This just in: Lauren And Matt have ESP
Wait that's old news
Sept. 23, 2005
Before having the idea of making webpapers, Matt and I wanted to make some kind of webpage. I had a hard time thinking of an idea, but at last I thought of the newspaper theme. Right when I was going to announce my decision my mother iterrupted me, causing me to lose my thought. I was so upset I thought I was going to cry. So Matt tried to help me figure out what I had forgotten. He said that on his site he was just going to put the news. I freaked out and told him my idea about the newspaper. He burst out laughing, getting out just enough words to say that that was his idea, too. Weird??
Article written By Mr. Ciro
Dec. 14, 2005
Society only reaping what it has sowed with violence in our schools
Why is there so much violence in our schools?
Although personally I don't condone any form of destructive behavior, I do, however, have to say that I am not surprised by the violence that is ravaging schools in the U.S.A. What is wrong with our public schools? Why are kids so prone to fight and kill? Are they the ones to be blamed? Yes and no.
By observing little children, we can deduct a lesson: They learn by imitating the parents, the family and the circle of people of whom they are surrounded. They learn by what they see or hear on television, what they see and hear from their elders, from the people who represent us in the government -- yes, the government. And what a model for our children!
I am not speaking as an Italian nor as an American, but as a citizen of this world. As such, I say that the American government is and, unfortunately, has been for some decades one of the most bellicose on the face of the earth. This country is teaching our kids to lie, to be too aggressive, to repudiate and to kill those who "might" cause a threat to us. One famous American by the name of Robert Kennedy once said:
"We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far-off lands. We glorify killing on movies and television screens and we call it entertainment ... violence breeds violence, repulsion brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our souls. We must admit in ourselves that our children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled nor enriched by hatred and revenge." (On the Mindless Menace of Violence, Cleveland, Ohio, April 5, 1968).
Thus, when our government fails us, what we have left is our family; but when the family isn't there, what's left for our children to get support, understanding and love? The community? Communities are made of families. When the family disintegrates, the community disintegrates, too. What's left for our children to look up to? TV? I wouldn't say so. Perhaps the only place left for them is school. Yes, school.
For many kids that is the community to be in, that is the family where they can get some respect, love, understanding and an education. For some others, it is a place to display their frustration and anger against a society that has deceived them.
It's a society that preaches freedom and justice in the name of God, which tries to bring its vision of "freedom" to other countries when true freedom and justice are lacking at home. It's a society that can afford to spend billions of dollars for wars around the globe, but cannot create decent paying jobs for the unskilled, a society that cannot guarantee a free post high school education to its children and low-cost medicine for its senior citizens.
Against all of this, our children feel confused, alone, alienated, empty and enraged. Their actions or reactions are the result of the seeds that have been planted in them. We are simply reaping the fruits.
To finish, I want to say that in this age of computers and videogames, where buying real arms is almost as easy as going for an ice cream, where seeing people being blown up on TV is as entertaining as watching "Lassie," where competition is the mantra and being number one is the motto, even at the expense of innocent people, we have lost one of our most precious things: our humanity.
Help Save an Essential Part of Punk Rock History
Sept. 23, 2005
Since it's opening in 1973, CBGB and OMFUG has discovered many punk rock bands, including The Ramones and Blondie. This bar and nightclub located in New York City has just recently lost its lease and is fighting to stay where they are. To do your part and help save this historical landmark check out SaveCBGB.com and sign the petition. You can also send a letter to the Mayor of NYC telling him how you feel, but be polite... It is not his fault in this.
Sept. 24, 2005
Pet Rocks, Furbies, Beanie Babies, Pokemon Cards, Razor Scooters, etc were all once the biggest fads around. And each faded away just as fast as they came. One modern day fad would definetly be Myspace. Myspace.com advertises that you could "browse through millions of prfoiles". That is a lot of people. I would have to estimate that at least 90% of people I know have one. This number is constantly growing to the point where it is refreshing, but rare to find someone without one. It is a pointless hobby though, and I expect it to stop being so popular by the end of this year [hopefully].
Myspace is a place to upload your pics and show them off to the world, comment on people's site you don't even like, and meet new people who you will probably never meet in real life. It is all to gain some kind of self esteem for yourself by having complete strangers comment on your pictures and have 100's or 1,000's of "friends". I know that there are zillions of people who are in love with it, but that is not a reason to join. CONFORMITY IS NOT THE ANSWER. Go waste your time on making websites, Xanga, or Ebay and stop taking those whorery pictures of yourself that are "so myspace".