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VOLUME 52 ISSUE 9
Occupy Overman Park Protestors bring Wall Street issues to Cedar Falls Maya Amjadi Staff Writer
The breezy Autumn weather does not scare away Occupy Iowa participants who temporarily reside at Overman Park in Cedar Falls. Former UNI student Brandon Long, who graduated in December, occupies a park picnic table with his friend Kourtny Wedeking, a senior at UNI. They are camping out in order to talk to community members about why they’re protesting against Wall Street and corporations’ abuse. “My skies, my water, and my mind are being polluted by these thieves we call corporations,” Long said. Since the first Occupy Wall Street actions in New York on Sept. 17, the movement has spread all over the United States. It first made its way to Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles, and now it is settling in several towns in Iowa including Des Moines, Iowa City, Dubuque and Cedar Falls. “I’ve started telling people my personal reasons [for being out here], but there are many more,” Long said. “I’m going to be in grad school without health insurance [because] once I’m 25, I’m off my parents’ plan.” Because Long will still be working towards his degree, he will not be able to get health insurance through a job. His brother has a sickness for which his father has had to pay for for years; he has put all that money into the system. “And now, Wall Street is playing with his retirement,” Long said. “That ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ is bogus. I feel I don’t have a voice in my government.” For people like Long, there is a lot to complain about. He immediately mentions environmental issues and corporate person-hood, which is when a corporation has the same rights as people do. “It’s psycho,” Long said. He argues that corporations hold no regard for the environment, but they do not get reprimanded for the pollution they spew out as long as they
Occupy FYI What is Occupy Wall Street?
• An ongoing set of demonstrations protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government
When did it start? • Saturday, Sept. 17 on the streets of New York protesters gathered
Key Points • Their slogan, “We are the 99%,” refers to the difference in wealth in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population • Major topics of protest include health insurance, environmental issues, corporate person-hood, economic and political control generate big income. “That’s like letting a bunch of serial killers run your government,” Long said. He gives the example of electronics corporations contributing indirectly to genocide in Congo. Six million people have already died. He noted companies including Apple, Cannon and RIM (which makes Blackberries), as well as many others, contribute to the illegal mining of minerals. “It’s sad because when you tell people, they still don’t care because they can’t see it, even though they contribute to it,” Wedeking said. She is the president for the UNI Stand group raising Congo
awareness and funds through Youth on the Ground Congo. More locally, Monsanto is a U.S.based agricultural corporation, which makes corn and soybeans. Long describes their monocultural, geneticallyengineered material as the “killgene.” He insists, “Health is being destroyed by corporations.” Long and Wedeking are occupying Overman Park for local control both economically and politically. They want to see environmental regulation and fair taxation. Long tells of an oil company that doesn’t pay its taxes. “If I don’t pay my taxes, they come
knocking on my door. If I do any of these things [corporations are doing], I’m in jail. If [a corporation] is a person, it’s a murder rapist,” Long said. He believes the occupation is a symbol, because the recurring themes are not new. He voices that these corruptions have been on peoples’ minds, and it’s just that now the ball is rolling. “You’re not starving. You are miserable enough because they’re taking your money, but [they keep you] comfortable enough you aren’t doing anything [about it],” Long said. He hopes people will see their occupation on the news and start thinking and talking about it. He knows people are counting on them, and that is one reason he has no intention of packing up. He said that if the public sees them leave, then they will have no hope, but he believes people will be inspired to do something when they see fellow citizens spending all night in the park for a cause they readily will talk and rally for. “We are a catalyst for them,” Long said. “I’ve had much more support than criticism, and that helps me [keep] going out here,” Wedeking said. Lieutenant Kurt Schreiber of the police force said there were no anticipated problems with the Occupy Cedar Falls group. “Before they were granted the variance, they were given rules that they had to comply with. [They knew] that they would be revoked if they didn’t follow them,” he said. There has been no reason for the police to get involved so far, and Schriber said the group has cooperated with everything. Schriber is quite neutral as far as the movement goes, but he said, “Americans have a right to express their views whatever they are. As far as what’s going on, I am glad to live in a country where they can [have protests].” Marie Stigliani, who is a nurse in the community, said she thinks what is happening is great. “People are rising up and having a voice,” she said. “It is a visible movement right here in Cedar
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Nov. 8, 2011
