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Opinion: Are Police Still Useful Or Do They Need To Be Swapped Out?



NYPD police car (pixabay)
It must be noted that both the author and the website are not against police in any way, we're only exploring a topic that was brought up to us.

Police have long since been a source of law enforcement, they started out being unarmed and mostly just soldiers. As time went on they started to get their own uniforms, weapons, and vehicles. Currently, many people feel that police aren't particularly useful for protecting them if they live in rural areas. Some people even feel that police are a waste of tax dollars that's just another excuse to militarize people and keep everyone in line for the motives of the government. There have even been several instances where police have not been doing what they need to do. However, there are been several issues involving private security forces, which have been a call for a solution to the problems with police.
 

Police have often been criticized for not getting to the scene of the crime fast enough. While the response time for police is fairly decent for urban areas, citizens living in a rural area often have to wait much longer for police to arrive. This is why they're more vigilant and have firearms in their homes. In fact, it's well known that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police use few officers to monitor a large area. This is visible in a video on the website known as YouTube titled "Canadian police(RCMP) saved my life." The officer in the video states that he has a detachment that manages around 30 thousand-square kilometers. He also mentions that there are only "six police officers for this giant area" The officer also mentions how he covers an area of over one-hundred kilometers. What this means is that if someone's farm is being robbed which seems to be quite easy considering Lee de Coninck Smith, who told CBC in an interview that "Snowmobiles, ATVs — these are big-ticket items that are easy to grab and easy to get rid of. Anything that's not bolted down, it can be taken." This means that clearly anything can be taken and police are often either understaffed or too far away to help, sometimes both of these factors work together. If police aren't available to come to the scene of the crime on time, citizens need to defend themselves using their own weapons as they see fit. Regardless they need to pay for a service that, sometimes isn't even going to arrive at the scene when needed most.
 

Some people feel as if the taxes they pay are going down the drain, specifically with police. They have feelings that are negative towards police because of evidence which shows them not doing what people feel should be part of their job. This goes hand to hand towards militarization of police forces because the more militarized a police force becomes, the more distant they feel from the very community they're trying to protect. It shows that officers can't entirely be proactive while still doing their jobs. The government keeps spending more and more money on giving higher grade military quality weaponry and tools to officers but haven't entirely considered the possibility towards a psychology show of force. Both Los Angeles and New York spend the most on their police forces. New York is at the top with a whopping $4.89B according to Forbes. Los Angeles spends $1.49B. This is a huge cost to the taxpayer, every single year. In Canada, specifically in the Quebec city of Montreal, police just directing traffic cost $10.5M in 2016, according to an article on Global news. The city did in fact, mention how they were going to try and close the gap on this issue. Taxes are being spent on things like better equipment while the equipment is only used in emergency situations. Most of the time officers don't need a full-on rocket-proof armored patrol vehicle to raid a home. It's essentially just a way to redistribute tax dollars that need to be spent to ensure that a budget can either stay the same or even increase. Let's face it if you own a lemonade stand and your parents give you ten dollars but find out that it only costs eight dollars to run, next year they'll give you eight. It's all about numbers and keeping budgets large. In another case about taxes being directed in an essentially useless manner, police records have also been quite hurtful to Canadians in particular who've never actually been stopped by the police. In The Star's article, they cite several incidents in which the police have not particularly been involved in an incident but have records on the person. In one specific case, a woman's family had to have her mental health record which was showing up with the police checks, changed with the force of a lawyer. This shows everyone that if you don't have a record but have even called the police, it's possible it can show up on a background check. It's such a waste of police efforts because all of this information is logged into a system, then if someone finds out, it's removed by legal action, this usually means that the justice system ends up clogged with tiny, useless and time-wasting cases while money and time can be better spent elsewhere. It's an entire system of time-loss which could be far better organized and even be cheaper for the taxpayer if it was. In particular, if a police force was extremely organized they could reduce the amount tedious small cases like the above-mentioned one. The lives of many people would be made easier.
 

