GMO labeling is a debate of public opinion

Genetically Modified Organisms are often portrayed by critics as unnatural franken-foods, straight out of a horror movie to slowly kill oblivious consumers. And people are listening – Chipotle announced relatively recently that they were taking up arms against GMOs, as part of their “food with integrity” program. But while the...

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Why Fiorina’s Rants Matter: Social Issues in an Increasingly Polarized Nation

Why Fiorina’s Rants Matter: Social Issues in an Increasingly Polarized Nation

The following is a joint article between VPR editors: Charlotte Mellgard & Abigail Fournier As our nation’s two parties become increasingly polarized, more and more young voters struggle to identify entirely as Democrats or Republicans. According to the Reason-Rupe 2014 Millennial Survey of Young Americans, 53% of millennials would support...

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Islamophobia: America’s Undeniable Blemish

Islamophobia: America’s Undeniable Blemish

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation…I absolutely would not agree with that”  “So Muslims will go to the mosque, and they will have their day of prayer, and they come out of there like uncorked animals – throwing rocks and burning cars”...

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PETA Is a Morally Incoherent Organization

PETA Is a Morally Incoherent Organization

Sarah Palin recently engaged in a battle of wits with an organization possibly more inscrutable than even herself: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She drew the organization’s fire when she posted a picture of her 6-year old son Trig stepping on the family dog to access the...

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American Sniper, the State of the Union, and the Dueling Narratives of Crisis in the United States

American Sniper, the State of the Union, and the Dueling Narratives of Crisis in the United States

“The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” Barack Obama tonight officially closed the book on the year 2014 and welcomed Americans into a new period of the 21st century. The speech was largely starry-eyed, harkening back to the president’s 2004 speech at the...

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An Epidemic of Fear: The Media’s Response to Ebola

An Epidemic of Fear: The Media’s Response to Ebola

A few weeks ago, I found myself taking a quiz to see if there was any possibility that I might contract Ebola. After the quiz informed me that there was not a chance I would contract Ebola, I realized how ridiculous it was that I was even taking the quiz....

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The Unconstitutional American Flag?

The Unconstitutional American Flag?

On February 27, in Dariano v. Morgan Hill United School District, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a California school’s prohibition on wearing American flag-themed shirts on Cinco De Mayo. According to the Court’s opinion, the incident in question occurred on May 5, 2010 at Live Oak High School...

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Are the Olympics Inevitably Political?

It seems impossible to light the Olympic Torch without igniting a political firestorm. As President Putin tours the facilities of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the XXII Winter Olympiad is certainly under heat from opponents of Russia’s anti-gay legislation. This past summer, the Kremlin passed a bill outlawing “propaganda of...

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The Problem with Sochi

The Problem with Sochi

With more than 2,500 athletes from 90 countries preparing to converge on Sochi, the international gaze will soon turn to Russia as the twenty-second host of the Winter Olympics. According to reports, Russia will spend between $60 billion and $65 billion on the winter games, a staggering figure that is...

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Bitcoinomania

Bitcoinomania

Despite the protest of Bitcoin investors, Bitcoin appears to be experiencing a classic asset bubble. On December 18th, the digital currency lost almost 50% of its value overnight when China’s largest Bitcoin exchange announced it would no longer accept new deposits. Bitcoin’s price plummeted from $1,100+ in late November to...

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