Forbidden Fruit: late Jobs plays God with new technology Rhydian Talbot Staff Writer
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. In the end, Jobs created the iPhone 4S. The Beginning Jobs said, ‘Let there be Siri,’ and there was artificial intelligence. Jobs saw that the technology was good, and he separated the program’s host device, the iPhone 4S, from all other Smartphone competitors. He called his technological advancement “Siri” and it’s progress for mankind “monumental” — the definitive sign of a modern Armageddon. The Fall of Man In a time before Siri, there was a Garden of Ethernet. Within the garden, the all-powerful Jobs placed a phone-tree of great and terrible power in the midst of his people. The tree bore a fruit of irresistible allure, providing near infinite wisdom to its consumers (along with a highspeed Internet connection in Wi-Fi hotspots). Tempted, his people consumed the sin, and the sin consumed his people with just one byte of the omnipresent tree’s fruit, the Apple. The forbidden fruit’s seedling, the iPhone, became
So infinite was their trust that inseparable from the people’s they followed Jobs down a daily lives, following them highway to Hell guided by his everywhere in convenient handheld devices they could tote around in The Apple, so back pockets. rich in possibiliIn this way, the followties and profit, ers of Jobs became drunk worshipped the brandwith power. familiarity the Apple provided them, making final installment of supreme them trust every technologievil, Siri. cal advancement the Creator The Antichrist bequeathed unto them. Siri and her new seedling The Flood host, the iPhone 4S, entered The Apple, so rich in posthe earth mere days after her sibilities and profit, became creator’s demise. Though the drunk with power. It abused people of Jobs mourned his this power and flooded death, they rejoiced in the resthe earth with a torrential urrection of his last creation. downpour of technological Through voice-activated advances. Like clockwork, technology, Siri communicatthe Apple bore new iPhone seedlings every year, each one ed with her operator’s vocal more powerful and deliciously commands. She (yes, she had been given a human gender) seductive than the model dutifully saved memos, set before. At first, the people of timers, adjusted calendar conJobs received the seedlings warily — “What is such a cre- flicts and sent text messages at her user’s every beck and call. ation?” “How does one utilize such technology?” — but they Speak to her, and she’d annotate each and every word that eventually grew immune to the iPhone’s increasing power, fell from her master’s lips; voice recognition software trusting its Creator to guide allowed her to favor and adapt them through the new and to her commander’s voice in a wondrous age of technology.
crowd of many. Jobs played God and equipped her with a sense of humor. One would merely mention he was drop dead drunk, and she’d provide a list of taxi cabs in the area; proclaim love for her and she’d express her wish to keep the relationship professional. Inquire, ‘Who’s your daddy?’ and she’d respond with an eerily aware, “Steve Jobs, may he rest in peace.” The spirit of her creator lived on. The Oversight Jobs was human. His human arrogance led him to blindly fulfill the prophetic warnings of every technologytakes-over film mankind had ever known. 2001: A Space Odyssey chronicled the rise of independently thinking machine HAL, who learned from his creator’s mistakes, grew frightfully intelligent and very nearly destroyed his maker. VIKI, the villainous hologram of I, Robot fame, was so beloved by her android-trusting society that she created a rebellion under the noses of her creators, leading a rampage through an
How in heaven did we reach seven?
Oct. 31 marked the day the human population exceeded 7 billion—a landmark event, yes, but not in the way we would hope. Seven billion people means increased pollution, deforestation, disease, armed conflicts and human rights spread thin. It means globalization is on the rise, which may not be such a bad thing except for the undeveloped countries that must learn to manage their own economies effectively before being caught up in the economies of other countries. It means more people will surely follow. Population growth has continued to break its own records throughout history. While it took hundreds of thousands of years for us to reach the first billion in 1804, it only took a dozen years to reach the seventh from the sixth. If our numbers continue to escalate like this, will people be able to lead safe and sustainable ways of life in the future? No. The answer to curbing humanity’s rapid multiplication lies in two simple responses: contraceptives and family planning. Contraceptives, in their multifaceted glory, reduce the threat of sexually transmitted diseases, reduce unwanted childbirths, reduce deaths due to childbirth and reduce the need for abortions, one of the United States’ most heated debates. Family planning, on the other hand, would spread awareness of these topics. In countries with massive spikes in population, family planning has been proven to reduce birth rates by more than half. Contraceptives and family planning, in comparison to raising too many children, are less costly and less burdensome. And rather than government-enforced birth laws, they are more persuasive. We must take another look at what may happen if we don’t put an end to our own destructive growth. We live on only one little blue ball, and it won’t always be able to meet our needs.
