Veterans Day


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On November 11, 1918, the allied powers; France, Great Britain, the United States, and others, agreed with Germany to finally end the Great War. Veterans day was originally widely known as “Armistice Day”, as a first year anniversary after World War I on November 11, 1919, then later actually becoming a national holiday in 1938. In the year 1954 president Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name from “Armistice Day” to Veterans Day. We celebrate in order to honor all those veterans who have served in a war for our country. As of 2016, there were about 21 million living veterans in the United States, about 10% of the American population. This year on November 11, 2018, will be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Now in order to celebrate and honor these Veterans, on Veterans day (Sunday, November 11) and Veterans day observed (Monday, November 12) many restaurants and businesses are having great deals for veterans:


Applebee’s: The restaurant chains goal is to serve one million meals to veterans and active duty on Sunday, Nov. 11. They could choose a free full-size entrée from one of their eight “fan favorites.”

Buffalo Wild Wings: Participating locations are offering to both active and retired veterans, one small order of traditional or boneless wings and side of fries.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Active and retired military can get a free entrée, up to a $12.95 value, plus a free Dr. Pepper on Sunday, November 11.

Chili’s: On Sunday, November 11, veterans and active duty military can get a free meal.

Chipotle: With valid military ID, veterans or active military can enjoy a buy-one-get-one-free burrito, bowl, salad or taco for dine-in on Sunday, November 11.

Chuck E. Cheese’s: Active and retired military can enjoy free personal one-topping pizza on Sunday, November 11.

Denny’s: From 5 a.m.-12 p.m. on Monday, November 12, veterans and active military personnel can get a free “Build Your Own Grand Slam,”

Little Caesars: From 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., veterans or active duty military can receive a free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo, no purchase necessary.

Olive Garden: Active or retired military can receive a free meal from the special menu on Sunday, November 11.

Outback Steakhouse: They can receive a free Bloomin’ onion and non-alcoholic beverage on Sunday, November 11, as well as having 10% every day throughout the year.

Red Lobster: Veterans and active duty military can get a free appetizer or dessert from their Veterans Day menu on both Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12.

Red Robin: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries on Sunday, November 11.

Sizzler: Veterans and active duty military can receive free lunch from the special menu until 4 p.m. Sunday, November 11.

Starbucks: Veterans, active duty service members, and even military spouses can get a free tall hot-brewed coffee, but only at participating locations.

These are just a few of the many deals out there. Have a great Veterans Day!



What’s Up With That?




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Why is it when dogs ask for food they are begging, but when humans ask for food they are just hungry? We always shame them for asking for food, but we do it more than they do. If I was refused food then I would call CPS, lucky I’m not. I understand that people do not feed them at the table. I get fed at the table, so dogs should also. Dogs are animals. Humans are animals. So, Dog+Human=The Same.

Flu shots


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There are many pros and cons to the flu shot. For example, the flu shot can lower your symptoms when you do get the flu, but the flu shot can lead to severe allergic reactions that put you in the emergency room. Getting the flu shot can reduce the risk of getting sick by nearly 50-60 %. The flu shot is designed to target the main viruses for the particular season. Getting the flu shot can prevent the virus from spreading to other people. Although the flu shot has many benefits, more studies prove that the flu shot is dangerous. There are many things that you should take under consideration if you are looking into getting the flu shot.  The flu shot is proven to have small amounts of mercury in it. Mercury has been linked to brain and nerve disorders. There’s a big risk of getting Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). GBS causes muscle weakness. In severe cases, some people become completely paralyzed and require a ventilator to breathe.

Apple: Oh how the mighty have fallen.


