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How Twitter Will Change the Next Hurricane

How Twitter Will Change the Next Hurricane | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“In the eight years since the last hurricane struck Florida, fewer people are turning to their newspaper, radio or TV.”
Annie Christofferson's insight:
It's craY how much new sources of media are taking over people's lives. If twitter is going to prevent deaths in a hurricane though, I can't complain!
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 22, 2014 6:45 PM
The world is changing so quickly with technology. The media has to change with it because if they don't the world will stop listening to them. It is insane how twitter may help people evacuate. I can't believe how much time people waste on technology now.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 23, 2014 2:22 PM
It's good to see how things like twitter can actually help people. Technology will only advance, however, I hope it doesn't take over our lives.
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Alabama Supreme Court Rules “Child” Applies to Preborn

“ Alabama Supreme Court Rules”
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Annie Christofferson's insight:
This was talking about the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that "child" refers to both the born and unborn. What rally got to me, though, was that they called it the Alabama Supreme Court. Isn't there just one Supreme Court?
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Michael Watts's curator insight, May 22, 2014 2:33 AM

The government in Alabama decided that a child is a born baby, and unborn baby. This is beneficial because  now, laws and cases the refer to "children" in Alabama, have a new reference.   

Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 23, 2014 2:28 PM
It's interesting that Alabama has its own Supreme Court. I thought there was just one.
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Minimum wage: States not waiting for Congress - Hawaii News Now

Minimum wage: States not waiting for Congress - Hawaii News Now | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ Salon Minimum wage: States not waiting for Congress Hawaii News Now Hawaii's state legislature approved a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the next few years.”
Annie Christofferson's insight:
This is a crazy minimum wage price compares to what we have! It's good, but at the same time I think it could be bad because prices for everything will go up because business can't afford to pay employees that much.
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 17, 2014 3:10 PM
Raising minimum wage causes many businesses, especially on the small scale, to fail financially. This will cause more unemployment. I don't think raising minimum wage is a good idea. Prices due to inflation will also rise.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 19, 2014 10:50 AM
I agree that raising the minimum wage can hurt businesses but it also helps employees and lower class citizens. So it's hard to tell whether the costs are better or worse than the benefits.
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Twitter / willdigravio: The minimum wage... ...

Twitter / willdigravio: The minimum wage... ... | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ The minimum wage... http://t.co/YsqkGmS0QQ”;
Via Poppen Report
Annie Christofferson's insight:
I thought this was actually really interesting and it corrects a big lie that people believe about minimum wage. It makes me wonder if the government really knows how many people the low minimum wage is affecting.
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Nick Sigrist's comment, May 18, 2014 2:05 AM
I think this picture truly expresses the fact that minimum wage can be a good idea, but we have to look at ALL people that could be potentially affected by it. That will help us figure out whether it's truly worthwhile or not.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 19, 2014 10:53 AM
I completely agree with you nick. We need to be concerned about everyone being affected by minimum wage, not just a small group of people.
Luke French's comment, May 21, 2014 10:12 PM
This really puts who is effected by the minimum raise wage into perspective. I know I, on some level, at least, was thinking that raising the minimum wage would help teenagers the most.
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Why Asian Americans Excel At Academics

Why Asian Americans Excel At Academics | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
Why do Asian Americans, as a group, tend to excel at academics? Newly published research arrives at a simple answer: They work harder than their non-Asian peers. Read more: http://www.psmag.com/navigation/books-and-culture/asian-americans-excel-academics-80840/#ixzz30wjaHRcq
Via Abraham Tumuti
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I think this is a question we are all asking... It is interesting to see that there actually is a basis behind them being smarter!
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 10, 2014 7:51 PM
This to me is very interesting because I learned about the differences in culture in psychology. I didn't know that over the years it becomes more pronounced when compared to Americans though. I thought that it was just because of how they learned things, not the effort as much behind it.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 11, 2014 10:18 PM
This tiger mom factor makes a lot of sense. Typically kids with parents that have very high expectations do better than others that have parents with lower expectations.
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Should People Be Allowed to Volunteer for Jury Duty?

