History’s Push

Suicide: A Terrible Way to Die by jalen1021
October 20, 2009, 3:43 pm
Filed under: World

It is said that every year about 1 million people commit suicide. That is about 1 death every 40 seconds. Suicide has increased in the last 45 years by 60 percent all around the world. Suicide is one of the 3 leading causes of death among people aged from 15 to 44. Suicide attempts are up to 20 times more frequent than going through with the suicide. Even though suicide rates have been the highest among elderly males, the rates are really increasing in the groups of young people today. Many suicidal situations start with mental disorders in Europe and in North America. In Asia, impulsiveness is a risk of suicide. Suicide can also come from psychological, social, biological, cultural, and environmental factors.

I just recently had an uncle who killed himself. I don’t know why he did it. My mom told me that he was going through a lot which probably had an effect on the suicide. He had decided to jump over into a dam in Virginia. My grandpa told me that my great uncle didn’t know how to swim. He had taken off his shoes and his shirt and jumped in the water. He was a very cool person. We both actually played the bass guitar. So that was one thing we had in common.

I think suicide is one of the most horrible ways to lose a family member. It gets you to think that that person didn’t feel loved or cared about. On the day of my great uncle’s funeral, the church was full of people. That showed that people did love and care for him. So I think that if people know that they are cared for, they wouldn’t do suicide or even attempt to think or do such a thing.


Animal Cruelty by kaitlynmcbride703
October 20, 2009, 3:37 pm
Filed under: World

This is a rising issue today. Cruelty inflicted upon animals has been brought nationally to attention with commercials, groups, websites, and headlines. As most of us know, the famous football player Michael Vick, the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, took part in a dogfighting ring and was tried and jailed for it. Animal cruelty is a serious thing we’re talking about here. Millions of animals die each year due to thoughtless acts of violence let out on defenseless animals. They have  no idea what they’ve done wrong, and they love their masters more than they love themselves, so there’s nothing they’re going to do but lay down and take it. Animals are poisoned, tested on, struck, kicked, ran over, even shot and killed. Most of the time they’ve done nothing wrong, and if they have, the punishment is taken far beyond what it should be.

This is a truly saddening problem today, and all of us need to take action to help the animals out there undergoing these terrible conditions. They need voices.

We have them.

SEXUAL ABUSE! by earlyrain1994
October 13, 2009, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Local, National, World

Did you know that most women and children who get sexually abused know they’re attacker? Did you know that 1 in 3 kids will be sexually abused by the time their 18? Did you know that not just women are sexually abused? Men are too. Have you ever thought to yourself that your best friend or even the person sitting next to you may have been sexually abused? Have you ever thought to ask? If it was to happen to you would you know what to do? If a friend were to tell you that they were sexually abused would you know what to do or say? Out of 21 people under the age of 18, 7 will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18. Do your part to help prevent this. Listen to them and don’t judge them. It wasn’t their fault!Be there for someone if they need you. Be a TRUE FRIEND and stick by them no matter what. The effects that are left on a person from sexual abuse are horrible. The effects can be suicide, drug problems, alcohol problems, anxiety, fear of being around anyone, poor academics, and acting out.

November 11, 2007, 7:30 pm
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What do you think are some of the best inventions of 2007 ???


Recently TIME MAGAZINE published an issue that was entitled

” The Best Inventions Of 2007 “. In the issue they went on to tell you the top inventions of 2007. Some of which were the iPHONE ( #1 ), The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, The Bio-Suit, Subtitle Glasses, Digital 3-D, the HITS Helmet, SKIN Probes, and the PowerFoot One. The inserts went on to say what the products did and the ways they are useful.

Just think about all of the people who worked to build these amazing machines….

People from all around the world decided to band together and try to help people. People of different ethnicities and races. People from drastically different religious beliefs. If only we could all have this mentality when it comes to everything else.

If nations could come together and eliminate war. If students around the globe put forth the effort to make their schools free. If different races could see that the differences they have could actually bring them closer together. If we could all just get along….

We don’t yet but some are trying to.

In the current TIME Magazine issue there is a column that was titled ” Exposure “.

Current Issue

It was on how the Islamic societies and Western societies are trying to get along but since we are so different it makes this difficult.

