The Biggest Scam In the Galaxy?

imageI’ve already reported about the Mars One Mission Company, but is it possibly all a scam? So far, only one finalist has spoken out about this problem, but we can’t help but wonder if it is. The contestant says that the media had been telling the wrong story.

Joseph Roche, the contestant in question, claims that there was never 200,000 applicants, but 2,761. As well as not having insuffiecient psychological/ psychometric testing, the “ranks” that either brough a contestant up or down the list, were earned by how much money was donated. Roche also brings up a point system, (which ironically is pointless). The way you earn points, is buying merchandise from the company… Although he was chosen to be in the final 100, he had never met anyone from Mars One face to face. The galactical experiment was supposedly going to become a reality tv show as well, but the production company pulled out of the contract that was supposed to make $6 billion. Coincedential? Gerard Hooft, a former adviser for Mars One had mentioned that the actual launch date was 100 years away, instead of 10 years away. But Mars One CEO, Bas Lansdorp, (it’s a Dutch company) denies all of these statements. Some speculators have been saying, instead of going through the trouble of trying to create a livable space on Mars, why don’t we just fix up Earth? Opinions have been circulating and we’re waiting for updates on that…

The Baltimore Uprising

imageOnce again, another unarmed black man was killed by police, although this time may have been an accident, or indirect murder. A 25 year old man named Freddie Gray was arrested for selling illegal substances this Friday on April 12th. Prior to arrest, proven by video footage, Freddie was heard asking for assistance while being tackled, dragged, and thrown into the police van by police officers.

Only 50 minutes after arrest, the police officers were reported to have been driving sporadically. Mr. Gray suffered a spinal cord injury which the officers withheld from the emergency responders; he then died on the spot with no immediate medical services.

“Medical attention should’ve been given much sooner…”
– Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts

Police brutality over years and years led up to this violent moment, to a riot arising in Baltimore. Ironically, rival gangs join forces for a common cause: Police brutality. Looting, fires, and assault has occurred. Many black men took this killing personally, while others gave police the benefit of the doubt and protected them as seen on the attached video clip. Starting Tuesday, April 28th, guards will be stationed to protect citizens as cleanup and repair ensues.

Soundcloud: The End of an Era

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Soundcloud used to be a place where independent music creators could harmlessly share their music without any financial gain.  But now, it is in favor of boosting revenue and helping those with record labels.

With its new agreements with Warner and zefr, Soundcloud is basically trying to push the independent artists out.

Soundcloud has had an agreement with Warner for a while and the whole objective with Warner was to gain revenue for Soundcloud and protect Warner’s artists on Soundcloud.

In order to do that, they called in zefr to totally eradicate the independents from Soundcloud by removing anything with even a little bit of copyright infringement.

This means no sampling or remixes from songs releasing on any major record labels by independents.

Not to mention warner could not reimburse their one year contract Soundcloud and leave it with nothing but the independents who decided to stay, possibly even begging for them back.

I, for one, would be happy and excited to move my music elsewhere.  The layout of SoundCloud sucks anyway regardless of what’s going on with these deals.

We all just have to move somewhere else.

The question is where we are going.

#Hillary2016 is Official

Hillary Clinton in her “Getting Started” campaign video

Finally emerging after two years of rumors and speculation, Hillary Clinton announced last Sunday that she would be running in the 2016 presidential race, marking her second attempt in becoming the first woman president of the United States. She introduced her goals and focus for her second run in her campaign video “Getting Started” that garnered much attention and feedback after it was released just after 3 PM.

A multitude of diverse people and their current life are highlighted in the video, which reflects Clinton’s sentiments of wanting to become the champion of “everyday Americans.” From a stay-at-home mom returning to the workplace after many years, to a pair of expectant parents, a job-seeking college student, and a same sex couple on the verge of marriage, Clinton promises to these people that she wants to run “so you can do more than just get by — you can get ahead and stay ahead.” Even on her Twitter account, she shoutouts this particular group of people. “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion,” she says. This specification calls attention to one of the key objectives in her campaign: to fight for those who have been just getting by during the States’ economic recovery.