Should People Be Allowed to Volunteer for Jury Duty? | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
Assemblyman Craig Coughlin recently introduced a bill (A2949) that would create a new pool of potential jurors from volunteers.

Via Kenna Johnson
Annie Christofferson's insight:

I thought this article was very interesting. It talks about people wanting to do civic duty and volunteer for jury duty. I think that would be okay if the person didn't know what trial they were volunteering for. If the person knew, then the trial could/would be unfair and that would be bad. The volunteers should just compile a list and then the judge can pick randomly from the list for each trial. 

 

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Kenna Johnson's curator insight, April 9, 2014 10:58 PM

This was a really fascinating article. I've  never thought about being able to  volunteer for Jury Duty. I don't know if I like the idea either. It could end up being an 'unfair" trial if you volunteer. I don't know.. It could be nice to be able to volunteer too.

 

Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 2, 2014 2:22 PM
I definitely agree that Jury duty should be a random person and to a volunteer. This is will make sure all trials are fair and not biased.
Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 2, 2014 8:39 PM
I feel like if you would volunteer, then you would be able to do it more according to your schedule. However it could very well throw the votes also. I don't really know how they do jury duty now, but I think they should try to blend the kinds of people if they do implement the volunteer rule between volunteers and normal usage.
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Health Care IT: Making Good Progress

Health Care IT: Making Good Progress | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
Health Care IT: Making Good Progress - The Huffington Post

Via American Institute Health Care Professionals, Alyssa Serrano
Annie Christofferson's insight:

One of the things that is a big issue right now is that health care is just so expensive for people! It needs to get cheaper, but how? Everyone should have the right to be healthy.

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Katie Gilbertson's curator insight, April 29, 2014 11:28 AM

This article  discusses ways to continue to make progress in the health care world.  There are many options but health care is still going to be expensive. In what ways could we work to reduce the cost of health care and their organizations?

Chelsie DeBus's comment, May 1, 2014 3:57 PM
I agree with what Katie said. There are a lot of different ways to make progressive in the health care world. They could be a lot of different ways to reduce the cost and not make healthcare so expensive. We just need to find those ways.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 2, 2014 2:25 PM
I agree. Healthcare is very important and it shouldn't be so expensive. The prices are ridiculous.
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Why US Healthcare Is Expensive?

Why US Healthcare Is Expensive? | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“Why are healthcare costs in the United States twice that of other countries? Healthcare inflation has been going on for decades, and although its rise has slowed the last few years, the costs of healthcare threaten to consume both the federal and state budgets and are still a leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States. The main reason is price.”
Via Beeyond
Annie Christofferson's insight:
I think the price of American healthcare has risen way too much. In this article, it said that the average daily price for a hospital was above $4000! That is ridiculous and unaffordable. I had a cousin who was in the hospital for about a year. With those kinds of prices, imagine what his medical bill was! Staying healthy is something that shouldn't be unaffordable.
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, April 26, 2014 9:40 AM
A hospital should be affordable to all people because everyone at some point needs it. I didn't know how drastically cheaper other countries health care is, but the government needs to reduce the cost of hospitals because they are just over the top.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, April 27, 2014 3:54 PM
I think the reason why healthcare is so expensive is because the hospital costs are so high. The healthcare companies need to make money, so they charge more for their healthcare in order to combat the rising hospital costs.
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Most Teachers Are Not Engaged in Their Jobs, Gallup Finds - US News

