Prince Andrew Removed from Buckingham Palace

On Nov. 16, the BBC released an interview with Emily Maitlis and Prince Andrew, duke of York, where they discussed the prince’s relation with convicted and recently deceased sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Many viewers have found this interview to have been a public relations disaster not only for him, but for the British royal family. This is also the first time the duke of York has publicly spoken out about this scandal.

Epstein was a financier and socialite who was charged and convicted of child prostitiution and sex trafficking. His sex crimes have dated back to 2001. He also had personal relations with current president, Donald Trump and former president, Bill Clinton. On Aug. 10, Epstein died in his prison cell from what was ruled a suicide. At the time of his death, he was awaiting trial for his charges.

In the interview, Prince Andrew described Epstein as “extraordinary,” in that he was able to bring together celebrities, politicians, and other social elites. The prince stated that he did not think of Epstein as a close friend and when he did know him, he had no knowledge about him trafficking and abusing young girls. He stated that there were no “indications” that would have led him to assume he was committing such crimes.

Maitlis had also asked about the prince’s visits to Epstein’s homes in New York and Florida, how Epstein was invited to certain royal estates and events while being investigated by police, as well as the prince’s termination of his friendship with Epstein before he was jailed.

In a particularly memorable section of the interview, Maitlis asked about a woman named Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by Epstein and had accused the prince of sexually assaulting her back in 2001. The prince has denied these allegations as he said in the interview, he has “no recollection of ever meeting this lady.” He also claims that that night he supposedly had the encounter with Giuffre, he was at home with his two daughters. Maitlis and the prince discussed the photo that contained him and Giuffre together and he said that “you can’t prove whether or not that photograph is faked or not…”

In another recent interview, Giuffre spoke with BBC Panorama about her story and accusations. She addressed a message to the British people saying “this is a story of being trafficked. This is a story of being abused. And this is a story of your guy’s royalty.”

The prince stated his regrets on certain decisions he made when still involved with Epstein. When Maitlis pointed out he was staying in Epstein’s mansion in New York, even after he was convicted, he responded by saying “at the end of the day, with the benefit of all the hindsight that one could have, it was definitely the wrong thing to do.”

Prince Andrew however does not regret his overall friendship with Epstein, not only because of the famous people he has met through him, but also because of the “opportunities [he] was given to learn either by him or because of him, were actually very useful.”

After his “disastrous” interview, CBS has reported that Prince Andrew is now leaving Buckingham Palace and will be taking a break from his public duties. This scandal has also led  Prince Andrew to resign as chancellor for the University of Huddersfield amid student backlash and protests.

Iraqi Prime Minister Resigns Following Months of Protests

Chants of “Victory to Iraq!” fill the streets of major cities throughout the country as the result of two months of protests over the oil-rich government’s failure to provide social services and amenities. The protests began in the capital city of Baghdad and have resulted in over 400 deaths, 17,000 injuries and the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Abdul-Mahdi.

The first wave of protests began following Abdul-Mahdi’s unexpected demotion of counter-terrorism commander Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, a popular figure throughout Iraq. The unexplained demotion ignited social media outrage, leading to the organization of an Oct. 1 protest over general dissatisfaction with the government. The resulting first wave of protests was centered around Tahrir Square but fanned throughout the capital. Violence erupted, however, when protesters attempted to reach an area holding key government buildings and offices, called the Green Zone. As they attempted to cross the access-bridge, security forces opened fire. The escalation of violence further incited anger among the movement and the first wave of protests continued until Oct. 9, ending with vague promises from the government and 149 civilian lives taken, many killed by security forces.

Following promises for government member and policy changes, the protests died down for approximately two weeks. But with Abdul-Mahdi’s refusal to call an early election, they reignited on Oct. 25. Beginning again in Baghdad, the protests spread throughout central and southern Iraq in Shia-dominated areas, where they have been met with violence by Iraqi security forces. 

College students and those under 30 have formed the majority of the protesters, boycotting classes and taking to the streets in protest from Southern Safwan to Tahrir Square, which remains the center of the protests. Schools and universities across the South have participated in the strike as well, closing their doors in support of the boycott. The Iraqi Teacher Syndicate, in a move of support, announced a strike from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7. In late November, university students in Mosul, the first Sunni-majority city to participate in the protests, joined when students staged a black-dressed mourning march.

