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Satire: Opening up the shutdown

Satire: Opening up the shutdown

William Flannery

January 22, 2018

James Madison once wrote “if men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Well, my fellow esteemed Americans, it’s time for jubilant celebration for we are now angels! The government has shut down, and although it doesn’t equate to your parents being gone on a business trip and your house transforming into a palac...

The FCC has taken democracy from the internet

William Flannery

January 13, 2018

If there is a staple of the 21st Century, a heart to our modern way of life, it’s the internet. The internet is a place where a melange of expression and content flourishes in digital space— most of us devote a part of our lives to it through social media or Netflix, many of us have cherished hobb...

The entanglement of Russia, Trump, Wikileaks, DNC must be treated with nuance

The entanglement of Russia, Trump, Wikileaks, DNC must be treated with nuance

Alex Dodos

January 13, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently wound up exposing the exposers—Wikileaks—in their quest to thoroughly unravel Russia’s threat to democracy and its collusion with the Trump campaign. Wikileaks’ nearly year-long chain of private Twitter messages with Donald Trump Jr. were released. I...

Review of the politics in 2017

Review of the politics in 2017

Sam Bova

December 31, 2017

Historic tax cuts. Economic growth. A conservative majority on the Supreme Court. A tougher approach to North Korea. Deregulation. Wall Street roaring. If you’re a conservative, what’s not to like about Donald Trump’s first year as president? It's a substantial policy record, right? The firs...

The “War on Christmas” is bunk

The “War on Christmas” is bunk

Alex Dodos

December 26, 2017

Alarm over the supposed “war on Christmas” harmonizes with the holiday season in the same way that empty resolutions to “exercise more and eat less” do the new year. Never before in America have members of such a dominant religious majority (Christianity) exhibited this level of outrage and undeserve...

How Santa stole Chanukah

How Santa stole Chanukah

Noah Hilles

December 25, 2017

Amidst the holiday tumult of December, Chanukah is often lost in the mix or paired off with Christmas to be one of the hallmarks of the season. Currently, more than ever, Chanukah is fused and even somewhat mistaken as Christmas, regardless of the fact that Chanukah is utterly different than Christmas. Sim...

Patagonia’s lawsuit opens up avenues for increasing corporate power

Patagonia’s lawsuit opens up avenues for increasing corporate power

Becka Shuere

December 14, 2017

Subsequent to President Trump’s announcement that he would greatly reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments, the outdoor goods company Patagonia announced its plan to litigate the United States government. Patagonia, who has long represented itself as an environmentally conscious entity, reacted w...

Editorial: Ventura community faces the future with courage

Editorial: Ventura community faces the future with courage

Dragon Press Editorial Board

December 8, 2017

Outlined against the sky in yellowed spirals of ashy smoke, the Thomas Fire looms like an apocalyptic dawn, reducing hillsides to breathing embers and neighborhood blocks to blackened war zones. The eerie silence in some neighborhoods is punctuated by the whir of helicopters and the scream of sirens. ...

Mankind in his dominion

Mankind in his dominion

Sam Bova

December 6, 2017

All of us in Ventura witnessed the orchestration of the clouds burning above us, flames raging in the opaque blackness overhead on the night the Thomas Fire was born. You look out at our beautiful city by the sea, and witness the devastation that nobody could have predicted: the devastation that changed ...

Can we charge the first amendment?

Can we charge the first amendment?

William Flannery

December 4, 2017

In a nation swirling in such political pandemonium it would make headless chickens jealous, we’ve circled our way back to the controversy regarding the application of free speech, and this time, it’s doesn’t have anything to with spoken words, tweets that are diatribe, or physical acts of expr...

Accepting defeat is not in President Trump’s and Lavar Ball’s DNA

Accepting defeat is not in President Trump’s and Lavar Ball’s DNA

Nick Zoll

December 3, 2017

Amid all of the president's controversial tweets over the past few weeks, the unconventional banter between Donald Trump and entrepreneur LaVar Ball has been swept under the rug, and rightfully so. Although this issue is certainly not as important as the retweeting of anti-Muslim propaganda, it brought Trump back into the national spotlight in a...

Trump is taking the wrong approach to North Korea

Trump is taking the wrong approach to North Korea

Alex Dodos

December 1, 2017

President Trump reveres himself as a tough alpha-leader who will put “America first.” Recently, he's taken this role to an extreme in confronting North Korea. The president’s so-called “tough” mentality is getting twisted with impetuous and reckless thinking. Trump isn’t keen on learnin...

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