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While colonization may not be as present today as in the days of Christopher Columbus, there are people who are still affected by the similar means of abuse from a higher authority. Icíar Bollaín’s Even the Rain shows us that people in Bolivia today face similar issues that the conquered natives faced when the Spanish conquistador Christopher Columbus settled on their land.

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This post talks about three instances of a façade of legitimacy and how it is portrayed in Iciar Bollain’s, Even the Rain.

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Marijuana is a classic drug that everyone knows is illegal to use. However, teens still do. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a prescription medication used to treat ADHD, ADD, and narcolepsy. This drug belongs to a category of central nervous stimulants, and acts to help focus one’s attention and concentration solely on a specific task to be done. Sounds pretty good right? Ritalin is legal, serves a legit purpose, and is prescribed for actual diseases/conditions - unlike the stereotypes of marijuana. Some people feel that Ritalin is so good - it should be passed out in schools for those kids that are "just too out of control". This article discusses the use of Ritalin on elementary/middle school kids, as well as the similarities/differences about marijuana and Ritalin.

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This blog discusses the ways that the United States Forest Fire Service motivates it’s firefighters to do an extremely risky job. It also discusses the idea of the risk being absent to the firefighters.

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Police force today in the world is very common the point of this study is to try and examine what type of force causes the most civilian’s complaints and injuries. Also to see what type of academy training causes what type of excessive force.

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This post reviews research done to better understand who is most affected by stress in the fire service. The article explains which group is most likely to experience some sort of psychological stress and the effective methods firefighters use to deal with this stress. I examine the results and include some thoughts from my own personal observations about how firefighters best deal with stress from traumatic or fatal incidents.

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  In the article “Central America drug gang violence at ‘alarming level’ ” it reveals that Central America is stuck with a huge problem; drug. Since a couple a years, there is a significant increase in drug-related violence and in criminal activities.  Central America is now a transit land where drug dealers establish their gang to produce and sell drugs.  Why?

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 In the news article “UK is Europe’s addiction capital” the author demonstrates many examples and opinions from various organizations on what the government should be doing in regards to the rise of drug addiction and alcoholism within its country. According to Iain Duncan smith a member of the social justice department the Uk has been reported to be the addiction capital of Europe costing them over £36bn in funds per year. The main issue is that these “drugs” are products that can be found around the household such as bath salts or research chemicals.

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SAFFiR or Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robots is a program funded by the U.S. Navy that is working on developing fully-functioning firefighting robots for naval ships. The robot is called an ASH and has features like a human such as arms and legs. The ASH will be able to navigate the ship, find the fire, use an extinguishing agent, and follow verbal and visual commands from a human. Much of the technology is still under development but researchers are hopeful that I the ASH is successful the technology can be applied to create other types of robots.

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The use of technology is growing in schools. Teachers are being trained to use tablets in lessons and for homework. Some embrace it but others are a bit more wary. Tablets embody a whole new way of teaching and presenting to student. But will the increased use of it help or hurt the new generation of tech savvy students?

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