The anger at the government is wide-spread and diverse, focused on high unemployment rates, the oil-rich government’s failure to provide certain amenities, Iranian influence and corruption. Protest hot-spots have sprung up in the southern cities of Najaf, where 45 protesters were killed after torching an Iranian Consulate, and Nasiriyah, where 25 protestors were reportedly killed in a single incident. Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East research director said: “This brutal onslaught is just the latest in a long series of deadly events where Iraqi security forces meted out appalling violence against largely peaceful protesters.” 

The protesters’ voices were acknowledged by religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most influential Shia cleric in Iraq. “Parliament, from which the current government emerged, must reconsider its choices and do what’s in the interest of Iraq,” his representative said in a televised sermon Friday, Nov. 29. Later that day Abdul-Mahdi promised to resign “In response to this call.” Parliament gathered and accepted the resignation on Dec. 1, though Abdul-Mahdi will remain until a successor is chosen.

Protests Rock Colombia Before Christmas

Following a protest wave throughout South America, affecting Chile and Bolivia the people of Colombia have followed suit, taking to the streets to express general dissatisfaction with the government. According to The Washington Post these demonstrations began on Nov. 21 when rumors of the government’s plan to cut pensions for workers and retirees became widespread.

The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, has responded to the protests by sanctioning a harsh police response which has killed one student and arrested and injured many others. The police have also raided left-wing media outlets searching for foriegn influence as the leader of Duque’s party, Álvaro Uribe, stated that the demonstrators are tied to foriegn leftist organizations. 

This show of force has seemingly only emboldened the protesters; hundreds of thousands have continued to take to the streets. Colombia’s Indigenous Guard traveled 15 hours to marched through Colombia’s capital of Bogota on Dec. 4 to bring attention to the 750 indigenous and human rights activists killed by paramilitaries during Duque’s tenure according to Al Jazeera

Students and labor activists have offered a diverse set of grievances ranging from the destruction of the rainforest to state repression and austerity. Doque’s popularity has waned in recent months, now at 26% and these recent protests have further weakened his administration.

One of the main reasons for the protests, however, is the apparent failure of Duque’s administration to implement the Colombian government’s 2016 peace agreement with the FARC. The FARC are a paramilitary organization that fought a fifty year civil war with the government which killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions. The deal disarmed the FARC and promised development in impoverished regions as well as governmental reforms. Under Duque the government has left their side of the deal unfulfilled which has led former members of the FARC to rejoin paramilitaries and criminal organizations.

Additionally, the dissolution of the FARC in 2016 created a power vacuum in regions they once controlled. Cartels have moved in to take over illegal mining, logging and coca cultivation killing locals who oppose them. This spike in violence has also affected politics; during Colombia’s 2018 elections nine candidates were assassinated by paramilitaries and cartels. 

To combat these groups Duque has increased the military presence in troubled areas. In August The Associated Press reports that the government carried out an airstrike on a former FARC leader in the province of Caqueta. The government claimed that the operation was a great success but on Nov. 5 an opposition party member revealed that eight children died in the attack.  

Despite the general unrest in Colombia Duque has offered no public concessions and instead has called for a national dialogue, and has invited protest leaders to meetings. While demonstrations are expected to stop around Christmas they will probably rekindle shortly after the holiday.

Another School Shooting Takes Place at Southern California High School

On Thursday, Nov. 14, a 16-year old student at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, located 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, opened fire at his school. He killed two, not including himself, and injured three. The deceased victims were a 16-year old girl named Gracie Muehlberger and a 14-year old boy named Dominic Blackwell, they both died at the hospital. The injured victims were a 15-year old girl, a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year old boy. 

The shooting happened around 7:30 in the morning and within seconds of the first gunshots the shooting ended. This caused major distress, chaos and confusion for the students and employees of the high school. The tragedy stretches beyond the seconds in which it happened and will very likely affect the individuals present and the community for years to come, if not for the rest of their lives. 

