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Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Event gets the Green Light for Public Funding

Grand Rapids Urban Downhill Event gets the Green Light for Public Funding | Michael DeBruine Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Bustin Boards, Kendall College of Art & Design & Rey Trucks are a presenting sponsors of the first ever State Games of Michigan Urban Downhill Skateboarding event - June 21, 2014.  State Games of Michigan  is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event(s) that welcome athletes regardless of age or ability. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of the state of Michigan. Facebook Event Page: State Games of Michigan Urban DH Downhill skateboarding has become a very popular style of skateboarding, but many communities face the challenge of providing safe spots to skate.  Downhill skateboard events lead the way for the longboard community in providing a fun, interactive, relatively safe atmosphere to do what we do best - skate.  Outlaw events are great ...Read the full article here...
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On June 21, Grand Rapids will be hosting a downhill longboarding race event. This relates to Government because the finish line of this race will be in the city's limits of "prohibited Skating". If people skate within these city limits, the city is allowed to give them a fine. Downhill skateboard events lead the way for the longboard community in a way to skate.  Outlaw events are great but often get busted up by the law before they even get going.  Sanctioned events are better, but can be expensive to pay for. 

 

I relate to this article personally because I am signed up for this race. I do not intend on receiving a fine from the city of Grand Rapids for skating within it's "no skate zone". I do, however, intend on having a lot of fun skating with a bunch of experienced riders. The Race planners have paid the city so that they can allow skaters to cross Division road without getting penalized for it. But that meant that over 100 riders are signed up and we all paid $40 to race and not be fined.

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 30, 2014 7:52 AM
Good luck to you in this event. Looks like fun!
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The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me

The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me | Michael DeBruine Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
New research finds that average citizens have next to no influence on passing public policy.
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Quarter 4 week 9 April 20-27

 

It is easier to have your voice heard if you have money. The elites, wealthy and lobbyists are heard by the government. The elites are doing things to better themselves also. On occasion do we get a humane elitist that cares for the nation as a whole and is not greedy like the mainstream.

 

Surveys of public opinion from  a data set of 1,779 policy issues between 1981 and 2002 showed that the average citizen's governmental persuasion compared to the elites is next to nothing. This is unethical and not equal. Other research shows that the interests of the average citizen often align with what the wealthy want, although that is not typically true for interest groups.



 

 

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Andrew Patrick Wood's comment, April 23, 2014 2:25 AM
So I have a question for you! If the rich are paying the government why are we still in debt as a country? That is because we have no say in almost any decision the government makes except when the world sees this as something morally wrong. The money our government has should not be used so lightly in random pork Barrel projects. That is what I see the government as, as a corrupt way of living that still seems far to people.
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Shift workers beware: Sleep loss may cause brain damage, new research says

Shift workers beware: Sleep loss may cause brain damage, new research says | Michael DeBruine Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Shift workers beware: Sleep loss may cause brain damage, new research says
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Quarter week 7 March 10 - 16

 

The University of Pennsylvania medical school wanted to find out if sleep loss effects the brains functions over time. They put laboratory mice on a sleep schedule that mimics that of shift workers. 

They found damage to nerves in the brain called locus coeruleus. The mice lost 25% of those nerve receptors.


When the mice lost a little sleep, nerve cells reacted by making more of a protein, called sirtuin type 3, to energize and protect them. But when losing sleep became a habit, that reaction shut down. After just a few days of "shift work" sleep, the cells start dying off at an accelerated pace. The discovery that long-term sleep loss can result in a loss of brain cells is a first.


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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, March 23, 2014 11:38 AM
Interesting scientific article but how can you connect this to Government and politics? That's the purpose of this blog. The idea behind this assignment is to afford students the opportunity to follow important events and issues arising in the United States and provide commentary and insight, making connections to AP United States Government and Politics course content.
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U.N. envoy to CNN: Situation in Crimea 'dangerous'

U.N. envoy to CNN: Situation in Crimea 'dangerous' | Michael DeBruine Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Robert Serry, the U.N. envoy who was threatened by armed men in Crimea, called the situation "dangerous" in a CNN interview.
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Quarter 3 week 5 Feb 24 - March 2

 

With all the Chaos going on in Ukraine, the U. N. sent an Envoy to Crimea and was threatened by armed soldiers and was reminded of the dangerous situations happening in Ukraine. He was told to go to the airport right away and he wasn't wanted at Simferpol, Ukraine's Navy capital.

 

The men that visited Ukraine said that the ground needs to be addressed and make sure that all of the soldiers know what the right thing is. If the soldiers keep threatening members of the u.N. there will be consequences that the Ukrainians will have to face.

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Sochi 2014: Snow fest or snooze? 10 reasons to love the Winter Games

Sochi 2014: Snow fest or snooze? 10 reasons to love the Winter Games | Michael DeBruine Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
If the Winter Olympics leave you cold then will CNN World Sport's 10 reasons to watch persuade you to tune in?
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(Quarter 3, Week 3, February 3-9) 

 

This article is talking about all of the hype that is being involved in the 2014 Sochi  Olympic games. the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is a highly dedicated sports fan and he himself loves to participate in winter sports. There could be some drama between Russia and other countries(like there always is) because of their laws and opinions that other nations disagree with.

 

Having the Olympics in Russia is a broad statement. This means that the countries can no longer have to worry about war with the Russians. This affects me because i don't want to have to live a world where we are at war with the largest country in the world. This might not effect us in class as much but it is still a government progression from the cold war that we had with the Russians.

