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Social Issues

It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

I saw an article the other day on CBC News about the government of Arkansas putting the kibosh on gender-affirming treatment for anyone under the age of 18. This is a major problem for transgender people in Arkansas specifically, as well as justice in general, so let's talk about why. The new law in Arkansas… Continue reading It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

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Social Issues

What Influences Your Worldview?

We all have a mix of many different factors that shape our worldview. I thought I'd tell you some of mine and hopefully you'll tell me some of yours. Growing up Education was highly valued in my family. My parents also believed in being very careful with money and not spending money you didn't have… Continue reading What Influences Your Worldview?

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Science Corner

What Political Polls Mean – And What They Don’t

With an election looming, results from new political polls are getting tossed around all the time. But what do those figures actually mean, if anything? To understand that, it's important to look at how polling works. Sample The sample is the people that the pollers gather opinions from. The goal is to get a sample… Continue reading What Political Polls Mean – And What They Don’t

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Psychology of Tyranny

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the psychology of tyranny. History is filled with tyrants causing massive damage to humanity. Some of them take power by force, while others, like Adolf Hitler, were chosen by the people. How is it that people are… Continue reading What Is… the Psychology of Tyranny

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Social Issues

Kyle Rittenhouse as Christian Right Hero?

Two men get killed. Some members of the Christian right are calling the man who killed them a hero and a patriot sent by God. Something isn't adding up here. On August 25, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse grabbed his AR-15 style rifle and left his home in Antioch, IL, to head over to Kenosha, WI. He… Continue reading Kyle Rittenhouse as Christian Right Hero?

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Social Issues

The Failure of the War on Drugs

National Library of Medicine If you were around in the 80's, you are probably very familiar with the message to "just say no" that was part of the overall war on drugs.  In 1991, Saved By The Bell got on board with an episode that told viewers "there's no hope with dope."  There was also… Continue reading The Failure of the War on Drugs