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Stevenson on drugs

Stevenson High school has a heroin problem. I am very surprised by this because I feel like a school that is this close and this similar to ...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Water on Mars

Recently NASA has discovered water on mars. This is a break through for the world. Discovering that there is water on Mars could lead us to discover that their is some sort of life on Mars. If there was life on Mars that would mean we are not the only living things in this universe. Even though there is no possible way for anything to be just like the humans that walk the Earth, the discovery of a little bacteria even would be astonishing. The water is not constant though, it comes and goes with the seasons so does the salt within the water. NASA wants to send up a space craft to Mars in the year 2020. A few years ago NASA discovered there used to be drinkable water on Mars billions of years ago. Hopefully they come up with more interesting discoveries within the next few years.


I think this is the coolest thing ever, space is so interesting to me. Even if we only do find a small particle of bacteria on Mars that could branch out and make a whole new species of something. NASA has been working on finding the water for years, and had to check and double check all of their work to make sure it is correct. I believe they will find some bacteria in the water they have discovered. The scientists said they will try and find life on Mars within the next few years. Do you think that they will find life are Mars soon?


http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/h2-woah-mars-shows-strong-signs-flowing-water-researchers-say-n434881

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/science/space/mars-life-liquid-water.html?_r=0

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Clock or what

America is supposed to be a place of freedom. It is supposed to be a reminder of family and unity, I mean it even has the word United in its name. If America is supposed to be all those things, than why do we treat each other with straight up disrespect. You've probably heard about the 14 year old boy who brought a clock to school and was arrested for it, because a teacher thought it was a bomb. Some people say he was only arrested because he is Muslim, others say the teacher was just doing her job. I believe Ahmed was just trying to impress his teacher by making a homemade clock. Yeah the device looks a little suspicious but he is a 14 year old boy who just loves science, how harmful can he be?


The way other people reacted was what pissed me off about this situation. Sarah Palin came out saying that she believed Ahmed was in fact carrying a bomb around school, and that Obama jumped the gun about inviting him to the white house. She not only accused a 14 year old boy of a huge crime he clearly isn't capable of, but also was very rude about it. “Right. That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen of England.” (WGNTV.com). Also the police shouldn't have arrested Ahmed. The police should't have even been involved unless the teacher was 100% sure the clock was a bomb. It was bad press towards that particular school and towards the United States implying that we believe all Muslims are bad people. Who accuses a 14 year old about building a bomb? What do you think could have been done differently in this situation? 

Check out these link for a full news story!
http://wgntv.com/2015/09/19/palin-slams-obama-for-inviting-ahmed-mohamed-to-white-house-isnt-sure-if-device-was-clock/
http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/16/us/texas-student-ahmed-muslim-clock-bomb/



Monday, September 14, 2015

The Ends Justify the Means

In the novel, The Round House by Louise Erdrich all Joe wants is to get back at Lark, the man who attacked his mother, and give him the justice Joe believes Lark deserves. Joe will go to any length he believes Lark deserves, meaning Joe is willing to kill. Joe never thought killing Lark was a bad idea, and never second guessed himself. When he was shooting the gun I believe Joe was just nervous about taking the life of someone else, but he never didn't want to follow through with the plan. He knew that his fear would pass once he had committed the crime, even though he was shaking and had to have Cappy finish off the job. Joe got justice because now that Lark is dead he can't harm anyone anymore and can't walk free like the justice system believes is alright in this case. If they can't lock up Lark for good than matters will have to be dealt with was Joe's thoughts.

Joe's actions show that no matter what he is willing to protect his family and help them in any way possible, even if it means killing someone. Joe believes he got justice because he had this idea of killing Lark in his head since the day he found out his mother was attacked. He isn't afraid to go as far as possible to get what he thinks is right out of a situation. I believe Joe's actions represent him as a consequentialist. "Now I knew fear, I also knew it was not permanent. As powerful as it was, its grip on me would loosen. It would pass," (Erdrich 264). No matter how afraid Joe is to kill Lark he knows it will pass and Lark will die, he isn't afraid of the consequences the might come upon him. According to the definition of consequentialism "if a goal is morally important enough, any method of achieving it is acceptable," (Wikipedia). Joe follows that out by doing the worst thing you can do to a person. Kill them.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Kanye West Taking Over Politics

Kanye West announced that he was running for president during the VMA'S last weekend. I don't know if he actually will end up running, but since he is a very popular artist I think it will definitely get younger kids involved in politics due to his popularity with the younger generations. The election is five years away, and yes I do think he will change his mind by then. By him saying "I have decided in 2020 to run for president," is just telling us that that is his decision right now. There are no key words in his speech that guarantee us his place in the 2020 election. I myself hope that he does run for president because it would be a breathe of fresh air from the stuffy politicians who only care about themselves, not saying Kanye West wouldn't be selfish but it is better than Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton. If Kanye West became president I think all hell would break loose but I also think it would give young people a voice and open up a lot or doors for people who usually don't have a say. Even though we still need to get through the 2016 election I'm sure many people are anxious to see what happens in 2020. 
Check out Kanyes full speech below!
http://www.mtv.com/news/2255838/kanye-west-video-vanguard-acceptance-speech-full