What is underneath Davis High School?

Davis High School is a very old school building, built back in 1914 in Kaysville, UT. Davis High is exactly 220 yards away from the very center of the county. Because the school is so old, it was built in war times, many other schools in Utah the same age of DHS have integrated fallout/bomb shelters.

 

The bomb shelters in other schools are made for obvious safety reasons in case something nuclear were to happen in the 1940s. Everyone in Davis High School knows that the school does have a basement, but that is all the staff classifies it as.

Many have theorized that the first underground floor is an actual staff only basement, but there are more floors, leading deeper underground with large tunnels and stairways. This may have been built for war reasons to protect students and staff.

We know of a secret swimming pool that resides underneath Davis High School but that’s it.”   –Carrie Scott

There has to be something down there that they are hiding from us, it isn’t empty.”                     –Brandon Garrido

Very few of the staff have access to the basement but I do not yet, I have asked before and all they say is that it’s a single floor basement for the heaters, emergency generators, and other uninteresting equipment.” –Alicia Garrido

The school today is not the same as it was before when built in 1914, it was rebuilt in 2003-2004 to what we know it as today.

Nobody really knows what is down there, the staff keeps it a secret and says it is just a basement. But how else can people find out what is truly underneath Davis High School? Could it be a secret government weapon storage? Or maybe a secret bar and dance club? Or even dinosaurs.

Personally, I don’t think we’re really ever going to know until the school staff tells us exactly what is down there, but it is NOT just a basement.

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What do Davis students think about individualism?

A Russian woman by the name of Ayn Rand created an ideology of individualism. Individualism is based on the idea of follow your personal desires and do not sacrifice your life for others happiness. Some of the students had things to say about it including “That selfish”, “its not the worst idea”, and even including “more people should be like that”.

A kid by the name of Kaden, believes that individualism is a very good idea because too many people work their life away and most don’t enjoy that. There are some people who enjoy their work more then their life outside of work. Another kid by the name of Sarah believes that individualism is a terrible idea and it is extremely selfish as well.

The fault in individualism is too many people take it to the extreme. Kaden is a prime example of this as he admitted he takes individualism to the extreme. He goes as far as saying “People who just sit around and expect you to help them are the weaker ones in our society. I refuse to help the lazy and ignorant”, when the other people were asked about it they had somethings to respond with.

The first thing they both said was very similar, “That is such a horrible way to put it” Sarah added on that with “Not everyone can do the same amount of work as you can”. The final student, Isaac, said “I mean he isn’t wrong because you have people who sit around and expect handouts”. He was referring to the people who accept unemployment checks.

Kaden nor Sarah had anything extra to say, but Isaac did have something to add that peaked my interest. When asked if he had anything left he responded with “Lots of people think individualism means do everything yourself with no help. What it really is, is don’t serve the man if you don’t want to. Basically follow your personal desires”.

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A Lack of Motivation and Taking Break Days as a Student

As the year is getting closer to ended, students especially seniors just want to be done with school as a whole.

Then with wanting to be done causes more problems, a lack of motivation.  The third term for most students is the hardest term of the year with teachers ramping everything up further with students motivation and mental health steeply declining

Pair that with a majority of juniors and seniors having jobs after school from anywhere to 3-8 hours after an already 8 hour day.  That time span does not leave a whole lot of room for a mental or even a physical break.

Students sometimes just need a break from school.  Either a mental break away from the crowds and abundance of work, or a sort of “motivation reset day” where one stays home but tries to get as much work done as possible in hopes to bring their motivation back.

“I take days off to focus on my hobbies and interests to reset and trick my brain into thinking I’m happy for long enough to power through my work.  If I can trick my brain into thinking I’m happy, I can trick it into thinking I have motivation as well”, said Hallie Kinsley.

“[When I need to] I skip classes like I am currently doing and I’ll blame my absence on the teacher missing me when taking roll, So I can take a much needed break [and not face problems at home for it]”, said anonymous.

“I think break days are vital for a person to be happy and successful.  if my parents hadn’t allowed break days during my junior year I wouldn’t have survived.  And when I lose motivation I swan dive into a sever depressive episode.  In conclusion, our generation is screwed.”, said Grace Mayor.

“I definitely just skip, school no longer exists if I do not have motivation for it”, Said Nick Arancibia.

So mental health and break days are a great way to overall recover from life and a great way to get out of a small funk and gain that motivation back to keep working on school and to just have better days.

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Studies show fewer than 10% of new year’s resolutions are successful yet many Americans continue the tradition of setting them every year. Davis High students and teachers share their opinions on whether new year’s resolutions are all they are hyped up to be. 

“I set 3 new year’s resolutions this year, the first being to not let relationships get in the way of finances, the second to eat healthier, and the third to have $10,000 in my bank by the end of the year.” said a student at Davis High when asked about his resolutions. 

This student has kept all three of his resolutions so far and is currently progressing toward his goals, losing 10 pounds, and gaining more money for his financial goal. 

When asked about what he thinks of new year’s resolutions the student contemplatively replied “I think they are good if they have been thought long and hard about, and if they are followed to the end” 

Some would argue that you should not wait until new years to improve your life and set your goals, but instead do them right now instead of waiting for an arbitrary date. 

Among those who oppose new year’s resolutions is a chemistry teacher at Davis High School. 

“Resolutions don’t work, they accomplish the exact opposite of their intent. When you don’t achieve them, like much of the population, it depresses you and leaves you unmotivated. It is another case of doing what everybody else does and you’ll end up just like them.” said the chemistry teacher confidently after being asked why he didn’t set any new year’s resolutions. 

That begs the question, if new year’s resolutions are not the way to go then what should we do instead? 

“Set daily goals that are actionable, measurable and can be improved upon, basically SMART goals. Next day make sure you can improve upon what you have done before. Don’t wait until new years to start improving your life start now.” said the chemistry teacher after being asked what people should do instead of new year’s resolutions. 

Whether you set new year’s resolutions or decide not to wait and set daily goals, the most important thing is that you stick with the goal to the end.  

As the chemistry teacher said in closing, “You need to spend your day in action not in reaction.” 

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Are you Hungry?

Do you suffer from a growling stomach that decides to sound like a rock concert in the middle of class? Do you struggle to decide where to go to lunch with your friends, and have time to eat it before the hour is over? Do you get emotional when you have to look at your empty bank account… well there is a solution for you.

Going out to lunch as a poor high school student in Kaysville Utah is quite the adventure. There are very limited options and most of them are very pricey. These restaurants drain the life out of your wallet, and for what? Today we are going to dive into what the #1 restaurants are to travel to for lunch on a typical school day.

Seniors Kate Sargent and Kate Hodgeson said “Jimmy Johns” is the place to go. “The service is great and you can get your sandwich super fast. It is cheep and worth every penny.”

Sarah Quillen another experienced senior said “I have five words for you, Jimmy’s is where its at.”

Through high school student research Jimmy johns seemed to have a majority vote for being a #1 rated joint to go to lunch.  But looking at other students opinions jimmy johns was not the only popular restaurant.

Gavin cox a senior at Davis high school said costa Vida was his favorite place for lunch. He said the reason he loves it is because they have “Good Nachos.”

Some students in the Junior class agreed that Costa Vida is the #1 lunch spot. Junior Jake Moore stated “They are really quick with crafting your food, the longest part is waiting in the line.”

Some runner ups were big daddy’s pizza, taco time, and Dylan’s.

To sum things up in the opinions of Davis students Jimmy johns and Costa Vida are the most popular places to go for lunch. They are quick and not gonna steal all of the money out of your walletIf your ever in doubt you know where to go.

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Davis students give opinions on Ukraine

A group of Davis students give us a window into the general feeling around Davis about the Ukraine war.

Ever since Thursday when Russia made incursions into Ukraine the whole country has been rocked about what we should do and how to respond. Others don’t care about the situation because they believe it isn’t relevant to the U.S. Davis students seem to be in the middle.

When asked about the effects of the Ukraine war a student said: “gas prices will go higher and the economy will dip, but eventually things will go back to normal.”

Russia as a member of the OPEC organization provides a lot of the worlds oil at cheap prices, sanctions by the U.S. could indeed cause gas prices to rise substantially.

Another student thinks that after Ukraine is invaded “Taiwan will be next”

Others of the group believed that the U.S. should do more than “these petty sanctions”

When asked about if they were willing to go to the frontlines a student quickly responded after asking me if I was a military recruiter “I might not be willing to go to the frontlines but maybe like a position in the air force or something”

All students when asked about who would win responded that Russia would beat Ukraine. This adds further worries to people who think Russia might go beyond Ukraine into Poland.

One student from the group said in response to this threat “Russia won’t stop until we push back”

While many are concerned about the recent developments in the war there are still many who do not care or willfully ignore what is happening in Ukraine.

When asked why so many students don’t care about the Ukraine-Russia conflict a student in the group said, “People don’t care because Ukraine is so far way from us, we don’t get anything from them and so it all just seems unimportant.”

Whether you’re concerned about the Ukraine conflict or not it is important to recognize that this conflict is the biggest land invasion in Europe since World War 2 and that it will affect the modern world and Europe for decades to come.

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A lack of motivation and taking break days as a student

A lack of motivation and taking break days as a student

As the year is getting closer to ending, students -especially seniors- just want to be done with school as a whole.

However, wanting to be done causes more problems, like a lack of motivation.  The third term for most students is the hardest term of the year, with teachers ramping everything up further with students motivation and mental health steeply declining.

Pair that with a majority of juniors and seniors having jobs after school from anywhere to 3-8 hours after an already 8 hour day.  That time span does not leave a whole lot of room for a mental or even a physical break.

Students sometimes just need a break from school.  Either a mental break away from the crowds and abundance of work, or a sort of “motivation reset day” where one stays home but tries to get as much work done as possible in hopes to bring their motivation back.

“I take days off to focus on my hobbies and interests to reset and trick my brain into thinking I’m happy for long enough to power through my work.  If I can trick my brain into thinking I’m happy, I can trick it into thinking I have motivation as well”, said Hallie Kinsley.

“[When I need to] I skip classes like I am currently doing and I’ll blame my absence on the teacher missing me when taking roll, So I can take a much needed break [and not face problems at home for it]”, said anonymous.

“I think break days are vital for a person to be happy and successful. If my parents hadn’t allowed break days during my junior year I wouldn’t have survived.  And when I lose motivation I swan dive into a severe depressive episode.  In conclusion, our generation is screwed”, said Grace Mayor.

“I definitely just skip, school no longer exists if I do not have motivation for it”, Said Nick Arancibia.

So mental health and break days are a great way to overall recover from life and a great way to get out of a small funk and gain that motivation back to keep working on school and to just have better days.

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New year, new start, new goals

With the start of a new year comes people’s new years resolutions. Most people have at least one, sometimes more, but almost everyone abandons their goals by February. Some people set easy goals that they can accomplish in a month that way they can say they completed their New Year’s resolution.

“My New Year’s resolution is to start eating healthier. I’m doing it with my mom, so I have someone to hype me up. I think I’ll do good until the summer but then I start slacking.” Sylia Arnell says.

Even though most people ditch their goals pretty quickly, it still could be important to them to have a goal going into the new year. There is something refreshing about creating goals and trying to achieve them, even if its not that long.

“I think it’s important to have a New Year’s resolution because it sets goals and a better mindset for the next year. In a lot of people’s minds, they see it as a way to restart, everyone blocks out the bad things that happened the year before so they can focus on the good things that might come in the new year.” Taeja Villagrana explained.