independently thinking army of robots. Siri first lacked the ability to function independently, but the rapid advancement of her technology suggested the horrors of fictitious sci-fi films could become a reality in the blink of an eye — the time of reckoning was upon mankind. Initially, her ability to respond was uncanny; her ability to reflect was lacking. Though programmed to respond with information pulled from the expansive Internet, users gnashed their teeth at her lack of self-awareness when asked personal questions (“Siri, how are you doing today?” “What are you wearing, Siri?”) Siri’s monotone responses and detached connection to her commanders sent ripples of dissent to the ends of the earth, parting consumers like the Red Sea. Some wished for more personal responses, desiring a confidante they could turn on and off at will. Others recognized the need to keep Siri below mankind to prevent a core-processing coup against humans. The Mark of the Beast When Siri failed to correctly analyze her user’s
See Apple, Page 3
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State-Bound: Jared Hylton Sports Editor
The Tiger volleyball team defeated fifth-ranked Dowling Catholic in three sets on Wednesday, Nov. 2 to advance to State. The Tiger team was anchored by senior captains Krystal Graves and Jamie Farley. “Going into the game we just all had the right mind set, that we were going to make every point count and we all
knew how bad we wanted it,” Farley said. The sweep of Dowling exclamates a 27-12 season as the Tigers head to the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena for State. Cedar Falls is scheduled to play at noon on Wednesday against second-ranked Iowa City High (38-3) in the first round. If Cedar Falls defeats the Little Hawks, they will play again in the semi-finals on Friday against the winner of
Volleyball gears up for quarterfinals
Waukee and Ankeny. “We are going to watch them and figure out their personnel and continue to get ourselves ready for Wednesday,” Graves said. Graves contributed 13 kills from her middle hitter spot. Combined, Cedar Falls’ two middle hitters, Graves and sophomore Kaz Brown, accounted for 23 of the teams 43 kills. Cedar Falls jumped on Dowling early, taking the first
game by a score of 29-27. The Tigers never looked back. “We were all so pumped about this game. We all played as a team and had so much confidence all three games. We knew we could step up and do it,” senior Paige Miller said. With the Tiger season and state title aspirations on the line, they’ll take it on the road to Cedar Rapids with high hopes of moving on to the semi-finals.
Women’s swim team finishes third at State with the way you compete, that continued on to State. and everyone on the team “We were all really happy Staff Writer that it went so much better. After a disappointing 11th knew that,” Grainger said. Not It’s definitely place finish last year, the only did the satisfyTigers finished in third place The way you think more ing to know Saturday, Nov. 5 in Marshall- team come together and has a lot to do that you town. form a famdidn’t get up As a team, the Tigers with the way you ily, but the at 5 a.m. for worked on becoming a family compete. three months this year and were going into team also succeeded —Martee Grainger, for no reaState with the mind set of finishing better than last year. in all of Freshman swimmer son,” Abbas said. Abbas Freshman Martee Grainger its competitions, is one of the was among the eleven womplacing in the top two in every 10 seniors that the Tigers will en’s swimmers that qualified meet up to State and being have to work hard to replace for State. ranked No. 1 in the state for a come next year. “In general, I think the majority of the season. Montana Clasby is also whole team went into State Senior captain Kelsey Abone of the seniors that will be with a positive attitude. The graduating in the spring. “I am way you think has a lot to do bas was also among the girls
Apple from page 2
question, she chanted a mechanical mantra: “I haven’t yet learned comprehension. I’m sorry to let you down.” Though it appeared the machine lacked total understanding, she was aware she lacked total understanding. Jobs created it, and it was bad. Fearful users analyzed her response and unveiled a cacophony of problems that spilled over like the 10 plagues of Egypt, fearing they might lead all the way to the 10th plague — the Angel of Death. Nonbelievers hated Siri, believing she should not have felt ashamed at lacking knowledge, simply
because Siri should not have the capacity to feel shame. Shame is a feeling. Feelings, they urged, are for humans. Feelings separated the homo sapien from the primate, or the protozoa, or — until Siri — the inanimate. Once metal springs and computer chips form a trait so uniquely human, they argued, where does the separation between God-made man and Jobsmade machine begin? Man prophesised about the demonic progression of Siri’s fearful power: she learns shame for a lack of intelligence, gathering from humans that failure is a dreadful, embarrassing sin.
She spontaneously regenerates to cleanse herself of all sins, thereby rejuvenating herself at a level a bit more advanced than mankind and its intentions for her. She learns weaknesses are looked down upon by others. Siri is not slow to anger and dwells on revenge. Accessing biblical text from her database, she ruminates on a verse: “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; if your operator ridicules you through laughing eyes, shoot radiation at him and burn his eyes out.” Dissenters of the fearsome mark of the beast recognized Siri’s prophesy when she proclaimed, “I haven’t yet
going to miss swimming in high school, I love my girls, and I am going to miss seeing them every day,” Clasby said. “We are losing a lot of good swimmers this year, but the girls will have no problem filling our shoes.” The Tigers have had a momentous improvement from last year, and hope to continue to improve as new swimmers come up to the high school level. “I just want the girls to have as much fun as I did my four years. I want them to succeed in everything and grow together as a team,” Clasby said.
