Kathy Zhu, Conservapedia, and Politics as Social Clubs

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

Recently, right-wing commentator and former Miss World America Kathy Zhu (@PoliticalKathy) burned down social media with her controversial statements about the state of modern conservatism in politics.

Zhu tweeted, “You don’t have to be traditional to believe in freedom and liberty. You can go to EDM concerts, you can smoke weed, you can own 6 cats, you can have colored hair, you can have piercings/tattoos, you can be vegan, you can care about the environment. It’s cool to be a conservative.”

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Equality Can’t Wait? For Men, It Apparenly Can

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

August 26th was the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Since then, women have been able to vote in the United States, something many people regard as a huge step forward for women’s rights. But even as Congress passed it, women were unequal. Some jobs were not legally open to women. In many states, women were unable to exercise full control over their finances. Moreover, women didn’t have the full power to divorce their husbands. Women especially faced a great deal of social inequality including backward notions of femininity and misplaced ideas of womanly weakness. But after decades of lobbying and law removing, women finally achieved legal equality to men in the mid-1980s. Despite this, the hashtag “#Equalitycantwait” is trending on Twitter. The hashtag both celebrates the 19th amendment and levies concerns about the true state of women’s equality in America. 

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The Amazon Rainforest: Why You Don’t Need to Worry

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

Over the past few days, the internet came ablaze with the late-breaking news that the Amazon Rainforest is burning. Concerned teenagers filled Twitter and Instagram with “pray for Amazonia” and cries that “the planet’s lungs” are on fire. The spectacle social and news media has presented to young privileged people is that the Earth is dying and these fires are part of it. But the hysteria around these fires, and forest fires in general, is wholly unjustified. The Amazon and most other forests have very specific burn seasons that can become extremely intense if those of former years have been relatively mild. There is no reason for the Brazilian government to take any extreme action against this part of the Amazon’s cycle. But the pictures, to a coastal urban citizen, are shocking; the mainstream media has not hesitated to exploit that shock. 

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Jessica Yaniv Does Not Represent the LGBT Community

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

Jessica Yaniv, a self-described “trans/LGBT activist” from Vancouver, Canada has made a name for herself. There are actually many claims to fame to pick from in examining this person. Yaniv promoted a topless pool party for teenagers where she discouraged parents and guardians to attend. She sent young girls repulsive and fetishistic material. Yaniv also crammed herself, pre-social and physical transition, in women’s restrooms. Once in them, she photographed herself with young girls in the background. On top of that, she also has a habit of calling salon artists to Canadian human rights tribunals in an attempt to shut down their salons. All because they refuse to wax her testicles. As a result, the internet and the media went ablaze with panic, and rightfully so. But, there was one type of panic that is absolutely not warranted in this situation. Trans panic. 

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Rojava Is Holding Off ISIS But Needs Better Guns to Prosper

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

Ever since the Ottoman Empire dissolved and the various world powers got their hands on it, the Middle East has been ensconced in conflict. For much of that time, the United States has been heavily involved in Middle Eastern politics. Specifically, it has recently battled the terrorist groups Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban. As a result of President Bush’s occupation of Iraq, Obama’s “War on Terror”, and Trump’s continued refusal to eject troops from the region, America still ravages an entire subcontinent. Despite this damage and death, America remains ineffective at quelling terrorism. Though ISIS has a greatly reduced presence, they and the other groups remain a significant problem for many Middle Easterners. But amidst America’s “well-intentioned” but damaging military action, local armies are also rising up to defend their own homes. The most notable of these is the Kurdish-based army, Rojava

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