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Prison inmates have access to few comforts during their time in
jail, and rightfully so. Connecticut’s Department of Correction is
looking to limit these comforts even further, now that it has
banned “pictorial depictions of sexual activity or nudity” in
prisons. In other words, the prisoners will no longer be allowed
access to pornography. This decision has spurred a group of
prisoners to launch a letter-writing campaign in opposition to the
decision, but the DOC staunchly stands behind the ban.
As the old adage goes, desperate times call for desperate
measures. But that bit of folk wisdom does not justify every
instance of desperate action. Take, for instance, the situation in
Topeka, Kan. As is the case with every city in the United States
right now, the economy is taking a severe toll on the city’s
budget, prompting cuts all across the board. To make matters worse,
the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office decided last month to
stop prosecuting misdemeanors.
One of the most important goals of Gov. Chris Christie’s time in
office has been balancing New Jersey’s budget by any means
necessary. But in taking such sometimes extreme austerity measures,
Christie has had an interesting affect on the N.J. state government
staff levels — the number of personnel across all the departments
of the state government has been dwindling rapidly.
Tea party favorite and semi-politician Sarah Palin announced
earlier this week that she would not be making a bid for the
Republican Party’s presidential nomination in the upcoming 2012
election, much to the delight of many. All those spectators waiting
up to this moment with bated breath can now take a sigh of relief.
Throughout most of her time in the limelight, Palin has done very
little to make herself seem like a good choice to lead the nation —
sure, she seemed serious, but not good.
There is a lot of controversy over whether cellphones are
actually dangerous to users. While the World Health Organization
(WHO) considers them “possible carcinogens,” it also recognizes
that more studying needs to be carried out on cellphone radiation
before a definite link is established between mobile communication
devices and cancer.
Say what you will about former President George W. Bush, but the
initiative he began in 2003, the President’s Emergency Plan for
AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has been a resounding success. To date,
PEPFAR has given billions in AIDS relief to 15 developing nations
by relying on the distribution of generic medications to help treat
those who cannot afford treatment on their own.
Yet again, members of the GOP are on the offensive against
government-sponsored family planning programs. The latest threat
comes from Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., whose proposed budget bill
for 2012 aims to ax 79 programs he considers “wasteful.”
Unsurprisingly, this includes Title X, which funds family planning
services for low-income citizens. There is, however, a fatal flaw
in the GOP’s attacks against Title X.
Starbucks already has a reputation as a company committed to
social change — see, for example, the line of Ethos Water that they
carry — so it comes as no surprise that the company is throwing its
hat into the philanthropic ring yet again. This time, Starbucks is
focusing on stimulating the economy. By pairing up with the
Opportunity Finance Network, a nonprofit organization that aims to
give loans to small businesses, Starbucks hopes to help spur
economic growth, something that our country dearly needs these
Social networking sites are veritable goldmines for advertisers.
Drawing on the personal information people readily offer on
websites like Facebook and Twitter, advertisers create and deploy
personalized ads in the hopes that consumers will be drawn in more
readily than ever. A new website, Shopularity, takes the
partnership between social media and advertising to the logical
extreme by doing away with even the facade that users are on the
site to do anything but sell themselves.
Americans are familiar with the high taxes on items such as
cigarettes and alcohol — conversationally referred to as “vice
taxes.” Taxes of this type serve a twofold purpose. On one hand,
they raise revenue for the state, like any other tax. On the other,
they attempt to deter the abuse of such substances, which are or
can be dangerous to the body. Denmark levied a similar new tax on
saturated fats on Saturday, which the country hopes will bring in
revenue and make unhealthy foods a less attractive item to
In a drone attack in Yemen this past Friday, U.S. forces
succeeded in killing al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Unlike the
death of Osama bin Laden, which evoked nearly universal
celebration, al-Awlaki’s death sparked a bit of controversy. That’s
because there’s a major difference between al-Awlaki and bin Laden,
in that the former was a U.S. citizen. As such, it is thought this
is the first time in history when a U.S. citizen was killed because
of intelligence collected on him and the president’s command to do
The University has a reputation as being a big school, which
makes sense given its status as a public university. After all,
public schools always attract larger student bodies than their
private counterparts. For the past few years, however, the
University’s population has been growing even larger and causing
some problems — overcrowded buses, dishearteningly large lecture
sections and a shortage of housing, to name just a few.
When people think of Princeton University, they generally think
of the cream of the crop — not violations of animal rights.
Apparently, however, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
found that Princeton’s treatment of monkeys used in research was
far from perfect. Princeton committed six violations earlier this
year and 11 in 2010. According to the group Stop Animal
Exploitation Now!, Princeton has yet to clean up their act, as
they’ve filed more complaints against Princeton on the animal
Google has a new feature, which takes invasion of privacy to a
whole new level. If you just so happen to be a celebrity whose
sexuality the public has questions about, then you’re in a tough
position. In one click, Google’s “gaydar” attempts to answer the
public’s questions. Simply type, “is [name of the celebrity] gay?”
and the search engine will do “its best” to supply the answer.
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement is into its 10th day and we
have, perhaps unsurprisingly, seen a number of videos depicting
police brutality and misconduct. The protests, which include
several hundred people, have occupied Zuccotti Park near Wall
Street since Sep. 17, and a 1,000 more joined this past Saturday.
The cause behind the protests is the ever-expanding gap between
rich and poor in the United States, and the government’s inability
to do anything about it.
While it may seem like an odd move to the members of our
liberal-leaning University, the administration of Catholic
University of America (CUA) has decided to institute a same-sex
residence hall policy. Predictably enough, the new policy has
sparked some criticism of the school, but the strongest outrage has
not come from CUA’s own community. Rather, that distinction belongs
to John Banzhaf, a lawyer and law professor at George Washington
University, who has mounted a lawsuit against the school.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union, which allows
failing parochial schools to change into public charter schools
instead of closing down altogether, passed the State Senate
yesterday. Obviously, if a school chose to follow this route, they
would have to remove religious aspects of their curricula, do away
with religious symbols in classrooms and possibly change their
names, if the name in question involves a reference to a religious
figure or concept.
Supporters of Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., often sport bumper
stickers on their cars that boisterously proclaim, “My Congressman
IS a rocket scientist.” Perhaps Holt’s status as a well-educated
man of science is why he tends to perk up whenever he speaks —
especially when he laments the current state of funding for
scientific research in the United States. According to a recent
opinion piece of his published on NewJerseyNewsroom.com, “As a
share of the U.S. economy, the government’s support for research
and development (R&D) has fallen by nearly two-thirds since the
It seems these days that the federal government is fighting a
losing battle against its own people. The highly vocal tea party
movement has been railing against a central government which it
sees as bloated, wasteful and ineffectual for a couple of years
now, and that heated rhetoric has been slowly worming its way out
into more mainstream parties and people. Many non-tea party members
of the GOP have taken up that narrative, too.
Fraternities and throwers of house parties at the University
should take note of last Thursday’s raid on the Tau Kappa Epsilon
(TKE) fraternity at Rowan University. The raid, conducted by
Glassboro police in conjunction with Rowan University public
safety, resulted in more than 100 arrests on various charges, which
ranged from obstruction of justice to selling alcohol without a
license to providing alcohol to minors.