Why storms are named after people?

Do not fall in love with people like me.


I will take you to museums, and parks, and monuments, and kiss you in every beautiful place, so that you can never go back to them without tasting me like blood in your mouth.

I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible. And when I leave you will finally understand, why storms are named after people.

By: Caitlyn SiehlLiterary Sexts

Local Cincinnati School Allows Digital Devices in Classroom

Cincinnati School District creates a Bring Your Own Device Policy or BYOD.

Written by:  Krysta Ryan

Cell Phones in the Classroom? Technology & Learning

Public Schools in Cincinnati Adopt a BYOD-Bring Your Own Device to School

In Cincinnati Ohio, the Northwest Local School District has finally allowed technological devices in the classroom. The districts 2016-2017 school year will be the first year the Bring Your Own Device Policy or BYOD will be implemented.  Historically, schools have banned the use of personal electronics on school property. Educators have long supported the banning of personal technology in the classroom. A majority believe that all devices are a distraction to learning and will create interruptions in the schools learning agenda. Many school districts have realized cellphone technology is here to stay and has become a vital communication tool in the 21st Century.  

There is optimism among the teachers and students that by having access to the internet for research and learning will aid in the overall learning experience. Supporters also suggest that by allowing devices and technology in the classroom will provide students with valuable skills to function in the digital world. Although students have been using cell phones consistently in their daily lives for almost a decade, many public schools continue to resist allowing the devices into the classroom

        Liz Kolb, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Education and author of Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education, writes

“more schools are embracing the digital tidal wave of technology as part of everyday life for students.”

Kolb points to some schools across the country have been adopted new straightforward rules and guidelines. Policies designed to meet the needs of students while addressing educators’ concerns.  Kolb goes on to explain,

 “it’s hard to fight the tidal wave…so many students have cell phones.”

In fact, Amanda Lenhart the Senior Research Scientist for the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and worked on a study for the Pew Research Center detailing how teens and families use technology.

Lenhart reports that 56 percent of children, age 8 to 12, have a cell phone and 88 percent of teenagers, ages 13 to 17 have or have access to a cell phone.

 Educators have realized that students living in the 21st century are digitally fluent and fighting these technologies have driven societal change to be counterproductive. Instead, converging digital devices using the educational curriculum in a school setting seems to be the growing trend. Proponents suggest that by allowing personal devices on school property, interruptions, device thefts and cyberbullying would increase. On the other hand, introducing device usage in a structured setting would ensure that our youngest citizens are developing healthy and appropriate digital literacy skills.      

Schools across the country have already lifted bans on digital devices in hopes of giving students access to information in ways that traditional books cannot provide.  While the internet increases access to learning materials through the school’s buildings WIFI systems, monitoring the exact material being searched and accessed will remain an ongoing issue. Another concern for both educators and parents are the issues involving social media websites and worry these environments online fuel cyberbullying and other issues that cause long lasting emotional issues.

Thomas J. Billitteri a freelance journalist from Pennsylvania, with more 30 years’ experience covering business, nonprofit institutions and related topics and he wrote an article for CQ Researcher discussing the growing problems with cyberbullying. In the report Billitteri reported that cyberbullying affects millions of adolescents and young adults, affecting girls more than boys, especially in the earlier grades. With the technology, available today many phones have capabilities that pose another threat to the learning environment, camera usage and the abilities for students to use real-time broadcasting.


Billitteri, T. J. (2008, May 2). Cyberbullying. CQ Researcher, 18, 385-408. Retrieved from http://library.cqpress.com/

Kiema, Kinjo. (2016, August 31). As Schools Lift Bans on Cell Phones, Educators Weigh Pros andCons. Retrieved http://neatoday.org/2015/02/23/school-cell-phone-bans-end- educators-weigh -pros-cons/

Lenhart, A. (2015, April 09). A Majority of American Teens Report Access to a Computer, Game Console, Smartphone and a Tablet. http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/ a-majority -of- american-teens-report-access-to-a-computer-game-console-smartphone-and-a-tablet/

 Teens and Mobile Phones. (2010, April 19). Pew Research Center Retrieved March 27, 2017, from http://www.pewinternet.org/2010/04/20/teens-and-mobile-phones-3/#


Know Your Enemy



Via Brighton Antifascists:

KNOW YOUR ENEMY – Some of the symbols, codes and numerals used by the far-right. If you spot any of these being used as tattoos, on social media etc, it’s a fair bet you’ve got yourself a fascist.

