The reporting system that sexual assault survivors want -- Jessica Ladd
With the ability to anonymously report sexual assaults, Jessica Ladd created a resource for the tens of thousands of sexual assault victims. This system allows for victims to report their assaults to police soon after the incident and creates the foundation to prevent nearly 50% of all sexual assaults in our nation. We can live in a world without sexual violence.
The price of shame -- Monica Lewinsky
In one of the most powerful TED talks to date, Monica Lewinsky takes us into her own personal struggle of dealing with the shame that came from her being the lover of former President Bill Clinton. How do we as a society treat people in these situations and how does our media-crazed culture damage these individuals? Lewinsky takes us through these questions and many more.
For these women, reading is a daring act -- Laura Boushnak
So many of us take for granted our education and our ability to read and write, and yet there are many women and children in the world who want to learn but cannot learn. In this TED talk, Laura Boushnak uses photography to tell the story of these women who struggle and through her work we can see the desire to learn in the hearts and minds of all of these women.
TED Weekly is brought to you by Bryce Tapp, editor-in-chief of The Millennial Times.
Alleged Airstrikes Leave Over 85 Syrian Civilians Dead
On Tuesday, it was reported that a series of US-led coalition airstrikes killed masses of Syrian civilians. Both the US and France have been connected to the attacks; the Syrian Foreign Ministry is demanding action from the United Nations. The news was quickly met with the explanation that the “coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters”. The US Pentagon said that an investigation was underway to determine the validity of the reports. Activists have taken to the internet to demand greater coverage of these events, pointing out the significant attention that the Nice attack in France garnered for the same death toll.
It’s a Grand Old Party
The GOP Convention (July 18-21, 2016) has dialed down to an end and the Trump campaign has seen a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. On Monday night, Melania Trump delivered a speech that was quickly called out for plagiarism. Parts of the oration were taken from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. On the fourth day of the convention, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel made history by declaring “I am proud to be gay” to the conservative audience. He was met by applause and support. Later, Donald Trump mentioned his intention to “protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology”. The official Republican Party Presidential candidate delivered a long acceptance speech that was passionate, yet also dark in its discussion of world terrorism. However, most would agree that Ivanka Trump delivered the most effective speech of the convention. She spoke of equal pay for women and advocated for her father eloquently, even deeming him “the people’s champion”.
IOC Retests Reveal 98 Cases of Olympic Doping
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) retested samples from the 2012 London and 2008 Beijing Olympic games and found scandalous results. A total of 98 samples were found to have used drugs during the 2008 and 2012 games. Any athletes found to have used illegal substances from the results of the new tests will be barred from participating in the Rio games. Vladimir Putin released a statement that “there can be no place for doping in sport” in response to the Russian “state-sponsored doping program”. In November 2015, all Russian track-and-field teams were banned from participating in the Rio 2016 games, but now some are asking for the nation to be completely banned from the event. The Rio games begin on August 5.
Kardashian v. Swift
Entertainment media had a field day this week as a massive celebrity feud erupted between Kim Kardashian, the infamous reality TV star, and Taylor Swift, the 26-year-old musical juggernaut. The affair began with the release of Kanye West’s song “Famous”. It included controversial lyrics that mentioned Swift by name. Swift responded negatively, claimed that she did not approve the lyrics, and even labeled it as having a “strong misogynistic message”. Then, on Monday night, Kardashian defended her husband by releasing a recording of Swift and West discussing the lyrics. Twitter erupted with the hashtag #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty. Fans and celebrities alike voiced their opinions regarding the public disagreement, causing a storm of headlines.
Dark Matter Stays Dark
Using 20 months of collected data, scientists from around the world attempted to locate and investigate dark matter, the universe’s most elusive substance. However, the recent investigation using LUX (Large Underground Xenon experiment) has turned up nothing. These results are being officially released at the Identification of Dark Matter conference hosted in Sheffield, England. Future investigations will be made using LUX-ZEPLIN, a successor project to the LUX.
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There Are No Natural Born Leaders
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. – General Douglas MacArthur, American five-star general
What is leadership? Is it being the one to write the paycheck? Is it being the line leader in elementary school? Is it being the first to finish in a race?
Leaders are people who inspire other people to be great. They are people who change lives. Out of the world of frontrunners, there will be good and bad; whether you become Margaret Thatcher or Reynard Heydrich is a result of your choices and integrity, but a leader is a leader nonetheless.
How Brexit and Bernie Sanders’s downfall betrayed millennials
Does our vote really count? (Photo: Rob Stothard/AP, taken from The Guardian)
Millennials aren’t afraid to voice their opinion. As one myself, I would gladly march for government transparency, speak out for LGBT rights, and fight for a woman’s right to choose. We used to be criticised for feeling entitled, for being complacent, for being dependent; but now, after we are voicing our thoughts, it seems like our opinions don’t matter.