When creating a New Year’s resolutions, it is important to create one that is kind of challenging, but also something you know that you can probably achieve. It is important to do this because then it makes you work harder and gives you something to look forward to, to make yourself feel good.

“My New Year’s resolution is to get my body, soul, and mind on the best track for my future. I am going to do this by staying focused on my future because staying in your past is detrimental to your health, body, and soul.” Hailey Wilson emphasized.

Having a New Year’s resolution helps so many people better themselves and gives them a reason to wake up in the morning. Not having that motivation won’t be the end of the world, but it helps you realize that things can change if you put the effort in to change them.

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How long is copyright valid for?

Copyright was made to protect authors from people who stole their work. It was made to help original work and make the authors feel more comfortable with publishing their work, but it soon became a monster. 

For a brief history, it started back in 1710 in great Britain and then some rebel revolutionaries in America make a declaration of independence won a war, and wrote a constitution with Copywrite law in it. 

It was meant to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors the exclusive right to their respective writings it is a contract between authors and society for Authors to make stuff and the government to not let people steal it. 

This was originally 28 years long after the publishing but if you tried today to make a movie based on Star Wars you cannot unless George Lucas lets you even though it was published in 1977. 

Because if copyright has been a thing Authors complain about it being too short and can you blame them how can a guy like George Lucas turn a profit from 1977 till 2005.   

There was only the original release of new hope the rerelease in 1978 and 1979 and 1981 and 1982 and the VHS and Betamax release the tv release the Lazer disk release the widescreen Lazer disk release the VHS rerelease the widescreen VHS rerelease. And many more. 

In total there were 17 different releases in 15 years but apparently, copyright is too short for him. Anyway, copyright has been lengthened 4 times first in 1831 from 28 years to 42 years then in 1909 to 56 years then in 1976 from the lifetime of the author plus 50 years then in 1998 to the Authors lifetime plus 70 years. 

But this is the point to ask why authors would need profit motivation after death makes no sense, but most people can see why they do it because it is for companies like Disney that took old stories not protected by copyright and made it their own. 

Like The Disney classics, they were not new story’s they were already popular but no longer under copyright law, so Walt Disney took them, profited from them, and made one of the biggest Companys from it. 

but now nobody can do anything with Mickey mouse unless they have Disney permission until 2024 for reference Mickey mouse was made in 1928. Copyright was supposed to inspire writers to write with the safety of not having their work stolen. 

And Shepard Fairey would agree as he said, “The problem with copyright enforcement is that when the parameters aren’t incredibly well defined, it means big corporations, who have deeper pockets and better lawyers, can bully people.”  

And now see how copyright has been used selfishly for profit not for the betterment of society it is a tool of greed it is a tool used by writers, artists, and directors to secure up to 150 years of nobody remixing things. 

This is now a bigger issue because there are so many ways to have something you made stolen and some gray areas like video games, YouTube, and digital art nobody knows if they follow the same rules. 

And here is a quote from Robin Gross who wisely said, “We’re on the path of creating monopoly business practices out of copyright law.” and there are several companies that are trying to capitalize on copyright. 

Just look at PUBG Corp. They tried to claim copyright over the battle royal genre of games that is like Disney claiming ownership of animation as an art form. Preventing the creation of anything else for 100 years.  

Now can you see copyright as a dirty game with one winner who gets to make millions and dozens of losers looking for the next idea to copyright? It does not help society get more books, it just halts the production of all art forms, so, is longer better? 

“The most important thing about intellectual property vs. creative expression is that copyright law was created not to stifle creativity but to encourage creativity,” said Shepard Fairey. 

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Governor gives Jeopardy contestant a 2nd chance

A New York resident who was stumped by a “Jeopardy” question regarding his state’s governor got a do-over Friday, joining Gov. Kathy Hochul’s virtual COVID-19 making known to inform her he is aware of United Nations agency she is currently.

“Here in New York, we actually believe in second chances,” Hochul said before introducing Ben Walthall, the borough resident United Nations agency did not buzz in on the clue, “In 2021, she became the first female governor of New York state.”

The clue was scan once more Friday by a Hochul staffer who initially same “first female president” then corrected himself to “governor of recent York state.” Walthall correctly responded, “Who is Kathy Hochul?”

None of the contestants within the episode that airy Wednesday answered the question regarding Hochul, even Amy Schneider, the “Jeopardy” juggernaut United Nations agency had won twenty-two consecutive games as of Thursday’s broadcast.

Walthall told Hochul that his episode was recorded “a couple months ago, right once you took workplace, thus that’s a part of the rationale why i could have Saturday out there on question.”

Hochul, the previous elected official, took over as governor in August once fellow Democrat Apostle Cuomo resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. A “Jeopardy” interpreter same Wednesday’s episode was recorded Oct. 12.

Walthall same he grew up in Massachusetts however has lived in New York for eleven years. He same his girlfriend could be a big apple town public college teacher, and he thanked Hochul for her efforts to push COVID-19 vaccinations among eligible youngsters. “It’s really important to keep both teachers and kids safe,” Walthall said, “so I definitely appreciate all you’re doing there.”

Hochul told Walthall there are not any hard feelings.

“I don’t have a long memory,” she said, “so we’re good.”

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New Year’s Resolutions

With a new year always comes new year’s resolutions, but as the years have been going by more people have stopped making them. They are too hard to keep with and it seems like many people have just decided they aren’t worth the time. How much can a person really change in a year?  

Taking the time to write down goals for the new year has proven to help better a person. Creating realistic goals can help through the year and you can far achieve what you thought you could. 

“I want to get my body, soul and mind on the best track for my future. I want to be the best me I can be in all aspects of life.” explains Taeja Villagrana 

Resolutions like this can help set realistic expectations for the next year. As people continue to create goals to better themselves, if they are stuck to, they can continue to create good habits for their future. 

“I want to stay on top of my running, and I’ve decided to get rid of soda out of my diet.” enthusiastically says Oaklee Bond. 

As well as becoming aware of knowing where your intentions are there are good benefits. This new year’s is a chance to get back in the groove. Even if you haven’t thought of it yet, reach for the stars. 

“I didn’t make any. I guess it sort of went over my head! I guess I’ll have to do that!” laughs Dayton Ferree. 

Even if you aren’t sure you could keep up with a new year’s resolution it doesn’t hurt to try. The benefits outweigh the challenges. This year learn something new, continue creating lasting friendships, and help those around you. Make sure this year is something looked back on as a good thing. Have no regrets and continue making an impact on the world! 

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End of semester stress

As the end of the semester creeps ahead of Davis High students you can feel the tension radiating off everyone. Students preparing for finals, completing their biggest projects of the semester, and closing themselves off to everyone around them.

Even after the two-week break students seem more stressed than ever, maybe it’s because they forgot everything they were learning before the break. Many students wish that the semester had ended before the break, so that they could relax more and not have the reminder that they have finals starting the week after break.

“It’s stressful having to finish over the break. It should just be family and friend time, and we could already have things done! It is kind of nice to have some extra time, but it would be easier to have it end before break.” Bryndee Maxfield explained.

“Yes, I wish that the semester ended before the break because it is really hard to remember what you learned once you get back. Plus all our finals are right after the break so I feel like my test scores don’t reflect my knowledge.” Savanna Sims said.

With finals looming over the students’ heads their stress levels reach another level of extreme. What exactly are the students worried about though? Finals? Next semester classes? Friends? Big assignments? Sports?

“I am most definitely stressed about the end of the semester. Tests weigh so heavily on my grades, and I have quite a few coming up.” Charlotte Lindeman exclaimed.

“I think my AP grades have me the most stressed right now.” Anna Larsen said with a laugh.

Having a break should be relaxing, you should be able to turn off your mind and not worry about what homework you have or what tests are coming up. Since students go back to school in a new year after winter break, they should also have a fresh start.

The only way to achieve that goal is to end the semester before the break. Not only will students have a fresh start with classes, but they’ll also have a fresh start on their mental health. Winter break should be like hitting a “reset” button, not a “pause” button.

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What is the closest planet to earth?

Planets are complex and many people have been told that the planets move around the sun in a perfect circle, but this is simply not true some are close to circles, but most are ellipses, so which is the closest? 

But there is another issue, they are going around the sun at separate times so how can you calculate that? Well, which planet that is closest to the longest will win. 

So, who is mostly the closest excluding the sun so is mars or Venus the closest? Well, neither is it mercury that is the closest because it is so close to the sun it is never too far from earth. 

This goes for Venus and mars as well as the earth so the closest planet to Earth, Venus, and Mars is all closest to mercury but who is closest to Jupiter surely the same rules do not apply right? 

Wrong because the sun is the center of the solar system and mercury is the closest to the sun that means that bigger planets with bigger orbits are more inconsistent because all planet years are different. 

So that means that every single planet in this solar system is closest to mercury for longer than any other planet and therefore you have been lied to because everybody thought it would just be in order. 

“So, every planet is closest to mercury how?” said Mckay Brady, a Davis high school Student. 

But if you are still skeptical like Mckay. Just remember that other planets get closer, but mercury is mostly the closest planet. It fluctuates because different planets travel at different speeds and for different lengths of time. 

And you can try this theory out, get five friends, go to a high school track, have one stand in the middle of the track, have a friend closest to the middle run and the outside walk and you can visualize why this is true. 

“Yes, that’s right mercury is the mostest closest to all the planets,” said CGP Grey, an educational YouTuber. 

Or you can look at this graphic below either work because you can see mercury isn’t the closest planet just mostly the closest. 

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Source:🌍 Which Planet is the Closest? (Links to an external site.) 

Or you can look at another graphic below to show why this happens but now it’s clear mercury is the closest to all planets in this solar system  

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Source:🌍 Which Planet is the Closest? (Links to an external site.) 

“Mercury is the closest to all the other planets in our solar system its everybody’s best friend,” said bill Nie, the science guy 

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The Superior Music Streaming Platform: Apple Music or Spotify?

Apple Music and Spotify are by far the two largest streaming platforms in the world, with Amazon Music trailing in third by a considerable margin. Market share analytics show that Spotify is responsible for 30% of the revenue earned by streaming platforms in the first quarter of 2020, with Apple music at 25%. Mark Saltzman defines in, “13 Popular Music Streaming Services Give Listeners Loads of Choices” 

An important feature of streaming platform to users is to have the song they are looking for, when they are looking for it. If the streaming service doesn’t have the artist or genre of music they are looking for, they are likely to find the songs somewhere else and listen to it there.  “Spotify says it has a catalog of over 70 million songs while Apple Music is over 75 million.” says MacRumors.com. A 5 million song difference isn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but to buyers that could be the swaying factor considering the applications are very similar. 

In an interview where asked whether they prefer to use Spotify or Apple Music, Students at Davis High School, Tanner Hixson and Matt Allen, had this to say:  

“Apple Music because it seamlessly connects with my watch, computer, car, and HomePod” Tanner says. In this situation, there is a clear bias, taking into account the number of devices he has that are conveniently compatible with his Apple Music subscription.  

“Spotify reigns superior due to a plethora of nonparallel attributes. For one, Its personalized recommendations found through the individually crafted playlists yields a better experience for one who yearns for a larger quantity of similar tracks.” Matt Allen shares his opinion.  

This strikes a valid point in the argument. There is no clear “best option” among all the music streaming platforms, because they are all convenient to different people in certain ways. Someone might prefer an Amazon Music subscription because they have Amazon Alexas set up throughout their house so it would just be silly to pay for a non-Amazon music platform.  

