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Support Net Neutrality

Look at the image above and identify the familiar sites that you frequently visit. Now see the price on the right of it? What if cable companies and internet providers charged you based on the websites you visit and the various functions you need?

Looking at television, you already see this with Comcast or DirectTV and their channel packages. To get the premium channels there is an upcharge. Want to watch Game of Thrones? Then that will be an extra $30 dollars added to the $100 you are already paying for cable. This scenario could be in the distant future for consumers if net neutrality is taken away.

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat all data on the internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. Essentially, the internet should be a place that is not regulated by the government or media conglomerates.

I’ve read the book 1984 by George Orwell and sacrificing Net Neutrality would bring us as a society one step closer to a dystopian reality. A little bit of background about the novel, it was written in 1948 when there was fear of global war and Orwell describes a totalitarian dystopia that is characterised by government control and subjugation of the people. Every method of communication would be monitored and controlled. Without Net Neutrality, internet providers can speed up, slow down, or block any applications or websites you want to use. I say fight for a free internet because that is the way it has always been!

Save The Internet: What You Need to Know

 

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Vice News and How They Feel about Donald Trump

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Vice is a print magazine and website based in Montreal, Canada that is focused on arts, culture, and news topics. I have followed Vice for a few years now because their media is entertaining  and because they typically focus on under-reported topics. They have a reputation for being politically-incorrect and can be provocative with their headlines.

This article that I reviewed was titled, “Where the Fuck Is Trump’s Infrastructure Plan? He promised one within 100 days if taking office. It’s now day 322.” Immediately upon reading the title, you can already determine that this article will be extremely critical of the current President of the United States, Donald Trump.

From the time that I’ve spent following Vice, I have a feeling they are on the liberal side of the political spectrum. They have been bashing Trump even before taking office and the language in the article reflects their feeling towards him. “By now, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Trump would hype up plans that don’t exist or propose timelines he can’t keep.” There is no attempt to have a objective neutral position and the author wants the audience to know how they really feel.

To tell you the truth, I’d rather have publications say write there honest opinions about topics rather than focusing on always trying to please the public. But it should be rooted in truth with factual information to back up claims.

The NFL and Police Brutality

The NFL has been amid controversy over the past year or so because players have been taking a knee during the national anthem. The image above is one among many to spark debate over the fans of the NFL. Even the President of the United States had a few words about this, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” He was referring to Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaepernick’s first protest was done in a preseason game during the 2016 and wasn’t brought to attention until a few weeks later. He was questioned by the media and his response was, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.” There were many people outrage by the behavior and threatened to boycott the NFL if the behavior did not cease.

It wasn’t until a year later in 2017 that the protests had gained more traction. Initially, other players around the league did not take action for fear of backlash. However, as time passed players were speaking up against the rising rates of police brutality around the United States. One of the most significant moments that sparked the protest happened in Minnesota. It was the death of Philando Castille by an officer in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Saint Paul.

Whether or not you agree with the protests, it’s important to understand why football players are trying to use their platform, here are two links:

Donald Trump Speech

Colin Kaepernick Timeline

The Future is Blockchain Technology

I’m sure you may have heard about Bitcoin in recent news, especially in the world of investing. Bitcoin is known as a cryptocurrency, a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operation independently of a central bank. For those of you that aren’t tech savvy, it essentially means that currency will not be controlled a central authority such as federal banks or the government.

Imagine being able to transfer money or making payments without having to deal with transaction fees, with guaranteed anonymity for payments, and secure transfers. That is the goal of  cryptocurrencies, to decentralize wealth and give individuals more control over their money. We have seen several market crashes in the past decade such as the Dot Com bubble in 2000 and the recession in 2008. There has been movements to bring attention to this like the “We are the 99%” Occupy Wall Street. People are tired of having the economy controlled by huge corporations and want alternatives.

