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Governance In The Age Of Social Media

Social media, by the popular press, is always seen as a harbinger for chaos, a ‘media source’ that blurs the line between opinion piece and fact that spreads rumors faster than light and allows fantasy to take flight on butterfly wings that allow little room for facts. But is that really all it is? And how is governance tied into a platform used by adolescents to share pictures that no one really cares about to

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Teens React To Changing The Voting Age

With the current issues that affect teenagers such as gun control, racial equality, mental health and environmental safety, many young individuals are eager to express their constructive opinions and proposed solutions. Some others even go further and attempt to lower the voting age. Keanu Salas, a junior at George Washington High School, believes that the voting age should be changed to 16. Since students take history classes which encompass the current status of the U.S.

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Tulsi Gabbard Is The Most Right-Winged Progressive In Congress: Op-Ed

Tulsi Gabbard, the democratic representative to Hawaii’s 2nd District since 2013, caught headlines when she declared her bid for the presidency early in the game. Gabbard was the first Hindu member of Congress, and became the youngest person ever elected to the Hawai’i State Legislature. She not only served on the Honolulu City Council, but she’s also a veteran of the Iraq war. Tulsi Gabbard is a self-described progressive candidate, who quite often sides with

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Why A Universal Basic Income Is Not Viable In The U.S.

Imagine this: receiving monthly cash payments from the government to cover the cost of basic living expenses. Although it sounds great in theory, a universal basic income (UBI) raises major questions about its feasibility and economic consequences. In recent years, the idea has generated much interest and countries have been debating over the execution of a UBI. Most recently in 2016, Switzerland decided to hold a referendum over the implementation of a universal basic income.

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Op-Ed: Senator Klobuchar is a Bad Boss, But You Only Care Because You’re Sexist

The New York Times ran an article on Minnesota Senator Amy Klobucher on Friday, depicting the treatment over her an aide that misplaced her fork. The senator, once told she had no fork, scolded the aide, used a comb she had on her person, and once finished with her salad, made the aide clean it. The article punctuated other incidences involving Senator Klobucher, such as her throwing objects such as binders at her aides, and

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Pope Francis Needs to Wake Up

Pope Francis concluded a Vatican meeting on sexual abuse with strong words, yet has made no plans moving forward. Victims of sexual assault conducted by bishops and other members of the Catholic Church expressed being angry and upset on the little Pope Francis did. Bishops and those of the clergy who have been accused of sexual assault were called by their alleged victims to be barred from serving within the Church itself. That was not

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How A Society That Roots For White Male Underdogs Created Incel Subculture

Hell hath no fury like a single cis-het white man scorned. The Context One of the more dangerous trends to arise in recent years is characterized by the public sympathizing with and analyzing evil, sociopathic men. Specifically, ones that have targeted women. This is made evident by television’s overwhelming coverage of serial killers like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as Star Wars fans’ affinity for Kylo Ren that extends past just liking him “as

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How to Uncreate an Unreality in the Era of Misinformation

In this climate, of absolute uncertainty, chaos, rhetoric and entropy, we are accustomed to beliefs that frame politicians and leaders as either villains or heroes. We are sentenced to a fate where you really feel like you are not quite sure what world you are in, if it’s real or if it’s fake. Hell is digital, heaven is digital. News broke recently of British MPs warning us all that social media has shape-shifted politics too much,

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Do Statistics Really Lie?

Statistics play a vital role in today’s society – they quantify our experiences and, in many cases, make these experiences more tangible for others. When one thinks of statistics, they may think of percentages: about 10 percent of people are left-handed, about 85 percent of American children believe in Santa, and about 59 percent of people don’t read the articles they share. However, statistics also involves whole numbers, decimals, and intervals; it involves life expectancy,

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Consanguineous Marriages: A Cultural Crisis

From the Latin word consanguinitas, consanguinity is defined as ‘blood relation,’ as an another individual being descended from the same ancestor carrying some or a few similar genes. Accordingly, consanguineous marriages are a union between two individuals who are related; be it first or second cousins relating from the same progenitor when they look back into and carefully observe their family tree right from a few years ago. Theologically, according to Islam, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) married

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