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Politically Incorrect: Time for a Change

You’re going to die. I know that’s not the most chipper salutation. It’s not exactly a “Good morning!” or a “Happy Thursday!”, but as the school year (and this column) winds down to a cl...
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When Becoming the Issue Becomes the Issue

I was digging into a new novel on the patio outside Nicoletti’s a few weeks back when a single word in a nearby conversation caught my attention: divestment. The pair — a guy and girl, both colleg...
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Eternal Optimism and Pessimism, Both Impediments to Human Progress?

There is a world in which the Newtown massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing and the collapse of the Bangladesh garment factory last month never happened. This is a world without war, famine or genocid...
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Shoot the Messenger (But Not Literally!): The Media’s Incendiary Tug-of-War

I’m not your typical angry guy. I’m not the guy prone to cut and flip you off on the freeway. I’m not the guy you see hurling curses at CALPIRG recruiters or turning into a human steam engine th...
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So Wrong, It’s Right

    What is “politically incorrect”? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself for a while. With 18 articles claiming the title, you’d think I’d have figured it out by now. But t...
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Terrorism, Undefined: a new scapegoat for acts of violence

For all their backtracking, mumbling, slip-ups and ambiguity, our political leaders have made one thing exceptionally clear: The United States does not negotiate with terrorists. The bombing of the Bo...
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Fringe Folly: How Behavioral Extremes Perpetuate Stereotypes

To those who believe that all Muslims are terrorists, all blacks are criminals and gay people don’t belong in civilized society, I’ve got one thing to say to you: I get it. You’re a bunch of sel...
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Forums, Chat Rooms and Renegade Comments Sections: The ‘Wild Wild West’ of the Digital Age

Faggot isn’t what your mother might call a “dinner table word.” For most social purposes, it’s been restricted to the metaphorical basement. You wouldn’t, for instance, use it to address a p...
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Forums, Chat Rooms and Renegade Comments Sections: The ‘Wild Wild West’ of the Digital Age

Faggot isn’t what your mother might call a “dinner table word.” For most social purposes, it’s been restricted to the metaphorical basement. You wouldn’t, for instance, use it to address a p...
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Nexus To Update Website, Change Distribution Model

With the quarter quickly drawing to a close, today’s issue constitutes the last print edition of the quarter as the Nexus enters its usual Dead Week and finals week hiatus. When we return in three w...
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Identity Crisis Much? Obama’s Dubious Doppelgänger

Remember that radical socialist you always hear conservatives complaining about in the news? That tyrannical despot hell-bent on political reform and the redistribution of wealth amongst the masses? H...
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Pope’s Resignation Crowns Modern Day Heart of Darkness

A version of this article appeared on page 12 of the February 28, 2013 print edition of the Daily Nexus.
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At Last, Common Ground to Unite Us All: Misery

A single day can change your life. Or even a single word. Yesterday may not have been a life-changing day for me, but it definitely struck a chord. I was reclining on the sofa and settling into an old...
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The First Amendment, Amended: We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident, That All Opinions Are Not Created Equal

After years of denial, it’s time we faced the facts: 9/11 was a conspiracy orchestrated by the United States government. For 11 long years, the public has ignored the truth. The fall of the Twin Tow...
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Moving Forward Is Hard When You’re Always Looking Left or Right

Two years ago, I traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a youth leadership conference. Over the course of a week, I had the privilege of exploring our nation’s capitol along with a group of ...
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