I Now Pronounce You….Married!

After a very long wait and quite a few fights in the Senate, the gays and lesians of New York as well as a few other states were all around the city getting married.  After years of having untitled relatonships and settling for civil unions, homosexuals were now granted what they have been waiting for. 

New York is now the sixth and the largest state allowing gay marrage.  Excited and victorious advocates are now stretching their arms out to Maryland in hopes it is alliwed there as well but in the mean time, everyone in favor of gay marriage is enjoying their victory.  And of course there would be many protestors in opposition to the new law allowing gay marriage, but apparently nobody seemed to pay them in mind, instead they celebrated their days of now being able to freely marry their partners and live out their rights as a couple.

There was a total of 659 couples who picked up their marriage licenses at the court houses and 484 who wed at city marriage bearues.  Totaling in 1,143 marrigaes in New York.

One thing I found interesting though was that when the judge was pronouncing their marriage, they said ‘I now pronounce you married’, instead of husband and husband or wife and wife.  I’m not exactly sure but maybe the entire has yet to being completely in favor of the passing of this new bill.

Regardless, there were a lot of happy married couples, and other New Yorkers who were definitely happy about this new victory and I’m sure feel they still have a long way to go when it comes to passing it in other states.

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Legalization of gay marriage in California

Another interesting article that I found was the article on homosexuals and the legalization of it. For some people this has become a controversy. This is because many religious people are strictly against it because they say that the bible clearly says there should only be marriages between men and women. Some people were really sad and angry with this legalization. However, I feel that everyone can live their life as they please, and if this is going to cause them happiness then they can go ahead and get married. At the end the only one that can judge them is God. But I do also thing is not the right thing to do, and this topic makes me confused. This is the why I decided to do research about this very controversial topic.

The article says “The 4-3 ruling declared that the state Constitution protects a fundamental “right to marry” that extends equally to same-sex couples. It tossed a highly emotional issue into the election year while opening the way for tens of thousands of gay people to wed in California, starting as early as mid-June”. http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-gay-marriage17-2008may17,0,7229587.story. Religious people plan to overturn it by voting against it in November. Some people in courts have argued that this goes against respect and dignity and a good or bad example for their children.  “Our state now recognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation,” George wrote for the majority. “An individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights.”(wwww.latimes.com). This means that just as two people from different nationalities get married, gender should also not be an issue and homosexuals should also have the right to get married and lived a happy life.



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Birth defects

In class we read an article based on designer babies and I found an article of birth defects. I decided to look for the total opposite of healthy babies, the ones with birth defects.  According to the video on YouTube the cause of birth defects are called teratogens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZpIZav35Vc   These are agents that cause malformation of an embryo or uterus. Some of these teratogens are tobacco,alcohol, accutane, an acne medication. According to the video some less common teratogens are mercury and radiation.  According to www.kidshealth.org, they are other causes of birth defects, like rubella syphilis and chicken pox.

“ Sometimes, a disease or defect can occur if only one parent passes along the gene for that disease (even though the child receives a normal gene from the other parent); this is called dominant inheritance and includes birth defects such as achondroplasia (a form of dwarfism) and Marfan syndrome (a disorder characterized by abnormally long fingers, arms, and legs)” (www.kidshealth.org).  Even if one parent has the disease and the other doesn’t the child can still be born with a birth defect. Other cause of birth defects are error of the formation of sperms and eggs, this can cause the child to have Down syndrome. This is because the baby is born with too many, or too little or one defective chromosome.

According to the article some common birth defects are: cleft lip, which is a long opening between the lip and the nose, cerebral palsy, congenital hip dislocation, this occurs when the round upper end of the thigh bone does not sit inside the socket of the pelvis properly, congenital  hypothyroidism, which happens in 1 of 3,000 births. This is when the baby’s thyroid gland is absent or undeveloped at birth.

There are many causes of birth defects, even though there are also genetic causes women should take really good care of themselves during pregnancy.  They should eat right, not smoke, not drink and not use any medication that will affect the death of the baby. However, the birth defects are not preventable, but women should take a lot of precaution.


