July 26, 2019



Capital Hill’s Capital Punishment

Attorney General William Barr has directed the Bureau of Prisons to reinstate the death penalty for the first time in nearly two decades at the federal level. After 16 years without an execution, Barr has directed the head of the Bureau of Prisons to execute "five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society - children and the elderly.” A long-standing debate, the death penalty has been highly argued for and against, with the latest announcement coming only after the scrutinized review of new protocol.




Nissan’s Big Shakeup

Nissan, Japan’s second largest automaker, stated on Thursday that profits were almost completely wiped out in the first quarter of its fiscal year, leading to a global cut of over 12,500 jobs. The company added it will reduce its product lineup by at least 10% by the end of fiscal year 2022. It’s been a slippery slope since the arrest of chairman Carlos Ghosn on corruption charges in November of last year, and it doesn’t seem as though things will be getting much better anytime soon.



No More Mr. Nice Alcohol & Cigarettes

Facebook and Instagram are both putting their foot down on the widespread social media posts celebrating dangerous substances such as alcohol and cigarettes. A new policy will prohibit all private sales, trades, transfers and gifting of alcohol and tobacco products on Facebook and Instagram with any brands that post content related to the sale or transfer of these products will have to restrict that content to adults 18 or older. 



How Do I Feel?

New studies and reviews of previous studies have found that facial expressions do not reliably correspond to the emotions of a person - leading to distrust in facial recognition technology’s ability to figure out a person’s emotions. From automated surveillance systems that look for “angry” threats to job interview software that promises to weed out bored and uninterested candidates, these technologies have been circulating around in the business world, but it seems that it might have been a bit too soon.




Another Man Down

Twenty-three year old boxer Alfredo Santillan is the second to die from injuries in the past week after a fight in the ring. Santillan’s death comes only days after twenty-eight year old Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev died from injuries he suffered during a fight last Friday. This casts yet another shadow on the world of fighting sports and sports in general, which have recently come under great scrutiny due to damages, injuries, and deaths caused during professional games and bouts. 




Muppets at 40

“The Muppet Movie” aired forty years ago! Feel old yet? A magical, wondrous children’s musical starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the gang, the film will be back in theaters this weekend to celebrate! With a soundtrack that directors and artists working on the film considered to “walk a line between sophistication and silliness; profundity and playfulness,” it’s no wonder that this movie was an instant classic then and still tugs at our heartstrings today. That banjo is already calling.




Get Off Your Phone!

Mobile games can be addicting, time-consuming, and wallet-draining! New studies have found that the escapism element factors into the addictive nature of mobile games - they just suck you in and suddenly time is out the window, floating away and the sun has come up before you know it. To avoid mobile games from taking control, you need to track your screen time, create time limitations, set alarms, and make sure you match the time you spend looking at the screen with time spent focusing on real life!



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