This shooting is unfortunately and heartbreakingly only one of the 45 school shootings that have occurred in the US this year. Under much tighter security, classes resumed at Saugus High School on Dec. 2, after the Thanksgiving holiday. Parents, school staff and the community did their best to safely welcome the students back to their school, striving to return to a new normal after a horrifying tragedy.

The Washington Capitals Have Started Out The Season On A Roll, Per Usual

The 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, The Washington Capitals, are once again off to a phenomenal start to their season. As of Dec. 5, the team is 21-4-5 and leading the Metropolitan Division by nine points, followed by the New York Islanders, coached by Barry Trotz, the former coach of the Capitals who led them to their Stanley Cup Championship in 2018. 

Throughout the season thus far, the Capitals have dominated on the ice, starting with their goaltenders, who have been spectacular. In an article done by Yahoo Sports, they attribute much of the success of the team to the stellar goaltending job by Braden Holtby and Ilya Samsonov. The article states, “Braden Holtby has been a solid, if not top-tier goaltender so far this season, but backup Ilya Samsonov has been a huge difference maker. He has a 7-2-1 record, 2.42 goals against average and .917 save percentage in ten games this season.” Instead of having to rely solely on the team’s stalwart goaltender, Braden Holtby, they have been able to use Samsonov in high leverage situations to give Holtby rest which will prove to be huge throughout the rest of the season and into the playoffs. 

Another player who has proved to be a difference maker for the team is defenseman John Carlson. Samantha Pell of The Washington Post asserts that “In the early race for the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s top defenseman, Carlson is the clear favorite. He has 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists) through 30 games. The only defenseman to tally more points in that same span is Bobby Orr in 1974-75.” In the early going of the season, Carlson has been dominant on the ice and has proven to be worth the eight year 64 million dollar investment that the Capitals gave him in 2018.  When interviewed by Pell after the game, he was very submissive of his success, stating: “There’s a lot of great players I’m playing with that make me look pretty good right now, we have got a real good start to the season.”

Not only does the team play well on the ice, but they have a camaraderie that is truly special and contributes largely to their success. Many of the players have a strong bond and are good friends as well as teammates. Fourth line forwards Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway produce a podcast called “Between Two Blue Lines” in which they talk about hockey and have fun while in the process. As a result of the camaraderie that has been built the whole team is thriving, especially the fourth line. In an interview by Pell with head coach Todd Reirden, he states that “[The fourth line has] been good all year together and it’s nice to see them get rewarded with some goals, especially for Garnet. Hasn’t been the easiest of the last six or seven games for him. They really set the tone for our team, and everyone hops on board with their work ethic and competes.”

The Washington Capitals franchise has a culture that is incomparable to many other organizations, as they are more like a family, who has a history of being perennial contenders in the National Hockey League. In the quest for another Stanley Cup title, the Capitals have the pieces in place to make another run deep in the playoffs as they have their sights on hosting another parade through the District of Columbia.

Cheating Accusations Lead Many to Question the Morals of the Houston Astros Organization

In 2017, the Houston Astros won the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series. However, instead of winning the championship through a stellar season of baseball, many are accusing the team of winning the title as a result of cheating. The ballclub has been accused of cheating through the means of putting a camera in center field that focused on the sign the opposing catcher put down, in which a team staff member would stand in the dugout and signal to the Astros batters what pitch was coming. For example, to signal a change-up, the Astros staff member would bang on a trash can. 

This scandal has opened many eyes throughout the league and has put the Houston Astros franchise in question. This is not the first time that an MLB team has been accused of cheating, as the Boston Red Sox were also accused in the 2017 season of using Apple watches to steal signs.

Former Astros World Series Champion pitcher Mike Fiers, who has since played with the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics, affirms that the team was indeed cheating. Jeff Passan of ESPN wrote in an article in which Fiers states that he made his teammates in Detroit aware of the cheating that goes on in Houston, “We had a lot of young guys with Detroit [in 2018] trying to make a name and establish themselves. I wanted to help them out and say, ‘Hey, this stuff really does go on. Just be prepared.’” As a result of the solid proof of evidence that has been presented, the league has assured that they will carry out a thorough investigation with numerous former members of the organization as well as members who are still on the team.

