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Taking left turns for the worse n
Flashing yellow arrows for left turns may be dangerous to pedestrians in crosswalks By McKinley Smith The Daily Barometer
Permitted left turns as indicated by flashing yellow arrows may pose a risk to pedestrians in crosswalks under certain conditions, according to research by David Hurwitz, an associate professor in the department of civil and construction engineering. Previous research regarding the flashing yellow arrow — which signifies a permitted left turn — had been done before. However, Hurwitz took a different angle. He looked at how certain variables affected the safety of pedestrians crossing while the yellow arrow was flashing. The question of pedestrian safety, and this particular traffic signal, arose when pedestrians voiced concerns about their safety following the installation of hundreds of the signals in Washington County. “The feedback of the public in that community was very positive from the perspective of drivers,” Hurwitz said. “They really liked this new indication. However, when those same people were pedestrians, they were more uncomfortable.” Using the Oregon State University driving simulator, Hurwitz was able to test three variables: The number of pedestrians, the number of oncoming drivers and the way the arrow was presented. What he found was that 4 to 7 percent of drivers did not pay a “significant amount” of attention to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Instead, drivers spent most of their time looking for gaps in oncoming traffic and checking the traffic signal so they could make their turns, Hurwitz said. “We were studying particularly wide intersections with lots of vehicu-
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A recent study by OSU engineering professor David Hurwitz suggests pedestrians are at a greater risk passing in intersections with blinking left turn arrows for cars. lar volumes and few pedestrians, and based on the glance patterns, that’s maybe the worst situation for this type of failure,” Hurwitz said. “With lots of cars, most of the attention is paid on the cars, and with very few pedestrians, they did not seek out those pedestrians in that crosswalk.” Several intersections in Corvallis use the flashing yellow arrow to indicate a permitted left turn, including one by Reser Stadium. “The cases that we studied were maybe the worst situation for this visible search task — and that’s a very different pattern of traffic than I would anticipate here on campus, where we have lots of pedestrians at
most of our intersections, and comparatively, much lower volumes [of traffic],” Hurwitz said. Most measures in determining traffic design are “vehicle-centric,” but one possible outcome of this study might be a large-scale study that takes pedestrians more into account, Hurwitz said. “Anything that we do, any decision that we make in the transportation engineering space, has implications both on safety and efficiency of the system,” Hurwitz said. Hurwitz said his goal is to balance safety — minimizing the likelihood of collisions and injuries as a result of collisions — and efficiency.
“We want people to travel between destinations as quickly and efficiently as possible, because their time is valuable,” Hurwitz said. He added that idling also adds to fossil fuel emission costs. The OSU driving simulator uses a 2009 Ford Fusion sedan surrounded by projection screens, allowing researchers to put drivers in virtual situations and study their responses to different variables. The simulator is housed in Graf Hall. Hurwitz’s report is online at otrec. us/project/484. McKinley Smith, news reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
OSU sophomore Andre Paul hopes to one day take part in Mars One mission By Courtney Gehring The Daily Barometer
Most Oregon State University students’ primary dreams are of finding jobs after graduation and moving out of their parents’ home. Not Andre Paul. The sophomore electrical and computer engineering student hopes to move to Mars. As a child, Paul grew fascinated by space and space travel, but he never thought his dreams could come true. Then he discovered Mars One. His curiosity fueled further investigation into the non-profit organization that aspires to establish a human settlement See PAUL | page 2
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Flat Tail Brewery boasts revolving menu, serves the Oregon State community By Kyle Reed
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Iain Duncan sees a lot of Oregon State University within his pub. Duncan, one of three owners of Flat Tail Brewing , a local business, has recently renovated his establishment. Beaver memorabilia adorns the walls, many sports recruitment events are hosted there and, for the third year running, Flat Tail will be pouring drinks at the upcoming Flat Tail Music Festival. “So many people, whether they are alumni or students, utilize the pub; whether it’s game days or just a normal Thursday,” Duncan said. “Most of our people who work for us and two of our owners did go to the school, so it’s a neat way for us to give back.” The bar offers a revolving menu, which fluctuates depending on what is in season. Apple spinach salads are replaced by strawberries, and a salmon reuben is served when the Chinook make their way inland. Much of what is offered is bought and grown locally. “It’s almost become cliche now, but we search out the most local, closest
to proximity, best grown food for any product that we have,” Duncan said. Although the menu will soon make a shift, there is one dish that can always be expected on the menu — the wings. “We bring them in raw ourselves and season them, bake them and then they’re fried,” Duncan said. “They’re never battered. I hate battered. I think it’s just a way to hide a bad product, just cover it up with batter and deep fry it, so we’ll never batter our wings.” Since opening its doors in 2010, Flat Tail has seen many partners come and go. Currently, Duncan owns the business alongside Jason Duranteau and Dave Marliave. Marliave runs the brewing side of the operation, which Duncan says is the real center of Flat Tail. “The general plan of the business was to let the pub start, and start generating money on this side, with a small brew house,” Duncan said. “That was enough to supply the pub, but our long-term goal was always to have the beer out in the market. We knew we were wanting to bottle, we knew that we wanted to keg. And to do that, we knew we would need a bigger brew house eventually.” Duncan plans to continue focusing on the brewing side of the pub for the next two years. The floor has been recently renovated, and they are adding a 15-barrel system in July,
which will allow them to can 12 ounce “We’ll be concentrating on Oregon lived in Maui, Hawaii, although he packages. first and foremost, but then also was raised in Northern California. Recently, the business switched dis- Washington, Idaho and Alaska,” “California is its own world,” tributors, permitting them to expand Duncan said. Duncan said. “When you go into their horizons out of state. Before moving to Corvallis, Duncan See FLAT TAIL | page 2
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Sean Martin, 27, cleans out a barrel at Flat Tail Brewery requiring extremely hot water. Martin has been a brewer for Flat Tail for about two years.
