Archive for September 2020

U.S.-Canadian Border Could Remain Closed for Some Time

U.S.-Canadian Border Could Remain Closed for Some Time
As a graduate student at Michigan State University, my friends and I would sometimes drive over to Detroit, and across the international border to Windsor, Ontario, Canada. We would go their to hit the casinos and buy Cuban cigars as this was long before gambling became further legalized in America and the Cuban trade embargo was lifted.
The Detroit-Windsor tunnel, adjacent to the motor city's most iconic building, the Renaissance Center, is one of only two ways to enter Canada from the United States by heading south. The Ambassador Bridge, just a couple blocks southwest, is the other way to cross the Canadian border in this fashion. Neither will be an option for Michiganders, any time soon, as the border is closed due to coronavirus concerns.
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Social Justice a Lead NFL Season Storyline, Right From Kickoff

Social Justice a Lead NFL Season Storyline, Right From Kickoff

Summer in America 2020 was defined by two major storylines- the COVID-19 pandemic and the grassroots movement for social justice. It's carried over to the 2020 NFL regular season, with narratives emerging right from kickoff. The very first game, the Houston Texans at the Kansas City Chiefs, saw both teams joining together to stand in silence for the cause of unity.

For some inexplicable reason this was booed, and that set off a chain reaction of events. On top of all the larger issues that transcend a mere game, but also currently engulf it, we're seeing strong winds of change blowing in the business side of the National Football League too.

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Florida a Dead Heat as Presidential Election Enters Home Stretch

Florida a Dead Heat as Presidential Election Enters Home Stretch
Florida is a colorful state, unlike any other in America. It's been called many things in recent years, often in a manner that makes it a punchline. Laugh all you want at "Florida man...." and his exploits, but once again it's one of the most critical states in this November's Presidential election. The Sunshine State decided the 2000 election, and it has been in very influential in every election since. The extremely unique economic and cultural make up of the population lends itself to being the ultimate "purple state" with red counties, blue counties and magenta counties. As a whole "magenta" is the best way to describe it. ...
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Big Ten Makes Big Dice Roll on Restarting Football

Big Ten Makes Big Dice Roll on Restarting Football
Yesterday was a huge news day as the Big Ten announced the football season’s return on October 23 and October 24. It was a long day of wordy public statements and protracted Zoom calls with the media. There is a wide range of thoughts and feelings one could have about this decision, but if you're not conflicted and ambivalent, you're just not paying attention. Sadly, society rewards, via the of lavishing attention upon, those two polarities while ignoring the analysis that contains nuance and contradiction. The Big Ten is taking a huge risk, albeit a very carefully calculated one. ...