They focused on the difference between what we, the Western societies, and what they, the Islamic societies, display in public. WE display bare bodies and uality in public and don’t think twice while THEY display religious activities such as praying and don’t think twice. WE think that praying should be kept inside while THEY believe that uality should be kept inside. Our practices and theirs are completely different but we still try to come together and work as one.

If everyone could try as hard to get along as they do to make helpful machines or the latest gadget then don’t you think that the world could be a more peaceful place?

A Miracle Called Plumpynut. by crunkninja6
October 30, 2007, 11:57 am
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Every year, malnutrition takes the lives of five million children. Thats about one child every six seconds. But thanks to Plumpynut, 63,000 malnourished or starving kids are being saved monthly.

Plumpynut is a simple mixture of peanut butter and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Its cheap to make and helps cure and prevent malnutrition. It doesn’t require refrigeration, its ready-to-eat, and kids love the sweet taste. Within three weeks of eating Plumpynut, a child on the verge of can be fully recovered with a normal child’s health.

Niger is the main foundation for Plumpynut. Small factories mix it and send it out to the villages. Many other African countries are asking for factories. Factories like these should be placed all throughout the world where needed to support the starving everywhere. Other companies could make similar products and distribute them where its needed.

This is an amazing product and could really change things in the world. I think more companies ought to start making products like Plumpynut and more factories should be set up around the world.

October 26, 2007, 2:36 pm
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” I love going to school and getting an education ”

Have you ever heard that come out of a student’s mouth and not be kidding around?  Puh-lease, most American students ” hate ” school.  They ” hate ” to wake up early.  They ” hate ” the classes.  They ” hate ” the teachers. They ” hate ” the homework.  They just spend all of their time “hating” school while people on the other side of the world would give their right arm to be able to go and have the opportunity to learn and be successful.

children cannot afford to go to school so they learn any way they can

While kids in countries filled with poverty and horrible economic situations die from diseases, we Americans sit over here in our nice modern, air-conditioned schools and complain. ” The temperature is too high.”  ” The teachers are too hard on us.”  ” Why can’t we listen to our Ipods in class?”  ” Are you serious? We have to walk that far to lunch? ”

American students have adopted to a way of life that is easy for them and if they feel as though something is hard then they complain.  Some don’t even do this. Instead they drop out.  They may complain for a while or they may see how it is for the first day and think ” I’m not doing this and no one can make me. ”  They do not think about the kids that don’t have opportunities like school or even school lunches.  They just say ” I Quit ” and go home. The bad thing is that the rates of drop outs are increasing.

In 2005, 9.4% 0f  United States students between the ages of 16 – 24 dropped out of school and it was not because the work was actually too hard, for 9 out of 10 had passing grades when they left.  In 2006, in Nevada over 11% of students between the ages of 16 – 24 dropped out of school and the rates continue to get higher.

Yet in South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda children are dropping out of school because they have AIDS.  They want to go to school but they are physically unable to. 

What does this say about students in America?  Why are we so immune to what we have and only see what we want?  When will out attendance rates go up and our drop out rates go down?  There are many questions you could ask yourself but the main question is

Are You Going To School Tomorrow?

In History, sometimes its good to . . . forget? by daughet
October 23, 2007, 7:13 pm
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Nanking, China 1937-1938.  Japan has invaded China and taken the major city of Nanking.  After they slaughter most of the men by beheading, they proceed to rape the women of the city.  Some estimates put the number of deaths around 300,000 and the number of rapes at around 100,000.  Fast forward 7 years and Japan is finally defeated, bringing World War II to a close.

Today, however, relations between Japan and China are still strained, due largely to the atrocities committed by Japan during the war.  China wants Japan to fess up to them, while Japan wants to just let the past go away.

When is it time to let history go?  Maybe not forget, but at the very least forgive?  Once all involved have died, then is it OK to move on?  The Irish were held in serfdom to the English from the late 1500’s to 1922, when the Republic of Ireland finally gained it’s independence.  Should Britain still be trying to make restitution for the horrible things done during those 400+ years?  Should Ireland just forget about the past and move on?

If I were talking to a friend, or a relative, and they held on to a grudge or something for most of their life, I would tell them to let it go, that it is ruining their lives and not at all productive.  Is it the same way with a nation?  Should they collectively forget their grudges and move on?  Would this help solve any problems in world today?