to escalating aggressions on behalf of the North Koreans.
  • Ethics of Force-feeding Guantanamo Bay Detainees
    The ethical concerns of using feeding tubes is somewhat superficial as the real ethical violation is whether or not these individuals are being illegitimately held by the United States government.
  • On the Handling of the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects
    Just as sneak-and-peak searches under the Patriot Act were misused, the increasing misuse of concepts like terrorist, enemy combatant, and WMD is certain to undermine public policy and our civil rights.
  • Trying to Understand the Boston Marathon Bombing and Other Violent Crimes
    When trying to understand individuals in crisis, such as those on the verge of committing a violent act, it is important to understand their state of mind by looking at what costs these individuals do and do not consider.
  • On Defunding Political Science Research
    Political science is the discipline that develops the models, theoretical constructs, and intellectual architecture that governments and citizens need to transcend politics in order to achieve improved governance.
  • The Sequestered US Government Needs a Therapist
    The US government has been acting especially dysfunctional to the point most experts are thoroughly stupefied by the unhealthy dynamic. Government might, however, be understood if we model it after a dysfunctional person.
  • The Need for Greater Economic Leverage
    Our society needs to do a better job of addressing the negotiating powers afforded to the People when developing our economies.
  • Democracy and the Narrowing Power Elite
    The greatest threat to the American way of life is a consolidation of the elite classes and the inability of individuals to improve their socioeconomic status.
  • Dealing with the Issues Surrounding the Patenting of Self-replicating Technologies
    The economies of the world depend upon innovation to create the new technologies and industries that drive consumption, growth, and job creation. One critical area of concern in patent law revolves around so-called self-replicating technology.
  • On the DOJ Justifying the “targeted Killings” of US Citizens
    The DOJ “White Paper” on the lawfulness of killing US citizens serving as senior, operational al-Qa’ida offers readers some very troubling insights into how our national security officials are justifying their actions against US Citizens.
  • Addressing the Ongoing Violence in Syria
    With Iranian influence in play, the immediate security interests of neighboring countries at risk, and long-term regional stability threatened by enduring violence in Syria, more meaningful action must be taken by regional powers in the Middle East.
  • Reacting to the Escalating Crackdown in Syria
    Outside pressure may help prevent full blown genocide, but elements of the Syrian government and military must either seize power for their People or protestors must be prepared to pursue a long-term rebellion.
  • Understanding the Dysfunctional Nature of the US-Pakistani Relationship
    The United States needs Pakistan to ensure its long-term global security interests; whereas, Pakistan needs American support for its long-term survival. Unfortunately, the bond between the two states hardly compliments the significance of the alliance.
  • Taking a Practical Step Forward in Optical Computing Using Slow Light
    With the limits of traditional electronics threatening to halt progress, alternatives, such as optical computing, will be needed in the not so distant future.
  • Discussing the Political Environment Surrounding the 2011 Budget Debate
    While it should be no surprise a Republican majority fueled by the Tea Party would follow this path, the fact this spectacle did nothing to address the actual Budget crisis in any significant way, yet it still could do great damage, is rather troubling.
  • Protests in Afghanistan Turn Deadly for Coalition Forces and UN Personnel
    With the wave of political upheavals spreading through the Middle East and North Africa hitting even fairly responsive governments like those of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, mass protests in Afghanistan were only waiting for a catalyst.
  • Answering North Korea's Call for Food Aid
    North Korea's relationship with the world is both toxic and untenable, so the current food crisis must be addressed with a more long-term solution.
  • Discussing the Fallout of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster on the Energy Industry
    The faults behind Fukushima crisis are the same as the 2010 BP Gulf Coast oil spill, the 2008 flood of 500 million gallons of coal byproducts in Tennessee and far too many other energy related disasters.
  • Recognizing the True Threat Behind the Current Unrest in the Middle East
    The instability in the Middle East has certainly been felt in oil prices, yet the real danger lies in how the situation might progress over time.
