Category Archives: Culture

Making Kylo Ren Believable Again

There were several things the first time I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I struggled with, partially because I have enough of a science background that it bothers me when science fiction ignores the science component, but by … Continue reading

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Understanding the Constitution of the United States: Article II the Executive Branch

The second article of the Constitution of the United States is significantly shorter than the first article and processes of election and succession (in section 1) were modified by the twelfth and twenty-fifth amendments. The structure of the constitution does … Continue reading

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Star Wars, National Identity and the Seduction of the Dark Side

I was five years old when Star War: The New Hope (or Episode IV) was released and as a child I watched it countless times. I anxiously awaited each new chapter in this space opera which would become for many … Continue reading

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Understanding the Constitution of the United States: Article 1 Section 9-10 Limiting the Powers of Congress and the Individual States

These final two sections limit both the powers of the congress in passing laws as well as the powers of individual states as they construct their state constitution and legal systems. Section 9: The first clause of section 9 is … Continue reading

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The Irrational Pieces of Our Identity: A Reflection on the Departure of the San Diego Chargers

Today I’m heartbroken. It isn’t for any particularly rational reason. Others today are worrying that they may lose their health coverage as congress continues its movement to repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare to its foes). Some … Continue reading

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Understanding the Constitution of the United States: Article 1, Section 8: The Powers of the Congress

Section 8: Powers of the Legislative Branch People often blame the President of the United States for the national debt, and while there are some places where the executive branch does influence and in some cases (war for example) cause … Continue reading

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Understanding the Constitution of the United States: Article 1 the Legislative Branch, Section 7: The process of making laws:

Section 7: The process of making laws: The making of laws for the nation is a complicated process and in the past congress only two percent of bills became laws. Section seven of the constitution is fairly concise but the … Continue reading

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