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ICYMI: ISIS and the issue of free speech

ICYMI: ISIS and the issue of free speech

Ryan Mancini

May 5, 2015

Given the now periodic headlines that instill disgust and anger, ignoring the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not an option. The recent video released Oct. 4 (Oct. 3 in the US) shows captive Alan Henning, wearing Guantanamo-esque orange clothes. The British aid worker is kneeled bes...

ICYMI: A schism in the art of protesting

ICYMI: A schism in the art of protesting

Ryan Mancini

April 27, 2015

Last month, no one could have imagined the frustration and turmoil that would rupture from the nation south of ours, when the mass grave with 43 bodies was unearthed. Neglect of focus from both the U.S. and Mexico has further angered people on both sides of the border. The people of Mexico have, in t...

Obama’s State of the Union lays out plans for the next two years

Obama’s State of the Union lays out plans for the next two years

Ryan Mancini

January 21, 2015

  President Barack Obama used the 2015 State of the Union address to acknowledge the nation's ongoing economic improvements in the years following the 2008 recession, which defined the start to his presidency. "The shadow of crisis has passed, and the state of the union is strong," Obam...

Thanksgiving, stuffed with colonialism and capitalism for added zest

Thanksgiving, stuffed with colonialism and capitalism for added zest

Ryan Mancini

November 24, 2014

What do colonialism and capitalism have to do with the Thanksgiving holiday?   By Ryan Mancini The theatrics of the holiday season create a seductive and aggravating period for most Americans. The capitalistic pull consumes people into buying food and gifts, and the supposed mor...

CSUN should bring forth a universal smoking ban

CSUN should bring forth a universal smoking ban

Ryan Mancini

November 23, 2014

Our species has acquired a unique ability to become addicted to our own inventions. Picture the car junkies, the comic book collectors or the Apple evolvers. Then you have those who become addicted to the chemical dependents. It is less difficult to recall what these may be, regrettably. Though t...

Musical legend David Bowie will release a second greatest hits compilation

Musical legend David Bowie will release a second greatest hits compilation

Ryan Mancini

November 12, 2014

In the year and seven months since the release of the album “The Next Day,” musician David Bowie is back on the musical ship. Following the album’s release, “David Bowie Is” was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This year, the documentary “David Bowie: Five Year...

Yes on Prop 1

Yes on Prop 1

Ryan Mancini

October 29, 2014

The Uruguayan journalist and critic, Eduardo Galeano, wrote in his recent book “Children of the Days” that from “water life bloomed. Rivers of water are the blood that nourishes the earth, and of water too are the cells that do our thinking, the tears that do our crying, and the recollecti...

Choosing a side in the Harris/Greenwald feud

Choosing a side in the Harris/Greenwald feud

Ryan Mancini

October 22, 2014

  This conflict began long before the showdown with Ben Affleck on “Real Time With Bill Maher.” In the weeks since it re-erupted, the digital feud between neuroscientist and secular humanist  Sam Harris, and investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, has brought critics, neutral obse...

Batman v. Superman, who will win?

Batman v. Superman, who will win?

Ryan Mancini

September 24, 2014

Why Superman would win, by Jon Diaz Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman! Even if you’ve never seen the original Superman series from the 50s, you’ve undoubtedly heard that phrase used or parodied. For the next few minutes I will argue that this iconic hero will win in a showdown with another classic DC Comics hero, Batman, but first, numerous factors ...

Send planes, not people, to Iraq

Send planes, not people, to Iraq

Ryan Mancini

August 28, 2014

From a distance, the more fresh disasters seen in Iraq would make any reasonable person’s jaw drop. Let’s acknowledge that the United States’ unspeakable actions in 2003 had inevitably led to a conquest of Iraq at the hands of a jihadi network, taking advantage of a weak government there. So far...

FAFSA, you are not a comedian

FAFSA, you are not a comedian

Ryan Mancini

July 14, 2014

In preparing for college, students from any socioeconomic level should view their next four (or more) years with a preparation for struggle regarding exams and an open mind for meeting various people and thinking differently, thoughts shifting between educational, psychological, religious, philosop...

Bundy, Sterling’s comments prove we are not in a “post-racial society”

Bundy, Sterling’s comments prove we are not in a “post-racial society”

Ryan Mancini

April 27, 2014

  In the beginning, the notion that all men are born equal was a quasi-lie. The notion, in substance, was idealized by a renaissance man from Philadelphia, a stubborn lawyer from Braintree, Massachusetts, and a Virginia slave owner. Within its very genesis, the most memorable part of the Declaration of Independence ...

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