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above a lot of other applicants.” The chosen 20 will travel in increments of four n Continued from page 1 on a seven-to-eight month trip to Mars. Upon departure, they will say goodbye to Earth and their on Mars by 2023. Mars One has plans to fund the project, having a loved ones forever. “I still value my family and friends a lot,” Paul global, televised broadcast of the process including selections of participants and their lives on Mars. said. “I love my family, and I would miss them of “We are so much more insignificant when you course, but it’s just another thing where the end look at the rest of the universe,” Paul said. “The justifies the means. It would still be worth it to me.” He smirked as he related this mission to that of percentage of what we’ve explored, of what we know is out there is next to nothing. It’s incredible Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon in 1969. how much is out there and this could be a big step This mission will also be a giant step for mankind. “It’s a really unique opportunity,” Paul said. “The in exploring more than we ever have.” first people to ever go on Mars and be part of the Mars One is accepting applications from those interested in being the first residents on Mars. To first man mission on Mars, it’s a once in a lifetime apply, Andre submitted a 70-secondYouTube video. opportunity.” Paul has met both skepticism and enthusiasm In the video, each applicant must share why he or from his friends and family. Many people Paul tells she wants to go to Mars, describe about the project consider Mars his or her sense of humor and list One a joke, a nearly impossible why he or she is a good candidate idea. If it ever got to the for the mission. More than 30,000 “There is such a small likelipeople have submitted videos. point where I was one hood that Mars One will happen Mars One will select 20 people of the final choices for in 50 years, let alone 10,” said for the program to embark on an eight-year training program to this, there would be no Paul’s father, Ron. Ron Paul says he does not become astronauts and the first question in my mind. I mind his son’s decision to apply inhabitants on the Red Planet. for the program because even would want to go. Training will consist of spendthough he has suspended his ing several months every two grasp of reality, he is forced to years in a simulation facility isoAndre Paul lated from all mankind except for Sophomore, electrical/computer engineering re-evaluate what is important to him. Ron Paul wasn’t the only crewmates. one to express skepticism toward This will prepare them to live Andre Paul’s belief in the Mars One mission. among three others in a living space that is 200 “I thought it was fake, I thought he got hacked. I square meters. Outside of isolation, each astronaut will learn physical and electrical skills in prepara- called Andre to see if it was true,” said Andre Paul’s close friend, Cameron France, after coming across tion of repairing structures on the settlement. They will also learn to grow and cultivate crops Andre Paul’s Mars One Facebook page. “I am a rational person, and I understand that the within the confinements of their pods. Not only will odds probably aren’t the best for it to even happen,” they learn to provide themselves with food, they will also learn basic medical remedies for dental Andre Paul said. “But I am also confident that the founders and the project leaders will do everything maintenance, muscle tears and bone fractures. Standing shy of six feet tall and sporting an in their power and knowledge to make sure this athletic build, Paul said he is the perfect candidate. mission happens. “If it ever got to the point where I was one of “I have really good eyesight, which is really the final choices for this, to me there would be no important for astronauts,” Paul said. “Being relatively healthy and able-bodied also really helps. question in my mind: I would want to go,” he said. Although the odds are against me, my field of study Courtney Gehring, news reporter firstname.lastname@example.org in electrical and computer engineering puts me
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(CNN) — Continuing a relationship first nate utility workers as first responders during established in the run-up to Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday’s meeting, Kuhn said. Such a designation could help companies President Barack Obama sat down with representatives from the electric utility industry on across the country share resources by allowing Wednesday to discuss ways the federal govern- trucks to easily cross the country without the need ment can help companies quickly restore power for state-specific permits or redundant stops at highway weigh stations. If structured properly, it after major disasters. According to accounts from two industry execu- might even allow workers from Canada to cross tives in attendance, much of the meeting focused the U.S.-Canadian border without delay, allowing on improving responses to natural disasters, but more utility resources to reach areas with major both industry and government officials also drew damage. How exactly the administration and the indusparallels to potential outages caused by a major try can accomplish such changes was the question cyber attack. at hand on Wednesday. “There’s a lot of commonality “We really need to further in the responses to these types identify the processes for these of activities,” said Nick Akins, particular issues, I don’t think president and CEO of American that with one executive order Electric Power. you can solve them,” Kuhn said, Whatever the cause of the pointing out that there are many next major power outage, state regulations currently standremoving barriers for utility ing in the way. And on the issue of workers to reach the source international resource sharing, will be crucial to shrinking the laws on both side of the border length of time customers are could pose a problem. without power, and this is the But both Kuhn and Akins primary goal of the partnership agreed that the president’s perbetween the industry and the CEO of American Electric Power sonal involvement in the issue is federal government. Evidence of this partnership could be seen unprecedented, and represents a commitment before Sandy hit land last October. A utility execu- from the government to be an asset rather than tive was embedded with the Federal Emergency a hindrance. “His message was pretty much right on line with Management Agency to help facilitate the industry’s rapid response, and utility CEOs began others in the group,” Akins said. “That there are holding daily conference calls to discuss resource some lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and that he was very forceful during Superstorm Sandy sharing. “The president came onto one of those calls that we want to make sure that we can respond before the hurricane hit in New York and New quickly and get all the red tape out of the way.” Held at the Department of Energy, this is the first Jersey and made a strong call to make electricity a first responder issue,” recalled Edison meeting of its kind that the president has held with Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn, who was representatives from the utility industry. Present on the Sandy conference calls and present at at the meeting were CEOs from major electric Wednesday’s meeting. “He talked about the fact utility companies, representatives from industry that he would have no tolerance for red tape in trade organizations and officials from various government agencies including the Department of an emergency.” The president reiterated this desire to desig- Energy and the Department of Homeland Security.
Too cool for quorum n
ASOSU house of representatives fails to make quorum for second time this year The Daily Barometer
For the second time this year, the Associated Students of Oregon State University house of representatives did not make quorum for its weekly meeting. After waiting for more than 10 minutes, Jacob Vandever, speaker of the house, said it looked like the house would not make quorum and there would be no meeting. Kiah McConnell, queer affairs task force director, had attended the meeting in order to give a report on her work as director. McConnell rebuked the members in attendance for not being able to make quorum and do their job while considering legislation that would eliminate her position. Last week, the house heard JB 72.03, which would eliminate the positions of queer affairs, women’s affairs and non-traditional student affairs, and combine those positions’ responsibility with a diversity affairs position. “It’s an absolutely stupid idea,” McConnell said to the representatives gathered. “Anyone want to take responsibility for that idea? Oh I see, they’re not even here.” The bill’s sponsor from the house of representatives, Tom Sanderson, was absent. Vandever said he would be meeting on Friday to appoint vacancies in the house of representatives. If quorum is met, the house will meet again on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union. The Daily Barometer
FLAT TAIL n Continued from page 1 California, unless you’re really big, you’re really wanting to attack certain counties or cities in California. To cover the whole state is obviously huge, we wouldn’t be able to produce that much.” Duncan’s 25 years of experience in the restaurant business have led him to take initiative in his work. “You’re always taking a chance with your money and with your reputation,” Duncan said. “You can research all you want, but you have to pick up the dice and roll them at some point. You can plan, plan, plan, but then you’ve got to throw yourself at the public. And you’ve got to be pretty tough skinned, I’ll tell you that.” Kyle Reed, news reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Pride Center, 10pm, MU Quad. Queer Camp Out! Join us for games, music, performance and friends. Bring your tents and sleep in the Quad with us! Pride Center, 6-10pm, Pride Center. Game Night. A fun and social event to meet new friends, play games and enjoy some snacks. SOL: LGBT Multicultural Support Network, 7pm, Native American Longhouse. Crossroads Within: Performances at the intersections of identity. A multimedia event featuring people’s impressions of their multiple identities.
