Archive for November, 2013

November 15, 2013

Parents Concern Over Snapchat To Be A Safe Sexting App

snapchat 2Snapchat is a new trending app in texting option ranked 13 by App Annie Index. What’s the difference between Snapchat and regular text messaging? The difference is the availability to take a photo or record a video, and send to applicants that are linked directly to the user’s cellphone contact list. These photos or videos are allowed up to a max of 10 seconds before “self-destructing”; this only applies to others receiving the photo or video. Evan Spiegel, creator of the app Snapchat constructed this app for the simple task of just capturing the moment and having fun.

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November 14, 2013

The Future of Higher Education is in Affordability

Smiling Graduate Holding up DiplomaBy KC

America places such an emphasis on the necessity of a college degree, yet the price to attain a degree is so high – and it’s only increasing. CourseSmart, an e-textbook provider, created a graphic that lays out in simple terms the details of current college tuition. Over the last 30 years, tuition has increased 1,120 percent. By comparison, even the skyrocketing cost of health care only rose 600 percent and housing costs 375 percent. With such inflated tuition prices, students rely on loans to attend college and attain a degree, yet the interest rates on these debts are causing problems of their own.

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November 14, 2013

What are you really eating?

Organic or not?

Organic or not?

By Anisha Desai

Most Americans have no idea how long GMO foods have been incorporated into their everyday diet.  Scientists started to create GMO foods as early as the 1900’s. Many consumers are unfamiliar with the concept of GMO foods altogether.  GMO foods are included in virtually every meal consumed by the average American.  Not many Americans are aware of the extent GMO foods he or she is consuming because GMO products are not required to be labeled. 

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November 14, 2013

Economic Benefits of Legalizing Same-sex Marriages in Hawai’i

girls2Legalizing same-sex marriages in Hawaii has been a major topic in the news, with opposing sides strongly voicing their opinions.  The statement that same-sex marriages can benefit Hawaii’s economy has been mentioned in various articles on the web.  However this statement was not backed up by substantial evidence, other than one study done by the economics department of University of Hawaii at Manoa.  If there is substantial proof to show that Hawaii’s economic situation will improve, we should legalize same-sex marriages for this reason.

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November 14, 2013

Obamacare actually delivering some hope

heart2 By: LaurieeG

To say Obamacare has gotten off to a rocky start would be an understatement. Obamacare, who’s official title is the Affordable Care Act, has been plagued with a motley collection of complications since its rollout on October 1st of this year. Still, for all the ways Obamacare continues to disappoint conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), there is some excitement sprouting in the mental healthcare sector. As of November the administration has made effective new regulations regarding insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse benefits.

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November 14, 2013

The Future of Stop and Frisk

910919_68884786In the mid 1980’s America became the victim of what the media reported as the “crack epidemic”. Cocaine was being broken down into a smokable form, which allowed for a purer and cheaper version of the drug. Due to the availability and price, crack became widely used throughout America. The rise in drug use also sparked a rise in crime. Homicides doubled, and 60% of America’s inmates were serving time related to drug offenses. New York was one of the hardest hit cities in America. New York City’s street violence increased, as did spousal and child abuse. As the government finally began to crack down on the epidemic, and as the drug became scarcer, New York City’s crime rate eventually began to fall.

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November 14, 2013

Be Tobacco-Free with E-Cigarettes!

photoBy Mark Sebastian

Throughout my entire life, I have never smoked a cigarette because of its cancer-causing agents of tobacco. From the facts and figures about tobacco, as seen in television and advertisements, it has made me tobacco-free ever since. There are about 443,000 deaths per year that accounts to cigarette smoking. It can lead to lung cancer, heart attacks, and expose others of secondhand smoke. In reality, cigarettes are indeed harmful to a person’s health. Some have taken nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges to alleviate this problem. With the new development of e-cigarettes, many would rather use this product to help reduce cigarette consumption instead. 

