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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