When was the last time you took a scenic drive ? Everyone can agree scenic drives are great. But when was the last time your vehicle drove itself? Your answer to that is hopefully “for a few minutes on cruise control”. Imagine being in the backseat as your vehicle drives you along a scenic coastline. The public is marveled at this wild technology. Although, autonomous vehicles (AV) should never be mandatory. As research is ongoing, this is just the beginning of AV exposure. Continue reading
On June 28, 2016 a BMW sedan traveling over the speed limit collided with the back of a big rig and immediately engulfed in flames. A couple of miles down the famous 101 Freeway, my younger brother and I sat in gridlocked traffic however, we didn’t realize the weight of the entire situation until the next day. Continue reading
The earth is a temple. It provides us with food, shelter, and valuable racecourses that we take for granted every day. Slowly, we are beginning to open our eyes to the effects of global warming, yet not soon enough. Changes in the polar caps are alarming and causing catastrophic impact on the surrounding areas. Many places are experiencing the hottest temperatures they have ever seen, and we still do not take this into consideration. We need a call for action, and begin to become an ecofriendly society and genuinely are noticed. Continue reading
Prescription drug overdose and addiction in the United States has become a normality. About 78 Americans die everyday due to opiate overdose and more than half of those deaths are by prescription opiates. Even beloved artist Prince recently passed away due to an overdose on, you guessed it— prescription opiates. The culture of recreational drug use and abuse has ransacked medicine cabinets over the past decade, inviting a whole new population of users whose drug supplier is none other than their very own doctor. Addiction has become an insidious epidemic. With that being said, it’s easy to view prescription opiates as the enemy that we must do away with entirely. Continue reading
There is an indoor public pool in Brooklyn, New York that has become the subject of a growing debate over discrimination. This is nothing new, public pools were a large issue in the civil rights battles of the 1950’s and 60’s, and public bathhouses have been significant in debates over gay rights. Continue reading
By: The American
July 20, 1969, the first man stepped onto the surface of the moon marking a historic day for the people of America. NASA had its largest budget percentage of the federal government’s spending during the years leading up to this space achievement and has since declined to an all-time low. Can we afford to increase NASA’s budget during our recently tough economic times and should we attempt to revive the nation’s interest in space exploration? Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and many other astronauts are American icons and heroes. America has lost its ambitions to explore and as astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson put it, “we stopped dreaming.” It is time to regain our lost glory by increasing NASA’s budget and once again start dreaming.
Performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) have been around the sporting world for a long period of time and within the past 2 decades have come to the headlines of the sporting world. There have been scandals in the baseball world, cycling, and the Olympics. PED’s have been banned by all major sports across the US in an attempt to keep a level playing field but many do slip through the cracks. Despite these efforts, professional athletes will do whatever they can to gain an edge over their competition. As adults, should they be given the freedom to do what they want to their body? The playing field has never been fully even throughout history and despite efforts to even it, does not seem like it will in the future.
The 2016 Presidential Elections are right around the corner and the candidates are putting on a show for the entire nation. Candidate Bernie Sanders has shaken the nation by proposing to give free public college education for all if elected. This comes at a time where student debt is at all-time highs and morale for college graduates is at a low. Can we really afford to give out a free college education to all?
The LGBTQ Community has been in the spotlight for a few weeks now in various media outlets. Whether it is about the Orlando Shooting, denial of blood donations from gay people, or now the military lift of the ban on transgender soldiers, this community is serving up quite the conversation. Continue reading
By Jerrisa Ching
On June 28, Australian professional golfer, Jason Day, declines the honorable participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Why did he miss this opportunity? The answer here is simple: Zika virus. Day mentions that “the reason for my decision is my concerns about the transmission of the…virus and the potential risks that it might present to my wife’s future pregnancies and to future members of our family. While it has always been a major goal to compete in the Olympics…playing golf cannot take precedent over the safety of our family”. Day provides a reasonable explanation to declining the Olympics. And who is to blame him? The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease that is commonly transmitted through Aedes mosquito bites, sexual intercourse, and pregnancy. The virus poses risks to newborns with microcephaly, a condition where a newborn’s head is smaller than the average size, and other brain development issues in movement, balance, and vision.
Every four years the world is united through the summer Olympiad games. On August 5, 2016 the 28th version of the modern day summer Olympic games will kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Continue reading
Recently, the topic of Transgender people rights to using the restroom has become a huge topic of discussion. We find states agreeing and disagreeing with policies to allow people to use the restroom they identify with. The issue with going against trans people and allowing them to use the restroom they identify with; is we risk their safety. We must not turn a blind eye, and allow Transgender people to use the restroom they identify with, or we could face far more issues than we realize.
Were you profoundly focused on the last political remark you read on social media? If so, were you aware that it affected you? In regards to the presidential elections, social media currently has great power. The power of social media is driven by collective intelligence. Collective intelligence in business can enhance a company’s image, increase their profit, or make consumers feel important. Continue reading
Living on an island in the middle of the Pacific ocean is a tropical luxury. We are surrounded on all sides by a vast ocean full of life, balance, and vibrance. But, you know what they say: what sounds too good to be true, often is. Right now, we are in the midst of the worst episode of coral bleaching in history. In total this is the third coral bleaching disaster our earth has seen, and scientists are worried about the future of our ocean life. Continue reading
By Jerrisa Ching
Did you know that more than 80,000 chemicals in the United States are not adequately tested for their effects on human health? Well, I sure didn’t. These 80,000 chemicals especially lurk in your furniture, clothing, cars, and even food. Chemical consumers are often unaware of the risks that chemical-based products have. Because of these health risks, the U.S. federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comes into the story.
Individuals choose to attend major colleges and universities across the nation for various reasons. Some seek higher education, while others desire to find passions and refine various skills one may use to find a professional career upon graduation. Continue reading
Stevie was my neighbor from the time I was born. We played together just about every day, and we went to Kindergarten together at the public school up the hill from our houses. We played with G.I. Joe mostly, and I never saw the irony in that. It never registered with me that his name was actually Esteban. Even when his parents were speaking Spanish they called him Stevie. Continue reading
What is the Internet? It seems like an easy question, but is it? Do we really know what the Internet is? We know what Facebook or Google is. We know what we use every day on our phones. However, who can actually formulate an accurate definition of the Internet? That is our first step on the way to stasis. What is it? We can argue about it, we can debate how to use it, but without a definition, it is just sound and fury, signifying nothing. Continue reading
When I was young, I witnessed my mom being threatened by her boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend) with a gun. This man was an alcoholic and had severe anger issues. It was there on that day, I realized the seriousness and the dangers of a gun when placed in the wrong hands. On July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado 12 people were slain and 70 others were wounded in a movie theater. Later that year in December, 26 people were shot to death in Newton, Connecticut and of those 26 lost, 20 of them were children. Continue reading
Marijuana has been around for centuries, and states are now coming to the conclusion that this herbal plant has properties that can help ease pain, and other medical conditions. Medical Marijuana is the use of the whole unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat a disease or the symptoms. Medical Marijuana has been seen in many cases to help ease pain without the strong effects of becoming addicted the way other opiates work, and helping decrease many mental aspects to conditions such as depression. There have been recent cases in which Medicinal Marijuana has been more affective then other medications used over time. Although 50% of our country benefits from the use of Medical Marijuana as an alternative to health damaging medications, there is still the other half of our country fighting for these gains. The legalization of Medicinal Marijuana should be nationwide and not only limited to half of our country.