Good intentions gone wrong

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Recently, the world has become very accepting of transgenders in our society. Very influential icons, such as Caitlyn Jenner, have made it easier for struggling individuals to reveal their true transgender identities. As the transgender community grows in population, more opportunities are becoming available to them in all fields.

When it comes to sports, there has not been a lot of movement for the transgender community…until recently. Chris Mosier, a triathlete, is breaking barriers and representing all transgender individuals everywhere. He was just announced the first openly transgender individual to earn a position on the U.S. National team. That by itself is truly amazing and a huge inspiration to everyone, not just transgender individuals.

Recently, an ad aired for Nike and guess who was featured? Chris Mosier. Mosier is the first transgender individual to make it on a Nike commercial, which is another accomplishment. But instead of focusing on his achievements, viewers of the commercial were more worried about the fact that Nike instead shamed the transgender community. In the commercial, Chris can be seen doing a triathlon with a narrator asking him questions about his feelings such as if he would ever think he would be fast enough to compete against men. And his answer was always the same, “I didn’t”.  Honestly, I can sort of see why viewers think that Nike only harmed the transgender community instead of helping it. Chris is a man. By the narrator asking him if he ever thought he would be fast enough to compete against men, he is basically being seen as a women. And quite honestly, I think it kind of puts women down at the same time! I think Nike had good intentions, but the message just was not very clear. What did you think about this commercial? Please comment on your feelings and if you thought it either shamed the transgender community or if the commercial was supportive!

-J

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Hackers on the rise

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Who doesn’t have at least one, if not multiple, social media accounts nowadays? The answer is…no one. You can literally tell me a random name of a person to look up, and chances are that they have a couple social media accounts. We all know the major social media platforms that are seen all over the world today, which include: FaceBook, Instagram, Snapchat, and LinkedIn. But do you ever realize just how much information you are putting out there about yourself? Maybe it is time to have a moment of realization and do a little “cleanup” of your social media accounts.

Lately, we have seen on the news how influential social media starters, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, private accounts have been hacked. Well, if there accounts aren’t vincible, then ours aren’t either. Apparently, there is a website named LeakSource where you are able to buy people’s old social media passwords…scary, right? Hearing about this really makes me take a step back, and realize just how dangerous social media and the internet can be today. Just about everything and anything private can be done on social media and the internet, including purchases and conversations. So being aware that your password can be one of the ones posted to that hacking website is extremely important to take note of. So the moral is, is to be careful. Maybe change your password up every couple of months. But do not post things that would damage your reputation and who you are, because hacking your accounts may just be easier than you think.

-J

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Autopsy reveals true colors

Imagine going out for the night with your friends, only to have the night end in a mass killing. No one would ever imagine that their night would end that way, but that is what happened to an innocent crowd of people at a nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Omar 160612105822-12-orlando-shooting-0612-medium-plus-169-2Mateen raided the nightclub and ended up killing 49 innocent lives and wounding 53 others. As we all remember from watching the news the next morning, there was a very long standoff between Mateen and police officers. Mateen later declared his allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq, so this attack was declared a hate crime and a terrorist attack.

Mateen’s autopsy was just released and it was found he was shot eight times by police. The autopsy also revealed that there were no illegal drugs or substances found in his blood. He was completely sober and had the audacity to kill a lot of people, and the reason is still not really known. How could someone commit such a violent and terrible act, completely sober? I am not saying that if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol that it would be any better at all. But he knew what he was doing and that completely astonishes me. I mean, I feel bad over accidentally hitting an animal on the side of the road, let alone killing innocent bystanders who were out for the night. The autopsy just confirms how sick Omar truly was. And this incident also brings us back to gun laws yet again. What are your thoughts on this event? Please leave comments with your opinions on this tragedy!

-J

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A new virus on U.S. soil

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Everyone has nightmares when we think of a new virus breakout hitting our country. I mean just look at how much Ebola affected people.  The Zika disease has officially hit U.S. soil, and Americans are fearful. This new outbreak has many side effects to it, which could prove very harmful for anyone who gets infected.

Zika was first seen in the forests of Uganda, Africa. Just recently, this nasty virus has made its way to our soil. For the most part, the Zika virus is carried by mosquitos and can be transferred from person to person. This is quite a scary thought because it is really hard to prevent getting bitten by those pesky blood suckers. Some side effects of this scary virus can include: fever, rash, muscle pain, and headaches. And not to mention just how dangerous it is for a pregnant women because of the possibility of the virus spreading to her fetus. The consequences of fetuses adopting this virus could include terrible symptoms such as birth defects and impairments. So what do we do to put an end to this airborne virus?

