E-Books: a revolution for nature

Electronic Book. Heard of i? You might have it, or you might have not. Their era is only starting.

Technology has become a very important part of our lives, which makes us automatically attracted for every thing that is electronic. Despite the facts, you might be asking yourself, why should I care about the environmental impact of printed books vs E-books? Does it really make that big of a difference? Though these are valid questions, hopefully some background information will lead to a greater appreciation of this issue’s importance. We are so often surrounded by an endless supply of printed books, magazines, and newspapers that it is easy to become desensitized to or forget about their negative impact on our environment. However, in 2008, the publishing industry was responsible for the harvest of nearly 125 million trees. And also, if you are not a “reading” person, habits on your phone or Ipad can stimulate yourself do try new things, such as reading, since you don’t have to grab a book and just access it on your phone.

When consumers stop to think of their reading habits and the printing industry adapts accordingly, E-books clearly have the potential to lessen CO2 emissions. That being said, it is important to take in all facets of the books vs E—books debate as well as look at possible alternatives, like libraries and apps, when deciding what is best in your unique situation. It is your decision to make, but it is up for the time to decide what is gonna be our future.

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How Greek philosophy helped build American government

If you look at all the aspects that helped our founding fathers build the structure of America, the leading one would be Greek philosophy. From teachings of Aristotle and Plato, their words helped inspire the best government to ever exist. The American government as we know it would not exist as we know it without these brilliant men.

The ancient Greek teachers believed that everything had virtue. They taught that a horse being virtuous is pulling a cart, or a boating having virtue is sailing. They believe every person, animal, or object had value to become something more important.

In Greek philosophy, Telos means the value of an object lies in its capacity to achieve the purpose for which it was designed. So Telos for stone can become brick or a statue. Telos for water can be keeping living things alive or to help crops to grow. This helped lead to more scientific production for the Greeks, and later on, the Americans. With Americans finding the natural Telos, it helped them find gasoline can fuel vehicles, or silicon can be made into digital electronics.

Going along with Telos, Logos in Greek means man’s mind mirrored that force to the extent that man can uncover the world’s purposes. This helps give man purpose to go out and discover the world’s many secrets and later to make scientific advancements that helped America become the super power it is now.

Greek philosopher Boethius started the liberal arts and split them into 2 different categories. Quadrivium is music, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy. The other section of the early liberal arts was Trivium, which was divided into grammar, rhetoric, and logic. With starting these liberal arts, it provided the pathway to the culture in the Americas.

In 510 BC a philosopher in Greece named Cleisthenes brought up the idea of democracy. After that the idea caught on and helped create the best governments ever to exist.

Greek philosophy helped in countless ways to provide the steps to making the American government. These philosophers were brilliant people who inspired millions and helped create the best government in the world.

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Music in our lives

Music. Is it not such a common word? To begin with, music plays an important role in shaping one’s identity. Without it, one would not be a whole person. Music has helped several people shape their personality and has made them take control of the person they want to become. Since the ancient cultures and until nowadays music has played a major role in influencing multiple societies and cultures around the globe. It has become difficult to escape from because we are not only exposed to music via the radio, but also tapes, CD’s, television programs, cinema films, as well as being an integral part of television advertising. Music has intruded more and more into public spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, waiting rooms, buses, taxis, aircraft, bars, restaurants, cafes, from the passing “ghetto-blaster” car, and not to mention the bombardment of uninvited musical sounds. Today, most six to seven year old children have probably come into contact with more music than those people living before the age of electronic media did in their whole lives. The numerous amount of music exposure that has intruded in today’s society has influenced several youngsters, including myself, and probably you, to have different personalities and behaviors.

Just for you to have and idea, music and history had always came up together, being part of a lot of people’s nowadays, with a great advantage that makes us addicted to it, because of what it makes us feel, and with the disadvantage that makes people so close to it that they become farther from society. But, music is identity, and our identities are not made by ourselves, but build by people around us, just like music.

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Owning what you have and who you are

Everyone here on this earth deals with flaws and/or long lasting diversity, whether it’s a mental or physical disorder, or a chronic disease. Everyone has flaws, but instead of being ashamed, scared, or sad about them, we should be proud.

I personally have been diagnosed with high functioning level 1 autism, which used to be called Asperger’s syndrome. Instead of that being a setback, it has been a blessing. Diagnosed when I was much younger, my family and doctors thought that I wouldn’t be very social, and that I wouldn’t even have friends.

However, through medication and therapy, I’m one of the most social people at this high school. Due to the way my brain is wired I’m known as one of the funniest people around.

Though making people laugh is great, what is more important is opening the Overton window. The way I found happiness was being open, and accepting my limitations.

Though it may not work for everyone there is proof it has worked before. Nick Vujicic is a man who has not a single limb. This led to him being bullied by the the other students there. This put him in a great depression. Though this story may have gone very bad, Nick realized that he could use this for his advantage. He is now a comedian and a motivational speaker, who is spreading this word more a lot more effectively than I am.

Our journalism teacher, Mr. Frey recommended a quote to me from Game of Thrones that says “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.”

Our flaws, or coming over them, can be the greatest strengths you have. So use them like armor. Use them as a strength. Use them as a way to make others laugh.

Accepting our flaws will teach others to do the same, which will make our society more accepting of one another, which in turn will lead to being closer, which may help us get one step closer to peace. Instead of saying one group is better than another, realize that nobody is better than the other, because we are all flawed in our own ways.

Opening the Overton window and setting an example is what I am asking you to do. I was a junior high student at the time, so I know you can do it to.

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Duke heading into NCAA tournament

Coming into this year’s NCAA tournament, Duke has an impressive roster that includes 4 starting freshman. They include freshman phenomenon Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Trey Jones, and Cam Reddish.

Zion Williamson leads the pack with an impressive 22.1 points 8.9 reb per game. Meanwhile the other star of the team, RJ Barrett, barely edges out Zion with 22.9 points and 7.5 reb per game. Both Zion and RJ are projected to go in the first round of the NBA draft.

Duke’s record heading into the tournament is 29-5 overall. They are a number one seed and are expected to make it very far in the tournament, but you never know. The NCAA tournament is full of upsets and it is never a guarantee that the team will win.

Dukes head coach, Coach K, is one of the most famous and arguably one of the best coaches of all time. He has led his Duke teams to 5 national title wins, 12 final four appearances, 12 ACC regular season titles, and 15 ACC tournament titles. He has coached at Duke for 39 years and has had some very successful players go on to the NBA and thrive. Some of the NBA players have been Kyrie Irving, Elton Brand, Carlos Boozer, and Grant Hill.

Hopefully Duke can make a run or even win the tournament.

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Going green

In the present day and age, plastic waste is as problematic as ever. Not only is all the waste being created by humans filling up landfills, but also polluting and killing our oceans. The amount of food and trash being thrown away is ludicrous and needs to be addressed.

About 4.4 pounds of trash is thrown away daily by the average person. Americans alone produce about 254 million tons of trash in just one year. Ten percent of that ends up in the ocean. Fourteen million tons of garbage-most of it plastic- is being dumped into the our oceans. At this rate, the next generation will never see a garbage-free beach.

Some of you may say that this isn’t your problem or that one person doesn’t have a large enough impact to create any change, but that is where you are incorrect. As inhabitants of the Earth, it is our job to keep it healthy, clean, and make sure it lasts on for future generations. Even the smallest thing, like not using a plastic straw with your drink, can have an impact on your carbon footprint.

But what is a carbon footprint, you ask? A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc. In other words, it is the impact you have on the Earth. So how do you reduce your carbon footprint?

By using your car less, reducing your intake of meat, and traveling by flight less, you can reduce your economical impact. You can also reduce your amount of waste by using a reusable water bottle, metal or bamboo straws, your own personal cutlery set and using your own reusable grocery bags.

But no one can make you want to help better the environment but yourself. So you choose. Do you want keep the oceans and beaches garbage free, or do you want the convenience of a plastic straw? You decide.

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Being Gay in Utah

It’s 2019. We’ve seen so many incredible developments for human kind in the last century. We’ve put a man on the moon, invented birth control, and had countless technological advances. Social advances include women’s right to vote and work, high school graduation rates, and legalized gay marriage in the US.

This is a very difficult article for me to write, but I feel like it needs to be written. I am writing this anonymously as to protect myself and my family. As a queer man living in northern Utah, I cannot help but be worried. I am currently still “in the closet” because I am afraid of what my community’s reaction would be.

Being gay isn’t something I think about 100% of the time. It’s just a part of me, like the music I listen to or the clothes I wear. It isn’t a personality trait. It’s not a trophy or medallion I wear around my neck; in fact, I try to hide the fact as much as possible. I love my parents, but I hate to imagine their reactions if they find out.

You don’t know what other people are dealing with. So let’s all just love each other because there’s just so much we don’t know. Be good to each other, and be safe <3

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Negative side to High School sports

At most, if not all high schools around the country, there are sports teams. These sports teams consist of the best of the best athletes from the school. During the off season of competition sports is usually when high school sports take place, and the season usually lasts around 3 months. Though, not playing on a team during this time may not be the best for everyone it may just be best for you.

