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Which violence is most valuable? Defined as injurious force against another, violence is heinous, traumatizing, and entertaining. Its gripping nature strangles our focus as fear floods the media tides. A universal taboo, the nature of violence and its victims can determine the level of coverage casted. At 2,455 murders (234 here in Baltimore), 2013 marked a significant low for homicide in America’s largest and most historically violent cities. This is 2,455 too many. America has a higher homicide rate than nearly every “developed” country. The majority of murders occur in low-income areas.
Poverty fuels daily …read more
Is there a relationship between the way we treat each other and the continued violence in our schools and communities? I am shocked by the shooting at Ft Hood and the recent stabbing at a school in Pennsylvania. We hear that the soldier at Ft Hood was receiving mental health treatment, but no one anticipated his dramatic actions.
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Spc. Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula during his service with the 295th Infantry of the Puerto Rico National Guard. Lopez is suspected of fatally shooting three people before killing himself at the Fort …read more
Dan Snyder, Owner and Chairman of the Washington Redskins, recently released a statement reaffirming use of his team’s racist icon. Snyder’s subtext rebrands racism. Through sly advertising, it sprinkles shiny empathy on soiled ignorance. Instead of addressing the logo as the epitome of structural exclusions faced by Natives, he portrays his organization as a means for their salvation. When describing his creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, Snyder writes:
“The mission of the Original Americans Foundation is to provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities. With open arms and determined minds, we will …read more
The first day of spring this year is March 20…today! As the climate changes and traditions change, what does it mean for you? Is it something in nature, is it the thought of baseball opening day, or just the hope of putting the winter coat away? The traditional signs of the beginning of spring are changing with the warming climate. Many of the birds no longer migrate from the northern parts of the United States due to the warming climate and the crocuses appear earlier in many parts of the country.
Others consider the beginning of spring training as …read more
I love St. Patrick’s Day. I’m always a fan of holidays that bring people together with very little prep (I’m looking at you Christmas and Thanksgiving). Yet I was surprised to find out that in 2014, the only acceptable rainbows at the St. Patrick’s Day parades have a pot of gold at the end of them.
In New York City (the great melting pot), and Boston, parade officials have banned LGBT organizations who want to march. Past parades have been cancelled rather than allowing LGBT groups to participate. Since both parade participants are by invitation only, …read more
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If you’ve ever been a victim of phone theft you know how scary, frustrating and expensive it can be. Not only have you lost what can be a costly device, but a lot of personal information and account access is now in the hands of strangers to do with what they like. In 2012, 1.6 million people in the US were victims of smartphone theft. Wouldn’t it be great if you could disable your phone when it was lost or stolen so that your phone became basically useless?
Well you are in luck. Enter …read more
A friend recently brought a mind-boggling article to my attention. The article, “Is the Universe a Simulation?” makes the case that we’re likely living in a world created by a “highly advanced computer programmer of the future”. This is based on the invariability of mathematical truths – the codes by which our world is said to have been programmed. The article references Nick Bostrom, an Oxford Philosopher who believes that if simulations exist in theory, “then eventually humans will create them”.
Perhaps the only possible simulation is the organic world, for the built environment shows our ability to simulate worlds …read more