As A Neo-Confederate Rally Approaches Ole Miss This Weekend, Please Be Safe

As A Neo-Confederate Rally Approaches Ole Miss This Weekend, Please Be Safe

Please remember to make your safety your top priority.

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Tensions are rising at Ole Miss this week as a neo-confederate rally approaches this weekend. It frustrates me even to write this because I am of the opinion that groups like this are given more attention than they deserve in the first place.

It is important to note that the group coming to protest is not affiliated with the University of Mississippi in any way. In fact, it is composed of two different groups that are based out of Tennessee and Arkansas.

Their main focus seems to be the Confederate memorial statue that sits in the circle near the middle of campus, one of the last bulwarks of a racist and discriminatory past that has so long plagued this university. The choice to hold this rally during Black History Month is particularly abhorrent.

Groups like this are fighting for a non-existent "heritage" that is rooted in racism and bigotry. They cling to straw man arguments and delusions that anyone with middle school education and understanding of the American Civil War can see through. This rally will hopefully be a small blip on the recent progress that the university has made in removing itself from a long, troubling past.

The university and campus police department have urged students to steer clear of the rally on Saturday, though there is a likely chance that the rally will be met with counter-protest. The only thing I ask is for everyone to remember to be safe. This group has made their intent to carry weapons clear. People on campus are understandably worried, and the best way to make sure that nothing terrible happens is to avoid confrontation.

Counter-protest is important but no matter how good the intention, counter-protest is something that groups like this thrive on. Safety is the most important thing for students on campus this weekend, so it's probably best to avoid the area altogether. The less power and attention we give them, the more their cause will continue to wither.

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The Victim Of The Jaguar Attack Honestly Deserved It

Thankfully, it will NOT be Harambe Pt. 2

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This event has been the focus of many media outlets such as NBC, ABC, CBS, The Today Show, etc. A woman had climbed over a barrier in order to get closer to the jaguar's cage to take a SELFIE. The woman has recently came forward and admitted that she was in the wrong, but that the zoo should take more precautions to make the jaguar enclosure safer. (WHAT?)

"I'm not the first and if they don't move the fence, I'm probably not gonna be the last." "I never expected. We're all human, we all make mistakes, and I've learned my lesson." -The idiot who crossed an enclosure barrier.

As far as I can recall, I've seen nothing on the news about someone getting attacked by an animal in such a way; unless they were provoked. However, within the past year, this particular jaguar has attacked before because ANOTHER individual had crossed the barrier and provoked the animal. This woman is in the wrong, as was the previous person, but she wants to place blame on the zoo because of their enclosure design. As far as "I never expected", it's a wild animal in a zoo enclosure. Keeping the obvious in mind, she also had her hand in the paws of the jaguar. What did you expect? That it would act like a domestic cat and lick you while purring? No. Even house-cats can be provoked and claw and bite their owners. Why should a wildcat be any different?

The zoo has came forward and made a statement saying that the jaguar, Sara, will NOT be euthanized because she was provoked, but instead is not out for public display for the time being. The zookeepers do not blame the jaguar for the incident because it was the fault of the visitor. The zoo also stated that they are up to USDA standards and regulations with the enclosure. Since a jaguar is a predator, they are required to have two barriers between the predator and the visitors, which this zoo and other zoos have in place.


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These barriers, with any animals, are there for a reason. They're meant to keep the visitors safe from any incidents that could happen. That only gets tossed out the window when someone decides to disregard safety in order to get a picture. The zoom functions in our cameras are there for a reason, everyone.

The fact that zookeepers, officials, news casters, and so forth have to remind people to not cross the barriers of a zoo enclosure is foolish because you would think it would be common sense. This woman, the person before her, and others clearly don't have this not-so-common way of thinking have paid the price for it. Yet, this woman has the audacity to try to place even the tiniest bit of blame on the zoo because it's "not safe enough". Most children, obviously aside from the Harambe incident, know better than this grown woman. Isn't that funny?

So what lesson did we learn from this? Don't be stupid. Use your zoom function.

If you want to disregard safety with a wild animal, go to a safari or travel abroad to an African savanna. Don't cross a barrier at a zoo or you'll be made into a laughing-stock to those with common sense.

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Yes, People In Florida ARE Crazy, But That's Not Why You've Heard So Much About 'Florida Man'

You've heard of the "Florida Man" stories, but do you know why?

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The Internet has recently been swarmed with a variety of "Florida Man" stories and all of the crazy and wild crimes they've committed. There's even a website where you can find all sorts of crazy crimes committed by Florida men. A Twitter user posted about a new "game" in a tweet, encouraging everyone to do a Google search of "Florida Man" along with their birthday. For example, I searched "Florida Man February 22" and found an article titled "Florida Man finds his way to Illinois, and two toilets led to his arrest." Interesting, right? Search for your birthday and I'm sure there will be several articles each featuring some weird crime committed by some weird Florida man.

But with everyone posting the crazy "Florida Man" stories they've found, not enough people are stopping and taking the time to figure out why they are seeing so many articles about insane Florida men.

I always knew that the people in Florida have a bit of a wild side to them, though I always just assumed there was something in the saltwater or the humidity got to their heads. Or maybe they were all under the influence of some Florida drug that makes every man do some unimaginable crimes. For being just one single state, Florida sure produces a lot of entertaining news content. But what if I told you that it isn't the saltwater or the humidity or a state-wide crazy drug? What if I told you that we can thank the Florida government for all of these stories of the wild and insane Florida men?

Well, that's what I'm here to tell you. Go ahead, give thanks to the great people in Tallahassee who made it possible for us to get countless moments of entertainment from all the "Florida Man" stories. Let me introduce you to the Florida Sunshine Law. Sunshine Laws are only in a few states, but luckily for us, Florida is one of them. Through Sunshine Laws, the public is able to view meetings, records, votes, deliberations, and other official actions, which would all be closed to the public in other states. The public can view government meeting minutes, documents, and arrest records. The Florida Sunshine Law provides regulations that require complete openness in both government and business.

Pretty cool, right?

In other states, many records are sealed and the public is not allowed to access them. But in Florida, reporters, websites, the public, really anyone can simply call a police department and request access to certain arrest records and receive them within minutes. Because most states don't have their own Sunshine Laws, the public isn't given as much information as those in Florida do. So there's a very big possibility that similar crazy things can be happening all over the country, but the records are sealed.

It's a pretty interesting and efficient law, and without it, we would have little to no "Florida Man" stories to entertain us. So while you're laughing at some crazy crime that a "Florida Man" committed, be sure to think of the Florida Sunshine Law and remember that the Florida government really did you a favor with that one.

Oh, and also, people in Florida actually are a little extra insane, so that may be a factor as well.

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