Depending on the coach and the teammates you’re surrounded by, your high school sports experience could make for some of the funnest times, or even some of the most physically and emotionally grueling times of your high school experience. More often than not the coaches for high school sports teams will be there for a while, meaning, a coach you don’t like may be there for your entire high school life.

The whole high school sports experience gives more reasons not to play than reasons to play, outside of the coaching. These are just to name a few.

High school referees are typically not there because they are looking to make an extra buck rather than actually caring about what they’re doing. This results in poor officiating and changing the outcomes of big games. In addition, those that are over refereeing will not take any action against the officials that may have changed game outcomes.

The ego that comes with high school sports as well is tremendous, when the dressing up for high school sports occurs it brings out a different side of most; one that wouldn’t be seen otherwise; a huge reason the term “jock” came to be.

Last of the few reasons named is the political side of high school sports. There is no question that there’s a political side. There are occurrences where kids who may not belong on the team make it because of who there parents are or who there siblings may be, sometimes even who their club coach may be. There is a political side regardless, and this takes a big toll on team performance as well as the social experience that occurs with high school sports.

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Why In-N-Out Burger’s Fries are the Worst

In-N-Out Burger is one of the highest ranked burger joints in America, coming in at #2 according to the Harris Poll’s 30th annual EquiTrend study. This is very impressive considering the fact that In-N-Out restaurants can only be found in 5 US states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Oregon.

Almost everyone who has ever eaten at In-N-Out can agree that their burgers are unmatched. People travel from all over the country to one of these five lucky states to get the opportunity to indulge themselves in the finest burger this California-based chain can offer.

“In-N-Out burgers are a little slice of heaven on a bun.” said one Davis High Student.

Their fries however, do not receive the same praise. In-N-Out fries were named “Worst in America” by L.A. Times food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson.

“Bland, crumbly little matchsticks that aren’t improved by any amount of ketchup, salt, cheese, or salad dressing you want to add to them.” describes Peterson.

This is not an unpopular opinion. Many people do not think In-N-Out fries are a satisfactory side to their delicious burgers. You would think that a restaurant that makes such delicious burgers would have fries just as delectable to compliment the burger, but this is just not the case.

Margaret Brown, a student at Davis High, has a strong opinion on the matter.

“Their fries taste like cardboard. But that’s not the worst part; They taste like unsalted cardboard because you have to dump your own salt onto the fries.” states Margaret.

Another student at Davis who is a fan of the chain’s fries even stated that she thinks “the fries have a weird texture”.

Even though In-N-Out’s fries are completely unsatisfactory, their burgers are still insanely delicious and we should consider ourselves lucky to be one of the few chosen states to be graced with their presence.

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The return of Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson is the top NBA prospect for the 2019 draft. He is a 6-7 285 forward and he can move and jump like no other. He is the starting forward for Duke University. The first time the Blue Devils played their rivals North Carolina Tar hills Williamson got hurt within the first 30 seconds. He made a hard cut and he shoe ripped which led him to sprain his knee and he was out for 4-5 weeks. No one was expecting Zion to come back and play for Duke because he didn’t want to re-injure his knee and this time he could be out for months and he could miss that NBA combine.

“Knowing what I know now college is bulls–t So my advice is to do what’s best for you and your family. College does nothing for you at this point, you’ve already proven that you’re the number one pick coming out, you’ve already proven your talent. Get ready for the next level because its happening.” states Demarcus.

Zion did not take Cousins advice and came back for Duke first game in the ACC tournament against Syracuse and was as good as ever dropping 29 pts, 14 rebounds, and had 5 steals. Duke bested Syracuse 84-72. When Duke has Zion they are a very tough team to beat.

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What in the world is ASMR?

Would you watch a video of nothing but whispering, tapping, and brushing makeup brushes on the microphone? As weird as it sounds, some of these videos have gotten over 5 million views. These videos are called ASMR. But what the heck is ASMR? And why do people like it?

ASMR is a new, popular YouTube trend made with the goal to help viewers relax. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, a pleasant tingling sensation that typically starts in the scalp. ASMR is experienced in response to certain audio and sometimes visual stimuli.  It’s described as a tingling, fuzzy sensation starting in either the scalp, lower back, or nape of the neck. The tingling slowly spreads to the rest of the body. It’s very relaxing and often said to aid sleep.

However, not everyone experiences ASMR. There’s not much research done about ASMR, but with it’s rising popularity that may change. Even if you don’t experience tingles, it can still help you fall asleep quickly. There’s many different types of ASMR videos. From whispering, tapping on various objects, mouth sounds, to medical or Harry Potter roleplays. It’s unconventional, but try watching an ASMR today! You never know until you try it.

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Westbrook and Jazz fans exchange words

On Monday night it was no ordinary Jazz game. The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Jazz 98 to 89, but Russel Westbrook and a Jazz fan exchanged a lot of words. The Jazz fan was given a life time ban from Vivint Smart Arena for his actions. Russel also received a $25,000 fine for using profanity and threatening a fan.

“A young man and his wife told me to ‘get on my knees like you used to.’ And for me, that’s completely disrespectful to me. I think its racial. I think its inappropriate in the sense of there’s no protection for the players.” States Westbrook.

“Russel told me ‘i’ll f–k you up. You and your wife.’ So I told him to sit back down and ice his knees, bro.” said the Jazz fan.

I was at the game on Monday and it was very weird and awkward. Everyone was talking to him and he must have had something against that fan because there was a lot worse things being said about him. I think Russel shouldn’t have been punished and neither should the fan.

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NFL Offseason Trades.

This has been a crazy off season for the NFL, a lot of trades have happened, including two franchise receivers, Odell Beckham Jr., and Antonio Brown. Odell was traded to the Browns, in return the giants received 2019 17th overall pick, 2019 3rd round pick, Jabrill Peppers, and Kevin Zeitler. Odell signed a contract with the Browns for 5 years for $95 million. This makes the Browns a very dangerous team with an explosive offense. They have Odell and Jarvis Landry and receiver, and Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb in the backfield. They also have a very solid offense of line to protect Baker.

The other big time trade was the Pittsburg Steelers trade Antonio Brown to the Raiders, the Stealers got a 3rd and 5th round pick in the 2019 draft. Antonio signs a huge contract with the raiders for 3 years for $54 million. This was a huge pick up for the Raiders they had tough season this season. They were in need of an allstar receiver because they lost Amari Cooper last season to the Cowboys. They also lost Khalil Mack last season to have a person like Antonio Brown is huge for there team.

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90’s is the best decade for music

When every decade is compared by the music that came out during that time, 90’s is by far the best. From some of the all time greats like Blink-182, and Notorious BIG, every genre was moved by this decade. Hip hop was getting big, punk rock, and grunge were growing.

Grunge was really big in the 90’s. When Nirvana got big, it created a movement of grungey bands and style. Bands like Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Sound garden and Alice in Chains were the biggest grunge bands. The unique sounding vocals with the deep, depressing lyrics and themes caught attention, mostly from teenagers in high school, making grunge big with young people.

Punk rock was also a huge genre with the young kids. With the rock and pop sound mixing, it caught the attention of a lot of people. With Big bands like Blink-182, Weezer, The Offspring, Sum 41, Fall Out Boy, Papa Roach, and Linkin Park. The popularity of Blink 182’s album Chershire cat helped lead the genre to popularity.

Hip Hop was not very popular prior the 90’s, but the genre became very popular in the 90’s, especially in urban areas. Hip hop also got very political in the 90’s, NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” came out in 1988 but got big in the 90’s. This album caused a controversy with its violent and anarchist themes.

90’s Hip Hop was big with the gang’s of the 90’s. Two of the biggest artists Tupac and Notorious BIG were from 2 opposing gangs and sides of the country creating a rivalry.

With so many influential musical movements in the 90’s, it is easily the best decade for music. From Punk to Grunge and all the way to 90’s hip hop. No matter what genres you like, 90’s music will please you.

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The real fear humans have to worry about

Global warming is the single most important issue facing humans today. Global warming isn’t an issue of us against them, but an issue of the human species having to make great changes in order to save our planet. NASA has said “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia. “Global Warming is caused by the greenhouse effect which is when gasses in the earth’s atmosphere get trapped in the sun’s heat. Humans are speeding up this process by burning more fossil fuels and deforestation. By burning more fossil fuels and cutting down trees we are allowing there to be more harmful gasses in our atmosphere that holds in the heat. Carbon Dioxide is extremely detrimental when there is too much of it in our atmosphere. Currently Carbon Dioxide levels are off the charts and haven’t ever been this high. The earth goes through phases like the ice age and such, but looking back even through the warm stages of the earth it has never been this bad before.

You maybe asking yourself okay but how is global warming effecting me? Global warming has caused there to be more droughts and more forest fires. The Union of Concerned Scientists said “The effects of global warming on temperature, precipitation levels, and soil moisture are turning many of our forests into kindling during wildfire season.” Not only are fires increasing but also other natural disasters like hurricanes. In past years there have been more and more hurricanes that have been stronger and more damaging than other hurricane seasons. NASA says “Hurricane-associated storm intensity and rainfall rates are projected to increase as the climate continues to warm.” Farming will also be effected because there will be more droughts and pests that will get to the plants and negatively effect the crops.

