Just Teenagers

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We are just teenagers
the protagonists
the tortured souls
coming face to face with our demons in the final weeks of our childhood

Everybody knows that we don’t know anything
We are too young to understand what we need to understand
We are too immature to see how childish we are
We are too scared to confront how afraid we are
We are too foolish to comprehend just how unthoughtful our actions are
We are too insecure to expose how small we feel
We are too egotistical to admit how weak our pride is
and we are too self absorbed to admit how selfish we are

Looking in every direction but here
The distraction of an artistic mindset
constantly craving emotional and mental satisfaction
while suppressing the physical desires in the name of being mature
when we are everything but

Coming face to face with our demons in the final weeks of our childhood
the tortured souls
the protagonists
We are just teenagers

Just Teenagers

Image

We are just teenagers
the protagonists 
the tortured souls
coming face to face with our demons in the final weeks of our childhood

Everybody knows that we don’t know anything
We are too young to understand what we need to understand
We are too immature to see how childish we are
We are too scared to confront how afraid we are
We are too foolish to comprehend just how unthoughtful our actions are
We are too insecure to expose how small we feel
We are too egotistical to admit how weak our pride is
and we are too self absorbed to admit how selfish we are

Looking in every direction but here
The distraction of an artistic mindset
constantly craving emotional and mental satisfaction
while suppressing the physical desires in the name of being mature
when we are everything but

Coming face to face with our demons in the final weeks of our childhood
the tortured souls
the protagonists
We are just teenagers

 

 

Work or Slavery?

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In Singapore, a group of 400 regular workers that were agitated because of a deadly accident on the road set fire to several cars and violently attacked police men and others that ended up injuring at least 18 people. Those who were there to see the incident say that this riot was the first in a very long time. What caused the outrage is that a large bus unexpectedly hit and killed a 33-year-old Indian man in the neighborhood, which caused the large crowd of men to attack the bus with sticks and garbage cans. Authorities tried to get the situation under control by sending out over 200 police officers to the scene of the drama, although no guns were used to tame the angered men. Police arrested 27 people. Since this is nothing common for the citizens of Singapore to deal with, the police are going to do whatever it takes to identify those who caused violence and they will be dealt with the full force of the law.

When things like this happen, it causes fear in the public. This specific incident has caused concern for some among the workforce. In recent years, some laborers who have particularly low pay have rebelled by protesting against other employees by striking illegally. This is also an awakening for the government because it’s only a matter of time before things get out of control. Currently, economic times are tough and unemployment rates are high. This is also a country where 40 percent of the work force is being imported from overseas. These people are coming to Singapore because they think it is their chance to make enough money to live off well. But these workers are finding themselves laying low with multiple injuries from workplace abuse and an uncertain future.

For many migrant workers, their time in Singapore involves a frustrating mess of sketchy kickbacks, dodgy contracts, exploitation and mistreatment. The rules enforced in their work permits prevent them from marrying any Singaporean citizens, unless approved by the government, and also from changing jobs. With permission to be in Singapore conditional upon their employer, workers are discouraged from having any say in what they receive. If you complain too much, you might just find your work permit cancelled and your right to remain in Singapore taken away. An unlucky worker might even find himself forcibly removed from living in Singapore. Unfortunately, this gives employers an enormous amount of power over their migrant workers, and this is what causes the anger that leads to random acts of public violence. It’s unlikely that the reliance on low-wage employees will end anytime soon. Eager to continue Singapore’s upward movement in terms of economic success, the government finds itself balancing their vision for the future with concerns for the welfare of such mistreated workers.

Global Warming… Fixable or Irreversible?

