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HOW IT STARTED
The American Revolutionary War plays a very important part in the United States’ history. The Revolution started when the king of England was taxing the Americans greatly, and the people of the colonies thought that it was unfair. People were smuggling molasses, food, tea, and paper to North America illegally. When King George III found out they had rebelled, he knew that they had no form of defenses-- except for themselves. The King’s soldiers took away all the colonists’ weapons.
He then made the Stamp Act, which meant that everything that they were smuggling required stamps to be considered valid. Since he could not tax them directly anymore, he decided that to get money from them, they would raise the taxes of the resources they were taking from England. They were protesting and demanding for England to stop. Due to the heavy taxes and the Stamp Act, the colonists living in America declared war on England/Britain.
DAILY LIFE BEFORE THE WAR
With all the grief King George III had been giving the colonists, they definitely had a hard time living in the thirteen colonies. King George III raised taxes in the colonies and took away all the colonists weapons to ensure that they don’t rebel. The colonists believed that there was a way to stop the British and to have a home where freedom didn’t have to be earned.
It wasn’t as easy as it sounded, though. The British soldiers (which the colonists called lobsterbacks) were sent from King George III to patrol the streets. They took all of the colonists weapons, so they wouldn’t rebel against King George III.
BOSTON TEA PARTY
The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773 on a ship in the Boston Harbor. The Sons of Liberty, a secret organization, disguised themselves as Indians by painting their faces. They snuck onto the ship and dumped every crate of tea into the harbor. They did this to say to the king that they didn’t approve of heavy taxes in the colonies.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics update. Today, we will be discussing President Donald Trump’s recent national emergency declaration.
In a controversial act of defiance, President Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border on February 15th. A national emergency is a nationwide crisis or a situation where circumstances threaten the country and call for an immediate response. After Congress’s rejection of his proposed $5.7 bn to fund his planned southern border wall, Trump announced the national emergency. The national emergency would enable the President to avoid the firm veto of Democratic Congressional leaders, and use the Department of Defense funds to construct the wall. Soon after his abrupt proclamation, sixteen states filed a lawsuit objecting Trump’s national emergency declaration. However, Trump’s national emergency was yet to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The House voted to rescind Trump’s declaration on February 26th. The result of disapproval, which passed 245 to 182, must now be taken up by the Senate, where three Republicans have already declared their support, only one short of the number needed for Congress to renounce Trump’s desperate effort. Although it is highly unlikely that opponents will collect the votes required to overtake the affirmed Democratic refusal, Republicans who support the Border Wall will likely give their best effort to ensure it.
By Eva Ciobanu
Waste is a problem, and has been for a long time. Most people don’t think about the impact of littering, not composting, and using plastic when they do these things, but it’s important to inform people so that we can change our ways.
Composting reduces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.Landfill waste produces a lot of carbon dioxide and methane Recycling does make some pollution, but it reduces more landfill waste, which causes the most pollution.
Even though these figures are from a 2011 study, it’s crazy to think about how much waste we as a nation produce each day.
If you’re about to throw something away, think about how long it might remain on this Earth before it’s fully decomposed. For example: a paper towel, 2-4 weeks; a cotton shirt, 2-5 months; cigarette filler, 1-5 years; a plastic bag, 10-20 years; plastic foam, 50 years. Those seem like short amounts of time, but there are more things that take so long to decompose, they’ll outlive you, such as: an aluminum can, 80-200 years; disposable diaper, 450 years; and a glass bottle, 1 Million years.
Some of these things can be recycled, and turned into something else such as cardboard boxes, bike parts, even your cat’s litter. This does produce some level of pollution, but creating these things produces more pollution, and leaving them in the landfill is the worst thing you could do.
So if you have a compost bin, please use it. Composting is an essential part of our ecosystem and future. What can be reused is sent to a composting plant and turned into soil for your garden.
In The Los Angeles Times, an article called “The world's trash crisis, and why many Americans are oblivious” states how a program called WasteZero promotes waste reduction by charging a set fee in cash for every bag that is brought to one of the drop-off locations. “The program has resulted in an average waste reduction of 44% and often doubles recycling rates, according to WasteZero’s statistics,” (2019 LA Times). Even though the recycling, compost, and garbage is treated the same as other waste plants -most is reused and the rest is sent to a landfill- WasteZero encourages others to get involved in helping solve the trash crisis.
