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July 20, 2017

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The Rise of the Zulu

Born in 1787, Shaka Zulu was born as the illegitimate son to the chief of the Zulu clan, Senzangakhona kaJama. According to oral traditions, Shaka was conceived during an act of what began as “ukuhlobonga”, a form of sexual foreplay forbidding penetration which was socially allowed between unmarried or single couples. The word “Shaka” means “intestinal beetle” in the Zulu bantu language, showing just how his father felt about him

The Religious Pyramid

Introducing the hierarchy of religious beliefs, as basically defined by Crispian Jago. It’s fairly easy to read, with the most harmless at the bottom and the most harmful at the top. The hierarchy argues that an individual or institution cannot make their way up the pyramid without hitting all the levels below. It can be described, simply, as a ladder. Everyone, as individuals, or every collection of institutions, as a society, starts at the very bottom and will accordingly adjust towards the environment surrounding them and the emotions within them.

The Case for Scottish Independence

Scotland is a rather liberal community being governed by the Party of Cameron (and perhaps soon the UKIP xenophobic movement) that has created tensions between the Isle residents. The Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014 highlighted this – that Scotland hasn’t been so approving of the English provisions for quite some time now. One major thing kept Scotland within the United Kingdom: The European Union.

BREXIT: The Rise of 21st Century Nationalism

Why should we be worried about Brexit? I mean, like, when has a combination of xenophobic hatred for a specific group of people, nationalistic nostalgia, and economic depression EVER resulted in anything BAD for a country in Europe? Oh wait…

Donald Trump and His Failed Businesses

Like many companies led by Trump beforehand, his campaign is biting the dust in terms of generating profit. Just as his previous endeavors — Trump Taj Mahal in 1991, Trump Plaza Hotel in 1992, Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts in 2004, and Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2009 — it seems as if his campaign is struggling through financial problems and falling short of expectations in the first quarter of the general election. So, let me be clear, Donald is a terrible businessman. Although he claims to be left and right, most of his companies have fallen flat on their faces. So, lets look at his business flops. From terrible management to struggling markets, here’s where The Donald failed to prove “how great” of a businessman he claims to be.

The History of America: Mercantilism

The royal governments of Europe fell in love with these ideas almost immediately, and in 1689 the Parliament of England abolished all taxes on grain to drive down prices. This allowed English grain the cheapest in the world, and it sold quickly abroad — forcing countries to become dependent on Britain. Less than a year later, in 1690, the Parliament banned the sale of French liquor to encourage the manufacturing of English gin from, you guessed it, English grain. That same year, a centralized English bank was created to stabilize the currency. To make their economic power even stronger, the Parliament would force Scotland into “The United Kingdom” in 1707, successfully “taking” the wealth of another nation.

All The King’s Horses and All The King’s Men Couldn’t Make Trump’s Campaign Great Again

Corey Lewandowski’s firing was almost predictable. As his campaign manager, Lewandowski has always had a bit of a “Let Trump be Trump” mindset. As political advisors have noticed, Lewandowski shared Trump’s entertainment values. They were two peas in a pod — both loving the attention whoring stunts that Trump’s early campaign surrounded itself with. But, with the public opinion dropping, Lewandowski became more controversial than ever before. Trump has no excuse to keep him anymore. Lewandowski’s negatives overrode his positives, thus causing Trump to axe him for someone better.

Betamax vs VHS: The Videotape Format War

Lasting from the late 1970s and pursuing into the 1980s, the videotape format war influenced the modern world through intense capitalistic competition between the models of consumer-level analog videocassettes and cassette recorders. The two sides? The Betamax and the Video Home System, commonly referred to as the VHS. It’s kind of amazing to think of this in a “historical” sense. But, it’s also how modern technology works. The VHS won this war, becoming the dominant home video format for a period of time, but ultimately it would become obsolete on its own terms.

The Kaminski Code: Episode 3 – Politics of 2016

Episode 3 of The Kaminski Code is all about the election of 2016. From the rise of Donald Trump to the progressive struggle of New Deal Democrats, join Joseph Kaminski, Michael Andoscia, and Elliot Declet in discussing the political adventure that has led us through the past year and a half.

The History of America: The First Great Awakening

One of the greatest ironic facts about American history — or perhaps one of the greatest thing about America in general, as some could easily argue — is that none of the colonies became exactly what they had been designed to be. For example, Virginia never made it to the status of “corporate powerhouse.” Pennsylvania never became, much to William Penn’s dismay, a paradise for Quaker ideals. Georgia’s “let the worst of the worst take control of their own colony” plan, for heaven knows why, failed after a few decades. For some, it seemed that every original American colonial idea went downhill before they even had a chance.

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