Friday, May 10 Meetings OSU Chess Club, 5-7pm, MU Commons. Players of all levels welcome.
Saturday, May 11 Events Ettihad Cultural Community, 5-8pm, MU Quad. Celebrate the grand opening of Ettihad. Free food, cultural booths and performances.
Tuesday, May 14 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211. Weekly meeting. Educational Activities Committee, 5:30-7pm, Student Media Conference Room, 120 MU East/Snell Hall. Discuss funding requests and policy changes.
Wednesday, May 15 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7-8:30pm, MU 211. Weekly meeting.
Speakers Pride Center, 2-3pm, Pride Center. Jennifer Boylan, author of multiple pieces including a best-selling memoir She’s Not There. We will be serving lunch and guests will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Events Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Noon-3pm, MU Quad. 15th Annual Salmon Bake. A cultural celebration with traditionally cooked salmon, other free food, drumming, singing and dancing.
Thursday, May 16 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. Learning through consultation. Devotions and discussion. SIFC, 6:30pm, MU 207. Weekly meeting. Educational Activities Committee, 5-6pm, Student Media Conference Room, 120 MU East/Snell Hall. Discuss funding requests and policy changes. OSU College Republicans, 7-8pm, StAg 132. Come join us for fun events and friendly discussion.
Friday, May 17 Meetings OSU Chess Club, 5-7pm, MU Commons. Players of all levels welcome.
Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 4-6pm, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. The Grand Opening of the new Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.
Saturday, May 18 Events Pride Center, 10am-1pm, Finley Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife excursion. RSVP at Pride Center. International Health Club, 8am-5pm, Milam Auditorium 026. 3rd International Health Conference. Theme: Upstream Global Health. Breakfast and lunch provided. Native American Student Association, 1-10pm, Gill Coliseum. 37th Annual Klatowa Eena Powwow. Experience Native American culture. Drum groups, dancers and Native American crafts/food will be present. Free dinner at 5pm for first 200 people to show up.
Sunday, May 19 Events International Health Club, 8am-Noon, Milam Auditorium 026. 3rd International Health Conference. Theme: Upstream Global Health. Breakfast provided. Native American Student Association, 1-5pm, Gill Coliseum. 37th Annual Klatowa Eena Powwow. Experience Native American culture. Drum groups, dancers and Native American crafts/ food will be present.
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Exemption T program has no takers o Greek houses applied to the First Year Experience program Oregon State plans on implementing. The university set an original deadline of April 1, when fraternities and sororities intending on joining had to submit an application and pay a fee of $10,000 — each. This fee of $10,000 seems pretty steep. And that’s just the application fee, with no absolute guarantee for inclusivity. No one applied for the program, so naturally, the university extended the deadline to May 6 — because our university is generous like that when money could potentially be involved. The university also extended the deadline for the application fee to June 3. Despite this extension, no one has applied. Our immediate reaction isn’t what you’d think. Actually, we’re wondering why — after all the hype the program received a couple of months ago — none of the fraternities or sororities applied for the exception. From what we could tell, we thought they wanted to be part of the freshmen experience. Maybe they’re over it, or maybe they’re considering having rush in the spring. Maybe. We think it’s a little more probable, though, that the price is deterring fraternities’ and sororities’ involvement in the program. That $10,000 application fee isn’t the only thing Greek houses would have to pay. In fact the application fee is a only a first installment. For fraternities and sororities who are accepted into the program, it is estimated the houses, respectively, would have to pay another $15,000 annually. This price also depends on how many fraternities and sororities actually sign up. The overall costs hovers around $40,000 total. It could also stem from a lack of interest from fraternities and sororities. Recruitment is successful for most houses and interest in Greek life continues to be high. Perhaps houses decided that losing freshmen would not impact their organizations as much as previously thought. Greek life probably also looked at other universities that have spring rush and saw how their organizations continued to be successful in recruiting men and women. By having rush in the spring, Greek houses will have more time to find the sort of people they would like to join their organizations. We’re OK with the exemption program having no takers. We did not think it was a good idea to begin with, and it appears that Greek life agrees.
