“Freezin’ for a Reason!”

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What… Is it?

The polar plunge is a fundraiser to help raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Special Olympics New York has 65,665 athletes that are training and competing year-round in 22 Olympics-style sports. They make it possible for the athletes and their families or caregivers to participate free of charge. The cost to sponsor an athlete for a season is $400.

 

Who… Can do it?

Anyone!

When… Is it? 

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Check-in between 9:30 – 11:00 am
PLUNGE at 11:30am

Where… Is it?

TOBAY Beach, Ocean Parkway

How Can I help?

  1. You can help by either sponsoring our school team and/or joining it.
  2. Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Even if you don’t want to get in the water, come down to support your fellow classmates!

Why Should I participate?

If the general idea of possibility getting hypothermia for an awesome cause doesn’t make you want to sign up, maybe some bribery is in order. Every plunger who raises $125 will receive an official “Polar Plunge” sweatshirt and raising more money can get you other prizes.

Where Can I donate/sign up?

You can sign up and donate at this link.

Trump and Sanders Take New Hampshire

The winners of the New Hampshire primary.

The winners of the New Hampshire primary.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won in a landslide during the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, with each garnering a 20 point lead in their respective party, causing speculation that voters are fed up with regular politicians. Both men were projected to win by the statistical forecasting website “538”, which gave Trump a 68% chance of winning, versus Bernie’s 99%. Voters came out in record numbers, and some of the results were surprising. In the Republican primary, John Kasich surprised everyone by coming in second place and receiving roughly 15% of the vote; he was followed closely by Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush who both received approximately 11% of the vote.

After votes have been tabulated, they are then converted– using each state’s respective idiosyncratic system– into pledged delegates, which are then combined with un-pledged delegates, typically prominent politicians who are not bound to vote for any particular candidate, in order to identify the candidate who yields a majority of the delegation. If no such majority exists, then a brokered convention occurs, during which a frontrunner is chosen based on political bartering. Brokered conventions are atypical, since in recent years a clear frontrunner has emerged with enough traction to avoid such a situation.

This delegate system endows New Hampshire’s primary rules with special significance. New Hampshire awards delegates proportionally, as one might intuitively expect, but only if they exceed a certain threshold– at least 10% in this case. Candidates who don’t exceed the threshold have their share of the delegation stripped from them and given to the front runner. Republicans compete for a New Hampshire delegation consisting of 23 pledged delegates in total, versus the 24 reserved for the Democrats.

Putting aside the technical aspects of the primary convention, the results of New Hampshire are (roughly) as follows: Sanders gets 15 pledged delegates, Trump gets 10, Clinton gets 9, Kasich gets 4, Cruz, Rubio, and Bush get 3, and everyone else gets a pat on the back.

In total the pledged delegate breakdown (combining the results of Iowa and New Hampshire) looks like this: Sanders 36, Clinton 32, Trump 17, Cruz 11, Rubio 10, Kasich 5, Bush 4, and Carson 3. Republicans need 1,237 delegates to win their nomination, and Democrats need 2,382.

Who is Manoj Bhargava?

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Manoj Bhargava

Manoj Bhargava is an Indian American businessman and philanthropist who has given 90% of his wealth towards many great causes, and also pledged to give 99% of his money in 2015 for philanthropic causes. Charities and programs he’s funded include free lunches at underprivileged schools and teaching women how to take care of themselves in businesses. Manoj Bhargava also heads foundations such as The Hans Foundation and Rural India Supporting Trust. And, he has earned a billion dollars in sales from a product he invented. Figured it out yet? Have you heard of 5- Hour ENERGY? Well, Manoj Bhargava is the founder and CEO of the 5- Hour ENERGY company. There are many wealthy people out there who, in my opinion, aren’t doing the most they can with their money for the benefit of others.

Bhargava was born in Lucknow, India, and moved to United States as a teenager. He lived in an impoverished neighborhood in Philadelphia. His family rented a house for $80 a month and used to split a coca cola for four people as a treat. He attended a prestigious boarding school, Hill School, and excelled in mathematics early in his academic career. He was a student at Hill School before going to Princeton. He dropped out of Princeton after one year, because he didn’t find himself fit for the lifestyle of a Princeton student. He also didn’t find the learning challenging enough. So, he dropped out without getting a college degree. Afterwards, Bhargava didn’t get any job offers he wanted. Manoj did some office work and construction jobs. He did these jobs until he went back to India and became an ashram monk.

After a decade in India he ended up permanently moving to America to help his parents’ plastics business. He wasn’t enthusiastic about running the family business. So he used the business and his skills to buy manufacturing plants and make them more efficient. He then sold the company in 2006 for $20 million, and went into the energy drink business. He made a huge success in his business. He funds many projects in order to help the world around him.

