Archive for August 9th, 2017

August 9, 2017

Smartphone Zombies- How to stop this addiction

FILE PHOTO: A woman uses a mobile device while working out in San Francisco Imagine going out to the store to buy some groceries and all you have is your cell phone. You then receive a text message from a friend and you can’t resist the urge but to look at your phone while crossing the street. You’re not paying attention to your surroundings and don’t see an oncoming car speeding down the road. The driver of the car is also on his phone, texting, while going 40mph on a 25mph road and is not weary of other pedestrians crossing. You cross on the “don’t walk” sign because you’re too attached to texting and at the very last minute the driver rams his breaks to come to a complete stop, nearly causing an accident. The both of you are shaken up after the incident, but luckily no one was hurt after both parties were careless in their decisions and didn’t take heed of the consequences when breaking the law. Who would you blame in this situation? Who’s at fault? I argue that the driver was at fault in this scenario because they’re supposed to heed to the pedestrians and pay attention while driving; however, the person using their phone while crossing the street is also to blame due to reckless endangerment.

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August 9, 2017

Addressing Both Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic

depression-824998_640If there is one thing that every human has in common, it is the fact that we can all feel pain. Recovering from a surgery or getting injured could inflict chronic pain, and when the pain gets unbearable, many people turn to opioid drugs. Opioid drugs, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are meant to treat moderate to severe pain. But with the rise of opioid addiction and abuse in the United States, are these drugs doing us more harm than good?

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August 9, 2017

Michelle Carter Conviction: Can Words Kill?

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On July 13, 2014, Conrad Roy was found dead in a Kmart parking lot. Roy had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. However, after further investigation police found thousands of messages between Roy and his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, discussing suicide plans. In a text days before Roy’s suicide Carter wrote, “I still don’t think you want to do this so you’ll have to prove me wrong…Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself. I don’t know. There’s lots of ways.” Not only were they discussing suicide, but Carter was goading Roy into killing himself which prosecutors focused on.

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August 9, 2017

The Confusing Case Of Michelle Carter

nintchdbpict000330028230On August 3rd, 2017, Michelle Carter was charged with 15 months in jail after being charged with the involuntary manslaughter of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy. Carter and Conrad had met back in 2012 on a vacation trip which ended up with the young couple exchanging social media and phone numbers with one another. The teens would spend most of their relationship online by means of texting or chat on social platforms.  They only had the chance to meet in person a few times.

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August 9, 2017

Abortion and the Right to Choose

medical-563427_640The New York Times reported on pro-life/anti-choice “Representative Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, [who] said in an interview this week, citing the party’s need to build “a broad coalition” to win control of Congress in 2018. “There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” Luján told The Hill. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.””

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August 9, 2017

Trump tweets to target transgenders

people-2575608_640Has tweeting replaced the lawmaking process in the United States? President Donald Trump seems to think so. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted his thoughts about transgender people who serve in the military. He shocked the social media world with his want to stop people who identify as transgender from serving in the U.S military. One of his tweets from his chain of tweets read “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” He also mentioned that he had consulted with his Generals and military experts before making this decision. This tweet surprised the public, but it was actually in response to a current debate on Capitol Hill of whether or not taxpayer money should pay for gender transition and hormone therapy.

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August 9, 2017

Suing the School and Parents of a Cyber Bulling Case: A Step Forward

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual rate of suicides from ten to fourteen year olds has doubled. One of the main reasons for this is Cyber bullying. Cyber bullying happens when, “someone hurts, harasses and threatens another over digital devices and related platforms, such as social media, blogs and text messages.” Children and adults alike have become more susceptible to bullying through the Internet. We often say the freedom of speech gives us the free will to say what we want, even if it means harming other people. How far can one go before harming another individual with words? Should they be punished for this?

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August 9, 2017

The Wall That Could Kill All

industry-1752876_640From the beginning of Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, he has always mentioned that he wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico Border. As his political career progressed and as he was elected president, a wall started becoming the wall. The wall has caused a lot of controversies within our government and society as individuals from many sides are at conflict with one another about the construction of the wall. One of the main issues is on the environmental impact the wall will have on our planet. On August 1, the Department of Homeland Security released a memo stating that the Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws and regulations to expedite the construction of the border wall along San Diego, marking this as the first major construction for the wall. Studies have shown that the wall will reap many consequences to the environment that surrounds the wall such as escalating the endangerment of more species and adding to the pollution of the terrain if the government is to proceed with this decision. The wall needs to be stopped and should not be furthered develop as the wall will only increase the rates of endangered species dying and intensify the high carbon emission level the US is producing.

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