Free speech or freefalling? The dark days of Twitter are here

After months of tantrums and tirades, America’s crybaby Elon Musk’s buyout of Twitter is finally complete. If it wasn’t an appealing time to join before, now is an even worse time. Musk shared a manifesto to the platform on Oct. 27 which highlighted his main interests in buying the company, citing mainly an upkeep of freedom of speech on the site. Despite Twitter being a privately owned company with no real need to honor the first amendment, Musk fails to realize what exactly he has …

Voter Guide: The Courier’s endorsements for the 2022 midterms

Measure PCC  YES: The measure would increase property taxes in Pasadena to compensate for the funds PCC needs for projects, operational costs, upgrading classrooms, building maintenance and expansion for satellite campuses. The Courier has a 100% full endorsement for this measure. Prop 1 YES: Prop 1 sets out to codify a woman’s right to abortion to the California state consitution. This would ensure that women across the state would have the right to choose for themselves. The Courier staff fully endorses Prop 1. Prop 26  …

Yes on 30: For clean air in California, the time to act was yesterday

California is in its megadrought era and it’s not a great look. 2000-2021 have been the driest years on record in California for the last 1,000 years. This megadrought has also been accompanied by some other alarming record-breaking incidences like the highest rate of tree die offs in the last 100 years, the hottest years on record, and 2020’s astounding August Complex gigafire, that ravaged a million acres of land.  It is more obvious than ever that the time to act was yesterday, but reading …

Monster spends millions to be mayor

Rick Caruso is a piece of shit. You won’t find these words blasted on the bills and banners that have littered Los Angeles for the past year, but that does not make the sentiment any less true. By the time this article will be published, the billionaire property developer will have spent more than $100 million dollars of his own fortune on his mayoral campaign. While that figure is a drop in the bucket relative to the $5.3 billion he has acquired by building upscale …

Amateur activist group behind Van Gogh vandalism lacks vision

2 people throw tomato soup onto a priceless Van Gogh painting, use glue sticks to attach their hands to the wall under it, shouting at passersby, “What is worth more, art or life?”. Seeing this immediately brings into question their intentions. Attention is an obvious, almost intrinsic one, but the real reason—environmentalism—is not.  The pair involved in the Oct. 14 Van Gogh vandalism, 20-year-old Anna Holland and 21-year-old Phoebe Plummer are a part of Just Stop Oil, a youth-led UK environmental coalition that is working …

Sisterhood is global: American feminists need to stand with Iranian women

The death of Mahsa Amini highlights global issues that many women endure:violence and oppression. Iran’s gasht-e ershad, otherwise known as the morality police that enforces modesty and dress code, had brutally beaten Amini until she collapsed while in their custody and later died in a hospital. Amini was considered to be improperly wearing her hijab. The violence enacted on Amini should not only be an outcry for radical change for the Iranian people but for the plight of women around the world.  The hijab wasn’t …

Snowden’s Russian citizenship is a righteous middle finger to America

Is Snowden a traitor, a thief, or a treasonous goon? The public has been convinced by the press, government and others to believe Edward Snowden is a threat to national security. Have we ever considered that whistleblowers, and those who leak the secrets, are important to what we want to believe is a functioning democracy? The most basic tenet of a democratic government is transparency, which is paramount in keeping the population informed. In 2013, as a contractor for the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden …

Forget shareholders, Patagonia makes earth its beneficiary

Capitalism prioritizes growth in capital. By definition, it cares about nothing else. So how are we going to go green in an economy that is beholden to accelerating its exploitation of resources? The answer lies partly in more businesses prioritizing environmental sustainability while also remaining profitable. This may sound optimistic, but if we are to thrive in the future this kind of business needs to become more common.  Patagonia is a company that specializes in outdoor recreational clothing. The company’s founder,  Yvan Chouinard, is demonstrating …

Legacy of misogyny persists in gaming despite exiling high profile creeps

On the weekend of Sept. 17, G2, a popular esports group, placed second at the summer European League of Legends championship. What would seem like an amazing victory for the participating players would soon be overshadowed by a post from G2 CEO Carlos Rodriguez.  In the video Rodriguez is seen celebrating with recently banned content creator Andrew Tate. The post sparked fury across social media, with several Twitter users noting that the notorious misogynist Tate’s presence alienated female players from the industry. Some also noted …

Stiffer water laws needed to hold irresponsible Californians accountable

Los Angeles  is one of the most popular destinations in the world. But how do attractions from Hollywood Boulevard to Disneyland impact water usage and waste? In 2014, Disneyland spent 3.35 million dollars on water alone. The exact amount of water being used is unknown because water usage figures are largely private in the state. California is wasting trillions of gallons of water every year. In a dangerous drought exacerbated by global warming, we need to enact tougher water restriction laws. Governor Gavin Newsom has …