Black Lives Matter protesters rush into Dartmouth library to berate students studying

On Thursday night roughly 150 Black Lives Matter protesters rushed into the Dartmouth College libray in Hanover, New Hampshire to berate white students that were studying there for their supposed racial privilege.

According to the Dartmouth Review which is an independent newspaper at the Ivy League school, stated that the protesters marched into the library shouting various profanities and berating white students.

Protesters were shouting “F— you, you filthy white f—“”f—you and your comfort” and various other insults at them.

According to the Dartmouth Review, “Throngs of protesters converged around fellow students who had not joined in their long march, they confronted students who bore ‘symbols of oppression’ such as ‘gangster hats’ and Beats-brand headphones. The flood of demonstrators opened the doors of study spaces with students reviewing for exams. Those who tried to close their doors were harassed further. One student abandoned the study room and ran out of the library. The protesters followed her out of the library, shouting obscenities the whole way.”

Students who refused to acknowledge or join their outburst were shouted at. Men and women were pushed and shoved by the group. Reportedly one woman was pinned against the wall while being shouted at by a group.

The tactics used by the group of protesters that decided to rush into the library and berate the students mirrored what they claim to stand against.

A video was taken of the incident that shows one woman raising a middle finger and another confronting the person operating the camera.





L.A. installing new streetlamps that come with built-in wireless broadband

If you’re ever out visiting in L.A. and want better internet connection on your phone just walk over to a street lamp because L.A. is the very first city on the planet to install street lamps with 4G LTE technology.

These street lamps are Phillips-branded SmartPoles , they help boost the broadband coverage throughout the city. Each one of the poles are connected to the network through a fiber link. The fiber link allows for a steady connection to be kept at all times. These poles are located closer to the streets and sidewalks which is where more phones are used compared to cell towers which are farther away from the more dense areas of a city.

Day-to-day cell service is great, but the real benefit of this is that the system is not likely to get knocked out by a natural disaster,  like say an earthquake.

After any type of large-scale emergency occurs in a city, we end up relying a lot on our smartphones but the system ends up not being able to handle all the people at once. You’ve might of experienced it once or twice: The cellular network is easily overwhelmed by to many people calling at once. The second problem with cell towers is centralization. Once one cell tower loses its power, a large coverage area is affected by this. Cell towers do have backup batteries to help keep them running but those only last so long with all the extended use. By dispersing the network to various different nodes instead of just one, you get more reliability on most of them to stay on. Peters Marx, the Chief Technology Office for the City of Los Angeles, stated that “this increased reliability for the wireless network is especially important in the event of emergencies — so that smartphones stay online when they are needed most.”

This new system will be great for whenever I go out there and visit family or enjoy the sightseeing that L.A. has to offer and be able to tweet out my adventures much easier. But also in case of an emergency this seems like a great plan for everyone to stay connected in emergencies.


Mexican Supreme Court rules that smoking marijuana is a fundamental part of human rights

This past Wednesday, Mexico’s Supreme Court had ruled 4-to-1 that outlawing possession and the use of marijuana represents a violation of an essential part of human rights. The ruling only applies to the four plaintiffs that were part of this case and doesn’t become the law of land but it does allow lawmakers in Mexico to put forth reform bills on the state and federal level.

Hannah Hetzer, who is part of the Drug Policy Alliance stated in an interview “It’s really a monumental case, it was argued on human rights grounds, which is unusual, and it’s taking place in Mexico, the epicenter of some of the worst effects on the war on drugs.”

Four members of the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante , or S.M.A.R.T. for short, introduced the case to the Supreme Court. This group was specifically set up to challenge the law on this issue in Mexico. Ever since 2013 they had started filing legal arguments to grow, possess and consume marijuana but only until now did their case make it to the Supreme Court.

Their main argument was based on the concept of  “the right to the free development of one’s personality,” which is stated in Mexico’s constitution. Essentially what the statement means is about self-determination. You can eat all the junk food you want to and the state can’t stop even though it is very bad for you. As long as you bring no harm to others around you, go crazy and have fun. The Supreme Court made their decision based on this argument and it fell under the same category.

Because of the way that the Supreme Court works in Mexico the ruling only applies to these four specific people and no one else, but it does bring chances to make new reform bills. This ruling also applies more pressure onto the U.N. to update their old school drug criminalization laws.

Hannah Hetzer suspects that with this ruling full legalization of marijuana will be coming soon.

The new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had already promised to try to legalize Marijuana. If  Canada, United States then Mexico legalize this it would provide so much pressure on the rest of the world to rethink their drug laws.

With a country like Mexico which is ravaged by the war on drugs legalizes it could mean a decrease in violence, convictions, and murders that occur on the streets when civilians are caught in the crossfire of warring cartel members.

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Microsoft taking away unlimited OneDrive storage

Microsoft has recently announced that it will be taking away the ability for users to have unlimited amounts of storage using OneDrive because apparently if you say unlimited storage people will hold you to it.

Almost a year ago Microsoft had stated that paid Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers would also receive unlimited cloud storage using their OneDrive service. But then on Monday Microsoft announced that they had changed their minds because heavy users were using around 75TB of storage which they didn’t think would happen.

