Michael Blair14 hours ago
Being a Human
Sometimes all it takes to be human is a kind word at the right time. A nice gesture which makes others smile. It's the simple things that make the most impact and the greatest difference.
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Alyssha dew15 hours ago
Feeling Helpless
When you think you are about to die.
Bong Studly19 hours ago
The Americans Who Can't Vote: Puerto Ricans
I asked a good friend of mine a question the other day and I’d never felt so awkward or odd after asking someone something in all my life. I felt entitled; I felt as if I was in a superior social clas...
Delilah Jayde21 hours ago
8 Martin Luther King Quotes That 2018 Really Needs Right Now
Famous for his speech that turned the world on its head and right back over again, Martin Luther King Jr's legacy has surpassed the life expectancy of influence on our great men and women of history. ...
Joel Eisenberg21 hours ago
Op-ed from an Avowed Anti-Trumper: If Those of Us on “The Left” Condone an Artistic Blacklist, Will Nazism Be Next? (Or, Why Conservatism in 2018 Hollywood Is the New “Gay.”)
The provocative headline is only partially clickbait. Softening it for effect or to make myself look better won’t happen. I want this one read, and read hard. I want the word “radioactive” associated ...
Maxwell Ca day ago
Lost Treasures of History: The Amber Room
It was once considered the eighth wonder of the world: a marvelous, paneled chamber of amber mosaics and carvings that adorned Catherine the Great's Palace for over 300 years. The Amber room was a gif...
When Paradise Turns Hellish for 38 Minutes: A Colossal Mistake
What the hell do you do when you're in the middle of what should be the vacation of a lifetime and you learn a ballistic missile is headed your way? What do you do when you're going about your daily l...
Harry Benedict8 days ago
The Standing Rock Series: The Calm Before the Storm
This was during my second trip to Standing Rock; camp had grown significantly in a short time after I left from a few hundred to a couple thousand people. It was in that time we had many successive pe...
Hillari Hunter13 days ago
Gentrification Blues
My late father criticized me when I moved out of the neighborhood where he and my late stepmother lived. “That building probably has graffiti on the walls,” Dad grumbled. Yet the rent in the new place...
Logan Carmichaela month ago
Canada Has a Major Bread Scandal
Canada is currently experiencing a major bread scandal. I know that may sound absurd and slightly dramatic, but hear me out; recent revelations have exposed collusion amongst the country’s supermarket...
Zoe Vinaccoa month ago
Poverty in Guatemala
When it comes to the term poverty, people often view the word as a person or people living in a state of extreme poorness. What most people do not know, however, is that there is an actual poverty lin...
Logan Carmichaela month ago
US-Mexico Relations & the Avocado
If you’re a millennial, chances are you love avocado and will never be able to afford a house. I can’t take credit for this idea — it came from Tim Gurner, an Australian millionaire who, earlier this ...
Dear Donald
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Dear Theresa
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Bong Studly19 hours ago
The Americans Who Can't Vote: Puerto Ricans
I asked a good friend of mine a question the other day and I’d never felt so awkward or odd after asking someone something in all my life. I felt entitled; I felt as if I was in a superior social clas...
When Paradise Turns Hellish for 38 Minutes: A Colossal Mistake
What the hell do you do when you're in the middle of what should be the vacation of a lifetime and you learn a ballistic missile is headed your way? What do you do when you're going about your daily l...
Katy Preen7 days ago
Cosmetic Damage — Was the Grenfell Fire a Consequence of Gentrification?
Brutalist architecture is one of the most divisive styles currently in existence. I have no doubt that in future, we will come up with something even more controversial, or ugly, depending on your vie...
Is Trump Whitehouse Fire and Fury Book Misdirection?
The number one best seller for this week on New York Times was Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury" Inside the Trump White House.
He's Not Crazy
"America's Stupidest President" "Is Trump Mentally Well Enough to Be President?" "Our President Isn't Losing His Mind—He Never Had It To Start With" If you haven't heard statements like that, I envy w...
Trump "Shithole" Comment Is Misdirection
It's on every TV news program. Every news radio station is covering it. It's all over social media. There are even articles being written about it for Vocal Media. Everyone has an opinion about it. It...
