By: Ben Coburn

Facebook collects a lot of data about you. If you are one of Facebook’s users, and even if you are not, you most likely know this by now. You have probably heard about one of the company’s past data breaches, or have seen its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, testify before Congress. What you still might not yet be aware of however, is just how pervasive the world’s largest social network’s data mining operation is.

First off, let’s establish why Facebook collects so much of our data. The simplest answer is money. There is a huge demand in the…


In celebration of the commencement of Hispanic Heritage Month, there is one lingering difference behind this celebrated holiday compared to other observed months.


By Adam Sanders

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School is upon us again, and so are concerns about COVID in the classroom that we have been familiar with since the top of 2020. Yes, the small majority of Americans have been vaccinated compared to this time last year. Nevertheless, the equation is different with students for multiple reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, children under the age of twelve are not authorized to receive any of the vaccines. The reaction of a prepubescent body to medications can be very different from that of an adult. Therefore, the FDA has been keen not to rush an affirmative…


By: Sean Duffy, Content Writer with VotingSmarter

On July 20th of this year, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard that alleged a toxic “frat boy” culture had permeated throughout the corporation. Sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and abuse were targeted at women for years within its offices. Activision Blizzard, who are a publishing giant within the video game industry, is at the head of games like “World of Warcraft,” “Overwatch,” “Candy Crush,” and the “Call of Duty” franchise. Even if you have never played video games, it is very likely that you might…


By Adam Sanders

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Without a doubt, we all like to be certain that the companies to whom we give our money are behaving honestly and ethically, and do not have questionable pasts. but off course, that is easier said than done. Even if we believe our preferred companies to be wholesome in their business practices, there is no guarantee that their business partners are as clean. For example, even if a video game company behaves ethically, they may manufacture their consoles made from resources bought from a company who has questionable business practices.

This raises the question: how can one…


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The Tokyo Olympic Games is finally set to kick off this Friday, July 23rd, after more than a year’s delay due to the coronavirus. Yet, as most of the world is still very aware, the pandemic is still raging on. While countries like the U.S., is nearing a 50% vaccination rate between eligible participants, other countries have been slow to roll out vaccines in their nation. One such country is Japan. The vaccination rate for Japan sits below 10%, and with the Delta variant overwhelmingly dominating newer cases, many Japanese citizens and the international community have been hesitant to embrace…


By Adam Sanders

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Without a doubt, Supreme Court fights are nasty and have been increasingly so for decades. Clearly, the stakes are astronomically high with the Supreme Court. The justices only end their terms upon death or retirement, their decisions impact everyday life, and they are the only people that can strike down laws after the fact. While the U.S. Constitution has designed the high court to be apolitical, human nature has had other plans. …


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