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  • Propaganda Looney Tunes

    Propaganda Looney Tunes1

    I remember my history textbooks explaining the use of cartoonish figures as propaganda during the two World Wars. Imagine, for a moment, the inspiring Rosie the Riveter and Uncle Sam contrasted against the overbearing, dull, and cartoonish displays of the fascists and communists. I was inspired by Rosie, and at the same time, I viewed the cartoons of our

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  • The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’

    The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’0

    In a winter of severe illness and death, without the aid of vaccines or even anti-biotics, and during a global pandemic of Spanish Flu, in the winter of 1918-1919, one of the richest men in the world was working to merge the two largest circus acts in the country into one enormous show. In March

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  • Alerting Ourselves To Death

    Alerting Ourselves To Death2

    I was driving home from a cello lesson when I thought to myself, It is very hazy outside today. I didn’t think much more of it until about an hour later when my phone notified me of an air quality alert for my county. The air had elevated particulate matter levels that fall within the “unhealthy

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  • Did Lockdowns Finish Off Public Schooling?

    Did Lockdowns Finish Off Public Schooling?2

    We moved to a good school district. The area was growing. Built for families like ours, all of the public schools in the area received “A” or “8/10” ratings. There were two very expensive and very fancy private schools in the area. It was an idyllic place to raise children. In retrospect, we had a

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