Global warming has also effected polar bears and penguins. The ice is melting and there have actually been reports of polar bears drowning trying to find ice to live on. The penguins are having a harder time finding krill to eat since global warming is effecting the krill in the ocean as well. In the ocean’s coral reefs are dying, Scientists are worried that the coral reefs won’t have time to adapt to the temperature change and just die out. “We’ve seen half of the corals on the Great Barrier Reef killed by climate change in just two years,” Mark Eakin, study author and coordinator for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch, wrote in an email. “This study shows that the coral reefs that have been least affected by heat stress in the past are more sensitive to heat stress than we realized. It also shows climate change threatens the diversity that is the hallmark of coral reefs.” Global warming is obviously negativity effecting our Earth and us as humans. Change is necessary and needs to happen now there are many ways to help like using solar energy, driving less, and also recycling. Every human needs to start helping out in order to save the world.

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A chocolate milk for every occasion

Have ever craved the perfect combination of chocolate and milk? The perfect amount of richness and the perfect amount of creaminess? There are many brands of chocolate milk but they’re not all the same. Some brands of chocolate milk are far superior than others. There are three levels of chocolate milk; there’s the disappointment chocolate milk, the middle ground chocolate milk and the best chocolate milk. All three types can be found at local grocery stores and purchased for a reasonable price.

The disappointment chocolate milk is Trumoo. I’m sure there are people that would disagree with me on this but the fact is that Trumoo is just not that good. Sure it’s easy to find because they flood the grocery stores with their product but Trumoo replaced the chocolate milk that was sold at school lunches and that chocolate milk was much better. Trumoo is not very creamy and has a bland flavor. Compared to other chocolate milks Trumoo just doesn’t have a strong flavor and when I buy chocolate milk that means I want chocolate milk not pond water with an expired Hershey’s bar in the middle. Trumoo can be good if its the only option you have but it simply should never be a “go to”.

The middle ground chocolate milk is Nesquik. When I say Nesquik I don’t mean the kind you get in the bottle I mean the powder. The Nesquik powder is a great everyday chocolate milk. You can add the perfect amount of powder depending on your mood. It has the perfect flavor for just a casual cup of chocolate milk. Its not the best chocolate milk but it’s just a good average chocolate milk that you won’t get tired of.

The best chocolate milk is Darigold. Darigold has the perfect amount of creaminess and the perfect flavor. This chocolate milk is the best and when you see it at the store I highly recommend you buy this one. It is the perfect amount of chocolate in the milk with the most perfected punch of flavor. This is the special occasion chocolate milk that you drink after you just got off the plane after getting first place bobsledding at the 2014 Olympics. Just looking at the color of Darigold you can tell it’s the best it has the perfect rich chocolate flavor that really makes you want chocolate milk.

Not all chocolate milk tastes exactly the same. It’s good to have a guide as to what the best chocolate milks are and the perfect occasions to drink them. Not all chocolate milk has the perfect taste for every occasion. The three tiers of chocolate milk is very important in a chocolate milk connoisseur’s life. I hope this helps you with all of your chocolate milk adventures.

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The Anti-Vaccine Movement Exposed

 

One might think that in 2019 easily preventable diseases wouldn’t be an issue. However, a different kind of epidemic is sweeping the world: vaccine hesitancy. In fact, vaccine hesitant parents were one of the top global health risks of 2018. Over 220 cases of measles have been reported in the Us across 12 different states. 72 of these cases have been reported to take place in Washington, where the antivaxx unit is very strong.

But why are these parents opting out of the evidently effective immunizations? Here’s some of the top reasons parents aren’t vaccinating their children.

  1. vaccines cause AUTISM!!!
  2. people are getting sicker
  3. vaccines are too expensive

Of course, we all know that autism is a genetic disability influenced by different factors. A parent with ASD, certain genetic conditions, and having a very low birth weight can all cause autism. A study of 96,000 US children show that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

“Even if they did cause autism, that would just be who they are,” says an anonymous DHS senior with high-functioning autism. “It’s like sexuality, that’s just what you’re programmed to do.” Just because a person has autism doesn’t mean they can’t lead a normal life. Debunked.

People are getting sicker because more and more people are opting out of flu shots and vaccines! Debunked.

Maybe the cost of getting all your children’s vaccines is a little expensive, but the $80,000 you’ll be spending to treat your child’s measles is definitely worse. smh

Anti-vaxxers live in their own little echo cambers, where they refuse to look at or listen to anyone who might disagree with them. Our hearts go out to their poor children who are given no say in what happens to them.

Here’s a meme to lift the spirits!

Remember: vaccinate your freaking children.

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UCLA Bruins: the sons of Westwood

Right next to the coast you’ll find a great school, UCLA. UCLA stands for the University of California at Los Angeles. Located in Westwood, California, right next to Santa Monica, UCLA is the number 1 applied to public university in the nation. The UCLA Bruins are one of the best academic and athletic schools in the whole country.

UCLA is famous for having one of the best basketball programs. UCLA holds the record for national titles in basketball at 11. With head coach John Wooden lead the Bruins to 10 national titles under his 12 year reign, included 7 national titles in a row. The 11th came in 1995 under head coach Jim Harrick.

Some of the best basketball players in history came through UCLA. Players such as Walt Hazzard, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Bill Walton, and Gail Goodrich played for Coach Wooden from 1964-1975. Some of the more recent and former NBA stars that played at UCLA include Reggie Miller, Trevor Ariza, Darren Collison, Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, Kevin Love, and of course Lonzo Ball.

UCLA has other great sports programs as well. The baseball team is usually one of the best in the nation, along with water polo and softball. This year, the gymnastics team is ranked in the top 5 as well.

UCLA is a great university with not only great athletics, but great academics. The medical program at UCLA is one of the best in the whole country.

With an awesome campus, perfect weather, and some of the best programs in the country UCLA is an amazing university. The best in the west.

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Salt Lake has something more sweet to offer than just the 2002 Olympics

Salt Lake City Utah isn’t the city of lights, its not the city that never sleeps, nor is it typically thought about unless people just randomly remember the 2002 Olympics, but when people miss out on SLC, they’re missing out on some of the best dessert places the state of Utah has to offer. Among the standouts on the surprisingly crowded SLC dessert scene will be highlighted in this article.

Munchies desserts is open most week days and weekends. Munchies is interesting because they open around 7p.m. and stay open until 12a.m.-1a.m. depending on the day of the week. To get details on their hours they always have them on their Instagram. Their menu is relatively small, but very high quality. Munchies has brownies, chocolate chip cookies and great cinnamon rolls. They also have a dessert that changes every month. They also deliver if you go to the website and put in an order.

Hatch Family Chocolates opened in the Avenues in 2003. They are one of the only places that still dips chocolate in Utah. The restaurant is owned by Steven and Kate Hatch who are carrying on the family tradition. Their chocolate shop has a great atmosphere, and they’ll sometimes have performances. They have a great selection of chocolates and warm drinks. Hatch Family Chocolates values high quality chocolate will not disappoint you when you decide to go in.

Big O Donuts is a doughnut shop that handcrafts all of their doughnuts and makes them fresh. They use local ingredients that are all 100% plant based. Big O Donuts value being Eco-friendly and having unique doughnut flavors. Their flavors range from a Blueberry Lavender Cheesecake cake doughnut to just an average Boston Cream. They also have a doughnut of the month that is always a unique and fun flavor.

Goodly Cookies has large cookies that are sold for $3.50 each. They are gaining popularity and have great flavors. Goodly Cookies has flavors from white chocolate raspberry to just average chocolate chip. Their cookies are made fresh everyday. On weekdays there are open from 11a.m.-11p.m. On weekends they are open from 11a.m. and stay open until 1a.m. Goodly Cookies hired extremely experienced chefs to help create the perfect cookie recipe. They believe they have the best cookies you will ever try after 20 years of perfecting the recipe.

Salt Lake has so many good options for dessert. So next time you think about Salt Lake, consider some of these places with high quality treats that will not disappoint.

 

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Lord of the Rings is better than The Hobbit, Change my Mind.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is superior to the Hobbit trilogy! The Lord of the Rings movies were actually well-made, unlike The Hobbit! LOTR was directed by Peter Jackson to respect and honor one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The Hobbit was only made to make money, but it didn’t because the producers of the move got back what they put into it: nothing. LOTR movies made a gross total of two billion, eight-hundred ninety-seven million. The Hobbit only made a grand total of seven-hundred forty-five million. Still a lot but, nothing compared to two billion.

About every moment in The Hobbit was CGI. Ian McKellen (Gandalf) had a break down on set of The Hobbit because he was doing it all with a green screen. While in LOTR, they built whole cites and towns. Mordor, Hobbition, Rivendell, Rohan, and more.

Almost every scene was filmed in New Zealand. The crew and actors would take helicopters to tops of mountains to film (except for Sean Bean who hiked the whole way because of his fear of flying.) The actors would float down rivers in small boats they built specifically for the movie.

In fact, everything was made for the movie. Every prop in the trilogy (except for weaponry) was made from scratch. Each costume and makeup was customized for each character: extras, hobbits, elves, and orcs. Orcs in LOTR were not CGI, but in the hobbit they were all CGI, making them less life like and individual. In LOTR they didn’t even use CGI for the hobbits and dwarfs, which were around 4-5 feet high, they would simply hire scale doubles.

