Trump’s Ban – The Effect on Air Travel (1/28)

Hi all! Iranoutofpuns here…

Q: What is one thing that a should be equal in aviation?

While this is not a political blog, this week we will take a look at something to do with politics. This will not be a discussion of the ban, but rather the effect on air travel due to this ban.

For those who do not know, these countries are Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Currently there are no direct flights from the seven countries listed in the ban and the United States. Due to this reason, there will not be a major effect on airlines based in the United States. These banned countries also do not have major airlines operating as a national carrier so they will not see major effects either.

The carriers that will see the largest changes are the carriers dubbed the Middle East Three (ME3). These carriers, Etihad, Emirates and Qatar, are known for carrying passengers from countries in and surrounding the Middle East to the United States. Even the percentage of passengers from these countries are relatively small, so the direct effect will be minimal at most.DSC09062Edit

Another change that could occur, could be the trade deal between the Boeing Company and Iran. This deal, agreed upon after the lifting of sanctions during the Obama Administration. The order is valued at over 15 billion dollars and includes 80 aircraft of various types. The current ban and deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Iran could see the end of this deal and that would cause a change in the aviation world as a whole.

A: The number of take offs and landings that a pilot has taken part in.

See you all next week!

Neuroscience of Music

In life, you are constantly processing the world around you. Sound is an influential sensory mechanism not only for our survival but for our emotional state. The cognitive processes and reactions that the brain undergoes while listening to music can be analyzed by neuroscientists in MRI’s and CAT scans. Some doctors dedicate their lives to researching the cognitive neuroscience of music, incorporating the most methodical and the most beautiful aspects of the human experience.

If you haven’t noticed, when listening to music, your body reacts as much as your brain does. Your blood pressure can rise and pupils can dilate. But why does the rarefaction and expansion of sound waves through the air effect us so much? Some speculate that music activates the cerebellum part of the brain, the part associated with body movement, and impulses your blood to flow downwards towards your feet, causing us to tap our feet and feel like dancing when music plays.

Source: WIRED

Source: WIRED

In a study preformed by neuroscientists in Montreal, they found that music first and foremost will release dopamine, the neurotransmitter most associated with pleasurable stimulus. The study also found that the brain is most active just before the subject’s favorite part of a song, and experience similar anticipation to receiving food. It’s weird, I know, but in a way it sort of makes sense. Especially when you look at music today, DJ’s and composers always try to manipulate the listener’s experience just before the pinnacle moment you’ve been waiting for (the “beat drop” if you will).

Pros and Cons of Ivy League Schools

Hey everybody, TheCollegiate here. It’s finally Friday, which means it’s time for another blog post! This week I’m going to be talking about Ivy League schools. There’s no question that Ivy League schools are very prestigious, but does the name and the prestige of the Ivy’s actually make them worth attending?

Attending an Ivy League school is a sign to the world that you are a hard-working, intelligent individual who is dedicated to education and your particular career path- the very fact that you were accepted into these schools proves it. Not only does attending one of the Ivy’s look great on future resumes, but the schools may provide a better quality of education for your chosen career field- however, this is not always the case. As always, when doing research for colleges, find out the rankings of schools for a particular major, and see where the Ivy League schools are on the rankings. Ivy’s may be prestigious schools, but they may not always offer the best possible education for a certain major- for example, if an Ivy League school is more focused on science and medicine, they might not offer the best quality of classes for an aspiring journalist.

Tuition is also a factor. The name, and the ability to say that you went to an Ivy League school comes with a price. Tuition at these schools can range from $40,000-$70,000 approximately, depending on several factors such as in-state or out-of-state tuition fees. This is quite a hefty price to pay, and it may not be something that you can afford- those who attend Ivy League schools may end up paying off their student loans for some time. However, the Ivy’s always offer generous scholarships to those individuals who completely blow them away, so if you are applying to any of these schools, apply for scholarships as well. Scholarships can really ease the financial burden of these schools.

Ivy League schools are great schools, there’s no doubt about that. However, whether or not they are the best school for your particular field, or are a realistically priced school for your financial situation, is ultimately up for you to decide. If you are accepted into any of  these schools, you should weigh the pros and cons of attending to make a decision that’s right for you.


See you all next week!


