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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Teens planned to bomb school and steal an airplane

         Two male teenagers, 16 and 18 years old, planned to bomb a high school in Utah called Roy High and they also planned on stealing a plane and flying away to a country away from the US so they couldn't go to jail for their crime. "We ain't gonna crash it, were just gonna kill and fly our way to a country that won't send u back to the U.S.",claimed one of the teenagers. They claim they were "inspired" by the Columbine massacre. In 
1999 there was shootings in Littleton, Colorado that killed 12 students, 1 teacher and injured 21 directly and 3 while escaping. According to the article "they were inspired by Columbine, but were offended when compared to them because [apparently] 'those killers only completed one percent of their plan'." The 18 year old, Dallin Morgan, was arrested on conspiracy charges discovered his plans to use explosives. The 16 year old (who's name is being protected by the Associated Press because he is a minor) has also been arrested. Prosecutors are considering  additional charges.
      
     In my opinion this article is absurb; teens nowadays act really irresponsible. It was unnecessary to want to blow up a school. It was an immature idea as well to want to recreate a massacre. They deserve whatever punishment they get for their crime. I'm just glad that no one was hurt in the process.


Friday, February 17, 2012

I'm a criminal and so are you

            Michelle Alexander wrote this article to persuade people to understand criminals on a more non-critical level. She states that everyone is a criminal whether they approve or not. She says you just haven't been caught yet, so it's not fair that we brand each-other. ''Once labeled a felon, you are ushered into a parallel social universe.'', she claims. She then implies that President Obama is a criminal as well. The article states, "I doubt Barack Obama thinks of himself as a criminal, though he should. He has admitted to using illegal drugs during his college years -- lots, in fact."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Photoshopped or Not? A Tool to Tell

         In this article Dr. Farid and Eric Kee are trying to discover a software tool for measuring how much fashion and beauty photos have been changed. They have arranged a scale from 1-to-5 to determine how much pictures can be altered. These images mainly contribute to "eating disorders and anxiety about body types", especially among young females. Eva and Seth Matlins, the founders of an online magazine for women called, Off Our Chests, are trying to gain support for legislation in America. They proposed, the Self-Esteem Act. It portrays photos that have been changed a little bit to tremendously.
          I think it's a good idea to show how much the pictures that we see in magazines have been altered because there are young teens that see these pictures and think the are perfect. Then they develop a low self-esteem. Low self-esteem contributes to all types of disorders whether it's anxiety, eating, personality or whatever.



Link To Article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/technology/software-to-rate-how-drastically-photos-are-retouched.html