Everything was more genuine and real in LOTR. During the filming of the first movie, Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) broke his tooth, then during lunch that day got it fixed and continued filming. The directing and dialog was just better in general. While both were filmed by Peter Jackson, he did a much better job with LOTR. Each character had a back story, and actual charter arc. This made it so you cared about every character. When one would die, or have a loss, you would care and feel real emotions for them. Because they put more human effort in The Lord of the Rings than The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings is the better movie.

Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

 

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Dear Old Davis High School

For 115 years, the greatest high school has stood, through both World Wars, the Great Depression, the mob era, and many of other occasions. This building is much more than rebar and tile: it’s memories, stories of success, stories of sadness, stories of greatness, and a place of unity. From our sports teams to our arts, we all stand as one. As long as you have Davis high pride, you belong.

With an average act score of 27, a graduation rate of 97% and an 87% AP pass rate, it is no wonder our school is known as a good one for education. Many 4 to 5 star ratings by high school comparison sites, the proof is in the pudding that our education is great.

Our athletics, too, are impressive. With so many state wins, a hall full of trophies, and many times at first in the nation (most recently 2 years ago with women’s soccer), our record is quite impressive. Many people who have gone NCAA sports, D2 and D3 athletes, one Olympian, and two Paralympions, proving our ability and athletics.

Our arts are just as impressive as our athletics and academics. From our cheer team taking nation this year, to our band playing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the skill there is undeniable. Our dance team always seems to have a new dance every event, our color guard putting hours into their art, and our orchestra playing music that has got students to the Allstate performance. Our arts programs are well known, and as awesome as our sports.

But the thing about this school that is the best thing of all, our pride. From true darting, to football games, the pride is unmatched. This year especially, we were rated the best student section in Utah. But that pride has been held throughout the years, because as we are asked, we defend the tradition. Whether an art or a sport, its all about the feeling, the feeling that brings us together.

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Denmark: The happiest country on earth

Denmark is widely considered the happiest place on earth. This has been tried over and over again, and the facts are generally the same! People who live in Denmark say they are the happiest for these reasons…

People are very welcoming and ready to talk to anyone who comes their way, they all look out for each other, and there is little to no poverty! There is no poverty because education and healthcare is free. They live in a socialist government, which means there is basically no one that is better than another person, besides of course, their leaders and royalty.

Denmark is also a very flat country and is considered one of the best for biking, because it is so flat. It is also one of the cleanest countries in the world. The harbor is so clean that people can swim in it and not have any problems. Denmark is also so small that you can never be farther than 1 hour from the ocean.

Some other cool facts about Denmark is that, from 1880 to 1920, roughly 10 percent of Denmark’s population emigrated to the US. My great grandparents were apart of that 10 percent. This is cool because I just got called on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Copenhagen Denmark! I leave June 26th and I am speaking Danish! I am so excited to learn so much more about Denmark!

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Bang energy drinks: are they dangerous?

Bang energy drinks are becoming increasingly popular. People believe bang to be a healthy alternative from the popular Red Bull and Monster energy drinks with zero calories, zero sugars, no cholesterol, no carbs, and plenty if supplements used by athletes like creatine and BCAA’s. A large  amount of other people are scared of Bang’s popularity as well with fear that it can be harmful. These contradicting arguments raises the question, is bang truly healthy?

A sugar free energy seems to be good right? Bang actually includes an artificial sweetener called Sucralose. A popular variation of the sucralose sweetener is Splenda that a lot of people know of. This replacement seems to be good but when Sucralose is consumed in large amounts, it can cause health issues with your stomach and increase your hunger levels.

Each can of Bang energy contains 350mg of caffeine, which is a very high amount. A cup of coffee averages 95mg of caffeine, this means a can of bang has 3 times more caffeine than a cup of coffee. Consuming this amount of caffeine at once can also give you caffeine intoxication which can potentially send you to the hospital.

Caffeine is also one of the only proven drug that can increase athletic performance and cognitive ability. Caffeine has also been found that it is a good stimulant with burning fat with an increased heart rate, especially when it is paired with exercise.

There are some benefits to Bang energy drinks, but the cons to the drink are greater. If the drinkers’ caffeine tolerance is higher, it may be safer to them than others, but it still would be safer to stay away from Bang all together.

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Shall not be infringed

Due to the school shootings in recent time, politicians and protesters alike are trying their best to ban the tactical part of guns, and though they don’t say it, guns all together. They have had many wins recently, but their bans and prohibitions are proving worthless, and this is why.

First and foremost, in places where guns have been banned, there are still gun homicides. There are much less for sure, but the murders are still there. Australia has banned guns with exceptions for hunters or farmers, but there was a gang shooting a few weeks ago, and a mass shooting last year. Their murder rate has gone down since the ban, but ours has too since then. Many countries are having a downward trend on murder, so this statistic and argument is pointless.

There are countries where the gun ban actually increased murder rate. Immediately after the United Kingdom imposed their Firearm Act of 1997 crime spiked to a ridiculous number. Though a downward trend happened after, the spike their murder rate is now rising again. Therefore these gun bans are worthless, especially because we have more guns than people in the United States, making that hard to do regardless.

Second off the banning of guns will not change murder. If a person wants to  murder, they will. In the previously mentioned United Kingdom, they are now trying to get rid of knives, because the murder has just switched to the use of knives there. People who have the intent to kill will kill, and that”s how it is. More people are beat to death in the US than killed by rifles. Therefore intent is what causes murder, not guns.

Last but not least: Article 4 in the Bill of Rights, and the second amendment to the Constitution states ” the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This supreme law of the land is why we have guns, and why we are a free country.

As George Washington said, “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself”. The liberty of our nation relies on those two things. Without those two, we, our country, wouldn’t be as beautiful and powerful as it is today. So, strong we will stand, until the end of time.

 

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Trump Derangement Syndrome: Truth or Hoax?

 

Ever since the 2016 election, there has been a lot of drama back and forth from people from both political parties. It has almost become mainstream for people to hate Trump. According to FiveThirtyEight.com’s polls, Trump has a 53% disapproval rate. A lot of his supporters are becoming more and more quiet about their support for him. Why is Trump so wildly unpopular? Is it because of his politics and diplomacy? Or is it because he has become a persona that’s social norm to hate?

A lot of recent news rallies have caused a big rise of suspicion about the Trump Derangement Syndrome. The Jussie Smollet and MAGA kid story shine a light on the fact that people are quick to judge  people who wear Trump’s merchandise. When the stories first came out, people were so certain that the stories presented were the truth because the antagonists were wearing “MAGA” hats, but it turns out Jussie Smollet lied about being attacked for his sexuality and his race by Trump supporters. Jussie in fact paid off 2 brothers to wear the “MAGA” hats and to “attack” him in the view of security cameras.

As for the MAGA kids, a short 10 second clip was released of a young teenage boy in a MAGA hat grimacing while a native american played a drum in his face. This video made people jump to the conclusion that the boy was mocking the native american, but in the full 2 hour video, it shows that the native american man walked up to the high school boy and played the drums in his face and refused to walk away. Meanwhile the young boys from a catholic school were verbally attacked via racial slurs and hate speech by a third party group.

The biased media was very fast to create a story and blame Trump. They called his supporters everything from “white trash” to “racist pigs”. People seeing these news stories and not knowing the full extent of the full story’s were quick to blame Trump and his supporters.

One component of the “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is his supporters merchandise. People choose to take extreme offense whenever they see someone wearing Trump’s gear. Many assaults have taken place against those wearing the hats. Trump supporters have been kicked out of schools, restaurants, stores, and even college campuses. People have gone to as far to call the MAGA hats “modern day KKK hoods.”

When Davis High Student Taylor Eldridge was asked about the Trump Derangement Syndrome, he said: “Yes it’s a real thing. People give President Trump such a bad rap when he has done so many things. People who have Trump Derangement Syndrome refuse to acknowledge the great things he’s done.”

There have been countless claims by people with this syndrome that have claimed Trump is a racist, but they have no idea why they are even calling him that. They just do it because everyone else does it too. Trump wants to build a wall along the US and Mexican border to stop illegal immigration and drug trading over the border. People saw this as a sign of hate when it wasn’t. Most politicians believe in border security in both parties, but not necessarily the wall. People see Trump wanting to build the wall as a racist decision because of the Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Trump and his supporters are seen as homophobic, but Trump is more LGBT friendly than you would think. According to ABC news, the Trump Administration has recently launched an international effort to end criminalization of homosexuals in other countries.

There is a lot of evidence that supports the existence of the Trump Derangement Syndrome, but Trump does give people reasons to dislike him. He does not have the best diplomatic skills and his immature tweets do enrage a large population of the country. But at the end of the day, it is up for you to decide: is the Trump Derangement Syndrome truth or hoax?

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Utah: The Nations’s best state

Utah, the beehive state, in my opinion is the best state. From everything from economics to culture, Utah is abundantly rich. From any demographic you are coming from, Utah has a fit for you. From Salt lake City to Saint George, Utah is the best state in the best country in the world.

