Archive for December, 2013

December 18, 2013

Sometimes It’s Okay

ADHD RemixIn the realm of medically recognized disorders Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is considered to be in its infancy. The disorder was not clinically classified until 1987. Since then the number of individuals diagnosed with ADHD has steadily risen from year to year.    Today, it is the one of the most common childhood “neurobehavioral disorder”.

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December 17, 2013

Cell Phones Should Be Allowed on Airplanes

ID-100159480Traveling to other parts of the world is always exciting, but sitting on an airplane for hours is not fun at all. The best way to overcome the boredom of flying is to play games or watch movies. In October, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowed airlines to expand the use of personal electronics. Passengers are now able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos during takeoffs and landings. Turning off electronics is no longer mandatory, but connecting to the Internet remains prohibited at altitudes below 10,000 feet. Since most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices, should the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allow airlines to let their passengers use cell phones on airplanes?

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December 17, 2013

Reforming the American Dream

ID-10047916America has been both praised and scrutinized for its immigration policies in the past. America is a country that was founded and has flourished due to immigration. Whether it is to escape danger, or search out better economic opportunities, America has always been a destination for those who wish to achieve change. Within the past decade public opinion concerning immigration has been constantly fluctuating. In 2002, a study showed that 55% of Americans were in favor of decreasing legal immigration. This was most likely due to the fear and anguish instilled by the events of September 11th. As of now 74% of Americans are in favor of providing a way towards legalization to current illegal immigrants. Although the public wants some type of reform to be implemented many government officials don’t seem to share their concern.

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December 17, 2013

Turn On The Tap

tapwater-1Those eight daily glasses of water you’re supposed to drink for good health? They could cost you roughly $1,400 or $0.49 yearly, depending on where you get your water. Consumers that choose to drink bottled water spend about 2,900 times as much as those that drink tap water. Why?

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December 17, 2013

Taking Entertainment To A Whole New Reality

Oculus 2If 3D gaming wasn’t satisfying the realistic standards then, this technological improvement will change the Meta of entertainment. The device is called “Oculus Rift” immerses the user to be in control of the game. Oculus Rift allows the user to move by slightly tilting the head and, 360 degrees of visual prowess creating the virtual reality. The device was showcased in E3 conference resulting in many curious crowds’ attention; all with the possibility of seeing the Rift stocked in electronic retail stores. The Oculus Rift wasn’t released during the E3 conference though, because the question of whether the device might cause motion sickness.

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December 17, 2013

Mankind: A Destructive Force?

ShipThe U.S. Navy has recently submitted an extension on their ‘Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing’ project for the next five years from 2014 through 2019, that will increase the use of sonar testing in waters off the coast of Hawaii to Southern California. The project aims to provide realistic training conditions for using active sonar devices to detect and identify new submarines that are difficult to “hear.” However, this project may put the marine mammal population at great risk by potentially killing thousands of species of whales and dolphins, and significantly injuring hundreds more.

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December 17, 2013

Online Protection: Are they doing it right?

ScamIn today’s society buying online is a common occurrence and a majority of the population partakes in online purchases one-way or another. With all the hidden hoops and obstacles that buyers and sellers are required to go through, to sell or purchase an item, you would think these transactions would be safe. In some instances, that is not the case. Both buyers and sellers need to beware of scammers that con people out of money for items that may be claimed as: damaged, lost, stolen, mis-labeled or mis-leading. When a buyer or a seller falls victim of fraud, how do sites such as eBay and Paypal keep customers?

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December 17, 2013

Endangered Whale Species vs. U.S. Navy

ImageIn the news recently, the environmental group EarthJustice has gotten attention for filing a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service.  The National Marine Fisheries Service has granted the request by the United States Navy to intensify their sonar testing in the waters off of Hawaii and California.  It has been widely argued by biologists that the use of this technology leads to an increase in whale beachings on the coastlines.  The use of Sound Navigation and Ranging(SONAR) by the Navy has a negative affect on whale species and should not be supported at it’s current decibel level.

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December 17, 2013

Justice Is Not Blind To Wealth

ImageWhat do you think the punishment should be for killing four innocent people?  In the court system of Texas, it’s apparently only 10 years probation.  The 16 year old Ethan Couch appeared in court for ending the lives of four people in a car accident at his own hand.  One might be inclined to argue that Couch was simply a young, inept driver, and that the accident was not his fault, but rather just that, an unfortunate accident.  The fact that he had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit and was high on Valium at the time presents a much more serious offense than mere ineptitude.

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December 17, 2013

U.S. student’s poor scores on PISA 2012 test

es_student_take_test_v2The 2012 results for the Program for International Student Assessment were just released on Tuesday by the U.S. Secretary of Education. More than 510,000 15-year-olds students in 65 different countries and education systems took part in the 2012 test. According to the results, U.S. schools are utterly stagnant in all subjects (reading, math and science), while others are moving forward.