Now that the team has been accused, many are wondering what their consequences will be for their actions. In an article by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, he states that many MLB executives would like to see the Astros receive severe punishment as a result of their actions. He writes, “They want the Astros to pay a fortune in penalties, being fined a record amount of money, forfeiting draft picks, international signing bonuses, and two even told USA Today Sports they wish MLB would force them to vacate the 2017 World Series title.”

Regardless of what punishment the organization receives, many teams have taken precautions after the 2017 season to ensure that this does not happen again. In the 2019 World Series in which the Washington Nationals faced off against the Astros for the title, the Nationals took every precaution necessary. Barry Sryluga of The Washington Post describes the Nationals strategy to combat the cheating by saying, “First, each pitcher had to have his own set of signs. Each pitcher had five sets of signs, and they could change them from game to game– or even batter to batter if necessary. Using the set No. 2 but worried the Astros are catching on? The pitcher could signal to the catcher to move to set No. 3.”

This scandal could result in big time devastation for the Houston Astros’ reputation, as it should. Regardless, the league must show that cheating of any kind is not accepted if they are in fact proven guilty of all their accusations. Only time will tell the fate of the Houston Astros.

Swimming Finishes 2019 Season Strong

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) swimming team is just over halfway through their 2019-2020 season. Both the men’s and women’s teams currently sit at 1-6 a piece this season, with their sole wins coming against the University of Mary Washington back on Oct. 26. This meet against Mary Washington was the first of the year for both Seahawk squads. 

Despite their records, the men’s and women’s teams have been performing well individually. Senior captain of the men’s team, Peter Orban, is in the midst of another phenomenal season at SMCM. Orban has been one of the top swimmers in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) since the fall of 2016. He specializes in backstroke and freestyle, owning several school records. During the Randolph-Macon Invitational on Nov. 23 and 24, Orban broke two more program records. He broke the 100 yard backstroke program record with a time of 52.73 and the 200 yard backstroke program record with a time of 1:55.01, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The men’s team had several other swimmers do well at the invitational as well. On the first day, the 200 yard freestyle relay team of junior Nate Donoghue, senior Ryan Akhavan, and first-years Jack Kennedy and Anri Cifuentes Robinson placed fifth in their event. Additionally, Orban, Cifuentes Robinson, Akhavan, and Donoghue teamed up in the 400 yard medley relay, placing fifth. On the second day, first-year Sebastian Ludwig placed eighth in the 1650 yard freestyle event with a time of 17:31.58. Akhavan finished fourth in the 200 yard butterfly and the 400 yard freestyle relay team came in fifth place. This relay team consisted of Orban, sophomore Lucas Wheal, Kennedy, and Donoghue. As a team, this was all good enough to put the Seahawks in seventh place out of twelve for the meet, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The women’s team also fared pretty well at the invitational, placing sixth out of twelve. The 200 yard freestyle team of junior Brenna Litynski, first-year Christina Trnkus, sophomore Leila McClosley, and senior Carolyn Sutton opened up the meet on the first day with a fourth place finish. Litynski then went on to place second in both the 50 yard freestyle and the 200 yard freestyle. To round out the day, Sutton, sophomore Bailey Edgren, Trnkus, and Litynski finished fifth in the 200 yard medley relay event. Day two of the invitational went just as well for SMCM. Litynski placed fourth in the 100 yard freestyle and first-year Rileigh Krell finished seventh in the 200 yard backstroke, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The last match of the calendar year for the Seahawks was at the Catholic University of America on Dec. 7. Ludwig got the men’s team their first victory of the day in the 1000 yard freestyle. Orban then claimed first in the 100 yard backstroke and Akhavan won the 200 yard butterfly. For the women’s team, the 200 yard medley relay swimmers started off the meet with an early victory. Sutton, Edgren, Trnkus, and Litynski swam a 1:59.07 in this victory. Litynski once again did well in the freestyle events, placing first in both the 50 and 100 yard events. Both Seahawk squads will resume competitions in January in preparation for the CAC championships in February.