Utah’s economy is booming. With a GDP of 100.7 billion and higher GDP’s than countries like Hungary, Mongolia, Iceland, Ukraine, and Guatamala. In 2017, Utah was the second fastest growing company population and economic wise. With big markets in tourism, mining, manufacturing, technology, and petroleum, Utah brings lots of profit and jobs to the state.

Utah is a perfect place for the outdoorsy demographic. Utah has the 3rd highest amount of national parks out of the 50 states with 5 national parks. Utah also has a very large amount of state parks counting up to 43.  Outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, off-roading, wake boarding, hunting, and much more. Most of the population of Utah lives alongside the mountain range, that means people do not have to drive to far to get into the mountains.

Culturally, Utah is terrific. The art scene in Salt Lake City is wonderful, they have spectacular plays at Eccles theater in down town Salt Lake. They have a large amount of murals painting on the sides of buildings in the city as well. The Utah Jazz, the local NBA team brings some unification in fan ship among the people of Utah. The “holy war” is probably the most divisive event in Utah, but is also basically a state holiday. The heated rivalry game between Utah university and BYU is an event to look forward to every year. One thing people from out of state notice is the large amount of people who enjoy wearing shorts and short sleeved T shirts in the winter time.

When most of people from out of state think of Utah, they think of it as the “Mormon” state. With around 60% of the states population being registered with the Mormon church, it is clearly a majority LDS state. Also, the LDS church’s head quarters are located in Salt Lake City along side with its biggest and most famous temple. The state was also founded by the Mormon pioneers in the 1800’s when the were escaping persecution.

With so many things to do and so many great people to meet in Utah, it is clear that Utah is the best state. Students at Davis High School are very lucky to be living in such a great state that Utah is.

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What are the effects of contact sports on mental health?

In recent years mental health in boxing has been a concern for many, and with more technology there is more research done on the effects of boxing. Most contact sports provide the risk of concussion and now there is evidence to show the mental side of things.

Former heavyweight Tyson Fury has weighed in on this in a recent interview with ESPN.

“I lost my will to live.” states Fury.

This is a seriously concerning statement because mental health can affect the lives of athletes and anyone.

In high contact sports like combat, football, hockey and many more sports the rate of concussions is huge. When someone gets too many concussions in sports it can affect them for life.This could cause an athlete to develop a brain disease known as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).

One of the most famous cases of this disease was in an NFL football player. Junior Seau was a linebacker and a prominent force in the NFL. Years after he retired, he committed suicide in his apartment. He wrote down lyrics to his favorite song that says he was ashamed of who he had become. Perhaps the most disturbing and sad part of it all was that he shot himself in the chest so that scientists could study his brain and see the trauma he had developed over the years. To this day sports doctors and scientists are looking for new ways to prevent CTE or lessen the trauma of contact sports.

 

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St. Geezy for the week

Spring Fever is in the air at Davis High. With spring break just around the corner, students are starting to plan their break. A lot of students love to stay in Utah and enjoy the states own amazing scenery as the weather warms up. I interviewed a couple students from Davis and the top place to go. Out of the 6 people interviewed, only two weren’t going to St. George.

“St. George is the place to be during spring break. There is so many teenagers and things to do it is always a party.” claims Zoe Jacobs.

Swimming at sand hollow, visiting Dixie rock, sun bathing, hiking, and so many more outdoor activities are available in St. George.

“I love going down with a big group of kids and just having a blast staying in one condo together and meeting new people.” says Jack Rigby.

Going up to Dixie Rock is so fun because that is where all the High school kids from different schools meet up. It is a fun opportunity to meet new people as well as see friends from Davis High. If you are lucky you may get a kiss.

*if you are reading this and are going to be in St. George over spring break, meet at Dixie Rock Tuesday, April 2nd, at 12 a.m.

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What is special about the US?

The United States of America can seem like a very big place, full of wonders and a proudly place to call home, and it is. But, for the people that somehow had the opportunity to visit other countries, experience other cultures or might not even be Americans and still  live here, trust me, the world can be a lot bigger from their eyes.

In this story, we will record the mainly differences between Americans and the rest of the world, with some of the Davis High 2018-19 foreign exchange students and Mr. Frey, the Journalism and English teacher. When it comes to food, America is known for the famous “I’m lovin’ it”. But, if you notice, the grocery stores have a multiple variety of foods, seasonings and beverages from other countries too.

“There is a big variety of foods from other countries in our culture, it is like a melting pot of cultures.” said Mr. Frey.

“I really like the variety of fast foods…and the huge supermarkets with a lot of choices of spices and stuff like that.” said Oliver Zens, from Germany.

” Even with the variety, food back home is way healthier. People eat more veggies and fruits, when here is way more burgers and fries, and there is also a lot of processed and canned foods, which is not very common in other places, said Pedro Silva, from Brazil.

When it comes to the American culture, what they have to say is:

“I would consider people in Mexico more welcoming than Americans, it is very common to talk with people you don’t know very well and get invited over to their houses.” said Frey.

“The religion in Utah makes things very different from other places. But, if you look at the hole US, people are more into sports during High School. There is also a lot more of school spirit than there is in Germany.” said Oliver.

”It is noticeable that Americans are very respectful, but people in Brazil are way closer to each other and festive than in the US”, said Pedro.

No mater where you came from, cultures will always have time to be appreciated for being unique.

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The Truth of Being Vegan

Vegans are all for saving animals, but are they really saving them in the long run? How educated on veganism are vegans themselves? Let’s view the facts.

A vegan is a person who does not eat animal products. Some vegans also do not use animal products, but not all. To find out more about the lifestyle of a vegan, Lexi Turley, the Davis High tennis coach, was interviewed for more information.

Coach Turley became a vegan five years ago when she was 19 years old. She said her reasoning behind her decision was to help improve her performance in college sports. She is an example of a vegan who still uses animal products.

She explains that going vegan helped her feel better and healthier. She also says that it improves her mental/emotional state of mind. Although there are pros to veganism, she also stated the cons.

“It’s awkward when you go on dates.” says Turley.

She says that even though there are some restaurants that have vegan alternatives and meals, not all of them do. She also comments on how it’s difficult to travel to different places and how the price of buying natural and organic food is a contributing difficulty.

Her advice to anyone interested in being vegan or any beginners is to research. She explains the importance of being prepared for this new lifestyle.

So to anyone curious about veganism,

“Try it!” Turley encourages.

 

 

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Super Bowl 2019

Many bandwagonners are thriving with the win of the patriots during the 2019 Superbowl. There were a lot of unhappy fans this Super bowl weekend. The Tom Brady dynasty continues as he wins his 6th super bowl. It was a very boring defensive game with the Pariots barely squeezing past the Ram 13-3.

Elijah Arkoudas said, “I was not happy with the outcome of the Super bowl. I am sick of Tom Brady and the Patriots.”

The Super Bowl was a very overhyped game this year. There were not very many exciting plays in the game.

Elijah said, “my favorite play was the 65 yard punt”

Reagan said “my favorite was the opening kick off”

Another big topic of the Super bowl was the halftime show. There were performances by Travis Scott, Maroon 5, and Big Boi. It was a very good half time show with all three performers doing really well.

“It was my favorite half time show ever. Travis Scott killed it,” commented Elijah.

“I loved the halftime show! Adam Levine is a good looking man,” agreed Reagan.

Chase Potter also had good things to say about the halftime show. “I liked the halftime show. I have seen better Maroon 5 didn’t sound that good. Travis performance was good but he needed an auto tune mic.”

 

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NFC Championship no call sparks controversy

On January 20, 2019 the New Orleans Saints met the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game. The two teams played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both teams are known for their high paced and explosive offenses.

The Saints jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter with score of 13-0, but the Rams were not going to quit just yet. The second quarter had the Rams written all over it. They scored 10 points to shrink the gap in the  game going into half time.

Fast forward to the fourth quarter. There is about one minute left and the Saints were marching down the field. It is third down and 7 yards to go until they are on the goal line. The ball is hiked and Drew Brees drops back to throw to his wide receiver and right before he could catch the ball he was hit hard and put on his back.

Normally this would be called a pass interference and would have been an automatic first down. Instead, the referees did not call anything. This sent many people into a spiral of emotions and especially anger. In a statement from NFL commisioner Roger Goodell he says ““The refs in New Orleans made a big mistake at a lousy time. I feel awful for the Saints.”

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Superbowl 53 does not go “Sicko Mode”

It is often said the universe will end not with a bang, but with a wimper, and this is true for the universe of the NFL. With it being the lowest scoring Super Bowl game in history, the Patriots victory over the LA Rams in Superbowl 53 proved that suckers will watch anything for the chance to see a funny Doritos ad. Not to be dramatic or anything, but I would rather watch grass grow than re watch that game. While the game was lackluster to say the least, the real upset came during halftime, where Pepsi took an halftime show that was projected to flop, and somehow made it even worse than everyone anticipated.