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In class we discussed a lot of inventions so I decided to research future technology. I was curious to find out what new inventions will the future bring to us. I found an article that talk about some of the futures technology that is expected in the future. By the year 2050 Brazilians have a vision of a new vehicle. “This vehicle is powered by 90hp electric motor and features aluminum body structure for urban use. The concept uses less energy to help prolong your ride and is equipped with various equipments that improve driver’s interaction with the other vehicles” (  http://itechfuture.com/tag/future-inventions/).  There will be a kitchen of the future in which families can cook watch TV and dine all at the same time. There will also be a future music player from 2020 from apple where people would not need earphones. It will have ultra sound waves that will travel straight through the inner ear.

However there is a polemic and people are scared with all these new technologies because people are scared of the number 666, the number of the beast.  According to www.bible.prophecy.com/techmark.htm, there will be a time where people will have a smart card implanted in them where they will have their money ids and passports and any other paper or document they will need. Already we have something similar according to the article it is called Mobilspeedpass, where when you want to make a payment you just wave this thing and it processes the payment for you.  The technology is getting very advanced and I feared that this passage in the bible on revelation 13:11-18 will occur soon. The passage says “ Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that he could speak and caused all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had that mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:11-18)

With so many advances in technology and new inventions popes, priests and many people are afraid that the men will surpassed God and this prophecy will come to life. However, we should live the present as is and just hope the best for the future, because no one knows when this will happen.





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We discussed in class the problem of obesity and how it is affecting kids in schools and their families and how the government is intervening to help them. I found an article about Bulimia Nervosa. This is another weight disorders that affects many women. They starve themselves because they just want to be skinny like movie stars and tops models. They are aiming for perfection because this is what they show in TV, the perfect body, perfect face and perfect hair. Many models are bulimic. I even saw in another article that the model agents tell the models to starve and to never gain weight. He says that they can barely eat to maintain their very skinny figure. According to the article of www.uihelathcare.com Bulimia nervosa includes two elements binge eating and self-induced vomiting. Patients cannot control their eating so they binge eating. However, when the person feels dissatisfied with her body she starts dieting a lot and then vomiting what they eat. They are so scared that they will be fat that they basically throw up everything they eat; in order to not gain any weight. Many patients can develop bulimia even in their 50’s. The article says that typically patients consume 10,000 to 30,000 calories a day and binge throughout the day.

Bulimia has several complications like cardiac arrhythmias, renal damage and seizures. Most of the time to take care of bulimic persons, doctors hospitalize them if some of them want to commit suicide. About 50% of the patients take antidepressant drugs to help them recover. According to a you tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq8_Ue3HpxU, “mostly teenagers and college students especially white women are at risk and people who have a family history of this disorder.  In the video we can see women being extremely extremely skinny seeing themselves fat. According to the video statistically “Bulimia affects men 5-15% of the time, but it affects women 85-95% of the time.

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Microsoft accepts foreign degrees (H1B visas)


When we watched “Maid in America,” we discussed how America devaluates foreign education and requires most people to go back to school in order to get jobs in corporate America and other high industries. For example you can be doctor in India but when you move to the U.S. you cannot keep the same profession until you go back to school. This can be very overwhelming for anyone who have to go through this process because one feels that they are just waiting their time learning again what they already know. I find this to be totally dehumanizing because what makes the American degree better than the one obtained in China or Africa. Just because America is all powerfull does’nt make their education better than any other country.

I am from Senegal and I know countless people who had to go back to school when they moved here, when some of them have Bachelor’s and Master’s but in order to make it they have to repeat what they already learned.

Even though America tends to devaluate foreign education, the corporation Microsoft is an execption. This article http://www.thedegreepeople.com/press/tag/h1b-visas/ is from the Career Consulting International Credential Evaluation Services and it says that Microsoft is willing to hire professionals from other countries with H1B visas because Americans do not make the grades needed to perform the jobs they hire for.

The process however is not an easy one because in order to hire those professionals, an evaluation is required by experts who evaluate foreign education and it is time consuming.

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N.F.L.’s Official Air Freshener Aims at Female Fans, and the Cleanup

N.F.L. Febreze Commercial

This New York Times article is about market segmentation in which women are the targeted viewers. Febreze is an official sponsor for the NFL, therefore they use their commercial time to sell their product to women showing a video of a group of men who are watching a football game in lady’s house. The commercial shows the mess and stench the guys leave behind and give the solution of Febreze that will get rid of the unpleasant smells.

“Earlier today your living room was game day central — a place for friends, family and your husband’s trademark victory dance,” says a voiceover, as attendees are seen celebrating. “Now the crowd is gone and all that remains is the stink. But you’re ready, because Febreze Air Effects cleans away tough game-day odors in the air — sweat socks, chicken wings, garlic dip — and leaves a light, fresh scent.”