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Obama claims that “we don’t have time for a meeting of the flat earth society.” Is this because global warming is being avoided simply because it is irreversible? Climate change is basically irreversible, according to a new scientific study. As carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, the world will experience more and more long-term environmental disruption. The damage will persist even if emissions are brought under control according to some of the world’s top climate scientists. People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide that the climate would go back to normal in 100 years or 200 years. Some people think that is incorrect. It’s essentially an irreversible change that will last for more than a thousand years. This is because the oceans are currently soaking up a lot of the planet’s excess heat and a lot of the carbon dioxide put into the air. The carbon dioxide and heat will eventually start coming out of the ocean. And that will take place for many hundreds of years.

There are things that can be done to slow down global warming, but it’s impossible as long as the human population continues to rise each year. More people means more CO2 being released into the atmosphere each year, which adds to the planet’s warming temperature. Most humans who live in developed countries, like the United States, continue to do all the things that add to CO2 production, and most people who live in underdeveloped countries are attempting to have lives like Americans. Some people believe that humans will be forced to adapt to rising temperatures by moving north. Famine and floods and water scarcity will eventually reduce the human population on the planet. Maybe if our population is smaller and we adopt a much simpler and different lifestyle, then we can eventually produce less CO2. And THEN we might be able to stop global warming caused by man.

Some ways to take action in order to reduce global warming are to take political action by being well informed on the subject. Being educated on the subject is the first important step to taking action. On a personal level, you’ll be more able to change your lifestyle if you know the truth. On a political level, you’ll be better able to inform others and inspire change if you study the issue first. You can challenge others about global warming. A great way to broaden your own impact is to rally other people to your cause. The more scientific facts you have to back yourself up, the better you can persuade people to make simple yet effective changes in daily behavior. Energy-saving techniques either are initially expensive like solar power, or they take extra time so many people need to be convinced that their efforts matter. Demonstrate the benefits of these activities and highlight how each person can play an important role in helping to reduce global warming. Use examples that show what will happen if these actions are not taken. You can take public transportation. Taking the bus, the train, the subway or other forms of public transportation lessens the load on the roads and reduces one’s individual greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1600 pounds per year. Taking public transport removes the stress of long road commutes. You also save on parking money and time wasted looking for parking spaces. Even if global warming is irreversible, to me it seems all the more reason you might want to do something about it. Committing to something that you can’t back out of seems to me like a step that you’d want to take even more carefully than something you thought you could reverse.

Government Shut Down

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The partial government shut down has been in affect for almost three weeks now, and the worst part about it is that it’s not productive in any way at all. The Republican party claims to be negotiating with the Democratic party by saying that they will fund the government if the democrats will make fundamental changes to Obamacare. For example, the Republicans want to postpone the implementation of Obamacare, defund it, get rid of the taxes on medical equipment, get rid of the mandatory participation in Obamacare. They say they will fund the government if the administration and Democrats agree to make the changes. They are basically holding the country hostage by depriving them of necessary government support. The defunding of federal agencies is actually causing an extreme loss of money. The nation is now losing AT LEAST $160 million every single day. Something even MORE confusing and jaw dropping is that the government is actually starting to pay people not to work. The House recently voted to pay almost 1 million federal workers who were told to stay home since October 1st, which was approved by The Senate and Barack Obama. Wouldn’t it be logical to pay the employees to work? Of course. But, this controversial confusion goes well with the other government shut down related decisions. 

The government has banned people from not only visiting national parks and monuments, but also from simply looking at them. All of the scenery observation areas have been blocked off so no one can even stop by to take a look. Oddly enough, these national parks and monuments require no employees, no gates and costs absolutely nothing to keep them open. Although, it is costing money to put up barricades, which makes plenty of sense, right? Along with the national parks, the administration has forced restaurants, hotels, campground and other areas to close down, which is hurting the economy. Some of the people that work in these businesses live on the working grounds, so because of the situation they have lost their homes.  The government shut down has postponed the prevention and tracking of food borne illnesses for a few days, which caused a dangerous outbreak of salmonella from raw chicken which spread throughout twenty different states. Because of this, 31y people became sick with the illness and more than 40% of them ended up in the hospital, which caused the nation’s health care bill to raise. The employees who were responsible for spotting food illness outbreaks were called back, but obviously a little too late. 