Recently, the FDA has allowed mosquitos that are genetically modified to be produced in Florida, where the virus currently resides, to fight the mosquitoes carrying Zika. The GMO mosquitoes would eventually mate with the ones carrying the Zika virus, and ultimately causes them to die and reduce the population of infected mosquitoes. While this would take a while to take place, some residents in Florida are very unhappy. This GMO could eventually help combat the virus, but needs to get approval of the board first. I think that the virus has such detrimental consequences to individuals and I do not want it being spread across the country. Getting control of it now is a smart idea before it spreads like a rapid fire affecting millions of people country wide. Please leave a comment on your thoughts of using GMO mosquitoes to fight the Zika virus!

-J

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A new and changing workforce

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Diversity has been a hot topic lately. A lot of laws and regulations, such as Affirmative Actions and Title VII, have been put into action over time to diversify public places such as schools and businesses. It seems like a major focus for big companies is to increase the presence of minorities in the workforce in order to meet requirements and hit percentages and Apple is no different.

Recently, Apple has made the news because of their vast hiring of minorities. While the changes made are not drastic, they are still big for any company. Other major companies fall way behind when it comes to the representation of minorities within their companies. This is a disappointment because of how far our society has come when it comes to leveling out the playing field. With all the laws and efforts put into place in today’s society, it seems like some companies are not helping shrink the minority gap as much as they should be. When I personally think of a typical CEO or any high ranked official in a company, for example, I think of a white older aged male. This is quite disappointing considering we are in the 21st century.

It seems that while numbers of minorities are still not where they should be at this point in time, Apple seems like the only major company making steps forward. I think that there is not being enough emphasis put on the positives and benefits of having a bigger diversity in the workplace. It seems that such laws as Affirmative Action are not working how they should, companies should acknowledge this and put more effort into recruiting more minorities. Companies should follow Apple’s initiative, such as a scholarship aimed to recruit African Americans. Apple is a leading competitor when it comes to the changes in diversification and their efforts are shared on their website.

-J

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Another one for Texas

It seems like everyday I turn on the news, another shooting has occurred leaving a handful of innocent lives dead. It leads me to ask myself if there will ever be a time where newspapers have no content to write about for the day, no shootings to take their front cover. Texas has sure seen their fair share of violence within these last couple weeks and today was just another horrific event to add to the list.

In Austin, Texas this morning, a gunman opened fire at an entertainment event killing one innocent bystander and wounding others. Police at the scene claim it w_BB_5182as a very chaotic scene with so many individuals there for the event. That being said, I am sure the open fire did not help the chaos.

It is scary to think that you can be anywhere at anytime minding your own business and enjoying life, and get fatally shot for no reason. It leads me to wonder about gun laws and their effectiveness with so many issues revolving around whether we should tighten the strictness on them or not. People should not be scared to go outside and have that fear of falling victim to another person’s own issues. But when all we see on the news lately are innocent lives being taken, how could someone not admit that it crosses their mind once in a while when they are in a public place? Should the government tighten laws on gun control and who should be allowed to carry them? This is such a controversial topic nowadays with all of the violence going on. I think that there should be stricter rules on gun laws, but it is our given right to own guns. Maybe the government should control what types of guns individuals can purchase, for example assault rifles, but they should not take away our Constitutional right. What do you think about gun laws when all of these shootings have been happening on what feels like a daily basis? Please comment with your thoughts and opinions on this matter!

-J

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No justice for Chandra

15 years. That is the amount of time that has passed since the breaking news of a girl’s death from Washington, Chandra Levy. While this seems like a long time, for many who remember these headlines, it feels like just yesterday.  And the recent announcement that her accused killer will be set free will force many to live through the nightmare all over again.

635679162436412843-AFP-FILES-US-CRIME-MURDER-LEVYChandra was an intern in Washington DC and disappeared in 2001 without a trace and later found dead. Her disappearance and death brought to light a scandalous affair. She was said to have been having an affair with a well known U.S. Representative Gary Condit. Condit was originally a suspect in her disappearance and was questioned intensively about their relationship and later cleared. Even though his name was cleared the events ruined his career.

It was later deteremined that another individual was found to be responsible for her murder. A fellow cellmate claimed that he learned Levy’s killer was a man  by the name of Ingmar Guandique. Ingmar ultimately was charged on six counts and found guilty of Levy’s murder.

But fast forward to today, Ingmar is now being released due to the lack of evidence against him. I think we get so caught up in the details of the murder that we seem to forget about the family of the victim. It is hard to imagine how Chandra’s family must feel to live through the events all over again, knowing that her killer is still out there and there is no justice for her. We are so quick to want to capture somebody and to put them in jail, that sometimes there are steps in the process that get missed. I think the investigators and attorneys should have been a little more hesitant in believing a cellmate who was also a criminal just to get a suspect. Do you think they should have conducted more research or is taking the word on an inmate a valid process? Please comment your thoughts and opinions!

-J

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