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Social media outlets have been paving the way for a new age of constant communication with one another since the early days of AOL Instant Messenger and MySpace. Whether someone is across the country or down the street, it is very simple to catch up with their daily happenings without having to talk to that person.
Of all of the controversies circling through the media, the war between the Christian Church and same-sex marriage is vying for one of the top spots. I am not here to argue about separating religious beliefs from law and policy making or whether orientation is chosen. I am here to be honest to the Church: the world is changing and so are you.
Feminism has become something of a dirty word over the past few years. Men, and even some women, have railede against the term, seeing feminists as aggressive, men-hating, women-supremacists. Many men have adopted the term “meninist” for themselves, and advocate for what they call “men’s rights.” Many others have used the term equalist, saying that they believe everyone is equal, and deserves equal rights.
Earlier this week I saw a picture on my Instagram feed of two friends of mine. They had large red X’s drawn and colored on the backs of their hands. You might recognize it as the icon for the End It Movement that works to raise awareness about the second largest global organized crime: human trafficking.
I never realized how appropriate the saying “ignorance is bliss” was until I decided to get my bachelor’s degree. I don’t really consider myself a naïve individual – I’m 50 years old and worked as a court reporter for 20 years before returning to school. After working in various courtrooms in both Michigan and California, I thought my eyes had long been opened to the seedier sides of life in this great country of ours. However, my educational endeavors have now made me realize that I still didn’t know all I thought I knew. In other words, you don’t know what you don’t know until you know, you know?
In English, “freedom” is a word often used to describe the literal or mental state of being free, free from worry or utilizing your right to free expression. I do not feel that this particular use of the word properly exalts the deeper meaning of the concept itself.
On Jan. 29, in one of their first acts, the Republican-controlled Senate approved the Keystone XL Pipeline by a 62-36 vote, and GOP lawmakers in the Senate have called passing the Keystone XL pipeline a “top priority,” according to U.S. News.
If anyone ever wants a slice of social justice and animated pictures of cats and TV shows, the website Tumblr is the place to go. This site is most popular for its politically correct attitude when discussing various aspects of our culture. However, the over-conscientious mindset can be a bit much, especially with the romance that bloggers seem to have with the word “oppression.”
Unless you haven’t been on the Internet in the past few days, I’m sure you’ve seen “the dress that made the Internet explode.” There is a dress that looks distinctly different to different people. Some say it’s blue and black, some say it’s white and gold. Although which color the dress truly is does not affect us in any way, the principals behind this argument apply directly to our lives.
A couple of weeks ago, my fellow opinions columnist, Andrew Kocis, wrote an article about how similar our generation, the Millennials, is to the post-WWI “Lost Generation.” It was about this same point in history where the controversial “bob” haircut grew in increased popularity and I can’t help but compare it to the pixie-cut trend that’s going around today.
Just last night I saw a brief news story about the Federal Aviation Administration starting to consider new flight rules to adopt in consideration of flying drones that are starting to take to the skies in our country. What made this so memorable to me was the fact that I had just finished reading all about drone technology and how it is expanding from current military uses to being used commercially for farming and ranching. It has been projected that the most useful commercial application for drones is in precision agriculture, where drones can use infrared cameras to create visuals for farmers that they can’t get from their naked eyes alone. Currently there is a prototype fixed-wing unit that weighs five pounds, has a one-hour flight time and can cover a potential maximum of 600 acres and will cost approximately $4,000. Additional benefits to farmers include being able to assess the water content of soil or identify any pest problems with agricultural drones. What this means is that, with drone technology, they will be able to decrease the effort they put into farming but maintain the output they get. Besides military uses, drones have been used in Japan for such purposes as inspecting nuclear power plant damage, tracking wildlife and monitoring whaling ships. There is a GALE drone that was developed recently for flying into hurricanes to send data to forecasters. More exciting than these uses, MIT students are collaborating with Boeing engineers in building an iPhone app to control a drone up to 3,000 miles away, and engineers at University of Southampton built a drone with a 3D printer that assembles in minutes by hand.The sky is the limit here. Pizzas delivered for Domino’s Pizza, small package deliveries for Amazon or Federal Express, delivering medicines and vaccines or enhancing mobile communication networks in rural or remote areas, mapping unpaved roads, understanding traffic jams and evaluating road conditions. Investigations are under way on all these uses, and parents in Vermont are currently using drones to escort their kids to school. Picture it: Your doorbell rings and when you answer it, there’s a hovering drone that tells you it has a delivery for you. Or you order a pizza and it’s a drone at the door delivering it. Your evening 6:00 news includes live shots from a drone’s camera where there is a traffic jam on the freeway, and World Health Organization doctors send medicine into e-bola ravaged areas without endangering any medical workers.If these ideas sound exciting to you, you can check out the new educational programs that have developed around this technology at such places as University of Nevada and University of North Dakota. Up to 100,000 jobs in upcoming years is what they are expecting in the manufacturing sector alone, although other possibilities include more military, agriculture and farming, business, and educational opportunities. How cool is that?
In 2014, Hope Landline and Irma Corral of East Carolina University recommended “[u]sing wealth . . . household income, education, and household size . . . in studies of racial-ethnic health disparities, [to] improve” the overall quality of a health study.
In an article titled “Reading the Fine Print,” printed in the Emerging Photographer, the National Press Photographers Association attorney Mickey Osterreicher explains to photographers the dangers of posting their work on social media platforms without reading all the terms of service. He uses the case of Agence France Presse vs. Morel for an example.
Brian Williams, a news anchor for NBC, has recently been suspended as a lead anchor for six months. He had misspoken on Jan. 30 about being in a helicopter that had been hit by a rocket while he was covering the Iraqi war back in the year 2003. While it is directly disrespectful to embellish this particular type of story -- and a suspension was warranted for it -- given what psychology tells us about storytelling, I don’t believe any further disciplinary action is required.
The way we elect our president is through the Electoral College system. While we do have a popular vote, it is the Electoral College that officially selects who our next president will be. Electors typically cast their vote for the candidate who wins the popular vote in their respective state. The candidate who receives an absolute majority of electoral votes, currently 270, wins the presidency.
In the summer of 2013, my brother and I traveled to Europe; he went to Italy, I went to Spain. The view in Madrid, Spain was either that the Catalans were not serious in their push for independence or that they were only interested in economic and political gain. While I’m sure Catalonia too has politicians who simply blow with the prevailing wind, politics and economics are not the end-all and be-all of human interactions. The commonplace always seems to be taken for granted.
We are trudging deep in the drifts of wet February snow and a sea of red hearts. This can only mean one thing: The holiday that companies have been advertising for since the day after Christmas is upon us.
Michigan legislators want citizens to vote on whether to rob ourselves to the tune of more than $2 billion in tax hikes that we’re supposed to believe will fix our roads. This ballot proposal will be brought to you on May 5, and you should vote ‘no.’
Please don’t vote third party. At least don’t vote third party expecting to win. Third parties can determine who the victor will be in an election, but they do not win. Ask Ralph Nader.
Capitalism, being a naturally oppressive and adversarial system, will always lead to the subjugation and disenfranchisement of those at the bottom of the social ladder while those at the top become akin to divinity – with money and material gain being the gateway to this illusory and superficial paradise.