Semester in review

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Wait! Stop! Yes! There it is. Oh, geez, finally…

The light at the end of the tunnel. I can see it.

This semester is nearly over, and I’m very much looking forward to winter break. You may find me in my natural habitat chugging hot cocoa and tearing open Reese’s peanut butter cups in the shape of chocolate Christmas trees for the next three weeks.

Most students right now are probably just about ready to lose their minds because #FINALS.

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Don’t panic. You’ve got this.

This semester has really been tough, but it’s been very rewarding. I’ve learned quite a bit from a couple classes in particular. Not to brown nose super hard, but this online course has been quite helpful.

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I learned the ins and outs of web journalism, which has directly helped me to improve my journalistic content with the Royal Purple, where I work. I learned all about designing a blog layout and formatting stories with art in a more compelling way. I also tried to learn how to use coding in blog posts to embed videos or other forms of media that I don’t often use. And I actually figured it out. Shout out to our professor for pushing me to put in the extra work for my own benefit.

Hats off to you, Professor Geissler.

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I was quite nervous initially about taking an online class, but while it is challenging, it’s for a good cause.

I intend to use the skills we’ve learned in this course to continue to improve my content with the Royal Purple and elsewhere in the future.

Amid a very strange week filled with unfortunate events in some corners of the world, and simply bizarre events elsewhere, it’s nearly time to get slain by final exams and then take a whole month off to mourn our GPA’s. Just kidding. Sort of.

Aleppo has officially fallen into Syrian government control, and the rebel forces there have been routed to the east. In other news, Donald Trump and Kanye West just had a good old fashioned “life talk” inside Trump Tower. Stranger friendships have been formed, I suppose.

Thank you all for putting up with my goofy blogs. I hope you’ve enjoyed them somewhat. Good luck on exams, everybody.

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CEO praises Trump’s Twitter usage

Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO

Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he finds it ‘fascinating’ to see Trump use it so often.

An article by Business Insider highlighted this statement on Tuesday, reporting that President-elect Donald Trump has been using his Twitter account as a direct line of communication with the rest of the world.

“Having the president-elect on our service, using it as a direct line of communication, allows everyone to see what’s on his mind in the moment,” Dorsey said. “I think it’s fascinating; I haven’t seen that before.”

Dorsey appears to believe this is a good thing.

United States President-elect Donald Trump certainly uses Twitter more times in a single day than many of us do in a week. This, as Dorsey suggests, could be a good thing, because it allows us to gain insight into what the president is thinking in a moments notice, instead of hours later through a news report.

And the Donald is definitely not afraid to let people know how he feels at all times.

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President-elect Donald Trump

But some public figures have raised concerns about a United States president using social media to communicate with audiences and to release official statements. Some fear that this method of communication from a U.S. president could lead to citizens and world leaders taking the president’s word less seriously.

That is quite concerning, indeed. Imagine if Trump’s tweets become a laughing matter for other world leaders, and those individuals then begin to look down on Trump or lose respect for him. Worse still, is the possibly that Trump will try showing authority via Twitter, and that some world leaders simply won’t listen. It is also worth noting that not all nations have the same internet access that the United States does, and not all world leaders choose to use social media. So it’s not a fool-proof method of communication with everyone.

But truly imperative is the idea that Trump could try to “get tough” with a foreign tyrant via Twitter, and the dictator of said hypothetical nation (*Ahem* Bashar Al-Assad of Syria *Ahem*) would simply respond like this:

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An aggressive Twitter comment could very well be misinterpreted, a sarcastic Twitter remark might offend leaders of key U.S. allies. But what is being cited as the most concerning aspect of this issue is that fact the the president could and potentially, at some point, use Twitter to release a formal declaration of war against another nation.

Think about that for a minute.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-fascinating-to-see-trump-use-it-so-often-2016-12?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

 

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Scott Pelley shares key advice at award ceremony

I thought the speech Scott Pelley gave during his award ceremony was meaningful and profoundly well-reasoned.

Pelley spoke briefly on the history of journalism, and added that in the modern era, the “house” that has been built for reporters is “on fire.” By this, Pelley explained his meaning to be that the media is scrutinized and told how they should perform their jobs but the sources whom re most often covered: Politicians, mainly.

