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Canadian Healthcare

Canada- a country synonymous for its maple syrup and heavy accents is also a country that prides itself on its health care. Tommy Douglas, a pioneer for this system, almost lost a leg due to a bone infection because his parents couldn’t afford the operation. It was from this point on that he dedicated his life to implementing a fair, universal health care system called Medicare. Over the years, Medicare has become a topic of a Socialistic nightmare according to Americans (especially those who belong to the republican party). Long waits, crowded hospitals, seemingly never-ending lists for operations, sub-par doctors, absurdly high taxes in Canada, the list of negative things about Medicare goes on; however, how much of that is actually true?

Canadas Medicare system functions due to taxpayer’s money, so naturally taxes are more expensive. When looking at Americas health care system; however, the cost of not only paying for insurance every month, but also having to pay out of pocket copays is significantly more expensive than Canadas taxes. Canadians don’t pay out pocket for essential visits- whether it be to an ER or urgent care- and co pays are unheard of.  Doctors and institutions are paid directly by the government. Whenever someone goes for a regular checkup to their primary physician, their bill is sent to the government.

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American education system

The American education system is similar to raising cattle. It’s a strict system that “teaches children essential knowledge for their future”: AKA how to take orders and perform repetitive tasks. For as long as I can remember, growing up in this lucrative system, I never felt excited or looked forward to school. It was just a series of how little I can do to get by, pass my classes, move on to the next grade, and repeat it all over again. Schools were designed to train a labor force with skills and attitudes necessary for a healthy economy- a bleak outlook if you ask me. 

Classroom environments have always put an emphasis on tests- spending weeks on end on a particular chapter trying to memorize the content in hopes of getting a good grade on a test. This is the vicious cycle that bored me so while attending public school. I like to be stimulated by knowledge, not cram just for the sake of cramming. It’s been proved that teachers are put under strenuous pressure to “teach to test”.

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Racial passing

Racial passing- a term defined as “when someone lives as if they were a member of a different racial category than the one they were born into.” This was first seen during times of slavery when lighter skinned African Americans picked up white people tendencies, mannerisms, and appearances in hopes to assimilate into that culture considering African Americans during that time period were considered second class citizens. It was a matter of survival in some cases, desperate to escape the literal and figurative cages that their white counterparts bestowed upon them, but now fast forward to modern day we see white girls, who already have a lofty seat on the society we live, appropriating- or passing- features normally associated with black women because it’s “fashionable”.

 This phenomenon has been a heated topic lately with the increase of social media influencers. These influencers have a large following on websites such as Instagram, twitter, Facebook and others. They use their popularity to not only promote products, but their appearance, how much money they have. Lately, influencers like Kylie and her Jenner family have been under a lot of criticism for appropriating culture. 

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The vegan controversy

  • By 2017, 6% of Americans considered themselves vegan. That’s a 600% increase from 2014! (GlobalData)​. Being vegan has been a rising trend in the past few years, but is it really beneficial from a health perspective? This rapid increase can be attributed by the rising amounts of Vegan propaganda in outlets such as Movies, novels, and influencers alike​. Vegan marketing falls under the fourth stratagem of propoganda: “Control the emotions of the targets and follow a simple rule: arouse an emotion and then offer the target a way of responding to that emotion that is the desired course of action.”​ Some vegan diets remove some of the food that are the most nutritionally dense. ​Vegan doesn’t mean healthier or better !​ Being vegan isn’t safe for everyone. ​
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The College experience: open minded or not?

Let me preface by saying i am in no way shape or form conservative or liberal. To be quite honest, i’m not nearly educated enough in the field of American politics enough to say i side with one side or another. I can say; however, that I’ve been apart of academia long enough to distinguish that most professor– that i have come across– have a bias. Bias is normal, it’s something we see in everyday life especially advertising. What I’m trying to say, is that many professors align with liberal attitudes and sometimes their ideals come off in the middle of class. For example, one of my past professors went off on a 20 minute tangent–that had noting to do with the lecture at hand– about the greatness of Obama’s most recent novel. The same professor, on a different day, went on another tangent about how ridiculous President Trump is/was.I come to college to experience a wide variety of perspectives; and yet, almost the entirety of my experience has been the opposite.

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The power of a Tweet

In this social media driven society that we live in , the power of our voices is ever prevalent. With just a few simple taps of the fingers, our ideas and notions can be shared across the world. While on paper this sounds great, sometimes things tweeted in the moment can leave an unfavorable impact or come off the wrong way by offending others. The developers behind Twitter are testing a potential ‘undo’ option, one that could alleviate this issue of “typing before you think.”

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The robocaller epidemic

In what seemed like a perfect correlation between the beginning of the covid 19 pandemic and the “robocaller” epidemic, we had a brief respite for a few months from the seemingly endless array of fraudulent calls; and yet, they are back to record numbers. These calls typically fall under fraudulent health insurance or car warranty offers, and in February of this year alone Americans received 4.6 billion robocalls. Considering economies are starting to open back up- and money is starting to circulate again- these robocallers are taking full advantage of that. At the pace that these calls are coming in, Americans are expected to receive 51.5 billion calls this year (Kelly, 2021).

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Opportunity admits the pandemic

In the face of the this global pandemic that we live in, retail has seen better days. With stores closing left and right- and attitudes shifting more towards an online perspective- it’s hard to imagine store openings being a visible thing in the next half decade; and yet, there is one retailer that’s striving to open 100 new stores across the U.S in 2021- Burlington. The irony is that Burlington doesn’t even operate from an e-commerce standpoint or offer omnichannel capabilities: two facets that are the norm for retail establishments to stay afloat in this ever changing environment.

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The Duality of Tik Tok

“Real People, Real videos”, an ironic slogan from powerhouse social media platform Tik Tok. In the past two years, this video-centric app has garnered the attention of everyone from the youth to the elderly. Just about every form of content can be created: whether its comedy, gaming, news, or the infamous dancing complications, just about anyone can post something. Lately; however, there has been an uproar from numerous plus-sized influencers-like Lizzo- on the platform. Some of them have reported that some of their videos- while not sexually explicit- of them either performing a Tik Tok dance on the beach with their bikini on or something of the like have been taken down for “violating guidelines”. And yet, the same kind of content of content can be created by someone who is of a thinner stature and that video is somehow in compliance.

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Sleep, or rather, the lack thereof.

With “self care” being advocated by the likes of professionals and influencers alike: such as working out 5 times a week, drinking plenty of water, or keeping up with your skin care regime, there’s one vital step that we seem to forget in this prolonged pandemic- sleep. It has become the norm’ for most people to have irregular sleep schedules due to a record high usage in screen time, lack of social interaction, and/ or extended stay at home measures from school and work, but what exactly is the cost of not only getting enough sleep, but a inconsistent amount? Besides the expected crankiness of not getting a full 8 hours of sleep, our bodies and brains take a severe hit over time. Our emotional wellbeing is intertwined with how much sleep get and can lead to anxiety and depression.