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  • Kelly Thompson
    Published about 7 hours ago
    Wait, Let's Rethink This

    Wait, Let's Rethink This

    If you live in Canada, you probably know that in less than a week, we will be heading back to the polls, and if you're from out of the country, then, Ayo! Suprise, Canada has another election that you may or may not have heard of. I think it's always an interesting idea to take a step back, and try to explain the election from the point of view of one outsider telling another outsider about the election, similarly to me talking about American or British politics to one of my friends, so I'll attempt to do the same thing here.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published a day ago
    "Talking Brook: 'Yaron Brook Show: Greta Thunberg & the Power of Moral Idealism'"

    "Talking Brook: 'Yaron Brook Show: Greta Thunberg & the Power of Moral Idealism'"

    As a diver leaps into the watery deep, Dr. Brook jumps into the topic of climate change. He says that he will handle the new, youthful face of the environmentalist movement, Greta Thunberg, with respect. He says that he can do it with better temperament and judgment than the right and with more truth than the left. Dr. Brook finds that Greta is just a byproduct of the vicious lies taught in schools that the world is going to end “tomorrow.” From kindergarten, the ideals remain because most parents “don’t challenge [their child’s] teachers.” He’s correct about how the youth are hooked at a young age on environmentalist propaganda. Movies like Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest (1992) and Avatar (2009), and television animated series such as Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1993-1996) all serve to reinforce what is taught in schools to children.
  • Connie Cockrell
    Published 2 days ago
    Presidential Succession

    Presidential Succession

    With the news flying by so fast, and so many cabinet-level people being pulled into the impeachment morass, I started to wonder if I remembered the Presidential succession correctly.
  • Rachael A.
    Published 2 days ago
    Why Do First Nations People Demand Self-Governance?

    Why Do First Nations People Demand Self-Governance?

    In the days leading up to Thanksgiving in Canada, you’ll often see social media flooded with more posts and memes about First Nations’ rights, land theft, and colonialism. That the indigenous peoples of Canada were here first is common knowledge, and that settler society has done harmful and racist things against First Nations people is well-known. But there is still a fairly large gap in the general understanding of what, exactly, happened—and about what issues First Nations people in Canada continue to face.
  • Peter Rose
    Published 2 days ago
    Political and Corporate Truthfulness

    Political and Corporate Truthfulness

    Political and corporate truthfulness.
  • Grant Patterson
    Published 2 days ago
    Mother Corp Makes the Case for Her Own Extinction

    Mother Corp Makes the Case for Her Own Extinction

    Sometimes, it's hard to let go of a national icon.
Staff Picks
  • Anna Gooding-Call
    Published 24 days ago
    How The Climate Strike Has Already Changed The World

    How The Climate Strike Has Already Changed The World

    You've seen Greta Thunberg on the news, and you watched the coverage as millions of kids struck for the climate. But what did they accomplish by skipping school? Critics say that this was just a way to get out of class, but there's a long history of teens and young people changing the course of history. Here's how the climate strike changed the world in a single day.
  • Craig Braquet
    Published 26 days ago
    A Little Group of Letters

    A Little Group of Letters

    It’s been a few good years for the LGBTQ community. In June of 2015 the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality, I think that will be the “defining moment” when they write the history books.
  • Zari Love
    Published about a month ago
    5 Forgotten Art Pieces and Films That Shined a Light on Racial Discrimination

    5 Forgotten Art Pieces and Films That Shined a Light on Racial Discrimination

    During the summer, filmmaker Ava DuVernay was nominated for 16 Emmy awards for her groundbreaking Netflix series When They See Us.
  • Jose Soto
    Published 2 months ago
    El Paso: The Steps Toward Change

    El Paso: The Steps Toward Change

    My parent's house in El Paso, Texas, the house I grew up in, is a few blocks away from the border between the United States and Mexico. From the rooftop of that house, you can see Ciudad Juárez. In particular, you can see El Monumento a la Mexicanidad, a now iconic monument dedicated to Mexican nationals often referred to as "La X." From many rooftops of the houses closest to the border and many other rooftops in the vicinity, the borderlines are blurred, juxtaposed with one another, but also merging into one, separated merely by rock, water, and metal.
  • Georgi Kate
    Published 3 months ago
    Discussing the Importance of Respecting a Memorial (And How We Can Still Learn from the Yolocaust Project)
  • Steve Llano
    Published 3 months ago
    Missing The Debates? Don't Feel Bad