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The news anchor for CBS News described the importance of ethics and values in reporting, and how good journalism is far more important than fast reporting. “If you’re first, no one will remember. If you’re wrong, no one will ever forget,” Pelley stated.

I enjoyed listening to his speech about the industry and the points he raised for how journalists should press onwards in the wake midst of a very difficult landscape for American journalism. As Pelley suggested, all reporters should, above all else, ensure that their work it true, honest, fair and accurate. Without dutiful and balanced reporting, the media will suffer extreme backlash in society.

I also found his statement to be humble, particularly due to his heartfelt and humorous introduction to his speech. He told jokes, showing off his personality some, and he admitted his reluctance to accept an award for simply doing his job well and also for doing what he thought was the right thing to do–report honestly and fairly.

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Pope Francis grants priests authority in controversial issue

The leader of the Catholic Church, (with its central authority located in Vatican City, Italy) has just pulbically announced that all preists will have the authority to forgive persons whom have had an abortion.

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This is a masssive step away from traditional approaches on this particularly controersial issue by the Roman Catholic Church. It almost seemed to far off to believe, but I’ve seen several sources relaying this information.

Assuming this news is not in fact a hoax, then it represents a huge shift away from certain traditional Catholic principles, which could be a good or bad thing, all depending on your outlook.

But one thing is for certain in this case: Preists can officially tell a mother whom has had an abortion that her sins are indeed forgiven in the eyes of God, and that according to the faith, she will not be rejected by God. This could mean many people will be able to move on with their lives after such a proceedure, which could be deeply traumatic for many people who have ever been through that.

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A multitude of criticisms will surely come about as well. Some may say this action by Pope Francis III will allow more people to “get away with a heinous crime: Murder.” And others may go even further to claim that those presits who forgive such actions are defying God as well, and are also sinners.

It’s all dependent upon an individual’s outlook on the topic.

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Personlly, I beleive that this statement by Pope Francis III demonstrates that he intends to extend mercy and acceptence to all people, and I admire that.

The Pope has always seemd to me to be a progressive and very compassionate human being, and I believe he deserves to head the Catholic Church becasue of his deep sense of caring for all people. And he is brave for decided on acting in regards to such a widely disputed issue.

It is a very, very rough topic, and it divides people very bitterly in some cases. But I believe the Pope has made a generally decent decision. After all, he is NOT condoning abortion, but rather he has merely given priests the abiltiy to truly forigve a person for their own actions.

I bleieve my own views liekly align with the Pope’s views. I’ve confided to close friends and family members that I would never, ever choose abortion. I just would not. However, I choose not to judge or cast hate towards those who do make that decsion. It’s a choice, and whether we bleeive it’s right or wrong is on us. But judgement and hate of those who make that choice does nothing to help the situation. We must have compassion.

There are many reasons why people choose abortion. Some are perhaps more clear cut than others.

There’s case where the people just did not feel ready for parenthood, or that they would be unable to rasie a child due to their financial situation. However, one reason that stnds out to me is the mother’s health. I’ve read in the news about a few cases where a mother was told by doctors that a birth (natural or C-Section) would result in her dying. And these mothers had several other living children to care for. Some of these mothers had no husband or secondary caretaker. In these cases, it might become imperitive that the mother has to make a truly hard choice. It’s horrible.

But it’s not our place to judge. Leave that to the faithful clergy.

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Find the orginial source at this link:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/21/502852325/pope-francis-grants-all-priests-the-ability-to-forgive-abortions

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Election boosts NBC, Fox news traffic

The 2016 presidential election has reportedly helped boost traffic for NBC and Fox news.

This seems not too surprising, considering how huge of an event the American presidential election is in general, particularly throughout this latest cycle.

Overall, I think many news organizations have benefited in some way from election coverage, even at a local level. Considering there were several elections going on at once throughout many states. Whitewater, as an example, voted for the President, Wisconsin’s U.S. Senator, the 43rd district representative, a referendum on school funding, and several small office candidates for the City of Whitewater (such as the city treasurer).

The original article can be found here.

