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Explaining How the George Floyd Uprising Was Quickly Forgotten
I remember when I first heard about George Floyd's death. My partner had asked if I had heard about this new police shooting of a Black man, and I mistakenly thought he was referring to Tony McDade, a Black Trans man who was murdered two days later. I was confused by people suddenly caring about Floyd when I had already seen the videos that year of so many Black men and women killed by the police.
Two For One Election Special
“It is true that power corrupts. The hope at the polling stations and the actions of the elected representatives, unfortunately, often turn to be opposite. The power of ballot turns into the power of wallet. Some law-makers become law-breakers.” - Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
We Should Be Worried About How The Right Talks About Disney
I love Disney. I listen to its musical numbers on repeat on Spotify. I love traveling to Disney World and going on the rides (Magic Kingdom is the best, obviously). I can obnoxiously hold my own amongst the most intense Disney adults.
I’m Not Thankful To Be An American
Well, it’s Thanksgiving Weekend 2022. A day of family, friends, food, and thankfulness. I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful for many things this year. One of the new ones for me is being thankful for being a writer. I couldn’t say the same last Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for the opportunity to write so many blogs and to make so many wonderful friends. It’s been awesome to have a voice these past 11 months.
Congress: An Intentional Giant Mess from the Start
» KEY POINTS The House of Representatives is supposed to be the “Legislature of the People” and the Senate the “Legislature of the Land”. Neither are doing the job as intended. How did we get to this point and why is there no cure? No adjustment to legislative rules is going to fix a fundamentally broken system. We must Constitutionally overhaul how the Legislative Branch is set up in its entirety.
Hulu’s “God Forbid” Uncovers the Legacy of Sex, Power, and Money Passed Down from Jerry Falwell, Sr., to Jerry Falwell, Jr.
On November 1 Hulu released “God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down a Dynasty,” a thoughtful documentary about the bombshell news in 2020 that Jerry Falwell, Jr., and his wife Becki Tilley had a years long affair with Giancarlo Granda. The scandal, which involved another photo of Falwell, Jr., in a state of undress alongside a former Liberty University student, as well as questions about Falwell, Jr. ’s financial ethics, led him to resign as president of Liberty University in August 2020.
Innovation; The Unknown Alliance Between Business and Government
Milton Friedman’s view in Capitalism And Freedom proposes the idea that government should exist in the market solely to maximize unconstrained economic freedom. Government intervention into the marketplace that limits or forces consumer decision-making cannot be justified. Friedman’s argument for market fundamentalism is seemingly at odds with the historical reality of the role of government in the United States. From state police powers, to Progressive Era reforms, through the New Deal government whether being state or federal has always shaped the contours of capitalism through political, social, and cultural change. Friedmans point of view differs from the consumer health and environmental protections era (1964-1977) and the rise of the idea of the developmental state. Friedman’s philosophy has guided the idea of market fundamentalism within the false notions of the invisible hand driving innovation instead of a combination of public and private sectors. This idea is negligent to the fact that government presence in the innovation economy acts as the only entity that can invest in certain sectors. The notion that the government shouldn’t pick winners is supplanted by the idea of the government supporting large, medium, and small firms to compete for the best technology.
Will The Newly Passed Inflation Reduction Act Leads to Higher Inflation
This will result in a possible 3% tax hike for individuals making under $10,000 year, but because the affluent are receiving tax credits, no one seems to mind. The Inflation Reduction Act is well known to raise taxes for everyone; in fact, the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation have both come out and said as much.
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The Root Cause of Our Current Epidemic of Violence
A few days ago, we learned the name Tyre Nichols, for unfortunate reasons. This was the 29-year-old black man brutally beaten and killed by five black police officers in Memphis, Tennessee. While most police altercations are nuanced and not clear cut, this was pretty obviously unjustified. Less than a week before that, there was a mass shooting carried out in Monterey Park, California by an elderly Asian-American man at a festival. These are just two of the most recent examples of horrific violence taking place in our country and our world on a regular basis.
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Naam Tamilar Katchi
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Documentary Review: 'Downwind' and the Atrocities of Nuclear Weapons Testing in America
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The Art of Affiliate Marketing:
Introduction Affiliate marketing is a popular way to make money online by promoting other people's products and earning a commission for each sale. It can be a great way to earn passive income and build a business from home. However, many new affiliate marketers make common mistakes that can hinder their success. In this blog post, we will explore five of these mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them and increase your earning potential. From choosing the wrong products to ignoring search engine optimization, these mistakes can be costly and prevent you from reaching your full potential as an affiliate marketer. So, whether you're new to affiliate marketing or looking to improve your existing strategies, this guide will help you avoid common pitfalls and achieve your goals.
Pakistan can buy Russian oil despite restrictions, says US
Pakistan can buy Russian oil despite restrictions imposed by the United States, according to a statement by the US Department of State. The statement, issued on Tuesday, said that Pakistan's energy needs are important and that the country should be allowed to purchase oil from Russia.
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