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Stressed man with head on desk frustrated with work
Stressed man with head on desk frustrated with work

People on unemployment are not lazy. People not wanting to return to work is not them freeloading.

The fact is, COVID put on full display the fact that workers in minimum wage jobs are the pillars of our society.

COVID showed us that the traditional office space is obsolete. The vast majority of Americans who had the ability to work from home said their lives improved drastically.

COVID showed us that we do not need long, out-of-state or country business trips — wasted money and interrupted lives.

COVID exposed a long-broken and massively outdated set of business and economic standards…


Wooden Crosses on graves of mass shooting victims
Wooden Crosses on graves of mass shooting victims

Gun activists will adamantly tell you that guns make us safer. But there’s no evidence to support that.

  • Of abused women in the US who had a firearm in their home, 2/3 of them had that weapon used against them by a partner.
  • Women die by firearm at 21x the rate of women in other nations.
  • We experience gun violence in America at 25x the rate of other nations.
  • We are the only country in the world with regular and frequent mass shooting events.
  • Firearms are used for self-defense in less than 1% of all crimes.
  • We have the highest…

Mail Ballot Drop Box with American Flag Background
Mail Ballot Drop Box with American Flag Background

(This story was originally published on October 15, 2019, at thenudeal.com)

In America, our elections are our greatest civic responsibilities. We have the ability to head to the ballot box and cast a vote for the people who we believe will best represent us in government. And those choices make a difference.

Vote for the old-time insider, and you get more of the same. Vote for the new up-and-comer, and take a chance at something different. Candidates represent different values, are stronger or weaker on specific issues, and come from different backgrounds. Our votes hold weight. …


Deserted Playground with two empty swings in black and white
Deserted Playground with two empty swings in black and white

(This story was originally published May 21, 2019, at thenudeal.com)

What is war?

It’s a tough question for me to answer. I was born not so long ago in November 1987. I think the first real war I lived through was the Gulf War. I don’t have any memories of this conflict. I don’t remember anyone being particularly concerned. I was only four though, so maybe it doesn’t count.

I remember hearing about Bosnia and then about Kosovo. I never really knew what these conflicts were about. …


A younger me, holding a beach ball.

I’ve always been interested in politics. I had always been aware of the big issues and had formed my own stances on each. But sometime between 2012 and 2014 I stopped passively following what was going on in the US and started actively listening to the current events, the activities in Congress, what the overarching consequences could be (Largely due to satellite radio having political broadcasts all the time!)

And I found, more often than not, that I’d get upset about what I was hearing.

Abortion, universal healthcare, LGBTQ rights, I could always get worked up about any of them…

Gerry Nutini

Writer | Podcast | Commentator | Politics for the People. Check out the podcast and blog at thenudeal.com, or join the conversation at facebook.com/thenudeal

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