By ishaan bhattacharya Welcome to the fifth edition of the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will discuss Venezuela’s failing but once-immense oil industry. Venezuela’s oil industry was once the base of South America’s most affluent nation but is now in ruins. “The workers, who years ago enjoyed some of the best benefits among Venezuela's public and private employees, have paid the highest price for their country's spiral into hyperinflation. Their salaries are now worth just a handful of dollars.” (CNN.com) This means that the workers in this field have sacrificed hyperinflation for salaries of a significant amount. Many employees can no longer afford even the most inexpensive foods. Salaries used to be more than enough to feed workers’ families. According to Bank of America, oil prices could hit $100 a barrel. In January the price of one barrel of oil was $69.08 and in December the price of one barrel of oil was $64.37. Over the last 12 months, the price has already risen 26.57%. This shows that the oil supply is low and it is running out. This could mean an economic crisis for many nations including Venezuela. In conclusion, Venezuela’s oil industry and economy is collapsing. This is quite a difference from the past when Venezuela was among one of the richest countries economy wise. The future could hold change so stay tuned to news involving Venezuela’s oil industry and economy.
By Maureen Loftus On May 4th the documentary “RBG” was released in select theatres. The movie has gotten great reviews, probably because of the subject, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is known as a remarkable Supreme Court Justice, but also as the only person to make judicial robes look fashionable, by her occasional nickname “the great dissenter” and by her hilarious character played by Kate McKinnon on SNL. She is also known for her intense workout regime that most wouldn’t be able to complete. This movie focuses on these aspects of her life, but also the more serious ones. She argued many groundbreaking cases for gender equality to the Supreme Court before she was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993. Critics gave this inspiring movie a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s near the top of the box office despite its limited release. If you can see this heartening movie, it is a fascinating summary of the life of America’s favorite Supreme Court Justice.
No child under the age of 13 should have a Facebook account because of all the propaganda on Facebook including a scandal that had to do with Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica is an I.T. service located in Cambridge, England . They mainly collect data and work on topics ranging from food to political opinions. In this case, they collected personal data like your messages. Mark Zuckerberg is currently testifying with Congress now for this scandal now.
Facebook is world renowned for all of the quizzes that circulate on it’s website. Little did people know that those quizzes don’t just collect the data of your favorite ice cream flavors. They also collect the data in your profile: messages, likes, comments and even the data of the people who follow you.
Mark Zuckerberg also known by Twitter users as Lizard man because of the facial expressions he made during his testimony with Congress, is making Facebook users pay money to not use this data. He recently went to court with Congress for this, which is known as a huge invasion of privacy. This makes sense because people DESERVE their privacy and when you take this data and use it for who knows what, people will feel unsafe and not want to use Facebook either because they lost their trust.
We can’t technically use Facebook because we aren’t 13!
By Aiden Shiu, Everett Smith, and Sebastian Haas Do you like Minecraft? Well you're in luck, because there’s a new quiz in town! This quiz will test your Minecraft knowledge and your ability to think outside the box to answer these hard questions. I bet you won’t get past 7/10! Click here!