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The Age of Pure Populism: Are We There Yet?
By every standard, populism is the perfect political paradigm for governance in any community. But that may depend on how one defines it.
The Biggest Laughing Stock in New Mexico
In late March, Santa Fe University of Art and Design sent an email to its thriving community announcing that the for profit institution is to shut down after 2018. Students went insane and instructors tried to remain calm but broke down in silence. Ever since the dreadful email was sent out, the school has offered very little assistance to the students unfortunate enough to be attending this university and is handling the overall situation very poorly. In this article, I am going to be jumping around to try to explain a very, very, very, very, complicated situation.
- Top Story - May 2017
Life Inside America's Most Toxic Zip Code: A Warning of What Happens When Democracy Fails
48217. This innocuous number is a zip code of a town section so derelict, so toxic, and so blighted that locals no longer call it by its own name. It's just a zip code that is part of the Southwestern corner of Detroit - a city already known for its rough living, corrupt cops, and street violence.
Unethical Things Politicians are Doing to Keep Their Voters Supporting Them
A wise man once said that politicians need to be replaced as often as diapers - and the average voter might agree to that statement. However, it's hard to explain why congressmen still get voted in despite the approval rating of congress as a whole being at an all time low.
Rewriting the Right
Less than four months into the unalloyed conservative triumph of Donald Trump assuming the presidency of the United States — an objective deeply desired and widely praised by think-tank and media conservatives — the symbol of American right-wing media and a leading conservative policy organization are going through major changes of their leadership and their missions. Just not the way they planned, or expected.
What Makes States Turn Red?
If you were to ask most Americans, they'd tell you that they would have thought that Hillary Clinton was poised to win the election. The actual polls, though, showed a different outcome - despite her winning the popular election. One may wonder what makes blue states turn Republican, especially after the debacle that was the most recent election.
#FireColbert is now making the rounds on Twitter, thanks in no small part to Stephen Colbert's outrage-fuelled outburst during his Late Show monologue Tuesday, May 2. In it, Colbert kicked off by bringing up President Donald Trump's interview with John Dickerson of Face The Nation, which the president quickly aborted when Dickerson effectively tripped Trump up with his claims that the president doesn't "stand by anything." During the interview, Trump referred to Face The Nation as Deface The Nation and accused Dickerson of promoting "fake news."
The World Continues to Drift Towards War
Signs are beginning to point to the possibility that North Korea has lost its only friend. According to ZeroHedge.com, China has issued its final warning to North Korea:
We Have Just Crossed Over Into The Twilight Zone
When Rod Sterling began each episode with "You unlock this door with a key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound. A dimension of sight. A dimension of mind. You are moving in a land of shadow and substance of things and ideas. You have just crossed over into the twilight zone," little did he realize that today we have the whole world in turmoil. More government reactions have only compounded the anxiety of millions, and societies are swept up in currents of unrest and tension. All of this has resulted in that millions are now feeling like they have literally crossed over into the "Twilight Zone."
First Amendment vs Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia Websites
I am concerned. Well, I’ll back up a moment and talk you through that. There are a couple of issues that ebb and flow as “hot topics” and neither has anything to do with the other. The First Amendment is one. Eating disorders—specifically anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN)—is the other. I say “eating” disorders, but I think they are more aptly put into the category of “anxiety” disorders. But, that’s not really the topic right now. The topic, what has me concerned, is this: There are websites—quite a number of them, in fact—that glorify these disorders.
The Divided States of America
Everything wrong with the world right now stems from people not minding their own business and focusing on their own lives, and trying to control others.
Bullies in the Government
The East Bully wants to control our spirit. They may be leaders of cults that dominate people and require no communication with non-members, or they may be dictators who force us to abandon our Sacred Dream, the plan our soul made for this life, in order to serve them or adhere to their standards.