A little thing we all call News

The news. Is it a source of information, or just a means of massive mind manipulation? When should we listen and when should we click the off button? Does it truly do the function it is meant to do: inform, and allow for a democratic society, or is it just a mask behind a homogenous group of control? Does the news stimulate positive reactions full of hope, joy, and happiness, or does it stimulate fear? Fear as the perfect weapon for control. Who is behind this massive mind control?

These are questions I have posed again and again. I am befuddled, till this day. I turn on the television and read the newspaper and all I see and all I hear is a repetition of the same events again and again and again, events that always seem to evoke all fear possible within my veins. A fifteen year old girl raped and killed, a seventeen year boy holding the gun, an old man strangling his family, a young baby dead on the floor. If it does not involve kidnapping, killing, rapping, drugs, and crimes the news would be no news at all.

Is what is truly happening in the world this devastating? Has the world always been this violent? I seem to think it has. But why does it give the impression that the world is always about to fall into a deep black whole? If it is not global warming, if it is not war, if it is not oil availability and prices of oil, or if it isn’t this talk of recession, we would have little to look for in the future. Is the truth that humans seek conflicts and need such conflicts during the entirety of our existence? Do we get excited in the name of conflicts? Or is the true nature of our species one that seeks to find the conflicts in order to fix them? Are we killing gorillas or are we saving them? Do we pollute the world or do we invest to save it? Do we destroy or do we heal?

The truth is, that it is neither. News tells us it’s both, in very appealing ways making us believe it is the same non-controversial idea. The news maneuvers our mind to think about all these things and join causes. Save Darfur. Save the environment. But does it make a difference? Did we in fact land on the moon? Is the United States going to launch a mission to mars soon with actual human beings or is it a preparation to continue “news” after this political surge ceases in a few months following November?

Is there an actual war? Or is this another 1984? I could have sworn we were against terrorism here. And wasn’t there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Or was that Iran? Sorry, I forget it’s the same country, and Afghanistan the capital. And while we think and wonder about the success of the war, and protest against it while others praise it, and while men die in battle and failure of establishing a stable democratic political system, the “news” is going and going and going. Shut it up. Shut it up. But then again, who to shut up? Who is behind this homogenous spread of “truth”?

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Greetings. My name is Louise Mendes, I am a new writer here on collegebeing. Hope you like some sweet opinions from me. See you soon. Tada.

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Yummy Protein Bar Recipe: Make Protein Bars on the Cheap

Protein bars have to be one of the most expensive things I buy at the super market. Here is a nice video teaching us poor college students how to make our own protein bars. You can make a bunch and eat them in between classes. Plus, by her accent, I think that girl is Brazilian. Note, however, that you will have to stop by a nutritional health store to pick up some of these items, but at least you will be healthy.

Here is what you need (makes 24 bars):

  • 2 cups raw oat meal
  • 1 cup protein powder (e.g., soy protein powder)
  • 1/2 cup flex seed
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 2 cups trail mix or other form of nuts you prefer
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 cups peanut butter

Mix all of that together and then place it in an oiled container. No need to bake and you get 11 grams of protein and 4.2 grams of fiber per bar!

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    Fun Things to do with Extra Condoms

    Condoms. I get them from everywhere. From Student Health Services, to people running for student council. Heck, even my mom gives me condoms (don’t even get me started on that one).

    There is only so much sex someone can have in a day, so here are some helpful things you can do with condoms to help you get rid of some before their two-year expiration date:

    1. Have a tasty treat – No, I’m not talking about flavored condoms here. I’m talking about condomsicles. I don’t personally recommend this for condoms with lubricants or if you are allergic to latex, but then again, we’re college students and can’t be too picky.

    2. Play God and create your own world – I personally have a high need for power. Or at least that is what my psychology teachers keep telling me. Now that I am too old for Sim City 3000, I can just make my own personal condom world.

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    College Cybersecurity Tactics – Get Educated, Not Hacked

    Going to college is your time to start learning about the world. One of the things that you should learn about the world is this: people are going to steal from you. In the digital world that we live in this theft occurs online, necessitating the need for cybersecurity.

    You don’t have to going to college for any sort of IT related education in order to follow the cybersecurity tactics I will be covering in this article. Keep reading so that you don’t get hacked while you get an education.

    Cybersecurity for college: Device location

    The typical college experience shares a room with a roommate, that room is shared within a dorm, and that dorm is part of a larger campus. Each of these settings allows the opportunity for other people to access your devices. The very first thing that you need to do is know where your devices are, and to secure them physically.

    The next thing that you need to do is to make sure that they’ll have some sort of lock screen turned on. If you get up from the study hall to go to the bathroom you don’t necessarily want to take your computer with you. A lock screen can protect you. The lock screen on your phone can protect you if you happen to put it down at a party.

    Making better password choices

    This applies to both your devices and your accounts. The time to use your dog’s name as your password, or your birthday, is over. Here’s what you should do: Click to continue reading…

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