    Missing The Debates? Don't Feel Bad

    It feels pretty bad to be interested in politics but not want to sit through these three-hour candidate debates that keep cropping up. Featuring ten candidates—three or four you actually have heard of—these events purport to be an honest examination of the issues facing the United States in the 2020 Presidential election.
Featured Collections
Activism
  • Daniel Rocha
    Published 7 days ago
    10 Things You Need to Know About the Global Climate Strike

    10 Things You Need to Know About the Global Climate Strike

    As climate change continues to wreak havoc on our ecosystem, millions across the world are taking action and calling for change in order to preserve our environment. The Global Climate Strike, the massive climate change campaign that united millions across the world to amplify the voices of young activists seeking environmental reform, is a perfect example of this. Because of its historic importance as a massively successful initiative, here is everything you need to know about the Global Climate Strike.
  • Grant Patterson
    Published 17 days ago
    Bereft of Real Solutions, Climate Hysteria Becomes a Children's Crusade
  • Brandi Payne
    Published 17 days ago
    The Homeless Need Our Help

    The Homeless Need Our Help

    I have a history with being homeless and let me tell you it is no walk in the park. Things are not easy as everyone may think. Most of the homeless are not out there because of drugs or alcohol, that happened after they became homeless and it is called a coping mechanism because being homeless knocks a person’s self-esteem into the ground and then society beats them down too, keeping them out there in the streets with no hand to help them up.
Celebrities
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 26 days ago
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Tour of South Africa

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Tour of South Africa

    According to People magazine, new details have been released about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Africa royal tour with Archie . The tour is at the request of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, according to Buckingham Palace.
  • Sara Robards
    Published 2 months ago
    Could Kanye or Kid Rock Save the 2020 Election or Is Celebrity Damaging Politics?

    Could Kanye or Kid Rock Save the 2020 Election or Is Celebrity Damaging Politics?

    As American citizens become increasingly disengaged with American politics, there has been a rise in the ‘celebrity politician.’ The ‘celebrity politician’ is a celebrity character that uses their status as a celebrity to secure credibility in the political sphere. With a rise in a celebrity culture in America, fueled by social media growth, people are losing faith in traditional politicians and instead looking to popular celebrities to run the country. But isn’t Trump evidence enough that celebrity doesn't work in the White House? With celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Kanye West expressing their political views and wishes to run in the 2020 presidential election, could celebrity influence now make all of the difference in politics?
  • Treva Bowdoin
    Published 2 months ago
    Anna Duggar Update: Sadly, She’s Feeling Like Her Old Self Again

    Anna Duggar Update: Sadly, She’s Feeling Like Her Old Self Again

    We’re approaching the fourth anniversary of the Josh Duggar sex scandal, one of the biggest stories to rock the Christian patriarchy. In August 2015, Gawker discovered that former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was a victim of the hackers who targeted Ashley Madison, a website used to arrange extramarital affairs. Josh confessed to being unfaithful to his wife and suffering from an addiction to pornography.
Congress
  • John Heckenlively
    Published 17 days ago
    Bryan Watch: Sept Week 3

    Bryan Watch: Sept Week 3

    A major bodyslam for Donald Trump this week regarding the whistleblower complaint of August 12. In a unanimous vote of 421 to zero, the House demanded that Acting Director of National Intelligence Maguire immediately stop stonewalling and send the complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. They also demanded that Maguire protect the whistleblower from any retaliation by the Trump administration (House Resolution 576, RC 548, Sep 25). This follows a similar vote by the Senate on Tuesday. Trump has literally not got a soul in Congress willing to defend him on the whistleblower issue.
  • Nicole "ChaseThePen" Sanchez
    Published 18 days ago
    "Rendered Himself Obnoxious" Is Impeachable?

    "Rendered Himself Obnoxious" Is Impeachable?

