Posted on 26. Apr, 2013 in Opinion
It does no disservice to the victims of the marathon bombing to say that we were fortunate on Monday.
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We were fortunate that the extraordinary spirit of the marathon showed the country—and the world—how we will handle such outrages. We were so very fortunate that the carnage wasn’t much worse.
And we are fortunate that a massive police effort has already unearthed key video, improving the odds that the perpetrator will soon be hunted down.
As a native Bostonian, I’ve
Posted on 26. Apr, 2013 in Opinion
Like many, I was never a fan of Justin Bieber, but I did not really dislike him either. Sure, his music is terrible at best, but there was really nothing against his person. And who am I to argue with the fact that he still somehow managed to rope in the heart of countless tween girls across the world?
My opinion took its first real turn when Bieber decided to meet the Prime Minister of Canada while wearing overalls. He met the head of an entire nation, who himself is impeccably suited,… Read More
A recent study UAB shows that the southern region of the United States is not the fattest part of the country.
“The obesity epidemic is overwhelming the U.S., and there’s this strong perception that Mississippi and Alabama are number one and number two in obesity—fighting for last place,” said George Howard, Dr.P.H., professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the UAB School of Public Health.
Howard said that according to data from the long-running REGARDS (R… Read More
For the past seven years, the Black Warrior Riverkeeper (BWR) has waged war against the baseless destruction of public property and health at the hands of private institutions.
Bolstered by the efforts of local citizens, scientists, civic groups, and businesses across the southeast, this Birmingham-based organization has worked to prevent the mass pollution threatened by proposed coal mining near a Birmingham drinking water intake alongside the river. Today, the st… Read More
Posted on 18. Apr, 2013 in Opinion
Last month, a North Korean propaganda video surfaced, portraying the “darkening” and ruin of capitalist society. An English journalist, not wanting to miss the comedic opportunity, took it upon himself to dub the video into English. The satirical “translations” included descriptions of the average American living in abject poverty, melting snow for coffee, and killing and eating birds in the wintertime. Our media soon caught on, deriding the video for its pre… Read More
Posted on 17. Apr, 2013 in Opinion
On December 10, 2010, the Arab Spring Protest movement began in the Middle Eastern country of Tunisia. Protest movements spilled over to other countries in the Middle East. Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, and other countries attempted to rewrite their future similar to that of Tunisia’s. However, many of the protest movements were crushed in nations with leaders who rule with an iron fist. Others, the Western world never even heard about because of strong efforts by their… Read More
Posted on 16. Apr, 2013 in Opinion
A recent op-ed article in the Washington Post warned against overusing students’ standardized test scores in evaluating how well teachers are doing their jobs. There would be no surprise about that—if it had been penned by the leader of a teachers union. But it was written by Bill Gates, arguably the most influential voice over the last few years in pushing for the use of test scores to rate teachers.
Gates’ warning was based on a study released in January that his founda… Read More
Posted on 10. Apr, 2013 in Opinion
In stark contrast to the weather of the real world, winter is coming to George R. R. Martin’s fictional continent of Westeros, and this is much to the chagrin of the motley group of characters who are unfortunate enough to inhabit it. However, this is to the benefit of many fans who had the opportunity to witness the recent airing of the first episode of A Game of Thrones’ third season.
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And now, as the coming of the second episode begins to take on a sense of imminence very simila
Posted on 09. Apr, 2013 in Opinion
In order for China to solve the North Korean problem, China should invade North Korea. Of course, this is all pure speculation, and it is highly improbable that China would send its army into North Korea’s ally. But what if North Korea suddenly went berzerk and started attacking everyone? It seems counter-intuitive, but a Chinese intervention in North Korea could turn out to be a win-win for everyone.
Though ostensibly allied with North Korea because both countries are no… Read More
Posted on 08. Apr, 2013 in Opinion
Many would say that men and women in America enjoy equal rights. America is a developed nation that is known for its democratic ideals and equality-promoting rhetoric. However, looking in more closely, one immediately realizes that everything is not as equal as it seems.
Women are the only ones capable of giving birth to children, which means that no matter how competitive they are in the job market, women will be at a disadvantage in the corporate market until the mentality a… Read More