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  • I think this is a very interesting take on this issue. I was under the impression that people became vegan only because they felt eating animal products was immoral, I never really thought about it from a nutritional perspective. i am interested to see what conclusion you come to, as I just can’t fathom surviving without consuming animals…Read More

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    The Manhattan Project is the name of the top secret project undertaken by the US during World War 2 to create the world’s first nuclear bomb. The US first approved attempts at isotope separation to enrich uranium

    The Manhattan Project

    The Manhattan Project is the name of the top secret project undertaken by the US during World War 2 to create the world's first nuclear bomb. The US first approved attempts at isotope separation to enrich uranium in 1940....

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    • Hey Matt, I really like this topic! Mostly because I’m doing my research on the same thing. I’ve always had an interest in this topic and its always been interesting to learn more about it. When you’re done, I’d love to read your paper to see if i missed anything in mine.

    • Not criticizing, but the death toll numbers are a little misleading. The Fire bombings of Tokyo killed between 100,000 and 200,000 people, so when talking about death toll and predicted death tolls make sure you are aware of total death. Also, invasion was not the only other potential way to win the war. Blockades and bombings were also viable options.

      What exactly are you researching? The Manhattan project in general? If so a great book to read is “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” by Richard Rodes

    • I am very intrigued by the fact that 120,000 Americans and some odd British and Canadian people helped work on this secrete project. Usually when any one talks about the Manhattan Project they only really talk about the head researchers and scientists like Einstein who influenced the Manhattan Project. So good job on this piece of research.

  • I appreciate the pros and cons list you have given us. I agree with Erin’s approach to the situation, stating that as your list of pros and cons shows, the system is not all bad or all good. Instead of outright abolishing it or allowing it to continue to be a sour topic, proportional representation would be a more fair system. You stated that the…Read More

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    Donald Trump winning the 2016 United States of America Presidential Election via the electoral college was a shock to many people. An even bigger shock to some, was that he did so despite losing the popular vote


    Donald Trump winning the 2016 United States of America Presidential Election via the electoral college was a shock to many people. An even bigger shock to some, was that he did so despite losing the popular vote by 2.7...

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    • A very well thought out essay, and informative. I agree with many of your points, but I wish that you talked more on the electoral college. I believe that the system is one of inclusion, and fair representation. Instead of all politics being led by the densely populated states such as New York and California, other states have a say, such as the Rustbelt states. Without this system, the areas that are less populated, such as the farmers in this country, would not get a say. Again, great essay! Very well written!

    • Hi Matt,

      I really liked reading your essay. I have been thinking about the results of the presidential election, and I agree that Trump won fair and square, even though I begrudgingly accept these results as a Clinton supporter :). However, facts are facts and he is the president-elect, and I do disagree with other liberals who are stating that Trump is #notmypresident, because I am sure that if the results had tipped the others way the same protests could have happened, but instead of liberals it would be conservative voters, and liberals would be defending their candidate of choice.

      Before the results came out, I remember talking to one of my friends about the campaigns over the summer. We are both liberal and wanted Clinton to win, and at that point I defended the electoral college, because I was sure that it would curb the influence of the votes against Clinton. Now I look back and feel like the electoral college is futile, and I understand that my opinion about the system is very much swayed by the fact that “it has failed us (the Democrats) twice!” (first the Bush victory, now Trump). However, I don’t say this in order to cause controversy, but rather to state other reasons as to why I think the electoral is antiquated and that I was naive in believing in it, just to support “my candidate”. All results aside, I have tried to look at the electoral college in a rational way, and have learned much about it in my government class this year. It was originally a group of elite voters formed at the birth of the nation in order to keep the voting power in the hands of wealthy, educated landowners, and keep the vote of the public in check. Of course, the circumstances have changed as the nation has grown and the number of electoral votes is based on population in the state. However, what I think skews an election even more is the fact that these votes are won by a candidate who has a plurality, not a majority, and that the votes are awarded in most states on a winner-takes-all basis instead of by the ratio of voters per candidate in that state. It does not represent the population proportionally. I also think the purpose of the electoral college is futile today because before it was used to control the votes of “average citizens” who may not have the education they needed to make an informed decision on who to vote for, as well as give more power to the elite class. Today, however, a large majority of the American public is educated, and while I think that many people still do not have easy access to all the information they need in order to make the right decision for themselves (as well as being influenced by simple message of what they hear on the news that many times skew perceptions), many citizens now have more power to inform themselves.

      Thanks again for writing this. It truly is an well-written argumentative piece.

    • Hello Matt!!

      This is a very well thought out essay, and I really agree with many of your arguments. Even though the electoral college is a part of our system that some find corrupt, there really isn’t much we can do about it. However, the larger issue with Donald Trump being our president isn’t really dependent upon the system of the electoral college and more about gerrymandering. I’m not necessarily saying that there aren’t some Hillary supporters that are mal-informed about how the government works, but there are many Republicans who aren’t aware as well. You see, I definitely agree that the electoral college is something that shouldn’t change within our government, as it was set in motion for a reason and would be ridiculously difficult to disenfranchise, but that isn’t the main issue with the “Not my President” hashtag. You see, the issue lies within the gerrymandering of the states and also potential Russian interference with the election as a whole. Many Hillary Clinton supporters are upset because they feel as though their voices have not been heard–even though it is not based by popular vote, the popular vote should be a large indicator of who will win the electoral vote. Gerrymandering hurts both liberals and conservatives alike, and we should focus on trying to change it.

    • Matt. I think you did a very good job with this essay and even though I am in support of Hillary I found many good points in your work. I also don’t think that our current system is the most effective system we could be using to elect a leader but what you said about how that’s the way it has been for a long time is a good point. Your essay also leads me to think if there would be riots if Trump won the popular vote as well.

    • I appreciate that you see the flaws with the electoral college and I appreciate your arguments. When the question was proposed about accepting the results and the legitimacy of the election, this scenario was never discussed. There would have been a completely different narrative if the conversation had included winning the electoral college, but not the popular vote. I understand your frustration, but I urge you to see ours. Majority of americans who voted chose Donald Trump, but millions of votes weren’t exactly taken into account because of the electoral college. Additionally, Hillary Clinton did accept the results of the election. She did not produce a statement until the decision was final. She didn’t even start the not my president campaign or ask for recount. Jill Stein asked for a recount in several states where there were traces of foul play, and let’s not forget Russia’s involvement in the election either. Further, the #notmypresident movement is not democrats and liberals being mad because Donald Trump didn’t win the popular vote. This movement stems from the fear that many people have due to the rhetoric Trump has normalized and the actions he has normalized. Donald Trump has promoted violence, rape culture, racism, and sexism. The not my president movement, which I am a strong advocate of, is aimed to let Donald Trump know that we will not be forgotten, as many already feel. People want Donald Trump and his voters to treat us as equals and to get rid of the violence. Clearly Donald Trump is going to be our President, but don’t the meaning of the movement literally. Please don’t call us salty democrats, many are terrified for their wellbeing after the election, this isn’t about pettiness it’s about livelihood and legitimate concern. Thanks for your consideration.

  • I am very saddened by your post. To start, this man is going to be our President, so statements like this are of no benefit to society. Instead, I wish the American people would focus on constructive criticism, something that would allow more people’s voices to be heard and make success for our President and our country a much more achievable…Read More

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