Police also don't technically have to protect someone. Police have it right in the job's name. "Law Enforcement," they don't really have to do much more than that. They can come across someone hurting someone and have to intervene because the "law" is being broken but don't have to intervene if you're not safe since no laws have been broken. In fact, The New York Times published an article in which they reported that The Supreme Court ruled that police don't have a constitutional duty to protect people. Which is technically true but not liked by anyone who has ever used police services as they now know that police can not act on certain things. Criticism is another issue with police. It's a real possibility that some police officers are weaker willed than others. When that individual comes along, calls of racism and abuse could deter them from doing their job. It's a possibility that isn't always looked at in policing.
 

Most people's solution to the issues with police would be private security. They can be cheaper and more effective. They have the ability to hit hard when needed but maintain are often said to be able to maintain a quiet, friendly but still reliable source of protection. They're hired for everything from outright wars to security for someone who wants security in their country or a foreign one. They've been called the superpower for hire because of their extremely skilled ex-soldiers hired and their ability to get their hands on items such as Dragon Skin armor, which is widely accepted to be better than traditional body armor. They also have access to equipment that a regular military force might not have yet due to the bureaucratic nature of any government-connected system. They're used by pretty much anyone who can afford them. In fact, the United States federal government hired Blackwater, a formerly named private security company now known as Academi, right after Hurricane Katrina to protect government facilities. Blackwater was also hired by the U.S federal government in Iraq, they received millions of dollars to protect places and people. None of this means that private security companies, in general, don't have their fair share of trouble. In September of 2007, Blackwater agents were involved in what's now known as the Nisour Square massacre. Blackwater agents shot at Iraqis. This resulted in the injury of at least twenty civilians and the murder of seventeen. This happened in Baghdad. Four Blackwater employees ended up being tried, one went down for murder and the other three for both manslaughter and firearms charges. After that, the PMC (Private Military Contractor) lost its ability to operate in Iraq, at least temporarily. There's also video evidence to suggest that some agents of PMC groups are violent and don't follow traditional regulation. In a YouTube video, alleged Blackwater members are seen openly firing on the tires of vehicles in Iraq. Although no proof is provided to back up the claim of the video.

Sources

David Johnston and John M. Broder. “F.B.I. Says Guards Killed 14 Iraqis Without Cause.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 14 Nov. 2007, www.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/world/middleeast/14blackwater.html.
 

Greenhouse, Linda. “Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 28 June 2005, www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/justices-rule-police-do-not-have-a-constitutional-duty-to-protect.html.
 

Hamilton, Charles. “Rural Saskatchewan Residents Say Stanley Trial Reignited Concerns over Crime, Police Response Time | CBC News.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 15 Feb. 2018, www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/stanley-verdict-again-raising-concerns-over-rural-crime-1.4535146.
 

holy7514sirus. “Canadian Police(RCMP) Saved My Life.” YouTube, YouTube, 11 May 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s0GUehHRrs.
 

McCarthy, Niall. “How Much Do U.S. Cities Spend Every Year On Policing? [Infographic].” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 7 Aug. 2017, www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2017/08/07/how-much-do-u-s-cities-spend-every-year-on-policing-infographic/#70619df4e7b7.
 

Parrillo, Felicia. “Over Budget: Police Directing Traffic Costs Montreal Extra $10.5M in Overtime.” Global News, 20 Apr. 2017, globalnews.ca/news/3391731/over-budget-police-directing-traffic-costs-montreal-extra-10-5m-in-overtime/.
 

Cribb, Robert. “Canadians Stunned to Learn They Have Police Records, despite Never Being Found Guilty.” Thestar.com, 17 May 2014, www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/05/17/i_had_no_idea.html.