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December 17, 2013

America’s Actual Super Villians

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Nearly a year has passed since the shooting incident of Sandy Hook Elementary School and yet we find ourselves victim to another tragic event, in the case of Arapahoe High School.  18-year-old Karl Pierson purchased a shotgun legally at a nearby local store with the intent to harm multiple individuals.

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December 17, 2013

Going organic

 

It has always remained a mystery to me as to why organic foods are so much more expensive than non-organic foods.  Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods of organic farming which uses limited modern synthetic inputs.  These modern synthetic inputs can include unnatural things such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  The cost of farming only increases when adding pesticides and chemical fertilizers. 

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December 17, 2013

Gun Control? No, Better Mental Health Care

Obama calls for tougher gun control laws as he light candles in honor of the Newton victims on the one-year anniversary of the tragic event. Many individuals must be nodding their heads in agreement and thinking that it is about time. The public has been pushing for increase in regulations for quite some time, especially after tragic events like the theater massacre back in July 2012, during the late night premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and the Naval Yard shooting that happened not too long ago. As a matter of fact, on Friday, December 13, another school shooting took place. Fortunately, it was over before it began and the only death at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado was the shooter himself. Shooting after shooting, congress has done nothing so, yes, it is about time that congress does something to prevent any more tragic events from taking place.

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December 14, 2013

How investing in tablets would save UH Mānoa and its students money

AmplifyIn today’s society, the ability to use technology is a necessity.  Where ever you look, you’ll see technology weaved into every aspect of the world we live in.  For a student at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Mānoa, this fact is never truer.  UH students need technology to do their homework, write quality essays, and create top-notch resumes for a career.  Everything a student does almost revolves around the utilization of technology.  Textbooks are already considered a dinosaur of the past.  A question we must ask ourselves is, “Why haven’t we gotten rid of all the paperback textbooks, and fully enveloped ourselves in the use of tablets and electronic textbooks (e-textbooks)?”

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December 3, 2013

More, Not Less.

photo-7I can say with unusual certainty that at some point in every person’s life he/she will brush against the sordid world of addiction. That is not to say that everyone in existence is or will be an addict, but rather that someone we know will struggle with an addiction. Addictions appear in a variety of ways; there is no one size fits all. Of course, in our society, drugs seem to be the most obvious form.

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December 3, 2013

There is No Justification for Not Protecting Your Children

ImageFor something that has caused cancer in 12,000 women in the United States in 2011 alone and taken 4,000 of these women’s lives, one would think that everyone would want to protect a child under their guardianship from this; however, that is not the case. Human papillomavirus (HPV) has recently become so common that about half of all men and more than three out of four women have HPV at some point in their lives.

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December 3, 2013

How Much Do You Trust Your Doctor?

Most people hstockvault-stethoscope129086ave experienced going to the doctor’s office when they are feeling under the weather.  We trust the doctor to find the solution to our problem so we can get back to our regular day to day activities.  Majority of patients just take what the doctor says at face value since we trust that they know best.  Should that still be the commonplace, especially when it comes down to serious illnesses when millions of people are being treated for the wrong medical conditions?  With viable clinical diagnosis support systems on the market, the use of these programs should be mandated by the government to save more lives.

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December 3, 2013

Pay To Marry Yourself For Happiness?

Marry yourselfEver wondered if you could marry yourself? Well look no further because self-wedding kits are here. What is Self-marriage? Jewelry designer Jeffrey Levin and branding and consulting expert Bonnie Powers showcased a product called “I Married Me, Self-Wedding Box” inside this box contains a silver or gold ring, with two prices, either $45 or $300. Extra content includes a ceremony card, three “promises me” cards, and affirmation card for each week. The Self-wedding box is intended to reassure one’s life is always whether it’s the feeling of failure or loss of a dear importance.

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December 3, 2013

Solving Hawaii’s Homeless Problem

campingtentA recent event has brought the issue of Hawaii’s homelessness to the forefront of the public’s awareness. A Hawaii State Representative, Tom Brower decided to grab resident’s attention by taking a sledgehammer to shopping carts ordinarily used by the homeless to store and maneuver what little possessions they have. In his attempt at a “practical way to clean up the streets”, Brower has taken a stance on his opinion of Hawaii’s homeless which I find agreeable to some degree.

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December 3, 2013

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The stop and Frisk policy was mandated in 1968 so that the city of New York would be safe. The law allows officers to stop, question, and frisk anyone suspicious i.e. anyone who acts unusually. It has come under scrutiny in the past decade for the unfair treatment of African American and Latino citizens. Ethnic minorities feel that the policy has come down on them and has made it difficult to live a normal life in New York City. In August Judge Shira Scheidlin, a respectable federal judge that has served since 1984 served in the recent case “Floyd vs. the city of New York”. Floyd reported to the courtroom that officers stopped him twice because his African American ethnicity.

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