All in Politics

Work Out The Knots

The Democrat and Republican parties have drawn their lines in the sand on these subjects and have their own base support, while Independents tend to consistently vote for either Democrats or Republicans, despite not being a member of either party. Which way a person votes is going to be tied to what they consider the biggest threats to America are - so what is really the biggest threat to America?

Shot In The Foot

Such a contradiction in policy is egregious not only in its hypocrisy, but in its cruelty. Assuming that gun violence in America is at its core a mental health issue (and considering the proportion of suicides included in gun deaths, it certainly is), withdrawing the ability for a citizen to be fiscally able to visit a psychologist is endangering not only citizens at risk for suicide...

Birthright Wrongs

...this is not a proposal that applies only to recipients of DACA or other recent immigrants - this is a proposal that will also apply to people whose descendants arrived on the Mayflower. Regardless of who your parents were or whether you live in Arizona or Appalachia, you should contribute in some fashion to the growth, maintenance and excellence of the United States...

Qing in the North

...North Korea recently claimed to have developed a thermonuclear weapon, and the claimed test may have been accompanied by a cave-in at the test site. The analysis by the Hefei team serves as a non-official warning to the North Korean government - their nuclear testing is already putting Chinese interests in danger. Now it may be putting Chinese lives in danger. If there is another underground nuclear test - at least, at the Punggye-ri test site - this can be interpreted as reason enough to turn their back on their fellow nominal communists.

Imperial Echoes

A stronger nation is more able to protect its people, and if this strength comes at the expense of people not part of its nation - too bad. This is not a system ideal for human rights or fairness. This is a system ideal for survival in a cruel, antagonistic world filled with enemies whose motivations are impossible to discern. It was in this world that the empires of old rose, conquered, prospered, and fell...

Ain't No Test for the Wicked

Legal codes such as Talmudic Law, Shariah, and the Code of Hammurabi served as social anchors to maintain stability and ensure the safety of traveling merchants. The punishments for crimes committed underneath these codes, which would be considered barbaric in Western society, had to occur because the capacity for the state to prevent these crimes did not exist...This is no longer the case.

Pepeganda

The history of propaganda is a fascinating example of how the human psyche stays the same, even as society changes - fears and desires are shaped by the image shown to its audience, and beliefs can be changed or reinforced with enough exposure. Be it through statues, newspaper stereotypes, posters, films, music, sports or speeches, propaganda has been used by all sides, for all causes. The modern day we live in brings a new vector for disseminating propaganda - the internet.

Lingua Frankly

Translation services are improving, but there are evident drawbacks to having a large portion of the population not know the common tongue. Police commands cannot be understood, traffic signs can be unintelligible, pressing healthcare questions can remain unanswered, and lives are lost as urgent communication becomes noisy babble...

Lines in the Sand

...from the Volkerwanderung to the Norsemen to the Mongolians, migrants had regularly tried to better the members of their tribe at the expense of people that had been there previously and in a time of human history where concepts like human and property rights did not exist, this is to be expected. So as we live in the more civilized Modern age and the internet desensitizes us to cultural differences, the purpose of borders is being questioned. How bold of a line should borders have?

In Glory, Dressed

The desire to serve in the armed forces of your nation is one that has been promoted as a selfless and necessary sacrifice a good citizen makes for the preservation of the liberties and rights of themselves, their loved ones and their countrymen. This sacrifice, a necessary component of maintaining state security..

Burden of the Badge

A police force is a designated service industry that is responsible for enforcing the laws written by the legislative branch of government and interpreted by the judicial branch. They are on the point of contact where the rubber of political ideology and rhetoric meets the road of real life...

The Free and Wild Web

Today is the designated Day of Action in support of net neutrality against the Federal Communications Commission's attempt to allow internet service providers to give preferential bandwidth to certain websites over others. Proponents of the ISP's cause give emphasis to the freedom of companies to give service and preference as they wish...

Fall of Nineveh

One of these areas is the Middle East - a part of the world that has seen a significant amount of American investment in bullets, blood and greenbacks. As the United States tries to wrest its feet from the sandy morass that it dove into in response to the attacks of 9/11, local players are filling this vacuum with their own interests; these interests are extremely unlikely to coincide with American interests...

Brain Race

Some types of education were advantageous to survival. For instance, knowledge of biology can inform you what parts of vegetation or carcasses are safe to eat. As human sophistication advanced, so did our level of education. When Mongolians captured Chinese cities, they recognized the importance of Chinese siege engineers. Pressing them into service...

Shaping God

Religion has played an essential part in human history. The earliest remains of human settlement are thought to be religious sites - Göbekli Tepe and Nevali Çori, both in Turkey, are prominent examples. The institutionalization and centralization of religious belief was an indispensable tool of another essential part of human history...

Aliens, Bacon and Cetaceans

There is a question that has dogged humanity for quite some time. It is equal parts philosophy, biology, and law. It is by no means an answered question - indeed, many questions about the human brain remain unanswered. But the question of sentience...

The Arms of the Left

The Second Amendment has long been a point of contention between the right and left wings of American politics - the right stating that it is necessary for the nation by preventing the state from becoming too corrupt and tyrannical, the left stating that the Second Amendment as it is written is at best inadequate for technological progress since the 18th century...

Carpe Curis

This subject is an emotional one for me. My mother suffered from cancer for the majority of her life. In nearly constant pain because of her affliction, her wishes to have a family were supposedly dashed by the chemotherapy and radiation that ran through her body like a bull in a china shop. We have come a long way in our ability to treat cancer - back in the 1980's, it was much less refined. Regardless...

Driving Forces

If one were to make a story of humanity, one would imagine that the beginning is a good place to start. Unfortunately for all of us, an overwhelming amount of the story is lost to the sands of time. Fire, erosion, and the designs of proud men have destroyed what should have been left for us to ruminate over...