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.
This past week the public prosecutor of Saudi Arabia tweeted that “producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media” will be punishable by up to five years in prison and an $800,000 fine.
On August 29th, Governor Andrew Cuomo and actress activist Cynthia Nixon, parleyed over who would make a better Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate. Cuomo came dressed in a blue tie and Cuomo administration pin. Nixon wore a teal blouse and a white sportscoat.
Early on the morning of August 13, Nicole Utoft went to her friend Shanann Watts’s house to pick-up Shanann and take her to her 10 a.m. doctor’s appointment. Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant with her third child and was supposed to find out the sex of the baby. Given that Utoft had just dropped Shanann off at home around 2 a.m. that morning, after they returned from a business trip, she immediately became concerned when Shanann never answered the door or her text messages. Within hours, Utoft notified Shanann’s husband as well as the police, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued an Endangered Missing Alert for Shanann Watts and her two daughters, Bella, age 4 and Celeste, age 3.
How did I get started with the paper? The same way I did everything at Fordham: chaotically, and with little planning involved. Like many of you, I scrambled to sign up for and try every club I could as a freshman. I remember being enticed by the weird but welcoming energy of the paper, like some avant-garde collective pulled from the pages of a Jack Kerouac novel. My interest was always casual – I was far too inexperienced at Photoshop to help on any design issues, so I slowly worked my way in through Earwax reviews and the occasional op-ed.
It’s that time of the month again folks! In the endless cesspool of controversy and scandals surrounding the administration of President Donald Trump it can be hard to recognize the fact that in any other presidency, these scandals would be career ending. Personally, I completely understand if one chooses to tune out all of the controversy, and “check out” from the news cycle, so to speak; there’s only so many times you can say “this will be the end of Trump’s career” before you yourself start to question if the President will ever truly suffer the consequences of his action. In addition, there are very little historical examples as to Trumps behavior; this is completely uncharted territory, and it is easy to become fatigued. Despite this, I feel as if it is our duty to follow these stories with diligence, as if we forget about the controversy, that is inadvertently letting Trump off the hook for behavior that in any other situation would be considered despicable.