In conclusion, the debate on what is the superior streaming platform will never reach a clear answer, because the topic is completely subjective. 

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Is Utah’s sexual health program up to date?

Sixty-eight percent of Utah agrees that the sexual education program needs to consist of more than just abstinence. Although teachers are allowed to mention contraception they are not required to. This poses a problem for many young people. 

Having uneducated teenagers leads to the more frequent spread of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and more. Utah may be taking the first steps towards a more comprehensive sexual health program, but it may be a slow-moving progress. 

Davis County’s program doesn’t allow the teachers to advocate for LGBTQ+. This can be harming to queer students and lead to them not being educated on sexual health. Utah teachers cannot answer questions about specifics in same sex intercourse and are not allowed to promote same sex attraction.  

However, that same program doesn’t encourage heterosexual intercourse either. Leaving all students dangerously unprotected.  

Davis County’s current sex ed programs do not allow teachers to talk about specifics in intercourse. Students are told to just wait until marriage. In a perfect world everyone would wait till marriage, but if the world were that way, we wouldn’t have any STDs.  

Some students aren’t taught how to use a condom but can be shown a video of a woman giving birth or see graphic images of STD’s on genitals. Scaring students tends to be a common teaching tool for abstinence.  

 Some blame the lack of progress in the sexual health programs on the large majority of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The church promotes abstinence until marriage, which could be one of the reasons Utah’s programs remain outdated.  

Although there are many downsides to the health programs, there are a lot of pros to the program as well. The health program promotes eating healthily and exercising. Most students learn about human anatomy, and the risks of substance abuse, and some programs teach CPR and first aid. 

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Stolen Artifacts

Some of the most famous museums are products of stolen artifacts that have eventually been sold to the museum. The MET, Louvre, and British museum all have stolen art. However, in more recent years there has been a push to get these artifacts back to their homeland.  

  In 2019 the MET returned artifacts back to Egypt.  According to the New York Times “Museum officials said that they bought the object from an art dealer in Paris in 2017 and were fooled by a phony provenance that made it seem as if the coffin had been legitimately exported decades ago.” 

    There is such a big push towards returning artifacts that an activist tried to steal work from the louvre in 2020 to return to Africa. However, the group was caught and fined.  

  Now, the biggest controversy is in the British musem. One of their largest exhibits is the stolen Sculptures of the Parthenon. Now, Greece is asking for their works back, but the Museum is not complying.  

The British museum claims that they are not stolen because Greece was under the control of the Ottoman empire by the time they were stolen. The Elgin was a British Ambassador and was given permission by the ottoman empire to obtain the sculptures. According to the British Museum. “He was granted a permit (firman) and between 1801 and 1805 acting under oversight of relevant authorities, Elgin removed about half the remaining sculptress from the ruins of the Parthenon.” 

 For several years Greek and British officials have debated who the sculptures belong to. In October of 2021 the United Nation of Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization took a vote to return the works back to Greece.  

  However, according to Art Net the museum dismissed the vote and released a statement saying “Our position is clear—the Parthenon Sculptures were acquired legally in accordance with the law at the time. The British Museum operates independently of the government and free from political interference. All decisions relating to collections are taken by the Museum’s trustees.”  

  There is no end in sight in this debate. The British museum is pushing to keep them while Greece is pleading for their sculptures back.  

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Teachers want a proper salary too.

Throughout our school years, especially junior high and high school, many students spend more time with our teachers than with our parents or family. Teachers are almost like family to us and like any family member, we want our teachers to be happy and well.  

The average salary of a teacher is between $48,405 and $42,982 a year depending on their seniority. When you calculate that teachers work nearly 11 hours a day, that is only about $18.00 an hour. Teachers are worth a lot more than that 

“Encouraging teachers is a must. Teachers are leaving the field. Due to shortages, Utah at one time said you didn’t have to license to teach, only a major in the field. you wanted to teach. This had some terrible results but there were a few positives. Legislators have given teachers the impression ANYONE could teach But this is not so. Legislators control the classrooms in some aspects, pay, class size, and the number of teaching hours. Teachers have not been recognized for dedicating many hours outside of their classrooms. This is why so many teachers leave, especially in the state of Utah,” says Celest Gardner a former teacher in Ogden.  

Teachers dedicate so much time to their work it can stress them out a bit. They don’t realize when signing up to be a teacher how little the pay is verses the time spent working. Legislators know they don’t offer teachers much pay so they try to help by giving them benefits.  

“If teachers where paid more, hopefully others would recognize that the profession is serious.  We have to attend meetings and trainings and recertify just like other professionals.  Hopefully it would also entice others to want to teach. Sometimes the teaching profession is looked down on because it’s thought ‘those that can’t do, teach’”, says Mrs. Jones a current teacher at Davis high.  

If teachers where paid more, they could get a little bit more respect. There wouldn’t be such a high demand for teachers because more people would want to be a teacher. It’s hard when teachers are looked down on because they are teaching future generations.  

Teachers work as hard as other professionals but don’t get paid anywhere near enough as the others. It’s painful to see good teachers get paid barely enough to survive with their family and just keep on working to make enough. 

With every good positive there might a bad downside for example higher pay. Some people could take advantage of the higher pay. It could cause some issues that wouldn’t benefit the students at all.  

“Unqualified teachers – or more of them.  More teachers coming just for the pay rather than the purpose of actually teaching.  An influx of competitors may make it more difficult to get a job just anywhere,” explains Mrs. Jones.  

Sadly, this could happen and many students would struggle with learning. People who want to be teachers would have a harder time to find the job they want. Even with this, giving teachers a higher paying job could help both students and teachers. This is needed, especially in Utah where the current teacher pay is the lowest of all states.  

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Giving to others during winter times

During these times where it gets colder and colder many people to need help. People go without houses and such needs that we have. But also during Christmas, some kids do not get presents.

You wake up on Christmas morning and you get to open gifts and have a wonderful breakfast. But many kids in the US do not have that. It is important to not only be happy during these times but also be the reason someone else is happy.

Giving a toy to a child in need is one of the opportune you can use to buy presents and send them out to the kids who may not get them. You may also answer a letter to Santa.

Many of those kids have written to Santa to be able to protect their family as well as have toys like all the other children. You can get the letters from the post office and make all of their wishes come true. You can write them back a letter as well as put presets with it.

You may not have any idea how much this affects a child’s life. It makes them so much happier in life during their circumstances. You are also helping the parents by letting them use their money for food and other necessities. Helping them not have the stress with all the presents during the holidays.

Giving during the holidays has also been proven to help you be happier as well. It gives you happy chemicals such as dopamine inside of your body. It helps you feel good about yourself, and also helps others.

Searching on the internet you may also find many more different ways to give to others. You never know whose life you could save by giving.

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The world of podcast

As the years go on, podcast listeners continue to grow and grow. When listening to podcast you can choose from several different platforms. Spotify happens to be the #1 podcast platform, but you can also listen on Apple podcast, YouTube, Google podcast, and several others.

2021 is coming to an end and as of now this year has had “an estimate of 120 million podcast listeners in the country” according to the article U.S. Podcasting Industry – Statistics & Facts on the site statista.com. With these numbers. Podcasts are suggested to only grow from here. “Podcast listeners will surpass 160 million in 2023.” Stated the same article.

The top three podcasts on the platform Spotify are The Joe Rogan Experience, Call Her Daddy, and Crime Junkies. Joe Rogan made a deal with Spotify to be an exclusive Spotify podcast for 100 million dollars. Then there is Call Her Daddy who just recently signed a similar deal but for 60 million dollars. Considering these deals are possible it just goes to show how big podcasts are getting.

Why are people choosing to listen to podcasts? Why are the listeners of podcasts rising to the top? From the article 10 Powerful Statistics You Need to Know in 2021 it states that “Nearly three out of every four podcast consumers in the US say they enjoy tuning in to podcasts to learn new things”. Not only can you look to podcasts for new skills and knowledge. People also look to it for entertainment and even to pass time.

That is something people love about podcasts. They are easy to listen to and to enjoy while you are doing work, driving, and just in your own downtime. People will continue to love and listen to podcasts. Making the world of podcast grow every single day.

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Beauty or Effort

Lush Beauty, safe for the environment but still has assorted products.  

Since 1996, Lush Cosmetics has been creating products that are able to be used on the go. Their first shop opened in 1995 in Poole. The main idea of this company was to hold fresh products for customers to enjoy. They also focus on giving back with their products to charity. 

Lush products are made in England, Canada, Croatia, Germany, and Australia. They focus on the parts that many products don’t produce. Their products are cruelty-free, 100% vegetarian, vegan, naked packaging, and good for the environment.  

“I love being able to use a product that I know won’t have harmful chemicals that could damage my skin instead of helping it, Lush has so many cute products and they smell divine,” said Nishi Sharma. 

Having natural products plays such a huge role in society, because of the health benefits. Lush has so many natural options from shampoo, body care, skincare, makeup products, and scents that are all useable and not harmful to you or the environment.  

“I like the products, and some of them are overall too top, and it’s a very good place to shop. It makes me feel better buying a using them knowing that they are making an impact that will make a slight difference in our world, which is better than none,” said Kate Larsen. 

Lush is a great way to give gifts. They have so many products and gift options, especially around the holidays. You can personalize your gifts, or get regular gift packages that are extremely affordable. The best part is you’re giving a gift knowing that they are suitable to the person and harm-free.  

“The fast pace about the holiday times is always the best. Our bath bombs are the bestselling, face masks are good for a breakout, shower jellies include (lemon, lavender, cherry, and seaweed). I adore that everyone is friends and so close,” said Summer Trinkle an employee at Lush.  

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The next big step

Going into the holiday season, most seniors have or are close to submitting college applications. College is taught as the next step in life after high school. Applications and scholarship forms seem to fill the time just as much as homework.

“I’d say getting ready for college is stressful. All of senior year is doing all of these applications and getting scholarships done for the colleges you want to go to.” Says student Ashton Bond.

College is pushed as the next step in life, but is that what works for everyone? While continuing to grow in education is important for life, college may not be the path that works best for everyone. Some alternative options would be attending trade school or doing an internship in a career field.

Bond states, “No, college is not necessary at all. I know that from my dad who makes a good paycheck and he went to a little college and never passed with a degree. College doesn’t guarantee anything and can lead to a lifetime of debt.”

Acceptance letters come in towards the end of the calendar year or in the beginning of the next. Waiting and hoping for acceptance could be the most challenging part of applying. Once accepted, the cost of higher education is seen as a challenge and can be a large deterrent for students to go to college. Trade schools are traditionally a more affordable option than college.

Regarding the high cost, Bond says, “I would definitely say that it would deter people from a prestigious school. If they do know about financial status they don’t want to be in debt for a long time after college. I would want to stay in state to get a degree rather than go into debt.”

The high stress and cost of higher education poses a challenge for students who are new and unexperienced in the world outside of their childhood home. College is a tough decision that determines the path for the rest of their life.

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Missing girl who used to attend Davis high

Late on Monday the 13th of December Madelyn Allen went missing. Madelyn attended Davis high school in 2020 as a senior and is now attending snow college. She was reported missing by Madelyn’s roommate who hadn’t seen her since the night before.

“I can’t imagine how afraid their family is right now and I hope that they can feel support through us and the community.” Said Hailey Sillito, a senior at Davis.