By Michael Normandin

People Are Uncertain About Cryptocurrency


Litecoin (pixabay)

The crypto market has been going through some hard times recently,  it seems as if people are uncertain in the idea of the market which can cause some people to feel that it's not worth the risky investment. Demand for cryptocurrencies is still high but it always goes back to the fact of how well each coin ( a term generally used to refer to cryptocurrency) is going to actually do.

Cryptocurrency has it's foot in the door in several areas but can't seem to manage to keep in there. While it keeps people happy by ensuring that the government isn't in control of their money and they're not subject to inflation, it creates uncertainty because no one can be sure as to how well a coin is going to do. The prices of coins can go up and down every single day. It's really hard to predict the price of a coin when the market is constantly changing.

Some people might not feel so certain about cryptocurrency because of large hacks that have happened in the mining industry. In 2017, Nicehash,  a website where people can buy mining power or offer their technology to mine cryptocurrency was hacked. It's said that in this case around $60M was lost.

Cryptocurrency is still in demand though, some people who are already invested into it have hope that the popularity and knowledge will continue to grow for the cryptocurrency. Under the assumption that does grow, it can be very beneficial down the line for them since they purchased their amount cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin when the price was low. If the price goes up they make more money.

Certain coins will do better than others based on the time it was released and how much media attention it got. Sometimes the coin will provide something in the community that wasn't previously available which would mean that it's now useful. This would create more demand in the market and this is happening a lot with cryptocurrency mining operations.

Essentially, cryptocurrencies are here to stay but the market needs to advance itself. Many people are currently uncertain about where the coins and going but manages to make people happy with the services the cryptocurrencies actually offer. Demand is still decent due to popularity and new cryptocurrency coins coming into play that offer new options that weren't previously available.

Sources
Wikitribune
ccn

By Michael Normandin

Catherine: Full Body's Imminent Release Causes Controversy

Catherine game (via kinyu-z) 


Ever since the first Catherine game was released in 2011, the Catherine franchise has been no stranger to controversy. Considered misogynistic and overly sexual by some, although to counter these accusations (or at least the protests against sexualization), the game is explicitly aimed toward adults, and the sexual content is quite tame compared to other media nowadays. However, about the misogyny claims, it can't defend itself much there. It must be noted that this article will not be trashing any game, company or anyone.

According to Slate.com, "1UP reviewer Jeremy Parish praised the game’s maturity, saying 'Catherine is a game for anyone who’s ever feared commitment, dreaded aging, felt their heart stray, dealt with a pregnancy scare, spent long booze-soaked hours commiserating with pals at the local dive bar, or simply questioned the direction their life is going as they close in on middle age.'.....But the game doesn’t confront these issues so much as half-ironically drown in them. Vincent, and the game itself are soaked in insecurity, indecision, stupidity, and above all, fear: fear of commitment, fear of children, fear of sex, and above all, fear of women." However, whether you agree with that statement or not, the new game is facing not only controversy over this original concept but also the possible discrimination against transgender individuals.

The original game centers around our protagonist, Vincent, as he struggles with commitment issues when his longtime girlfriend Katherine tells him she's pregnant. He isn't sure whether or not he's ready for marriage, and the responsibility a child would bring is something he doesn't think he has yet. Although, he doesn't admit this outwardly. Along comes Catherine, a gorgeous girl with a carefree personality, who tempts him into sleeping with her after a drunken night at the bar. Of course, the game gets much deeper and contains interesting supernatural and symbolic elements that truly make it stand out from your typical soap opera scenario. Catherine: Full Body, which is meant to be a more in-depth and erotic version of the original Catherine, involves a new character apart from Katherine and Catherine named Rin. And, as a new trailer would make it appear, Rin may be transgender.


Already, suggesting that the new game is going to contain more erotic, racy scenes is enough to garner controversy. However, with the transgender community increasing significantly in recent years, the main focus has fallen on to that topic. In the trailer, we see Rin's backside as she reveals her crotch to Vincent- and he stares, looking appalled. Although I personally find the trailer pretty vague- after all, this is a supernatural world, so for all, we know something else entirely is going on- I can see how some can view it as such an implication. After all, as I mentioned, the transgender community is increasing, and as a result, transgender characters in media are not as uncommon as they once were.