However, regardless of her pledges, she still has a ways to go in terms of swaying public opinion and showing the warm, fun side of Hillary Clinton. It is both a blessing and a curse that she’s starting with such experience, having been a First Lady, US Senator, and Secretary of State. Her image is that much more difficult to reinvent, but she’s also gained a substantial amount of supporters due to her time in the political spotlight. The Republican National a Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus, talked about “Clinton’s air of ‘inevitability'” when speaking about her candidacy on CBS News’ Face the Nation, saying that she gives off an impression that she intends to “waltz into the White House.” That image is very much something Clinton and her team are definitely working to transform during her presidential candidacy, and it’s apparent what she says during her campaign video. Instead of going the “starting a conversation” route that she took in 2008, she tells voters that she’s “hitting the road to ear [their] votes.” In pursuing this goal of evoking a feeling of familiarity between the voters and Clinton, her advisers say her second presidential run is going to look less like her first but rather her run for the Senate seat from New York in 2000 where a listening tour took place and she even spent a few nights in supporters’ homes.

Her campaign reports to be planning to spend the next six to eight weeks hiring staff and reaching out to volunteers, before starting her first rally sometime in May. With an all-new campaign message and a renewed team, it’s time to see if perhaps second’s a charm for Clinton.

Earth Day 2015

It is time to commemorate International Earth Day today! Every year over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From planting trees to cleaning up their communities to turning off electronics for only an hour, Earth Day is considered the biggest environmental event in the world. Earth Day raises awareness for many environmental challenges. As climate change and other environmental problems become increasingly more of an issue, days like Earth Day educate people, transform our cities, and forge a sustainable future. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.

Here are a couple tools and resources for you to get involved with Earth Day in your community:

  • Plant a tree: Planting trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution, secure soil in place to prevent erosion, and provide homes for a lot of biodiversity.
  • Build a birdhouse: Encourage the local bird population!
  • Educate yourself and others: Think about the issues that concern you the most and research ways you can help.
  • Join a local group: Look for groups or clubs in your community that undertake activities to help protect the environment.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Buy as little as possible and avoid items that come in lots of packaging, especially on Earth Day. Don’t use any disposable plates or cutlery. Recycle all the things you use for the day. Bring a cloth bag to your local supermarket to avoid the use of plastic bags.
  • Support local growers: Locally grown food retains nutrients because it gets to you faster rather than a mass produced supermarket.
  • Unplug!: For at least one hour go outside and sign off your electronics. Get active!
  • Turn off lights: Remember to turn off the lights before leaving a room. Using as little electricity as possible on this day is important!
  • Donate: Donate your old toys and clothing to other children who can make use of them.
  • Clean up litter: Get rid of litter from roadways and sidewalks in your community. Put on a pair of gloves and get a bag to clean-up. Once you have collected as much trash as possible, place recycled bags along the road.
  • Check the label!: Make sure before buying cleaning supplies you check the labels for any harmful chemicals. Earth-friendly cleaning products.

Rand Paul’s Position on Drugs

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Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky

Rand Paul has spoken a lot about criminal justice reform. He believes that a ten-year jail sentence for someone possessing marijuana is ridiculous. When asked about the unintentional outcomes of the war on drugs, Paul stated one of them was racial problems. He acknowledged that three out of four people in prison from nonviolent drug use are black or brown. However, he also pointed out that according to surveys, young white people are doing drugs at an equal rate, and they are a much bigger part of the population.

So, why are the prisons full of black and brown kids? A simple answer is it’s easier to arrest them. It is easier to convict them. Because a higher proportion of black or brown people live in areas of poverty, they aren’t able to hire the best of attorneys. And, frankly, they live in the city more than in the suburbs, and the police are patrol the city much more vigilantly. But, all of this is unfair. The war on drugs has had a racial outcome of inequality. Rand Paul says this consequence was unintentional and he wants to try to fix it.

Paul, who believes in the legalization of medical marijuana, does point out that he is not arguing for the legalization of drugs altogether, but does believe that those charged with possession should not be incarcerated for extended periods of time. In partnership with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Paul has proposed a bill on mandatory minimums. Currently, there are people in jail for up to 50 years for nonviolent crimes.  Our prisons are full of nonviolent criminals, and that’s a huge mistake that costs taxpayers a lot of money.