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here is now an 11th state in the United States to allow same-sex marriage. Delaware’s 21-member state Senate voted in favor of the bill to allow same-sex marriage on Tuesday, 12-9. The bill barely made it through the House last month. Same-sex marriage still isn’t legal in Oregon — or the rest of the United States, barring those 10 forwardthinking states. The Supreme Court heard arguments regarding Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop. 8 in March, but we will not know how they rule on the issues until June. The battle for LGBTQ equal rights is the civil rights movement of our generation. But there are people out there who still ask, “Why does it matter?” and “Why do you need to get married?” No one needs to get married, biologically speaking. Marriage is a social contract people enter into with each other to state their love and commitment to one another in a way the whole world can see. It also conveys benefits in the
The Daily Barometer form of taxes, next-of-kin documentation and death benefits. Because Lt. Col. Linda Campbell’s partner Nancy Lynchild was female, when Lynchild passed away last year Campbell was told she wasn’t allowed to bury her in the Willamette National Cemetery, even though they were married. With the intervention of Sen. Jeff Merkley and Brad Avakian, Oregon’s labor commissioner, Campbell was able to get a waiver and was allowed to bury Lynchild in the national cemetery. Heterosexual veterans are allowed to bury their spouses in national cemeteries, so that they will be able to rest next to each other for eternity — without the intervention of senators or labor commissioners. Basic Rights Oregon is circulating a petition to allow same-sex couples the same benefit — it can be found on their website. When Alison “Tex” Clark and her new wife Anna Campbell came
back home to Portland from their Vancouver, B.C., wedding last year, Clark’s employer — the federal government — refused to grant them the legal protections that marriage conveys. Clark filed a suit, and two weeks ago it was ruled that this was discrimination. Further, the ruling judge, Harry Pregerson, stated on the record that Oregon’s Measure 36 “does not pass constitutional muster.” Measure 36 is the Oregon law that prohibits samesex marriage. We LGBTQ individuals are not a large part of the population — the estimates range from 2 to 13 percent. That’s not exactly a statistically significant percentage, and probably the reason our fight for equal rights in this country is taking so much longer than any other in our history, like women’s rights and black rights. The recent shifts in stances we’ve seen in our politicians regarding LGBTQ rights are probably a result of the shift in public opinion. While we could look at it pessimistically and condemn politicians for changing their views in order to retain or obtain
voters, I prefer to see progress. Who cares why the politicians have changed their views? We put them in office to represent us, so the fact they’re changing their stances to reflect their voters is a good thing. This is happening because if you include our allies in the tally, we have suddenly become statistically significant. In a March 2013 Washington Post-ABC News poll, 58 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. Ten years ago, only 37 percent of the population was in favor of same-sex marriage. Equal rights for us LGBTQ folks are finally looking inevitable, if things continue the way they have been. It might not happen this year, or the next, but it will. While sooner would obviously be better, the fact that this victory is in sight is a huge weight off my shoulders — pretty soon, I’ll legally be as good as the rest of you. t
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Is alcohol consumption the problem or is it the attached stigma? Hart argues people need to reassess the stigma that drinking is ‘cool,’ consider the negative effects
eginning in early adolescence, our parents, teachers and various other prominent authority figures preach to us the negative effects of nicotine, alcohol and other illicit drug use. As we reach the age of 18, our country allows the purchase of tobacco. A similar sociological pattern reoccurs at the age of 21, when we can all legally consume alcohol in taverns, during trivia night at Applebee’s and even in sleazy downtown Portland gentleman’s clubs. For centuries, society has been intentionally ignoring and blatantly neglecting the negative effects of alcohol use, especially overconsumption. According to CNN writer Anne Harding, daily drinking in moderation (one 12 oz. drink for women, two for men) promotes healthy cholesterol levels, strengthens the resistance of insulin, may decrease inflammation and be beneficial to blood vessels as well. Although this statistic is extremely subjective, doctors and research has proven this statistic to be somewhat factual. However, no matter how much one consumes, the detrimental effects of ethanol (the intoxicating agent in fermented or distilled liquor) on the organ systems of the body are consistently undermined. In fact, ethanol negatively impacts a variety of organ systems housed within our precious bodies. Alcohol alters the skeletal system, inhibits the body’s natural ability to absorb and utilize calcium, breaking down bone strength. In our muscular system, alcohol greatly decelerates muscle responsiveness and coordination. The heart, or captain of sustained life, may experience irregular beating and can onset high blood pressure. Alcohol, which carries nearly no nutritional value, acts as a plethora of empty calories, which accelerates weight gain. The digestive system takes a further blow through the increased risk of developing ulcers, gallstones, liver cirrhosis and cancers of the mouth, esophagus, throat and stomach. In an attempt to not transform this into a Milam auditorium anatomy lecture, I will spare you how alcohol also harmfully affects the lymphatic, reproductive and endocrine systems as well. If you wish to knowledge
yourself further on the specifics Pells argues the problem is not regarding the impacts on said systems, please reference the Bradford alcohol but rather the negative Health Articles. social stigma alcohol fights However, before we conclude this voyage inside the biological detrie constantly hear that ments which alcohol induces on its drinking among college victims, we must uncover the interkids has spiraled out of nal component of humans alcohol control. We face statistics from the govdestroys: the brain. Ethanol alters ernment’s National Institute on Alcohol and manipulates both excitatory and Abuse and Alcoholism such as, “four in inhibitory neurotransmitters, which five college students drink alcohol,” or act as the brain’s messaging system. “1,825 college students between the This messaging system, while sober, ages of 18 and 24 die each year from is responsible for vital body funcalcohol-related unintentional injuries.” tions. The neurotransmitters expeBefore we agree with these numriencing the most suppression are bers or shout for more restrictions the glutamate, an excitatory, and the on alcohol, we need to put them in increase GABA, an inhibitory. perspective. David DiSalvo of Forbes Magazine When we see a statistic that says four explains that glutamate, an agent out of five students drink, we need to normally responsible for the increase consider what constitutes drinking of activity and energy levels within alcohol. Does the government categothe brain, rize one sip, one beer, one experiencKyle Hart shot, or one case as drinking? es a clampClearly, a student drinking a down sip for the first time shouldn’t when alcoplace them in that statistic. hol enters The government’s the bloodstream. This National Center for effectively puts a drasticalEducation Statistics counts ly reduced speed limit on 21 million college students the information highway in the United States for that is the human brain. 2010. Out of that, 1,825 He further explains an translates to 0.000087 peralcohol-induced increased cent of college students die flow of GABA, which calms from alcohol. Granted, not and relaxes the brain. all 21 million students are Similar neurological reacbetween tions occur when taking Drew Pells 18 and 24, benzodiazepines, such as but the Xanax or Valium. This can percentalso drastically slow heart age of rate and the running effialcoholciency of the respiratory system. related deaths remains low. The effects of alcohol are undoubtAre all alcohol stats skewed? edly noticeable after only a few Probably not. Are all the stats irreldrinks, and these negative effects evant and able to be seen from another only multiply in magnitude when angle? Maybe. But the problem isn’t consumed in larger quantities. college students consuming alcohol. Blackouts, seen more frequently The problem is the negative social among social drinkers, are a type stigma alcohol fights. of anterograde amnesia where the The government demonized and consumer has difficulty recalling the tainted our perception of alcohol with events which transpire. This disruppolicies like prohibition, the banning tion of long-term potentiation in the of the manufacturing, sale and dishippocampus impedes the brain’s tribution of alcohol under the 18th ability to create memory, and instead Amendment to the Constitution. sends your brain into a ‘panic mode’ Although legal now, the restrictions in which it must utilize all brain funcon age, time of day to buy or sell, and tioning remaining to keep your body location of sales still make us see alcorunning properly. hol negatively. Yes, alcohol does alter Blacking out, which is a definite your state of mind and/or physical indication of over-intoxication, also being, but so does Tylenol. augments their chances of making Tylenol, Halls cough drops, and important judgment decisions like many other “drugs” alter the user, just using a condom, or not punching like alcohol does. However, the governSee Hart | page 7 ment alters the perception of alcohol