Russell Brummer6 days ago
World Peace
War is good for nothing; all it does is cause more war. Violence is a disease, not an attribute. Aggression can be an attribute, and there's nothing wrong with it. Peace is just giving aggression heal...
Misha Alsleben7 days ago
What's for Dinner? Plastic!
Imagine 25 years from now you and your family take a trip to the beach, you pile out of the car, and can hear the wave rushing to the shore. As you walk to the beach you see a couple bottles, caps and...
Harry Benedict8 days ago
The Standing Rock Series
This was the final day of Oceti just before they sent the military in to disperse camp... We had gathered at the other bridge where the invisible line for the reservation is now next to where Rosebud ...
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Jeremy 4 days ago
Oprah for President?
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Joel Eisenberg4 days ago
Pussy-grabbing in Shithole Countries
I found a letter yesterday. It was in my late dad’s effects, within a folder that also contained my third-grade report card ... and an essay. The paper upon which the essay was written was brittle to ...
Mary Caitlyn4 days ago
Making America Great?
Let's talk about something that's been bothering me for awhile... Trump's policy on illegal immigrants. Before you get on my tail about how it's a "good thing," how illegal immigrants are "taking our ...
Michael Blair14 hours ago
Being a Human
Sometimes all it takes to be human is a kind word at the right time. A nice gesture which makes others smile. It's the simple things that make the most impact and the greatest difference.
Ad
Alyssha dew15 hours ago
Feeling Helpless
When you think you are about to die.
Morgan P. 20 days ago
Having No Fear in an America That's Trying to Make Us Powerless
When I think about movements of progress and innovation, I picture courageous leaders. These women, men, and even young folks that are passionate, or inspired by their communities, the wrongdoings tha...
Scott Bowen11 days ago
The Trump Fiasco Is All Richard Nixon's Fault
We really all should have seen the Trump Presidency coming. It has always been there, just underneath the surface of our lives, or really right in front of our faces. For those of us who grew up in th...
Hannah Smart17 days ago
Why I'm No Longer a Republican
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States. While I had a few minor complaints with the inauguration ceremony itself (the fact that we, a country with a secular c...
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Dr. Williamsa month ago
Against All Odds
Throughout history it has been proven that where there is acute poverty there is corruption in governments. Where there is corruption in governments there is only a perpetuating vicious cycle of econo...
Delilah Jayde21 hours ago
8 Martin Luther King Quotes That 2018 Really Needs Right Now
Famous for his speech that turned the world on its head and right back over again, Martin Luther King Jr's legacy has surpassed the life expectancy of influence on our great men and women of history. ...
Maxwell Ca day ago
Lost Treasures of History: The Amber Room
It was once considered the eighth wonder of the world: a marvelous, paneled chamber of amber mosaics and carvings that adorned Catherine the Great's Palace for over 300 years. The Amber room was a gif...
Rich Monetti3 days ago
My Italian Immigration Story Hails from a Shithole Too
Over a century ago when my family started to immigrate from Southern Italy, I don’t doubt that established Americans thought the area was a shithole too. I’m sure they extended the sentiment to the pe...
Why I Want to Run for Office
I want to make a difference in the world. First I’m going to get onto the Work2Future board in San Jose, which meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month. I can get to this meeting, first thing. Second,...
Karan Bhullara month ago
One Problem With the Constitution
Article 2 of the Constitution sets up the executive branch. In section 1 it specifically says “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the same time of the adopt...
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Michael McKeever3 months ago
The Challenge of Revising the Iran Nuclear Deal
On Thursday, October 12th, Zachary Cohen of CNN reported on fear of potential consequences of decertification of the Iran nuclear deal. He cited Jake Sullivan, a top foreign policy advisor to Hillary ...
Mark Grigorieva month ago
Russia Defeats ISIS in Syria
A Russian coalition consisting of Syrian forces and their allies took over the last ISIS stronghold in Syria, the city of Abu-Kemal. The flags of Syria and Russia as a sign of their defeat of the last...
Isabella Banner3 months ago
Nuclear Disarmament: Not Just For Hippies Anymore
What comes to mind when someone looks at a peace symbol? I grew up believing that the peace sign was evil, that it was the Wiccan symbol of a broken cross. I was seventeen-years-old before I discovere...
