Everyone loves compliments until they don’t. If I dress up for an occasion, it’s wonderful to hear someone tell me that I look nice. If I’ve worked hard on something, being told that I’ve done a good job is a nice reinforcement. But what happens if somebody says something negative about me? What if it’s someone who matters to me that says it? That can easily ruin my day, or at least it used to. It turns out that outside negativity only has weight when we let our source of positivity be affirmation from others.

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The Effects of Compliments

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Novosibirsk is Siberia’s most populated city. It is a city in which you will find the bustle of industry, exceptional sports teams, and a history of successful musicians. What you will not find in Novosibirsk is the freedom of artistic expression. In 2018, IC3PEAK, an experimental hip hop duo that finds itself on the Blacklist, was detained without any cause or charges. They were held long enough so that they were unable to perform. So, what is the Blacklist and why did IC3PEAK find themselves on it?

What is The Blacklist?

The Blacklist is the colloquial name for the Federal Service for Supervision of…


In 2017, The Atlantic published an article, The Internet is Mostly Bots. At that time, 52% of internet activity was performed by bots, not people. By now, it’s likely more. To make matters worse, only 47% of Americans feel confident that they can identify a bot, while 80% believe that bots are bad for us. Additionally, just because someone feels as though they can identify a bot doesn’t necessarily mean they can. I used to think I could, but now I’m not so sure. The simple ones I can manage. …


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Since 1966, Narconon has claimed to provide remedies to addiction with unparalleled success. While a 50% success rate seems to be the standard for rehabilitation programs, Narconon boasts rates as high as 91%. Unfortunately, this a bold lie. Narconon’s success is completely unsubstantiated and for good reason — it’s methods are unsubstantiated.

Narconon and Scientology

Narconon was founded by L Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology and the author of Dianetics. Dianetics is a book that spells out L Ron Hubbard’s ideas and generalized hatred of established psychology and some aspects of medicine. It is not backed by evidence. …


People use Google to look up music all the time. The most popular place for the world to listen to music is through YouTube, which didn’t really surprise me. What did surprise me is that before people look for Spotify, Apple Music, or anywhere else, they look for an MP3 file. Two things shock me. First, people still listen to MP3 files. Second, MP3 files are bigger today than I had ever imagined.

Why MP3 Files Should Not Be Popular

I’m an audiophile. I have an audio interface plugged into my computer that feeds lossless sound through a gold plated cable into my open back Sennheiser headphones…


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Growing up in the United States, World War II is a focus of history class for many years, as I’m sure it is anywhere else. One of the topics that is covered in great detail is the crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany. We learn about the abductions of families based on their religious identity, the labor, the gas chambers, the branding, and other horrifying aspects of the Third Reich.

We also learn about the heroes of World War II. We learn about the triumph of Anne Frank and the loving sacrifice of Maximillian Kolbe. We read these stories…


After the better part of a decade of being shut off to the public, a baseball field in Bethpage Community Park is finally going to be remediated after years of investigation into ongoing health concerns. While most communities see their local baseball fields utilized for youth leagues and summer camps, this one was designed to serve one additional purpose : to emit noxious fumes from chemical waste into the atmosphere.

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Beautiful Bethpage

Bethpage is my hometown, and it’s a place I’m proud to be from. It’s a modest middle-class town on Long Island with a passion for industry and neighbors that have…


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According to the United States Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism, the United States and Turkey have been allies since 1831 when the United States established diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Empire. There are some, such as Mandel, that have called for a reconsideration of this friendship between states, accusing Turkey of being a State Sponsor of Terrorism. This is by no means a popular opinion in the United States government. Although this idea is recent, it is worth looking at United States-Turkish relations from a terrorism perspective.

According to the Bureau of European and Asian Affairs, the United States…


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Over the past few months, the world has been getting used to the new normal. We’re wearing masks, socially distancing, working from home, and quarantining. I even had to resort to using paper towel rolls the girth of my torso from Georgia Pacific because paper towels were sold out everywhere nearby.

As those weeks have turned into months, I’m starting to understand why the Spanish Flu had a second wave. I just want to get back to normal. When it comes down to it though, we press on with the proper precautionary measures because it’s the right thing to do…


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New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill Gates want to make online education permanent, even in a post COVID-19 world. I’m someone who has spent most of my life as a student, even while in the working world, and I have other ideas.

The State of The State

Before tearing online education apart, let me address a few things that give the conversation some validity. Cuomo has a real problem on his hands. According to the state itself, New York spends 30% of its annual budget on education. New York spends $22,366 per pupil annually — the highest in the nation. The national average in…

Kyle Duffy

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