On the rule of law, and what happens when basic institutions fall
by Mustafa Kilicarslan
Imagine that one side of the Lincoln Tunnel is closed by soldiers at 5pm, on Friday. There’s no way to exit the tunnel; cars and buses are locked in, people having restful weekend dreams are waiting nervously, and no one can find any news, any reports on the web. What happened? Even the seagulls are asking each other: what happened? A driver at the end of the tunnel asks fearfully to one of the soldiers: What is happening? The young soldier holds an M3 in his hands. “It is just a sham operation,” he answers. After a while, history speaks stealthily on social media: it is a coup.
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by Michael O'Brien
Staff Really? Again?
Oh goody, I’m back here.
Turing Law grants amnesty to LGBT citizens
by Kelly Tyra
Co-editor in chief
Great strides for the international LGBT community were made this week in the United Kingdom. On October 21st, Parliament decided to grant pardons to all those convicted under homophobic legislation that prohibited homosexual persons from engaging in same sex relationships. Homophobic legislation has long history in the U.K., in 1533 under the rule of King Henry the VIII, (yeah, that one) anal intercourse of any kind was punishable by death in accordance with the Buggery Act.
It’s as weird as the Wii, which means maybe someone’ll buy it
by Matthew Whitaker
On October 20th, Nintendo revealed their new home gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid between a portable and home gaming console, allowing users to play their favorite games on the go or in the comfort of their own homes. Complimenting the tablet-like console is the Nintendo Switch Dock, which connects to the portable unit and allows it to be played on a television. The price of the console has not been announced. While the console’s reveal was a surprise to most, Nintendo had already announced in 2015 that a new piece of Nintendo hardware was coming. In addition, the console’s hybrid design had been leaked several times prior to its reveal. Regardless, the Nintendo Switch has turned out to be a pleasant surprise and a major improvement over Nintendo’s Wii U console.
We are never ever ever (well, probably not) getting back together
by Luis Gómez
Rodrigo Duterte isn’t just known for cool sunglasses and telling other world leaders to shove it: he’s also a fan of China. On October 20th, in a speech given during a Beijing economic forum, the Philippine President announced that his country was separating from the US. He also pledged to reopen talks with China regarding the South China Sea territorial disputes.
Gary Johnson still looking for Mosul on map
by Nicholas Peters
For months now, a coalition formed against ISIS in Iraq has been fighting heavily against The Islamic State, pushing through territory that it carved out. Now, this coalition has pushed ISIS into their last stronghold in the country, the city of Mosul, where coalition forces lead a valiant and bloody struggle against the defending entrenched militant forces.
How does someone this crazy get elected?
by Jack Archambault
Staff Death Squad
For once, a politician is making good on a campaign promise. Only this time, that might not be such a good thing. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who based his campaign around eradicating his country’s illegal drug trade, has employed secret police teams and death squads to kill anybody they suspect is associated with the drug trade. These extrajudicial killings, of which there have been over 3,000 since Duterte’s inauguration on July 1, and people’s reactions to them have brought to light a complicated dynamic between Duterte, Philippine citizens, and the international community.
White bread wins, democracy loses
by Mike O’Brien
Beige. Vanilla. Who the fuck is Tim Kaine?
These were the adjectives my fellow students used to describe the vice presidential debate between Hillary Clinton’s VP Tim Kaine and Donald Trump’s Mike Pence, a riveting television event described by The Daily Show as “two pairs of khakis fighting each other”.
David Fartenhold, your Pulitzer awaits
by Declan Murphy
Staff Investigative Reporter
This past week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ordered Donald Trump’s charitable organization, the Trump Foundation, to cease activities in New York.
Schneiderman pointed to fundraising activities that the Foundation conducted in New York as the basis of the shutdown. According to the Attorney General’s office, and corroborated by a Washington Post article, the Trump Foundation did not have the proper authorization to raise funds in New York; it had failed to properly register as a charitable organization.
Okay, maybe not exactly, but they’re being creepier than usual
by Theresa Amoruso
Staff Stephen King
So America has a clown problem. And I’m not just talking about the upcoming presidential election. Like all things that are irrational and absurd, the clownpocalypse began in The South. The first sighting was reported in Greenville, South Carolina. Much like our own Dirty South, The South of the U.S. is a wild place. Clowns are trying to lure kids into the woods with candy, which is exactly the kind of situation your mother warned you about. Seriously though, how the fuck do we have a clown problem? This is some real-life “American Horror Story” bullshit.