  • Why NATO Operations in Libya Lack a Well-defined Mission
    As an emerging trend in warfare unfolds, it will become far more obvious that a preconceived framework to address the need for armed humanitarian interventions must materialize on national levels and the international stage.
  • Thoughts on the Numbers Trap
    Numbers are extremely valuable tools, because they allow us to better understand the specifics of issues; however, relying too heavily on statistics and other quantitative data can distort the reality behind important issues.
  • Lessons from the Great Japanese Earthquake of 2011
    The tragedy caused much damage with a death toll in the ten thousands, but the pain could have been worse while there are lessons we must learn from this experience.
  • The Reason We Need to Understand What it is to Be Poor in America
    Because poverty affects our civilization in a number of socioeconomic ways, it is essential for us to realize being poor in America is becoming more of a norm that must be better understood by those who are not poor.
  • What May Come from the Hurt Revolution in Libya
    Despite belated action to establish a no-fly zone, the International Community has likely overshot the time window that would have allowed the uprising to be resolved with minimal violence as Qaddafi has done much to harm the opposition.
  • Retooling the Grand Strategy of the International Community
    The future demands greater leadership by other global and regional powers, which must be willing to act more effectively to address developing situations throughout the world.
  • The Fundamentals of Proper Government in the Middle East and North Africa
    As populous uprisings continue to shake the Middle East and North Africa, some will ultimately lead to successes and governments must be formed that can bring order while truly representing the interests of their populations
  • Discussing the Need for Community Support
    In a modern world where selfless behavior is often seen as a costly oddity while selfish acts are rewarded with material gain, we need to remind ourselves that we must go beyond our immediate interests, if we are to see a better tomorrow.
  • Responding to the Violence of Qaddafi and Other Besieged Leaders
    How to respond to events in places like Libya in order to diminish instability is the question the International Community must answer quickly.
  • Responding to Scott Walker's Contribution to the War on Unions
    Instead of undermining our free enterprise system in a flagrant display of hypocrisy and creating resentment that can degrade the value of public services, individuals like Governor Walker might try to improve relations with public servants.
  • The Aristocratic Republic of the United States of America
    Given the fact the wealthiest Americans pay the vast majority of dollars in taxes, my friend questioned whether or not they should have a greater say in policy, because they are outnumbered by those who might vote them higher taxes.
  • Why the Middle Class and Rich Need to Support Their Long-term Interests
    The wealthy may directly pay the most in tax dollars, but they benefit the most from stability and growth due to increased economic activity via consumer spending.
  • Looking at the Obama Administration's New Approach to Economic Policy
    US economic policies must be designed to address national interests by better reflecting realities faced by all businesses and the needs of the American People.
  • Why Governments Must Pursue Better Economic Policies to Pay Their Debts
    Beyond the problem of increasingly foreign owned debt, America and many other countries cannot raise taxes, regulate their industries, or apply punitive economic measures against foreign entities on behalf of their Peoples' interests.
  • How the US Should Engage Political Revolt in the Middle East
    If the transition to democracy goes well for Egypt, and hopefully for places like Tunisia, the pressure to democratize will only intensify across the entire region.
  • Recalibrating Our Foreign Policy Vision for a New Middle East
    The Middle East has entered a new era. The world will soon learn the nature of this reality, but it is certain members of the International Community must thoroughly review their policies toward this region
  • Learning Computer Plays Jeopardy
    Although a long standing popular misconception defines intelligence as a large knowledge base, true intelligence revolves around what an entity can do with the information it stores.
  • The Seeds of Democracy Take Root in the Middle East
    As one of the region's most influential countries, the democratic uprising in Egypt should be seen as the first step toward a far more democratic Middle East.
  • Embracing the Rise of a Democratic Egypt
    The West must embrace a democratic Egypt and help it become an example of stable democratic reform that other non-democratic Middle Eastern, as well as African, Asian, and Latin American, nations can look to for inspiration.
  • Reacting to the Aftermath of the Tucson Massacre
    Saturday, January 8th, 2011, the United States was shocked by yet another mass shooting that took the lives of six, including a federal judge, and left 13 seriously injured.
