Revolt

Poking the Golden Bear

Parker Kjellin-Elder_online

As a purely superficial liberal and assumed Democrat from the heart of conservative Orange County, my enrollment at UC Berkeley was natural — a consequence of my concrete anti-Republican mentality. I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere of the city. Easy public transport and small city blocks cleansed my
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Cloudy with a chance of carbon dioxide

Smog Blog

Schuyler Whiting_online

In the aftermath of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in France, President Obama traveled to Paris and began a dialogue with other world leaders. But the president did not travel across the Atlantic to discuss the fight against terrorism. Beginning Monday, the city of Paris began encountering yet another wave
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Chaos outside, peace within

Both Sides Now

shanzeh-web

A few years ago, I went on a five-day meditation retreat called the Art of Silence. The retreat took place in the middle of my school year, and I had to skip class to attend it. I had been stressed and overwhelmed, and I was constantly falling ill as a
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Looking forward to thinking back

Bearings in the Bay

Nathaniel Sikand-Youngs_online

A short stocky build, a slow aimless walk and a coat of feathers. “What is that up ahead?” I thought to myself as I walked with my girlfriend on Stanford Avenue toward Emeryville a few weeks ago. “Huh,” she said, looking at the same object. “I think that is a
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Schuyler Whiting_online

Misdirected good will

Smog Blog

Think of a big crowd. California Memorial Stadium’s capacity is 63,000 people. The Big House at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the largest stadium in the United States, fits 107,601. Picture this: There are about 610,000 homeless people in our country. That’s enough people to fill the Big
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shanzeh-web

In transit

Both Sides Now

Every time I book a flight, whether I’m simply flying back home or traveling to some new, far-off locale, I get excited at the thought of the upcoming trip. But my excitement doesn’t only revolve around the destination itself; instead, the entire process of traveling, starting with the airport, exhilarates
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Nathaniel Sikand-Youngs_online

Pretending I like tea

Bearings in the Bay

“Would you like some tea?” the landlord of a friend’s house hospitably asked when I was visiting not too long ago. Naturally, I took up the offer. It would have been rude not to, I thought to myself. Infused with exotic-smelling herbs from far-flung corners of the world, the drink
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Parker Kjellin-Elder_online

Plato’s philosopher fool

Poking the Golden Bear

A community destroys the individual. Plato proffered a dictatorial prescription for his citizen in his society that would essentially wash away the human freedom of conflict and desire. Our real societies drown our real citizens in the society’s need for community, and are weary to remove themselves from Plato’s ideal.
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Schuyler Whiting_online

The one-car model

Smog Blog

Six days ago, a Mountain View police officer pulled over a Google self-driving car for traveling 24 miles per hour on a road with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour. Five days ago, I took the BART into San Francisco and upon arrival, I called an Uber to
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shanzeh-web

The map is never true

Both Sides Now

“We’re going on an adventure.” That was what my mom said when my family decided to move to the United States three years ago, and that’s how we decided to view it: an adventure. We had decided to move just a month before, and didn’t quite know what to expect
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