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New Pepsi Commercial Mocks Importance of Public Protesting

by Justice Etafo – Staff Reporter

A major uproar was sparked when Pepsi a major soda company decided to air a commercial that is claimed to have inaccurately portrayed the relationship between protestors and the police. This particular advertisement featured reality star/model, Kendal Jenner and began with Kendal nodding and sharing fist bumps with her fellow protestors. Kendall then grabs a Pepsi from a well-stocked cooler and proceeded to hand the refreshing drink to a cop this simple gesture seemingly ends all the conflict.
Social media commentators were critical of Pepsi’s commercial and accused them of stigmatizing real world issues in order to sell its product whilst also undermining the seriousness and danger of an actual protest. In the YouTube description for the commercial, titled “Live for Now Moments Anthem,” Pepsi calls it “a short film about the moments when we decide to let go, choose to act, follow our passion and nothing holds us back.” Pepsi was certainly deserving of the hate they have received following the commercial, their greed and portrayal of such an essential process was far from the best choice. Therefore, I hope they learned never to make that mistake again, leaving such controversial issues to those within the protests.
Pepsi has long since apologized for the production and release of the video formally saying, “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly, we missed the mark and apologize.” They also said, “We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are pulling the content and halting any further rollout.”
Since Pepsi pulled down the commercial their hate has died down, but this has not stopped some humorous protestors who have turned the entire situation into a joke by insisting that a Pepsi can end any conflict. Although ineffective, it is still very entertaining to watch people try to hand their opposing protestors or some police a cold can of Pepsi, hoping to end the conflict but overall failing to do so.
This controversial commercial has even been brought to the attention of Elle Hearn’s, the executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and formerly an organizer for Black Lives Matter, who said the ad “plays down the sacrifices people have historically taken in utilizing protests.”
Kendall Jenner stayed out of the public eye for a while following the controversial commercial, and Pepsi has already taken down the commercial. This is in Kendall Jenner and Pepsi’s best interest, as they should know that they made a huge mistake trying to cash in on the outputs for essential ideas. Also although unintentionally doing so, demeaning the purpose and impacts of an actual protest.

Phones Steal the Spotlight From Drugs as Stimulant

by Justice Etafo – Staff Reporter

Over the years, the Average American man or woman has grown to spend a total of 8 hours on their phone each day. However, Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse has found that currently there has been a decline in teenage drug use. A correlation between the rise in technological use and the decrease in drug and alcohol use is possible, but correlation does not mean that these two things are directly affecting each other.
Technology is becoming ever so apparent in our everyday lives, and because of this I think that teenagers not using drugs because their mobile entertaining devices are constantly stimulating them.
As people we are constantly trying to use our surroundings or personal interests to drown out the mundanity of everyday life. It is not surprising that we depend on such things, phones continue to offer us distracting bliss which is beneficial and a determining factor on what people choose to do in their free time.
Dr. Silvia Martins a substance abuse expert at Columbia University, said that, “playing video games, using social media, fulfills the necessity of sensation seeking, their need to seek novel activity.” This “sensation seeking” is prioritized in the form of phones rather than drugs as people often weigh their options and find that phones can offer more as they hold less negative effects. This decreased use of drugs could also be attributed to the constant ads updated with the technological period and informational campaigns run by antidrug companies, who know the harmful effects that drugs pose to both your health and society as a whole and aim to stop use.
Phones have simply almost become an absolute necessity for everyday life, but according to Dr. Volkow teens can literally get high when playing these games.
Not everyone who spends large amounts of time on their phone is considered an addict, but those that have an unusual dependency on their device are at risk. Not to say that this is a bad thing, I think it is quite beneficial in the least. The use of technology in everyday life recently become an inevitability, but this increased use of technology with the downfall in the use of drugs has led me to believe that technological use is replacing drug use in addiction.

Submitted Texas Bill Proposes Outrageous Ideas

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by Justice Etafo – Staff Reporter