  • Getting into the Twisted Mind of the Tucson Murder
    Although fully unraveling this individual's illness could take years, we are left contemplating the motivation behind his crime and odd behaviors.
  • Unhealthy Global Competition Hurts Underdeveloped Countries
    South Sudan may be able to shed the burden of North Sudanese corruption, but development still depends upon making good deals with the international business community.
  • The Rebirth of Democracy in Tunisia
    Democracy may bloom in Tunisia in the coming months or it might not last longer than its next election, yet its People have achieved a very real victory.
  • Arizona Budget Cuts Lead to Lethal Healthcare Rationing
    Barely on the radar, controversy briefly erupted over the deaths of, at least, two Arizona residents that resulted from cuts in the State's Medicare budget.
  • Belittling Our Political Leaders
    We need to stop relying on personal attacks and undermining comments against our leaders, so we can solve problems even if we cannot have our way on every single issue.
  • On Reading the US Constitution
    The Republican lead 112th House of Representatives opened with a complete reading of the US Constitution. The reading of our Constitution needs to always include discussions on what its provisions actually allow.
  • How Ecommunication Can Ruin Relationships
    Our society enjoys a whole range of technological advances; however, these choices do not necessarily give us the ability to communicate any better.
  • Scientists Take a Closer Look at How Lithium Batteries Work
    Developing suitable replacements and/or improving the efficiency of current battery technology require a better understanding of how batteries work.
  • Verifying Medicine is the Real Thing
    Unfortunately, somewhere around ten percent of the nearly one trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry may well come from counterfeit drugs. Due to this reality, the pharmaceutical industry must find novel solutions to address this very serious issue.
  • Using Our Words to Communicate
    We have clearly lost touch with what the terms "liberal" and "conservative" actually reference, thus they simply become a means to manipulate constituents instead of useful descriptions.
  • Haiti: Another Failing Humanitarian Investment
    In the wake of the Earthquake's one year anniversary, Haiti has scarcely begun to recover.
  • What Are Commonsense Regulations?
    Commonsense is a buzz word that politicians like to throw around, but one man's commonsense is another man's burden.
  • The Case for Slimming Down the US Military to Make it Better
    Inefficiencies in any military are deadly. The problem is that much of our military infrastructure is designed around the notion that money is not an issue when it comes to defense.
  • Undercutting Logistics with the Underpaid Independent Contractor
    From the position of labor advocates and supportive businesses, the unhealthy use of Independent Contractors to deflate wages and displaces costs onto drivers is a rather devastating business practice.
  • Relationships, or Arrangement
    Healthy relationships are essential to our personal wellbeing and the health of our communities. Unfortunately, our need to connect with others often leads us to settle for arrangements of convenience versus deep, meaningful connections.
  • Gutting Healthcare Reform of the Individual Mandate
    Defeating the individual mandate may not actually be a win for those looking to undo Healthcare Reform
  • The Fed Reveals it Actually Undertook an International Bailout
    Although upsetting to the average US citizen, the global financial system is rigged to primarily benefit the few at everyone's risk and a failure to respond in such an unfair way would have been far more disastrous.
  • A Modernizing Cuba Offers an Opportunity for Capitalists
    Fidel Castro may continue to show his face, and age, in public for years to come in order to remind people Cuba is still his Country, but change will come very quickly once his generation of dying Communist superstars finally disappear.
  • Looking at How Corn-based Ethanol and Other Alternative Energy Subsidies Stack Up
    We should extend subsidies like tax credits when they are investments and end them when they are wasteful.
  • START II
    Whether or not all the accomplishments of the Lame-Duck 111th Congress are positive can be debated, but it is certain much more was accomplished than most would have predicted. One success of our National leaders was the START II treaty.
  • The International Community Reacts to Wikileaks
    The actions of Wikileaks have directly hurt the United States, but the entire International Community feels the fallout of these data dumps. The internet community should not be so naïve to think such behavior will go unchallenged.
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