When a person is born, they are referred to as a tabula rasa, or a “blank slate.” They have no inclinations or preferences, no likes or dislikes, they are completely innocent. Then, it is up to the parents to teach their child well, and instill within them a moral compass. Somewhere along the line, parents make mistakes, say something controversial or offensive, and, like a sponge, the child absorbs this information and internalizes it.

It is for this reason that we have people living in this world who are full of hatred. Racism is not a congenital illness, it is taught in the home, and fostered by prejudice and discrimination. Sexism starts with a parent, typically the father, being condescending to the mother. As parents, it is their responsibility to be a good role model and set positive examples so that their children can grow up and find happiness. 

Just some food for thought, here’s what you missed in the news over the weekend. 

Boeing Is In Deep

In less than six months, one of Boeing’s newest aircrafts, the Boeing 737 MAX 8, has crashed twice, one of which occurring this weekend. According to reports, every single passenger aboard the 157-person flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines died on Sunday. As of now, there has yet to be a report explaining what caused the most recent crash, and no evidence supports that the two crashes are connected. For those unfamiliar with the first crash, Lion Air’s flight went down in late October, killing all 189 passengers. 

“It’s highly suspicious. Here we have a brand-new aircraft that’s gone down twice in a year. That rings alarm bells in the aviation industry, because that just doesn’t happen. All pilots should have been trained on that function after Lion Air. Boeing did something very unusual for any manufacturer — it sent out an emergency bulletin and told all airlines to make sure they trained the pilots in the shut-off procedure. This is one of the things that should never be happening after takeoff…”

Mary Schiavo, former Inspector General, U.S. Transportation Department 

Trump 2020

A wise man once said that with great power often comes great responsibility. It is this sagely advice that I hope carries President Donald Trump into the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Now, this is not to say that I hope he wins, because I have yet to decide who I think will be the best candidate, but I believe he will face a more difficult go at the presidency this time around. According to Trump campaign aids, his 2020 campaign will combine his populist themes from 2016 with data-backed approach said to blow all other opponents out of the water. As for his new tagline, he will be saying that he wants to “keep America great.”

“We are creating the largest campaign operation in American history, an unstoppable apparatus that will follow and implement President Trump’s strategy to great effect. On every metric, we are on track to outpace our 2016 numbers by many multiples…”

Brad Parscale, Trump Campaign Manager 

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