    Written throughout the Constitution of the United States are checks and balances on power between the three branches of government. In theory, this balance of power ensures that the country will remain stable and resist the threat of losing the freedom and democracy that many Americans cherish. The power of impeachment is one such check.
  • John Heckenlively
    Published 24 days ago
    Bryan Watch: Sept II

    Bryan Watch: Sept II

    Fairly slow week for Congress this second week back. There were only ten votes this week.
Controversies
  • Grant Patterson
    Published 2 days ago
    Mother Corp Makes the Case for Her Own Extinction

    Mother Corp Makes the Case for Her Own Extinction

    Sometimes, it's hard to let go of a national icon.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 3 days ago
    Talking Star: Should High School Teachers Carry Guns

    Talking Star: Should High School Teachers Carry Guns

    Star wants to be called f–– nut during this missive. He says that he knows Atlanta and that he used fishscale at Sharon’s Showcase. He admits that he has not been at a Waffle House in fifteen years. He experienced “the worst breakfast in years” there. He threw away the entire meal on the way home and considered not even giving the food to his coyotes when he discarded the unwanted victuals. Anyone who wears lochs and not a net disturbs Mr. Torain. Star then gets on topic and discusses Jim Jones’ success. He wonders if he sent 50 Cent a warning shot, though. On Instagram, according to Mr. Torain, he called Jim Jones a rat. Star breaks down how rich people have shooters and 50 definitely has a team on deck.
  • HowToFind .com
    Published 4 days ago
    Venezuela and the Struggle for Gold

    Venezuela and the Struggle for Gold

    The "Arco Minero del Orinoco" is an area rich in mineral resources that the Republic of Venezuela has been exploiting since 2017; it occupies mostly the north of the Bolivar state and to a lesser extent the northeast of the Amazonas state and part of the Delta Amacuro state. 7000 tons of gold, copper, diamond, coltan, iron, bauxite and other minerals can be found here.
Corruption
Defense
  • TheWarBlog
    Published about a month ago
    From an Intelligence Perspective, Was 9/11 Avoidable?

    From an Intelligence Perspective, Was 9/11 Avoidable?

    The attacks on the World Trade Centre and on the Pentagon had a lasting effect on the world which we still see to this day. The events that had taken place on September 11, 2001, was quoted by many as the event that had ‘changed everything.' The attacks had caused many changes to happen in many aspects around the world and changed many attitudes as to how to cope and deal with terrorism. It had caused conflicts to begin in Afghanistan and Iraq, with many nations around the world rushing to America’s aid to deal with those that had caused 9/11. Security was increased drastically to try and prevent anything on this magnitude to ever be able to happen again. The biggest change to have come from the attacks was surely the intelligence services.
  • TheWarBlog
    Published about a month ago
    The Potential Implications on UK EEZ Security Post Brexit

    The Potential Implications on UK EEZ Security Post Brexit

    United Kingdoms Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Dr. Williams
    Published 4 months ago
    Manufactured Wars

    Manufactured Wars

    Today, the Trump Administration has put the United States on the wrong side of history yet again. What we are witnessed to today is a repeat of how wrong Government has been ever since World War II. We have failed to heed the warnings from General Douglas Mac Arthur. And, I quote
History
  • Rachael A.
    Published 2 days ago
    Why Do First Nations People Demand Self-Governance?

    Why Do First Nations People Demand Self-Governance?

    In the days leading up to Thanksgiving in Canada, you’ll often see social media flooded with more posts and memes about First Nations’ rights, land theft, and colonialism. That the indigenous peoples of Canada were here first is common knowledge, and that settler society has done harmful and racist things against First Nations people is well-known. But there is still a fairly large gap in the general understanding of what, exactly, happened—and about what issues First Nations people in Canada continue to face.
  • Sarcastic Sloth
    Published 16 days ago
    Underappreciated Values

    Underappreciated Values

    The United States of America has a unique government in many aspects. While democratic republics are common in our modern world, the idea was radically different from any government or nation that surrounded it during the time of its founding. Its radical approach to individual liberty went on to inspire the liberation of countries all around the world.
  • Rachael A.
    Published 21 days ago
    Why Aren't the Inuit Called First Nations People?

    Why Aren't the Inuit Called First Nations People?

    Before I dive into this topic, a quick disclaimer is in order: I am a white woman. I speak on these topics from an academic position, not from personal experience. I do have a BA in Native Studies, and owe a lot of my foundational knowledge about First Nations issues and history to my First Nations professors and their colleagues: Dr. Roland Chrisjohn, Shaunessy McKay, and Tanya Wasacase. I have built on this knowledge with careful research, and have made an effort to include more indigenous voices within those sources. The reason I want to write about these issues is because I feel it is important to use my voice to help dispel misconceptions and misinformation.
Humanity
  • Yung Lo
    Published 4 days ago
    Chronicles of Migration (Part I): A Trapped Traveller

    Chronicles of Migration (Part I): A Trapped Traveller

    The first time I saw Ligaya (all names have been changed to protect individuals’ privacy) she had just come into the shelter’s common room and gave me a small smile. I remember thinking that she looked worn-out and weak. Another shelter guest told me she just arrived yesterday at midnight. I wondered if she had been fleeing and if so, from whom, at an hour so late.
  • Zachary Boulanger
    Published 25 days ago
    I Tried to Write About Capitalism

    I Tried to Write About Capitalism

    On Rejecting One’s Passion
  • Rebecca J Lee
    Published 28 days ago
    I.C.U.

