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By: Alexis Simpson

California Destruction

 

     California has seen some of the most destructive fires in the United States such as the Cedar fire in 2003 grew to 280,278 acres and destroyed 2,820 buildings was the biggest recorded fire in the United States. Another that rapidly grew was the Rush fire, it was the largest fire in 2012, starting  in California and spreading to Nevada, consuming 315,557 acres. In October of this year, over a dozen fires broke out in the northern area, burning thousands of acres. A brush fire broke out on the western area of Los Angeles before dawn. Meanwhile, another large fire continued to rage out of control in the Ventura area on Monday evening the fire was growing to 65,000 acres and continuing to spread. According to the state firefighting agency, the fire destroyed approximately 150 structures. The state officials said 12,000 buildings were threatened, and evacuation orders were set, evacuating thousands of people in parts of the city Ventura and surrounding communities. These fires are being driven by the high winds, with gusts reaching up to 60 miles per hour, making the conditions for firefighters more difficult.  More than 40 people have been killed and thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed. Firefighters are having trouble getting these fires under control, and they seem to be expanding. This does not seem like the end of fires for California, it’s more than likely going to get worse; these fires are getting out of control and harder to contain, many are still evacuating homes, most of all homes have already been burned down.

Traveling Overrated

     President Trump has been pushing to enact another travel ban, adding three countries to the list including Venezuela and North Korea, both of which are not majority Muslim. Individual states are trying to upend the travel ban, and are expected to make arguments similar to ones in the previous interactions of Trump’s policies, in accordance with the court ruling the order violates immigration and nationality acts. Even if judges rule out the President’s directive, the travel ban will remain effective until the Supreme Court says otherwise. The third version of the travel ban was allowed, while legal challenges against it continue to attempt to stop it, supreme court justices Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor both said they would have denied the request to allow the ban to go into effect. The court’s orders mean they can fully enforce the new restrictions on travel from eight nations, six of them being predominantly Muslim. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, and North Korea will be banned from entering the United States (U.S.), including some of Venezuela region. There have been countries removed from the ban such as Iraq and Sudan the rest have remained or been  added. The outcome of this is that citizens of these countries will be unable to immigrate permanently, as well as banned from working, studying and vacationing here in the U.S. There have been six other times where the U.S has used travel bans on immigrants, the first was the exclusion of the Chinese in 1882, which banned skilled and unskilled labourers and Chinese employed in mining from entering the U.S. The third ban was against anarchists in 1903 where anarchists and others deemed to be political extremists from entering. The sixth ban was on HIV positive people, in 1987 they signed for anyone who was HIV positive to be banned from entering; it was mainly toward Africans and minorities based on the  false belief that HIV could be spread by physical or respiratory contact.

Lauer’s Case

      “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions.” The well-known anchorman, Matt Lauer was fired  “amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with colleagues.” The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) received three complaints about how and when Lauer harrassed these women. One woman said he harassed her in 2001, and another spoke up, describing the interactions while they were hosting the Winter Olympic sports at Sochi, Russia in 2014. Hours after he was fired Stephanie Gosk reported additional complaints to NBC. Lauer spoke out, giving a heartwarming statement to NBC, co-workers, and his devoted followers of the morning show. “As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage that I have left behind, at home and at NBC.” Once the allegations arose, Lauer’s wife was spotted without her wedding ring, and her father has made statements that she plans on filing for divorce. Meanwhile, Lauer has no intention of trying to stage a comeback. Since the accusation and Lauer having been fired from NBC, The ‘Today’ Show ratings have increased. “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job.” Lauer has apologized many times, and seems to want to make things right after all the allegations. These allegations going around are hurting people’s jobs, families, and lives, have been about politicians and Hollywood stars. Charlie Rose was a television host and journalist has at least 8 sexual allegations brought upon him. The women who spoke out told CBS what he had done and the things he would do around them. Along with Kevin Spacey, and Danny Masterson who are both actors in movies. Trent Franks and Ruben Kihuen are both representatives of a state and accused of some harassment. There have been 47 Accusations against multiple men since the Weinstein accusations.

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