Erratic intellect hinders innovation

Erratic intellect hinders innovation

Elon Musk, billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla Inc., recently found himself in hot water over an interview he participated in where he smoked marijuana for the first time with comedic podcast host Joe Rogan. 

Prior to that, Musk garnered attention just weeks before for calling one of the scuba divers involved in the rescue of a Taiwanese soccer team a “pedo guy,” all the while sleeping at the Tesla factory as he slaves over malfunctioning equipment at odd hours of the day.

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Rise of body expression breeds adversity before achievement

Rise of body expression breeds adversity before achievement

The expression of nude women is slowly becoming a much more accepted and formidable force in today’s society. #Freethenipple is a well known campaign that promotes women going braless, an expression of women’s rights and a promotion of feminism. But this is not the first time a ban on bras has been attempted. 

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Assisted suicide provides one last privilege

Assisted suicide provides one last privilege

Death is a taboo subject most have no interest in talking about, especially when planning their own. 

Physician-assisted suicide is a choice many terminally ill patients prefer to have access to, but do not. Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, along with Washington D.C., are the only locations in the country that provide opportunity for assisted suicide via legislation. California, which used to be another of those states, recently had its ruling overturned by a Riverside County Judge, according to the Los Angeles Times. Montana, meanwhile, is the one state that has legal physician-assisted suicide by court ruling. 

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Eating disorders, silent killers overlooked

Eating disorders, silent killers overlooked

I remember puking my guts out, blood and everything, in the student center like it was yesterday. That is because it was. My throwing up is not because of the flu, food poisoning, or any reason that society easily understands. It is bulimia. Society, including school, does not understand why someone would do that everyday. Especially someone who claims to be in recovery. So I keep quiet.

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New vape debate sparks same song and dance

New vape debate sparks same song and dance

Vaping has taken off as a new way for people to enjoy the experience of smoking without the dangerous effects of tobacco, an obvious culprit for cancer. Many electronic cigarette companies claim that vapes are a safer alternative to cigarettes. However, many of these products are just as bad, if not worse, than traditional cigarettes. 

With a lack of reliable and consistent research on these products, the dangers can be high, or potentially unknown for many young smokers. 

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Tweets and likes trumping stats and facts in social media news raid

Tweets and likes trumping stats  and facts in social media news raid

Donald Trump has 54.2 million followers on Twitter. Kim Kardashian, 58.7 million. And Cristiano Ronaldo, 74.3 million. The president, a reality television star, and a musician are just a handful of some of the most influential people in the world and owners of some of the most powerful social media presences in the world.

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Sports sexism is no stranger to double standards

Sports sexism is no stranger to double standards

Even with the rise of feminism having brought improvements to society, sexism still exists everywhere you look, especially in sports. 

People are not born sexist, this is a concept that manifests through experiences. In an advertisement campaign by feminine hygeine company Always titled “#LikeAGirl,” a video of girls and boys of all ages depicted their interpretations when told to act “like a girl.”

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Purebreds caught in impure practice

Purebreds caught in impure practice

According to the ASPCA, “Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized.”  Of those 1.5 million shelter animals put down, 670,000 are dogs. 

It is well known that there are animals in need of homes all across the United States, but still people continue to buy dogs from breeders instead of adopting them from local shelters, leaving many dogs in a deadly situation.

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'Ghosting' gains traction as convenient way to cut ties

'Ghosting' gains traction as convenient way to cut ties

It is a quarter past six on a cold, murky August evening and Kyle is already working on his third pint of overpriced double IPA from a local pub; this one called “Grain & Blood.” “I don’t even know what happened, bro. She just never hit me back,” he tells me, attempting to hold back the palpable despondency. It has been a little over a week since Courtney quit returning his text or Snapchat messages.

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Young gay bullying continues to add to the suicide toll

Young gay bullying continues to add to the suicide toll

It was just a few days into the first week of school when a 9-year-old boy took his life. According to Julie Turkewitz from The New York Times, fourth grade Jamel Myles hanged himself in his bedroom after reaching his breaking point due to bullying.

According to ABC 7 News, over the summer Myles told his mother that he was gay and was planning to tell his classmates when school started.

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Porn industry at odds with questionable ethics

Porn industry at odds with questionable ethics

Individuals will constantly bring up all of the negative impacts of pornography on those who watch it, like addiction and problems with romantic relationships. However, those being harmed are not necessarily the consumers; they are the ones in front of the camera, who could likely be involved in human trafficking.

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