Hillary Clinton for President?

Today, Hillary Clinton announced her campaign for the 2016 elections. Hillary is aiming to be the first female president of the United States of America. She also announced that she would be soon visiting the early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton is the secretary of state for current president Barack Obama, who was also her competition in the 2008 election.  She is also the former first lady, she is married to former president Bill Clinton, who was president from 1993-2001.

In 2008 she ran for president, she is affiliated with the democratic party. She would’ve been the first woman to win the nomination for a major party. In the 2008 election she led the polls against Barack Obama, who we all know, or should know, is the current president. In June she suspended her campaign and then supported Obama and started campaigning with him.

Although most people figured and assumed she would run for president in 2016, sources say that it was a long decision. For the last 2 years of serving secretary of state she has been contemplating on whether or not she wanted to run again. After she announced her campaign, she took a trip in a van called Scooby-doo which went from New York to Iowa, making several stops along the way. The trip got a lot of media attention, which in my opinion is good for her campaign.

You can learn more about her campaign at hillaryclinton.com

Allergy Proofing

I’ve always had bad allergies, especially in the spring and fall. Now that we are getting back into the spring time, my allergies have been really kicking in, especially in the last two weeks. So I thought I would share a few tips that my family does to make sure mine don’t get too bad.

One thing you can do is to take allergy medicine. There are multiple different kinds of allergy medicine, in which I’ve tried a lot, but the one that works the best for me is Claritin. I take mine every day, just to make sure that I don’t suffer all day and night.

Another tip is to make sure you vacuum a lot, and I don’t just mean vacuum the floors, I mean everything. Vacuum couches and chairs, carpet, hard wood. EVERYTHING. This will help get rid of some of the allergens that like to hang around. You should do this regularly, more than you would if it wasn’t allergy season.

Along with vacuuming, you should also clean a lot. Wipe down counters, and dust in places you normally wouldn’t. This will also prevent allergens from entering your body and making you suffer. You should do this often, but not as often as vacuuming.

Other than cleaning you should also take a hot bath or shower every night. This opens up your sinuses and helps you breathe a lot easier.

By doing all this stuff, your allergies with seem a lot better and will be more manageable.

NFL players retiring

I was reading an article from CNN on Chris Borland retiring from the NFL. Borland is only 24 and just signed a nearly 3 million dollar contract with the San Francisco 49ners. He is retiring to avoid long term health issues that may result from smaller head injuries. Borland states that he just wants to do what is best for his health and that what he had experienced and what he had read about, he isn’t willing to take a risk like this.

Being in high school, I know a lot of young athletes that run the risk of brain damage. In the past three years I’ve been in high school, I’ve seen too many of my peers suffer from concussions from different types of sports, especially football. I think that Borland is smart to do what he feels and thinks is best for him. In my opinion, other NFL players will start to consider the risks and may start to think about retiring as well.
Although Borland is the first to retire of the season.

Tanning as a minor in Iowa

Being in high school, I know a lot of my peers tan in tanning beds, at tanning salons. They use UV beds which admit very harmful radiation to the body. Its used to produce a cosmetic tan. Tanning beds used in a tanning salon consist of 24 to 60 lamps, each of 100 to 200 watts. There are different levels that you can go to, and you can go as much as you want. This will create the level of tan you would like to be. The stronger the bed though, the more radiation will be put out.

Scientists and doctors have known the harmful effects radiation. If you’re exposed to enough radiation, it can cause skin cancer, it can weaken your eyes ad it can also make you look a lot older than you actually are. By laying in a bed for 5-10 minutes everyday (like most of the people I know) it makes the effects a lot more apparent, then if you are just laying out in the sun. Most people my age don’t really worry about it has much because they think “oh it’ll never happen to me”. That is why Salons make minors have a parent or guardian sign a waiver. The waiver states warning and harmful effects of the beds.

Iowa recently passed a law that would ban minors from using commercial tanning beds. By passing this law, the senate says that by passing the law it would save Iowan teens from the proven health hazards of the beds. You can read more about the law in an article published on the KCRG website.

I don’t tan in tanning beds, but I don’t think that this law should’ve been passed because the minors are being granted permission by their guardians and parents. I think that the senate passing this takes some what of our freedom away. Its not like they’re taking away our rights to bear arms but it is somewhat taking our rights away. If parents are giving their permission for it, when they’ve been warned of the effects, then I think the government shouldn’t take that away. There are other ways to look tan without laying out in the sun. You can put tanning lotion on, you can also get a spray tan. But those become streaky and they make you look orange. So I think this law shouldn’t have been passed.

BLack and Blue or white and Gold?

A few weeks ago, When I got onto my social media, especially twitter, all iI saw was this dress. It had different captions, like “Blue and Black or White and Gold?” or something along the lines of if you saw one color rather than the other you were stupid or had bad vision. The controversy of this dress took over my twitter, my intsagram, it showed up on the news, my CLASSROOMS and it started arguments between my family members. My aunt saw white and gold, my mom and uncle saw black and blue. I saw both.

The dress (pictured below) took over peoples lives for a short time. It consumed all of their thoughts. In my opinion it was kind of ridiculous, I mean again, It is JUST a dress. The dress had split social media into  3 main groups, Black and Blue, White and Gold and just don’t really care. I was mainly in the third although I also saw light blue and gold. The Company later tweeted the actual color schema of the dress, it was black and blue.