Madelyn’s younger sister Allie Allen is currently attending Davis high and is a sophomore. Allie is on the swim and was very upset to hear this news. The Davis high swim team wore pink the day of their swim meet to represent Madelyn and help Allie find some comfort by wearing Madelyn’s favorite color.

“I hope that allies family feels supported at this time, and I hope they know that they know that we are all praying for them, and that the community has their back. We hope they find her soon.” Said Olivia Carlson, a Senior at Davis who is on the swim team.

The swim team also created a poster for Allie. They hope that through their support they can show her how much they care. They all are very distraught for Allie and her family and hope that she will find their support helpful.

“It lets her know that we care.” Said Samantha Van Drunen, a junior on the Davis swim team.

The police say they are doing all they can and have included the FBI on the search for Madelyn. Many Instagram posts have been up since her disappearance in hopes that someone will find her. The community is doing all they can to find her, and many are keeping the family in their thoughts and prayers.

you can contact the Sanpete County dispatch by calling 435-835-3345 with any information regarding Madelyn’s case.

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How metric paper can show you the universe

Metric paper is very fascinating because when you cut it in half it keeps the exact same shape for infinity it is an introduction into nothingness and the entire universe. 

Metric was made so billboards could double the size or half it and not have to fiddle around with margins so it was made so by doubling or halfling it would keep the same shape. 

“I made it, so nobody had to spend time fiddling around with borders on billboards margins are inconsistent and annoying I made this to combat this.” said the inventor of the metric paper Walter Porstmann. 

But This paper is also an introduction into everything from a microscopic level to a universal level of size so how do you see this well a full sheet of metric paper is called A4 and each half A5 and each half of that A6. 

This also goes the other way around. Take two A4 pieces to get A3 the four to get A2 it takes two A2 to get to an A1 and four A2 to get A0 which is exactly 1 meter squared, and it keeps the same shape as A4. 

Now begin with 1 sheet of A4 paper divided into half and half again always creating the same shape getting to the size of a bee and smaller till the bee’s organs then the limit of human vision. 

Now divide further and at 24 divisions you can see the cells of the bee and 32 divisions down you can see the mechanical brain of the cell that are just chromosomes of DNA but now the lights go out. 

This is already smaller than visible light, but 56 divisions down are about the size of a strand of DNA 64 divisions down is about the size of a single atom. and in the center of the atom almost 1/100,000th the size is a hydrogen nucleolus. 

And at around 100 divisions you get to the point beyond human comprehension but going deeper you see quarks and going to around 200 divisions you see the plank length there’s nothing there but it’s the smallest size. 

“Quarks are like a universal pixel of the universe with the knowledge we currently have. But there’s probably a lot smaller things” said Neil Degrass Tyson. 

But flying back up to the A4 paper now you realize only half the trip has been completed now it’s time to times the paper and sees how big it can be. 

And now it unfolds itself into a sheet twice the size doubling to the size of a desk then a room then an office then home then the Nabor hood then city and then state then country and then the world. 

Now, going bigger to the speed limit of the universe, you can see a light go to the moon in one second. This is the speed limit of the universe, the speed of light and at 68 doublings the earth is too small to see. 

And at 76 you can see the orbits of Venus and Mars now light takes 2 minutes to get to Venus and 14 minutes to reach mars and there are 20 doublings to go before leaving the home star and at 145 doublings it is bigger than the milky way galaxy. 

And getting bigger the galaxies turn into small little lights and at 184 doublings of the A4 paper, you will reach the end of the universe the end of what we can see where there’s no light there’s nothing. 

But beyond is the non-observable universe and going past means travailing beyond where light has reached yet and won’t until the death of the universe and how many doublings beyond this is unknowable. 

“Well, the end of the observable universe is just how far Nasa can see right now it just means that light hasn’t reached it yet that’s why it’s not the end of the universe because there’s probably no end” Sayed Elon musk. 

This point is an infinite nothing for infinity till the end of everything and this is how metric paper can show you everything. From smallest to largest by simply dividing or multiplying by two. 

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Mummies with Gold Tongues

 Recently new mummies have been found in Egypt. These two mummies have been found with gold tongues.  

The mummies were found in El Bahnasa, which is the modern city of Oxyrhynchus. It is one of the most important places for archaeological digs.  

The tombs are believed to date back to the 26th dynasty or 664 BCE to 525 BCE. 

    One mummy was female, and the other was male. The male tomb was left completely untouched and had never been opened which is extremely rare.  

  According to the Smithsonian “The other tomb, which had already been raided by grave robbers around the time of burial, held a sarcophagus in the shape of a woman, but the mummified remains were in poor shape.”  

Two gold tongues were found in the woman’s mouth. The Smithsonian also reported that “one inside the woman’s mouth, and another believed to have been placed in the mouth of a child’s remains.” 

  The gold tongues are especially unique. They have only been found in El Bahnasa and Alexandria.  

  In February of 2021 mummies similar to these were found. According to New York Times “Archaeologists working at a temple on the outskirts of the Egyptian city of Alexandria have found 16 human burial chambers there, the government’s ministry of tourism and antiquities announced on Friday.Two of the people buried there had golden tongues nestled in their jawbones.” 

  The gold tongues are very important to their religion. They are used so that they can speak in the afterlife. Gold was very important to Egyptians as it stood for something eternal.  

However, this practice was only for elite burials. Often the poor did not get the same privileges in the afterlife.  

  Still, we are constantly finding new artifacts that help give us a new insight to ancient Egyptian culture.  

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Yoga is a stretch for strength?

Yoga is a practice that originated in ancient India. It’s a practice that trains the physical, mental, and spiritual state. Many people say that yoga isn’t challenging or its too relaxing to build strength. Yoga is much more than meditating or relaxing. 

“Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” says Dr. Nevins an osteopathic physician.  

Many doctors agree that it helps everyone of all shapes and sizes. It can help mentally and physically. It challenges your body and yet it relaxes soon after. It teaches your mind to focus on the small things like breathing. 

“It stretches the body allowing blood flow to areas that don’t get regular blood flow while sitting and working. It connects my mind and my body, allowing greater awareness of the messages my body is sending me,” says Chris Wilson a current yoga student.  

Many yogis and students who practice yoga see the benefits of yoga. Some people may not see the benefits of yoga and argue otherwise that it is too easy. It’s to relaxing to be considered a work out or a muscle build.  

“It’s not hard because you move around slowly trying to get into positions, it’s a mindful activity not a physical one,” says Isaak Martinez a former wrestler.  

It may be easy and relaxing many times the slow movements seem calming and don’t seem to put a lot of stress into the mind. Stretching can relive the mind of pain and other stressful thoughts.  

“Everybody is different and yoga is bound to affect people differently. Slow and steady does not necessarily equate to easy,” continues Chris Wilson.  

Some may be more advanced than others in just about everything. Yoga is no different with this, there is no specific way to practice yoga and no specific criteria that needs to be met. Yoga may not be for everyone but it is a fun thing to try at least once in life.  

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How metric paper can show you the universe

Metric paper is very fascinating because when you cut it in half it keeps the exact same shape for infinity it is an introduction into nothingness and the entire universe. 

Metric was made so billboards could double the size or half it and not have to fiddle around with margins so it was made so by doubling or halfling it would keep the same shape. 

“I made it, so nobody had to spend time fiddling around with borders on billboards margins are inconsistent and annoying I made this to combat this.” said the inventor of the metric paper Walter Porstmann. 

But This paper is also an introduction into everything from a microscopic level to a universal level of size so how do you see this well a full sheet of metric paper is called A4 and each half A5 and each half of that A6. 

This also goes the other way around. Take two A4 pieces to get A3 the four to get A2 it takes two A2 to get to an A1 and four A2 to get A0 which is exactly 1 meter squared, and it keeps the same shape as A4. 

Now begin with 1 sheet of A4 paper divided into half and half again always creating the same shape getting to the size of a bee and smaller till the bee’s organs then the limit of human vision. 

Now divide further and at 24 divisions you can see the cells of the bee and 32 divisions down you can see the mechanical brain of the cell that are just chromosomes of DNA but now the lights go out. 

This is already smaller than visible light, but 56 divisions down are about the size of a strand of DNA 64 divisions down is about the size of a single atom. and in the center of the atom almost 1/100,000th the size is a hydrogen nucleolus. 

And at around 100 divisions you get to the point beyond human comprehension but going deeper you see quarks and going to around 200 divisions you see the plank length there’s nothing there but it’s the smallest size. 

“Quarks are like a universal pixel of the universe with the knowledge we currently have. But there’s probably a lot smaller things” said Neil Degrass Tyson. 

But flying back up to the A4 paper now you realize only half the trip has been completed now it’s time to times the paper and sees how big it can be. 

And now it unfolds itself into a sheet twice the size doubling to the size of a desk then a room then an office then home then the Nabor hood then city and then state then country and then the world. 

Now, going bigger to the speed limit of the universe, you can see a light go to the moon in one second. This is the speed limit of the universe, the speed of light and at 68 doublings the earth is too small to see. 

And at 76 you can see the orbits of Venus and Mars now light takes 2 minutes to get to Venus and 14 minutes to reach mars and there are 20 doublings to go before leaving the home star and at 145 doublings it is bigger than the milky way galaxy. 

And getting bigger the galaxies turn into small little lights and at 184 doublings of the A4 paper, you will reach the end of the universe the end of what we can see where there’s no light there’s nothing. 

But beyond is the non-observable universe and going past means travailing beyond where light has reached yet and won’t until the death of the universe and how many doublings beyond this is unknowable. 

“Well, the end of the observable universe is just how far Nasa can see right now it just means that light hasn’t reached it yet that’s why it’s not the end of the universe because there’s probably no end” Sayed Elon musk. 

This point is an infinite nothing for infinity till the end of everything and this is how metric paper can show you everything. From smallest to largest by simply dividing or multiplying by two. 

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Can climate change be fixed?

In modern-day people are richer, healthier, smarter, and live longer, almost everything is better for the average person. But there’s one glaring problem in the way of all of this and its climate change. 

And on the surface, it seems so easy to just fix everything, just stop pollution, right? Well, if you take a second look at everything it gets complicated to just stop pollution. 

Public opinion and facts get skewed a bit like people make a big effort on a coal plant, gas cars, and cows so it often seems easy to fix with solar panels, electric cars, and plant meat but it’s more complicated than that. 

Because modern-day infostructure is horrible for the environment and has been an issue during the industrial revolution over 150 years ago and an effective way to think about pollution is that the easier people’s lives are the worse it is for the environment. 

Like cars, houses, roads, energy, and many more contribute to climate change but some big polluters have rarely spoken of like landfills pollute as much as all airplanes, and people’s homes pollute almost twice as much as all cars. 

And electric cars aren’t an answer to climate change because a new car is being built, and 2 meters of road pollute the same so if roads are built the same way it’s not going to change much because fixing one thing reveals more issues around it. 

“It’s not that the world hasn’t had more carbon dioxide, it’s not that the world hasn’t been warmer. The problem is the speed at which things are changing. We are inducing a sixth mass extinction event kind of by accident, and we don’t want to be extinct.’” said Bill Nye, The Science Guy.

But just because a solution exists doesn’t mean it’s going to happen because there’s a divide between rich and poor. After all, the richer somebody is the more co2 they emit, and getting to the middle class requires polluting. 

It’s hard to say a developing country needs to switch to solar power and stop cutting down trees when they are barely surviving and need cheap materials to financially improve this means they need to pollute. 

