On Monday November 26, 2018, First Lady Melania Trump revealed the 2018 White House Christmas decorations to the public. The mansion’s decorations include 20,000 feet of lights, 14,000 ornaments, 12,000 bows, 29 Christmas trees, pencil wreaths to promote the “Be Best” campaign, a gigantic gingerbread replica of the National Mall, and most notably, 40 bright red Topiary trees. The display was set up entirely by volunteers, most of whom are either veterans or are representative of veteran families; out of about 6,000 applicants, only a little over two hundred people were selected to be a part of the decorating team.
*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
Despite its rather barbaric origins, most people would agree that Thanksgiving is about family, celebration, and togetherness. However, no matter how kind we may be, there’s always company that we’d rather avoid than extend a hand to. This year, families were forced to deal with a particularly unwelcome guest at their Thanksgiving tables––an outbreak of the newest strand of E. coli.
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.
By January 2019, per Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016-17 State Budget legislation, “big employers”–– companies that have 11 or more employees–– will be obligated to pay their workers at least $15 an hour. This is a $2 raise from the previous $13 established in early 2018, and will be one of many steps Cuomo has taken to ensure that all workers in New York are paid a living wage. Fordham University, then, as a so-designated “big employer”, would have to raise its student workers’ wages accordingly. However, according to an email from SAGES (Students for Sex and Gender Equity and Safety) a few weeks ago, both Fordham’s Student Employment Office and its Human Resources Management had other plans.
This year scientists took a break from debating the necessary qualifications Pluto must need to be a planet and gave their attention to a mysterious interstellar object that recently visited our solar system. In fact, just last week Harvard astronomers theorized that this cigar-shaped object could be an alien spacecraft or probe of some kind.
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.
The Chinese government has reversed a 25-year ban that will now allow for the use of tiger and rhino parts in medicine. The ban was established in 1993 as a way to protect the endangered tiger and rhino populations. In 2010, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies outlawed the use of any parts from endangered species claiming that there was no evidence of medical gains from tiger bones or rhino horns. With only 30,000 rhinos and 3,900 tigers left in the wild, experts are worried that the demands for these animals will rise; this will make it harder to protect these animals from extinction.
The Chinese government claims that the use of the tigers and rhinos will solely be used for medical purposes by qualified doctors. The usage of these parts are restricted to those individuals who are in critical condition and may not have any other medical alternatives.
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.
This Wednesday at Lincoln Center at 5:15 p.m., there will be a rally for trans rights. This rally comes in response to the leaked memo that the Trump administration is considering rescinding the protection of trans people in the country and denying trans people their existence.