In conclusion, use your compost and recycling bins, reduce plastics usage by using paper bags, reusable straws, etc; and lastly, keep yourself up to date, make sure you know what’s happening at your trash dump. Don’t let it go, there is a crisis, and we need to do something about it before it’s too late.
By Anya Sleeper Sheppard
1. What color are your brains?a. Pink, duuuuuhh.
b. Um, idk I’m not a brain scientist.
c. I don’t have any, so I’m not sure.
2. What’s your IQ?a. Like, 100,000,000 probably lol.
b. Um, I haven’t taken an IQ test before.
c. What does IQ stand for, Insight for Quirkiness?
3. Do you study for school?a. Ya, like every day, who doesn’t?
b. Well, I try, but I’m pretty busy.
c. *gasp* Of course not, who do you think I am, a nerd???
4. How many sides does an octagon have?a. Oct means 8, so obviously 8!
b. Um, I think either 6 or 8, I forgot.
c. Is an octagon a flavor of ice cream, because I want some.
5. How old are you?a. Well, I’m almost a teen, but I’m probably as smart as an adult.
b. Last time I checked I was a kid.
c. Um, I forgot, I think like 2?
6. Do you have all As?a. Well, of course!!! If I ever got a B I would die.
b. I think mostly Bs, but I’m pretty sure I have at least two As.
c. Noooooooo way. I have one F, three Ds, two Cs, and one B. The B is in P.E.
7. Do you think you scored stupid or smart on this quiz?
a. Definitely smart. I got everything right!!
b. Um, idk, like average?
c. I really don’t care, I was just bored.
All As: You are the dumbest person ever. You think you are so smart, but you’re not.
All Bs: You are average. You know your own skills, and don’t brag about your cleverness.
All Cs: You are really smart. ;)
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update. Today, the first topic of discussion is Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain’s recent victorious vote in Parliament. This vote was crucial to her intentions of leaving the European Union, and had the contingency to subvert them. Then, we will review President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of The Union address.
In a recent Parliamentary vote, Members of Parliament (MPs) rejected a proposal to delay the United Kingdom’s (UK) departure from the European Union (EU), in order to prevent the UK from leaving without a deal. This amendment, proposed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, was abruptly rejected by 23 votes. Members of Parliament voted 321 to 298 to deny Cooper’s proposition. Consequently, Brexit will continue and proceed on March 29, 2019.
In President Donald Trump’s annual State of the Union address, he projected his views and objectives in a remorseless and somewhat contumacious speech. Trump proposed his idea of a unified nation that does not consist of two parties, but rather is undivided. Trump also aroused new tensions with Democrats by showing a ruthless stubbornness over reasonable compromise for his border wall. This is a subject that threatens a second government shutdown. Trump also praised a multitude of recent successes in the country, including the increase of jobs and women in Congress, which did please the Democrats.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome to the latest edition of the Giannini Politics Update. Today, the topics of discussion are Facebook’s undignified decision to share the data of over 2 billion users with some of the world’s biggest tech firms and the recent government shutdown.
The federal government declared a partial government shutdown in December of 2018 due to President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in taxpayer money to proceed with construction of the southern border wall. This decision impacts the lives of 800,000 federal workers many of whom will not receive paychecks. Despite his numerous claims of Mexico paying for it, Donald Trump’s wall still remains without funding. Controversy over what stands in the way of a resolution, a divided Congress, has been expressed a multitude of times. Negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House are at a virtual impasse, despite multiple tense meetings. This sparks possibility of an economic recession, because of the shutdown’s effects on the economy.
According to a recent report by the New York Times, Facebook has exposed more users’ data than previously thought. In a deal that caused them to gain more users, Facebook shared data with over 150 companies from Amazon to Netflix. This abrupt report on Facebook’s state of public trust changes everything because of the fact that Facebook previously admitted to having shared the data of less users than what has been discovered. Participants in the deal were able to add new features to their products while effectively avoiding Facebook's usual privacy rules. Although many of the partnerships ended years ago, the perks of this deal were an interference with users’ privacy, such as the ability to read their private messages. This information was revealed a short time after data firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of over 87 million users without their awareness. This discovery was soon followed by 30 million users’ email addresses and phone numbers. This sudden revelation brings up a questionable future for Facebook.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will be discussing U.S. President Donald Trump's recent trade deal with President Xi Jinping of China..