Look at concrete it contributes 8% of all global emissions so stop using concrete right? Well, it’s not so simple because it’s a cheap easy material for buildings and roads in developing countries. 

And in principle, all of this can be overcome but not right now especially with food because almost half of the population can barely afford to eat and rice alone emits 1.3% of global emissions. 

And the foods people like the most also pollute the most with around 40% of habitable land being dedicated to food production and plant meats have gotten better but it’s not close enough to make a dent. 

But there are solutions right now that could almost completely stop climate change called direct air capture. This takes the emissions condenses them and stores them underground or transformed into products. seems great solution solved right? 

No, because they are expensive, and it would cost 10 trillion dollars (about $31,000 per person in the US) a year to put them into every industry that pollutes 10 trillion dollars, which is half of the USA GDP every year and nobody currently has that money. 

And this will be necessary for the future because even if nobody ever polluted again it would take over 400 years for the earth to mostly recovering and over 10000 years to make a complete recovery. 

And in this discussion, there’s a lot of individual blame saying if everybody cut back a bit everything would be solved this is far from the truth. 

 because let’s say you get an Electric car, an electric stove, double glaze your windows, stop eating meat, get solar panels, never go on vacation, and never use plastic well if one person did this how efficient will it be? 

But just having done a global experiment with covid where most shopped less, drove, less, and polluted less there was an 8% difference from prior years which is good, but the scale is too massive. 

Because if one person stopped all their emissions for their whole life, they would save about 1 second globally but most have already polluted a lot, so this is an unreachable goal. 

“I’ve starred in a lot of science fiction movies and, let me tell you something, climate change is not science fiction. This is a battle in the real world, it is impacting us right now,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger an Actor & Former Governor of California.
 

it might be too late, the plant could be in a state that no solution can solve but this is where everybody needs to stand together and fight for change and take out the big polluters. 

And the average person can do two things vote for people dedicated to stopping climate change and invest in companies trying to make a difference and that’s just about the best you can do. 

So, no climate change cannot be changed right now but hopefully, in the future, it will be if engineers, scientists, and governments work together, maybe the world can solve this issue. 

“One thing leads to the other. Deforestation leads to climate change, which leads to ecosystem losses, which negatively impacts our livelihoods – it’s a vicious cycle,” said Gisele Bundchen a Supermodel & UN Goodwill Ambassador.

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The Artists’ wives

  The art world has a record of forgetting the artists’ wives. Throughout history male artists get inspiration from their artist wives but the women get little to no recognition.  

   Lee Krasner falls under this category. She is known for her abstract painting and collage designs. Krasner was a part of the New York abstract expressionists. Krasner helped Jackson Pollock with his career and his style.  

  The Museum of modern art reported on Krasner’s life, “Krasner introduced Pollock to many artists and gallerists, including Willem de Kooning, Hans Hoffman, and Sidney Janis, and most importantly to the art critic Clement Greenberg, who became a champion of Pollock’s work.” 

  She was vital to Pollocks work, yet she is not as much of an art figure as Pollock and is often forgotten. 

  Jo Hopper is an American surrealist that is seen in many of her husband’s work. Jo was often a muse and model for Edward Hopper. She is seen in some of his most famous works like nighthawks or woman in the sun.  

  Before Edward she was well established as an artist. According to the Guardian “When she married Edward Hopper, Josephine Nivison was 41, and had been painting successfully for 16 years. Her work had been shown alongside that of Modigliani and Picasso, Maurice Prendergast and Man Ray.” 

  Now her husband is ‘famous’ artist while she is in his shadow of artwork.  

  She also helped influence Edwards’s work, yet she is not as much of an art household name. Even now she is still often referred to as Edwards’s muse instead of a creative mind herself.  

  Lee Miller is yet another muse. Her boyfriend Man Ray was a famous photographer while Lee Miller was a model for vogue. However, she started to move towards the arts.  

  She became a photographer and painter. Most of her most recognizable works were at the frontlines of World War II.  

  During her time in the war, she documented everything she saw. That included concentration camps, soldiers, and broken cities.  

  After seeing the concentration camps Miller was mad and broke into Hitler’s apartment to seek her revenge. Her son reported to the Telegraph that “I think she was sticking two fingers up at Hitler. On the floor are her boots, covered with the filth of Dachau, which she has trodden all over Hitler’s bathroom floor. She is saying she is the victor.”  

   All these women did powerful things and had hardships of their own however they are often brushed off, overlooked, and underrated.  

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Hamlet can teach high schoolers to stop procrastinating

Many high schoolers struggle with a serious illness called chronic procrastination. Students don’t have any motivation to get their work done and lack the capacity to act against their missing work. Procrastinating may seem like a modern issue, but the tragic hero Hamlet also struggled with this affliction. 

 Shakespeare’s play Hamlet shows that balancing thoughts and actions determines our level of success. For example, the characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern showcase how not thinking for yourself can be fatal. Many can argue that they didn’t have any thoughts of their own, and didn’t stand up for what they believed in. Instead, they ignored their good friend Hamlet and obeyed the king’s every command. 

 “Ay, sir, that soaks up the king’s countenance, his rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the king best service in the end he keeps them like an apple in the corner of his jaw, first mouthed to be last swallowed. When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry again.” as Hamlet states in act 4 scene 2, he proves a point by likening them to a sponge, because they are just soaking up whatever Claudius says to them, and they weren’t trying to form their own opinions. 

 Hamlet says that the king is just using them and doesn’t care about their well-being. Hamlet ends up being correct when both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern wind up being killed in England after following one of Claudius’s orders. 

Claudius is an example of a different type of thinking, Claudius struggles with overthinking after he has already acted. Claudius plotted to kill his brother and take his place as king. After being successful he takes his ex-sister-in-law as his wife.  Claudius however struggles with feel guilty after the fact and wishes he could have everything his brother had without killing him. Hamlet act 3 scene three Claudius states 

 “though inclination be as sharp as will. My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, and like a man to double business bond, I stand in pause where I shall first begin, and both neglect.”  

Claudius talks about his guilt and how he regrets killing his brother. Although Claudius thought out his plan greatly after he took action, he ended up regretting what he did. Balancing his thoughts may have led him to the fact that killing his brother would make him feel bad before he murdered his brother.  

Lastly, Hamlet shows us that thinking too much without acting can be just as fatal as any other mortal flaw. Hamlet throughout the play spends his time plotting and thinking of how he will revenge his dead father. However, he ends up dying because he waited too long to do anything. If Hamlet had acted sooner, he may have been able to survive. 

 Shakespeare showcases this often throughout the writing of Hamlet, by having the character second guess himself. For example, in act 3 scene 3 Hamlet states the following, “Now might I do it pat, now ‘a is a-praying, and now I’ll do’t–and so ‘a goes to heaven, and so am I revenged…No. Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent.” 

 Hamlet plans to kill Claudius while he is praying but decides not to because he doesn’t want him to go to heaven. Instead, Hamlet decides to wait until Claudius is doing something sinful. The irony is that Hamlet knows Claudius is a murderer and so it shouldn’t matter how he dies, he will end up in hell no matter what. Hamlet eventually gets his revenge on Claudius but pays with the price of his and his mother’s lives.  

Hamlet’s characters show us how we think can be detrimental to our lives. If we spend all our time just thinking and never acting like Hamlet, we will never get what we want. And if we just do things to please others like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern we are ignoring our own needs. And if we are like Claudius and too quick to act then we may regret our past. 

 Procrastinating is just another version of balancing our thoughts and action. Taking more control of our lives and acting when we see fit may change the outcome of how we live. Like Shakespeare shows, Fortinbras took his life in his own hands and fought for what he wanted and ended up being the only successful character in the tragedy of Hamlet. 

 

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Public education and self harm

On average 640 Utahns die from suicide a year, as a result Utah is in the top 10 states for highest suicide rates in the country. According to research done back in 2020 suicide is the second leading cause of death in Utah.

According to Michael Stanley, a suicide prevention research coordinator for UDOH, there are about 50-70 deaths by suicide a month. This data is consistent with numbers going back to 2015. Since the pandemic started the suicide rates have stayed high, but they haven’t increased.

In Utah, for people ages 10-17 the number one cause of death is suicide. We have seen this tragedy happen very recently with 10-year-old Isabella “Izzy” Tichenor. Izzy had autism and she was African American, both these things led her to be bullied at school, the bullying became so much for Izzy that she took her own life because of it.

The Utah Department of Health stated that youth suicide rates have tripled over the last decade. There are many reasons these teens are committing suicide: bullying, discrimination, and social media; these are just some of the many reasons behind these acts of desperation.

Schools need to prioritize  the bullying that has happened in schools, especially in the Davis District. Davis School District is under investigation for the harassment of students of color. People who commit suicide do it as a last resort, they have gone through so much and have no way to help themselves.

Suicide rates are not only a problem in Utah, it’s a problem all over the U.S. but that doesn’t change the fact that Utah has one of the highest suicide rates. This might have something to do with the culture and the way people are treated based on their race, gender, and sexuality, but something that is for sure is there has to be some way to fix this problem.

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Why are social security cards horrible?

Well, Americans love their freedoms the slogan is, land of the free and home of the brave and even though Americans are nether it is a good slogan overall Americans like being able to do whatever they want. 

It comes from the pioneers who came here to live outside the government which sounds good except for all the government so because of the “Freedom “America docent have a national id card. 

But suspiciously almost every US citizen does have a social security card that many places ask for to prove who you are, and it is an id in the worst way possible because it was never designed to do that. 

This is an issue because this is the key to letting the government know that you are you and losing it is the worst kind of identity theft that can happen, but why is it so bad at being an id well? 

There is no picture, no description no biometrics there is nothing that makes it personal to you because this was all made back in the great depression when they introduced the social security administration or SSA for short. 

It was a mandatory tax that would save money that you can use when you turn 65 or retire with the purpose being that if in the past you did not save any money future you can still live off the money you paid into it. 

So, it was made to track how much you put into your social account and since it was only work-related there was no point in giving one to a kid but everyone alive in America has had one since birth but why? 

 

Well because America has no national id cards it is extremely hard for government institutions to keep track of people over time and with hundreds of millions of citizens that is hard to do you could try something else, but the social number was the easiest. 

So, the tax department started to use the social number to make tracking taxes easier and make kids get them so parents can get a tax discount that was based on the honor system which had to change fast. 

And this made it easy for the whole government to use the social number to track people without making their system and to Exchange information between institutions about people. 

And Americans not wanting a national id card the movement made the next best thing, but it ended up being worse because the card was never meant to be used in this way and it is easy to tell because there is no security built into it. 

The reason most national id works is because it has many little tricks to secure itself. The most common is to have the last two digits add up to the sum of the number so 8002295618041 is valid but if one number switches it’s invalid. 

This is because every number before the last two digits add up to the last two digits so 8+0+0+2+2+9+5+6+1+8+0=41 and this is an easy security measure to use but the social security card does not have this. 

And every card does this so nobody can just guess it at random, try pushing random numbers into amazon and try to buy something you need the number, zip, cv2, and expiration date try and guess all of this if one number is off it will not work at all. 

“the social security card is the worse case of financial protection this world has ever seen,” said F.D.R he also said ” American citizens should not be viewed as numbers we need a better system”

But a social card has none of this in fact if you were born before 2011 it is extremely easy to just guess one because the first three numbers are what state it was applied for and the last for just goes up in order same with the middle two. 

