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August 17, 2017

Archives for February 2016

Quick History: Leap Year

Happy Leap Year! Our modern day Gregorian calendar is far from perfect. None of the calendar systems in use perfectly reflect the length of a tropical year, which happens to be approximately 365.242189 days long on average. There are better calendars than the one currently in use, the Gregorian calendar, which inherited its name from Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582.

Her Story: The Principles of Divorce

In our current society, it is incredibly easy to get a divorce. Billboards advertise low rates for lawyers, marriage counseling is oftentimes overlooked and replaced with simply signing documents. Therefore, the pillar of society that the New Right holds near and dear to their sociological perspective is dying off.

How Has History Treated Insanity?

Insanity is a spectrum of behaviors, characterized by abnormal mental states or behavioral patterns. Insanity manifests itself in that of the loners, those who violate the average person’s viewpoints in society. Insanity is dangerous, leading people to become dangers to themselves or to others. But, not all acts are considered insanity, just like all acts showing indifference or disagreement towards societal concepts are not considered insanity.

The War on Terror Throughout History

When one studies history, they are usually battered and bashed through bloody battles that have taken place throughout time. Oftentimes it is easy to begin seeing people as mere statistics through this method of studying. We focus on the death and the progress of war and tend to downsize life and the progress of peace.

The Five Ring Republican Circus

I have loved the analogy of comparing the demoralized and destructed Republican Party to a Five Ring Republican Circus for as long as I can recall researching our current politics. We don’t have a strong-right anymore. Nor do we have a strong left. The internal pendulum of American politics has found itself in a predicament: it’s shifted to the right severely, but the right has splintered off into oblivion. What do our politics look like? Well…

Titanic II: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The RMS Titanic was a luxurious passenger liner that has made its way into the history books after sinking in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15th, 1912. Her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US would be her only, and it resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people. This historical yet ever-so-horrific voyage ended up being one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern day history. Ever since the famous movie, we’ve had ideas of possible recreating the massive ship. But the question is…should we?

Say Hello to President-Elect Donald Trump

I’ve been following the 2016 election since the minute the one in 2012 ended. I’m not even kidding, unfortunately. I frequently look at the political polls, I keep up to date on most of the campaigns, and I do my own independent research on the history of each candidate’s careers. If you would have told me in 2012 that real-estate tycoon and living ego Donald Trump was going to win the 2016 Republican nomination, I would have called you politically ignorant. If you would have shown me a newspaper dated from February 2016 that exclaimed “JEB BUSH SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN AS DONALD TRUMP SURGES IN SOUTH CAROLINA”, I would have exclaimed that you were really good at Photoshop.

What Happens if a President Elect Dies Before Inauguration Day?

Imagine if we’ve had a President for eight years, and he cannot run for a third term (or four more years) according to the twenty-third amendment in the Constitution. Because his term ends on January 20th, the incumbent Vice President’s term ends as well. There may not be a term limit for vice presidents (meaning Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders could technically pick Joe Biden as their Vice President, although this is incredibly unlikely), but his current term ends on inauguration day, when the new President-elect and his own Vice Presidential candidate get sworn into office. Regardless…what happens if the president-elect, the person who has been elected president but has not yet taken up office, dies before inauguration day?

Why Jeb Bush Dropped Out

Americans don’t want a robot, a candidate that has a soothing voice and a fake smile with a million dollar suit and “American-made” tie. We’re not looking for a corporate idealist that is of the bankers, by the bankers, for the bankers. We’ve been stuck in this kind of mindset for fifty-something years, and we’re finally starting to crawl out of it as a society. The establishment has managed to continuously win elections (if we ignore the Carter bubble, which was a direct result of people not trusting the establishment after Nixon’s decline) on both the Democratic front and the Republican front through a simple checklist…

The Battle for Privacy

It’s starting to look like George Orwell’s 1984 or Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, if you really pay attention to the world of tech. This battle for privacy has been going on longer than we’ve been paying attention to it. Eventually, if the federal government has their way, what privacy could be left when it comes to the technology that withstands yet borders the boundaries of constitutional rights? Televisions oftentimes come with web-cameras, cellular phones have GPS tracking on them, the world of tech could be used in menacing and malicious ways if there are no restrictions on the sacristy of privacy.

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