Archive for May, 2014

May 8, 2014

GMO Companies Causing Health Problems to Kauai Residents

pesticidesPineapple, sugar, papaya or seeds; which of these agricultural product do you think is the most valuable product of Hawaii? The answer, is seeds, particularly, seed corn. In 2008, seed crops were valued more than $175,000, while sugar cane came in at second, $44,200 and macadamia nuts in third, $33,500. The reason why seed corn is highly valued, is because of

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May 8, 2014

The world forgetting by the world forgot: Infernal Suffering of the Potless Mind

puzzle-mind-brain-storming-11134568Marijuana is no longer just for the recreational stoners; it seems as though articles proclaiming new medical benefits of this seemingly miracle plant emerge every week. New Mexico’s Medical Advisory Board for the state’s Medical Cannabis Program unanimously voted to add degenerative neurological disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to their list of eligible medical conditions for treatment. The possibility of using marijuana as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease may seem counterintuitive, but studies are providing support that say otherwise.

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May 8, 2014

Death Penalty: The Morality of Actuality

death penaltyLet’s start with something simple. Have you ever had your apartment broken into or your moped stolen? Earlier this semester my laptop was taken. It was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had. I wished terrible things upon the person who took such an integral part of my life. Now, consider the feeling of rage and helplessness you had after losing a material object and how magnified it would be if you lost a loved one in a horrifying manner; to a truly egregious crime. Only then can you being to even possibly understand why the parents of Stephanie Neiman wanted nothing less but the death penalty for Clayton Lockett.

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May 8, 2014

Smart Phones and Implications on Privacy Rights in the Fourth Amendment

SmartPhoneApps4Cops-2Have you ever done or been involved in anything legally incriminating with the use of your smart phone? Say you were pulled over for a speeding ticket – would you be comfortable with the police searching your phone – without a warrant – for potentially incriminating evidence despite its being completely irrelevant to the current situation? 

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May 8, 2014

Minorities, Children, and Minimum Wage

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The recent racist remarks from, now banned, Clippers owner Donald Sterling has surely sparked a controversy that highlights the issue of racism in our country. Once thought to have been dwindling, considering America has been making attempts at becoming a more accepting and tolerant nation, this reminded us all of how there are still those with unfair and morally debased judgments. The mindset says that black people, as well as other minorities, are inferior to white people.

These thoughts and beliefs aren’t only unique to Donald Sterling, however.

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May 8, 2014

FCC: Caught in the Corporate Net

neutral 1On May 15th, 2014 there will be a notice of proposed rulemaking issued to the public that Senator Al Franken says “is the free speech issue of our time.” These rules aren’t being proposed by any court or justice department, but instead by the fellas at the freaking FCC, as Peter Griffin refers to them. Before you scoff at Al Franken’s remark, let’s take a closer look at the history of printed information and see why the Senator is not alone.

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May 8, 2014

Our Freedom Loving Concept in Danger

Netneutralitycopy1Do you frequently browse the internet? Well, you’re on the internet right at this moment reading this. But what if something were to happen in the future, and suddenly your access to this site either vanishes or becomes very unstable? Well, that’s something you don’t need to worry about living in America because of this thing called network neutrality, more widely known as net neutrality.

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May 8, 2014

Aloft with Project Loon

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By Michael Richey

I’m prone to daydreaming, flights of fancy which can strike me at any moment. I believe in the notion that these momentary lapses in attention spur genuine innovation, or at least help us reconsider conundrums. Visualizing the concept behind Project Loon, an effort to provide internet to the multitudes without it, might strike one as a daydream. But that’s if the problem their addressing doesn’t floor you first.

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May 8, 2014

Where Is Your Waste Going?

6a00d8341d758b53ef0133ee4b4a6c970bLocally, one of the most pervasive topics that circulate the public sphere is the handling of waste in Hawaii. In particular, the federal government recently filed a lawsuit against Waste Management of Hawaii Inc. Although headlines in the news suggests that Waste Management of Hawaii is at fault and should be held accountable for the spilled waste in 2010 and 2011, I have found many of their statements to be unjustified and incomplete.