So, take your number, subtract, or add one and that is a valid number of somebody your age born around the same time and a fraudster that knows where you were born and what time can guess 5 of the 4 numbers. 

The physical card is horrible too for reasons stated earlier this means it has less security than a library card and is vastly more important, so it fails and being a secure number and being a good id but at least it’s universal right? 

Wrong not everybody has a social security card you do not have to have one if you are a part of a religion that does not agree with social security and has had to be around since 1950 so if you are not Amish, you cannot get out.

“You don’t have a soul; you are your own soul. In other words, you are not this book, your social security card, your body, or your mind. You are you.” said L. Ron Hubbard.

So, the most important number you have is not secure inset practical easy to steal and it fails at everything it does today and with computers, you can sleep safe knowing any computer can figure out your number in a couple of hours at max.

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A painter and her story, Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is one of the most famous female painters and Latin painters. Many people know her work, or of her work.  

  Kahlo is famously known for representing Mexican culture and having pride in it. She wore traditional Mexican dresses with a mix of contemporary style. 

Part of what makes her work so interesting is her life; she had a lot of pain and tribulation. When she was young, she contracted polio, which left her with a limp.  

At the age of 18 she got in a bus crash, leaving her with chronic pain, multiple surgeries, and left her infertile. All of these things left her with lifelong affliction which was shown in all her work.  

  Later in life she had a more than complicated relationship with another artist, Diego Rivera. The on and off relationship left her with many emotions; good and bad.  

  Recently one of her paintings was sold at an auction for $34.9 million. According to New York Times it is now “the most expensive artwork by a Latin American artist.” 

  The piece is called “Diego and I.” The self-portrait was painted a few years before her death. It depicts the anguish she went through after Diego cheated on her and almost divorced her.  

  New York times also reported that “Kahlo surpassed a benchmark set by Rivera in 2018, when one of his paintings sold at auction for $9.76 million- or the equivalent of $10.75 million today, accounting for inflation.” 

  Anna Di Stasi, The Director of Latin American art at the auction house said “You could call tonight’s result the ultimate revenge, but in fact it is the ultimate validation of Kahlo’s extraordinary talent and global appeal.” in a press conference after the auction.  

  Frida Kahlo is an innovative and groundbreaking that set the stage for Latin art and women in the industry and this auction proves that.  

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The mind palace of a creative writer

Creative writers are some of the most interesting people on the planet. They think of things that the average person might not. They think of stories and situations that most people wouldn’t think of ever happening.  

An example is the thimble radios from Fahrenheit 451 headphones where already a thing but were big and ugly. Soon after the book in 2000 the “sea shell shaped” headphones were created and are now a part of our everyday lives.  

Writers have invented things that have never existed or possibly could never exist. Creative writers’ imaginations can be both frightening and entertaining. To explore one’s mind is reaching dangerously new territories.  

“Since I was young, I always wanted to make up stories. I’ve always been into fandoms and shows and writing about it makes me happy. To write about new ideas and to write about my own characters is very fulfilling,” says Hero Hampton, a creative writer.  

Many writers start at a young age with a very powerful imagination and it continues to grow within them. It is possible as child, they needed a way to free their creative minds and writing helped them explain their creative thoughts.  

“A writer’s mind works by someone wanting to explain something that isn’t there and can’t explain in person so they use writing to describe what doesn’t exist. And in this way, they are very intelligent in this sense they are able to explain something that most people can’t. Some of them are very harsh on themselves but that’s just the mind of a writer,” explains Daniel Smalley. 

Trying to explain a story that just popped into someone’s head one day is difficult. Writers have figured out how to put these random thoughts into words and make a whole new world out of the idea. Many don’t even know where the ideas come from.  

“Sometimes it’s from dreams or just wanting to make a person that has a skill or a super power I want. Pictures generate ideas,” reported Torryn Mecham.  

Knowing where the thoughts come from lets the writer mix ideas with reality. Writers have formed many ideas and have helped build today’s society. Writers give ideas to others which make people want things  

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DogTV, A TV channel for dogs.

Starting next Monday, DogTV will begin airing in the UK. 

Starting this coming Monday, man’s best friend will no longer have to watch stupid human tv shows, and more tv curated to them. 

“DogTV has been created by following studies of dog’s psychological and physiological needs, responses, moods, to help them feel stimulated and relaxed when owners are not around”, said the producers of the upcoming channel. 

After a long three years of research, and lots of tested programming aiming to help dogs with separation anxiety, loneliness, and stress, the channel will also help dog owners better understand and look after their own pets. 

Dog owners are constantly rising in the past to teenagers moving out and the COVID lockdowns and quarantines, it’s a good time to help all of the new dog owners help their newfound friends, especially with life starting to adjust back to normal and dogs being scared of being left alone for the first time. 

Colors, audio frequencies, and camera alignment have all been adapted to help dogs with their senses to cater it the best it can be done. 

Professor Nicholas Dodman, chief scientist for DogTV said, “DogTV is an excellent resource for dog owners to help alleviate some of the behavioural problems that can arise when dogs are left alone.” 

“With numbers of dog owners rising of the pandemic, owners now returning to work, DogTV helps canines to feel relaxed and comforted until their owners return home.”, said Dodman. 

The channel, which has already aired in other countries, will also have shown specific to dog owners, including shows by the famous dog trainer Laura Nativo, who will be providing tips on how to live a better home life with a pet and how to make their life better, as well as other shows that provide information on simple recipes for dogs. 

According to DogTV, one in every six dogs suffer and have separation anxiety.  Symptoms of separation anxiety include excessive and stressed barking, refusing to eat, trying to escape, and destructive behavior when separated. 

British animal trainer, Victoria Stillwell said, “People think that DogTV is bit of a weird concept at first, but when I tell them the amount of research that has gone into this, that this TV channel can help their dog while home alone, improve their lives considerably and help with different stresses and axieties, they get it.” 

This new service will be available on an assortment of smart Tv’s, Android, Apple devices, and as well as online. 

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NFL and Taunting Penalties

In the American National Football League, a player can receive a penalty for taunting if players engage in, “The use of baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams” according to NBC sports. 

This penalty is worth a 15-yard loss on offense or an offensive 15-yard gain if the flag is thrown on the defense. NFL players this season are becoming increasingly frustrated at how often this call is made in the game. 

In a recent Chicago Bears versus Pittsburg Steelers matchup, in what’ve possibly been a game ending sack by Bears defensive end Cassius Marsh, turned into a first down and more for the Steelers offense. 

The penalty was thrown after the sack when marsh spiraled into a karate kick and took multiple steps towards the steelers bench, staring them down in the process. “I saw the player, after he made a big play, run toward the bench area of the Pittsburgh Steelers and posture in such a way that I felt he was taunting them.” Referee Tony Corrente described the play. 

Marsh in an emotional interview completely disagreed with the call and shared his thoughts. “I think it was pretty clear to everyone who saw it that I wasn’t taunting. On my way to the sideline I got hip checked by the ref and it’s pretty clear.” Marsh said. 

Many NFL players and fans believe that the taunting call is taking away from the intensity and competitiveness of the game. Like the play with Marsh, it takes it an exciting moment for fans and turns it into a disappointing experience.  

Penalties this ridiculous take me right out of it and make me question why the hell I even bother watching.” An NFL fan says on reddit. 

In defense of the NFL, it is understandable that they are enforcing the taunting call for the safety of the fans and players. It does a great job at keeping everyone at the game tame and calm. If a fan sees that fighting and taunting is permitted on the field, why wouldn’t it be allowed in the stands? 

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The Artist that destroys his work

 The famous artist Banksy is known for his graffiti work around the world. He travels to different cities spray painting his pieces and then leaving without his identity being known.  

Although the act itself is illegal, because Banksy is so popular and critically acclaimed, they tend to be protected by the city. Even Park City embraces their illegal Banksy work and protects it.  

  Although much of his work is graffiti, he also does paintings. His most famous painting was also one that he designed to be destroyed.  

 NPR reported on the stunt, “In 2018, the “Girl With Balloon” piece was sold at auction for $1.4 million dollars, but the work of art “self-destructed” the moment the deal was done.” 

  Banksy secretly installed a paper shredder that destroyed the piece in front of everyone’s eyes. Many speculated on the artists’ intended meaning. 

  According to the Smithsonian “The self-destructing “Girl with Balloon” is believed to be a comment on capitalism and the art market. However, if Banksy wanted to make a real statement, Smee points out, he would have totally destroyed the art.” 

   After the incident the piece was recently put up for auction this year. According to NPR “It’s expected to go for between $5 to $8 million.”  

  Earlier this year a group burned an actual Banksy on a live stream. Which was inspired by Banksys shredding incident.  

  According to BBC “We specifically chose a Banksy piece since he has previously shredded one of his own artworks at an auction.” 

 Banksy is arguably one of the most notable contemporary artists and much of his fame has come from illegal activities and the destruction of his own work.  

  No one knows where Banksy will go next or what kind of stunt he will pull. But either way the world is watching him.  

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New steps after the mastered steps

Many seniors have gotten used to their life at home and their school life over the past 12 years. Soon they will be going to college or going to live on their own in the “real world”.  

Many students aren’t prepared to go and live away from home and away from their loved ones. College students are put into the world seemingly with little preparation. They are also not prepared for the work that will be needed for college.   

“To me college means to grow, to learn beyond basic subjects of high school, to learn about subjects and to be challenged. It also means I can broaden my social circle. Graduating from college gives me more opportunities for my carrier path,” says Beatrice Martinez a graduated college student.  

Many people will argue whether or not college is worth all the financial pain and stress. However, it has been well established that a college degree can increase the chances of getting a job. Experience can help a person grow and learn in the real world.  

“I didn’t like that no one cared if you showed up or passed the class. But It’s your money and if you fail you waste everything. There is no outside accountability,” stated KayLyn Thompson.  

A fresh new adult going to college and living on their own can be very difficult for some. Giving them a free range to live on their own helps them figure out what to do and how they want to live. Many students are ready to become their own person. 

“I can do the basic skills like laundry and cook but being in college and learning things that are much harder I’m not prepared for that, and I don’t think I’m ready for an adult job yet,” said Ellie Davis a student preparing for college.  

Students are nervous to go out and being on their own. They want help before they go; this could be from parents or from school.  

“If we were given more classes on how to properly manage money, get good insurance, pay taxes or how to buy and take care of cars, we could do so much better in life,” stated Lili Larson another student ready to graduate.  

Students need these skills more than anything to survive. Giving students tips or classes for basic needs they will be more ready to go into college. 

“It depends on the students.  If students have skills such as scheduling, time management, completing assignments on time, and the willingness to try then they have some basic skills that will help them succeed in college.  But if they are not even willing to put in basic work to barely pass a class, they need to seriously consider their actions and they can change,” explains Ms. Jones a teacher at Davis High School.  

If a student works hard enough then they have a better chance of succeeding. All they need are good management skills and to be willing to work hard. There are many good perks to being in college.  

“The most beneficial thing about going to about going to college to learn. There is so much value in knowing that we have what it takes to manage difficult tasks, assignments, etc. and be able to solve problems our own way and to find solutions. A typical four-year degree may not be the best option for every student. If that is the case, I strongly recommend pursuing post-secondary vocational training of some kind,” says Ms. Chapmen another teacher from Davis high.   

Going to college is very difficult but it could help many people in the future. Being careful not to overspend or procrastinate and staying on top of homework, students will be successful. If possible, all students should at least consider going to college.  