This bitter rejection of our political views hurts future participation, and furthermore, it sponsors a dangerous sentiment of mistrust and anger.
Though the announcement may not have gone exactly as he planned, Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s pick for his running mate was leaked on Thursday -- Indiana Governor Mike Pence. This came as both a surprise and fitting result for many members of the Republican Party. Trump had previously offered various choices for his potential Vice Presidential choice, such as Newt Gingrich or Chris Christie, whom both brought interesting perspectives and opinions, both of which varied and paralleled Trump’s.
However, now with the official, or “unofficial”, recognition of Pence as Trump’s selection for the Vice Presidency, we can now take a bit more of a look at Donald Trump’s new right hand man.
Modern democracies are no longer the democracies we once knew.
When referred to in the realms of political science and international relations, democracy is a major foundation in many analyses and theories, so much so that theorists such as Immanuel Kant, Thomas Paine, and Alexis de Tocqueville considered it to be the cornerstone for international peace. What Kant, Paine, and de Tocqueville referred to was a liberal democracy, a slight, albeit critical, variation from democracy as it was first conceived by the Greek city-state of Athens.
A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender -- Lee Mokobe
This lyrical yet harrowing performance gives us all a glimpse into the struggle of transgender youth in the world. Mokobe uses poetry to give us all a glimpse into the world of a South African transgender young man -- a young man who knows beauty and love in a world of hate.
Let’s not use Mars as a backup planet -- Lucianne Walkowicz
As a “choice alien real estate” agent, Walkowicz shows us how deeply damaged our own world is and how we are easy to use Mars simply as a backup planet. Walkowicz shows us how living in some of Earth’s harshest deserts is still better than living on Mars and how it may be best to preserve our own planet before moving to the Red Planet.
The hidden light of Afghanistan -- Monika Bulaj
Walk amongst the hidden people of the Earth with Monika Bulaj as she shows us her photography all the way from Poland, to North Africa, and finally to Afghanistan. There she explores the depth of life and beauty that some of Afghanistan’s most vulnerable people. A people who have been damaged by war and murder within their home.
TED Weekly is brought to you by Bryce Tapp, editor-in-chief of The Millennial Times.
On Friday, a small faction within the Turkish military began to send helicopters, fighter jets, and tanks through the major cities of Istanbul and Ankara. During the fearful hours that the country was held under siege, martial law was declared, a curfew was imposed, and the declaration of a new constitution had been underway. There are thoughts that this coup was a fight against the secularism President Erdogan had been pushing, who was said to have fled to first Germany and then London during the coup. Ultimately, the coup failed and Erdogan returned to Turkey with threats of major consequences waiting for those who dared to protest.
A Future to Believe In… With Her?
On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders, in an attempt to unify the Democratic party, endorsed presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Watch his speech here.
For the first time in Emmy history, every single category held actors of color. The Emmy nominations were released in time for the 68th Emmy’s, and this year, yet again, Game of Thrones dominated the list with 23 different nominations. Among others was Black-ish, the first South Asian to be nominated ever for a nominee, Aziz Ansari, How to Get Away with Murder, and The People vs. OJ Simpson.
In an unexpected victory against France, Portugal won the Euro Cup with a single goal. The team seemed to have lost their hope when their best player, Cristiano Ronaldo, was injured in the left knee and had to sit out for the rest of their game. But somehow, against all odds, Portugal fought their way through France’s well-defended team and substitute Eder scored an incredible goal, winning the game for the country.
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July 14th, 2016 will go down in the history of France and the world as a day of terrible tragedy and heartbreak. Following the terrorist attack in Nice, where 84 were left dead and so many others critically injured, it is hard to see anything about that tragic day in a positive light. However, with our world being in the dark state that it is in, we must try our hardest to look for those moments of brightness while we swim in a sea of tragedy.
The attack on July 14th in Nice was not the first, nor will it be the last time that evil comes in with intentions of causing only bad. France remains strong, the world remains strong, and in the face of tragedy it is often best to look back to previous times of anarchy and tyranny and remember the victories then and apply them to the now.
On July 6, 2016, social media erupted when pocket monsters took over the US cyberspace. Pokémon Go, for those living under a nicely sized boulder, is an augmented-reality mobile game created by Niantic Inc., a modest tech company spurned out of Google. Niantic was asked by Nintendo to manufacture this widely anticipated app using location-based technology from Niantic’s last game, Ingress.
The official release trailer for Pokémon Go.