Is MAGA a Terrorist Organization or a Cult?
I’ve seen this question circulating and as absurd as it is on the surface, there is a real question about whether Trump supporters have been radicalized. While MAGA itself was obviously not created to instill terror or to terrorize people, it simply is a political slogan adopted by far-right supporters who also support other extremist ideologies. Being subject to extremist ideologies becomes easier once you’ve passed through the threshold of acceptance and determined one extreme acceptable.Read full story
The Real Difference Between Fox News and CNN
“Oh this isn’t social media. This is Trump media. It’s not social media. It’s really not; it’s not social media.”. Why do people think CNN and Fox News are equal news sources? I’m always confused when people who watch Fox News claim that people from the left are brainwashed by liberal media. Other—claiming to be—non-partisans claim CNN is unreliable and their news is skewed. Complaints that CNN won’t report on stories that don’t serve their narrative are typically met with facts that show CNN was unable to confirm the story. But once objective facts are brought to light and made to be verifiable by other sources, CNN will share the negative stories too.Read full story
How About a Little Less Privilege, Please?
Jack Shafer speaks from a position of privilege when he talks about the over-complimentary position of the left-leaning media, which I am sure he is entirely unaware of. White people often are entirely unaware of the depths of their privilege and how far it seeps into different parts of our psyche and impacts the way we form opinions, judgments, and absorb the world.Read full story
Does it Really Matter if God Exists?
There are two ways that can be used to attempt to verify the existence of something, either by falsifying it—showing that it does not or cannot exist, or by using evidentiary standards—demonstrating that the only logical conclusion based on presented evidence is that a specific conclusion is true.Read full story
How a Puppy Made Me a Better Parent
I didn’t learn to take care of animals or people as a child. My parents were never animal people so I didn’t have a cat or dog. My first pets, rest in the sweetest peace 😔, were a gray and white Maine Coon mix named Jack, and a gorgeous thin calico named Nugz. My husband gifted them to me for my 21st birthday.Read full story
How to Disengage with Radicalized Trump Supporters
Are you struggling to talk to family or friends and neighbors? Are you paralyzed by disbelief because there are still people who believe Donald Trump when he says the election was rigged or stolen and he is the true winner?Read full story
Who are the Traitors?
The terrorists who stormed the capitol building on January 6, 2021, should be charged with treason. They were not protecting American ideals, they were not protecting the constitution, they were terrorizing our public servants.Read full story
Who are the True Internet Trolls?
I didn’t even know it was happening to me. In 2015 I found out I was pregnant with my first child and joined a pregnancy app that also had a community for parents to connect. It became a great place to learn about pregnancy, what it was like having children (not the pretty stories all over mom blogs, but real testaments). I learned that there were people who didn’t believe in vaccines, people who thought the earth was flat, I learned that I was racist and the reason we exist the way we do is because of colonizers, so many things I hadn’t learned anywhere else. The internet is a rabbit hole, no matter how good your intentions. It’s one shiny object after another and then all of a sudden you have no idea how you got to where you ended up.Read full story
Do We Really Need Stay At Home Parents?
People are responsible for facilitating their own survival but does that mean every person should be working a traditional job and earning an income? Are parents doing a ‘job’ by raising their children?Read full story
Anti-Racism for White People
As white people, we have a lot of work to do in regards to anti-racism, which is a new concept for many of us. Anti-racism is aboutcombattingthe racism that exists, in all its form. Not just seeing it. It’s about acknowledging our privilege and then intentionally, actively, and thoroughly seeking to dismantle it.Read full story
How to Manage Your Stress Better in 2021
Stress is a natural part of life, it helps us grow. When I was younger, in my early 20’s, I worked at a car dealership and smoked a lot of cigarettes (a deeply regrettable decision). During the winter months, or if it rained, I‘d stand out at the sticker bay, right inside the garage, to stay warm and dry.Read full story
Do You Think You're Racist?
I bet you think you’re not racist. I used to think I wasn’t but now I see it. Just because I don’t say mean things, act inappropriately, or consciously admit to myself that I think differently of other races doesn’t mean I'm clear of the racism fog. I’m not.Read full story
Is Racism Really Holding Anyone Back?
Are you upset about the vandalized buildings in Minneapolis?. Are you upset about police officers who are murder in the line of duty?. Are you upset about stolen property and destroyed buildings?Read full story
Your Children Don't Owe You Any Money
I believe as a parent I have a responsibility to be a safe space for my children. I need to give them a landing pad in the world where they can start building a strong foundation. I want my children to have the stability of untethered support behind them. The world will not offer them unconditional love or support, my children will need to earn everything, including decency and respect. The world will teach my children lessons I do not have to about money and transactional relationships. Only I have the ability to teach my children about non-transactional relationships, which are the most fundamentally and essentially human relationships to have.Read full story
How to Avoid Losing Your Mind During Lockdown
Naturally, I’m an introvert. I don’t typically go out during the week and out social calendar is not usually filled with events. Being at home is my favorite. I love my house and my yard and my family. Usually I don’t mind spending so much time with everyone home but it’s been 39 days since we’ve been isolating due to the current virus pandemic and I’m so ready for some alone time!Read full story
Clarifying Your Misconceptions on Marriage
Marriage is not about love. Marriage can be any two things tied together contractually and doesn’t have to be based on feelings at all. Which is why it’s confusing when people believe they need to get married, or that their relationship is not something they want it to be because they’re not yet married.Read full story
How to Eliminate Government Welfare Programs
During the recent virus outbreak, a bright light was shown on the negative impacts massive wage disparities have on Americans. There are concerns that children who can’t attend school won’t be able to eat. Or parents who live paycheck to paycheck will lose their jobs or their homes. Or people who are sick won't be able to afford their deductibles or copays, so they may not seek treatment… the proposed solutions have been cut taxes, increase government funding, utilize assistance programs.Read full story
Why Should We Have to Work for Money?
What do you think about people who ask for money? Are they being greedy? Should people have to do something specific, societally approved, in order to survive or is it acceptable to ask someone else for money?Read full story
The One Reason You'll Never Get A Higher-Paying Job
Almost one third of the US workforce is living in poverty. The poverty level, according to the government, is just over $12,000 per year for one person. The cost of living for one person, per year, is just over $13,000. Minumum wage of $7.25 allows for individuals to earn $15,000 before taxes, which is a take home pay of approximately $12,000. Allowing companies to employ people at poverty level ensures those employees will be able to access government benefits—tax money paid by other workers—rather than be able to cover their cost of living through their employer.Read full story
The Pro-Life Movement is Not Anti-Choice
Don't tell people they're not the label they've chosen to adopt. I support the pro-choice argument that more abortions could be avoided through various societal changes, access to healthcare, fewer barriers to facilitating survival, and more education. I don't support the idea that the term 'pro-life' has—or should have—a certain definition. Taking someone's label from them and reapplying it to other circumstances is aggressive and disrespectful.Read full story