    I.C.U.

    I’ve always had a burden for the homeless population. Most of my life I just did what most of us do; when I saw a homeless person I diverted my eyes and felt awkward and guilt ridden. Maybe, I would give one or two people a little money if I had it, but I’d wonder what they’d use it for. Beyond that I didn’t know what to do. I felt sorry for the homeless, but I also felt completely helpless to do anything for them.
Legislation
  • Sarah Morris
    Published 2 months ago
    What an Onondaga County Executive Can Do for the Community

    What an Onondaga County Executive Can Do for the Community

    Each state is divided into different counties because one state is geographically too large to be controlled entirely by just one government leader. To have better and more localized service delivered to the community, county executives act as heads of each subdivision in the state.
  • Antonio Flores
    Published 2 months ago
    The Correlation Between Gun Laws and Gun Violence

    The Correlation Between Gun Laws and Gun Violence

    Sutherland Springs, Texas is about forty minutes away from my house. For most of my life, I hadn’t even heard of it. It’s not a very large town. However, after November 5th, 2017, when 26-year old Devin Kelley shot and killed 26 people at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church, the town gained publicity. This event became the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history (Ahmed). For me, this tragedy was different. It wasn’t in some far off state like New York. I had some friends who knew people in Sutherland Springs. Never before had I been so close to an event so devastating. It’s because that church, could’ve been my church that the issue of gun violence has became the utmost importance to me. Thus, the question must be examined, what is the relationship between gun laws and gun violence?
  • Chris Agee
    Published 3 months ago
    "Everything Has Gone up": Democratic Lawmaker Argues $15 Federal Minimum Wage Too Low

    "Everything Has Gone up": Democratic Lawmaker Argues $15 Federal Minimum Wage Too Low

    The US House of Representatives recently voted to approve a hike in the national minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next several years. For at least one freshman lawmaker, however, that increase is insufficient.
List
  • Aly Ledene
    Published 5 months ago
    Four Uncomfortable Truths About “The Left”

    Four Uncomfortable Truths About “The Left”

    Before I get into this, I want to play my “minority card” granting me the power of immunity to personal attacks about my perceived privilege. I hope by the time you finished reading this post the following declaration will be redundant. I am a masculine looking gay woman, I grew up poor, and I am half native. I also live with a mental illness, but I mean who doesn’t these days? My point is while my stats indicate I am not a typical person of “privilege,” my education and my bank account would state otherwise. I graduated at the University of Calgary with a bachelor of social work. I basically have a degree in oppression. We were always encouraged to advocate for people in-need. While I do agree with many of the principals and philosophies of social work I've seen being a "social justice warrior" become bastardized, and hijacked by today's youth in the name of leftist politics. Here are four uncomfortable truths about "the left" that more conservative thinkers and politically centered folk find cringey and foolish.
  • Cato Conroy
    Published 8 months ago
    The 10 Best Online Courses for Mastering International Politics

    The 10 Best Online Courses for Mastering International Politics

    Recently, scientists moved the Armageddon clock closer to midnight than it's ever been. This clock, which shows us how close we are to the end of the world as we know it, has been around for decades.
  • Meghan Kotz
    Published about a year ago
    15 Essential New Year's Resolutions

    15 Essential New Year's Resolutions

    Let's be real. We're in the day and age where being "woke" is what's cool. Even if it feels good to repost something semi-controversial (in the eyes of your right-wing uncle), it's not doing a whole lot. Here are some actionable steps if you're legitimately fed up with the state of the world right now, particularly, the U.S. Already accomplished some of these? Give yourself a pat on the back and accomplish the rest.
Politicians
Politics
  • Kelly Thompson
    Published about 7 hours ago
    Wait, Let's Rethink This

