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Sex and Relationships During Quarantine: A Conversation Amongst Friends Voices 

Sex and Relationships During Quarantine: A Conversation Amongst Friends

In my first article of the semester, which was titled “Loves and Laments from Self-Isolation,” I commented on the romanticisms of the early days of “Quarantine.”  Speaking on the concept of “romanticism,” I had stated, “I’m not referring to those lovely serenades from my ever-so-crass tinder matches […]. I will admit that the dating scene during quarantine is another topic worth exploring though, albeit in a separate article.” You guessed it folks! You are currently reading that “separate article!” Stay-at-home orders became a thing in mid-March of 2020, thereby opening…

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GIRLS AND GAYS (and everyone else) AGAINST PAYWALLS Voices 

GIRLS AND GAYS (and everyone else) AGAINST PAYWALLS

I try to write an essay, every single academic article offered by Google Scholar is paywalled. I burst out into the Beauty and the Beast song to console my aching heart. Tale as old as time… I am only half-joking. I don’t burst into songs every time. However, this whole academia being paywalled to death is a tale as old as time that every student has had to deal with at some point in their academic careers. Research articles are routinely placed behind paywalls that are inaccessible to most students,…

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The United States, a democracy? Voices 

The United States, a democracy?

Americans often praise themselves for being the first democracy in the Western world. They look back to their founding fathers, and all of the admiration their young country initially received, and think: “Ah, yes. We did that,” taking nationalism to a whole new level. Today, this image of the great “first democracy” seems to blind Americans to the reality that the US is much less democratic than they were two centuries ago.   Picking and choosing Very few Western countries idolize their founders the way the US does. Their history…

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Vivarium: A Commentary on Capitalism and Suburbia Voices 

Vivarium: A Commentary on Capitalism and Suburbia

Vivarium is a 2019 horror and science-fiction movie directed by Lorcan Finnegan, starring Jesse Einsenberg as Tom, and Imogen Potts as Gemma. In the film, the couple wants to look for a starter house. They are led by a peculiar real estate agent to Yonder, a suburban neighborhood, and visit house number nine. They are clearly uncomfortable throughout the entire visit and cannot wait to leave. As they turn towards the agent to tell him they are not interested, the couple are surprised that he has suddenly left. They leave…

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Is Michèle Flournoy the Defence Secretary Feminism Really Needs? Voices 

Is Michèle Flournoy the Defence Secretary Feminism Really Needs?

Please note: Mr. Christopher C. Miller was appointed to be the next Secretary of Defense on Nov. 9th, 2020, after this article was written.  This is nonetheless a reflection that is still relevant, as feminism is always a topical interest of The Insider.     Michèle Flournoy is expected to be appointed by Joe Biden as the first female defence secretary of the United States in accordance with his “pledge to have a diverse cabinet”.   “Ms. Flournoy’s sound policy experience will be vital to ensuring strong civilian oversight of the military, professionalism and…

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How to Find your Way Home During the Holidays Voices 

How to Find your Way Home During the Holidays

With the winter break approaching rapidly, we are unable to escape the looming arrival of the holiday season. For some, such festivities are enticing, promising warmth and a sense of belonging as a light in the harsh and cold Canadian winter. The scent of pine wafting through hallways bathed under golden lights, the hurried anticipation of a thousand overheating bodies under down jackets crammed together in line before Christmas Eve. The energy of the season is truly incomparable to that of any other, a common feeling of ease runs through…

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Zen 3 Launch and Zen History in Relation to Intel. Voices 

Zen 3 Launch and Zen History in Relation to Intel.

  (This article is for people who are already familiar with the basics of CPU’s. If you are not familiar, it may be challenging to understand.)   AMD, one of the largest tech companies, has recently unveiled their new CPU’s, which are based on the revised zen 2 architecture and have completely obliterated their biggest competitor, Intel. Ever since zen 1 came out, AMD has been getting better and better with every revision; zen 1 came out with more cores for less than the competition, but that did not mean…

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So Your Country Is on The Brink of War Voices 

So Your Country Is on The Brink of War

I’m an American, specifically from Florida. My citizenship seems to shock people, as I am not, as you say, a “bootlicker”. It has been years since I have returned to the states, though it will always be home. As I write this on election night, I must admit that I am filled with anxiety and fear. I fear that Fascism will overtake the country. I fear that a demagogue will be re-elected. I fear that my country will go back fifty years. I fear that more shall unnecessarily perish from…

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The Great Day of His Wrath:  Appreciating the beauty of chaos Voices 

The Great Day of His Wrath: Appreciating the beauty of chaos

  The painting on display at the Tate Museum in London is a personal favourite. I fell in love instantly when I discovered it. I immediately needed to know more about the artist behind the masterpiece.                        John Martin, a Romantic painter, is known for his depictions of Hell and Heaven, as well as for his paintings of Biblical scenes of apocalypse and chaos. I was always a fan of religious art because the various perceptions of the concept of…

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I’M NOT CELEBRATING THE DEMOCRATS’ WIN Voices 

I’M NOT CELEBRATING THE DEMOCRATS’ WIN

November 7th, 2020 will be a day to remember in History, or whatever the liberals said. In the United States of America, white supremacist, fundamentalist neofascism was soundly defeated. Sure, it was replaced by multiracial, authoritarian neoliberalism. Who cares? The Nazi’s gone.    Actually, as a prison abolitionist, feminist, leftist, human being, you name it, I care. I care quite a lot, frankly. After the Democratic party’s successful herculean efforts to stomp a grassroots, working-class led, progressive movement powered by Bernie Sanders and burned it to the ground in order…

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