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Apple released three ‘new” smartphones this year: iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. We’ll start with the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR is the “budget” phone this year from Apple. Budget is in quotations for the fact that the phone starts at $749.99 for the 64GB model. The iPhone XR has a 6.’1 inch IPS LCD display. The display is an issue because it cannot even reach HD levels, only being able to go up to 720p. The display has 326 pixels per inch, or ppi. The iPhone XS and the Max both feature 458 ppi. Typically, the bigger the screen, the lower the ppi. That being said, the iPhone XS Max has 100 ppi more and is .4 inches larger than the XR. All three phones have the same A12 bionic chip and high-end Apple cameras. The XR is a complete waste because it doesn’t make sense for someone from the iPhone X to get the XR, or from the iPhone 8 even. Especially when you consider that there is only $350 separating the XS and the XR. Also, there is only a $50 difference between the XR and the iPhone 8 Plus, meaning it isn’t even worth it for someone coming from the iPhone 7 or later.

The iPhone XS and XS Max are better than the XR, although only slightly.  The iPhone XS features a 5’8 inch OLED display, which is outsourced from Samsung and LG in some markets. The XS Max has a 6’5 inch OLED display. The displays on these iPhones are some of the best out there, which figures because they are made by the King of Displays, Samsung. The iPhone XS and Max are also very, very bad options if you are looking to upgrade your smartphone. The “new” iPhones start at $1000 and $1100 respectively. These are a bad value because when compared to last year’s iPhone X, unless you have the Max (which the only difference is the size) or the new gold color, the differences are negligible at best. The new A12 chip is faster, but the A11 in the X is just as snappy as it was last year. The biggest nail in the coffin of this fact comes from Apple themselves: They discontinued last year’s, iPhone X. When you go on the Apple site you can no longer purchase an iPhone X. “Wait,” I hear you saying,” that seems reasonable when you are releasing a new phone.” This would be reasonable if this was common practice by Apple. It isn’t. You can still get even the iPhone 7 on the Apple Site. You can still get an iPod Touch on the Apple site, the iPod hasn’t been updated since the iPhone 6 model year. Even Apple knows when lined up face to face, the X and XS aren’t different enough to warrant an upgrade. They didn’t even want to have the conversation.

Apple Sheep everywhere will be quick to tell you that it is an “S” year. Apple doesn’t have to try because they are going to change the design next year on the iPhone XI? Or 11? Who knows what Apple is going to do that isn’t the point. You can hide behind your “S” year all you want, just look at the competition. Samsung, the leader in Smartphone sales the last year, released their Galaxy Note 9. The Note 9 features a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display. The Super AMOLED display is capable of reaching 1440p or a 4K viewing experience. Samsung had the Note 7, which had a fatal battery issue, the batteries would combust, meaning the phone was an actual danger to use. When they brought the Note 8 out, they gave it a 3300 mAh(Milliampere hour) battery. 3300 mAh is about what this year’s iPhone XS Max has powering it. The Note 9 has a 4000 mAh battery. Apple claims that they removed the headphone jack because there wasn’t enough room for it. Why did they remove the fingerprint scanner? It is just another example of the “Apple knows best” mantra so many Apple users seem to follow. Apple didn’t have enough room for the headphone jack? How did Samsung find room to add one alongside their full-size S-Pen? The S-Pen this year speaking of is Bluetooth. You can control media with the Pen, as well as take pictures and whatever shortcuts you assign to the Pen.

Samsung innovated more with the S-Pen then Apple did on their whole smartphone line up.

Does it even matter though? It won’t change the Apple Sheep of the world. They are still okay paying for outdated tech. They let Apple slide when they don’t include a fast charging adapter in the box of their $1200 phone, making you pay $80 for the charger. They don’t include the lightning to 3.5 MM headphone jack dongle in the box, meaning you have to pay $7 to use your normal headphones. Maybe I’m the foolish one. As you know,


