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U.S. Army Ads Are Video Game-Themed Propaganda And No One’s Talking About It

A disturbing lack of conversation and sources surrounding the increasing promotion and glorification of the military speaks volumes about America. There are some concrete ideas advertised in the modern era that feel odd when marketed to the public. For instance, milk. Something that’s been around since the dawn of time, and yet companies are compelled to hype up this well-established beverage in order to drive sales. Similar to the “got milk” campaign, the military has

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The Mueller Report Is Ammunition For Trump’s Rhetoric

The claim that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russians in the 2016 election has been haunting Trump like a phantom for the last two years. The investigation that Robert Mueller was conducting has been closely watched and what it says about the president could be permanently damaging. Well, the summary report from Mueller and the special security council came out to the public on Sunday, March 24. While it does show that the Russians

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Just What Heritage Are We Celebrating, Exactly?

On Oct. 19, 2017, I received a truly horrifying text message from my younger sister, Pandora, a freshman at my high school in suburban Pennsylvania. The message contained photographs of a student wearing a Confederate flag as a cape as he walked through our school’s hallway and cafeteria. Disgusted by this incident, my sister asked me, hopefully, if this was an isolated occurrence at her new school. Ashamed for my school, I had to tell

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Work Smart, Not Hard: Why We Need to Stop Glamorizing Lives Centered Around Studying

When I celebrated the completion of my homework on a regular Friday night, I savored the pleasure it brought me to finally whip out my phone and go to YouTube. As I scrolled and tapped my way through various sections on the app (trending, new music, watch later to name a few) I came across the most peculiar video within my recommended. The video, titled, Study with Me || 14 Hour Study Day, immediately rose

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The Anti-Vaxxer Movement Is About More Than Vaccines

Anti-vaxxers, or parents who display significant hesitancy to vaccinate their children, were named by the World Health Organization as one of the top ten public health threats for 2019. Not only has the percentage of unvaccinated or undervaccinated American kids quadrupled since 2001, at least twenty state legislatures recently proposed bills to make it easier for parents to opt out of shots. Anti-vaxxers believe that the risks of vaccines, some of which may not even

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America’s Bad Habit: 48 Hours of Thoughts and Prayers

When something like a mass shooting occurs, social media platforms flood with the usual sentiments: “Thoughts and prayers.” “My heart goes out to the victims.” It’s almost a competition as to who can post how sad they are first. After 48 hours, however, it’s as if the tragic event with mass casualties never even happened. America moves on.  How terrifying is it to think that no one will ever feel moved to do something about

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Should People of Ages 16 and 17 Have The Right to Vote?

After the historic and monumental decision by the voters of England, Wales and Cornwall to exit the European Union and to take Scotland and the North of Ireland out with them, the question on everyone’s mind was who voted to leave, and more importantly, who even voted. Most polls conducted before the vote indicated a small majority for ‘Remain’ and most newspapers had taken the editorial decision to support the remain campaign. People saw this

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Testing The Limits: Will Americans’ Right To Vote Be Taken Away?

The issue of suffrage has been dividing the nation since the 1950s. Voting is the most political power that a normal American citizen can hold and the debate over who exactly gets to have it continues to this day. Modern issues like the Vote16 movement (working to lower the minimum voting age) are especially polarizing with older adults and that’s understandable. As a demographic, younger teens’ opinions differ drastically from those of 18- and 19-year-olds,

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Is It Too Late To Scapegoat & Regulate Social Media?

Should we forgive those who run us through history if they seem out of touch with the political correctness of technology?  Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, who the BBC published a story on in early February, and whose claims that ‘social media is ruining politics,’ has opened the door to a new debate on how much of the political world we once knew has shape-shifted. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, a picture is painted

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