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Challenge – What Would You Have Done as Hitler Rose to Power?

This is a post I’ve been waiting to write for a couple of weeks, ever since I saw Amy Siskind’s smack-in-the-face tweet: When I was studying the Holocaust as part of a World War I & II class in high school, this is exactly the thought that kept going through my mind. What would I have done? Would I have gone along with the Third Reich’s activities and had to live with my cowardice and…

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Bring on the Purple to Bring Us Together

Donald Trump, who can’t seem to get over the fact that he won the election, retweeted a 2016 election map that shows pretty much the entire country in red, emphasizing the precincts that gave him a majority of their votes. The map purposely attempts to display that “everyone” in vast swaths of the United States voted for him. Unfortunately, this map lacks any nuance. Even in my county, which provided over 70% of its votes…

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Do We Really Want Consequence-Free Speech?

It has been announced numerous times in the media that people who support Donald Trump for president admire him for “telling it like it is.” In my mind, and through the contradictory and often inflammatory things Trump says, “telling it like it is” means saying whatever is on your mind, regardless of the consequences. Trump doesn’t seem to care for the consequences of what he says, angrily balking at criticism, yet he also seems to…

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Olio – January 8, 2016 – The Sleep Edition

Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things Today has been a gray, sleepy day, which reminds me …. I came across 2 articles online recently related to┬ásleep, thus this special Sleep Edition of Olio. First up, from Medium, “The Sleep Routines of Successful People.” This article provides a brief list of the number of hours certain successful – read: famous successful – people get per night. You’ll recognize most, if not all, of them when you…

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