 

Manoj Bhargava constantly works towards a better future for people in need of water and electricity. He had a team invent a hybrid bicycle. Basically, if you pedal this bicycle for an hour you will have electricity for 24 hours. They call this, “Free electricity.” In many other countries electricity isn’t stable. Even in the U.S. the electricity can go out after a natural disaster. There isn’t  any pollution being produced by this machine. He also recognizes the need of water everywhere. A project called Rainmaker, which turns seawater or any dirty water into drinkable water. The Rainmaker can make a thousand gallons per hour. This is efficient for people who have trouble getting drinking water on a regular basis. This could help places like California that suffer drought problems. He is always looking for inventions that could change the world and chooses to help the project by funding them and hiring people to work in them. These inventions could eventually change how the world runs.
Being an ashram monk, he learned that excessive consumption can harm you, while a simple life could have you better off. He doesn’t even have a second house, because he already has, “Enough problems with his first house.” He believes that if you have wealth, then it is your obligation to help those who are in need. These goals he has developed aren’t just for himself, but for the benefit of others. If there were more billionaires like Manoj Bhargava, then maybe our world would be easier to live in.

Neomasculinity: “Roosh V”

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Many people have stated their opinions on their beliefs for the limits of women’s rights. One voice that speaks loud and clear is Daryush Valizadeh, an American blogger who posts controversial writing bashing modern- day women. He is also notoriously known as the leader of a group self-named as “Return of the Kings”. Roosh has many platforms on which he advertises his opinions such as a blogs, books, and in his public speeches.

Recently, there has been a large controversy over Roosh V because of his threatening tactics. One of his most outrageous articles was about the issue of rape. He proposed that “ rape [should be made] legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds. In a later post he quickly retracted his statement by stating that his rape article was a “satirical experiment”.

But his views on women are as expected: misogynistic, scrupulous, and utterly offensive. He claims that fat women, women with short hair, women with tattoos/piercings, and women that talk too much are unattractive. Along with being sexist, Roosh V also has some colorful opinions on homosexuality and Western culture. He suggests that all heterosexual men leave America because “You will sleep with thinner women who don’t have attitude.”

On February 6th, Roosh V planned to have an international “meet-up day” across 43 countries. Though he is banned from many places such as Australia and Canada, his devoted followers were committed to continuing the pro-rape meet-ups. As of the posting of this article, all meet-ups have been cancelled with Roosh claiming he doesn’t want “crazy fat feminists” counter- protesting his group.

He is currently hiding out at his mom’s house.

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Flint Is Thirsty

Water. The epitome of the term sustenance. It is not common in which the world can consider one of its greatest necessities to be a privilege. However, seeing as how the prevalence of clean water is scarce and almost nonexistent in some countries, it has become essential for the privileged to count their blessings.

Taking this into account, the same level of depravity becoming evident within the United States displayed the country’s lack of preparedness.HT_Flint_Girl_Scout_2_ER_160114_4x3_608

The people of Flint, Michigan have been jeopardized. Albeit, this news has not arisen sporadically, but rather is the result of a handful of bad decisions along with the belittling of the situation by the local government.

Early in 2014, Flint had decided to change its primary water source. The city had formerly bought their water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and had planned on building a pipeline to bring in water sourced from Lake Huron, an agreement between the city and the Karegnondi Water Authority. However, with the impending termination of the contract with Detroit in April of 2014 and construction of the KWA pipeline only to be finished in 2016, Flint resorted to its backup water source, the Flint River.

This had seemed to be the most efficient way of providing water to the city’s inhabitants during the wait for KWA water. Unfortunately, the poorly treated water has appeared to have done more damage than thought conceivable. Considering the fact that most pipelines running through the Flint River were constructed of lead midway through the 20th Century, the amount of lead that had leached into the water supply had probably caused substantial contamination. This, along with the fact that city officials attempted tirelessly to convince citizens that Flint water was safe to drink, brings the city authority’s integrity into question.Flint water

The people of Flint were not sheep to the destruction taking place, as misconceptions could suggest. Less than month after Flint’s water supply switched over, numerous complaints were filed about peculiar tastes, odors, and illnesses, all seemingly related to water consumption. As this timeline progressed, Flint water was tested positive for E. Coli along with cases of boil water.

However, this jeopardy refused to be derailed. As city officials continued to downplay the situation, samples from the river proved high in lead content, which explained the drastic increase in lead poisonings, not to mention the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease, which can be fatal if untreated.

Slowly but surely in late 2015, the quiet progression of this emergency reached the ears of the public on a national level. Flint citizens have since received over 20,000 water filters and counting, a significant advance taking into account the city’s mostly impoverished population. This, going along with numerous lawsuits being filed against city officials, has forced the city to switch back to Detroit water temporarily, a switch costing the city $12 million. One could complain about the insane price, but is there really a price tag on survival?

Flint is currently in a state of Public Health Emergency, as sickness is still prevalent among the city’s 100,000 citizens. Countless donations have been made from all over the country, as one of Michigan’s most heavily populated cities attempts to make steps toward recovery.