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and it trickles down to the masses. Do some students drink irresponsibly? Of course. But some people take too many prescription pills as well and overdose. The alcohol is not the problem. The problem is the user; the irresponsibility of the person. Many people say now that college drinking is on the rise and that we need to put an end to it. Maybe the consumption rate is up, but so is the intake of chicken, apparent from the high obesity rate in America. We say that people are addicted to alcohol. Maybe some people are, but we shouldn’t use the word “addicted.” Addiction is saved only for products that the government has banned, such as alcohol or marijuana. But on the flipside, no one is addicted to air because they constantly need to breathe. Actually, we are so addicted to air, we don’t even think about it, breathing constantly while both awake and asleep. We are physically addicted to air, because without, we’d all die. Our bodies have become addicted to air. Alcohol consumption rates, just like those of any other product, form a bell curve. Some students drink a lot; some don’t drink at all; most drink moderately and responsibly. Alcoholrelated problems, deaths, injuries, etc. should not be blamed on the alcohol, but the user and the irresponsibility of the usage. However, we live in a society where nothing is our fault, but someone else is always to blame. You don’t earn enough money? Well, it’s not your fault and the government will steal some money from another to give to you. You can’t figure out how to pay for college? Well, no problem, the government will steal money from others and make them subsidize you for a few years in college and years afterward until you can pay the loan back, if ever. Instead of working harder and smarter to earn what we want, we turn to the government to take from someone else and give to us. The government has made it acceptable to blame the alcohol instead of the user. Alcohol consumption may be up, but the statistics only reflect one side of the argument, that alcohol is up. We don’t hear that student irresponsibility is up. We don’t hear that the government has increased the nanny state, transferring blame from the individual to the product. We don’t hear any of this. Maybe we need to. t
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The University of Portland gave the Beavers a scare on Wednesday night, narrowing the game to one run in the eighth inning. But, junior Scott Schultz shut the door in the ninth inning, securing a 4-3 victory. Schultz’s ninth save of the season extended No. 6 Oregon State’s (38-8, 14-4 Pac-12) winning streak to nine games, the Beavers’ second longest of the season. The Pilots were the home team in Wednesday’s contest, despite playing at the neutral site of Keizer Stadium. Portland (17-26, 8-10 WCC) took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning before OSU tied the game in the third inning. The Beavers seemed to break the game open in the fifth inning by scoring three runs, compliments of base hits from senior first baseman Danny Hayes and junior catcher Jake Rodgriguez. But the Pilots answered back, scoring a run in the seventh and eighth inning before coming up short in the ninth. Rodriguez and senior shortstop Tyler Smith accounted for six of Oregon State’s 10 hits, tallying three apiece. Rodriguez added two runs batted in, which turned out to be the winning runs. Junior right-hander Dan Child got the start for the Beavers, but only lasted one inning, surrendering a run in the process. Senior Tony Bryant was nearly perfect in relief of Child, allowing only two base runners in 3 1/3 innings. Junior Brandon Jackson replaced Bryant in the fifth inning, giving up a run in two innings of work before senior Cole Brocker allowed Portland’s final run in the eighth inning. Now the Beavers travel to Stanford to take on Mark Appel and the No. 25 Cardinal. Oregon State currently sits atop the Pac-12 standings, but, with No. 11 Oregon hot on OSU’s heels, every game from here on out will be important. The Ducks don’t play a Pac-12 series until they host the Beavers on May 17, which could determine the Pac-12 champion.
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Last year, 34 regular-season wins were enough to get the Oregon State softball team into the postseason. There’s a good chance that 32, the Beavers’ (32-20, 7-14 Pac-12) current win total, will be enough to get them back into the field of 64. But head coach Laura Berg will feel a whole lot safer if her team matches, or surpasses, last year’s total. They’ll have a chance to do just that against No. 19 UCLA (35- 17, 8-13) in their final series of the regular season. The three-game series begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. The NCAA selection committee will reveal the postseason field on Sunday. “I would feel a lot more comfortable with a couple of wins against UCLA,” Berg said. “It’ll definitely punch our ticket. Our [ratings percentage index] is high, but you never know what the committee is going to do. They could go with an SEC team [instead of] a Pac-12 team, somebody who’s also got a high RPI.” OSU has a respectable RPI of 35, thanks in large part to the overall strength of the Pac-12. The Beavers are just 2-15 against teams currently ranked in the USA Today Top 25, but do have three wins over unranked Arizona on their resume. The Wildcats
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Sunday, May 12 Track @Pac-12 Championships 9 a.m., Los Angeles No. 6 Baseball vs. No. 25 Stanford 12 p.m., Stanford, Calif.
are 29th in the RPI rankings. The Bruins, who have won five of their last nine conference games and nine of their last 13 overall, present an opportunity for the Beavers to make up for last weekend’s losses, when they lost three games by a combined score of 21-1 to Eugene. “We definitely didn’t compete,” Berg said. “For crying out loud, we got eight hits in the entire weekend. One of their pitchers had more strikeouts in one game than we did the entire weekend. That’s obviously not good enough.” Berg gave her team a stern talking to at the end of practice Tuesday. It was a message she thinks registered with the team. “They got the message, definitely,” Berg said. “These guys are usually really good at bouncing back from a performance that was not up to par.” Senior weekend Nine seniors will be honored prior to Saturday’s regular-season finale, which begins at 1 p.m. “They’re leaders,” Berg said of the seniors. “They’ve tasted postseason last year, and their job is to lead this team to a postseason again this year. They’re a good group. There’s a couple of kids here I’d love to clone and have for another four years.” Five of those seniors — Ashley Sanchez, Maggie Doremus, Ally Kutz, Lea Cavestany and Marina Demore — started their collegiate careers at OSU, but didn’t get to experience the postseason until last year. OSU went 24-31 in 2010 and 19-28 in 2011, winning just six conference games in those two seasons combined. “The first two years we definitely struggled,” Kutz said. “It was a definite turnaround the past two years. It’s been fun. I mean, going from a losing season every year to a winning season the past two years, I couldn’t have had it any better.” Cavestany said she never got discouraged during those first two seasons. “It’s just the way the game goes,” she said. “Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. It didn’t go how I wanted it to go, but it helped mature me. I’m happy with what I went through.” Grady Garrett, sports reporter
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Oregon State club lacrosse is having a special season, headed to Greensboro, S.C. By Scott McReynolds The Daily Barometer
The Oregon State men’s lacrosse club had already tasted defeat, but when given a chance at redemption, the end result was sweet. Going into the Pacific Northwest College Lacrosse League playoffs last weekend, the No. 19 Beavers came away with upset wins over Simon Fraser University and rival University of Oregon. Both teams had defeated OSU earlier in the season. With the wins, the Beavers clinched a berth in the field of 16 teams for the 2013 National Championships. The loss against Oregon came just one week before the playoffs. When they played Oregon again, they could have been discouraged by the 15-7 loss. According to head coach Chad Stelling, it was a wake-up call for the players. After dominating most of the regular season, the loss gave the team the motivation to reevaluate parts of their offensive and defensive schemes. The adjustments seemed to have paid off.