I think that we should all just wait and see before getting offended. After all, we don't know for sure what is really going on in the trailer. As obvious as it may seem, Catherine has been known for it's "more than meets the eye" symbols and implications. Therefore, jumping to conclusions doesn't seem like a reasonable thing to do. If the game itself is offensive, it's understandable that some may have negative feelings toward it, but how much can you really judge from just the trailer?

By Jade Sherry

Man Is Arrested After Stabbing Intruder In His Home


Henry Vincent ,right, and Richard Osborn-Brooks, left, via the Telegraph

 A pensioner known as Richard Osborn-Brooks has been arrested after finding two intruders inside of his home. This happened in South Park Crescent in southeast London.

One of the invaders was supposedly armed with a screwdriver. A struggle seemed to have happened in the pensioners home and the suspect ended up being stabbed in the kitchen. The suspect has been named as Henry Vincent.

 According to a witness, Vincent's accomplice had attempted to drag him out to a van but appeared to have given up and left him for dead. We're not aware of who the accomplice is at this time.

Vincent was brought to the hospital where he died from his wounds.

Richard Osborn-Brooks was arrested on the suspicion of murder. The internet didn't take well to that with people calling for his release and stating that everyone should have a right to defend themselves.

One of his neighbors who wanted to stay anonymous stated: “[I’ve heard] he’s a carer – this is a pensioner that has worked all his life who wants to live and die quietly.”

It's a situation that has always caused so many people to scratch their heads. In one particular incident that's similar to this one, a man was jailed after stabbing a burglar twelve times, this was after he mistook a crowbar for a machete. 

Sources

dangerous.com
dailymail.co.uk

By Michael Normandin

Netlfix Could Make Immense Amounts Of Cash With Ads


Netflix remote (pixabay)

If Netflix, an international streaming service that serves millions of people per day,  was to add some video ads to their services like CBC which uses this idea and allows people to watch TV online, they could make a lot of money. YouTube is another example of using ads to allow free access to vast amounts of content.  However, it might also irritate some users and cause them to leave the service.

Netflix has been around for years and it's become a borderline household name. Some of the reasons as to why it's become popular are because it's provided a cheap and reliable service. It started off only costing around 8$/month. You can get more features for a higher price but the main idea was that you can get a wide range of shows and movies for a low price, ad-free.

According to recode.net Netflix has got around 90 million users. That's a whole lot of people. Now let's assume that Netlifx lands a fixed rate pay for their ads. What this means is that they get a flat amount of money for every click and every 1000 impressions (this is known as CPM, which is Cost, Per Mille). In this theory, they're earning 1.00$ for every click/1000 impressions.


We must now figure out how often Netlifx could put ads on their service. If they put one video ad for every ten minutes of watch time on a show or movie, it would mean they could reach 1000 impressions very quickly under the assumption that 100 thousand people watched one hour of Netflix per day.

Individuals could generate six ad views per hour, that's for one person. So it's around six hundred thousand ad views a day. If Netflix is making 1.00$ per 1000 impressions. This means that a revenue of about 100 thousand dollars could be made daily. That's under the idea that only one hundred thousand people use Netflix for 1 hour a day. The numbers are much higher than that.

However, these numbers are fixed and ads operate on a variable rate. Variable rates are harder to predict and Netflix could make less or more, it all depends on many different factors such as holidays, seasons, the economy and even what website the ads are playing on.

This can indeed make some users angry and cause them to leave the service entirely. Some people don't want to have ads shoved down their throat, they don't want to be subject to everything that sometimes comes with seeing many ads that can create needs within the mind. This is one of the reasons why Netflix has become so popular, they don't have ads. They just make you pay a small amount of money each month.

