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    Abby commented on the post, Zoos aren't cool

    Your article was very informative and in the fourth paragraph where you mention “in the last 20 years, 42 animals have been killed for escaping or getting too close to humans” I became very frustrated. I have heard about the cruelty that comes with zoos and the lack of food, freedom, respect, etc, but I had never heard of actually killing…Read More

  • Lexi,
    I also agree that mental health is not discussed enough in society making it a taboo and frowned upon. I could tell you felt very passionate about your research and wanted to enact change and your posting about metal health awareness already seems like a step in the right direction. Organizations that share the same passion as you for…Read More

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    Abby commented on the post, Animal Welfare

    Your post was clearly something you are very passionate about which made it evoke even more in me. After reading you post it frustrated me how cooperations have been treating animals. It amazes me that we can treat other creatures who have perceptions of pain, freedom, hunger, etc. with such cruelty. I know so many people in my life who…Read More

  • Jessica,
    I could tell house passionate you were about you topic, which was part of the reason I found it so interesting. After reading your article it made me disappointed in how expensive education is when its obvious how much we need it. Education is at the root of all change, and with everything going on in the world right now I believe we need…Read More

  • Jenessa,
    I liked that you organized your article in two very throughout paragraphs discussing two very different, but very real, negative affects of social media. I knew that social media and technology as whole affects our self image and social aspects but I never knew it had so much to do with our physical health. It scares me to know…Read More

  • Bella,
    You had a lot of great information regarding technology and how as of recent it has changed our exposure to bullying. After reading your article it made me wonder what we can do in the future to help children avoid bullying. It seems like there is so much good and bad that can come from cell phones that it would be extremely difficult to…Read More

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    Abby commented on the post, Abortion: Part 4

    I liked that you picked such a controversial topic and used your findings to generate your opinion rather than to make one without thinking it through. I really enjoyed reading about not only your response to the topic but also the responses of many others. Your information was clear and concise and seeing those responses from 100 others…Read More

  • Ed,
    After reading your post it left me wondering where my family dynamic and others fits into your research. It’s amazing how much influence parents actions have on children and just how much they absorb. I never knew that not only can behaviors and skills affect development but also they way we react to those behaviors. In the article,…Read More

  • Jenessa,
    I really enjoyed reading your article. I have lived in slc my whole life and I had no idea there was that much that went into the inversion other than the vague answer always given of pollution. The facts and detail you went into were very interesting and eye-opening for me. I am also very upset by the inversion and do my best to carpool…Read More

  • Cheryl,
    I really enjoyed reading your article and it reminded me of some news I recently read about Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams. The two actor in November had to do a re-shoot for a movie they were doing and by the end of the nine day re-shoot Mark Wahlberg walked away with $1.5 million dollars after reshooting the same scenes while…Read More

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    Shark finning is the process in which sharks in the worlds oceans are being hunted and caught using long-line fishing or other ways of capturing and killed for their fins. These sharks are being taken out of the

    Shark Finning

    Shark finning is the process in which sharks in the worlds oceans are being hunted and caught using long-line fishing or other ways of capturing and killed for their fins. These sharks are being taken out of the ocean...

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    • Abby,
      I am a lover of sharks, they’re my second favorite animal overall and favorite ocean animal so I’m very passionate about this topic. I’ll start by saying that this disgusts me, I hate the slaughtering of sharks just for their fins, it sickens me. One thing that I find particularly disturbing though is how many fishers dispose of the body after. As I’m sure you know the shark fin only makes up 5% of the body weight, and shark finning being illegal, but also the rest of the shark body except various bits of cartilage are unused because they’re not a “delicacy,” the whole shark is not taken to market. A common method of getting rid of the body though is just throwing it back into the ocean, with the shark still being alive, but finless, causing it to drown.
      Sharks are starting to go extinct, it’s a tragic fact, but it’s still happening. What do you think we can do in the United States, seeing as how Shark Fin Soup is not a delicacy here, to help stop this and help protect sharks?