The science behind it has to deal with our rods and cones in our eyes and that’s why different people saw different colors. They perceive light as different colors depending on our genes. Cones detect blue, green and red in image. Another reason people saw it differently was because of what picture people saw, since there was so many different versions going around. This was the most common one.

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California

In California a top law official, Alex Padilla,  urges the state to pass a law called motor-voter law. It mirrors one that was recently passed in Oregon. The law automatically registers people to vote when that get a license or renew a license. Padilla says that the law would enroll more voters at a time when California’s election turnouts were the worst. By doing this Padilla says that the state would be addressing half the battle of the low turn outs.

I can really only think of two reasons why people wouldn’t vote. One, they are just too lazy to go register, or two, they don’t care. The first issue would be addressed by this law because it would automatically register people to vote. The second reason we can’t really fix because if someone doesn’t care about the elections then we can’t force them to care. So I think that the law should be passed so that we can get more people on board with voting, and the election turnouts will be better. People should take advantage of the rights that they have.

Ending the Ebola Outbreak

I was recently reading the online version of the New York Times when I came across an article about the ending of the Ebola outbreak. I had to think back to when I had last heard about the Ebola outbreak, because it had been a while since I’ve heard anything about it. If you recall back in October I wrote a post on Ebola and it entering the United States. The article intrigued me a lot for two reasons. One, I hadn’t heard much about it in the news or on any social media, unlike last fall, when it was everywhere and you heard new updates every day. And two, because when it was spreading quickly in the fall and everyone was super freaked out about it, nobody thought It’d actually end.

In the past 15 months, the outbreak had claimed more than 10,000 lies and has affected so many more. On Wednesday The World Health Organization said that with the support of international finances, the crisis could be stopped by summer. But doctor Bruce Aylward, the leader of the organizations response, says that the only way we could do that is by reinvesting and reinvigorating the program.

When the epidemic first hit, the most hard hit countries were in West Africa. Now, Sierra Leone is the only country that has reported any new cases in the past 10 days. The rate has fallen a lot since the beginning, and has been reporting about 100 to 150 cases each week, for awhile now. The United Nations needs 400 million by the end of June to help pull this off.

When Ebola was first big in the news, it was scary to a lot of people and it threated many lives, and the well being of countries, mostly those in West Africa. When it came to the United States, even more people got paranoid. I wasn’t one of those people, I was more worried about the epidemic in West Africa, because I knew that if they couldn’t get it under control there then we had a major, MAJOR issue on our hands. When I finally read this article, it gave me a lot of hope that the organization could pull this off.

Southern winter

Living in the Mid-West my whole life, ive always had to deal with the bad winters including, the road conditions and the freezing temps. The south isn’t used to the winter storms, so when Tennessee was hit with the crazy winter storm, everyone knew it wouldn’t be good. The governor has issued a state of emergency level 2. This means the state could receive federal assistance.

Three of the hardest impacted counties are Fentress, Cumberland and Overton. There have been 21 deaths related to weather during the state of emergency. Blowing winds have knocked over power lines and has caused power outages across the state. They have spiked from 10000 to 50459.

This reminds me of an incident that happened last year when Texas got 2 inches of snow. Since they weren’t ready for it, they didn’t have salt or snow plows and they were multiple car accidents and dozens of deaths. It amazes me that the south is so unprepared for situations like this. I think that providing southern states with the correct equipment will help stop the situation from getting too out hand .

Molly

Earlier today eleven students from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut were hospitalized  due to possible overdoses from a drug commonly known as Molly (MDMA) on Saturday night, according to a letter from the administration. In a follow up statement the schools spokeswoman confirmed that 4 students went directly to the hospital for treatment and another 7 were transported.

MDMA stands methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, more commonly known as molly/ecstasy. Its described as a synthetic psychoactive drug that has similarities to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. The drug is actually quite common in high school and college students, it appears on a lot of social media and also comes up in recent music and movies. Everyone knows how much influence celebrities have on young people, but advertising drugs like this makes it look “cool” to the younger people who look up to them and makes them want to try it. In 2013 a third day of Electric Zoo in New York City was cancelled due to 2 young people dying after taking the drug.

As for the students from Wesleyan University their condition is unknown and may not be known for a few days.

Obamas Immigration Order

Back in November president Obama gave his speech on immigration in America. For the past decades the immigration system in America has been broken. The immigration system is very important in America, it gives  us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities.

Our system is broken because families who enter our country the right way and play by the rules watch others break the rules. Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition hire and take advantage of undocumented immigrants by paying them far less. All of us take resent the ones who take advantage of  the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.

In his speech Obama talks about how he has taken steps towards fixing the system. He has secured the boarders with more agents and technology than ever before. In the past  years immigration over the boarder has been cut in half. He announced how hes going to fix the system and what steps hes going to take.

The first will be to put additional resources at the boarders. Second, he will make it easier for high skilled, graduated and entrepreneur immigrants to stay in the country. And the third is to take responsible steps to take care of undocumented immigrants illegally living in America.

A lot of people think that we should round up all of the illegal immigrants and deport them out of the country, but that isn’t realistic, and I think that the steps Obama wants to take is the step in the right direction.