A solution to some people getting angry and leaving the service could be that Netflix could offer the subscription to those who would like an ad-free service. Others who wouldn't want to pay for the no ads option could go the route of just seeing ads.

One thing is for sure, Netflix would have to block any ad-blockers by not allowing people to view content if they aren't paying and have an ad-blocker on.

Either way, it's a dangerous game to play. Netflix was built on the idea of cheap and good content that only required internet access to get too, for only a small fee every month. However, getting ads could increase revenue for the company and let individuals who don't want to pay, contribute to the revenue in a different way, by seeing ads.

Sources
http://time.com/4186137/netflix-hours-per-day/
https://www.recode.net/2017/4/17/15330158/how-many-stream-netflix-subcribe-international

By Michael Normandin

Opinion: Checking My Male Privilege

Male (image via AnonMoos)


   My goal is not to make you feel stupid because you believed in this. I did too for a very long time. If you are reading this and currently believe in Male Privilege please keep an open mind. These points are based on evidence and reality. If you have any issues with the article feel free to contact us.


    Here is what everydayfeminism.com (an extremely popular feminist website) has to say about male privilege “Our current cultural expectations, legislative system, and social programming work to sustain a hierarchy that constantly places men on the top. Consequently, men consistently achieve, succeed, and benefit at the expense of every other gender. That’s called male privilege.” Male privilege is the foundation of many Modern feminist issues. From the little gripes like man-spreading to some of their biggest issues like division of labor and their Piece De Resistance, the infamous wage gap.

     The fact is that there is not a single right that a man has that a woman does not possess In the US or Canada. This leaves the cultural expectations and social issues. In our society, women face issues and men also face issues. If you’re reading this from a feminist perspective I hope to expose you to some of the male issues that you may have been kept in the dark about.
    • 80% of suicide victims are male
    • 93% of workplace deaths are male
    • 61% of homeless people are male
    • 84% of women win custody
    • 77% of the victims of violent crime are men
    • 60% of bachelor’s degrees in America are held by women
    • Unmarried, childless women make 8% more than their male counterparts
    • Male prison sentences are on average 68% longer than female sentences
   
    Being a man in today’s society is not all peaches and cream. Neither is being a woman. Each gender experiences unique struggles as well as advantages. Our society needs to focus on each gender’s problems equally instead of sweeping men’s issues under the assumption that they have it easy because this is simply not true.

SOURCES
Centers for disease control and prevention
U.S Department of labor
Federal Bureau of investigation
National Coalition for the homeless
Harvard University
University Of Michigan Law school
National Center For Education Statistics

By Liam O'Donoghue

Top 10 Animated Television Series For Adults

Daria Morgendorffer (Image taken from https://www.bitchmedia.org)




Everyone who hasn't been living under a rock the past decade has seen Family Guy and The Simpsons at least once while flicking through channels. They are brilliant shows with comedy relevant to today's societal issues, such as politics, territory that many other shows (especially at their time of release) were afraid to. Thanks to them, the adult animation genre has grown significantly over the years, and although they will forever be classics, after over 20 years of watching them, you may become bored. Here is a list of 10 shows of the same genre to enjoy the next time you feel like some colorful characters and relatable jokes.

*Anime will be included on this list as well, however, if you don't particularly enjoy it, there is obviously no obligation to watch it. However, if you've never heard of some of the anime titles and are new to the genre, I highly recommend you give the ones included here a try.


10. Rick And Morty


This show, which began in December of 2013, has certainly gained a massive following over the years, and with good reason. Anyone who has seen the Back To The Future trilogy (or even just the first one for that matter) and enjoyed it will also enjoy this show, as it follows a similar story involving two similar protagonists. The plot revolves around the Smith family, a pretty typical family which consists of two parents and two teenage kids, as well as an eccentric mad scientist of a grandfather who is residing with them. The adventures span over various different dimensions and universes, so every episode is a completely unique experience like no other show on this list. The third season concluded in October, so now would be the perfect time to catch up, before the fourth season comes out.