That is where Blockchain technology come into play, which is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions. Transactions are recorded and added to ledger and allow market participant to keep track of digital currency transactions without central recordkeeping. This is primarily used to verify transactions within the global network and then verified by the network using nodes (computer connected to the network). The most popular cryptocurrency is Bitcoin, however there are thousands of different cryptocurrencies developed in the past few years.

I encourage you to learn more about this because it will eventually be used for a variety of practical applications. Here is the website for Bitcoin: https://bitcoin.org/en/

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Speaking Out On Bullying!

Everyone can relate that once in their life that they have been bullied. Bullying has been a rising problem not just in elementary, middle and high school but in adult life. Researchers say about 20 to 30 percent of school-age children are involved in a bullying incident. Bullying includes teasing one to make them feel outcasted, isolating, making threats, name calling , and spreading rumors. Bullying is not always just verbal, in some cases bullying has been physical.

Bullying has been a constant conversation, but nothing is really being done. Communities have seen children and teens take away their lives because of bullying. Many schools try to bring awareness to this attention by talking to students and encouraging to speak to teachers and counselor. Yet, with the support there we are still seeing bullying because it’s beyond the classrooms. Children and teens are also using social media to bully other children. We need parents to help the movement by really being involved with the way children and teens use social media. We have seen constant teens take away their life because some students put their picture on social media.

We need parents and community members, teacher and school staff to really address the problem with bullying. We need parents to help stop put an end to bullying because it has cost so many lives.

#StopBullying #SpeakOut #Blog1

Do friends feel like siblings!

Have you ever felt like your best friends are sometimes like having siblings? Where you can see each other so much, yet get on each others nerves. A lot of people have been saying friends are like family. They are like siblings you have. Often people use the phrase “she’s like my sister, he’s like my brother”.

Friends are the siblings that you can turn to for anything, they look out for your best in interest. Friends often become like family because of the times you spend together. When you invite them to your wedding, graduation, and the birth of your first child. Friends become family because of the bond. That’s why often people say my sibling when they mean friends.

I grew up with a friend since I was about the age 6. I consider a sister that sometimes I added her when I am counting my siblings, we tell people yes that’s my sister. It is a natural thing for friends to become family!

#Family #Friend #FreebieBlog #Siblings

Yes, Weather affects health

I have always thought weather and health went hand in hand. My family never use to believe me but I am here to tell you how weather affects your health.

For a lot of people get seasonal allergies when the season changes. The symptoms usually include running nose, coughing, watery eyes, and other cold like symptoms. This is typical the  most common effect on health when the weather changes. Other people often experience blood pressure dropping due to the weather change.

Others experience joint pain due to the pressure of the cold air.  The coldness causes changes in fluid thickness. Headaches and migraines are also cause by weather. For the ones that have diabetes the cold weather can affect their health. The blood sugar goes down due to the cold weather.

There are many ways the weather affects our health. But there’s always ways to prevent that. I wanted to show you that, yes it’s possible for the weather can affect your health. If its cold or hot the weather impacts our health on a daily base.

#Whogetsallergies #Blog2 #TeamSummer #TeamWinter #Health #Weather #Wellness

Undermining the bigger picture!

The link I added to this post is called “Police Violence against Black Men is rare”. This link talks about there is not correlation between the dying unarmed black men and the police. This article go to show the “small” percentage of black men dying because of the police is rare. When in fact the percentage is going up constantly.  This article failed to mention how black people are the most in jails and prisons. How police never want to establish a relationship with the black community. How many police officers never face consequences when they shoot a unarmed black man. But this article wants to say that “this is rare”.

This article is undermining the bigger picture which is that police violence against black men is not rare rather growing. The article is only looking at high profile cases that made it to the news/media. The article doesn’t go to show the everyday police violence against black men. When hearing “violence” people tend to thing gun violences. But using physical force against one is violences. The article failed to mention that this is not rare but a growing problem that needs to be addressed.

#Blog3 #PoliceViolence #ComingTogether #AddressTheProblem

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451466/police-violence-against-black-men-rare-heres-what-data-actually-say