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In pursuit of the Californian dream

A few summers ago, I found myself people-watching in a wealthy, predominantly white neighborhood in Montreal, Quebec. The sun was blisteringly hot and every parent, child, and dog was slurping on a cool beverage. Despite the sunshine, most of the residents still donned their winter whites; they were not tan, …

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Colors in the middle

Being in the middle is frustrating. It is as irritating as being a middle child, as maddening as sitting in the middle seat of the car, or as exasperating as being stuck waiting for the loading bar to finish. Think of the old elementary game of ‘monkey in the middle.’ …

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#MeToo is not the solution to sex crimes

Garrison Keillor fueled my every Sunday afternoon car ride home from church, his pacifying voice, ingenious storylines, and uncanny sound effects filling the homey family Honda with Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) “A Prairie Home Companion”. Since 1974, the radio show aired without fail, introducing me and thousands of other American …

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Walking Out is not enough

  On Feb. 14, 17 students were murdered in a mass shooting at a Florida high school. On March 14, one month later,  tens of thousands of students across the country walked out of school at for 17 minutes to honor the victims’ lives. On March 24, nearly one million people …

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U.S. practice of torture violates human rights

The rack, the tub, rat torture, waterboarding: all techniques designed to push or break the humane limits of a person, for personal gain. Whether it be for information or ulterior motives, torture is not humane and never will be. Torture is prohibited under international law set by the United Nations …

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The craze behind cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency is real. It is not a vision for the future—it is happening today. The first and most important cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was created in 2008 as a cash system with no central authority. Compared to the US dollar, Bitcoin may appear too volatile for a useful currency. But in countries …

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Everything wrong with Logan Paul

Logan Paul is the perfect role model for indecency, racism, and criminality to his over 15.5 million YouTube subscribers. I’ll give Paul credit for one thing: Unlike an increasing number of YouTubers, his most controversial video’s title, “We Found a Dead Body in the Japanese Suicide Forest,” does not employ …

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What is college without fraternities?

College, where the lives of stressed young adults get an education, where endless amounts of money is spent, and where recently departed high-school students exhibit freedom after 12 years of school restrictions. Resulting in routine studying and a constant lack of sleep, students look forward to renowned parties to be …

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