Debunking Socialism

Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely feeling the Bern; yet a part of me remains reluctant to endorse any politician after a lifetime of the lesser of two evils. Senator Sanders is pushing all the right buttons and I still believe he’s genuine about the issues we face: excessive student loan debt, a tremendously unequal distribution of wealth and privilege, the urgent need for a transition from dirty energy, and of course jobs. But look no further than Obama’s Hope and Change to see that a charismatic and inspirational campaign has duped Americans before. With that in mind, maybe it’s time to “turn up the heat” on this whole socialism fad. Continue reading

Writer’s Block in a “Dystopia”

The paralyzing reality of the state of the world mixed with a touch of seasonal-affective disorder and impending student loan debt had me feeling bitter and stagnant, if not expressionless. To have writer’s block means to be uncomfortable with your own thoughts, and I was in deep. Whether out of fear of failure or some misplaced worry in karmic consequence, I wrote next to nothing. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all- at least that’s what I had always been told. But what am I to say when I look around and I don’t see anything nice at all? Continue reading

Great Lakes Pipeline Dwarfs Keystone XL

As much of the world celebrates the veto of the notorious Keystone XL pipeline, an even larger project is already underway in the Great Lakes region.

Enbridge is North America’s leader in crude oil transportation with nearly 16,000 miles of pipeline in U.S and Canada. Tar sands are a mixture of crude oil, sand, clay, and bitumen. This material is slated to be transported in their latest energy project, an expansion on an existing pipeline running from Lake Superior through the center of Wisconsin. Continue reading