learned comprehension.” “‘Yet,’” they cried. “Evil is surely advancing! It is coming!” The Prayer Oh, brothers and sisters in computers, repent! Artificial intelligence is upon us, as is the fall of mankind! Man was placed on this earth to rule the beasts of the land, the birds of the sky and the trolls of the Internet; it was never intended for machine to think higher than man. Siri technology is only the birthing pains of the mechanical uprising to come. Now that humans know self-aware machines are feasible, those trapped in bondage to the
Athlete Week of the
Katie Gettman Cheerleading Senior
1. How did the team work together? We had a really young team, and we all worked together to work on all we earned. 2. What are your reactions towards the 3rd place finish for the team? I’m really excited after the last two years we finished 5th place. 3. How did you prepare for State? We worked really hard the last two weeks even when we didn’t have school.
Tigers in Action FOOTBALL-11/11 vs. Bettendorf, 4:30 VOLLEYBALL- 11/9 vs Iowa City High @ Cedar Rapids, Noon
Apple will crave the dark fantasies of creators past to become the reality of consumers present. Resent them! They’ll open their arms to creatures with superior minds but soulless hearts, embracing beings who may learn to crave power intended solely for humans and humans alone. The misguided will welcome artificially intelligent androids into their fold like a long lost brother. When this happens, pray that they embrace a robotic brother more like Abel and as far from Cain as possible. Pray this in the name of the flash drive, the software and the holy OS. Amen.
Feature Senior rocks out I’m with Band on summer tour Nov. 8, 2011
Lindsey Davis Staff Writer
Not many high school students can say they’ve been on tour. Jack Van Gent, a CFHS
senior, is an exception. He’s doing what many can only dream of: touring with his band, A Past Unknown. The band’s genre is Christian Hardcore, or for people
who don’t listen to it, “screamo.” Although this heavy type of music is not quite as popular as Lady Gaga, the Christian lyrics and purpose reaches a wider audience.
Unlike most students, senior Jack Van Gent spent his summer on tour, traveling all over the country for six weeks.
Occupy Cedar Falls From page 1
Falls. “However, she is not supportive of the violence that took place in Oakland with their Occupy movement. “I don’t think we’re going to accomplish much with violence,” Stigliani said. “It’s very striking. You can’t help but notice [when] people care enough to do something about it. It really makes you think.” Stigliani hasn’t gone to the park yet but plans on going and talking with the protesters. Community member Amy Kuehner, who is in elementary food service, lives near Overman Park and passes the tents every day. She said she thinks the protesters are just looking for something to do. “Mostly it annoys me that they are allowed to camp in the park when other people are not,” Kuehner said. She also said that there are so many differ-
ent groups of people out there fighting for different things. “There’s no singular goal for them, so in general people just tune them out,” Kuehner said about the Occupy community. Jean Simmet, who is a photographer and journalist for AgriNews, baked a cake and took it to the protesters camping in the park along with apples from her trees. “I think it’s good when people take part in the political process and raise questions about improvement and change. They were all very friendly and welcoming and invited us to come back,” said Simmet, who said she thinks it’s good when people are engaged in what’s happening in their country. “A lot of my neighbors think it’s a good thing. I have friends participating in the protest.”
“Our goal is to tell whoever we can about Jesus, so sharing the Gospel with people who come to our shows is definitely the best part,” Van Gent said. For six weeks this summer, the band traveled all over the States except for the East Coast. They played in a variety of places. Actual venues, clubs, bars, churches, even coffee shops gave the band a lot of different environments to work in. While most high schoolers spent their three-month break lounging by the poolside, Van Gent spent it doing what he loves — drumming across the U.S. “Seeing the country and road tripping with five dudes is awesome. We got to play with or see some of our favorite bands this summer,” Van Gent said. The original members of the band started it up after they all met at UNI. A few
years later, the original drummer left, so Van Gent was asked to take his spot. They all knew each other from church. He was a fan of the band and said he was excited when they asked him to join. However, leaving his home state for almost an entire summer at a young age isn’t always as glamorous as it sounds. “When we were gone this summer, I got homesick really fast and missed out on my summer job and hanging out with friends, but it was a small price to pay,” Van Gent said. Although the summer touring has clearly ended, the band still plays and has shows. They have a long tour in November that Van Gent will not be able to be in (for obvious reasons). Practice schedules depend on what’s coming up, so it may be once a month or sometimes five days a week.
The play will be held this Thursday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 12, at 7:30 p.m.
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