Every once in a while, Gryphon Media Company staff members share articles from around the web to share with the wider community. Read on to learn about western do-gooders, the #MeToo movement, student activism, pets on planes, and more.


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Voluntourism

“The business of voluntourism: do western do-gooders actually do harm?” by Tina Rosenberg explores the infrequently-discussed negative ramifications of doing something most perceive as good. It is a departure from the usual lamenting about the degradation of political norms.
— Nia Nama

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Dan Winters

Deception

“Why We Lie” by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee discusses the various needs, desires, and methods of lying, from covering up a mistake, to gaining financial advantage, to simply making people laugh.
— PJ Liebeskind

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#MeToo

“How close is #MeToo to full riot mode?” by Virginia Heffernan discusses the way the #MeToo movement is affecting those involved in politics today. Read it to better understand the #MeToo movement, one of the biggest movements in American History.
— Andrea Bizarro

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Mollie Tibbetts and Immigration

“Mollie Tibbetts’ father praises Iowa Latinos, as GOP uses her death to call for harsher immigration laws” by Eli Rosenberg digs deeper into a death that has been tragically been used as an example for a legal problem regarding immigration, rather than a movement for safety. Read this to understand Tibbets’ death and immigration policies being discussed as a result of her death more deeply.
— Aimee Martinez

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Student Activism

“Student Activism 2.0” by Zachary Jason covers the recent student protests against school shootings and connects it to the longer history of student activism. Read it to find out what types of protests from high school students have been particularly effective in the past.
— Lindsey Graham

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Six Senses, Krabey Island, Cambodia

Winter Vacationing

“The Best Winter Sun Destinations For 2018/2019” by Ianthe Butt consists of 10 destinations that are warm in the winter, something that you do not really see a lot. Read it to feel like you are on vacation.
— Sam Swensen

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Alex Welsh for The New York Times

Tattoo Tragedy

“A Tragedy in the Tattoo Parlor” by Jacob Bernstein describes the life of Freddy Negrete. Negrete experiences a tough childhood and cycles in and out of prison but learns how to thrive even in the worst of situations. If you are interested in learning more about how he became one of the greatest well-known tattoo artists in Los Angeles, check this article out.
— Andrea Bizarro

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Teens on Brett Kavanaugh

“What Teenagers Think About the Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh” by Dan Levin focuses on the perspectives of teenagers regarding the allegations against Kavanaugh, and it is a good example of the possibilities of the impact of student opinion and action. The article, while mostly examining teens, also features some adult input, which is enlightening and informative as well as the teen input. Read it to get better informed about the controversy and to be able to join the conversation.
— Sammy Potter

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Emotional Support Animals

“Emotional support animals snap, bark and cause disruptions, most flight attendants say” by Hugo Martin covers a recent survey of flight attendants about “emotional support animals” on flights. Read it to hear a couple of stories from flight attendants about these animals and how these animals may not even be for emotional support.
— Ozzy Simpson

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Kanye + Trump = Criminal Justice Reform?

“Trump’s Callous Use of Kanye” by Charles M. Blow conveys Blow’s opinion about Trump’s connection to Kanye. Read this if you are a fan of Kanye or want to know more about how Trump may be using Kanye to further his positions.
— Jay Martin

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