Enhance Your Memory



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Memorization is a mentally laborious task, certainly a concept every student can agree on. As a result, people are often discouraged to learn materials that require memorizing (e.g. language), believing that they are inadequate and poor in academics; such a notion is unhealthy. Generally, the brainin a cognitive process called sensory gatingdiscards information that it deems unnecessary in order to make room for new memories to form, which is actually positively beneficial. Precisely accurate and perfect memory can be incredibly burdensome: those deficit of sensory gating are vulnerable to serious mental illnessesincluding schizophrenia and autism disorders. It may be frustratingly inconvenient at times, especially when is it just impossible to retain various and easily-forgettable, fleeting details such as names, dates, and whatnot. Again, taking into account that human brains purposely extract ‘unimportant’ information, one can work their way around it. Know that memorization is an achievable skill that is masterable through productive practice and consistent stimulation. A simple, yet strategic technique is sounding words and/or phrases out aloud, rather than merely reading it silently in your head; the wordthereforebecomes more distinctive, and thus lingers longer in memory.

Mandela Effect


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The Mandela Effect is the difference between how we remember something and how things really are in real life. This sounds confusing at first but once you hear examples, you understand it. Some people say that in 2012, the world had “ended” and then created a parallel universe making things different from what we remember them to what they actually are. This had started because Nelson Mandela, the first African American political leader, had died in jail in 1980’s when in reality he had died in 2013. Both times there was evidential proof that he died in both years so people began to think time traveling had occurred in this time. This might sound silly but the next examples really get you thinking. In the Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the evil queen says, “Mirror mirror on the wall”, as we remember right? No. Rewatching this movie it is clear she says, “Magic Mirror on the wall”. Another example, in the popular movie Star Wars, people know the famous line, “Luke I am your father”, right? Wrong again. Going back to the actual movie, Darth Vader says, “No, I am your father,”. People are starting to notice news conspiracies every day and people start to question the Mandela Effect even more if “time travel” is even possible.

“New Lil Uzi Vert Music Soon?”


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Star rapper Lil Uzi Vert might be releasing his long-anticipated album soon.


Lil Uzi Vert’s long-awaited album, “Eternal Atake,” could finally be dropping this weekend. Of course, everything is speculation at this point but there are a few reasons fans have hope.

At the beginning of this month, Hip Hop news source DJ Akademiks posted on Instagram his list of albums dropping in October. On this list, was Uzi’s Eternal Atake. Also, Don Cannon, the head of Generation Now, the label Uzi is signed to, liked the post and commented. The trail went quiet for a while until Monday. On Monday, Lil Uzi Vert started a live stream on Instagram. When he was asked about the album, he said it was releasing,” soon, very very soon.” Uzi also deleted a tweet on Monday that possibly hinted at the album dropping on the 16th. Him deleting the tweet could mean that the album is releasing on a different Friday.

This album has been teased for months. The first time we heard about it was on July 16th. On Instagram Uzi posted the above album art for the record.

On Twitter, he posted,” Eternal means forever. Atake means 2 overtake.” This could mean a multitude of things because Uzi is such an interesting character, it is difficult to speculate.

The album’s single,” New Patek,” released on September 18th. New Patek, is up to 30 million plays on Youtube, and around 80 million streams on Soundcloud. The song debuted at number 38 on the Billboard top 100 hip-hop chart. Uzi first posted a one-minute snippet of New Patek on Instagram on father’s day, along with a video of him dancing to the song. The video of him dancing influenced the cover art for the single.

The album has not even released yet, and there is already controversy around it.

The album art for Eternal Atake, is clearly inspired by the cult, Heaven’s Gate. The art style is identical and Uzi uses the same key slot imagery. Heaven’s Gate, is a cult/religion led by Marshall Applewhite centered around a UFO. Applewhite and his followers all committed suicide in a tragic attempt to board the fictional UFO. That being said, the surprising thing is that the people most upset about him using the logo are the surviving members of the cult. They have reached out to Uzi multiple times and have even threatened legal action against the rapper.

Lil Uzi Vert has had another issue in the past month or so: Leakers.

