The battle between the Juggernaut of the tech industry and the FBI has just gotten bigger. The past head of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has denounced the company for their refusal to assist in the investigation of the IPhone 5c of a suspect in the San Bernardo attacks on a center for the disabled. This attack with assault weapons killed 14 people and injured 22 more on December 2nd, 2015. The FBI has asked the company for assistance to break into the apple device of one of the two married suspects, both of whom died later in a shootout with police. The FBI has court ordered Apple to disable the security feature that will erase all data on the phone after a certain number of failed attempts to access the device. They have not been able to open the phone, and now risk losing all information on it. The FBI claims that the deaths cause warrant for this access. Apple has refused to comply on the basis of privacy. Supporters of Apple say that what the FBI is asking for is a huge back door that would allow them remote access to any device they please and jeopardize security of their customers. This is a misconception that is extremely common. The FBI has not asked for a gigantic backdoor built into all devices for remote access. All they have asked for is software that would disable certain features that make it extremely hard to access the device in the event of a crime. It would only work on devices that have been physically confiscated by the police and only while the device is in the possession of the FBI for investigative purposes. To sum it up, there would be no remote access. However, clearing this misconception does not guarantee that this would be acceptable. This is a big issue that has many claims on both sides, neither able to tip the balance in a way that would guarantee victory in court. Both sides have their upsides, and their flaws. Current polls of the population done by USA Today suggest that the FBI has a very slight advantage of 51% of people questioned being in favor of their request, but this is so close that it could easily go either way. Most citizens conclude that a careful resolution must be created to specify what is to be done in specific situations. This is something that is a real issue. Most people feel the current representatives incapable of working together to come up with a solution, certain that there will only be polarized division that gets nothing done. On top of that, many believe that Apple and other large companies will resist whatever does get past, since it will likely be extremely weak and unenforceable due to constant protests by the other party. In the end, what is required will not be done no matter what we the people decide. The time is gone for stubborn, polarized sides to gridlock without consequences. As a people, we must turn towards what America was originally founded upon: Compromise. We must promote our representatives to find a middle ground that is the best for our nation. So choose whatever side you may feel is right, but make sure to work with the other side to find a middle ground.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away… Or maybe it’s not so far away. Disney has announced that production has started on the next chapter in our beloved American saga. Star Wars episode VIII’s first teaser trailer has been released and filming has started at Pinewood studios outside of London. The release date will be December 15th, 2017, in about two years. It will be directed by Rian Johnson, who has previously worked on a few episodes of Breaking Bad after his career was launched at Utah’s own Sundance Film Festival. While it pure tragedy that Harrison Ford will not play Han Solo in this sequel to The Force Awakens, a wide variety of actors will be joining the cast. It has been confirmed that Benicio del Toro, who many of us may know from Guardians of the Galaxy, will be in this next Star Wars. Actress Laura Dern, or ‘Dr. Ellie Sattler’ in the original Jurassic Park, will also play an unknown role in episode VIII. A talented newcomer to the film industry, Kelly Marie Tran, will also play a major part in this film. It is unknown about what content that this new Star Wars will contain, but it is promising to be epic beyond proportions. Maybe the master of Kylo Ren will show themself. Maybe Rey will become a master of the force. Maybe the storm trooper Finn will be healed, or maybe not. Whatever occurs, we can have some reassurance that it won’t disappoint.
The super bowl game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers is over. The game now has tons of news articles dedicated to it. Strangely, however, the thing that all of these articles focus on isn’t the super bowl itself. All of this publicity, all of this glory, is centered on the commercials that took place during it. Lets face it: The game is cool, but many of us focus on the Ads that are run in between. We look to these for some good laughs, and some good laughs there were. All of us chuckled when the dad flew in a helicopter to keep tabs on his daughter’s first date in the Hyundai commercial. We watched with glee as the three Dorito dogs snuck into the grocery store. We sat on the edge of our seats as Arnold Schwarzenegger reached for his phone to use Mobile Strike. These commercials lighten up our lives and put a smile on our face to watch. So, which one was the best? This should take a while to puzzle over. All of them were good; many of them were great, so which one is worthy enough to take this title of best super bowl commercial of the 50th super bowl? Everyone is asking the question, so what is the answer? It may be unbelievable, but there are a few who actually say none. There are people who have taken some of these commercials with rage. One of the fan-favorites, the Dorito baby commercial, received huge publicity when a group known as NARAL angrily attacked this commercial via Twitter. The instant these tweets were sent this group of abortion rights activists was viciously attacked for their blatant statement, which the majority of Americans see as a show of disregard for human life. This tweet went as far as Fox news, where they spent a portion of Monday night to laugh in disbelief that someone would see this commercial as offensive. Now, while it is quite debatable whether this infamous organization was or was not justified, the fact is that the world is filled with negative people. There are those who will find a problem with anything and anyone. They are also the ones who cause cyber bullying and the horrible tragedies that come with it. The challenge: Don’t be one of these people. If something really does offend you then speak up, but don’t offend someone else in the process. And, more importantly, don’t attack something simply because you can. In the end, almost everyone is at fault here. NARAL should not have made this horrible statement, and everyone else should not have struck back so rudely. These are the kinds of things that, while they are on a smaller scale, cause suicide. It is up to the individual to figure out which super bowl commercial was the best, but we must learn from the events that came as a result. Be careful about what you say online, because it can hurt other people, and come back to hurt you. Promote kindness and positive messages online. Live by the motto “Stop the bullying, speak up, save a life”, because it does not cost anything to make someone’s day.
It has happened, yet again. We have lost another legend. On January 28, 2016, Paul Kantner died at age 74. Paul was the founding member of Jefferson Airplane. He died from organ failures and had septic shock. These were a result of health problems he has had recently in the past few years, including a heart attack in 2015.
The band formed in 1965, and has had many members over the years, until the band broke up in 1996. The three that stayed the longest were Paul Kantner, Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen. Paul was also apart of a band called Jefferson Starship. The band was created with the same band members, along with others, and was around a lot longer.
Kantner decided to write a solo album when the thought of the break up of the band, Jefferson Airplane, was happening. The solo album was called “Blows Against The Empire.”
Kantner left the group in 1984 to start a new bad. He formed a legal agreement to not use the word “Jefferson” unless he had approval of the other members of “Jefferson Airplane”.