Semester Two Is Here

IMG_1637As many of you may know this week was the first week of second semester. Now I have started a new semester but for the first time ever my classes did not change. Each class is year round. Now to the sad part, this first semester of junior year was easily my worst semester GPA wise, and my father told me consequences would come of it. Thursday they surely did, I have to pay the difference that my car insurance does not cover which is about 40 dollars a month. That is pretty frustrating; also I have to keep my phone down stairs every night now in order to go to sleep. What am I, 12? Clearly my dad thinks so. Also, mid winter break is in three weeks and I can not have any sleepovers until then, the only way I can have sleepovers by then is if my grades improve. Math and science are really hard classes for me so this is no guarantee. I am going to try much harder this semester because I need to in rider to have fun with my social life. My curfew is now 11 so I cannot even stay out late. Monday in history I was really upset because the kid sitting next to me is really starting to get on my nerves. Sometimes I can’t stand the kid and we are getting new seats soon. This weekend I will be able to work on a couple of projects and get majority of them done because I will not be hanging with friends as much. I am definitely going to try and argue that my curfew should be 12 if I can’t have sleepovers. I will let you all know how that goes next week!

Record Temperatures

Hey Everyone!

Most of us have said farewell to 2016 by now and are getting used to 2017. In fact, we have experienced a lot of change throughout the past year. Whether it was the presidential election, the loss of some of our most treasured celebrities, or other tragic incidents, I think that most of you would agree that our world is very different than it was 365 days ago. Despite 2016 being a year of many changes in our society, it was also a year of many changes in our environment.

For example, recent data has found that 2016 was recorded as the warmest year in earth since modern recordkeeping began in 1880. The Earth’s surface temperature has almost doubled in the past 100 years, a dangerous trend that just keeps on increasing. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the mid-20th century. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures. This change is driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere as well as the depletion of natural resources. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. Not only was 2016 the warmest year, but eight of the 12 months that make up the year from January through September, were the warmest on record for those 71451437-Earth hotter_6particular months. Even though last year was an “El Nino” year, meaning that warmer tropical winds were blown towards the United States, the temperatures were still significantly higher than previous El Nino years.

All in all, we are facing a lot of change in the world. Although some things may seem out of our reach, it is important to always put your best effort towards making the world a better place.

Top 5 Creepy Places

Hey Guys,

Today I will be talking about some creepy places, a couple of weeks ago I did haunted places, I will be continuing the theme. These are personally my favorite creepy places.

  1. Isla de las Muñecas

This island is also known as “Doll Island” that has a haunted past. A man lived in this island in isolation. One day he saw a little girl washing up on shore, he then started to hear crying and screaming from an unknown source. He started to collect dolls and hang them up on trees. This island is now private, but there is an island that is public, but is not the real one.


  2. Chernobyl, Ukraine

In 1986 Ukraine, a nuclear plant exploded causing tons of radiation to go into the air. The town was abandoned quickly. Thirty-one people were killed and thousands were affected by radiation poisoning. You could do the tour in the abandoned town, but not too long.

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3. Nara Dreamland, Japan

This abandoned theme park was supposed to be as popular as Disneyland, but that never happened. This theme park is located far away, so not a lot of people went or even knew about the place. Dreamland was closed on August 31st 2006.


  4. The New Bedford Orpheum- Massachusetts

This abandoned theater was opened in 1912 and closed in 1959. The building was used for selling tobacco and was a restaurant.



  5. Catacombs of Paris

Underneath the streets of Paris is a large graveyard, miles of skeletons and skulls. You could tour the miles of underground tunnels.



San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


The next stop on my trip in San Francisco is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or SFMOMA for short. When arriving to this museum you will first notice the building’s unique architecture. The building has many aspects to its design. One side is made of traditional brick with a boxy structure while the other side is very modern with wavy cement covering the sides in a sloping manner. It is very tough to explain, but the building is very pleasing to the eye. As you walk into the entrance you will be greeted with a grand stair case. If you walk a little more forward and look up, you will see the view from the picture on this post. SFMOMA is a special place in San Francisco because of the art it displays in the museum. It is not just regular art that is showcased here but also works by local artists in the San Francisco area. This allows more people’s works to be shown so that these artist can be represented. SFMOMA is also a very photogenic place, so if you are a photographer it is a wonderful place to take pictures and spend valuable time with friends.

photo by bmphoto

Seattle Women’s March

Hey guys,


After Trump’s inauguration, there were supposed to be widespread protests across the United States. The one in Seattle on Saturday was supposed to have 50-70 thousand protesters, but over 130 thousand people actually showed up.