The setting for this years Super Bowl was Atlanta, a city known for musical pioneers such as Soulja Boy, Migos, Usher, and John Mayer. So when people were speculating who would play in this years halftime show, many were expecting a musical spectacular filled with stars that put the city on the map, instead they got Maroon 5 and 45 seconds of Travis Scott. So first lets talk about Maroon 5, a band whose primary demographic is edgy fifth graders and moms that sing along to songs played over the grocery store PA system. When you google “Musicians from Atlanta”, you will not find Maroon 5 anywhere on that list, and this angered a lot of people. In fact, 117,077 people signed a petition urging the band to drop the gig, they obviously didn’t, so now Pepsi had a serious public relations problem on their hands. So the Pepsi Co. board of directors decided to bring in rapper/singer Travis Scott to find a compromise that would potentially please everyone, while this would have been a good idea on paper, in practice it fell a bit flat.

After an uneventful opening from Maroon 5, the screen suddenly cut to a scene from Spongebob wherein Squidward must direct an orchestra to perform at an event similar to the Super Bowl. Many wanted them to play the song featured in that episode in memory of Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away less than a year ago. What people actually got was reused animation from the show, combined with the starting notes to the mega hit song “Sicko Mode”. This cut to an outside view where a “meteor” was hurtling towards Mercedes Benz stadium. This then cut to a lot of fire being used on stage, and Travis Scott appeared in a fake crater surrounded by fire. He then proceeded to sing 45 seconds of “Sicko Mode” half of which the broadcast was silent because it had to be censored, and the entirety of which was off key. He then disappeared, only to be seen again at the end of the show. Then Maroon 5 reappeared and proceed to also sing off key. Some guy came in on a Cadillac and a huge fur(?) coat and sung a song I’ve never heard. Then Maroon 5 was back, for some reason Adam Levine took off his shirt and proceeded to continue to sing off key. Seriously, for a guy that makes a living criticizing others singing on “The Voice”, hes not a good singer.

So that was this years Super Bowl, the highlight of which was either Adam Levine’s Everose Gold Rainbow Rolex Daytona, or the unreleased Air Jordan 1’s and 6’s he and Travis Scott were wearing.

Oh and the Patriots won (Of Course).

Also, Tom Brady frenched Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the lips, which would be totally acceptable, if there wasn’t a 40 year age difference and the weren’t both married.

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Referees create problems

There have been many missed calls and calls made in crucial times of sports games, but over the last couple months referees of sporting events have been heavily under fire due to calls being missed or made. Some of the calls that have been under the sporting world’s spotlight include, Kevin Durant’s save against the Houston Rockets which lead to a mid-range shot by Stephen Curry to send the game to over time, as well as the pass interference no call on a 3rd and 10 in the clash between the Rams and the Saints, which could have changed the outcome of the NFC championship game as well as the outcome of the Super Bowl. Referees have been making such calls for a long time and will continue to based on biases and dislike towards certain teams, but the question is, should there be consequences for these actions?

“I have to stop and realize I can’t control the call, I just have to play game,” said senior, Max Isaacson when asked how he felt when a ref makes a bad call.

The current system for all referees across all sports will always needs improving even with the “newest” and “best” technology. The current system is allowing referees to get away with whatever they want with little to no consequence. These referees need some form of punishment on if they effect the outcome of sporting events, whether its a fine or a suspension, etc., or even an incentive for making good calls throughout the game. If these changes are made it will make it more enjoyable for fans.

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Why This Year’s Oscars Will Be More Monumental Than Ever Before

On February 24, 2019, the 91st Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, California. This year’s Oscars will prove monumental with the many exciting and surprising twists the film industry and movie-goers alike will experience as they tune into the awards.

This year there are 8 nominations for the most prestigious and sought after award: Best Picture. Three of these nominees are making history. Black Panther is the first ever super-hero movie to be nominated for best picture, Roma is the first film created by Netflix nominated in this category, and Spike Lee, director of BlacKkKlansman, is receiving his first nomination for best director. The other nominees for best picture are Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, Vice, The Favourite, A Star is Born, and BlacKkKlansman. Each of these have at least 5 nominations in different categories.

Another thing that is setting this year’s awards apart from other years is the lack of a host. Kevin hart was picked as the host back in December, but soon after stepped down from the role due to the re-surfacing of homophobic tweets by Hart from 2009-2011. He apologized for his tweets, and stated that he was not going to host because he did not want to be “a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing, talented artists.” This will be the first time in 30 years that the Academy Awards will not have a host.

With all of the snubs and surprises this Oscars has in store, it should be an exciting night.

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Zac Effron, Nick Robinson and more spotted in Utah

Park City becomes Utah’s own “little Hollywood” during the week of Sundance Film Festival. The festival lasts two weeks and is full of movies, musics, panels and parties. On average, 46,660 people attend the festival.

Celebrities roam the streets of Park City while fans follow. I talked to one of my friends who attended the festival and she told me this: “I just walked into a coffee shop and saw Nick Robinson (starred in Love Simon etc.)  just standing in line.”

The stars were up in city supporting their movie’s premiere. One of the more famous films that premiered this Sundance was “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.” It is a film about Ted Bundy, shown through the eyes of his girlfriend Liz Kendall. Zac Efron was the main star in this film, so a lot of fans were up in Park City enjoying his movie and trying to catch a glimpse of the famous actor.

The movies at Sundance are usually controversial documentaries, just like the one about Ted Bundy. It brings a unique crowd and lots of argumentative reviews and reports.

All the films are competing for five different titles. US documentaries, world documentaries, shorts, spotlight and premiere. The competition is good, but the movies are even better. So grab some popcorn and head up to Park City for the Sundance Film festival next year 2020.

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How does Social Media Affect Teens Today?

We all know how much beauty and social standards are changing everyday. But the question is, why? In truth, there’s an impact that gets overlooked on a daily basis, and its affecting people more than we realize.

GIRLS:

From a young age, girls begin to pay attention to their peers and they compare themselves to the people they are surrounded by. As we grow older, we are exposed to more and more technological advances, one of the more recent being social media. With social media being a larger part of our lives nowadays, the children and teenagers of today are always seeing new posts and images depicting women that are considered ‘beautiful’. The main problem is that these images have been edited to enhance certain features and adjust certain parts of the body until it is pleasing to the photographer/editor. These standards and features that are considered beautiful are usually unnatural, and girls are growing up believing that “This is what boys will like.”, “This is how I can fit in”, “This is how I become perfect.”

Noemi Kunkel is a junior here at Davis. When asked about how she feels about social media, she shared, “I scroll through and I see girls that are model status, and I understand that that’s their best day, but like, my best day is like their worst day, and sometimes that’s hard on my confidence.”

She has been using social media since she was about 12 years old, and though that is a short amount of time, it has still affected her in many ways. The overall effect that was seen through peers has been negative. Yes, positive things can come from social media, but for the majority of everyday users, the effects can quickly turn to the bad side.

Most people believe that the only people really negatively affected by social media are girls. But that is so far from the truth.

BOYS:

Reese Castagno, also a junior, has been using social media on a daily basis since he was 8 years old. He has a slightly different perspective,  by being a model through social media. He shared his insight on the affects of social media, stating “Instagram and Facebook are becoming toxic.” Reese shared a lot of good advice about how to avoid the negative effects of social media.

“Just be nice to people. Put good energy out there. No one has a say over what you can do. You have to start to learn that what they say doesn’t matter, and just be confident in who you are as a person.”

Though boys don’t have exactly the same emotions and standards attached to social media, they are still affected more than we realize.

I talked to our assistant principal, Mr. Brad Chapple, about the affects that he has seen social media have on students over his years of being an administrator.

“I have mainly seen a major increase in anxiety and depression. I’m not saying that everyone who uses social media has anxiety and depression, but it has been an increasingly serious issue through the years.” Mr. Chapple explained. “When using social media, we are comparing ourselves to people at their best.” He made it a point to say that we are only going to be sharing the things we want people to see, which wasn’t he case towards the beginning of social media.

How to avoid these issues can be debated for hours, but overall, the one main thing we can do is become confident in who we are. Social media cannot change who you are as a person, and if we try to let other people pictures change us, we ultimately become a copy of someone else when we were born to be originals. Stand out and be different! 🙂

 

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Guns: are they good or bad?

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, there was a shooting at Fashion Place mall in Murray. There were no casualties, but two were injured, and one is in critical condition.  

On January 13, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., four shots were fired outside of the Fashion Place Mall in Murray, Utah. Only two people were injured, a man and a woman, both taken to Intermountain Medical Center for treatment after the shooting. The woman was shot in the leg and has been discharged. The man’s wounds were more severe, he was shot in the back and is in critical condition (https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/01/13/police-gunman-large-after/).  

This shooting was not aimed to harm the public, but rather a confrontation of two rival gangs, one of them being the Florencia 13 gang. While police have arrested members of the Florencia 13 gang that were supposedly present during the shooting, they are still looking for the shooters (https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900051349/police-make-3rd-arrest-in-weekend-utah-shooting-at-fashion-place-mall.html).  

This kind of violence is not new. In fact, there have already been 19 mass shootings in the US in 2019 (https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting). The Parkland shooting and the Borderline bar shooting in 2018 sparked the gun law debate, and these recent shootings have just added fuel to the fire. 

Right now, in Utah, current gun laws require a person to go through a detailed background check in order to purchase a firearm. Utah is required to contact the BCI, or Bureau of Criminal Identification, who will look for a criminal history and warrants. A person cannot buy a gun without going through this process. 