9. Bob's Burgers


Another show that has garnered an incredible fanbase over the years, Bob's Burger's is another cartoon that people believe will become one of the only adult animation classics that doesn't belong to Seth Macfarlane's extensive resume. People were hooked from the beginning- the series premiere drew in 9.39 million viewers, making it the highest-rated series premiere of the season. It follows the Belcher family, who runs a burger joint on Ocean Avenue in an unnamed seaside community. It mainly focuses on the struggles of running a business as well as caring for a family of 3 quirky children. Comedy ensues, and although the premise for the show sounds pretty simple, the family sometimes ends up in some wacky situations that make for good laughs.

8. Futurama


Another show heavily influenced by science fiction, Futurama was created by none other than Matt Groening, the legendary creator of The Simpsons. This alone should be indicative of its quality, but if you aren't convinced yet, allow me to give you a short summary of its premise: A 20th century pizza delivery boy unknowingly gets cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, and after waking up in the 31st century, obtains a job at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company. With a relatable protagonist and cast of characters, all with truly unique backstories, Futurama is a show almost anyone can enjoy.


7. Robot Chicken


One of the ultimate parody shows, Robot Chicken is responsible for butchering many a childhood memory in the best way possible. While there isn't a particular storyline to the series, it has various stop-motion skits and short sketches that usually incorporate pop culture references to everything from popular kids' cartoons to more obscure, older shows. Of course, it may not be for you, but if you're in the mood for a comedy that doesn't require you to think too much, you should certainly check it out.

6. Death Note


One of the shows on this list that hails from Japan, and therefore uses the anime art style, Death Note has been considered a masterpiece by anime fans and non-anime fans alike. It poses many philosophical and ethical questions regarding morals and justice, all while entrancing viewers in its intriguing storyline. When Light Yagami finds a Death Note, a book with the power to kill the individuals whose names are written on its pages, we witness his deterioration from a teenager seeking justice to a demented, power-hungry killer. On the other hand, we have the eccentric detective prodigy known only as L, who is intent on capturing the culprit behind the sudden influx of murders. It is similar to live crime dramas, but with an added supernatural element, and the constant battle of wits between the two genius protagonists is guaranteed to keep you captivated until the very end. Also, if you've seen the Netflix remake and hated it, don't worry, the animated series is much better and almost shares no similarities. It's a wonder both versions are even allowed to share the same title.


5. Mike Tyson Mysteries


Have you ever wanted to see a Scooby-doo type show involving wrestling champion Mike Tyson, a talking pigeon, the ghost of a dapper British man, and a clever Asian girl? Then one, what drugs have you been doing lately? And two, you happen to be in luck. Mike Tyson Mysteries follows that exact cast of characters while they go on to solve mysteries involving supernatural creatures and crime. It is a hilarious parody of the teen detective trope. It is a Netflix exclusive, so hopefully, you have access to the streaming service to watch this hidden gem. *Fun fact, although the presence of a pigeon seems as random as the rest of the characters alongside Tyson, it was actually added in as a nod to Mike Tyson's side hobby: breeding pigeons.

4. Hellsing Ultimate


I'll warn you straight off the bat, this show is the goriest on this list, and one of the goriest anime shows of all time. So if you're squeamish about blood and guts, this show is definitely not for you, skip it. However, if you don't mind this type of content, then you're in for a treat. Hellsing Ultimate follows Integra Windgates Fairbrook Hellsing (what a mouthful), the head of the Hellsing family and organization, who is responsible for defending Great Britain against all supernatural, satanic, and extraterrestrial threats. Ironically, her army includes vampires under her command, all of which are incredibly powerful. When an organization of Neo-Nazis poses a threat to the country, it is up to Hellsing to defeat them, and this ultimately culminates in a war of epic proportions.