    Wait, Let's Rethink This

    If you live in Canada, you probably know that in less than a week, we will be heading back to the polls, and if you're from out of the country, then, Ayo! Suprise, Canada has another election that you may or may not have heard of. I think it's always an interesting idea to take a step back, and try to explain the election from the point of view of one outsider telling another outsider about the election, similarly to me talking about American or British politics to one of my friends, so I'll attempt to do the same thing here.
  • Iria Vasquez-Paez
    Published 10 days ago
    My Non-Profit Idea

    My Non-Profit Idea

    My non-profit is supposed to help disabled people get a job. It also would be a way for other non-profits to print newsletters since we’d have the resources available to be able to do so. Positive news for free is lacking. So in which case, we need to create resources that print good things done by good people, as an antidote to all the hatred out there. Good is hard to come by these days, in particular the greater good. I had family once tell me not to be friends with disabled people, when excuse me, I’m trying to rid myself of my own paranoia about myself, because as it turns out, I do not qualify for a discounted bus fare. Sometimes the world keeps getting darker, because the news is all about people wronging each other, doing wrong, hurting people, and often is made of stories about conflict resulting in tragedy. Our world is forced to deal with a darkness that has descended upon us because of the leaders we elected into office that do not deserve to be there. Not everybody is going to be happy about the way things are.
  • Jane Kenney
    Published 20 days ago
    An Open Letter: Young Conservatives Have Had Enough of This Bullsh*t

    An Open Letter: Young Conservatives Have Had Enough of This Bullsh*t

    With the recent announcement of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's impeachment proceedings into the Trump presidency, I was inspired to just jot down my thoughts. Rarely ever do I share politics online, because I've seen what people can do, and how they can treat *gasp* CONSERVATIVES! To be fair, I'm a registered independent, but I do lean more conservatively these days.
Pop Culture
  • Brian Anonymous
    Published 20 days ago
    Are Racial Outfits Relative to Where We're From?

    Are Racial Outfits Relative to Where We're From?

    Looking at Justin Trudeau's latest scandal. I started wondering about cultural appropriation, and how each region around the world thinks about things differently.
  • Kayla Bloom
    Published 2 months ago
    A Political Act

    A Political Act

    How do you lampoon an election that already routinely veers into absurd territory? That’s a challenge that Trevor Noah, the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, faces nightly, as he discusses an election cycle of scandals, leaks, bigotry, and fear-mongering—a cycle where even the most unprecedented happenings have become mundane. A South African television and radio host and comedian, Noah has been the host of The Daily Show since 2015. Being the child of a Xhosa mother and Swiss-German father, his childhood in Johannesburg under apartheid’s Immorality Act had a large impact on his life and future in comedy. This is explained in his autobiographical comedy book Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which become a #1 New York Times Bestseller and named one of the best books of the year after being published in 2016. Noah's mixed-race ancestry, his experiences growing up in Soweto, and his observations about race and ethnicity are leading themes in his comedy. His typical humor genres include political/news satire, deadpan, and black, insult, and observational comedy. This he carried over to The Daily Show after the retirement of his predecessor and one of his comedic influences Jon Stewart, integrating political and ethnic humor.
  • Elric Pankston
    Published 2 months ago
    The Normalization of Extreme Violence

    The Normalization of Extreme Violence

    Extremism and all the other -isms that exist out there are not usually pretty things. They instigate us, embroil us, and fuel us with unhealthy emotions: for most of us, rage (at the idiocy of the fundamental ideal) and sadness mixed in with a little bit of fear (would be classified as the healthy response, by most psychologists).
Trump
  • Rachael A.
    Published 13 days ago
    Genocide on American Soil

    Genocide on American Soil

    There is no question that the political climate of the US is highly charged in recent years, or that President Donald Trump has been accused of heinous actions. In the Ukraine scandal alone, he is accused of numerous crimes, including bribery, extortion, and conspiracy. (Walter 2019) There’s been ongoing, consistent outcry about the border camps and practice of separating migrant children from their families to live in squalor. (Dalton 2019; Holmes 2019; Helm and Tapper 2018; Miller 2019) But the conversation around these border camps—these concentration camps, as they have been called (Holmes 2019; Miller 2019)—falls woefully short of acknowledging the biggest, most central problem with the practice of separating children from their families as a matter of government policy.
  • Nick Sones
    Published 2 months ago
    A Letter to a Divided Nation
  • Whitney Alese
    Published 3 months ago
    Trump Has Been a Racist: Don't Get Distracted

    Trump Has Been a Racist: Don't Get Distracted

    If it has not been clear that the President of the United States is racist, we certainly learned that he was in his latest Tweets.