Category Archives: USA

May Day brings the return of the Occupy-ers

The Occupy movement made its return for May Day, the international labor holiday yesterday, May 1st. Protestors throughout the world used this holiday as an opportunity to rally for workers’ rights. WBUR.org quotes Emerson student Suzi Pietroluongo on why she was protesting in Boston.

“Today I’m hoping just to get people aware of what May Day is, get people aware that there is an issue in this country and that they can do something about it.”

Marches, protests and rallies occurred throughout the world in places like NYC, London, Greece, Turkey and Madrid to name a few. The Occupy-ers have found a way to re-emerge in the public eye through the media by choosing to rally on this international holiday.

Occupy May Day in Minneapolis, MN, USA
Photo: Fibonacci Blue Flickr/CC

According to WCVB Boston

“The Occupy movement had organized protests in 125 U.S. cities, according to Occupywallst.org. The theme was a general work strike to create “a day without the 99%” — no work, no shopping, no banking.”

Occupy-ers seem willing to take on any opportunity there is to rally for their causes of worker’s rights and fighting against capitalism. These international protests caused a ruckus, but who knows what sort of impact it will actually have on our society.

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AZ government negates scientific facts.

By Meghan Tschaikowsky

If you had your doubts about the Virgin Mary actually being a virgin, well now Arizona Legislation can clear matters up for you.

For most states, abortion is prohibited past the point where the fetus could survive outside the womb on its own. This, according to medical professionals, is 22-24 weeks after conception. However, Arizona is now giving its women 20 weeks (in some cases 18 weeks) to decide or even get the chance to get an abortion. Why? Because AZ government considers gestation to commence on the date of the last menstruation, not on the date of actual conception.What does this mean for women? Even if you’re on birth control, refraining from sex, or even a virgin, you will be considered pregnant the day after your period ends.

And Arizona Legislators aren’t making the abortion process any easier for women either. Check out these authorized demands:

The real kicker to this whole oppressive matter? A woman, Governor Jan Brewer, signed the new bill into law.

I agree with what Intern Kerishma posted about this matter in that,

“What’s problematic about this bill is that the AZ government is using this to legally define a woman as pregnant even before the date of conception to specifically restrict access to abortion – and that sets a dangerous precedent for an increased governmental involvement in women’s reproductive systems. That a piece of legislation – and not a doctor – can declare when life starts and when an abortion can or can’t be calculated is ridiculous, and little too Handmaid’s Tale for it to be OK.”

Not only is the government restraining reproductive rights, they’re actually invalidating proven scientific facts.

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Is My Mom Reading Smut?!

By Meghan Tschaikowsky

So, I recently got my mother a Kindle for her birthday. I had pictured her using it for cooking recipes, reading some classic novels, or perhaps browsing through Better Homes and Garden magazine. But after reading this article on Bust online, I have been both cringing and laughing at the possibility  of my mom reading soft-core porn.

Data shows that romance novels are topping the charts for the most popular genre of books downloaded on electronic reading devices. According to a Time Magazine article, 50% of people who use Kindles are over 50 years old and  23% of those readers are under the age of 60 (Ah! my mom is 58!). So what do these statistics say?  That the baby-boomer generation seems to be pretty lonely? That they’re desperate for a little excitement in their lives? I think yes.

As they say, sex sells. But I bet you the makers of the Kindle weren’t expecting these kinds of statistics.

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