Paul’s bill also changes some drug laws in order to try to even out the punishment for similar drugs. He also promotes community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs. Senator Paul is sticking with his position that communities—not federal programs—should take the lead in stemming drug abuse & providing treatment for addicts. There are a lot of young people who engage in drug use and rather than be placed in jail, could be a given a chance at life again.

“New Science Things That You (Probably) Didn’t Know About” List

First things first. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, a deadly cancer, now has a cure. Not only that, scientists have been able to turn the cancerous cells into tumor fighting cells. In the midst of studying this particular cancer cell, they “added a transcription factor to the patient’s immune system.” Then, the cells began to transform into disease -fighting white blood cells. imageMaybe someday, cancer will be a thing of the past.

On a more “caring” note, scientists have created a pill that makes you a more caring individual. The Berkeley and San Francisco branches of University of California researched the effects of extending the effects of dopamine. It resulted in people being more sensitive to inequality. The contents of the capsule includes tolcapone. It’s FDA approved and used on Parkinson’s disease patients. Tolcapone is the active ingredient that prolongs the feeling of dopamine.

And for the final thing on this list, now, peanut allergies can be prevented. The effects of peanut allergies range from minor irritation to death. But an early death can be prevented by exposing babies to peanuts, thus building an immunity toward the allergy early on.

The times are advancing at a rapid pace, and we’ve arrived at a point in history where deathly diseases are prevented with a couple ounces of liquid and cars can drive without human assistance, which is pretty cool. The progression of science is kind of like a relay race, with each generation going further than the last could ever think of. When the adults in your life talk about how this generation’s kids are “spending too much time on the internet,” explain to them that this is our backyard/ neighborhood/wherever kids hung out before. We can see nearly every inch of the world, meet people we could never meet otherwise. In a way, advances in science support this new definition of childhood and everyday life. And that’s pretty cool.

Nike Air Mags: What We Know So Far

So this year, the Nike Air Mags are supposed to be re- released.

The Nike Air Mags are the shoes that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future 2 when himagee travelled to 2015.

In honor of the year and film, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield says they are going to release the model again.

The were originally 1,500 pairs which were auctioned off in 2011 on ebay and the proceeds went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research.

These pairs auctioned off in 2011 had functioning lights and came with a charger and magnetic box.

The 2015 model allegedly also come with a functioning auto- lacing system.

The 2011 models sold on auction from anywhere from three to six thousand dollars and buying a pair now would cost between six and nine thousand dollars.

No one knows the retail cost or release dates so far, or how limited and difficult they will be to get. Some speculate the new model will be re-released on  the 21st of October because that is the exact day Marty traveled to.

The Future Frontier

People of all backgrounds, languages, and beliefs are headed towards Mars– about 100 people, to be specific. A nimageon-profit Dutch organization is sending people on a mission to the “red planet” to create the next livable planet, if we actually do end up killing planet Earth. However, these 100 souls are not returning, since there isn’t enough funding to support the trip back from Mars. If you’re wondering if any of this is legal, it is. NASA approved the plan; they had planned to do this themselves, but not until 2030.

The first trip costs $6 billion, and two men and women are being sent up to Mars. Now, we, personally, will probably not be able to live on Mars, because the organization doesn’t plan its first trip happening before 2024. But maybe, just maybe, our great-great-great grandchildren will build their lives on the red rocked planet.

It’s actually quite complicated; the first group of people won’t be up there until 2024, but in 2018 there will be a small craft test landing to test the communication quality and dependability. Where the spacecraft lands is actually extremely important. It has to be north enough for watering purposes and close enough to the “equator” area for sunlight. In 2022, the company is sending a rover and two living spaces and two life support units. These will be powered by solar energy, and in the life support unit, there will be some sort of a machine that will make breathable oxygen as well as 120 kg of oxygen and 3000 liters of water just in case.

50 Year Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

President Obama gives a speech in Selma.

In 1965, three Selma to Montgomery marches were made as part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement which led to the the Voting Rights Act being passed that year. This was a landmark federal achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement.

50 years later, last week, on March 7th, thousands of people swarmed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to commemorate this day this some in song, some in prayer and some with locked arms.

Police said there were between fifteen and twenty thousand people on the bridge. Many important government officials were there as such as president Obama and former President Bush, which is not surprising considering what this day means in our country’s history.