OPINION: RETIREMENT HOMES AND RETIRING IDEAS: AN AMERICAN FALL FROM GRACE

Today we see it fit to discharge our elders into what we call “retirement homes,” little more than waiting rooms for Death’s final embrace, abandoning those who brought us into existence and built the nation and society we so are so blessed to behold. By throwing away our duty to the past, throwing away the experiences of lifetimes, we leave ourselves stranded, with no land in sight, sailing to a desperate future with no grounding in the American spirit and in the practices and values that have brought America from a speck on the Atlantic coast to the world’s sole superpower. Whatever happened to the notion of caring for one’s own instead of giving up and allowing some distant entity to take society’s place? Whatever happened to pride in our shared national heritage? It’s time for us to get back in touch with our roots and bring our elderly home.

OPINION: SHORT-TERMISM–THE POTENTIAL BREAKING POINT FOR AMERICA’S BULLISH ECONOMY

Americans are overly bullish in that the general successes of the recent and ongoing economic recovery from the 2008 financial crisis will continue uninterrupted into the future, thereby disregarding risk and making ill-advised decisions. This illusion is called short-termism, and is also known as the hot hand fallacy—In basketball, it is the idea that after a player has made many consecutive free-throws the next one is almost a guarantee. This misconception has infiltrated American financial and government systems and has caused many to believe during long runs of economic growth that there is only one way to go: up.

IRAQIS SET IRANIAN CONSULATE ABLAZE

On September 7, the citizens of Basra, Iraq, poured into the streets chanting “Iran, out!” while targeting the Iranian consulate with several rockets. These protests have, in fact, been stirring for several months, with this most recent eruption of violence in Basra serving as a microcosm of the issues Iraq, if not the rest of the Middle East, faces as the result of Iranian militarism.

CALIFORNIA KILLS CASH BAIL, ACLU SAYS SYSTEM POTENTIALLY MORE BIASED THAN EVER

On August 28, California governor Jerry Brown, signed SB-10 , a law that made California the first state in the U.S. to put an end to the cash bail system. The law, which goes into effect in October 2019, was sponsored by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-CA) of California’s 18th Senate District, and aims to put an end to cash bail, which many on the left believe is highly discriminatory against those who are lower income and/or members of ethnic minorities. However, some believe that the new law has the potential to spawn a bail system that is more biased than ever before. 

OPINION: DUE PROCESS GOES BOTH WAYS

Principles such as presumption of innocence (a criminal defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt), and due process (all criminal defendants are entitled to the same due process of law) are basic principles of our justice system. I am afraid that in our search for better recognition and understanding of abused women, we have lost sight of these principles. However, we must acknowledge the two are not mutually exclusive ideals. The moment that public accusations become assertions of fact, whether in the eye of the public or in a court of law, is the day that our country has lost sight of who we are and what we believe in. Beliefs like this unnecessarily and irreparably ruin the lives and reputations of good men and women and tear apart families.

JUST DO IT: KAEPERNICK SECURES NIKE’S FINANCIAL FUTURE

After Nike Inc. announced on September 3rd that Colin Kaepernick is the face of the “Just Do It” 30th anniversary marketing campaign, many customers set their sneakers aflame in protest of the company’s decision and proudly posted videos of the destruction on social media with “#boycottnike.” Many question Nike’s decision to partner with a controversial activist in Kaepernick, but frankly, this business decision is exactly what Nike needs.

PRESIDENT POROSHENKO SEEKS EUROPEAN “PATRONAGE” IN DONBASS REGION

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced… a new plan to seek European leadership in war-stricken areas of the nation still in government hands… “establishing a kind of patronage by certain countries over certain cities and towns of Donbass, let Germany take responsibility for Kramatorsk, let Greece for Mariupol, let Great Britain for Volnovaha, let other countries take Severodonetsk, Lisichansk, Avdeevka”

FLOWER BOY: A SHOWCASE OF TYLER THE CREATOR

A year ago, rapper, producer and fashion icon Tyler The Creator released his sensational album, Flower Boy awing a new generation of music lovers with its innovative and unique sound. Day one listeners of Tyler were given his most cohesive album yet, and new listeners were shown a side of Tyler that’s always been in his music, but has been hidden by Tyler’s layered of edginess and overlooked by media hit pieces. Now, having attended a live show and made use of a full year to digest the album, I’m able to give the in depth review this album deserves.

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