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, March 23, 2014 11:36 AM
Appearances can be deceiving. Cold War tensions have been renewed with the Russian annexation of Crimea.
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New York state remains No.3 in population, Florida still gaining

While some experts expected 2013 would be the year that Florida's population edged out New York's, the Empire State barely held its spot as the nation's third most populous, according to data released Monday by the U.S.
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(Quarter 3, week 1, January 20-26)

 

The U.S. Census in 2010 released information stating that Florida has an increasing population that is expected to outnumber the now placed 3rd New York. The difference between the two states is expected to be by a tenth of a million in 2012. By 2013 Florida will have a higher population that New York.

 

This type of increase has been going on for awhile and isn't new to population change. Many researchers think that the two states will go back and forth on population for years to come. Southern and south west are coming up from behind and have a larger percentage of increase. 

 

 

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, January 30, 2014 3:29 PM
Make sure your first paragraph is a complete summary of the article. Your second paragraph should provide more insight into why Florida's population is rising. You should discuss the Regional Shift (pg. 172 in our textbook) What implications might this have politically???
Andrew Patrick Wood's comment, February 24, 2014 5:47 AM
Wow who new that it is actually that close of a population change in the past few years. I would say that it is just the temperature but it was probably the new jobs that were available. I know that's where I wish I worked. This could mean that Florida may be worth more votes in the next election.
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Do We Need the Supreme Court?

Do We Need the Supreme Court? | Michael DeBruine Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
The existence of judicial review matters only when the courts hold a law unconstitutional. A central question in evaluating this element of our constitutional structure is whether courts have exercised this authority wisely....
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Quarter 4 2nd to last week.

 

In our nation's formative years, this authority  of "judicial review" was seen as an essential check against the dangers of unrestrained democracy. Faced with constitutional challenges to government actions, courts have two alternatives: they can uphold the law and allow it to be enforced or they can declare it invalid. When they uphold the law, they permit the majority to have their way; when they invalidate the law to exercise the power of judicial review, they restrict the majority's freedom of action.

 

I believe that the  united states needs the supreme court. It is the backbone for the judicial system. Without the supreme court, the U.S. might lose it's integrity of defending the Constitution. We need to, as a country, defend the rights in which shape our every day lives.

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 30, 2014 7:54 AM
Your second paragraph should be filled with academic vocabulary.
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The Great Gerrymander of 2012

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Congress doesn’t reflect the people’s vote.
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Quarter 4 week 8 April 6- 13

 

In 2012 the House of Reps, was led by Republicans, however the democratic Reps. received 1.4 million more votes than the Republicans. First time to do this since WWII, only the second time to happen in this countries history. Gerrymandering is not hard. The core technique is to jam voters likely to favor your opponents into a few throwaway districts where the other side will win lopsided victories, a strategy known as “packing.”

 

Political scientists have identified other factors that have influenced the relationship between votes and seats in the past. Concentration of voters in urban areas can, for example, limit how districts are drawn, creating a natural packing effect. But in 2012 the net effect of intentional gerrymandering was far larger than any factor. We can find this effect using three different methods. First, Democrats would have had to win the popular vote by 7% points to take control of the House the way that districts are now  That’s an 8-point increase over what they would have had to do in 2010, and a margin that happens in only about one-third of Congressional elections.

 

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Andrew Patrick Wood's comment, May 28, 2014 9:06 AM
This is very true Gerrymandering is and has great effect i=on who a states votes end up. Just recently Michigan's lines were redrawn and we are now apart of the 2 district. This means that the republicans are getting more influence in Michigan but Detroit is still under the liberal side of the state.
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Echoes of the big bang? South pole telescope detects ‘primordial gravitational waves’ | The Raw Story

Echoes of the big bang? South pole telescope detects ‘primordial gravitational waves’ | The Raw Story | Michael DeBruine Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
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A telescope that is placed at the south pole has discovered signs of the big bang's first gravitational waves. This, in essence, means that when the big bang happened, the very first trillionth of a trillionth of a second, gravity was made by the biggest of the masses. As the masses separated, other masses gained enough gravitational force also. They are tiny ripples in the fabric of the universe that carry energy across space, similar to that of waves in an ocean.


The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics team have been stationed with a telescope at the south pole for 9 years. The discovery of gravitational waves from the big bang would offer scientists their first glimpse of how the universe was born. The microwaves that carry it must cross the whole universe before arriving at Earth. During the journey, they are distorted by intervening clusters of galaxies.

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Weed advocates see gains as opponents mobilize for new votes

Weed advocates see gains as opponents mobilize for new votes | Michael DeBruine Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Twenty U.S. states allow medical marijuana and others are weighing its medicinal or recreational use.
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Quarter 3 week 4 Feb. 10-16

 

As more states take in the idea of considering Cannabis legal, more research goes into it. The states are starting to decriminalize it so if a police officer finds marijuana on you, it is only a small fee instead of jail time. The poll's that were conducted by CNN say that 55%agree with legalizing it and 45% disagree with where it is headed.

 

Florida, New York and Georgia are voting soon to put cannabis in their state legally for medicinal use and eventually recreational use. Other states will follow suite and, with time, all states will be legal and the federal government will have to change their laws. The Chemicals in the Cannabis are known for fighting the side affects of chemotherapy.

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What Twitter Thought Of The 2014 State Of The Union Address [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

What Twitter Thought Of The 2014 State Of The Union Address [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter | Michael DeBruine Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
What Twitter Thought Of The 2014 State Of The Union Address [INFOGRAPHIC]

Via Thomas Faltin
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(Quarter 3, week 2, January 27-February 2)

 

This article has a major graph detailing the times when twitter was used during the state of the union address. The volume of mentions along with the consensus of sentiment and the average sentiment per minute where calculated. There was 3 major spikes throughout the speech, the gender gap, health care, and the veteran care.

 

We just learned about the state of the union and I thought that it was relevant to see how the twitter users were spending their time during the speech. whether they were for or against what President Obama was saying, they were expressing their views through twitter.

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