 

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Mental Illness in School and How to Help

Schools were established long before things like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, Bipolar, and a plethora of other mental disorders were even thought of. Of course, they’ve always been around, but a new wave of awareness started only years ago.

Schools are adapting to the idea of different learning styles, that different things work for different people. No two students are the same, and many, if not most, are still being taught in ways that don’t work well for them.

Ryan Honick says, “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but the ‘I never let my disability/pain/illness stop me’ is an ableist and harmful narrative. Sometimes chronic issues are debilitating and they do stop you. And you shouldn’t be made to feel guilty about it.”

While many more common illnesses might not stop someone from succeeding, they still affect them in big ways. This article covers some of those ways.

School isn’t easy for anyone, but mental illness adds even more of a challenge. “[Anxiety] affects my focus because it affects what I’m thinking about in class. I’m panicking about panicking. It definitely affects the quality of my school work,” says Brayke Lindley, a Junior at Davis High School.

Hailey Heaps, also a DHS Junior, says, “Sometimes it’s like I’m not even there, my mind is just so focused on other things, so I can fall behind. It’s hard because it feels like I am just constantly playing catch up.”

With assignments and deadlines from so many classes, falling behind at some point or another is not uncommon. When you regularly miss anywhere from a few minutes to a few days due to mental difficulties, it’s almost impossible not to.

This leaves a big question. How do we change things? We can’t just snap our fingers and vanish the distractions from our brains. We can’t just stop giving assignments. Teachers can’t read their students’ minds, and students are often too nervous to ask for help.

There may be no instant fix, but there are still ways teachers and other students can assist each other. “It helps when people are patient with me. Sometimes I’ll be so focused on something else that it takes me a little longer to catch on to things.” – Heaps.

When a teacher gives a lecture and, upon finishing, a student asks about something they just covered, it is reasonably difficult not to get annoyed. There will always be the people who are only asking to poke fun and gain attention, or who aren’t listening because they don’t care, but chances are that they aren’t trying to be rude.

When a question is met with anger or frustration, it can result in guilt, embarrassment, and hurt. Comments like “just focus,”  or “just calm down,” don’t do anything, aside from adding frustration. Try to distance yourself from the situation and think about it from all sides. Annoyance may be a justifiable response, but it hardly helps.

A little patience can go a long way. If we can just take a deep breath and zoom out of our heads, we can make a big difference.

Remaining calm helps students with mental illnesses feel more safe in the classroom and more comfortable asking questions. Better understanding leads to a better education and a better learning environment.

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What is the debt limit?

You see the debt limit is just how much debt the US government is allowed to get into, it seems simple on the surface but gets deeper. Because the debt limit is the most dangerous political tool in the world. 

To understand the debt limit you need to know about American taxes as a whole and the way they spend those are decided by the president and congress and each has their specific jobs. 

The president’s job when it comes to money is to collect taxes and spend them on the government in whatever the country needs. But this does not mean he has full control over the money in the country. 

And congresses job is to set taxes and decide how much to spend and they order the president around like a puppet because they decide how much the president must spend that year no matter what. 

This happens because Congress makes the budget and decides what the country needs then they write the budget give it to the president and by law he must follow it and can’t save a dollar. 

But if more taxes come in than money spent everything should be fine, but congress intestinally puts more money in the budget than taxes collected which means the president must borrow the difference. 

 This scares many people like Mark Zandi who said this “We need to get rid of the debt ceiling law. It’s anachronistic and it’s a problem.” This isn’t a problem for any county but the USA. 

because if the congress in the Uk, for example, needs more money congress will fund it themselves but, in the USA, congress limits the about the president can borrow too which is what the debt limit is at its most basic level.

And it seems good until you see the real-world consequences of these two conflicting forces because as the president gets close to the debt limit congress acts shocked at the president’s reckless spending. 

And the president did indeed borrow that money but it’s because congress forced the president to so it’s a game of stop hitting yourself but more deadly for everybody watching. After all, it’s not about future spending. 

The limit is about paying bills they already have. So, if they’re at the debt limit the government would shut down because if they can’t spend money, they can’t do anything, and this is a global issue. 

As stated in this quote by Michele Bachmann “I think it’s important that people know what raising the debt ceiling is. It’s Congress giving permission to the federal government to borrow more money that we don’t have, and we borrow it to spend it.”  

Because the U.S. dollar is used globally, and many countries rely on it being stable but there is a way out because if approved Congress can raise the debt limit so that congress can force the president into more debt. 

But why do this? Well, leverage for congress the debt limit is amazing because it’s a problem they create, and they can just blame the president and the president can only solve the issue with congress. 

 And many are afraid of the future of the country if this is how the debt problem is solved. Like Bob Corker that said, “If it took multiple debt ceiling hikes, I’d rather achieve the savings.”   

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Malala announces her marriage

Malala Yousafzai, who at 17 is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, became married in England on Tuesday, more than 9 years after she was shot in the head by Taliban as a teenager.

Ms. Yousafzai, 24, wedded Asser Malik, a director for the Pakistan Cricket Board, at a small Islamic ceremony referred to as a nikkah.

“Moment marks a precious day in my life,” she wrote. “Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.”

Ms. Yousafzai, an advocate for girls’ schooling, kept the info of her wedding day private. But she participated in pictures, such as her husband signing a marriage contract.

Mr. Malik is a director for Pakistan’s governing body for justice, in keeping with his LinkedIn. He graduated in 2012 from Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Congratulatory dispatches on social media poured in from across the world. On Instagram, Greta Thunberg and Priyanka Chopra have been a few of the well- provision. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada stated on Twitter that he was hoping the couple loved their “special day” “We’re wishing you a lifetime of happiness together,” he wrote.

Tuesday’s marriage got here more than 9 years after Yousafzai survived an assassination try through the Taliban for criticizing the group’s tries to keep Pakistani girls from going to school.

Injured in the attack Yousafzai transferred to Britain for treatment. She settled with family in Birmingham, England, in 2013. She persevered her schooling and became an activist for girls’ schooling.

Yousafzai graduated from Oxford University, where she finished Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree, one of the university’s most prestigious.

In an August essay for The New York Times, she wrote about her worry for Afghan girls attending school under Taliban’s new rule.

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Millionaire living in Utah

Bhinda Singh started off as a young kid from Orem, Utah with lofty expectations to become the best and now building a franchise and a chain of restaurants.  

His pizza business recently started in 2017, and immediately flew. He owns 4 restaurants famous for the title “Curry Pizza”. Curry Pizza is a fusion between traditional Indian food and Italian pizza. He has endless flavors, spices, curries, and toppings.  

“Curry pizza wasn’t the average pizza it’s a new fusion holding interest and excitement,” said Singh. 

Bhinda has traveled to 36 states, and 2 countries thanks to his career and accomplishments. Within three years he has been featured on the Wall Street Journal, Who in America, Lifetime Achievement Award, Fox 13 News, and is now planning to have Curry Pizza on display in Times Square in NYC.  

Singh says, “There was a point in my life where I couldn’t handle the pressure, and almost left the business alone. My landlord told me that I could do it and motivated and pushed me that this was a small bump. He helped me to continue on.” 

Restaurant owners face many competitors in the industry, and many would see it as a motivating factor to do better. He sees it as a downside and nothing like a driving factor because he leaves everything aside and focuses on his own goals.  

The Covid-19 pandemic affected his business and continues to do so now. Revenue started decreasing as low as 90% in his West Valley location. Businesses were affected tremendously but they continue to deliver their best work for their love of the customers. 

I love Indian food and the blend he has created is absolutely amazing. He has won the hearts of many in Utah,” said Kathy McBride.   

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The pink tax, discriminatory, simplified

Women spend on average $1,300 more for the same products each and every year. 

So, what is the pink tax?  It is not actually a tax, but it is actually a system based upon discriminatory pricing of women’s products, from razors to necessary items like feminine hygiene products. 

This “tax” isn’t just hygiene at the surface.  Yes, brands will sell a lesser quality razor for double the price of a man’s average razor, which is already pricy in the first place which pushes the point even further, but it even goes clothes. 

Feminine hygiene products are crazy overpriced, with the average box of 36 tampons costing about $25-40, while smaller boxes costing anywhere from $8-15, and usually you are going to need multiple kinds/types for different stages of the menstrual cycle.  What is crazy is that they cost pennies to make and are being sold for massive profit margins. 

Then it gets even worse, some of these products are infused with alcohol and/or perfumes which can cause pain, discomfort, and other symptoms that nobody wants to have, and that the alternatives usually cost more because the all-natural cost more to make and manufacture. 

Women’s pants are on average 1/3 more than men’s pants, which women’s pants already come in crazy and odd sizing standards that are not the same across all brands, but the pockets are tiny which cause women to buy bigger jackets with many pockets or the more common answer, purses and other similar types of bags. 

The gender pay gap obviously makes things even more complicated in the situation, with on average women making between 55 and 80 cents for every dollar the average male makes.  So, women are making less money, but they must spend money on necessities and must pay more for the same item. 

As of October 2020, New York is putting in major efforts to ban the pink tax.  It is now illegal to charge more for products that are close and similar to the same yet marketed to different genders.  The state plans to enforce this by requiring certain service providers to submit price lists.  It’s been over a year since the law was put into effect, and it’s hard to see how successful it has been. 

There are feminine hygiene product brands that are making cheaper and healthier options, but these companies struggle to get their point across due to their lower costs, and from these lower costs cause lower profits which sadly make it so they cannot get their point out there in the mainstream media as easily. 

To stop the pink tax there is only really a few things that can be done and that is to stop buying/avoid the overpriced “female version” of these products, and then support the cheaper companies that are trying to make a difference, in hopes that they can change things for the better. 

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First Ironman with down-syndrome races in the biggest marathon of the year.

Chris Nikic was born in 1999 with down syndrome. He was born and raised in Florida and at five months old, he had to have open heart surgery. Nikic had to overcome a lot of trials, he didn’t walk until four and didn’t eat normal foods until five.

 

Nikic started his exercise journey in 2017. “I started with a pushup and aimed to improve my performance 1% each day.”

 

In 2019 he found himself a goal to work towards, the coveted Ironman. The Ironman triathlon is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and finishes with a marathon. The final cherry on top is it all must be done in 17 hours.

 

Nikic trained every single day for a whole year for four to eight hours. He trained with Dan Grieb a seasoned veteran of the Ironman completing 16 Ironmans of his own. Nikic’s time finally came in November 2020 at the age of 21 to finally do the race.

 

While Nikic struggled he completed the Ironman just 14 minutes under qualifying time at 16 hours and 46 minutes. Nikic received the Guinness Book of World Records for first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman. Nikic was also honored at the 2021 ESPYs with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and the Best Athlete with a Disability.

 

”I have to work hard and give my best every day. If I do an Ironman and become a pro-speaker, I will have a chance to get my dream.”

 

Nikic just recently took on his next challenge this past weekend with the New York City Marathon. He finished the marathon with a time of 7:12:20. Nikic also recently had a book published called, “1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can”. He published this book less than a month ago and is available everywhere.

 

Nikic continues to look for the biggest challenges and challenge others to do the same. He is an inspiration to other like him and wants to break the barriers for people with disabilities and show that they can do the same if not more than the rest of us. He will be competing in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

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Why you should read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar, a classic novel by poet, short-story writer, and (you guessed it) novelist Sylvia Plath tells the dark story of a promising young writer fall into a depressive madness.

