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All wrong -- in California, girls can use urinals in the boys' restroom

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As of January 1, students in California public schools have been able to choose whether to use the boys’ rest room or girls’ rest room, as well as the girls’ locker room or boys’ locker room, based on whether they feel female or male, not whether ...
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This article is about a recent legal development in California schools. It says that you may use the restroom, locker room, etc. based on what you feel your gender is. I like the idea behind this. It’s a great movement in LGBT rights, and I’m sure it will be appreciated by many. But I’m a little conflicted; this seems like a law that could easily be taken advantage of. It’s a great opportunity for the high school creep to go into the girls locker room to change, possibly because he’s feeling a little feminine that day. I think that this will spur more debate about the law and LGBT rights in the future.

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Increased Attention On Rape Culture Is Helping More Military Sexual Assault Victims Come Forward

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Reports of sexual assault in the military jumped by 50 percent this year.
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In the long run, women have been members of the military for a relatively short time. We are all equal, and no matter your gender, situation, job, appearance, this is not acceptable. But that is no excuse, whatsoever, in any circumstance, for this to happen. These people protect our country, and we can't be more grateful. But when events like this occur, I can't be more angry. There's no way we can make rape victims feel comfortable with their situation. But when they're assured that they are not alone, we can help them come forward with their situation.  I think in the future, if we can make victims com forward and help them, we may be able to reduce the amount of sexual assult occuring everywhere.

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US school shooting ends in attacker's death

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At least two students injured and shooter dead of self-inflicted wound in attack near Denver, Colorado, police say.
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And here we have it, yet another debate on gun control. Guess how many of the bills passed into laws on gun rights have tightened the restrictions of ownership? 39 out of 109. That means that around two-thirds have made it easier for one to get a gun in this country after a devastating school tragedy. Of course, you know my opinion on this matter, so I digress.

On Friday, a school around 13 kilometers away from Columbine was attacked by a school shooter. He critically injured one student and harmed another. After this, I’m sure there will be more arguments over gun laws, and personally, I hope that some are tightened. It almost frightens me to know that people will do this a year after a different tragedy...and why? As to mark an anniversary? To make their mark in the word, even if it is terrible and scarring? I don’t want to know.

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.@terryteachout on pop culture's limits

.@terryteachout on pop culture's limits | APHUG | Scoop.it
Terry Teachout: It used to be that we didn't take popular culture seriously. Now we don't take anything else seriously.
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Modern America sometimes seems to be based completely on Pop Culture. Of course, there are still the small pockets of reserved and fragile Native Americans on their reservations or Amish towns and villages, but they are isolated and mostly ignored by the dominant and ever-growing pop culture that is America today.  

Elmore Leonard specialized in crime; like the article says, it was his "art". But also, the article says that pop culture can get redundant, like his books, which all seemed to incorporate an older man and experienced woman. We are limited due to our lack of ingenuity, and the most we can do is try to keep up the changing trends that are a result of this limitation. I predict that in the future, we will have an increasingly harder and harder time trying to follow these, because they will change faster and more dramatically to compensate for our finite popular culture. Perhaps we will find a way to integrate more culture and variety. But for now all we can do is try to keep up or wait.

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Russia bombings raise questions about Sochi Olympics security

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A second bombing in two days in the southern Russian city of Volgograd kills at least 14 people.
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A bombing in Sochi, the Chechen rebels being the suspected, has killed 17 people and wounded at least 35. This will have a serious impact on the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lots of money could be lost. If viewers think that they are in danger, they won't come watch. If athletes think that they're in danger, they won't participate and that country could lose viewers back home. Security could be a major issue. Maybe in the future, more emphasis will be put on deciding the city and determining it's safe.

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One-third of Americans reject evolution, poll shows

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This article talks about how there is division between political groups regarding evolution, and the same for religions. I'd say that for all the potential proof that's been presented, this is a surprising number.  The gap between the two major political parties has grown since the last survey on this matter four years ago; but in that time, there have been many discoveries offering more proof about evolution, such as breeding between humans and Neanderthals, or a finger bone that shows the "missing link" (for more information, comment or something). Is the decrease in Republican evolution belief because of stubborness? Is it due to more active religion? I wonder how polls will change in the future. I'm sure more proof would be provided in the future, but religion will never die out. It's a complex topic, associating science and religion.

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North Korea says leader's uncle was executed

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An uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been executed for trying to overthrow the government, the Korean Central News Agency reported early Friday.
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We all know that North Korea has had issues for a long time. But this shocked me. First of all, it’s his uncle. This shows what a dictatorship the country has. Anything their leader says will go without question. With all the issues that their country has had in the last year, I want to say that it’s time for someone to take some action, but I know there’s a WHOLE lot more to it than that, so I won’t say it. I think in the future, we will have more tension with this country, and some sort of action with them is inevitable, just prolonged. The reasons for his execution were strange; he went from and “advisor” to a “womanizer and traitor”, and “worse than a dog”. What event caused this sudden change in opinion? Imagine if our president sentenced his uncle to death. What would the reaction of the USA be? Of course, Obama doesn’t have that power and the USA is not a dictatorship, but the reaction would be catastrophic. It just shows the differences our two countries have to a great extent.

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