The feelings inside my head

“What the fuck right do I have to be lonely, unhappy or forlorn? I don’t have the right. But there again I don’t have the right not to have those feelings.”- Stephen Fry When people see someone, usually a friend or family member, who’s coming across as despondent, dejected and detached at that moment, they inevitably ask: “What’s wrong?” Usually, the response is “Oh, nothing” in an attempt to detract attention they don’t want. However, what if the genuine, honest answer really is “nothing”? Nothing, at all, is wrong: but yes, I’m sad. Over the last 18 months or so, this is an issue I’ve tried to understand more and more. Why? Because it’s been affecting […]

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The 2014 State of the Union and some of its proposed policies

“So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”- President Barack Obama The State of the Union address, given once per year by the president in the House of Representatives chamber, feel less important and significant as each one passes. President Obama’s first (official) address in 2010 was aired on all major broadcast and cable networks, and averaged 48 million viewers. The 2014 address, however, only 33 million tuned in—the lowest in 14 years. This may have been because since the previous year’s address, close to zero of proposed actions including; increased gun control after the Sandy Hook slaughter, immigration reform […]

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Could Texas become a battleground state?

Texas would merely need to turn purple as to make it necessary for Republicans to campaign there. If this occurs, it means liberals will have won. According to statistics, 93% of Texas’ counties have no abortion providers, however, for some conservatives that number is not high enough. They have repeatedly shown on the state and federal level they are willing to do almost anything to undermine a woman’s right  to choose and limit access to appropriate medical care in accordance with their own dogma. The numbers do not paint Texas as a progressive state on this issue in the eyes of liberals and pro-choice moderates. On June 25th 2013, a bill dubbed “Senate Bill 5” […]

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Discourse and political analysis of Obama’s “Osama bin Laden is dead” speech.

“As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not—and never will be—at war with Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.”- President Barack Obama For many Americans seeking revenge, this was one of the most anticipated and sought after speeches in their history. A speech they had wanted to hear the very second they switched on television news on September 11th 2001 and saw hijacked commercial aircraft crash into the New York City skyline and topple buildings. This speech, a speech announcing the death of al-Qaeda leader and mastermind of the aforementioned (and other) attacks Osama bin Laden, was finally delivered by President […]

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How Obamacare saved HealthCare.gov

Tom Cognata avoided the issue-plagued website when his state expanded Medicaid, will you be as fortunate? It has been several months since what both Republicans and Democrats identified as a bungled rollout of HealthCare.gov—an online federal exchange allowing people to enrol in health insurance—was the focus of intense scrutiny since it launched on October 1st 2013. It was not simply slow loading times that users were experiencing, the website was victim of a complete back-end failure which resulted in scrambled information being sent to insurers, accounts not being created, and complete site-meltdowns all together. The website, which cost $500 million to make, was initially an utter disaster. In its first week, only 1% of people wanting […]

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How the Leveson Inquiry affects the public interest

“To what extent will the public interest be affected by regulation in the light of the Leveson Inquiry into the phone hacking scandal?” The Leveson Inquiry was a public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press in the United Kingdom (Leveson, 2011). It was chaired by Lord Justice Leveson and consisted of a series of public hearings between 2011 and 2012. The Leveson Report was published in November 2012. The report outlined the Press Complaints Commission is not sufficient and needs to be replaced, along with a series of recommendations of how this new, independent regulatory body should operate (Leveson, 2012). The Leveson Report consisted of 2,000 pages accompanied with a 48-page […]

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