The Beavers enter the national tournament as an 11-seed, and will take on sixth-seeded UC Santa Barbara on Monday in Greensboro, S.C. Because men’s lacrosse is a club sport at OSU, the time, money and travel is on the shoulders of the players and coaches. While the sport has seen increased popularity on the West Coast, it has been popular on the East Coast for a while and is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Lacrosse features a combination of attributes from other popular American sports. “A mixture of hockey and soccer in the air, with the physicality of football”, said team captain Ryan Squires. According to Squires, with practices four days a week and games coming on weekends, time commitment was one of the most important requirements for players to have. Both Squires and his teammate, Nick Widmer, attribute the time commitment as part of the reason they didn’t pursue playing at an NCAA school. They both added they wanted to go to a Division I sports school, as oppose to a smaller school so they could play lacrosse. Both also said they have enjoyed the friendships made on the team. Widmer likened it to a
“fraternity atmosphere.” Stelling, who played lacrosse at OSU and graduated in 2002, said the team’s chemistry has been a big factor in their success. He hopes to see the program grow more in the future with a steady group of committed players. While Stelling and the players said they are always looking for new players, they did acknowledge the high starting cost for someone who has never played. The yearly cost for the players’ fees and equipment is $1900. Additionally, many players have playing experience from high school, so it would be difficult for a new player to come in. The Beavers are looking to continue this year’s success at nationals, and, although players are bound to leave, Stelling seemed confident the club will continue its success for years to come. If the team defeats UCSB on Monday, they will take on the winner of Arizona State vs. Georgia on Tuesday. The National Championships run from May 13 until May 18. Interested in joining the club? Contact them at email@example.com. Scott McReynolds, sports reporter On Twitter @scottmcreynold4 firstname.lastname@example.org
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WHO IS THE FACE OF OSU? 1. Makayla Stambaugh | Gymnastics | Senior Credentials: • All-American in all four years at OSU • No. 5 in the nation on uneven bars in 2013 • Runner-up for 2013 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year Why she’s a 1-seed: The bullet points above are enough to warrant a No. 1 seed, and there were plenty more that were left off that list, too. She’s one of the most well known and liked athletes around Corvallis and had one of the best seasons in the history of OSU gymnastics in 2013.
8. Anna Taylor | Rowing | Junior
Why she’s a 4-seed: One of just two two-sport athletes at OSU is enough in itself, but how about playing five sports in high school? Four years of basketball and softball, three years of volleyball, one year of soccer and one year of football (she was an all-league kicker, and also caught a touchdown pass).
3. Liz Santana | Softball | Senior Shortstop Credentials: • 2012 All-Pac-12 First Team • Hit a team-high .344 last year, hitting .329 this year • One of two Beavers who has started every game the past two seasons Why she’s a 3-seed: Santana is arguably the best player on OSU’s second-best female team. She became just the fifth player in program history to be named All-Conference First Team last season. With Santana playing shortstop and batting third, the Beavers have won 68 games the past two seasons after going 19-28 in 2011.
Why she’s a 2-seed: Richardson has scored at least seven goals in all three of her collegiate seasons, two of which OSU made the postseason. She may be the fastest female athlete OSU, which makes her electrifying on the pitch. Richardson is arguably Oregon State’s best player and goal scorer.
Why she’s an 8-seed: The Auckland, New Zealand, product has been one of Oregon State’s anchors for the Varsity 8+ boat this season. After only racing for the Varsity 8+ boat twice in her freshman season, Taylor competed in every varsity event for the Beavers over the past two years. She has been used in seat four, six and eight.
Credentials: • Set the Nevada state record in the 500-meter freestyle • Set the Oregon State school record in the mile with a time of 16:27.59 • Only OSU swimmer to compete at the NCAA Championships this year Why she’s a 5-seed: Swimming isn’t one of Oregon State’s better-known sports, but Harrison was a standout in her freshman season. Not only did she break the school record in the mile by more than 10 seconds, but she finished 31st in the nation against swimmers much older than she is.
6. Stephanie McGregor | Gymnastics | Senior
2. Jenna Richardson | Women’s Soccer | Junior Forward Credentials: • 45 career starts, 24 career goals • All-Pac-12 Second Team in 2011, 2012 • Played for Team Canada in 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup • Pac-12 All-Academic First Team in 2011, 2012
Credentials: • Named to the 2012 Division I West All-Regional Team • Competed in every Varsity event in the past two seasons • Finished second in the U18 4+ North Island Championships
5. Sammy Harrison | Swimming | Freshman
4. Mollee Schwegler | Senior | Basketball/Softball Credentials: • Basketball: Appeared in 53 games, starting three, over twoyear career • Softball: Joined team midway through season, appeared in 13 games as a pinch runner • Was all-league or all-state in five sports at Rainier High School
Credentials: • Competed in 53 career meets • Three-time Pac-10/12 All-Academic First Team • Recipient of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship • Took part in 2012 Beavers Without Borders trip to Ethiopia Why she’s a 6-seed: After suffering a torn Achilles in 2012, McGregor was voted the team’s “most inspirational” gymnast in 2013. But it’s what she does in the classroom that gets her in the bracket. A bioengineering major in OSU’s Honors College, McGregor may be OSU’s most acclaimed student-athlete.
7. Kinsey Gomez | Women’s Track/Cross Country | Sophomore Credentials: · 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team · 5K PR: 16:24.17 — Second all-time in the 5K at OSU · 1500M PR: 4:26.89 — Third all-time in the 1,500-meter at OSU
Why she’s a 7-seed: Kinsey Gomez is only a sophomore, but by the time she graduates from OSU it would be no surprise if she surpasses Laura Carlyle at the top of the distance record books. She has a chance to improve her times in the 1,500-meter for OSU at the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships this weekend.