The U.S. and China have been locked in a trade war for the past year, and communique in the words of Trump a new “incredible” trade deal between the two nations may benefit the U.S. economy. Trump turned to Twitter to report the effects of the deal, one of which is to “reduce and remove” tariffs on U.S. automobiles. At a meeting in Buenos Aires, Mr. Trump agreed not to boost tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10% to 25% on 1 January. The U.S. also claims that China agreed to purchase a substantial amount of several U.S. goods varying from agricultural to industrial products to reduce the trade imbalance between the two countries.
The news of the trade deal is predicted to spark beneficial results for both countries involved with the deal. On the contrary, a cyberattack on the Marriott Hotel chain that contained data of roughly half a million guests was recently reported and traced to Chinese hackers. Politicians such as Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State agreed with the blame facing China. The hackers are reportedly working for the Ministry of State Security, China’s civilian spy agency. This does not show definite resolution of the bumpy relationship between the U.S. and China.
By Joshua Hong
A lot of people think they know a lot about celebrities. This is a quiz to prove you right or wrong. With a series of questions testing you on unusual facts about these famous bunch, this will make you laugh at these funny facts. The link is below. Please note that you can only submit this form once so you will have to sign into Gmail account to do this.
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By: Lauren Lew & Beatrice Sixt
Recently, the students of A.P. Giannini voted for this year’s student council and senate. In the student council meetings, we mainly discuss what our top priority is, whether it’s an event or what we want to change. Currently, we’re talking about the ways we can make the school better, such as ways of communication and fundraisers. The Student Council meets every Tuesday, and the Senate meets every Thursday, 2-3 times a week. (3 if you are participating in SQUAD week) If you are interested in a position, then you can talk to Ms. J in room 202.
Here are the elected candidates:
6th grade :
President and Vice President: Karina Louie and Lauren Lew
Shadow President and Vice President: Beatrice Sixt and Lauren Lew
President and Vice President: Kai Yeung and Dina Frenkel
Shadow President and Vice: Coco Conner and Violet Maddox
President and Vice President: Nico Schwegler and Jonathan Nguyen
Shadow President and Vice: Lam Tran and Madlen Koteva
8 Chosen by Representatives
8 Chosen by Popular Votes
Congratulations to the winners!
By Beatrice Sixt
Billie O’Connell, also known as Billie Eilish (Eilish is one of her middle names), is a sixteen-year-old alternative pop songwriter and artist. She is currently going on her third tour, called the 1 by 1 tour, to places like San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Chicago on the map. Billie also recently performed at Camp Flog Gnaw, a music festival in LA. But it wasn’t always that way.
She was born in Highland Park, Los Angeles to a family of musicians. In a video interview, she said that she was a dancer and made her own music videos to songs she liked. Her first video on her Youtube channel was a dance video where she did aero arts (which her mom used to teach). Unfortunately, she had an accident which caused her to stop dancing, (I think in an interview with Nardwuar she said that she tore the muscle in her hip from the bone, but don’t quote me on that) and said in an interview that if she never did music, she wouldn’t know where she’d be. Billie works closely with her family. Her brother, Finneas, co-writes and produces her music. She released her breakout hit ocean eyes in 2016 on Soundcloud. After that, she released another song, Six Feet Under, on November 18, later that year. In early 2017, she released an EP with four remixes of ocean eyes. In August of 2017, she released her EP, Don’t Smile At Me. It had 9 songs on it:
It was well received. The 6th song, bellyache, is her second most viewed video on her Youtube channel. She’s also put out some singles lately: a holiday song for an Apple Music commercial called come out and play, a more angsty song called You Should See Me In A Crown, and one of her most popular songs, when the partys over, which has blown up, getting spot #1 on the Youtube trending page. They all are well loved, with You Should See Me In A Crown getting minor criticism for not being her typical sound.
I think Billie is very talented for someone so young. I look forward to seeing what else she does.
You can find her music here:
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