SMCM Men’s Basketball Season Underway

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) Seahawks are well underway in their 2019-2020 campaign. Looking to improve on a respectable 10-16 season last year, the Seahawks have been very competitive early on. Their first game against Washington College showed just that, as the two squads needed an overtime period in order to determine the winner. Back in this Nov. 8 matchup, SMCM started very strong with a 7-2 run to begin the game. The two sides went back and forth, but the Seahawks were able to build off of a late run to take a 37-30 lead going into the half. However it was Washington College who came out firing in the second half, knocking down nine unanswered points to reclaim the lead. With just five seconds left in the game, senior guard Justin Milstead drew a clutch foul and sank one of his free throws to force overtime. SMCM was able to put up seven points in the overtime period, yet Washington College hit back-to-back three pointers to take a 77-75 advantage and the win. Despite the loss, this match showed just how competitive they can be this season. On top of that, first year guard Gary Grant scored twenty-two points and shot fifty percent from the field. Additionally, junior forward Miles Gillette picked up nine rebounds and scored twenty-one points, according to SMCM Athletics.

This year the Seahawks had the unique opportunity to take on the Division I UMBC Retrievers in an exhibition matchup. Despite taking on a Division I opponent, SMCM came out firing on all cylinders. They hung with the Retrievers extremely well, even jumping out to a 26-19 lead with just three minutes left in the first half. While the Retrievers were able to come back, the two teams headed into halftime tied at thirty-three a piece. In the second half the Retrievers came out hot and looked much more determined. They took a seven point lead with seventeen minutes remaining and never really looked back, winning the game 79-57. Regardless of the outcome, this was a great experience for the Seahawks and it proved that they can hang with anyone, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The biggest win of the year for the Seahawks came on Nov. 23 against the William Peace University Pacers. This out of conference matchup took place in Raleigh, North Carolina. SMCM did jump out to an early 5-2 lead, however they actually trailed for the majority of the first half. William Peace was deadly from deep, cashing in on thirteen three pointers in the first half. The Pacers led the Seahawks 47-42 at the half. It was a completely different game in the second half, as SMCM outscored the Pacers 46-26. It was lights out shooting by the Seahawks that propelled them to this second half onslaught. They shot 57.1% from beyond the arc and 58.3% from the field. Gillette had his best game of the season with his first double-double on the year. He finished with seventeen points and eleven rebounds. Milstead finished the day with fourteen points, while Grant and junior center Jack Foley both scored thirteen points, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The Seahawks will continue playing out of conference matches until they square off against the University of Mary Washington on Jan. 11, 2020. During this stretch of out of conference matchups, SMCM will play in the Puerto Rico Tournament on Dec. 20 and 21.

After a Controversial 2019 Season, The St. Mary’s Cross Country Team Looks Ahead to Next Season

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) Cross Country program has taken some hits throughout the Fall of 2019, ending the season with only five out of eight men remaining on the team and six out of nine women remaining. Despite the dwindling numbers of the team, the running Seahawks managed to turn in strong finishes in their meets, with Tyler Wilson (’22) consistently beating his personal records in many of his races throughout the season and leading the men’s team in times. On the women’s end, Marie Lewis (’20) was the first Seahawk to finish the women’s NCAA Women’s Mideast Regional Meet in Bethlehem, PA. 

Aside from lowering the morale of the team, the decrease in numbers of team members impacts the results of the remaining runners in meets, making it more difficult for SMCM to place, as there are fewer runners to score points and contribute to the team score. One team member who wishes to remain anonymous explained that the most challenging part of this past season has been “the loss of runners on the team and the tension between some of the runners and coach.”

The Cross Country program is currently under the coaching supervision of Head Coach Ryan Scanlon, who is the third coach of the program in three years. Scanlon has experience at the high school level, serving previously as the varsity girl’s cross country coach at South Carroll High School in Sykesville, MD. He led his team to a first place finish in the State Championship meet in 2018, garnering him the title of the Carroll County Times’ “2018 Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year.”

Despite his experience, Scanlon has struggled to click with his athletes throughout his first season at the helm of the program. One former team member, who has experienced the three different coaches in the past three years, noted that “each coach brings different strategies and different expectations to the team, making every year a new adjustment.” Former members of the program have complained of his poor communication skills, inadequate technical knowledge of the sport and a lack of respect for his athletes. 