Jessica Farrar, politician, submitted Bill 4260, defending women’s rights against restrictive abortion laws. This bill is outrageous, because if passed it would require males to pay a 100 dollar fine each time they masturbated.
The decision to target men with Bill 4260 is a direct result of the restrictive abortion laws placed on women. In this case, she is attacking male masturbation with the intent of protecting what she deems to be “unborn children.” Farrar knows that the bill will not make it far, but through this attention grabbing bill, Farrar said, she “hopes to wake people up” and allow men to experience for themselves the type of degenerative restrictions they so often try to place on women.
I see that Farrar is trying to make a point, but that does not excuse the fact that this bill is ridiculous. Recent bills have essentially undermined and chipped at women’s rights when it comes to their genitalia. Farrar said, “I am taking these measures because of the sanctity of life.”
Farrar also talked about women and their say in the matter of abortion. New proposed restrictions in Texas would force women to get permission from their sexual partner to allow them to have an abortion. The proposed bill described women as a “host” for the child, and Farrar found that insulting and said that such actions “treat the woman as an incubator.”
Such a bill is not plausible as it is almost incapable of being monitored.
Farrar’s argument that this would protect “unborn children” is invalid as well, women menstruate essentially getting rid of a chance at the cultivation of life but they do not have to cough up 100 dollars because of it.
The purpose of bill 4260 was to make people pay attention to the matter at hand, which was the restrictions on women’s rights. However, the attempt ultimately failed as Farrar received more backlash than anything. Next time, it would serve Ferrer well to write a bill with something more thought provoking that could actually be considered as a reasonable argument.

Robot Bees Could serve as Possible Replacement After Extinction

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by Justice Etafo – Staff Reporter

Bees play a key environmental role, especially the specific species that pollinate. Not only are their efforts contributing to the ecosystem much of their work translates into the U.S economy and agriculture. This is because it is estimated that “bees produce 40 billion dollars annually”even being responsible for one third of the food being eaten globally.
The robot bee is an innovation from Harvard that is meant to carry out the environmental tasks of bees. They are designed to prepare for the possibility of bee extinction or minimalized populations. Robot bees could act as our savior in the wake of the bee problem, ever since the 1990s the Bombus (Bumble Bee) population has plunged by almost 90%, the U.S has even put them on the endangered list.
The bodily composition of the robot bee was inspired by that of a fly. The size of half a paperclip. The autonomous bee can flap its wings 120 times per second using its “artificial muscles” that are designed to expand and contract when an electric charge is applied. The mechanized bees are not functional as there are still a few kinks to work out, such as the battery and how there is not one small or light enough to be carried by the wings. Secondly, the bee can only last 20 seconds in the air, being able to achieve vertical takeoff, hovering, and steering.
If you care to know why exactly the Bees are going out at an alarming rate, all signs point to the disease colony collapse disorder, pesticides on crops that unintentionally harm or kill them, as well as climate change with habitat loss. “Last year, the U.S. lost 44 percent of all honeybee colonies — a species essential to commercial pollination in this country.” With the threat of bee extinction, robot bees could act as an replacement allowing the pollination in the U.S to continue.

Trump’s Changes in Early Days Trouble Constituency

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by Justice Etafo – Staff Reporter

President Donald Trump is quite the controversial individual. It is hard to see him as a passionate person with the interests of the people of the U.S. put first. Many citizens are hesitant to give Trump any trust.
Recently, Trump’s administration, which is in the earliest stages of his presidency, have made a string of important changes. One very disruptive policy change blocks immigration admissions, which could heavily alter the lives of thousands of Green Card holders in the U.S. if enacted. This would bring about detentions and deportations to those that are defined as illegal immigrants.
Additionally, he has blocked federal funding to global health organizations that offer abortions, bringing back past Republican establishments and expanding upon them.
President Trump has also withdrawn from the US negotiations over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. This pact between 12 countries aimed to create in depth economic bonds between the nations, something similar to that of the EU. Although the deal is viewed as a significant achievement, Trump during his campaign called it “horrible.” He insisted that the trade deal does not give Americans enough protection.
In addition to that withdrawal, President Trump re-authorized and ordered for the rapid completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as the Keystone XL Pipelines. These pipelines allow faster travel for fuels across the US but brings up controversial moral issues, as the pipelines would pass through the sacred lands of the Native American reservations.
Donald’s campaign promises are beginning to translate into his actions, which is scary; he is making monumental changes that could readily affect the everyday lives of the American people, and possibly the rest of the world.
Because of these unprecedented changes, Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president in American history. Whether it’s our inability to accept drastic change, or his obliviousness to common human decency, this man cannot seem to make any friends.
Donald Trump is someone who has lived a privileged, wealthy life. Because of this, he does not understand how he is actually making it harder for those who want to improve to quality of their own lives. It is wrong for someone who has little relatability to have readily gained the authority to make the decisions that increasingly affect the common people.
Moreover, what we need is unity. Our future may be uncertain, but as a country, we need someone to bring us together.
Trump’s overall plan seems to be an enigma. Either way, we will be witnessing either the rise or descent of our nation.