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said. Yet Knight and DeJesus didnâ€™t run out of the house with Berry although they could have, the source said, describing them as brainwashed and fearful. â€˜Ariel kept everybody at a distanceâ€™ So how did this all happen in an urban neighborhood? Did Castro, a former school bus driver and upbeat and â€œoutgoingâ€? musician, according to one bandmate, keep such a secret from not only his neighbors but his family, as police allege? Soon after the three women were found, Castro and two of his brothers who were with him were taken into custody. Over the next two days, authorities officials â€œfound no facts to linkâ€? Onil and Pedro Castro to the kidnappings â€” though both brothers will appear in Cleveland Municipal Court on Thursday related to outstanding warrants on misdemeanor cases on other matters. â€œAriel kept everybody at a distance,â€? Tomba said of the suspect, explaining why even his brothers and other family members (Castro talked on Facebook about having five grandchildren) apparently were in the dark. Castro has been talking to investigators since Tuesday, as have the three young women police say he kidnapped and raped. After those conversations, Tomba said he doesnâ€™t believe there are other victims â€” including Ashley Summers, who was 14 when she went missing in the same part of Cleveland in 2007 â€” or anyone other than Castro involved. And since Monday, law enforcement personnel have combed through Castroâ€™s Seymour Avenue home â€” which Tomba said was in â€œdisarrayâ€? when officers first went in â€” and removed more than 200 items that they hope will let them piece together what happened. Additionally, FBI agents searched a boarded-up home two doors down after obtaining information over the past few days tying that building to the case, the deputy police chief explained. Second-guessing if more could have been done As they investigate, authorities are facing second-guessing as to whether any of this could have been prevented. Some comes from neighbors who say they contacted police about suspicious activity on Castroâ€™s property such as reports of screaming and naked women in his backyard. Authorities say they never got any such calls.
For Syrian Shiites, civil war isnâ€™t simply rebels vs. government (CNN) â€” Ramiz Rafizadeh was driving past Syriaâ€™s famous Ummayad Mosque in December when another vehicle abruptly cut him off. Two men got out and shot Rafizadeh to death in front of his deaf daughter, whom he had just picked up from her school in Damascus. â€œPeople who live in the neighborhood and witnessed the shooting talked to my mother and sister and said that the shooters were sitting in the car, waiting,â€? said Rafizadehâ€™s cousin Masoud. â€œThe car was carrying pro-Assad slogans, similar to the cars used by Syrian intelligence.â€? Rafizadehâ€™s family wondered whether he was targeted because another cousin, Majid, is a U.S.-based Middle East
scholar who has spoken out against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. But thatâ€™s not the only possibility. â€œEven though the neighbors said the gunmen were proAssad, the government told us terrorists killed him,â€? Masoud Rafizadeh said. And that says much about the plight of Syriaâ€™s Shiite community: a minority with many enemies, including an increasingly radicalized opposition that views them as outsiders and traitors and a desperate regime that questions their loyalty. The Alawite minority that dominates the Assad regime is an offshoot of Shiite Islam, but few Syrian Shiites are among its inner circle. â€œThe minorities in Damascus, they are completely
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Angel Cordero, freed herself, her 6-year-old daughter, Knight and DeJesus. On Wednesday night, Castro, the man who allegedly held them against their will for so many years, was behind bars. Heâ€™ll be arraigned Thursday morning on four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape tied to the case, said Victor Perez, chief assistant prosecutor for the city of Cleveland. The women found in his home, meanwhile, are back with family â€” the same relatives who cried and struggled but, for the most part, never gave up hope. â€œI knew my daughter was out there alive,â€? said Felix DeJesus, Ginaâ€™s father, moments after she arrived Wednesday afternoon at a family home in Cleveland. â€œI knew she needed me, and I never gave up.â€? Lured into a vehicle, then trapped in a home Knight was 21 on August 22, 2002, when Castro lured her into his vehicle along Clevelandâ€™s Lorain Avenue, according to charging documents. Castro took her back to his home on Seymour Avenue, about three miles away, and didnâ€™t let her go. In that time, Knight was sexually assaulted repeatedly, the documents state. But soon, she wasnâ€™t alone. The next year â€” on April 21, 2003, the eve of her 17th birthday â€” Berry experienced the same nightmare scenario. While walking home from her job at Burger King that night, she too took a ride from Castro on Lorain Avenue. Almost exactly a year later, they were joined by DeJesus, then all of 14 years old. They remained in that hell until Monday evening, when Berry screamed for help. Hearing her cries, Ramsey and Cordero kicked in a door to help her escape. According to Cordero, Berryâ€™s 6-year-old daughter ran out of the house too, wearing only a diaper and a sullied shirt. Police are conducting a DNA test to determine the childâ€™s paternity. â€œHelp me, I am Amanda Berry,â€? Berry begged a 911 operator from Ramseyâ€™s house. â€œIâ€™ve been kidnapped, and Iâ€™ve been missing for 10 years. And Iâ€™m here, Iâ€™m free now.â€? Cleveland police Chief Michael McGrath told NBCâ€™s â€œTodayâ€? show that the women were bound and that there were â€œchains and ropes in the home.â€? There were no apparent constraints Monday, the law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation
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CLEVELAND (CNN) â€” The baby Amanda Berry gave birth to while she was held captive in a Cleveland home was delivered by another one of the young women in the house, according to a police source familiar with the investigation. The information was corroborated in a police report seen by CNN. When Berry went into labor, Ariel Castro, now charged with kidnapping and rape, grabbed captive Michelle Knight and told her to deliver the baby. The baby was born into a plastic tub or pool to contain the afterbirth and amniotic fluid. When the baby was born, it stopped breathing and everyone started screaming, the source said, citing the girlâ€™s account. Castro allegedly said, â€œif that baby dies, Iâ€™m going to kill you.â€? â€œWhatâ€™s most incredible here is that this girl who knows nothing about childbirth was able to deliver a baby that is now a healthy 6-year-old,â€? the source said. The three women spent their days and nights captive at 2207 Seymour Avenue, a 1,400-square-foot home in one of Clevelandâ€™s oldest neighborhoods. They went outside only twice in that span â€” just â€œbrieflyâ€? at that â€” Cleveland public safety director Martin Flask said. More often, the three would be in different rooms, though they interacted occasionally and came to â€œrely on each other for survival,â€? said a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation. One thing they could count on was that their alleged captor would never let them out. Castro would often test Berry, Knight and Georgina â€œGinaâ€? DeJesus, the young women heâ€™d allegedly abducted, by pretending to leave, said the law enforcement source. Heâ€™d return suddenly: If there were indications any of the women had moved, theyâ€™d be disciplined. Years went by. In that time, the women saw their parents on television at vigils held for them, according to the law enforcement source. They got emotional, knowing their loved ones were looking for them. And in time, Knight and DeJesus â€œsuccumbedâ€? to â€œtheir reality,â€? the law enforcement source said. But â€œsomething must have clickedâ€? for Berry on Monday evening, said Clevelandâ€™s deputy police chief Ed Tomba. She staged a daring escape, and with the help of Castroâ€™s neighbors Charles Ramsey and