Most Teachers Are Not Engaged in Their Jobs, Gallup Finds - US News | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ What's holding back teacher engagement? They don't feel like their opinions at work count.”
Via Gordon Shupe
Annie Christofferson's insight:
According to recent studies, it shows that the majority of teachers are not engaged in their job and are not emotionally into it at all. I think this is bad, especially since they are the ones teaching ther younger generation how to live life. I think that it would be hard to be a teacher and be engaged, and I don't think they get enough recognition. I think more pay would help for one thing! I think byron has been blessed with very good teachers though:)
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Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, April 21, 2014 9:15 PM
It is sad that some teachers do not fully engage with their students. Byron is truly blessed with good teachers, however, some teachers still slack off and it is disappointing because learning is not something that should be taken lightly.
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Modest Mission? - Foreign Affairs

Modest Mission? - Foreign Affairs | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ Foreign Affairs Modest Mission? Foreign Affairs As she spoke, the U.S. military's Africa Command (AFRICOM) was preparing to step up its assistance in Libya to help the country rebuild its weak security sector.”
Via Quociente Cultural
Annie Christofferson's insight:
This is talking about how America's involvement in the Middle East is good, but it is making other countries less of a priority, which can be a bad thing. In attempt to fix it, we are trying to train soldiers in Libya in order to help security in their country.
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Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, April 21, 2014 9:18 PM
I do believe America's involvement in the Middle East is good and necessary. However, I believe our actions need to be quicker and more effective in order to make our own country and bigger priority.
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US immigration system 'completely backwards': Bobby Jindal

US immigration system 'completely backwards': Bobby Jindal | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ Describing the current US immigration system as "completely backwards", Bobby Jindal said the country needs a system of "high walls and a broad gate".”
Via InfoBlaze, Ann Marie Rydberg
Annie Christofferson's insight:
I agree with this article very much! It's about how hard it is for immigrants to come legally into America, but how easy it is for them to come in illegally. It should be the opposite, right? Isn't that what we should be striving for. I think we could afford to make a few changes in our country.
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, April 12, 2014 5:53 PM
I find it ridiculous how hard it is to get into the us legally. I don't know very much of the rules involving immigration. I wish I knew more.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, April 13, 2014 6:42 PM
Our immigration system is so messed up. How can it be harder to get into America legally? Our immigration laws need to change.
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Internet freedom in a world of states

Internet freedom in a world of states | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ There is a growing fear that governments are moving to more broadly address Internet governance issues through purely intergovernmental processes. But this fear may have been built on false assumptions.”
Via Paul Conneally
Annie Christofferson's insight:
People are afraid of the government getting too much control of the internet. I think it is mind of weird to think about them having control of the internet since it is a global thing, not a national thing. I think they should just leave it because I don't see any huge benefits of having one country control it all.
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Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, March 23, 2014 6:57 PM
I completely agree. The government should not and cannot control the internet since it is on a global scale. The internet needs to be left alone because it can't be control by one government.
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The Westboro Baptist Church Is About To Get The Shock Of Its Life

The Westboro Baptist Church Is About To Get The Shock Of Its Life | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ The Westboro Baptist Church is about to get a big surprise in the form of a new neighbor who plans to give the notoriously anti-gay group a taste of its own medicine.”
Via Maggie Byrd, Ann Marie Rydberg
Annie Christofferson's insight:
This article really made me smile, especially after seeing and hearing about all of the crazy things that they have done to protest gay rights. I am really interested to see how the church reacts it this new house. Just like the church is freely expressing their opinions, now this new organization is doing the same thing!
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Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, March 23, 2014 7:31 PM
It's great to see people like this express their opinion to the people of the Westboro Baptist church. It's time the church gets a taste of its own medicine. I believe the church is wrong for doing many, if not all, of the things to protest homosexuality. It's time to take a stand against them.
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Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case

Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ Obamacare is before the U.S. Supreme Court again.”
Via Katie Biggs, Kyle Kohn
Annie Christofferson's insight:
I think the amount that this has been in Supreme Court. It is so controversial and I think something needs to actually be done instead of all these temporary solutions.
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Annie Christofferson's comment, May 20, 2014 2:19 PM
*the amount it has been in the Supreme Court is ridiculous.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 23, 2014 2:23 PM
I agree with you Annie. Something needs to be done that is permanent. No more temporary solutions.
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Alabama Supreme Court Rules “Child” Applies to Preborn

“ Alabama Supreme Court Rules”
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Katie Gilbertson's curator insight, May 19, 2014 12:44 PM

This is related to gov and law because it discusses a decision made by Alabamans Supreme Court that unborn children are indeed CHILDREN.  It also mentions how chemicals, such as illegal drugs, can affect the unborn child which is why they made the final decision. I agree with their decision because it's not fair to the child who doesn't have a say in whether or not the mother should be taking these chemicals.