I wanted to see this madness so I decided to join in. The beginning of the March started at the beginning of Downtown, down to Westlake shopping center which is pretty much the home of the Seattle protesters and ended at the Seattle Center, along 4th avenue. The entire street was closed for this event. I started on the sidewalk, reading all the different signs people made and about halfway through I joined in with the masses. Everybody seemed nice there, the entire protest remained peaceful. The march was supposed to be a silent march, so no chanting or cheering, but at a certain point was when people could get more rowdy.

The march started at 11 and was supposed to end at 4 but it did last a little bit longer than that. Just as thought you saw the end of the line, more and more people would keep streaming in. At the final portion of the march, people entered the Seattle Center, where there were a lot of people just hanging out, listening to music and eating food. There were also a lot of speakers who had stands and signs and were spreading awareness and their opinions to the other protesters.

Overall the march was pretty pleasant, no violence occurred which was good and people generally stayed positive about their beliefs rather than hating on the beliefs of others, which did happen still but to a lower extent than what I expected.

See ya next week!

3 Must Read Sociology Books

Hey it’s sociogal back again with some interesting must read books on sociology. I choose to sometimes look on and see what people are deciding to talk about in current society. Off to the side of the website is sociology books that are common to buy by this one company called Norton Books. Here is a list of some of the most popular read books and a little summary about them.

  1.  You May Ask Yourself. An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist. This book teaches students to think like a sociologist. It gives instructors an alternative to the typical textbook by emphasizing the big ideas of the discipline and encouraging students to ask meaningful questions. This “non-textbook” explains concepts through personal examples and storytelling, covers social inequality, and offers the largest collection of instructor resources for a book in it’s price range.
  2. Essentials of Sociology. This is the textbook that helps students see the big picture of sociology. It moves students beyond individual experiences by highlighting social forces at work in our everyday lives. It encourages students to think critically about how the internet and smartphones are changing the way we date, manage our health, and practice religion.
  3. Everyday Sociology Reader. It’s summarized as, “A lively mix of traditional readings, blog posts, and activities to help students connect sociology to their own lives”. The book combines classic and contemporary readings by sociologists and seeks to meet students where they are, offering observations on popular culture, family life, news events, and other aspects of everyday life. The book is written in an engaging manner in order to engage students new to sociology.

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blog for the week of 1/23/17

Welcome everybody to a new week, and Donald Trump’s first week as president. He got right to work stirring controversy, using twitter, and his new power of the executive order in his first week as president. From what this week will tell us is that a lot of what we saw of Trump on the trail and transition will still be here today and in the future.

First lets look at the executive orders and presidential memorandums that President Trump has made. The first executive order signed by Trump was targeting the Affordable Care Act by essentially letting government agencies ignore regulations created by the AFA. Trump also signed a document restricting funding to NGOs that provide abortions. Trump signed a document withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A federal hiring freeze except for the military and those “necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities”. New pipelines should use American steel. Restarting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL. So far that is most of what Trump has done in the role of president. Trump also ordered the construction of “the wall”

Trump and his administration also continued its long standing feud with the media. First Trump’s Press Secretary said that Trump’s inauguration was the biggest, and most watched in history. This is contrary to various pieces of evidence, including pictures. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager and a senior adviser also claimed that “”You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary — gave alternative facts,” In reference to various media outlets calling Sean Spicer’s statements false. This “Alternate Facts” line is starting to become notorious, and seems to encapsulate the entirety of what the campaign and transition was for Trump.

Anyways, this has been a very brief summery of what has happened in the first week of President Trump’s era. Probably a whole lot more in the future.

The Washington Coast!

Hello Fellow Travelers!

I am going to share with you another one of my recent trips, this time to the Ocean! I have always loved the water and I had the crazy luck to be born so close to the Pacific Ocean, so I have to take advantage of that luck every chance I get.

This trip, my family and some close family friends and I stayed at a small resort that is right on the water. The beach there is gorgeous and the three days we spent their all happened to be sunny, blue-sky days. Of course it was still January on the ocean, so it was far from warm, but with the sunshine on our backs, we were able to spend hours upon hours wandering the beaches and playing in the waves.


That is the cliff that is overlooking the waves, with some of the cabins from the resort amongst the trees. The constant gales from the ocean have blown the trees into a permanently bent position, which gives the whole scene a sort of frozen-action look about it, which I greatly enjoyed.

One of the people in our group is a phenomenal photographer, and I wish I had been able to get my hands on some of the amazing pictures he took, but they are still on his computer. It was intriguing to see an artists’ take on such a beautiful place, it definitely enhanced my trip. When traveling to a new place it is critical to try and see it from as many view points as possible to fully live the experience.

