Brad Kleinstuber

Brad Kleinstuber

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Zero Dark Thirty’s origins

The recent Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty has gotten a bad rap, one that it doesn’t deserve. It has been criticized for being too pro-American, glorifying the war on terror and propagandizing for the Pentagon. These accusations are without basis. Zero Dark Thirty is a modern military thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Covering years of intelligence work […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·
Gaming is about more than cheap thrills

Gaming is about more than cheap thrills

Nerd culture is almost inescapable today. The spread of gaming, precipitated by television and films has come suddenly and shockingly, so it’s worth a little reflection. There’s nothing wrong with the spread of gaming to a larger and more diverse audience. There was controversy not long ago over Fake Gamer Girls, a rather transparent hissy-fit over the spread of gamer […]

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The War on Terror can’t be Won

With the French intervening in Mali, it’s an odd coincidence that the infamous ‘surrender monkeys’ putting boots on the ground to fight violent Islamist groups. This kind of intervention is a typical part of the international War on Terror. Radical Islamist groups have seized much of Mali’s north in an explicit attempt to implement Sharia Law, and the French armed […]

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Libertarianism: a political solution

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the old left-right arrangement of political parties is coming undone. The United States has essentially rejected third-party candidates, but the Republican party is breaking down. The Tea Party badly split the right wing along religious and fiscal priority lines. And presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s lukewarm pandering has only alienated the traditional voters. It is time […]

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Gun legislation not a guaranteed solution

In the Newtown, CT shooting, Adam Lanza used three firearms to kill 27 people including himself. His XM-15 rifle has received the majority of the media’s attention and reignited the American gun debate. For years, the defining cause of the modern gun control movement has been the restriction of assault weapons, a class to which the sinister XM-15 belongs. However, […]

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Conspiracy culture has dangerous implications

I remember sitting in the computer lab in my final year of high school, when a pair of lower-year girls entered the lab. To my horror, they were both quite ignorant. They were discussing the war in Iraq, when one proclaimed that the war was ‘for profit,’ and the American government had deliberately carried out 9/11 to start a war. […]

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Democratic elections not always fair

Remember the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator? If you don’t it’s okay. It was pretty terrible, but the tagline, “Whoever wins…we lose,” has timeless political relevance. It’s been fashionably cynical throughout the campaign to dismiss both American presidential candidates as the same, or to say that both are bad, but one is marginally better. But, if you examine the candidates’ […]

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Free speech threatened

Not long ago, U.S. pastor Terry Jones was turned away from the Canadian border. Jones gained worldwide infamy in 2010 for publicly burning the Qur’an and his actions fuelled worldwide protests, counter-protests and imitators. Jones’ actions are comparable to the anti-Islam film The Innocence of Muslims, which similarly provoked global anti-American sentiment. Both were shocking pieces condemned by the American […]

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