People in Utah are allowed to open carry so long as they have a concealed carry permit. Thy have to be 21, go through a background check, complete a firearms familiarity course approved by the BCI, and pay $57 in order to obtain a concealed carry permit.  

A person has to be 18 in order to purchase a rifle, and 21 to purchase a handgun. 

Given the current laws, there are still pushes from both sides: those pushing for gun reform and those who want to keep it the way it is. While both sides are notorious for coming off as extreme, both sides want the same thing: a safer community with less mass shootings.  

“The difference about us is the way we go about it,” stated an undisclosed source. His ideas center around a “balance between self-protection and self-rights.” Teaching everyone proper firearm safety and storage, and to not be afraid of guns is his approach. “It’s not the guns that are the problem it’s the people that are using them.” 

The other side is for more gun reform. While they recognize that guns are not the only factor that go into these mass shootings, gun reform will possible help decrease the level of destruction left from them. Their ideas are enforcing universal background checks, ban military grade weapons, and ban large capacity clips.  

While both sides have their own opinions and ideas, its only when they come together will they be able to solve this problem. “It’s not a binary solution. This solution isn’t the perfect solution, and I think it’s important that we incorporate both sides ideas for this solution. Otherwise it’s not going to work,” commented Julia Last, an activist to end gun violence. 

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6 ways to Prepare for College as a Senior in High School

Preparing for college can be stressful, here are 6 ways to prepare for college now!

  1. Retake the ACT as many times as you can! This is huge if you are looking for a good scholarship to pay for college. Even one point can be the difference of hundreds to thousands of dollars.
  2. Submit your college applications and scholarships EARLY! The high amounts of stress are not worth it, this is not a time to procrastinate.
  3. Visits the colleges that you got accepted to! It is important to know exactly where you are going in order to chose the school that is best for you and your career path.
  4. Become comfortable with technology and make sure you are ready for the work load! College can be an amazing experience, as long as you are prepared for what is coming. There will be a lot more work in college, and preparing for that can make or break the experience.
  5. Develop communication skills! You are going to be meeting a lot of new people, and getting along with them is important. Communication is key when it comes to professors, employers, and peers.
  6. Lastly… Make time for fun! Yes, it is essential to do well in your studies, but you can’t do that if you don’t have a little fun sometimes. College can be overwhelming but when you take care of yourself and your mental health the stress is significantly less.

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Why rap is an underrated genre of music

There is a lot of people that don’t enjoy or listen to hip hop or rap music, for many different reasons, but this genre and style of music is much deeper than some of the songs you hear on the radio. Many people like to say rap music is “rhyming and poetry”, and not all of the rap music nowadays is like this, but some of these artists are brilliant and creative and talented, just like other music stars.

These artists also find a way to rhyme many different words with meaning behind what they are saying. The things these rappers talk about have never been spoken about by anyone else, they show you their point of views on their struggles and what it took them to be successful.

Rappers such as Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, and many others find new sounds, flows, and styles for their music. The songs they create might be vulgar, but these are words they chose to describe what they have felt or what they are feeling. If your looking for good music to pump you up for whatever reason, rap music is the best option.

These artists like to collaborate with each other and other artists from different genres, including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and U2. Try something new, listen to some of these artists music with an open mind, and guaranteed you will learn new words, experiences, and issues.

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Coca Cola or Pepsi?

Since the dawn of time there has been a debate that will be deeply discussed, is Coke or Pepsi the better drink? These 2 sodas have had a legendary rivalry for over an entire century. Some people have very strong opinions on this topic, and some people can’t even taste a difference between the 2 and don’t really care. Both of these companies are huge and multibillionaires.

Out of all of the carbonated soft drinks in the market, Coke controls 42%, while Pepsi controls only 30%. Take what you want from this, but most people are more drawn to Coca Cola from their personal preference. If we are talking about how much each has sold, in the last decade, Coke has increased in sales, while Pepsi has dropped.

The health differences between the 2 is that Pepsi tastes sweeter, therefore having more sugar, caffeine, and calories. Coke on the other hand is higher in sodium, tasting more like vanilla than Pepsi.

On the business side of things, PepsiCo is a larger company than Coca-Cola, almost doubling Cokes total revenues. PepsiCo has 64 billion dollars of revenues in their most recent quarter. Out of the 7 random students I asked which one they like more, only 1 said they like Pepsi over Coke.

All of this is obviously personal preference and what you prefer to drink, but it seems like Coca Cola is more liked and successful as to Pepsi.

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, a discussion

The modern day version of The Twilight Zone, Black mirror, has recently come out with a movie on Netflix. But not just any movie, a choose your own adventure movie. Everyone remembers the choose your own adventure books from when we were kids. It was exhilarating to feel like you were in control of what the main character did, and how the story played out. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is the first movie to venture off on the choose your own adventure path and does it in a highly entertaining and mind-boggling way. (SPOILERS AHEAD) 

In the beginning, the decisions we make for him are pretty miniscule ones. At first, I was pretty confused as to why they’d want me to choose what Stephan eats for breakfast and what music he listens to. I figured, those things are so miniscule, why does it matter for the story? But the writers knew exactly what they were doing. As we see later, Stephan starts to lose his mind based off the little things. He notices that he isn’t controlling any decisions: whether they’re big, life-changing ones or small, insignificant ones. (Like whether to eat Sugar Puffs or Frosties for breakfast.) Once I got to the scene where Stephan voices those concerns to Dr. Haynes, it came full circle for me, and I could tell that nothing in this movie is put there by accident. The exciting thing about all these choices was that every time you made a decision, you got new content and unraveled more and more of the story. Even going back and making the same decisions would somehow unlock new choices and new adventures. But each path always came back to the same main endings. 

After many, many viewings of Bandersnatch and me obsessively trying to find every possible ending, and see every possible scene, I’ve decided there are no happy endings for Stephan. I desperately wanted there to be one, but Stephan always either ended up dead, in jail, or being lied to by everyone around him. The different endings all seem to come back to one scene: when Stephan nearly destroys his computer, then looks up to the ceiling and asks whoever is controlling him to give him a sign.  

Any time we told Stephan that we watched him on Netflix, he would either lose it and fight his therapist and his dad, or he would find out he’s been in a film studio this whole time. If we showed Stephan the P.A.C.S. sign, he would lose it and kill his father, then call his therapist and threaten her life, which gets him landed in jail. Bandersnatch is released unfinished, and everyone hates it. If we give Stephan the White Bear sign, he realizes he isn’t in control, and you get the choice to kill the father. Either option gives you a dark path, and only on one path is Bandersnatch ever appreciated by audiences.  

The only path that Bandersnatch a five-star review from the strange review channel that was always there at the end was the path in which Stephan kills his dad, doesn’t bury him, and changes the game to be less confusing. We get a scene from the present where a new coder is re-remaking Bandersnatch. Some theorist say that the coder is the daughter of Colin and Kitty, since she mentions her father was a coder who had a copy of Bandersnatch, which had been recalled once everyone found out Stephan was a murderer. This ending is interesting and seems to imply that the game is cursed. The coder is shown trying to run Bandersnatch this time, it is the movie. It crashes, and she destroys the computer. It seems that anyone who delves too far into the world of Bandersnatch is met with horrible fates. 

As Ahbed, a beloved character from the TV show Community, would say, the last ending was definitely “the darkest timeline.” This ending seems to start with the moment Stephan is watching the tape that Colin leaves for him about the author of Bandersnatch. He is realizing that he isn’t in control, and you are given the choice to pick up a family picture or a coding book. Choosing the picture sends you on a journey down “the darkest timeline.” Earlier in the movie when we learned what had happened to Stephan’s mom, we get a flashback of Stephan looking for rabbit under his bed. An odd choice pops up when the mother asks if Stephan is coming with her to her parents’ or not: you can only say no. This early choice that was really only one option put an inkling of suspicion in my head during my first viewing. Could we somehow come back to this moment and unlock the option yes? Can we somehow save Stephan’s mom from going on the late train that crashes? Could this be the way to giving Stephan a happy ending?  

Stephan goes to open his dad’s unsettling vault, I knew that I must choose TOY as the password. I knew the rabbit must be in there and that this would somehow lead to Stephan finding it when he was a kid. Sure enough, if you tell Stephan to type in TOY, rabbit is sitting in the vault. There is a flash back to him searching for rabbit under his bed. My hopes were flying high. This must be the timeline to save Stephan’s mom! He will finally be happy! But no, I was most definitely wrong. Stephan finds rabbit, and his mom asks if he’s coming. On this, I was correct. A new option comes up for you to say yes. I was elated! Stephan‘s mom won’t be late! Instead of this, Stephan’s mom says the gut-wrenching words that they will miss the 8:30 train and will have to take the 8:45. This moment tells all the viewers that Stephan didn’t make his mother late. His resentment towards his father for hiding rabbit all these years was unneeded. Stephan’s mother was going to be late and take the 8:45 train no matter what. And now, we have unknowingly steered Stephan into taking that fateful train as well.  