Of course, the story is not a quick, fun read, but instead a thought-provoking and beautifully articulated journey inside the mind of a brilliant poet.

Now, if you’re not looking for a classic to bring you down, you may wonder what the point would be to reading such a novel.

Of course, the writing is so engaging, and the diction is Plath’s pure, characteristic, and emotional poeticism- making that a reason in and of itself.

Other than the intensely wonderful, simplistic writing, the themes of the book are not only interesting but to many, relatable.

Throughout the descent to insanity, main character Esther deals with being unsure of herself and her future- who and what she wants to be. She finds the work she does at a fashion magazine does not fulfill her, but so many other career options appeal to her.

She dreads making the wrong choice and going through life feeling the way she does while working for the magazine. That is, lethargic, apathetic, and completely unmotivated.

This lack of direction only adds to her fatigued state, and she seems resigned to any fate that falls into her lap. Esther has lost all desire to be the hard worker she had always been as a student.

As someone graduating from high school, I am feeling my own career-related dread. Esther’s musings over various occupations, her romanticizing and then reality checking, reflect my own thoughts at this time of life.

Esther’s acceptance of a romance with someone she is no longer interested in is, I fear, something that many young women may relate to. Esther isn’t the most confident character ever written and seems to feel the need to just take whatever romantic interest comes her way.

This leads to many confused ponderings on her own aversion to marriage and her suitors in general.

This fear of domestic commitment seems like another relatable moment for young women. Even today, marriage can mean giving up a lot of one’s self.

These themes are few among many. Reading this work of Plath’s raw talent can benefit one emotionally and intellectually, by feeling joined with someone in a beginning-of-adult-life-crisis as well as reading a classic writing style, revered by so many English lovers today.

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Stuck at home with a killer disease

COVID-19 has been ripping throughout the population for two years, infection and/or killing people. COVID is a thing to fear, something that will be around for the rest of our lives, the only way to help slow things down is to wear masks and get vaccinated.

There are not many people in Utah that haven’t gotten the disease yet, but those people are going to end up getting it eventually. Many of the students at Davis High are not vaccinated, some by choice others because their parents don’t want them to be because of their political views.

It’s time to stop and think for a moment, it is time to think about how it is affecting out community by not getting vaccinated. By not getting the vaccine you are potentially giving others COVID and putting them and their loved ones in harm’s way.

Recent studies show that 61% percent of the Utah population has gotten at least one of their doses. However, only 53% of the Utah population has been fully vaccinated. That means only a little bit more than have the population is safe.

In Davis County alone almost 300 people have died from this respiratory disease, in Utah there are over 3,000 deaths. This needs to stop, people are dying because other people aren’t getting vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is something that will not only save you, but also a countless number of other people.

People who are choosing not to get vaccinated are saying “My body my choice,” but these are the same people who think abortion is sinful. If it is really “my body my choice” then they have no right to tell people, they are not allowed to get an abortion because it is their body.

There are many people who are dying from the disease that are saying on their death beds that they wish they had gotten vaccinated. The ages of people that have been dying have gotten younger and younger because they aren’t protecting themselves in anyway from this disease.

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NFT art work

Much of our world today is moving digital, especially with the Pandemic and now art is moving with this trend.  

NFTs or non-fungible tokens can be anything digital and many people are using them to collect digital art. NFTs are defined by Merriam-Webster as: 

a unique digital identifier that cannot be copied, substituted, or subdivided, that is recorded in a blockchain, and that is used to certify authenticity and ownership (as of a specific digital asset and specific rights relating to it)” 

In simple terms NFTs are a way to identify a unique piece and digital ownership of that art work.  

If someone buys an NFT there is nothing stopping others from copying the picture and sharing it with others because it is still digital. However, the original buyer of the NFT still has ownership.  

One way to understand it is by this; many people have seen prints of art work. For example, many people have seen copies of Starry Night by Van Gogh. However only one person or one museum owns it. This is the same principle as NFTs except instead of a physical copy you receive a digital copy.  

Recently NFTs have become a big part of the art world. According to Time magazine “NFTs are having their big-bang moment: collectors and speculators have spent more than $200 million on an array of NFT-based artwork, memes and GIFs in the past month alone.” 

Although many people are excited about the new world of NFTs there are some that are skeptical of it, and even criticize accessibility.  

According to Time Magazine, “The barriers to entry—it costs money and requires tech savvy to sell an NFT—could prevent some creators from joining in on the action.” 

This may be the future but until it is more accessible to the common artist there will be a lack of talent and creativity in the art world.  

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Do Video games cause violence?

Whenever you read the news these days it feels like it’s always the same thing video games cause violence or something like that but it’s not just today people say this. 

Back in the early 1990’s Mortal Combat, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D, and Doom was all the rage and there was a ton of news coverage on it saying it would make people especially kids more violent and that has persisted to this day.  

But even back then the arguments used today were the same “it’s not harmful it’s just a game” This is said in almost every discussion on if games are violent or not but it’s time to bring up some real numbers to see who is right. 

Because this is a real issue with lives on the line. So, if video games do cause violence, then everybody can act accordingly with that knowledge. 

On whatever side this paper comes out on you can be sure that it is true with proof from trusted sources of information whose right or wrong is irrelevant the only thing that matters are the facts. 

 so, the question for today is do video games cause violence in the people that play them? and is there a connection between video games and gun violence in America? 

This argument is covered in opinion and personal interest, so this is meant as a buffer between that because people who play video games say it doesn’t and people who don’t say it does but here’s the evidence. 

But first, let’s see the links between video games and crime because if there’s a direct cause between violence and video games there should be more violence between the early 1990s till now as the ’90s started everything  

The graph below shows the amount of video game copies sold as well as titles released from 1980 to 2015. you can see it growing during the mid-1990s stopping around 2009 and starting to decline.

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Source: https://medium.com/the-peruser/a-brief-history-of-video-game-sales-49edbf831dc (Links to an external site.) 

And since violent video games started in the early to mid-1990s this gives a great start for this question because it’s clear that if video games cause violence, then crime should increase during these years. 

But looking at the graph below it’s the opposite effect and that murder rates peaked in the 1980s and when all of these violent video games came out murder rates dropped 

 

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Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-u-s-murder-rate-is-up-but-still-far-below-its-1980-peak/ (Links to an external site.) 

  And from 1991 to 2016 murder dropped by 45.5% rape by 30.0% robbery dropped by 62.3% and assault dropped by 42.7% so all major crime has dropped by at least 30% since the mid-1990s 

But maybe you think that since young people play more games there would be a more violent crime in young people so here’s the graph. 

It’s the same and you can see that it has plummeted since 1992. It almost seems like violent video games prevent murder but look at some more statistics before making your final decision. 

But in the news, it seems to be getting worse but that’s more a case of horrific mass shootings than individual murders so maybe the question should be do video games make individuals more violent. 

Well, that’s complicated mass shooting varies from person to person, and everybody has their definition, but the definition is four or more people killed in a public area. 

So, in that case, from 1982-2006, there were around 1.6 mass shootings a year so 3 mass shootings every 2 years but from 2007-2019 it’s at 5.4 mass shootings per year more than tripled   

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Source: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map/ (Links to an external site.) 

So maybe the new question should not be if video games make society more violent but if it makes select individuals more violent? And what role did video games play in the lives of past mass shooters? 

Like the Columbine shooters were fans of doom the sandy hook shooter was a fan of the GTA games, and some mass shooters love video games and others have never tried them so there’s no link yet between video games and violence. 

Also, of all the 18 mass shootings over the last 20 years, there were only four that had noteworthy video game habits 

And a good thing to remember is that video games are supper popular 58% of the entire U.S. plays video games and 55% have Sayed they’ve been playing more since the pandemic. 

Look at this graph below and see the difference between men and women in their video games women do play games, right? 

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_and_video_games (Links to an external site.) 

Well, looking at this you can notice that the genres that are super popular with men are generally not on the phone. but women primarily play phone games with 83% of candy crush being played by women. 

This is important because women account for around 2.5% of mass shootings and men have the 97.5% so maybe looking at this there will be a link between violent video games with men holding 93% and 96% of FPS and Tactical shooter genres there must be a link, right? 

But none of these actual madders because only 12% of mass shooters showed any interest in video games at all and when around 72% of men under age 30 play video games so it might leave you worse off if you don’t play. 

“Every age has its storytelling form, and video gaming is a huge part of our culture. You can ignore or embrace video games and imbue them with the best artistic quality. People are enthralled with video games in the same way as other people love the cinema or theatre.” said Andy Serkis 

But this is the last point because the USA isn’t the only country that plays video games it doesn’t even play the most in China the market is worth $37.9 billion with 660 million gamers in China and 330,000 employees. 

America has $27.9 billion in the market 220,000 employees and 150 million gamers and several other countries like Japan, Korea, Italy, Germany, UK, France, Canada, and Spain, all these countries spend Billions on video games every year but only one has an epidemic with mass shootings. 

Adjusting for the population the homicides by firearms in the U.S. has 4.46 homicides for every 100,000 people and the other 8 countries add up to 2.55 homicides for every 100,000 people 

So being 2nd on the globally for video games and 1st in gun deaths by a massive margin it’s hard to believe that video games truly cause all the violence the media says it does 

So currently there’s no evidence that video games cause violence. now it’s statistically more probable for somebody who doesn’t play games to commit a mass murder than somebody who doesn’t. 

 So, it’s time to address this issue. And find what causes the violence in America. 

Read this quote, Sayed, by ice cube if you aren’t convinced “think rap music is brought up, gangster rap in particular, as well as video games, every other thing they try to hang the ills of society on as a scapegoat.” 

Or read this on Elon musk owner of three companies and currently, the richest man in the world ” to make an embarrassing admission, I like video games. That’s what got me into software engineering when I was a kid. I wanted to make money so I could buy a better computer to play better video games – nothing like saving the world.” 

Can you blame 3.24 billion gamers for all society’s flaws? When is it the people who don’t play them who inflict the pain? 

 

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Traditional Halloween candy: disgusting or delicious

It’s the time of year when everyone is eating candy by the handfuls. Here is the question though, how do people really feel about the traditional Halloween candy that is candy corn. Candy corn is the traditional treat of Halloween, but it seems that not a lot of people like this candy.

Eighty-five people were recently polled on their opinion of the yellow, orange, and white sugary goodness. The poll remained fairly even with more people saying that they like the candy, but it wasn’t that high of a lead.

“Who doesn’t love candy corn! It is delicious and it is my favorite candy to eat during Halloween!” Savanna Sims said.

Fourty-nine out of the 85 people polled said they like the candy, resulting in 59% of the poll agreeing that the traditional candy is delicious. The leftover 36 people do not agree. So. 41% of the poll agree that candy corn is disgusting.

“They have a terrible texture and taste like straight sugar!” Anna Larsen exclaimed.

“They taste way too artificial and they have a bad texture.” Sophia Brown agrees.

The sugary treat has been around since the 1880s, becoming the treat of Halloween because of how long the process of making it is. The favorite fall treat for many people was only available from May to November, which is way it is tied to Halloween.

There are many mixed feelings about the candy that is candy corn. It has become a controversial subject between Gen Z. Candy corn is something that people debate every Halloween arguing about if its good or not, telling each other they aren’t friends if they don’t agree.

Debating the traditional sugary orange, yellow, and white candy has become another Halloween tradition that will probably be happening for years to come.

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