quiet; they donâ€™t want to side with any group. The minorities want nothing but to go to their place of worship and practice their faith.â€? Majid Rafizadeh tells CNN. The Syrian government views minorities, including Shiites, Christians and Kurds, as a buffer against the rebels, who in turn have tried to recruit from among these groups. But many within the rebelsâ€™ ranks are wary of the Shiites, suspecting some may have links to the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, whose fighters have begun appearing in Syria on the governmentâ€™s side. â€œ(Shiites) end up being victims of a proxy war between rebels and the regime and are viewed with suspicion on both sides,â€? said Abbas Barzegar, a professor of Islamic studies at
Georgia State University. Barzegar says the Syrian revolution descended into civil war because of the sectarian nature of the oppositionâ€™s rhetoric and its inability to control its sectarian tendencies. â€œThe religious diversity of Syria was once a point of pride, so the destruction of this ideal has been catastrophic,â€? he said. The Rafizadeh familyâ€™s tale of horrors includes a niece and a nephew wounded in a car bomb blast, relatives turned refugees, assassinated cousins, kidnapped uncles and a family trapped by fear. â€œAs my uncle left a funeral of a family who lost a teenage son, armed men took him and his sons by force from their car. My cousin who tried to resist was punched,â€? Masoud says.
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3-D printed guns are a boon for criminals (CNN) â€” For those out there worried that our nation's stern gun laws were keeping firearms out of the hands of too many people, the solution appears to have arrived: the printable gun. Produced by a nonprofit organization called Defense Distributed, this small plastic gun, dubbed the "Liberator," has been tested and is able to fire a bullet in a video demo. Assuming this is no crazy hoax, the ramifications of such a weapon for gun control are potentially profound. I can't imagine that too many people with rational minds think printable guns will add to the serenity of the world. Granted, 3-D printers aren't yet a household item, but as technology improves and becomes less expensive, they may become common. Although the "Liberator" appears unreliable, tending to fragment after a few shots, subsequent models will likely improve. Either way, it's a workable and untraceable gun. Open source guru Eric Raymond has said, "I approve of any development that makes it more difficult for governments and criminals to monopolize the use of force." The development of the printable gun seems to be particularly popular with the ultralibertarian crowd. The founder of Defense Distributed apparently describes himself as a crypto-anarchist.
It's difficult to envision a situation in which a law-abiding homeowner prints a gun for self-defense. Sure, a few people may print the darn things for the novelty of it. But the printable gun, assuming it moves forward unregulated, would be the obvious realm of the criminal. Can't pass a background check? No need to take your chances, such as they are, at a gun show anymore. Just print out your weapon from home! As only the firing pin is metal (a household nail), I can only imagine the nightmare of trying to detect these things. Most homicides are impulsive, not the cold calculated affairs of Agatha Christie novels. Would enraged individuals without a gun be able to print one of these in response to some perceived slight? Yes, they'd have to go buy a bullet (and a nail), but it's still a way around a background check. This scenario seems foolish only because it's already so easy to get a real gun. There are approximately 300 million guns in the United States. If we want to reduce the number of homicides (or suicides for that matter), making it difficult to get immediate access to guns can help reduce impulsive behaviors. Allowing people to print their own gun is just the opposite. Beyond a doubt, calmer heads will want to regulate these things. I'm not a lawyer,
but I suspect this is one example in which technology may have raced ahead of the law. Is Defense Distributed selling guns or information? Is this a gun control issue or a First Amendment issue? Can the printers be regulated to refuse to print weapons, or could new designs simply circumvent existing prohibited products? Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, has expressed interest in legislation to block printable guns , so we'll see where it leads. As he puts it, "We're facing a situation where anyone -- a felon, a terrorist -- can open a gun factory in their garage and the weapons they make will be undetectable. It's stomachchurning." It seems that way. Don't get me wrong. I'm probably about as neutral as anyone can be on the issue of gun control. I believe law abiding citizens have constitutional rights to own weapons. But at the same time I believe in reasonable safeguards to make sure access to firearms is limited from criminals and those with chronic mental illnesses. In this sense, to me, printable guns are a step in the wrong direction. Granted, the actual impact of printable guns on societal violence is obviously unknown. Perhaps they'll remain so unreliable or difficult to assemble from the individual pieces that the impact will be negligible. Or perhaps not.
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the Sanchoâ€™s bouncer (who looks a lot like hip hop artist 50 cent). As noted above, the disgracing stigma placed on alcohol and nicotine while undergoing childhood development is far greater for illicit drugs. This demonization is completely absurd, foolhardy and fictitious when considering research and studies done comparing alcohol to drugs currently deemed illegal, unlawful and life ending. Neuropharmacologist David Nutt and various other colleagues at Imperial College London rated 20 different drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, on a scale accounting for the various harmful effects they possess. The scale, developed by the ISCD (Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs), ranked each drug on nine criteria, which affected the individual only, and seven categories which only affected society, rated on a scale from 0 (harmless) to 100
(harmful). Their findings indicated that alcohol ranked first in sociological damage (score of 72) and fourth in harmfulness to the individual. The social score on this multicriteria decision analysis outranked heroin, crack, crystal meth, cannabis, GHB and an array of other drugs Iâ€™ve never heard of. Isnâ€™t it rather troubling to you that the only two legalized drugs being assessed in this test (alcohol and tobacco) ranked in the upper half in both sociological and individual impact? The disadvantageousness of alcohol, more specifically ethanol, is deliberately unheeded daily in our culture. I understand illicit drug use is illegal, unhealthy, and, in some opinions, morally questionable. However, alcohol requires boosted societal attention and should no longer be regarded as a safe practice. t
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