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/99329/election-boosts-nbc-news-fox-news?utm_source=NetNewsCheck-rss&utm_medium=latest-news-feed&utm_campaign=latest-news-feed-Election-Boosts-NBC-News-Fox-News

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DAPL construction reportedly delayed

The Dakota Access Pipeline construction project has reportedly been delayed by the US Army Corps of Engineers pending further “discussion and analysis” with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, according to CNN.

The proposed oil pipeline, planned to stretch from Standing Rock, North Dakota all the way to Southern Illinois, has been protested heavily by the local Native American tribes, along with thousands of demonstrators pouring in from across the country.

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Demonstrators have camped near the site for months, alongside the local tribes.
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The protesters have expressed deep concern that the oil pipeline would pollute the nearby river and would desecrate a sacred burial ground.
Developments of the story on the project being halted are being updated periodically, and more information is likely to follow on major news networks.
The original article can be found here, at the following link.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/15/us/dakota-access-pipeline-army-corps-decision/index.html

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Californians demand secession – or a “Calexit”

Wait, really!??

California wants to secede from the Union. Texas wanted the same in 2012, so I doubt this will happen.

But… this is a huge piece of news.

http://www.businessinsider.com/california-secession-calexit-2016-11?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

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The results are in, and Putin is quite pleased

Well. The results are in. We, as a nation, have elected Donald J. Trump to be President #45. I’m sure Obama will give a very awkward, passive-aggressive speech when he passes over the torch in January.

As the results were pouring in last night, many people probably looked like this:

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All feelings aside, the election is over, and it’s time for the nation to look to the future, be it good or bad.

One positive outcome may be that the United States and Russia may see improved relations, due to the mega bromance between the Donald and Vladimir Putin.

This would be a good thing.

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Also, another good outcome could be that Trump will push to lower businesses’ tax rates, and maybe create more jobs and expand the economy? I hope.

But there are some extreme concerns.

One of which is if Trump will try to repeal the amendment that legalized gay marriage. Seriously, in a government dominated entirely by Republicans, in every single branch, this could be a possible goal. And a huge step backwards in our modern society.

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Another major concern I have is if Trump ends up running up a massive debt through his tax policies, which could either succeed very much or fail horribly. Furthermore, the stock market value has seen much decline today, and is plummeting downwards fast.

And a third concern I have considered is whether Trump will actually build a wall. It wouldn’t really do anything other than severely aggravate an important U.S. ally–Mexico. It’s a terrible, terrible idea to poke that bear.

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No, not that bear!

But no matter what happens, it’s important to accept the results and remain calm. The results will not always be thrilling, and although many of us are disappointed, this is a democracy, and it’s a privilege to be a U.S. citizen. AND Trump roved his own claims wrong–that the election was rigged. Well, he won, which means it IS NOT actually rigged, which is actually something to celebrate! Our democracy is not a sham after all.

It’s only 4 years. We’ll get through this. And who knows, maybe all his campaign nonsense was just fluff and for show? Maybe he’ll actually do some good in office. I hope so.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks at a veteran's rally in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking  - RTX24HM9

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Do Trump and Obama have something in common? Maybe.

In an article published on The New York Times, a writer argues their point for why Barack Obama and Donald Trump might have some things in common.

The message behind this post shows collected data which, could be argued, suggests that Trump is polling well among white voters without a college education or high school GED, and this might guide the business mogul to a win in the election.

Just like Obama reacted humorously to a member of a crowd recently, this may be his reaction if Trump wins: Astounded.

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Some of Obama’s white supporters in the 2008 election are now polling in favor of Trump.

Assuming the writer is correct, and Trump does win… do him and Obama really have anything else in common?

Well, Obama had campaigned as a man representing hope and change… and Trump’s message is somewhat similar at its core: Change, making the nation great again.

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Perhaps this is true; perhaps Trump can still pull ahead. All will become clear on election night.

Hillary Clinton had better hope this article is not correct in its assumption, or else (oh god… please no) President Trump will throw her in jail.

I’m sure that prospect would make this young woman happy.

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View the original article by clicking the following link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/07/upshot/why-the-election-is-close-and-what-trump-and-obama-have-in-common.html?_r=0

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