TIME TRAVELER ARRESTED IN WYOMING

I thought that headline would grab your attention. If you’re now reading this, it surely did. Casper, Wyoming police say a Central Wyoming man they arrested for public intoxication claimed he had traveled back in time to warn of an alien invasion.

 

 

The Associated Press (@ap) reports that a man the Casper Police Officers encountered at 10:30 p.m. Monday, claimed he was from the year 2048. The man told police that he wanted to warn the people of Casper that aliens will arrive next year, and that they should leave as soon as possible. He asked to speak to the president of the town, about 170 miles northwest of Cheyenne. The man told police he was only able to time travel because aliens filled his body with alcohol. The man also said that he over-shot? Or would that be under-shot? Either way, the man said he was supposed to be transported to the year 2018, not this year. You know the craziest part about this story? This is not the weirdest news I’ve heard so far this year. Oh yeah, the man didn’t state if he arrived in 2017 by Delorean or some other method of time-travel.

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NBA IS DETERMINED TO MAKE THE ALL-STAR GAME SOME TRASH

The NBA is changing up the All-Star game. NBA analyst, some players, and fans have complained about the process of selecting the games participants for years. Previously, the starters were voted in by fans and the benches were voted on by players and coaches. The argument has always been that some players who deserved to be in the game didn’t make the cut because they weren’t popular enough among the fan base. Well, all of that is about to change. Now, the top two players to receive the most fan votes will pick the teams. No more East vs. West, no more reason to play competitive ball….not like the All-Star game was ever about that anyway. I see the game now being just like a game in the playground. If the Captain decides to pick a weird ass team, you are going to have a weird ass game. Depending on who the Captains of the two teams are going to be, we may get exactly that from this year’s All-Star game. A weird ass game full of weird ass players who aren’t our favorites, or even the most deserving to play in the game. On Tuesday afternoon the NBA and the NBA Player Association released a statement regarding the leagues new all-star game rules and process:

 

 

“This will mark the NBA’s first All-Star Game without a matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Under the revamped format, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for Conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each Conference who receives the most fan votes in his Conference.”

 

 

This is a bad idea. I can’t see it any other way. The competition between the East versus the West was the main thing that made the game great to me. But, if you take a close look at the league, you would see that something like this happening was inevitable, as most of the Eastern Conferences best players have seemed to be making their way West over the last few years. The chances of a competitive East vs. West game would probably be little to none.

 

  

IS DOMESTIC TERRORISM A SELECTIVE PHRASE?

Kareem Rahman

 

 

Under current United States law, set forth in the USA PATRIOT ACT, acts of domestic terrorism are those which”(A) involves acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any state; (B) appear to be intended – (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”

 

This is not my definition of domestic terrorism or something I’ve heard. This is the FBI’s official definition of domestic terrorism. When Stephen Paddock fired off round after round from automatic weapons at concertgoers, from his 32nd floor hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel last night at around 10 pm., he was in direct violation of section (A), (B), and (B-i) of the USA PATRIOT ACT. But you already knew that. I doubt that you needed to see the law written in this article to know that Stephen Paddock had committed an act of domestic terrorism. You’re probably not a lawyer or a news reporter. The two types of people, who I’m more than certain know these things by heart, considering their credibility and probably careers depend on knowing these type of things. If we all are aware of that, why was it not reported anywhere that what Stephen Paddock did last night was an act of domestic terrorism? The president of the United States seemed to have trouble bringing himself to call this incident such, as he spoke to the nation this morning. This, from a man who sitting at his desk, in Washington D.C, in the United States Of America, called the train bombing in London earlier this year an act of terrorism before it was even reported by the London authorities. Why is it so much easier for some people to call terrorism when an act comes from a person who does not look like them? It almost seems like some have reserved words like “terrorist” for certain groups of people. Racism is probably the easiest answer to why, but it still baffles me that people can allow themselves to think this way. How? It’s not like this is the first act of domestic terrorism committed in the United States by a “red-blooded, born and raised in the good ole’ U. S. of A., American citizen. So why is it so hard to believe that such a thing could happen? Common sense says that if it can happen once, it can happen again, right? I mean, we did say that we put a man on the moon before. Would it really be so hard to believe that we could send a man up there again? There is definitely some racism in the selective use of words like terrorism. I think that even more than racism, the selective use comes from a need by people to see things through the lens of good vs. evil. In their minds, I think they believe that good and evil is defined by entire races, statuses, or classes of people. When the perpetrator of such a horrendous crime easily falls into the category which they fit in, they feel extreme guilt. Most horrendous acts like this one are done by individuals with evil intentions. The fault does not fall on a whole race, religion, or creed of people for the actions of one, or a few. But this type of thinking does not fit the agenda of some. Therefore, when an action like this takes place, the first separation of self from the act they look for is race. Was the perpetrator of another race other than theirs?? If yes – see, I told you “those people” are animals. That’s why “we” need to get rid of them. If no, they’ll move on to the next separating factor on the list. Religion. Was the perpetrator of a religion other than theirs? If yes – see, I told you “that” religion preaches hate “we” need to get rid of them. If no, move on to the next separating factor on the list. The next and final separating factor on the list is political affiliation. Was the perpetrator of a political affiliation other than theirs? If yes – see, I told you “that” political affiliation is nothing but trouble, “we” need to get rid of them. But what happens when the perpetrator is of the same race, has no religious ties whatsoever, and has no political affiliations at all????? Well, you get what we have going on in the media right now. Selective speaking. People are being extra careful not to throw the “terrorist” label onto this person until they can find out if they can, or can not separate themselves from the perpetrator. The very definition of selective phrasing or wording.

TWITTER TESTING 280 CHARACTER LIMIT. GOOD IDEA, OR TRAGEDY?

On Tuesday Twitter announced that it would be running a trial test of it’s new character limit that will double in length from 140 to 280 characters. Twitter allowed some users that it included in it’s test group to use the new feature before they decide if they will adopt the new program permanently. Like myself, you’ve probably seen some users who have been included in the test group send out Tweets with 280 characters. I have to admit, after seeing it in action, I don’t love the idea. I don’t hate it either, but I definitely don’t love it. When I see one of the 280 character Tweets roll down my timeline it always stands out. The first thought that pops into my mind is “I ain’t reading all that.” I know that 280 characters don’t make for a whole lot more words in a Tweet, but try explaining that to my brain! 280 characters start to look like a paragraph, which I’m guessing, is exactly what Twitter didn’t want when they rolled out the Twitter app with it’s 140 characters. The ability to write long useless thoughts is what chased most of Twitter’s current population from sites like Facebook to Twitter. The great challenge of using Twitter was always “how to cram a complete thought into 140 characters.” This 280 character thing is clearly going in the opposite direction and vision that it’s creators initially had for the social media site. In a world where the average attention span has dropped drastically, Twitter was the perfect tool to keep the unfocused and easily bored (myself included) engaged. With this move, I fear that Twitter will fall into the trap of being “just another social media site.” I believe that changing the main thing that made Twitter special in the first place is a big mistake. After this, what’s left to separate Twitter from every other social network out there?