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James Stephens

Panem et lumina

Forgive me for the Latin title, but I do not think we are seeing a combination of bread and circuses in this first week of the Trump Presidency; I think we are receiving crumbs instead of loaves, but now with the lights flashing in our eyes. Crumbs that citizens have to sift through false reports, poor analysis, sponsored content, and the notion to get a story out as fast as possible in order to truly learn.

Go nuts!

I was speaking with a friend of mine the other night and we came across a topic that has been planted in all of our minds for a couple of years now: Almonds are sucking up the precious water in California. According to some Californian college students, almonds are hella bad for the environment —…

From combat to medical school

Since transferring to Stanford and joining the political science research honors track, I have focused most of my individual research on veterans’ affairs and the military. The decision to study military history and theory, veterans’ political behavior and domestic public perception of veterans is intuitive given my upbringing. I was born in Hawaii and lived…

The DPRK threat

Since 1936, “May you always live in interesting times” has been cited by British statesmen as a Chinese malediction, and even though the validity of the origin story is debatable, the maxim is particularly relevant for the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) in 2016. About a week ago, China announced strengthened sanctions against…

The Apple of my FBI

The “Apple vs. FBI” debate has motivated iPhone users to look up from their iPhones to talk about their iPhones. Apple, specifically CEO Tim Cook, has raised privacy concerns regarding the FBI’s recent request for the development of new software to assist in the San Bernardino investigation. Cook, calling this new software a potential “cancer,”…

Cutting back on healthcare spending

The United States outspends all other Western nation-states and commits the highest percentage of its own gross domestic product (GDP) to healthcare. According to the World Bank, the United States has devoted 17 to 18 percent of its annual GDP to this sector since 2008. In a campaign season where healthcare is a heavily debated…

Edward Snowden: Not a hero

Some argue that Snowden went through the proper channels of attempting to redress the issues he saw when he came across surveillance programs he felt were immoral while others, myself included, argue that he was not justified in dumping sensitive information onto the media.

Super Tuesday: Planned Parenthood in the pro-life, pro-choice debate

The national discussion occurring over the funding of Planned Parenthood has raised several debates, touching back to those during Roe v. Wade in 1973. Amidst the CEO of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards testifying in marathon committee hearings and Republican Presidential hopefuls powerfully condemning doctored videos of a procedure that may or may not have been an abortion, the federal legality of abortion has come to the country’s attention.
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