This ending is final. Stephan and his mother crash and perish on the 8:45 train. The future Stephan dies instantly because of this. This scene was very emotional for the viewer because we know that while we thought we were saving the mother’s life, we really ruined the family and left Stephan’s father alone. The movie gives no more options for going back, which is even more interesting. All of our options had been in the future except for that one, and so there were no more choices to make, and we are forced out of the movie. 

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was a rollercoaster of emotions and suspense. We are in charge of unraveling Stephan’s life story. We oversee his career and big life decisions. And because of that, we feel responsible for all of Stephan’s unfortunate endings. It’s frustrating and exciting at the same time. Even though we never get to give Stephan a happy ending, it seems we were never meant to. Stephan sums it up in one of his quotes, that he figures out he gave the player too much choice, when really he needed to only give them the illusion of choice, but the game would bring them to the same endings every time. That is exactly how this movie played out. Like I said before, no detail in this movie was there by accident, and that is something I can really appreciate. 

 

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Diogenes, the cynic philosopher that does not care about what think

Diogenes, also known as Diogenes the Cynic, was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. He was born in Sinope, an Ionian colony on the Black Sea. He is credited with his massive contributions to the philosophy of cynicism; a Greek philosophical sect that stressed stoic self sufficiency and the rejection of luxury. He believed that personal happiness is satisfied by meeting one’s natural needs and that what is natural cannot be shameful His life, therefore, was lived with extreme simplicity and without shame. It was this determination to follow his own dictates and not adhere to the conventions of society that he was given the nickname of “dog,” from which the name “cynic” is derived. He lived so strictly to this maxim that when he saw a child drinking from his hands, so he threw away his cup and said, “A child has beaten me in plainness of living.”

 

For Diogenes the simple life meant not only disregard of luxury but also disregard of laws and customs of organized, and conventional communities. The family was viewed by Diogenes as an unnatural institution to be replaced by a natural state in which men and women would be promiscuous and children would be the common concern of all. Though Diogenes himself lived in poverty, slept in public buildings, and begged his food, he did not insist that all men should live in the same way but merely intended to show that happiness and independence were possible even under reduced circumstances. He was a firm believer in self sufficiency, or the knowledge that within oneself holds all the means to achieve happiness. He deeply resented the ideal that you had to conform to social expectation to achieve happiness.

 

He should this deep resentment for social conformity by urinating on those who insulted him, defecating in the theatre, and pointing at people with his middle finger. He was a self-appointed public scold whose mission was to demonstrate to the ancient Greeks that civilization is regressive.. He also lived in a tub on the side of the road. He would cuss those walking by and beg for his food. He had a simple diet of onions and water and lived up the ripe old age of 89. Legend says that he simply got tired of living and decided to hold his breath until he died. He gave instructions that when he died he wished his  to be thrown outside the city wall on his death, so wild animals could feast on his body. The Corinthians erected to his memory a pillar on which rested a dog of Parian marble.

 

Diogenes was great at scorning his contemporaries. The school of Euclides he called bilious, and Plato’s lectures a waste of time, the performances at the Dionysia great peep-shows for fools, and the demagogues the mob’s lacqueys. He used to also say that when he saw physicians, philosophers and pilots at their work, he deemed man the most intelligent of all animals; but when again he saw interpreters of dreams and diviners and those who attended to them, or those who were puffed up with conceit of wealth, he thought no animal more silly. He would continually say that for the conduct of life we need right reason or a halter.

 

Despite his lude and rather inappropriate behavior the people of Athens loved Diogenes a great deal. They loved him so much that when a young child broke his tub, they whipped him and granted Diogenes with a brand new tub.

 

Aside from his ridiculous behavior Diogenes actually had some interesting and useful insights. Diogenes said that there was one only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance. Being asked whether death was an evil thing, Diogenes replied, “How can it be evil, when in its presence we are not aware of it?” When someone declared that life is an evil, Diogenes said,

“Not life itself, but living ill.”

Diogenes was asked, Why do people give to beggars but not to philosophers?

“Because they think they may one day be lame or blind, but never expect that they will turn to philosophy,” Diogenes replied.

Being asked what creature’s bite is the worst, he said,

“Of those that are wild, a sycophant’s; of those that are tame, a flatterer”.

When asked from where he came, Diogenes said,

“I am a citizen of the world.”

To a young man who complained that he was ill suited to study philosophy, Diogenes said,

“Why then do you live, if you do not care to live well?”

When asked what was the proper time for supper, Diogenes replied,

“If you are a rich man, whenever you please; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.”

A student asked to borrow a book, he replied:

“You are a silly man. If you wanted figs you wouldn’t be satisfied with painted ones. But you take no notice of the practice of virtue and study only those who write about it”.

Friends of Diogenes wanted to ransom him, where upon he called them simpletons;

 

“for”, said he, “lions are not the slaves of those who feed them, but rather those who feed them are at the mercy of the lions: for fear is the mark of the slave, whereas wild beasts make men afraid of them.”

When asked what was the right age for marriage, Diogenes replied:

“For a young man, not yet; for an old man, not at all.”

When asked how he would like to be buried, Diogenes replied ‘face downwards’, when asked why, he explained that the Macedonians were rising in power so rapidly that the world would shortly be turned upside down and he would then be the right way up.

 

Diogenes could very well be the most interesting philosopher the greeks had to offer.  He lived had a refreshingly simple and honest lifestyle that no one today is likely to accomplish willingly. He taught us t that human life is fleeting and it doesn’t matter if you’re a great conqueror like Alexander or a cynical philosopher like Diogenes, one day you’ll be dead and gone. Another lesson we can learn is to live a simple and humble life, despite machinery that gives abundance we are left in want; through the teachings of Diogenes we can learn how to live happier life with less. We also must learn from Diogenes to have humor in our lifes despite his primitive conditions, Diogenes spent his life worry free with a good dose of humor. His outlook in life is considered to be one of the main reasons behind his long life. His disregard for what those around him can help us in reducing social fears. His indifference saved him a lot of time, worries, grief, and even jealousy. He wasn’t dependent on any personal possession or power, he wasn’t relying on anything for his happiness. Instead, he was happy with just the mere idea of being alive. Learning from Diogenes, we must also strip off our desire for material things if we really want to be happy. If we rely our satisfaction on the amount of money we have or how powerful we are, we’ll never feel content with what we have and or lifes. Most importantly we must learn to question authority. When the great conqueror Alexander the great stood before him, offering to him anything his heart could desire, all Diogenes had to say to him is that Alexander step out of his sunlight. All authority must be questioned, there should always be an opposition to authority. The presence of opposition ensures that nothing is passed as such without any friction. This keeps a check in the ruling authority.

 

We should attempt to implement these lessons to our lives in order to be more fulfilled and experience all the joy that existence has to offer us.

 

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the best superhero movie of all time. Here’s why.

When the amazing first trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came out, there was no doubt in my mind that we were in for something special. The art style was striking, the original music was banging, and the main character was finally Miles Morales! I was instantly in love. Some people were a little more hesitant than me, and for good reason! It was a Sony Animated film. The creators of the Emoji Movie. That’s no good. This is also the eighth Spider-Man movie in under two decades! (If you count Venom.) Do we really need another one? Those are all good points, but I remained optimistic. Now I have seen it. I was not prepared for how amazing it really is. This is not only the best Spider-Man movie to date, I think it might be the best superhero movie of all time.

When people talk about what the “best superhero movie of all time” is, there is always a constant group of movies that get mentioned. The Avengers, Logan, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Spider-Man 2, Captain America 2. My personal favorites are The Incredibles, The Dark Knight, and Unbreakable. These movies are all amazing, and definitely deserve to be in the conversation, but none of them do what Spider-Verse does. All of these movies take the source material and “movie-ify” it. Something like The Dark Knight takes something as outlandish as a rich orphan fighting an evil clown in a bat costume and makes a prestige crime drama out of it. Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes a story about somebody who wears the American flag fighting magic Nazis and makes a political thriller out of it. Spider-Verse takes the movie and comic-ifys it. It is a movie that stars a talking superhero pig. And it isn’t ashamed. It embraces the weird aspects and the emotional aspects of the comics, the outlandish characters and the grounded characters, the supernatural and the mundane.

Miles Morales is the main Spidey this time around, and he is one of the most genuine and charming protagonists I’ve ever seen. From his little mannerisms and quirks, to his complex relationship with his dad and uncle, Miles seems like a real person with real problems. He deals with his newfound powers in a very realistic manner, and seeing him slowly get the hang of them is really satisfying.

It took the filmmakers an entire year to get ten seconds of animation that felt right. They wanted the perfect style, and they got it. Into the Spider-Verse has a really interesting and unique style of animation that fits the movie perfectly. They use 3D animation, but they style it like 2D animation. They manipulate the frame rate and add a butt ton of neon to make the movie feel like it has jumped right from the comics. It feels like if Disney’s short film Paperman took LSD. It is glorious.

Disney’s Paperman (2012)

This movie could have easily been a complete mess. There are so many characters to introduce, so many plot points to go through, decades of material to pay homage to, and thousands of fans to appease. But Spider-Verse is so masterfully created that it manages to feel packed, but never cluttered, intense, but never overbearing, funny, but not so much so that it neuters the impact that the emotional scenes bring. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might be perfection. Go see this movie.

Also the soundtrack’s dope.

A+

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