3. Detroit Metal City


Ah, show business, there's nothing like it. It can change a person, either for the better or for worse- usually for the worse though. And this is the case in this comedy anime series, in which Soichi Negishi's life is flipped upside down by his career. Passionate about playing folk music on his guitar, and dreaming of someday becoming famous for his love songs, Soichi leads a double life due to a record contract. By day, he's performing his hand-written love songs, doing what he loves. By night, he's performing in Detroit Metal City, a famous heavy metal group. Although he doesn't particularly live a "metal" lifestyle, much to his manager's and bandmates' dismay, he manages to pull off the guise of a satanic shock rocker to make his money. However, after meeting an old girlfriend from college with similar interests as him, who he ends up falling for, he feels the need to hide his devilish side- which is difficult, considering he wants to integrate her into his personal life, a large part of which is pretending to be a demon who plays the guitar and sings screamo like no other. The show itself is very short, so it's easy to binge watch and provides lots of laughs throughout.


2. Invader Zim


Although Invader Zim was for a time shown on Nickelodeon, implying it was aimed at younger audiences (between 11 and 15 years old, presumably), it was pulled from the network due to low ratings and a plethora of production issues. However, it is considered a cult classic nowadays, and despite its cancellation, during its run, it won an Annie Award, an Emmy Award, and a World Animation Celebration Award, and was nominated for six Annie Awards and a Golden Reel Award. The plot is quite complex, but to summarize it quickly, it's about an alien who gets banished from his native planet and ends up on planet Earth. There, he attempts to infiltrate the human race by blending into everyday environments such as school. Although it doesn't have any dirty jokes or particular reasons for being considered an "adult" cartoon- it wasn't one, to begin with, anyway- it certainly appeals more to an older audience, with its interesting and unique storyline.

1. Daria


Whether you were a misunderstood, angsty teenager, or you are now a misunderstood, angsty adult, this is a show you're going to enjoy. Not only is the show full of sharp and witty humor, relatable quotes, and interesting episodes, the protagonist, Daria Morgendorffer, is one of the greatest female protagonists of all time, in my opinion. While I am no feminist, I certainly agree that women and girls should learn to be independent and not rely on anyone, men or otherwise, and Daria is inspiring because she also has that attitude. She is also inspiring to misfits in general, even if they aren't female, by acting as her unconventional self without caring what anyone else thinks. She has her flaws, certainly, and goes through things many other teenage girls go through but refuses to let that change her. If you have ever been to high school (or currently are enrolled in high school), you'll find the characters surrounding Daria very similar to real life high schoolers, and although some are annoying at times, you'll come to love them too in the end. Overall, Daria is a must-watch, although it does take a certain sense of humor to fully appreciate.

By Jade Sherry

U.S Visa Applicants Could Be Asked About Social Media Identities


Carlos Barria | Reuters
President Donald Trump

Many applicants for U.S visas might end up having to give up social media identities from the last five years to the government. This has been proposed by the federal government to increase vetting of individuals coming into the country.  The move has been both a concern and feeling of relief for some individuals.

The proposal may be approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OBM). If it does get approved, it's said that it can affect around 14.7 million people per year.

This is being done to increase vetting procedures in the country. This was part of President Trump's plan to have "extreme vetting" of foreigners as a preventative measure of terrorism.

The entire idea of it has people divided. Some feel that this is a dangerous path. Others feel that the United States should be able to do whatever they want with their immigration process.

If someone is asked to hand over social media identities and they're denied, was it because of their political opinions, critical of the U.S, or who they talk to around the world? It certainly is a fine line that can easily be crossed, individuals should be able to openly express themselves on the internet without the fear of being denied entry into the country or even citizenship.

However, if individuals have connections to radical groups and have threatened the lives of politicians, should that person be accepted into the country, especially if they've openly said threats? Some citizens support the proposal because they feel only the best people should be allowed into the country.

It's something that seems to have people from all sides of the political spectrum concerned, whether or not they agree or disagree with it.  

By Michael Normandin