Not OK, Oklahoma (The Abortion Bill)

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SARA BUCHWALD (grade 11)

“OKLAHOMA, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” was the text that popped up on my phone along with a screenshot, the contents of which were indistinguishable from the home screen. As I unlocked my phone to see what had caused such a dramatic reaction, I was not prepared for what I was faced with. The screenshot was of a BBC article and in a boldfaced black font the words, “A proposal which would force women to get permission from their sexual partner to allow them to have an abortion has passed the first hurdle in Oklahoma” jumped onto my screen. Any humor I had seen in such a seemingly over-the-top text vanished as I saw the severity of the single sentence.

According to Humphrey, the state legislator who wrote the bill, the fathers of these fetuses deserve a say in the decision of a body that…

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Donald Trump Wiretaps America: A Philosophical Question & Stephen Hawking fears Trump

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Stephen Hawking: ‘I fear that I may not be welcome’ in Trump’s America | The Washington Post

“Stephen Hawking says he no longer feels welcome in the United States, now that President Trump is in power. The renowned scientist and theoretical physicist spoke Monday on ITV’s…” ~ Lindsey Bever

Armchair Midrash

Donald Trump

Is something news just because it is mentioned (or tweeted) by the President? As a general rule, the answer is “yes”. What the President does, what the President says is news because he is the President.

The White House takes great pains to set the news cycle by controlling the president’s message and by managing what is said and when it is said. That task has proven more difficult during the Trump administration due to the President’s penchant for tweeting, but the same principles apply. In fact, perhaps due in part to said tweets this administration has demonstrated particular expertise in controlling the media.

President Trump has even taken to declaring what is and what is not “news”.

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First daughter Ivanka Trump gets West Wing office, security clearance – What are your Thoughts?

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Ivanka Trump officially has an office in the White House as of March 20. Though she doesn’t have a government title, Ivanka will have full security clearance, and many more perks that will help her serve as an aide to her father, Donald Trump.

via Ivanka Trump Getting White House Office: No Staff Title But Can Access Classified Info — Hollywood Life

Budgeting Like an Adult

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No one likes to keep track of their spending habits. It is scary and even I find myself shocked at how much I can spend while on a trip to the mall or even the grocery store. Not having a set budget can really hurt you when you are trying to keep some money in your savings account. How do you know how much you are spending? How much should you be spending? What will happen if you buy that gorgeous Dooney & Burke purse when you really just need groceries?

Sticking to your budget is hard. Trust me I’ve been there. But it is even more difficult to buy necessities when your bank account is at zero. I have found that keeping a budget shows me how much extra money I have that week or month so I know if I can afford to go…

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America’ s love affair with celebrities-Why? (BLW Contributor)

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I’m just curious—what is with the love affair America has with celebrities?

Celebrities are just people doing a job, which happens to be entertainment. They entertain us. They make us laugh. They make us cry. They make us feel. All by pretending to be something they aren’t or someone they aren’t.  Or by singing a song.

They are in front of us. Constantly. Very seldom—probably never—do I see a news program without a story about a celebrity. We see their faces on clothes, bags, magazines, social media, everywhere. We hear about them in conversations and hold conversations about them. And we don’t even know them. It seems that our lives are consumed by unreal characters played by people we don’t even know.

We hear about the personal lives of these celebrities continually. Who is flirting with whom? Who is dating whom? Who is getting a divorce and why? Who gets…

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Happy St. Patricks Day!!! – An Irish message for Donald Trump

‘St Patrick was an immigrant’: Enda Kenny’s message to Donald Trump.

Ireland’s Taoiseach used St Patrick’s Day to illustrate his thoughts on immigration while visiting US President Donald Trump in the White House. 

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Minimalism: the space between the lines

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You’ve cleared the clutter, dumped the junk, ditched the rubbish in your home.

Now what?

Minimalism isn’t just about stuff. When we take our first steps on the minimalist path, it seems all about consumerism, saying no to all the stuff we thought we needed but really don’t, and finding the space between the lines.

Minimalism Minimalism: The space between the lines.

It’s a good place to start, but once the junk is gone, and the habit of unnecessarily buying replacements is dead, it becomes glaringly clear that often our actual lives need simplifying too.

Sometimes we’re doing too many activities. We’re spreading our talents too thin, trying to be experts in a number of fields, struggling to be interested in everything.

Other times we find we’re stretched too thin by others.

Our partners need us, our kids need us, our ageing parents need us, and we’re meant to fit it…

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BLW Interview w/ Michael Chiklis talking about Barack Obama or Donald Trump as the NFL Commissioner?

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Trump to ask for border Wall Money – but only a little – Your Thoughts?

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he Trump administration is planning to ask for a relatively small amount of money to start building the President’s long-promised border wall this year — far short of estimates of what the wall might cost, according to preliminary numbers shared with CNN. Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated calls to begin immediately building a substantive wall […]

via Trump to ask for border wall money — but only a little — WPMT FOX43

“Get Out” Shows How Scary Racism Really Is

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If you haven’t seen the new film, Get Out, I’m certain you’ve heard about it by now.  This out-of-the-box thriller surely left audiences with lots to discuss.  Before I continue, I will give a much needed spoiler alert, so if you have not seen the movie…GET OUT (pun intended)! 

Alright, let’s get to it.  It’s taken me a couple of weeks to gather my thoughts because there was A LOT to process.  There were moments when I laughed so hard, scenes when I jumped because of the suspense, and also moments when my jaw was on the floor.  Get Out‘s director, Jordan Peele, pushed the envelope and as crazy as it seems, his depiction of race relations in this country was strikingly real.

The movie was a great depiction of how blacks are often perceived by other races…specifically, the white race.  I didn’t walk away thinking that white people were the devil or that blacks shouldn’t date whites, but I did walk away thinking that Get Out was one of the first films I’ve seen that correctly shed light on what blacks sometimes experience.  Yes, the movie was an extreme depiction because I have faith that society would never get to the point where white people would literally hypnotize black people into a modern-day form of slavery.  However, the film does address the actual existence of racism and the admittance of historical slavery, through very deliberate references and strong symbolism.

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If you haven’t seen the new film, Get Out, I’m certain you’ve heard about it by now.  This out-of-the-box thriller surely left audiences with lots to discuss.  Before I continue, I will give a much needed spoiler alert, so if you have not seen the movie…GET OUT (pun intended)!

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