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Yet Another Walmart Scandal Revealed…

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This is an astonishing article (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/business/walmart-bribes-teotihuacan.html?_r=0) in the Huffington Post about the continuous scandals revolving around Walmart. This particular scandal deals millions of dollars in bribes to a historic city in Mexico, that gave Walmart a property to build on.

Newtown Connecticut shooting

I think the horrific shooting that occured in an elementary school in Newtown,Conneticut has not only spurred the prayers of millions, but serious thoughts aboutbe the current gun control laws in America as well. I was watching the Rachel Maddow show last night, and she began talking about the famous N.R.A. We have all heard about the curruption of this group of these people and their republican grasp on gun laws, but what I found interesting was Rachel Maddow said the current gun laws go even against the majority of the N.R.A!! The majority of the N.R.A voted that before buying a gun a criminal background check should be issued, and that any convicted terrorist should not allowed to buy a gun in the United States. Unfortunately and bizarrely, both of those majority votes have gone unheard and do not hold true in America today.

What do you guys think? Is it time to change gun control laws? Or is this just another rare circumstance?

Walmart Refuses it Employees Obamacare

This is an article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/13/walmart-obamacare-medicaid_n_2280118.html) from the Huffington Post.

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In nine states, primarily in the South, the CEO’s of the world’s largest retailer are refusing their employees Obamacare. Walmart’s CEO’s are refusing to give their employees who work less than 30 hours a week proper health care. Not only do thousands on thousands of people work for Walmart, but they all aready work for only minimum wage! NOW the company wants to take health care away from them too?! I think this is so unfair. It is because of people like the CEO’s of Walmart that our country is in an economic crisis! All the CEO’s are doing by depriving their employees of health care is saving a little pocket cash for themselves and widening the economic gap between the rich and poor.

Apple Brings Jobs Back Home!

This is article in the Huffington Post about Tim Cook, Apple CEO, and his plan to create a line of Mac computers created in American.

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Although in the grand scheme of things this one line of Apple computers may be minimal, I think that Apple is setting a great example for other American companies to follow suit.  If each big name American country were to return at least a portion of their company back to U.S, I could see that having a major effect on the unemplyment rates in American.  Tim Cook said, “It’s not so much about price, it’s about the skills, et cetera. Over time, there are skills that are associated with manufacturing that have left the U.S. Not necessarily people, but the education system stopped producing them.” Maybe this means people should start looking into the education of hands-on manufacturing?

This is an interesting article in the New Yorker.

 

This article talks about the kinds of ethics that will need to be implented into America’s future techonological advances.  The article begins by using the example of Google’s “driverless” car.  The idea behind it? This car will eliminate the chances of human driving error, making to immoral for anyone to actually drive themselves seeing as though they will be putting the lives of other drivers at risk.  The author moved off of that topic onto the topic of Robocops and robot soldiers — aka robots that will fight our own battles for us.  Although I think these types of techonologies are so far beyond our generation, it is interesting to think about the ethical dilemas these techonologies bring about.  Will the robots be designed to kill? Obey the laws of human morality? Believe in self-preservation?  These are all big moral questions that would need to be addressed once the technology for these types of creations come about.  But how do you artificially program morality?

 

 

A Lesbian Republican?

Here is an interesting article from the NYTimes about a lesbian woman who is fighting to break the strong connection between gays and lesbians with the democratic party.

Cathy Smith, a lesbian Republican, argued “What good are gay rights if your country is falling apart?”  After reading this article I find some validity in that statement.  Although I think that the most recent election was an especially polarized debate when it came to social issues such as gay rights and women’s right, there should be no reasion why in the future a lesbian women should be ashamed of having conservative values and even vote Republican on that next ballot. This also hits on the age old issue of church v. state, but I believe that our country is adapting to the social evolution that is occuring in our country.  I predict that the Republican party will begin to show less and less of an affiliation with the Christian conservatives in elections to come, and instead will begin to give into more democratic social positions.

Blurring the Lines Between Church and State

Here is the article!

 

Investigations are being held against the Christian evangelical preacher Billy Graham and other Catholic bishops for allegedly telling their religious followers how to vote. According to freedom of speech law churches are allowed to speak on any issue they please, but they run the risk of breaking the Internal Revenue Service rules. These laws state that no religiously affiliate group is allowed to promote or oppose a particular candidate. The punishment? The loss of billions of dollars in tax breaks.

I think that the Internal Revenue Service rules are definitely fair and logical. In my opinion politics are a lot more complicated than abortion laws, gay rights, or any complicated financial plan. I think that sometimes churches oversimplify things when they feel as though they have to pick the side that supports their core beliefs without looking at the bigger picture.  Religion shouldn’t be affiliate with politics at all, so I think it is really sad that the two can make such a controversial mess out of social issues.

Sexual Assault Scandal Rocks Amherst College

Here is the article!

This is an article about one peticular sexual assault scandal that is drawing some national negative attention to the small nescac college.  A former Amherst college student published her ‘horrifying’ rape experience to the school’s newspaper, but the major issue that is receiving national attention was the fact that Amherst did not support her or provide her the adequate care the she deserved after the assault.

I think that this is very sad.  I remember learning at the beginning of the year that one of the largest fears that girls and boys have about telling someone about a rape incident is that no one will believe them. Here is the proof.  I think that in college a lot of sexual behavior, whether it is experienced on a dancefloor or in a dorm room, is overlooked and passed off as a small thing. That is not ok! If anyone feels as though they have been sexually assaulted in any way it is the school’s job to give them the right and sufficient support that they truly deserve. Hopefully this story makes other colleges double-check their own school’s idea of sexual assault and what help is necessary to provide and when.

 

 

since we are on the topic of voter fraud…

Here is a link to an article Ms. Papoulis sent me about a very recent discovery of voter fraud!

When Every Vote Counts, Its a Fight For Who Gets to Cast One

As I have been researching voter suppression for my paper I have come across multiple eye-opening articles on the topic.

The first article I found is from the Huffington Post about an explicit comment made by the Pennsylvania Republican Majority Leader Michael Turzai on voter suppression.

The second article I found is from the New York Times about the history of voter suppression and how close to nothing has changed since the 19th century in terms of the concepts behind voter suppression.

 

I think it is hard to ignore the facts when it comes to who is suppressing voters — Republicans.  In the first article, Michael Turzai – a REPUBLICAN leader of Pennsylvania – said it himself  ““Voter I.D –which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania? Done.” It doesn’t get more straight forward than that. Voter suppression has always targeted the same people: minorites, the poor, students, and women never the upper-middle class or wealthy white man. These people also happen to be the same people who gave President Obama the election in 2008, aka the democrats. Now why would Republicans want to suppress those votes again?   I think voter suppression is a huge problem and should not be ignored.

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