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May 8, 2014

Heartbleed Implications

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Computer security has become very important nowadays, with various hackers and those who want to steal personal information from others, it’s natural to be cautious of how secure your information is.  That is why, when the Heartbleed bug was discovered, people started to worry about their personal information being stolen.  This incident was big enough to garner nation-wide attention.  In short, what Heartbleed could allow is for attackers to be able to gain small bits of information from affected servers over and over again to the point where they would grab important, and possibly personal, information. 

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May 8, 2014

Lethal Injection Agnostic

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 12.10.42 AMIs there such thing as a humane way of executing an individual? Lethal injection has been considered the most humane way of execution to date. It is the most common and most favored method of execution in America. In Baze v. Rees (2008), the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of lethal injection for capital punishment. By a vote of 7-2, the Court found the use of lethal injection not cruel and not unusual.

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May 8, 2014

Time to End Unnecessary Tax-Exemptions for Churches

tax-exemptSeveral prominent Catholic leaders have attracted media attention in recent months for extravagant spending and lavish lifestyles. The Vatican has recently suspended the duties of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst-“The Bishop of Bling”- who spent a staggering $43 million on renovations to his personal residence. More recently, Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, N.J., came under fire for a half-million dollar renovation to a 7,500-square-foot “retirement pad” that features an exercise pool for therapeutic use, an elevator and three gas fireplaces; pricey perks, paid for by taxpayer dollars.

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May 8, 2014

Clemency for Criminals?

prison_visitationWhen elected in 2009, President Obama promised to address federal prison reform.There are many pressing issues surrounding the federal prison system, including prison spending and overcrowding. However Obama has been criticized for making little to no headway in these regards beyond signing the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010, which lessened the vast disparity between prison sentences for crack and powder cocaine. There has also been a push to lower the mandatory minimum sentencing laws pertaining to drug charges. Current laws set a minimum required prison sentence for certain offenses that often lead to punishments which do not fit the crime; causing prisons to continually become more overcrowded as criminals serve long, unwarranted sentences.

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May 7, 2014

Her Body, Her Rights

thumb.phpLast week, Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee signed a bill that would allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy. This will make Tennessee the first state to authorize the filing of assault charges against a mother if it is determined that she has harmed her fetus or newborn with illegal narcotics. With Tennessee being one of the top states that have the highest infant mortality rate and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), one may think this bill would receive a lot of praise and positive reactions.

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May 7, 2014

The Post-Antibiotic Era—A Bomb, The “SuperBug” Bomb, Starts Ticking Away For Disaster

superbug-bacteria-find-india-waterAs a student who actively participated in high school sports, it was common for many of us, especially those of us who were involved in contact sports to contract staph infections. Through sharing a towel, coming into contact with someone’s spit on the ground, and any other imaginable way, the infection circulated amongst us. During my junior year of high school, I unfortunately contracted a staph infection—the bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus,

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May 7, 2014

Too Old to Drive?

car-driver-996590-mObtaining a driver’s license is a rite of passage for most American teenagers – with this, comes the saying that one can be “too young to drive.” Accidents and fatalities caused by elderly drivers within the past year have shed light onto whether we should set a maximum age restriction similar to how we impose a minimum for a driver’s permit or license.

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May 7, 2014

Students Staying Safe

imagesIf you were to walk through University of Hawaii at Manoa around the month of May you would probably find students strung out on coffee with endless flashcards spread out in front of them. But in this May in particular you would also probably hear the words “Title IX” being discussed (or at least hopefully). At the beginning of this month the U.S. Department of Education announced that 55 universities across the U.S. would be under investigation of Title IX violations.

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May 7, 2014

Tattoos in the Workforce

Tattoos_Workplace_MillennialsDo you know someone with a tattoo? Tattoos are now becoming mainstream due to their increased acceptance in society. About 60% of people with blue collar jobs have a tattoo. Tattoos have meaning or tell a story about a person. Certain cultures encourage tattoos because it symbolizes overcoming hardship and their personality.

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