Siobhan Chantigian's curator insight, May 20, 2014 2:18 PM

The Alabama supreme court ruled that in abortion cases a preborn child is considered a person and has rights.  This relates to gov. And law because their Supreme Court has added to a law.

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The perfect minimum wage job

The perfect minimum wage job | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ People rarely fight for minimum wage jobs. Try to find out the perks that help you save the most, depending on your lifestyle and how to find a perfect minimum wage job.”
Via Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence
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This just made my life a lot better. It makes you realize the huge benefits of even a part time job, and how much people with "real" jobs really do more than they should have to.
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 17, 2014 3:07 PM
What an interesting analysis on the benefits of a part time job. I was kinda shocked that they thought McDonalds was one of the best jobs.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 19, 2014 10:52 AM
How can mcdonalds be one of the best jobs? This article was very interesting.
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Moodle MOOC 4 in June on WizIQ

Moodle MOOC 4 in June on WizIQ | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
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I enjoyed reading this because I have helped Mr. Pethan in putting a stats course on this site. It is proven that online courses help students graduate more than traditional.
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Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 11, 2014 10:14 PM
I found this very interesting. I always thought that online classes would have people slack off and be less likely to graduate.
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The 60-Second Guide To Education In The US - Edudemic

The 60-Second Guide To Education In The US - Edudemic | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ Take a quick look at some interesting facts about education in the US”
Via Abraham Tumuti
Annie Christofferson's insight:
This was really interesting and easy to read, yet very informative. I didn't know that spending on education was so little compared to welfare and healthcare!
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Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 11, 2014 10:25 PM
I can't believe how little money is put into education over welfare and healthcare. Education should be the government's first priority.
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8 not-so-great government shutdown effects

8 not-so-great government shutdown effects | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it

Via University of San Francisco, Kenna Johnson
Annie Christofferson's insight:

Throwback to when the government shut down! But really, that's actually what this article talks about. It just talks about a lot of the stuff that happens when the government running. This can include passport and visa delays, no government jobs being paid, parks closing...

 

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Hope Schuster's comment, April 27, 2014 8:35 AM
I thought this article was really interesting. It showed a lot of the side effects, of government shutdowns and things that they hurt that you would not think about.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 2, 2014 2:29 PM
I remember when this actually happened! I didn't realize how many things got shut down and delayed. This was very interesting.
Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 2, 2014 9:05 PM
I really didn't quite know to the extent in which the government affects things. I had no idea that the shutdown would affect loans because I hadn't really thought about it before.
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Meet the woman who could turn Texas purple

Meet the woman who could turn Texas purple | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ While Wendy Davis garners headlines, Texas Democrats think Lt. Gov candidate Leticia Van de Putte can motivate an apathetic Democratic electorate to vote.”
Via Teresa Herrin
Annie Christofferson's insight:
I thought this was really interesting because it shows how people's political views can be influenced by their like for a specific person and their campaign. This lady is a democrat, yet she won election over election in a state dominated by republicans. She wasn't expected to stay in office for that long, but she surprised everyone!
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, April 26, 2014 9:36 AM
This is surprising. Not many people can sway the voters like she can. This is unheard of.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, April 27, 2014 3:51 PM
This article is interesting because things like this don't happen very often. Most people primarily vote on who is in the same political party. However, Wendy has found a way to get people to vote for her that are in different parties. This does not happen very often.
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Vaccinating Children Beyond the "Cold Chain:" Extending the Heat Stability of Vaccines