Christina St-Jean5 months ago
Paris Reels as Another Attack Hits France
Levallois-Perret, France, is the most densely-populated town in Europe (per Wikipedia) and while the town usually enjoys picturesque views and moderate temperatures, this morning (August 9), it became...
Angie Still2 months ago
40 Truths About 2017 America
1. Trump will never make America great again for anyone making less than $1 billion annually. And, let's face it, for billionaires — this place has always been great. 2. All human beings deserve good,...
Kevin McClintock5 months ago
Political Characters
Winston Churchill Churchill is famous for many things, not least his 'character'. Witty, passionate, lachrymose and 'honourable', he is not likely to be forgotten. His politics were not without contro...
Cato Conroy6 months ago
Best Books Written By US Presidents
Being the US president means that you need to have a lot of skills. You need to be a good negotiator, able to think critically, and also have to be able to use your words carefully. Or, that's what it...
Jordan Catto7 days ago
May's Cabinet Reshuffle - an Overview
This week, Theresa May moved forward with her cabinet reshuffle. Well, moved forward, then back again, then slightly to the left, then hopped on one foot, before eventually giving up and going back to...
Secrecy Has Kept Us Sick
Human relationships have been dominated by various shades of dark secrecy for as long as the mind cares to remember. From a macro perspective we see skeletons dancing in the closets of entertainers, p...
Dustin Murphy2 months ago
The Internet Thinks Emmanuel Macron Is James Bond — And There's a Photoshop War to Prove It
Ever woken up and found out that your nation's leader is now an international spy? This is what happened to the nation of France when it woke up Tuesday morning to find photos of President Emmanuel Ma...
Peter Rose6 days ago
Pollution and Packaging
Pollution and Packaging Pollution is defined as—to contaminate, as with poisonous or harmful substances. Deciding what is harmful is not as easy as many will think. Consider light pollution. Anyone wa...
Sherrie Poguea month ago
5 Reasons Why Child Support Reform Is Long Overdue and Child Support Enforcement Destroys Lives
Child support is important. I am not disputing the importance of supporting your children. However, the system is setup to destroy families and men. It is hard to understand why it hasn't been address...
Will Leyland2 months ago
Can This Government Last Another 12 Months? 5 Reasons Why It Won't
Tended to firstly, in order of current importance, the Irish border issue is one of utmost urgency to the current government. Liam Fox, serial liar and renowned buffoon, has in recent days indicated t...
Joel Eisenberg21 hours ago
Op-ed from an Avowed Anti-Trumper: If Those of Us on “The Left” Condone an Artistic Blacklist, Will Nazism Be Next? (Or, Why Conservatism in 2018 Hollywood Is the New “Gay.”)
The provocative headline is only partially clickbait. Softening it for effect or to make myself look better won’t happen. I want this one read, and read hard. I want the word “radioactive” associated ...
Lau & Sara5 days ago
Is Peter Rabbit a Communist?
Is anyone surprised Armitage Hux does not like rabbits? During a lecture break, I watched the trailer for the new Peter Rabbit. Looking beyond the ridiculous concept, strange plot, exhausting amounts ...
Jody Hopkins6 days ago
Impactful Political Cartoons About Gun Control
There is a mass shooting virtually every few weeks. Hundreds of men, women, and children die because of gun violence, and still we have no solution. And while we sit around waiting for the next mass s...
Delilah Jayde4 days ago
Why Oprah Might Not Be The Best Choice For Presidency
Since her inspirational Golden Globe speech went viral, talks of "Oprah 2020" has risen from whispers, to chatter, to potentially possible. We considered what she would wear to her inauguration. We po...
Rachel Carrington2 months ago
It Won't Be The O-val Office: Oprah Is Closing The Book On A Political Run
Despite speculation that Oprah might be considering a run for presidency, following the election of another media figure without traditional political experience, the talk show tycoon just confirmed t...
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Edward Anderson2 months ago
Here's the Thing, Taylor Swift
Is there any celebrity more careful about her reputation than Taylor Swift? Even as she begins to change her image from the good wholesome girl that many have come to love to the bad girl that she thi...