Next Year’s News Predictions

January 2019:
*New Study Shows 80% of People Believe in Climate Change–Only 30% of People Care
*Jeff Bezos and Disney in Competition to Buy Everything Single Living and Non-Living Thing
*Nuclear Missiles Launched Into the Moon: War Ensues
*Elon Musk and Seth Rogen Invented New Strain of Weed: Weed Now Illegal in New York
*Dieters Lose Their Minds Avoiding Candy, Potato Chips, and Carbs

Breaking News: Paul Manafort Lied! Again!

Paul Manafort, ex-Trump campaign chairman and current convicted felon, has recently been accused of meeting with Wikileaks leader, Julian Assange in March of 2016. The Guardian claims the two met in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and though there is no information in regards to what they talked about, the timing of this alleged meeting occurred months before a major leak by Assange’s team.

Vape Life No More?

Vapers, it’s time to start stocking your pomegranate flavored pods, because New York might pass legislation banning most flavored e-cigarettes. Governor Cuomo and health officials are concerned with the rising rate of teen addiction to e-cigarettes, and have proposed heavy regulations to try and curb this worsening problem. E-cigarettes are marketed as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, but is that label inherently misleading?  Are there legitimate and negative health effects on teens that warrant a ban? Or is the government unfairly cracking down on a low risk product just because it is technically a drug?

Midterm Roundup: Viva la Democracia

On November 6, 2018 the Democrats won back the House, several Governorships, and state legislatures. However, they failed to achieve a victory similar in scale to that of the Tea Party wave of 2010. This is likely due to the increased polarization of society in the intermittent eight years. With that being said, 2018 can still be considered a victory for the Democrats due to the number of key races that they did win. More important than these victories though, is the impact that they will have on American society.

Senseless Violence: When Will It End?

Another day, another shooting. The latest Thousand Oaks shooting makes 307 mass shootings in 311 days. A mass shooting is defined as the violent killing of 3 or more people by any type of gun. It is evident that the United States has an epidemic of mass murders, and that they lack the governmental leadership to end it. President Trump has shown no sympathy for those affected by gun violence under his presidency. After the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Trump visited only the families who are registered Republicans. He did not even call the rest to offer condolences. He did visit a survivor in the hospital, and inappropriately said “He’s a sick puppy” in reference to shooter Nicholas Cruz, and took smiling photos with the victim.

Gov. Cuomo signs Medical Marijuana Bill

In an effort to minimize the growing death toll of opioid overdose, the state of New York has instituted legislation (S8987A/A 11011-B). The new bill, signed by Governor Cuomo, adds acute pain management to the list of conditions medicinal marijuana may be legally used to treat. Using cannabis to ease pain is a method aimed at reducing opioid prescriptions that too often lead to crippling addictions, and sometimes death.

Donald Trump continues to normalize the absurd

On 26th September 2018 President Donald Trump held the fourth solo press conference of his presidency. President Trump most likely held this conference in order to fight back against his administration’s numerous scandals, as well as the incredibly controversial nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The presser also took place only one day after Trump was laughed at while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly. This should have been a fairly straightforward speech by Trump. However, as with all things the President seems to be involved in, the conference quickly derailed and devolved into utter absurdity.