Instead Microsoft decided to revert back to their old plans which would have limits on the amount of storage available. Now paid users will only be able to use 1 tb of maximum storage and they’re also removing their old 100GB and 200GB paid plans. They are replacing the old paid plans with a 50GB plan that will run you $1.99 a month. Then the next step is that the free OneDrive storage will be shortened from 15GB to 5GB instead.

Users who are paying for the service are and for whatever reason not happy with the reduction in storage they will be offered pro-rated refunds.

It’s a little silly and surprising that a company as big as Microsoft wouldn’t have accounted for the small number of people who would use all that extra space available. There are other companies that actually offer unlimited cloud storage space and they say that they don’t have any issues with it and that they are still able to be very profitable. Who knows I suppose.


Ireland will be decriminalising small amount of drugs for personal use

Ireland is set to decriminalize small amounts of drugs for personal use including cannabis, heroin and cocaine according to the country’s drug minister.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is Ireland’s chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy, made the announcement on Monday while giving a speech to the London School of Economics. He stated that by next year their would be specially designed ‘injection rooms’ where drug users would be able to go and use their personal drugs. The rooms will begin to open in Dublin next year, followed by Cork, Galway and Limerick.

All this comes from a “radical cultural shift” in the approach needed to combat drug addiction. Aodháan stated “I am firmly of the view that there needs to be a cultural shift in how we regard substance misuse if we are to break this cycle and make a serious attempt to tackle drug and alcohol addiction.”

This address follows the wake of a leaked report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime that had appeared to call for decriminilisation of drugs on public health and human rights grounds. In the leaked report it states “The briefing paper argues that criminalising drug use increases death rates among addicts and has led to the jailing of millions of people for non-violent offences.”

Well let’s hope that with these radically changing views on the drug crimes that we can move forward in the hopes that they are able to reduce drug consumption but also crime rates and deaths of these users.

Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Police are making ‘safe exchange zones’ so that Craiglist exchanges don’t go horrible

Have you ever gone on Craigslist looking to buy something for a lower price such as games, electronics, cars or maybe even concert tickets and just felt tense the whole time? There are plenty of stories where people have been attacked and robbed at gun point or even some murdered just out looking for jobs.

Luckily though local police around the country have come up with a fairly great idea to try and stop these situations from happening. They are setting up ‘safe exchange zones’ in brightly lit police parking lots or even right in the lobby of the station so that the seller and the buyer feel much safe meeting each other to exchange goods.

The idea seemed to first pop up in Boca Raton, Fla., then more of them popped up throughout central Florida then more and more throughout the country.

In an interview with the washington post Officer Sandra Boonenberg stated that “over the summer of 2014, we had three or four different robberies where the victim had made arrangements to meet someone to see either an iPhone or a computer. They met them in public places — one happened at a gas station — and they still got robbed. We decided we’re going to have to come up with something better, and the chief [Daniel C. Alexander] came up with the idea to use the police department for transactions.”

The police usually tend not to get involved with the transactions but they have surveillance cameras installed as an added backup just in case if anything were to go wrong. But in smaller counties such as the one in Fairview Heights, Ill., an officer might go outside just to make some small talk and reassure them that he is there.

Even though the number of online transactions that have gone perfectly fine are in the millions these small number of transactions have really gained a lot of attention. An online blog named Law Street Media stated that “since the arrest in 2009 of Philip Markoff, aka the “Craigslist Killer”, Law Street identified 58 murderers and 45 murder victims connected to Craigslist postings through last June.”

These ‘safe exchange zones’ are new so there aren’t concrete numbers on how truly effective they are but they do hope that with these designated areas they will be able to make the community feel safer and lower the number of crimes committed during a Craigslist exchange.

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King Digital, Creator of Candy Crush, is bought out by Activision for 5.9 Billion Dollars

Late Monday Activision Blizzard had announced that it would be acquiring the mobile gaming giant King Digital Enterntainment for $5.9 billion.

King Digital Enterntainment is responsible for developing the highly popular game Candy Crush Saga which has 158 million daily users and more than 1 billion daily game plays. So it comes to no sruprise Activision would be interested in buying King Digital. Especially since mobile gaming revenue is expected to hit about $88 billion in just this year then to around $110 billion by 2018 at 8% annual growth, according to Digi-Capital. That’s a lot of money for a market that was first just dismissed as a time waster for single moms who would stay at home.

Activision seems to keep wanting to grow more and more and they seem to be headed in the right direction for now. mobile gaming is rapidly growing day by day slowly catching up to console sales.

In a statement released by Activision ceo Robert Kotick, he said “”Mobile gaming is the largest and fastest-growing opportunity for interactive entertainment and we will have one of the world’s most successful mobile game companies and its talented teams providing great content to new customers, in new geographies throughout the world,”

King Digital was founded in 2003 and ever since then the gaming company has relied on the freemium business model where you can get the game for free but have to pay for extra items that make the gameplay easier. Candy Crush started off as a Facebook game to be played in browser but was released on Apple ios on November 2012 and then on Android operating systems a month later which was when the game really took off and became as popular as it is now.

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First Post to get started.

This is my first post on this page. Not sure what to do just felt like doing it to fill up the page with something. Reason for starting this blog was because a friend of mine said it would be a good idea if we started something like so I guess here it is. Well hopefully its any good and that you enjoy the posting it will be about various things going on around the world. Whatever comes to mind at the time such as games, movies, music, world news and other stuff. Well thank you for reading I suppose.