People are getting to Lil Uzi Vert’s music recently. Uzi posts snippets of his songs sometimes, as we saw with New Patek. This way they build hype and people know some of the songs on the album. Recently, someone leaked the full song of the popular snippet Run it up. It is all over the internet, but most easily accessible on Soundcloud.  Arguably the most anticipated snippet that leaked is Of Course, but people close to Uzi say that the “rough draft” if you will, is what leaked. Something interesting is that it has been over a year since Lil Uzi Vert’s last album, Luv is Rage 2 released. Luv is Rage 2 released last year on August 25th. Before the album dropped, Don Canon went on his radio station and played or “leaked” six songs: Walking Around with a Bank, Bag featuring Young Thug, Pet featuring Young Thug, Pretty Mami, and Loaded. The only songs that officially released from these were Pretty Mami on Luv is Rage 2, and Loaded, which was on the deluxe version. Is it really that far-fetched to think that this album will release after leaks like the last one did?



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“Suicidal Thoughts” is a song by The Notorious B.I.G. which was released in 1994. The song is built around a phone call with Puff Daddy while Biggie explains that he is going to commit suicide, even though he believes that Diddy (Puff Daddy) would not understand.

During the verse, he openly admits that he does not want to reach heaven. Heaven is for “goodie-goodies”, so he wouldn’t fit in. According to him, he doesn’t deserve heaven, “All my life I been considered as the worst, lyin’ to my mother, even stealing out her purse,” Biggie tells Diddy about his past sins and crimes to which he has attached guilt. He has so much regret that he thinks his own mother would have preferred it if he had not been born, “I know my mother wished she got an abortion, she don’t even love me like she did when I was younger,” he no longer feels his mother’s love towards him, which could be a leading factor of his suicide.

“I wonder; if I died, would tears come to her eyes?”

Are Highly Intelligent People Prone to Mental Illness?

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To think too much is a disease.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A frequent misconception is the belief that those with lower IQs are ones most predisposed to developing mental disorders; however, it is not always the case. Highly intelligent individuals are actually as prone to psychological disorders. Although a person’s IQ level is certainly not a direct factor leading to mental illness, there may be a correlation to it. High IQ links to emotional hyperreactivity and a high degree of awareness to one’s environment: brighter individuals have a tendency to react more intensely to stimulus in their surroundings, triggering chronic distress. Therefore, they are likely to overthink matters and begin to conceive worrisome outcomes excessively. Notable people suffered from these conditions, namely: Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Virginia Woolf, Beethoven, and many more—all of whom struggled with bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, etc. A highly advanced intellectual capacity is a generally desired trait, as it is commonly associated with educational and economic success—such as excelling in academics, having a wider range of career choices, possessing remarkable talents, the list goes on; such individuals with the ability reach farther in life. It is a truly exceptional phenomenon, but most do not realize that it likewise underlies some flaws, difficulties, and disadvantageous aspects to it.

Because of You


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Ne-yo is an older R&B artist, one of his most popular songs is “Because of You”, this song is not particularly meaningful or as deep as other songs. It was released in April of 2007 and is still played today.

In the first verse he describes the lust he feels like an addiction, though he does not say it directly, “I love the way it feels, it’s got me stuck between my fantasy and what is real,” lines between fiction and reality begin to blur with the stimulation, what’s the right thing to do? This decision makes him question his own logic. “I don’t know if I would quit but I doubt it, I’m taken by the thought of it,” Ne-yo admits that he cannot quit even if given the option to, this only adds to his confusion in his relationship.

In the second verse, he admits that it is the only thing he can focus on. He enters by saying, “Think of it every second, I can’t get nothing done,” like a drug he can’t be concerned with anything else, but it’s the only thing his mind is centered on. After a few lines he writes, “ I try and try, but my obsession won’t let me leave,” similar to withdrawals, it keeps him coming back for more even if he knows he did the wrong thing because it’s more important at this point than quitting.