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― Mohandas Ghandi
― Mohandas Ghandi
Former U.S.A Olympic Doctor Trialed for Child Pornography
by Christina Maldonado '19
Nassar pleaded to the porongraphy charges during the summer when more than thirty-seven hundred images of child porngraphy was navigated on Nassar’s computer. He also pleaded to the ten molestation charges in November; the sentences of the molestation charges will take place in January. Nassar is accused of sexually assaulting more than a hundred and forty women. He pleaded guilty to multiple sex crimes in two counties located in Michigan.
McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman are Olympians that started Nassar assaulted them. The first to step up by name was gymnast Rachael Denhollander. Gymnast Jamie Dantzscher made her name anonymous, but as time went on, she was able to speak among others by publicly speaking.
Nassar’s career went to a downfall when a woman filed a police report that stated Nassar had assaulted her during a medical exam years prior. The woman lived in Michigan, she was fifteen years old at the time, and she was seeking treatment for her back. Nassar’s actions have been repeatedly done, and finally, they will stop, but the trauma he has caused will still mark the victims.
“He abused my trust, he abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal,”
is what Mckayla Maroney had to say about Nassar. This actions does not go upon all doctors, not everyone one is the same, but it alerts awareness of who you should trust.
Net Neutral No More
by Jocelyn Sung '19
If you use the Internet on a daily basis, you are affected by the decision the Federal Communications Center (FCC) made this past Thursday, and here’s why:
Net neutrality is a principle that was established during the Obama administration. It guarantees free speech, and that’s because it ensures that our Internet providers (ISPs) cannot block any sort of application or content whatsoever. In the case that net neutrality is repealed, ISPs have the ability to load websites at different speeds.
Think of it like this: websites or applications are the cars and ISPs are the toll booths. The toll booths regulate which lanes the websites can enter. If a website is trying to gain access to a “fast lane,” or to essentially guarantee that their page will load quickly, they might have to pay the toll booths’ extra fee to do so. If not, the toll booths force them to enter the slow lane, where potential audiences might click away because they don’t want to spend the extra time waiting for the page to load.
You might be wondering why ISPs would do such a thing. While there are several reasons they could have, it’s possible that they’re simply looking for extra income, or that they’re slowing down the websites because they contain content the ISP might not agree with.
On December 14th, net neutrality was repealed. A majority of Americans are upset with the decision. On Twitter, @jjeremymiller tweeted,
“This represents a radical departure that risks erosion of the biggest free speech platform the world has ever known.”
Following, FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn stated,
“What saddens me the most today is that the agency that is supposed to protect you is actually abandoning you.”
Both her and Jessica Rosenworcel are the Commissioners who stand with net neutrality.
The decision is still required to be reviewed in court. While this particular battle regarding net neutrality has been lost, the war can still be won.
Op-Ed: Who Are the Congressional Snakes?
by Sage Addington '18
know. I grew up with a free, fair web. I was barely eight when the Obama administration began and I remember being a little kid and my mom explaining that the internet is not just for Cool Math Games, it’s a powerful tool that needs to be protected.
Without the protection the internet so desperately needs, the internet will become more like the cable companies. If you want a certain channel on your television, you pick a particular provider or particular bundle. What will happen, in the case of the internet, is if you want a certain search engine to load faster, it may depend on your internet provider. If you want a particular social media or online streaming platform to load faster, you might have to cough up big bucks.
Without net neutrality, small businesses will suffer. Big company’s like Google, Netflix, Facebook, and Pornhub are likely to be fine, because they can afford to provide fast service, but small businesses and bloggers can’t. Small time blogs and businesses will suffer a massive hit. Websites, like our very own school newspaper, risk loading so slow that the traffic on their sights will become almost non-existent. How will the voices of small internet users be heard?
If our internet providers control how quickly our content loads, they also control what content we see, and that is SCARY. Yes, you may suffer a long buffer to watch cute kitten videos, but what about the news?! I always preferred the internet over television because I could stream my shows and have an unlimited amount of sources of news. For example, during the 2016 elections, I realized the content on TV was set to push the agendas of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump so heavily, but the internet was the source that boosted support for senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate who didn’t have funds for continuous TV ads. As of recently I also realized the news seems to hit the internet a few hours before the TV stations have a chance to pick it up. It felt good to know I had more content and could get my news faster than television, but now... Just like television, the content on the internet will become filtered until we lose our individuality.
Some news sites might be able to afford better coverage and end up dominating the scene, but it’s not just news on the home front. Foreign news websites such as BBC may load so slow that you never get to read an article by them, limiting the international freedom of the press. You can’t fully trust the news from your country, it may be subjected to propaganda, so an international outlook always helps to clear the veil. Who can you trust when you no longer have the freedom or access to information so easily?
Ending net neutrality is the worst and most threatening idea I’ve ever heard of, but which members of congress voted to repeal it? Which members voted to start the war to maintain free speech? Which members voted to block your dank memes and right to free, fast information? AND HOW MUCH ARE THEY GETTING PAID FOR IT?
Here’s the list of Congressional snakes that voted to end net neutrality and how much they’re getting paid for it:
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