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August 15, 2015

Target Island Needs $1 Billion from US Military

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By: Megan Kono

The Island of Kaho’olawe is just off the coast of Maui and was used by the US Navy for military target practice. The Navy bombed the 45 square mile island from World War II. After decades of protests by the Native Hawaiians, President George H W. Bush ordered the military to stop their target practice in December of 1990. It was agreed that the military would remove 100% of the ordinance from Kahoolawe.

Forty-two years later, “Despite an expensive cleanup of unexploded ordnance [by the US Military], the island and its surrounding waters are still littered with bullets, shells and bombs.” Scientists from over fifty countries urge the “U.S. military to spend $1 billion to remove the unexploded ordnance on Kahoolawe and restore its environment.” The Navy’s failure to clean up Kaho’olawe has caused damage to the Island and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners; they should be held responsible for the damage they have caused.

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August 15, 2015

Re-Victimized for Speaking Out: The Repercussions of Rape

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In a world where Americans try to preach the equality of men and women and the rights that each of us have as citizens, comedian Bill Cosby manipulated his way and lied to the public against accusations from women who claim that he drugged them, and either sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, or raped them. When the first several women came out, the public, including celebrities, appallingly ridiculed them and accused them of being money hungry, fame hungry, or both. Some even had the audacity to ask why these women could not speak up earlier and report it to the police if it was in fact true. Why have they been judged, ridiculed, and victimized for speaking out about their horrendous experiences with the vile comedian, who tried to paint a completely different, wholesome picture of himself to the world? This type of reaction is far too common, especially when the sexual predator is famous or a very prominent person in the community.

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August 15, 2015

The Naked Truth behind the Backpackers in their Birthday Suits

naked-trip_3314697kby Esther Ng

It took several hours. I had believed them when they told me that oxygen thinned as you went higher in altitude, but I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of first-hand experience. It took nearly twenty breaks in between scaling the smooth slab of rocks to eventually reach the base of the highest peak of Mount Kinabalu—Low’s Peak, or so it was named. On my left was South Peak, the second highest peak whose image is emblazoned on Malaysia’s hundred ringgit note. My breathing was difficult and shallow, and I thought, for probably the hundredth time that day, that any hopes of scaling Mount Everest were an immediate shutdown.

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August 15, 2015

Hawaii Need’s to Burn its Recycling Program

Going green? Our society has seen some drastic changes when it comes to protecting the environment.  For some, when they hear the words “Global Warming,” Al Gore comes to mind. The Inconvenient Truth presentation given by Al Gore illustrates the harsh realities of our environmental impact on Earth. To this day, right before I throw my plastic bottle into the waste can or “grey barrel”, I can’t help but to stop and think of the melting iceberg with the adorable polar bear on it.

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August 15, 2015

Children Having Children

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Ages 9-11 are, according to the CDC, considered “Middle Childhood.” Children might be developing complex friendships, dealing with peer pressue, participating in sports and facing more academic challenges. As middle childhood is approaches, children become more independent and begin to find their footing as they find goals and develop their identities. When I was eleven I was worried about who I would invite to my birthday party, remembering the steps for my ballet recitals, feeding my Neopet, going to a new school, and not much else. Eleven year olds do have a few things to worry about, but having a baby shouldn’t be one of them. Contrary to the notion that young girls should not carry children (as it poses serious health risks and social consequences) it is a sad fact that 2 million births are to girls who are 14 or younger.

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August 15, 2015

We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service*

wedding cakeYou’re sitting outside a restaurant, waiting for your date to arrive. After a few minutes, he arrives and you offer him a hug. Holding hands, you walk into the restaurant and tell the maître d’ that you have a reservation for two at 6 o’clock. With a stern look on his face, he says “This is a Christian establishment. We don’t serve gays here.”

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August 15, 2015

Japan War Crimes: Not Simply A Matter of Apologizing

shinzo abeThis upcoming weekend will be a day of remembrance, with August 15, 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, also known as V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day. The war ended with Japan’s surrender, ending the destructive war that began on 1939. Without a doubt, this weekend will conjure up emotions for many as it still does today, especially for the war’s survivors.

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August 15, 2015

Save Some for the Fish!

tapwater-1With lakes and rivers drying up and snow pack in the mountains at astonishing lows, California is deep in the midst of a 4 year drought and it’s time as citizens of this beautiful state, we do something about it!

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August 15, 2015

Out With the Mississippi Ban

On June 26th, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the ban of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This monumental decision went to a 5-4 vote, becoming one of the most historic rulings in American history.

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August 15, 2015

Straight Outta Compton: A Movie Every American Should Watch

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By Chase Parongao

“Straight outta ______” you fill in the blank.  As of late, this phrase has been circulating social media as promotion for the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the ”gangsta” rap group N.W.A  (N****z Wit Attitude). The film follows the revolutionary group’s rise from an unlikely upbringing in Compton, California.  In this movie you will be able to get a closer look of the struggles and triumphs of Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, Lorenzo ‘”MC Ren” Patterson, and Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby.  The film will highlight the struggle these “scrappy” young men went through and showcase the hard work they put forth during a time of heavy racism that eventually changed the game of music.  The cast mainly consists of African-American actors and is also directed by an African-American, Gary Gray, who is most renowned for his work with music videos.

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