Shot in the Back posted by on October 31, 2014

When officers can go around shooting people because they are wearing a Halloween costume is when there is something wrong with the country. Information about the autopsy of a man killed by police on this site reveals that he was shot in the back several times by officers.

If there were shots in his back, would that not indicate that the man was not going toward the officers but going away from them? Why would officers shoot a man who was not facing them? This is something that is getting out of hand with police officers.

They think that they are above the law because they own a gun, and just because there is someone who is walking on the streets in a costume doesn’t make that person someone who will commit a crime. Regulations should be in place according to Broda, and officers need to answer for their actions instead of simply getting put behind a desk until the investigation is over.

Apple Ceo Tim Cook Announces that He’s Gay posted by on October 30, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that he was homosexual in a recent article in Bloomberg Business Week. Although he says that many of his colleagues were already aware of this fact, and that his workplace has always been accepting of his sexual orientation, Cook felt that it was time to acknowledge his homosexuality publicly.

As the CEO of one of America’s most successful companies, Tim Cook had tried to keep his personal life out of the spotlight up until now, for reasons of privacy. However, by making his sexual orientation public, Cook feels that his stature can be helpful to the LGBT community on both a public and personal level. “So if hearing that the CEO if Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then its worth the trade-off on my own privacy.” stated Cook.

Equal rights for the gay community are very important to Cook, and he is fully aware of the discrimination that LGBT people face everyday, in the workplace and elsewhere. His own home state of Alabama has a law in place which allows employers to terminate people due to their sexual orientation. By opening the door to his private life, Cook can help make more progress and increase tolerance to make such injustices a thing of the past.

I was talking Cook’s announcement over in class with Jared Haftel, and we both agree how great it is for the LGBT community.

Amy Poehler Releases New Book and It’s Great posted by on October 29, 2014

You may know Amy Poehler from her wonderful acting on the hit show, “Saturday Night Live” on NBC. Poehler was on the show for a number of seasons, and she never failed to disappoint. You may know her from the hit show, “Parks and Recreation,” which is also on NBC and which will be airing its final season this fall. Poehler plays an overachieving director of parks and recreation in a small town called Pawnee in Indiana in this show. She is darling and hilarious as always.

Now you can know Poehler from her writing. Amy Poehler’s new book, “Yes Please,” was released on October 28th, and it is amazing. Unlike many celebrity books, Poehler is outspoken, funny, witty and humble in her writing. She doesn’t talk about all of the wonderful things that she’s experienced in her fame. She doesn’t say that she’s so lucky and blessed and thank her fans. She talks to people on the level and explains that actually, fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She gets real with readers, and she is made all the more awesome because of it.

If you’re looking for a good read that will put you in a positive mood, pick up Yes Please. It’s a refreshing look at being a woman in this day and age that should be read by all young women and men as well. I know it’s on Susan McGalla and other celebrities must read lists.

You can purchase Amy Poehler’s new book in book stores and online now.

Settler Murdered a Palestinian Girl, Says a UN Complaint posted by on October 28, 2014

There has been a complaint sent to the United Nations from the people of Palestine, complaining about a supposed murder of a Palestinian girl by an Israeli settler. They said that the settler ran over two girls with a car, killing one of them. After running the school girls down, the driver sped off and fled. When Igor Cornelsen told me, I was pretty horrified to hear the story.

Riyad Mansour, the UN ambassador in Palestine, wrote a letter to the UN Security Council stating that the girls had just gotten off of a school bus in Sinjil, a West Bank town. They then proceeded to walk across the road to meet their mothers.

Whilst crossing, the car came speeding by and mowed the pair to the ground. The girl Inas Khalil, who was five years old, died of her injuries roughly five hours after the incident. The other girl, Nilin Asfour, who is eight years old, is still in serious medical condition.

The driver of the vehicle was a 29-year-old settler who now lives in the Yitzhar settlement. The people of Palestine have accused the driver of purposely hitting the girls, and driving away from the scene of the accident to avoid police.

When the settler was questioned by law enforcement he claimed the reason he did not stop was that he was afraid that the group of people around would assault him. Apparently, he made a stop in a nearby Jewish area, and reported the incident to the authorities.
The police claim that the beginnings of the investigation indicate that the incident was not done purposely.

Mansour has made a number of complaints about hit and run incidents by settlers in the past.

More Evidence Why Shame Doesn’t Help Weight Loss Efforts posted by on October 27, 2014

In an amazing study, researchers in Sweden found that 80 percent of male heart attacks that occurred in one year could have been completely prevented by those individuals living a healthier lifestyle. What does a healthy lifestyle look like? A healthy lifestyle includes a diet rich in fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains. A healthy lifestyle also includes exercise and stress reduction.

That last point is important here. Stress reduction can help with weight loss efforts. But how are we supposed to reduce our levels of stress when fat shaming is so prevalent? There is a fine line between fat shaming and making note of the way our nation is going in terms of weight gain. We all know that we need to lose weight as a country, but fat shaming is not the answer. Unfortunately, it’s become widespread. Jokes about fat people and celebrities that have gained a few pounds abound, and no one seems to be saying anything about it. I’ve seen more tweets about Jessica Simpson’s “weight” on my FreedomPop tablet than I can count.

Research has shown that this type of negative motivation only makes matters worse. Instead of putting the magnifying glass over how fat people are getting, we need to pump more positivity into the world. Positive reinforcement is one of the most powerful motivators available to anyone. Many overweight people feel discriminated against, and this causes them loads of stress, sadness, frustration, anger and anxiety. Bad relationships with food can stem from anywhere, and these bad relationships often involve people eating even more when they have these negative feelings because of discrimination. The media needs to stop focusing on the negative aspects of being overweight, and we need to start supporting people who are struggling with weight loss.

John Stewart and The Sad State of American Journalism posted by on October 15, 2014

Jon Stewart is the host of “The Daily Show”, a comedic “fake news” show spun off from the daily update comedy segments on Saturday Night Live. On any given episode Jon Stewart will do just about anything to get a laugh. It is being reported that NBC has reached out to the comedian to host “Meet the Press”.

“Meet the Press” began in 1947 and is one of the longest-running TV shows in history. It is a dead-serious news show where moderated debates are held on current issues. Previous moderators include beloved journalists like Chris Wallace, Tim Russert and Tom Brokaw. Why on earth would NBC want a comedian as a host for a serious news show?

The sad truth is that many people find that Jon Stewart, a comedian, does a better job at delivering the news than actual news networks. The Pew Research Center for People and the Press found that 54% of “Daily Show” viewers were more knowledgeable in the news than viewers of other “real” news shows and the general public. Viewers like Marnie Bennett, quoted here in the Ottawa Sun, tend to feel that “The Daily Show” is more authentic and straightforward in how it presents the news.

Jeff Jarvis, head of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, has said that he believes that Stewart is an inspiration to other journalists. He claims that Stewart gives courage to young reporters who are often afraid to speak out on certain topics for fear of reprisal from their network’s parent companies or from powerful political figures.

It says a lot about where the American media is at when a comedian is one of the most trusted names in news. Stewart is not expected to accept the position.