More info here: http://bit.ly/2fRVIuE and here: http://bit.ly/2fWu7qd

As always though, use should ALWAYS be taken in context. For example the Valknot symbol that looks like three intersecting triangles is also used by people who practice Asatru or Odinism, because nazis love using ancient European imagery.

i’d be ware of the word ‘odinism’ too since as far as I know, decent heathens don’t use it except for maybe the stray hapless individual who hasn’t been aware the word has been thoroughly co-opted by racists

Tweeting Tantrums

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Written by:  Krysta Ryan

President Trump Tweets..“Negative Polls are Fake News.”

President Donald Trump blames media again, in his Twitter tirade on “ Fake News.”



A CNN/ORC poll, released Friday reported 53 percent of Americans opposed the travel ban.  The controversial executive order restricting travel from seven countries,  where the majority of its citizens are Muslim. Quickly making the news, the detained travelers began to broadcast “live” the chaos unfolding at the international airports.

Mr Trump is known for using social media as a place to exercise his First Amendment rights. 󠁌The President also has repeatedly attacked the media accusing journalists of fabricating and reporting so-called “fake news”. President Trump responded Monday morning in a tweet saying,

 “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election.

However, he quickly overlooked an “alternative fact”, that the CNN’s poll still reported 47 percent of Americans in agreeance with the President’s, travel ban. This indicates a large majority of citizens in America are in favor of a continued vetting of immigrants. The presidential election left many analysts questioning where their data could have gone wrong  or what political signs they missed that gave Mr. Trump his unpredictable win.  

There is no doubt that technologies developed within the past decade have given citizens and the world increased power through knowledge. The consistency in which President Trump uses Twitter to communicate in real-time, by posting tweets, has left news outlets and media professionals scrambling to keep up with the most current and newsworthy tweet. His actions have been creating  heightened anxiety among global populations on the internet.  As well as creating an uneasy relationship between the press and the government.  The trumped-up-tensions between the media and President Trump has only begun.

Benjamin Moffitt, a research fellow in political science at Sweden’s University of Stockholm, wrote in 2016 a book titled The Global Rise of Populism, and explains that, “Media touches upon almost all aspects of modern life … [and] populism is particularly attuned to the contours of the contemporary mediatized landscape.”  

The new-media warfare has led some experts to wonder if populism will rise within the next four years under President Trump’s governance.  The President is aware of how easily persuaded our society has become from information generated by sources on the internet. Jim Rutenberg from the New York Times in a 2016 interview with President Trump openly acknowledges the power of social media saying  “I do a tweet on something, something not even significant, and they break into their news within seconds.”
In other words,  as a public official admitting he tweets “insignificant messages” could suggest he has some responsibility to the “fake news” epidemic. Whether the tweets were significant or not, the journalistic duties of the press and the media still remain to seek relevant, newsworthy truths and information of public concern.

Ultimately his tweeting tantrums –regardless of the content– will become the  news, because he is an elected public official

Trump;s active use of Twitter will set a precedent for future administrations, as he establishes the rules for presidential usage of social media.  Additionally, his role as the first American President to use digital communications via social networks should have been analyzed further.                                . IMG_9482.JPG

The President’s direct engagement on the internet will have a long-lasting effects worldviews of the  American people.  A free press must be protected as a fundamental American right.  The Trump Administration will need to develop strategies for handling social media and the technologies used throughout the digital world.


McCutcheon, C. (2016, September 9). Populism and party politics. CQ researcher, 26, 721-744. Retrieved from http://library.cqpress.com/

Rutenberg, J.(2016). The Mutual Dependence of Donald Trump and the News Media, The New  

York Times, http://tinyurl.com/jg4wv9u