News & Politics
"In a subtle way, you can shake the world."
― Mohandas Ghandi
― Mohandas Ghandi
2018 Government Shut Down
Christina Maldonado '19
A government shutdown is when parts of the government closes until the government decides on spending plans. Hundreds of thousands of government employees have to take a leave of absence, often without pay. National security, electricity generation, air traffic control and etc are considered as essential services, so they’ll continue to function when a shutdown takes place. The most recent shutdown lasted sixteen days in 2013. Republicans demanded the spending bill have provisions to impede or delay President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Congress ended a three-day government shutdown Monday, the twenty-second of January while Senate Democrats were under an intense pressure to select a short- term spending bill.This spending bill is to fund the government operation without addressing the fate of young undocumented children first. The House will fund the government through February eighth and extended funding for the popular children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. President Trump signed this bill Monday night.
Senator Mitch Mcconnell pledged to allow the Kentucky Republican and the majority leader an immigration vote in the coming weeks. It sets the stage for a “battle over” the “Dreamers,” the young undocumented immigrants who were brought here, in the United States as illegal children.
The Democrats and Republicans have not had to work together in fifth-teen years. The New Yorker says, “ If the past week’s shutdown fiasco made anything clear, it’s that Trump may no longer even be a serious participant in Congress’s halfhearted efforts to pass legislation on which both parties can agree.”
Senator Chris Murphy says, “It’s remarkable how united we were throughout 2017. Even now, you don’t see any open internal warfare amongst Democrats in Congress. I understand that advocacy groups are upset, but you don’t see any Democrat-on-Democrat violence inside the Senate or the House, or very little of it.”
Some people didn't know about this government shutdown, so I recommend you keep updated with the news, because you never know how it could affect you or someone you know.
It’s Not the Tide Pod Challenge. It’s Poisoning Yourself.
Jocelyn Sung '18
As seen on media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, viral challenges have become a trending aspect of modern society. Sometimes, these games are simple, harmless fun. The ice bucket challenge innocently raised both money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Food challenges allow friends to share a laugh or two; however, a major problem with these games nowadays is the immediate danger that some choose to completely ignore.
This brings us to the Tide Pod challenge.
What is now dubbed as the “Tide Pod challenge” has escalated from the nonsense of a few to such a serious issue that companies such as Tide’s parent company, Procter and Gamble, and YouTube have had to step in to attempt to put a stop to this. In this challenge, a person is supposed to bite into a Tide Pod—those brightly colored laundry detergent packets—and spit out the soap.
The issue with this? It’s not just soap.
As confirmed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Tide Pods are a “highly concentrated, toxic detergent.” Just by inhaling the fumes or accidentally swallowing a bit of it can result in the following: a sudden change in blood pressure and heart rate, a loss of consciousness, and seizures.
Petra Renck, spokeswoman for Procter and Gamble, said, “Laundry pacs are made to clean clothes. They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance, even if meant as a joke.” And it’s not a joke. It’s not funny, and it’s definitely not harmless.
If you or someone you know has participated in this challenge and has been accidentally exposed to the laundry detergent, please contact the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or text POISON to 797979.
Last Weeks Poll Results
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers if they believed in ghosts. 50% said they did and the other 50% did not.