The longer this government shut down is in effect, the more of a mess this will become. People who are buying homes won’t be able to verify their incomes. Airliners won’t remain as safe if the federal inspections are stalling. More people will be infected with food poisoning. There is a reason that this is the first time the government has shut down in nearly twenty years. The last time this happened it was realized to be a big mistake. Hopefully, someone realizes that the shut down is nothing but a waste of time. 

Gun Debate Turns into a Constitutional Issue

Gun laws have become an extremely controversial issue this year. Recently, Congress has gathered together to discuss the constitutionality of various proposals now being brought up, including the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban. Suggestions that limit gun usage and purchasing have strong support among the American public. A majority of American citizens feel like having a plan that involves universal background checks for gun sales is great. Restrictions like limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines is also something that people seem to agree on because it is clearly consistent with the Constitution and the Second Amendment. Even though restrictions on gun laws would be a wise decision, some people agree for the wrong reasons. They think that crime rates go up simply because there are too many loopholes that result in gun laws being ineffective. For these people, the best way to decrease crime rates is to simply work on gun control as a whole in society.

Although, contrary to these facts, some people argue that the focus shouldn’t be on the guns being used, but that it should be on the criminals that are purchasing the guns. It should be aimed toward restricting gun control for those who are specifically unfit to be in possession of a weapon. Is it the gun that’s dangerous or is it the person holding the gun that uses it in an immature and irresponsible manner? Another thing to think about is the fact that power is a very dangerous thing that could quickly get out of hand. Once restrictions are in place, they tend to grow and expand in power over time as politicians seek favor by “making things safer”. In their initial form they may just be able to deny people based on public criminal records, but there really isn’t much to stop them from going beyond that. The 9th Amendment of the Constitution states that “the enumeration of the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be constructed to deny or disparged others retained by the people. The right to dear arms is an inviolable personal right. Citizens deserve to have ownership of guns in order to protect themselves if necessary. Criminals will always figure out a way to have ownership of a weapon whether the law is restricting them from getting one or not. So, limiting and restricting access to weapons is not progressing the situation in a positive direction at all, and it’s not going to solve any problems related to crime rates.

Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

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Representative Tim Huelskamp introduced legislation to go forth and put some changes to the United States Constitution to ban gay marriage. It is still hard to tell if the House Representative leaders, Republican sponsors or cosponsors are putting any support behind this suggestion. The bill that Huelskamp is trying to push offers lawmakers who are against gay marriage to openly express their views on the subject. The bill states that “this Constitution … shall not be constructed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

Those who are against gay marriage would argue that gay marriage is not supported by religion. They think it is “harmful” because it violates natural law. It may deny a child of either a father or a mother, it validates and promotes the homosexual life style, it may even turn a moral wrong into a civil right. Other views on this controversy say that it defeats the states purpose of benefiting marriage, and it could be the cutting edge of the sexual revolution. But those who simply want to marry the person they love are having their constitutional rights abused.

It is a violation of religious freedom. It is a form of minority discrimination. Laws that prohibit homosexual marriage are unconstitutional because the Constitution protects privacy. If it protects privacy, shouldn’t it protect-if anything-consensual sex in a private room? What legitimate reason does a state have in preventing two people who are happily in love from spending the rest of their lives together? When these people are married and 80 years old, is their relationship really going to have effected the lives of those who opposed of it? These people who oppose will look back at these arguments against same sex marriages and see, just like he ban on interracial marriages, that they are backed by nothing more than insecurities, fear and prejudice.  If two people want to be in a relationship, it is nobody’s business but their own. There isn’t really any sort of line between marriage between two men or women, and marriage between a man and a woman. Marriage is the ultimate expression of love. They both want to spend the rest of their lives with each other, and they both want to make each other happy. That doesn’t sound like a sin to me.