The commercial is a clever one to make women turn to this product even though the NFL is mostly viewed by a male audience because apparently there is a stereotype that women don’t like football. “Scott Beal, brand manager for Febreze, said the line of air and fabric fresheners was directed at women, especially mothers, and that the brand ‘reaches our core consumer in a contextually relevant way’ through the N.F.L.

This the link of the video: N.F.L. Febreze Commercial

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When fundamentalist go to far about homosexuality

Crazy Baptist Lady On Tyra Bank\’s Show

This video is about a Christian fundamentalist family who were invited on the Tyra Bank’s Show and they speak harshly about homosexuals. The mother is from a baptist church and teaches her children to hate gay people. They are a close minded family who believe that gays who are victims of hate crimes or who die from wars deserve it and will go to hell. They also said that the parents of the homosexuals will burn in hell because they didn’t teach their children to be “good” people.

They aggravate Tyra and she gets to a point that she starts yelling at them. They family call Tyra a “faggonator” because she teaches her audience that it is okay to be gay.

The Baptist lady’s two daughters are college students but yet act like they have never sat on a school chair because they sound so hateful and brainwashed by their surrounding that they end up sounding ridiculous. Tyra asks them why all the anger but they said that they are not angry but try to get their message across to people who “hate God, who hate his message…”

Finally even though this family have been prosecuted fro being anti-gay, they said it will not stop them from seding their message to the world. They said that their church has been vendalized and bombed but they won’t stop. I think this is too extreme because we live in a free world and people should be left alone if they decide to lead certain lifestyles.

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March Against SAME-Sex Marriages

Ever since the legalization of Gay Marriage in New York we have mostly heard in the city much talks about its approval and who and where they got married.  I’ve decided to look for some news related to the other side that is against same sex marriage.  Most of it has been obscured largely due to the large proportion of same sex marriages advocates in New York City.  Searching through Google I found a myriad of organizations whose main objective is to “protect the institution of marriage”.  I knew there were already groups as such but I felt like I actually wanted to find out if there were other reasons, apart from religion/children, that people oppose this.  I unfortunately did not find anything worth discussing.  Most of these groups are largely built around the same rhetoric; the opposition by “God”.

The article I found was on the Huffington Post of a march that took place on the same day gay marriage was legalized. It was led by a notable senator, Ruben Diaz; who is one of the main Democrats denouncing gay marriage.   I’ve included a video of the event.  Thanks God, Diaz comes out in the end and I don’t have to hear his obnoxious voice.

I thought it would be nice to give you all an example of what these anti-gay marriage commercials look like.  The second video . I’ve included is by an association known as the National Organization for Marriage. This video presents a couple of people who speak about  some “storm and dark clouds” coming and how supporting same sex marriages will impede on their “freedom” with other examples on how it can negatively affect us all; quite apocalyptic.  What’s even worst is that some of these commercial are quite alarming, in the sense that they try to incite a non-existent fear.

What I came to realize is that none of them provide good arguments that can be somewhat at level with the pro-same sex marriage arguments.  Many sites I came upon posted scripture.  I wish that most of them weren’t centered on religious reasons and they can somewhat include other people that don’t hold their “faith” to such standards.

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Gay Commercial:Pepsi

After watching this commercial on YouTube I realized how much marketers are taking advantage of niche audience in order to sell their products. Even Pepsi, which is one of the biggest companies in the world, implemented marketing efforts in order to appeal to this particular target audience, “the gay community”. I believe, marketers are following the sociological changes in the society and are targeting segments that have the need for the product and are able to purchase it. The commercial starts with the scene that one would think is targeting the straight people but at the end after the guy drinks Pepsi max in the bar he approaches the guy. The point of this commercial is to say, if you drink Pepsi max you can overcome your fears and approach the guy in the bar. I found this commercial funny and affective from marketing perspective. They are killing two rabbits at one shot, basically if you watch only the first part of the commercial, it portrays the courage that Pepsi max gives you in order to approach someone you are interested in, woman or man. Therefore, they are targeting both audiences straight and gay, and only if you watch the commercial till the end you will find out that it was targeted specifically to gay community. In the end, marketers are trying to figure it out how to appeal to various target markets and they don’t really care about your sexual orientation, as long as you are in the target market and they can catch your attention, they will find the way to do it.

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