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Joseph Rauch
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I was born and mostly raised in San Diego. My father is White with a Jewish background and was raised in New York and my mother is Lebanese with a Christian background and was born in Baghdad and raised in both Lebanon and the United States. I lived in Lebanon for six months during the Cedar Revolution and then finished highschool in San Diego. I am now an alumnus of NYU who majored in psychology with a minor in creative writing. I have published both fiction and op-ed pieces and hope my ideas will make an impact on the world. I also worked for Stonehouse Productions (founded by Warren Adler).
I am also a proud alumni member of the Gentlemen of Quality at NYU.
Feel free to check out my Tumblr for more articles that you won't see here on Huffpost!
Lastly, here is my personal website which will act as a hub for everything and a place to learn more about me.

Entries by Joseph Rauch

5 Shows in My Generation that Jumped the Shark

(27) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 11:48 AM

When I saw the Season 6 Finale of Dexter, I thought of "jumping the shark." John Hein coined this phrase after watching the episode of Happy Days where the Fonz literally jumps over a shark (or rather a portion of water that has a shark in it) while water-skiing. The...

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The Courtesy of Death

(81) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 4:33 PM

I support Proposition 34 but am not necessarily opposed to the idea of putting someone to death or allowing them to die. Before I explain my reasoning, let me give some background information on Proposition 34 and the death penalty. Proposition 34 is on the ballot this year...

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My Evolution on Gay Marriage

(12) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 4:29 PM

When a member of the president's staff said that his view on gay marriage had "evolved" and when the president explained this evolution during an interview, I felt a peak moment of empathy. Gay marriage is such a complex issue and I completely understand the idea of having evolving opinions...

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The Cycle of Abusive Relationships

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 4:22 PM

Many of us have or have had friends who will enter into abusive relationships and then stay with their abusive partner even after they have openly admitted they are unhappy. We will wonder, "If you are so unhappy, why don't you leave him/her?" There is a portion of psychological literature...

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The Law of the Subway

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 10:47 AM

I thought the MTA regulations of prohibiting soliciting on the subway were harsh until recently. A few days ago, I was doing my daily commute on the E train when I saw a woman limping into the car I was in. She was holding a cardboard sign that read, "PLEASE...

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Is Privacy Really THAT Special Anymore?

(22) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 3:02 PM

Since privacy is a broad term and can be defined in many ways, it is not always clear what an invasion of privacy is or whether there are different degrees of invasion. Some pervert using binoculars to spy on you in the shower or follow you around vs. the government...

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Romney Will Lose Come November

(11) Comments | Posted April 28, 2012 | 10:08 AM

I've been saying this to my friends and family for almost a year now, but I mentioned it in passing in one of my last posts, so I thought I would try and sew up the issue once and for all.

Romney is not going to win in November....

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Marketing the Truth

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 11:34 AM

When most people see taglines like, "Based on a true story," on the bottom of movie posters, they usually assume that most events in the movie really happened or were at least based on things that really happened. After all, wouldn't it be false advertising to say the movie was...

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How Women Accept Offensive Songs

(5) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Since I went to a high school with more than two-thirds girls and now attend a school with a vast majority of women, I have had many opportunities to get answers to this question: "How can you stand to listen to songs that reduce your entire gender to bitches...

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The Illusion of Religious Choice

(14) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 3:51 PM

I used to be very smug about my atheism. I thought it was my naturally strong self-determination and spirit of non-conformism that led me to become an atheist. However, as I spoke with dozens of other atheists in person over the years, I realized I was mostly wrong and that...

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Why Obama Should Raise Taxes in 2013

(24) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 6:06 PM

If my title didn't catch your attention, I'll say it again: Obama is going to win the election this year and when he does, I want him to raise taxes on wealthy Americans by repealing the Bush tax cuts or introducing new tax legislation on the "1 percent" as well...

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