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November 13, 2013

NFL linked to Deaths

footballBy Rachel Jones

A player gets injured during a practice or a game, not unheard of right? What if that concussion s/he sustained led to a life time medical disease that could possibly take your life? That is the lawsuit the National Football League (NFL) is currently facing, along with the repercussions. It may be common knowledge that injuries can happen at any time in your life but shouldn’t the organization that employs you, be upfront about the possible life injuries a player could receive during their employment?

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November 13, 2013

Google Glass Comes To A Crashing Halt

ImageIn this day and age, technology is becoming rapidly more accepted into the mainstream. Computers that once would have filled an entire room now fit in the palm of our hand and aid us in our everyday lives. In fact, rates of adoption, maturation, and saturation of new technologies in the US market have increased greatly; approximately double from mobile phones to smart phones. This points to a general public that is growing ever more aware and accepting of new technologies, and which is keyed in to the issues surrounding new technologies and those who use them.

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November 12, 2013

A Story of Equality

Gold Wedding RingsBy Keli’i Lum

John was a boy who grew up being the star football player of his town.  His town loved him for his enthusiasm and encouragement; his friends loved him for always being there to listen; and the old folks at his town’s local retirement home loved him for the positive energy he brought every weekend when he visited.  In college, John fell in love with his gorgeous classmate, Ashley.  Whenever he got sad, Ashley was there to comfort him, and whenever life threw a curveball at John, Ashley was there to support him.  After 5 years of being together, they decided to get married.

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November 12, 2013

New York Under fire for Racial Profiling

file000704919536by Shirin

In today’s modern society several ethnic minorities have established reputations for themselves as strong, prominent, wealthy members of society. The US nation elected Barack Obama to lead America as president. It has clung on the words of Oprah Winfrey since 1986. So why is it insensible for citizens of the United States of America to assume that racist beliefs have diminished from the minds and hearts of their counterparts? Within the past year; several individuals of ethnic minorities have reported incidents of racial profiling in New York’s high-end clothing stores. African American racial profiling is a bad trend in national brand stores in New York, it has brought attention to the fact that racism still exists in America.

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November 12, 2013

Insurance cancellations due to Obamacare

usa-flag-flying-1387469-mThe rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) is leading to the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of health insurance plans nationwide, which contradicts President Barack Obama’s pledge that people who like their coverage can keep it. Due to the online site that is expected to face continuing difficulties until the end of November, Americans may have only weeks to find replacement coverage, which may cause many to end up paying higher premiums. It was Obama’s oft-repeated pledge that was his central selling point of his health-care overhaul to calm consumers who feared being forced to give up policies.

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November 12, 2013

McCarthy Promotes Dangerous Vaccination Myth

VaccineAmerican lives are being endangered as anti-vaccination movements gains popularity. Over the years, it seems that the topic of vaccines are seeped in controversy, causing many to forgo getting their vaccinations. As a matter of fact, when the study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield in 1998 first came out, stating that measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines could cause autism, there was a steep decline in MMR vaccination compliance as panic overtook the public.  Even now, despite the fact that “idea is unsupported by scientific evidence, denounced by the entire medical world and ascribing to it could be deadly,” the belief that vaccines can cause autism runs rampant, as influential people like Jenny McCarthy continue to support and promote this claim. However, what McCarthy and supporters of the anti-vaccination seem to ignore is the fact that the cost of decrease in vaccination is the increase risk of getting sick and the potential for an outbreak to happen.

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November 12, 2013

Edward Snowden: The Batman of our Time

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Edward Snowden made public headlines back in May 2013 by disclosing classified information acquired by the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program.  This outbreak resulted in two opposite reactions by many angered Americans who either felt betrayed by Snowden or appreciative of his actions.  Snowden stated that he did not want to live in a world that allowed the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom, and basic liberties for people around the world through global surveillance.

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November 12, 2013

Koa Ridge: Construction or Destruction?

hammerCastle and Cooke Hawaii is a development company that specializes in residential and commercial real estate. They are known for constructing some of the premier neighborhoods statewide such as Mililani, Makakilo, and Kapolei, along with commercial businesses like Dole Plantation, Dole Cannery and Mililani Tech Park. Castle and Cooke Hawaii now have a new community development plan underway called Koa Ridge.

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