Author: Ryan Lau

Ryan is a first-year sophomore at the University of Vermont, double majoring in philosophy and psychology. He is 71 Republic's Editor in Chief and a member of the Board of Directors. The works of Konkin, Goldman, Rothbard and Tolstoy have influenced his anarchist beliefs and led him to seek a way to bring those ideas into reality.

Michael Baden: The Man Linking Epstein, MLK, O.J. and JFK

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Since the media broke the story that multi-millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had committed suicide before going to trial, many Americans questioned the official story. Some accused political elites of murdering him, while others believe that Epstein is still alive somewhere. The latter group cites a photo that the New York Post took of the man being wheeled into a hospital in NYC. In the photo, his nose and ear shape appear to be different than other pictures of the man. Suspicion has also arisen around the facts that the guards at his prison were on heavy overtime, that Epstein was not on suicide watch despite attempting to take his life shortly prior, and that cameras all pointed outside of his cell. Now, renowned forensic pathologist Michael Baden is involving himself in Epstein’s autopsy.

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Flint 2.0? Lead Crisis Continues in Newark, Despite Filters

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

From 2014-2018, local government in Flint, Michigan handed out water bottles to the public. Their gaffe in changing the water supply from the Detroit River to the Flint River led to a spike in lead concentration in the city’s tap water. The Flint situation has largely improved┬ábut isn’t over yet. Meanwhile, Newark, New Jersey is deep in a lead crisis of its own. Even though water filters are present, the EPA recently concluded that lead levels are high at several test locations.

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Mass Shootings Are a Politician’s Best Friend

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Last Saturday, a mass shooter killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Just one day later, another gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine. Unsurprisingly, politicians have used the tragic events as an immediate reason to call for increased gun control. At the end of the day, their claims simplify to two main points; first, that the mass shootings are indicative of a major American violence problem, and second, that this problem exists because we don’t have enough gun control. Both of these points are moot. Mass shootings are, ultimately, a tool that politicians use to further their ends.

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Josh Hawley Is Coming For Your… Snapchat Streaks?

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

It’s no secret that Josh Hawley is not a friend of liberty. From his disastrous minimum wage hike plan to wishing for the death of Facebook, he has quickly cemented his place as one of Congress’ most authoritarian members (and that really says something). But on Tuesday, Hawley took another dangerous step away from freedom; the first-term senator now hopes to ban tech companies’ use of psychology to help bring in revenue.

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Siri Just Leaked Your Sex Life to Apple Contractors

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

We’ve known for quite a while that Siri can record your every word. Always hunting for its cue, how else would it be able to detect that often-excited “Hey Siri”? It does use buffers that only activate the listening device if it thinks it hears the magic words. So despite some allegations, Siri is not sending every word you say to Apple, its employees, or the government. But once you turn on the trigger? Then, it’s a different story.

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