“I did not feel valued as an athlete on the team,” explained a former member of the team, “and [Coach Scanlon] made it clear very early on that he was not willing to listen to our concerns or compromise with us in any way. It was a hard decision for me to make, and I have dearly missed running with my teammates.” 

While the new coach has presented issues for some of the runners, he has upped the level of competition in other athletes on the team. One runner mentioned that the program “has gotten more intense and strict” under Coach Scanlon, “and the team is treated more like a college sport and less like a club sport.” Another person noted, “Many people have quit due to disagreements with the coach, but those who have remained have gotten best times and really improved.” The divide in opinions regarding the new coach demonstrates the differing opinions on the current state of the SMCM Cross Country program.

 Despite the loss of runners throughout the fall season, the running Seahawks have maintained strong relationships with each other and, for the most part, did not allow controversy to stand in the way of their camaraderie as a team. It will be interesting to see what the 2020 season has in store for the SMCM Cross Country program.



The moon beckons you to instigate petty fights– honk your horn in traffic, spend extra time in the bathroom to spite your roommate who presumes everyone likes their music taste, and spread your belongings across a large swath of the communal study table at the local Starbucks. You are the protagonist of your life, but also of everyone else’s, so why shouldn’t you claim what’s yours?


Some flowers bloom in the winter. Unfortunately, no one leaves their house to see them–or they’re just covered in snow. Likewise, you will flourish this winter with no one around to see. Learn to be your own audience, or just post excessively on social media for fleeting validation.


Some signs are simply better than others. Geminis aren’t one of them, but due to their unique manipulative capabilities, they’re at least able to give off a corresponding impression– and that’s the trick. If no one knows it’s a veneer, is there a difference between superficiality and substance?


The judge and the jury have left the courthouse. The gavel resting on the podium beckons you. Be your own judge and tribunal. You may not have committed any crimes, but it’s never a bad time to turn a scrutinizing eye upon your actions in anticipation of the New Year. Especially if you’ve been to any of the sports formals that have happened recently. Then you’ve probably done something regrettable. 


Horseshoe crabs have blue blood that reacts to bacteria in a unique way, which is why we use them to test the purity of vaccines. Likewise, your blood can be harvested for beneficial purposes. If eligible, donate to a blood bank and accrue some good karma. 


Like Kirby in Super Smash Bros, you tend to swallow the people in your life, adopt their qualities, and then spit them out only to utilize their own weapons against them. Now is a good time to introspectively evaluate this pattern. 


Tides turn, seasons change, crabs and snakes shed their shells and skins, flowers and trees bloom and die, but for some reason you’re static like a heavy boulder. If you want to change, you’ll need someone to prompt you. If not, then I guess constants are comforting, sometimes. 


Jealousy’s the ugliest trait, according to Ms. Lauryn Hill. Try not to be too green this Christmas season, even if your sister gets the Balenciagas you’ve been pining after for several months. Some gifts are better than others– like the fact that no one trusts anyone with $400 shoes. 


The universe beckons you to spend the rest of your flex before the end of the semester. Meet me by the fountain. I have a coffee addiction and several other requests. Alternatively, you could donate some canned foods to the campus pantry.  


Whether or not Krampus or Santa Claus visits you this non-denominational, secular holiday season depends upon the extent to which you let people merge on the beltway on your way back from campus. When the infamous goat-devil of Christian European lore feasts upon your torso glutted with sugar cookies and eggnog, you’ll know whose responsibility it was to prevent this grisly fate. 


Life is a rollercoaster. Time is fake. Emotions are a circle and laughter is right next to tears. Put on your fuzzy slippers, paint your nails, sip pinot grigio from a Target glass that says “live laugh love,” and lament your recent divorce. Winter is for me-time, and you’re no exception, Aquarius. Stay strong.

PiscesPut down your copy of Sartre’s No Exit, extinguish your cigarette, and learn to celebrate the New Year earnestly instead of ranting about how time is a construct and the Gregorian calendar is wrong. Your New Year’s kiss? They don’t want to hear about how it actually takes 365.24219 days for the earth to orbit the sun. They just want debt forgiveness and a hot significant other.