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Communities along April 8’s total solar eclipse path – being dubbed as the Great American Eclipse – stretching from Texas to Maine, are bracing for an influx of eclipse enthusiasts, recalling the overwhelming turnout of 2017’s eclipse. Local authorities are taking significant steps to prepare, including stocking up on essentials like fuel and food, issuing disaster declarations for additional resources, and advising residents and visitors on emergency preparedness. The expected challenges include heavy traffic, potential supply shortages, and overloaded cellular networks, prompting recommendations for “solar eclipse survival bags” with essentials like charged phones, physical maps, and provisions. Schools in various…

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A recent AP-NORC poll reveals that despite America’s deep political polarization, most Americans hold core beliefs central to the nation’s identity. Around 90% of U.S. adults consider the right to vote, equal protection under the law, and privacy as highly important. Additionally, 84% value freedom of religion. The poll indicates broad consensus across political lines, except on the right to bear arms, which Republicans are more likely to view as fundamental. Since these similarities emerge in a period marked by partisanship and concerns of political violence, the findings suggest that Americans, when engaged in direct dialogue, share more common ground…

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Yesterday, former President Donald Trump publicly criticized Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over his New York criminal trial regarding hush money payments. Following a gag order issued by Merchan, which prohibits Trump from discussing the case’s participants publicly, Trump took to Truth Social to express his discontent. He accused Merchan of attempting to infringe on his First Amendment rights and suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Trump also attacked Merchan’s daughter, alleging her bias, although it was clarified that a social media account she previously owned, which Trump referenced, had been abandoned and repurposed by someone else. The trial, significant…

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Last night’s finale of the ‘Last of Us’ masterfully carried us through what is supposedly the dark side of love. We follow Joel’s chilling transformation from a kind soul, hard-hit by the Cordyceps apocalypse, into a killing machine on a mission. The murders he commits on his trek to save Ellie provide emotional blow after blow as we are kept faced with the monstrosity of his madness and questioning if it is love that would drive him to completely disregard for the entirety of humankind. But, spiritually speaking, what spurred Joel’s fall into the darkness was not love. Love has…

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Ye’s egoic mind took over this week, leading the artist formerly known as Kanye West into a downward spiral of lost business relationships with Adidas, Balenciaga, MRC Studio and his talent agency CAA ending ties, among others, following a series of antisemitic rants. In an interview with Chris Cuomo, Ye struggled to explain whether his racist remarks were directed to a handful of music industry producers or the Jewish community as a whole, but the scale of racist statements does not diminish the core of the problem, which is the very low state of consciousness of his human mind. From…

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On Monday, a clear case of how the mind avoids the Now arose in Arizona. Melody Jennings, the founder of the Clean Elections USA group which has tasked itself with intimidating “mules” — a term coined in the film 2000 Mules referring to people thought to have been “harvesting” or “trafficking” ballots illegally to smuggle fraudulent votes for Joe Biden — posted numerous calls to action on Truth Social, such as: “This guy,” Jennings wrote. “Drove in backwards to avoid plate detection. Got out showing his back. Pulled ballots out of his shirt. I need people there tonight to help my…

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In a surprise twist, on Thursday, a Florida jury recommended that Nikolas Cruz be given a life sentence for the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in February 2018. This decision came after two days of deliberations for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history to reach trial. While prosecutors had urged the 12-member jury to recommend the death sentence for the 24-year-old Parkland shooter who pleaded guilty last year, Cruz’s lawyers requested that he be sentenced to life in prison. A unanimous decision from the jury was required for a death sentence. Jury…

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On Monday, in a sheer failure to control his ego, Putin ordered Russia’s biggest attack in Ukraine yet. This came as a response to a defensive attack on a critical bridge long regarded as a war trophy of the Kremlin which Russia used to get supplies to its troops stationed in East Ukraine.  The most widespread strikes against Ukraine in months, a lethal barrage that smashed civilian targets, knocked out power and water, shattered buildings, and killed at least 14 people and wounding 100 others in many regions of Ukraine ranging from Lviv in the west to Kharkiv in the…

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Supreme Court Pick Is a Win for Diversity President Joe Biden recently nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer as the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. For some people this news feels like a threat. For others, it’s a tonic. But regardless of your individual beliefs and political views, Judge Jackson’s candidacy is a victory for diversity and inclusion. This, in turn, brings us closer to an enlightened and equitable society. A Commitment to Equal Justice Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is widely regarded as one of our country’s brightest legal minds with…

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Perhaps never more acutely has the pandemic separated us. Those who are pro-vax, and those who are not are severely pitted against one another, but there is a silver lining to this situation we find ourselves in around the world. Quite possibly, we live in a time that will awaken more individuals than any other. Suffering and “The Other” Most Eastern philosophies point to the root of all suffering as desire and ignorance, but when we look even more deeply, the root of suffering is likely the perception of an “other” – someone who is different from us in such…

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