Vaccinating Children Beyond the "Cold Chain:" Extending the Heat Stability of Vaccines | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ More than 22 million children worldwide did not complete basic childhood vaccinations in 2012, and an estimated 1.5 million children aged under five die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases.”
Via Beeyond
Annie Christofferson's insight:
This is talking about how the temperature of where a vaccination is stored influences how well it works. The vaccinations in this particular article were in temperatures that were too cold,causing some of them to freeze and become unable to work. I think that the government needs to do a better job making sure that these vaccinations are actually able to do their job well. It poses a lot of dang to people if they are getting a dead vaccination.
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Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, April 27, 2014 3:56 PM
I agree with Annie. Vaccinations are things they save lives and should not be taken lightly. I believe the government needs to make sure all vaccinations are working and stored properly because if they don't, peoples lives are at stake.
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Next-Generation 911: What You Need to Know

“An explanation of what next-generation 911 is, implementation challenges and how soon it will become a reality.”
Annie Christofferson's insight:
This article talks about how people reach 911 now and how that could change in the near future. Even sending pictures or videos of suspicious activities could be a huge benefit because people who can't hear, or can't talk can still get ahold of 911. It also could be safer if someone was in a bad situations and was hiding, they could just send a picture and wouldn't have to risk being heard.
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, April 19, 2014 4:30 PM
Woah this is such a good idea. This could have very many potential benefits because if you get in a situation you can provide pictorial evidence directly to 911. It also could help the police determine how much of a threat something is and where to prioritize their time.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, April 21, 2014 9:17 PM
This is a fantastic idea. It will be interesting to see how crime rates and 911 success rates will change due to this new implementation.
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Few regrets: 89% of Iraq and Afghanistan vets would do it all over again - Washington Post

Few regrets: 89% of Iraq and Afghanistan vets would do it all over again - Washington Post | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“Few regrets: 89% of Iraq and Afghanistan vets would do it all over againWashington PostThe 1 percent of Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are unified more than anything else by one attitude: They have few regrets.”
Via Brian S. Smith, CIC, ARM
Annie Christofferson's insight:
This article about the military was really encouraging. It is talking about how our soldiers said that they would fight the war all over again if they had to even though they know what it entails.
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, April 12, 2014 6:19 PM
This makes me feel really good about our military and how the vets are treated. I am suprized that many people would do it all again.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, April 13, 2014 6:38 PM
Our military is so great because of people like this. I can't believe 89% of vets would do it all over again.
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Artists Explore Immigration, Border Issues and the Drug War

Artists Explore Immigration, Border Issues and the Drug War | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it
“ Artists on both sides of the border in the Rio Grande Valley are using their work to call attention to immigration issues and a rise in drug violence in the region.”
Via Salome Tam
Annie Christofferson's insight:
This is talking about a group if artists/actors that are trying to prove a point about immigration. They travel around and put on shows, it there is an ever present 18 foot wall that is always I'm their shows, representing the dissonance between countries. I think it is a nice, peaceful way to show your opinion.
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Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, April 13, 2014 6:44 PM
This is great idea. Too many people in this world express their opinions and idea in harmful and negative ways. Like Annie said, this is a nice, peaceful way to show their opinion.
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Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues?

Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues? | Gov and Law Annie | Scoop.it

Via Mackenzie Horn
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This is going back to the first amendment and freedom if speech. It says that students have to be somewhat limits while in school, but the question is, how far?
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Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, March 23, 2014 7:01 PM
This was an interesting article. I often wonder how limited we are at school when dealing with freedom of speech. I know that they can limit us, but how far can they actually limit us?
Siobhan Chantigian's comment, March 28, 2014 10:02 AM
I agree with Ben in saying that we really don't know how much we can use our free speech. It is strange because we are going out into the real world rather soon and if we don't know how to use our free speech, how can we express ourselves freely in the future?