Thank you all for reading, I’ll see you next week!


Season in Review 2.0

Hello everybody, Cougar Fan here. This season of college football was so exciting that there is even more to discuss. Here I will give some thoughts on each conference this season:

America Athletic Conference:

The American had a solid year, despite floating somewhat under the radar. Houston had a great start to the season, including a big win over then #3 Oklahoma. They dropped a few games to talented American Conference foes, before demolishing a highly ranked Louisville team later in the year. They notched two top 5 wins this season. Navy also had a very good season. They upset Houston, and were looking to possibly receive a spot in the Cotton Bowl, before they dropped the conference championship game to Temple, and then their bowl (a thriller!) to Louisiana Tech. Temple, the conference champions, had a very good season as well, reaching 10 wins. South Florida won 11 games, and lost their coach to the Oregon Ducks. In short, this was indeed a great year for the American Conference, and they are hoping to use this momentum to rise further into the national spotlight next season.


The ACC had a great season. Clemson and Louisville started off the year on a tare, both being ranked in the top 5 when they met (Clemson won a classic). The Tigers went on the win the National Championship and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy. The two best quarterbacks in the land quite possibly played for Clemson and Louisville. Florida State also had a very good season, finishing 10-3. Virginia Tech also pulled out 10 wins, and even nearly upset Clemson in the ACC Championship game. North Carolina, Miami, Pitt, and Georgia Tech also played very well for stretches of the season. NC State and Wake Forest added some quality to the conference as well. The biggest surprise was definitely Wake Forest.

Check back next week for more conference summaries!

Shilajit-The Miracle Resin!

Shilajit or शिलाजतु has been gaining tons of attention in western botany and farming lately, with lots of skepticism behind its reliability and its properties/uses. In short, Shilajit is a gummy tar that is exuded from the Himalayan, Tibetan and the Altai Mountain ranges in Asia. In theory, ancient plant debris are being put under incredible amounts of pressure for centuries and eventually seeps from holes on mountain faces to harden on the surface of said mountain; this is Shilajit. Pure samples of Shilajit has been proven to contain an array of vitamins, amino/fulvic/humic acids, and triterpines. These ingredients and alkaloids are both safe and nutritious to both humans and our plants. When dissolved in water and drank, Shilajit has shown to reduce weakness, improve memory, increases potency of other nutrients, encourages blood detoxification and oxygenation. The large amount of fulvic acids and DBPs (dibenzo alpha pyrones) found in shilajit are to thank for most of these positive effects on the body. But the use of shilajit solutions have seen more and more use as a folier spray or fertilizer for many plants recently. Until recently has its use become popular, many people find that shilajit folier sprays have shown to repel aphids and insects, improve photosynthesis efficiency, root tip development and a plethora of other benefits for all types of plants.

So next time you are considering to buy some more bagged synthetic fertilizer or your favorite gummy multi-vitamin, consider ordering a few grams of the ancient super supplement instead!

Plant and Prosper

Top 5 Serial Killers

Hey Guys,

Today I am going to write about my Top 5 Serial Killers, for I have been watching a lot of crime documentaries, and i’m interested in this subject.

1. Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos is an American female serial killer who killed seven men in Florida. She was working as a prostitute on the highway and shot seven men to death, she claimed the men tried to rape her and she acted in self defense but there was no evidence that they attacked her. She was sentenced to seven life sentences at Florida State Prison and was killed by lethal injection.

2. Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy was a serial killer, burglar, and rapist who killed young women matching his ex girlfriends description (long black hair parted in the middle,) in the 1970’s. He killed about 30 women. Author Ann Rule described him as, “a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after.” He was sentenced to 30 life sentences and was killed by electric chair in 1989.

3. Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer was a rapist and a serial killer, killing about seventeen men and boys between 1978-1991. His later murders included cannibalism. He was diagnosed with many psychotic disorders even though he was declared sane in trial. He was sentenced sixteen life sentences and later on was beat to death by another inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution.

4. Zodiac Killer

This serial killer whose identity is unknown, killed between the 1960’s and 1970’s and the targets were four men and three women. He often sent letters to the cops to taunt them, sending four cryptograms, which they were only able to solve one. He attacked many times until 1974 when the murders stopped as well as the letters.

5. Jack the Ripper

This serial killer, whose identity is also unknown, killed in the 1880’s Victorian London. His targets were mostly female prostitutes, who were mutilated severely. He also sent many letters but no one has ever been able to find out who he is. He killed only five women; Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly, also known as The Canonical Five.