    • Abby,
      This was very interesting to read especially because I have never heard of this. It is very sad and devastating that these fisherman can not see the wide spread harm they are causing. I am wondering what is being done about it? I understand there are laws about it but is there any other actions being put in place? Also I now about whaling and how that is also having a negative effect on the ocean. Does the shark issue or the whale issue have a worse effect and what should the world try to stop first?

    • Abby, I really enjoyed your article and I’m really happy you’re passionate about this issue. I really love learning new things about animal rights and I think shark finning is a big problem in our world today. I think it’s awful that people do this, just for money. In zoology last year, we watched multiple documentaries on the shark finning and it made me really happy to see people are really trying to change this in our world by going to other countries and protesting. It’s important to have sharks in our ecosystem, like you said, and when they disappear we could irreversibly affect our planet in a horrible way. I hope you continue to fight for this and bring awareness. It’s important people know about this issue. I loved you article and can’t wait to see what’s next!!

    • Abby,
      I never knew about this issue before reading your post, but now that i’ve read it I see how much of a problem Shark finning has become. It’s a despicable act, it’s like taking a person’s arms and legs off and expecting them to adapt. I thank you for raising awareness to this ever growing issue and I hope something is done about this.

    • Abby,
      I wasn’t fully aware of how immense this issue is. I knew of it and that parts of it were illegal but not the extremity of the problem. The amount of sharks that die from just being left in the ocean after having their fins cut is so sad. I wonder how these fisherman can hurt an innocent animal like this just for the profits it provides. I think that if this business is absolutely necessary, which it isn’t, it should be done in a more humane way. For example, the sharks that get their fins taken should be humanely killed rather than suffer a slow death and not being to do anything about It. However I think this shouldn’t be an issue in the first place because there isn’t really any demand for the fins.

    • Abby,
      Your article shocked me. I can’t believe shark finning is ongoing around our world, as I would’ve thought it would be outlawed long ago. Last year in biology, I learned about the significance of prosperous food webs in different ecosystems, such as the ocean. Sharks are considered an apex predator, or the top predator in its ecosystem. Their role is crucial, as they keep the entire ecosystem in balance. A declining shark population due to shark finning has the very real potential to destroy many aspects of ocean life. Shark finning is not only a moral issue, but an environmental issue as well. Sharks have an extremely high importance to our oceans, and I hope actions are taken to address this horrific issue. I found an article on the importance of sharks to the ocean that could support your argument:
      Great post, I hope to see you post more on this topic!

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    Abby commented on the post, Enigma

    I never knew there were that many words in the English language and despite there being 200,000 I still often struggle with what to say. Like you, I also enjoy the word enigma and heard it first in the imitation game. There’s a certain mystery to the word itself and it almost sounds like another language. thank you for your post, and I…Read More

  • Anthony,
    I have heard of lucid dreaming but I’ve never realized that it could possibly help and prepare us for the next day. That’s such an interesting concept that maybe we can meditate, study for a test, or plan an event all while we are asleep. Like your post, this article talks about the benefits of lucid dreaming and you might find it…Read More

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    Abby wrote a new post

    As it gets colder in Salt Lake City the homeless will begin to face a crisis unlike any other. Because of these freezing temperatures shelters and The Road Home will become packed to full capacity leaving many

    Who is looking out for the homeless?

    As it gets colder in Salt Lake City the homeless will begin to face a crisis unlike any other. Because of these freezing temperatures shelters and The Road Home will become packed to full capacity leaving many outside in...

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    • Homelessness is a massive problem in Salt Lake City and it’s great to see that we are beginning to take steps toward solving the epidemic. Homeless people are human and they deserve a shot at regaining their life just like anybody else.

    • I like that Chief Brown is invested in this cause, but I’m a little concerned that his main way to “end homelessness” is to place narcotics officers and patrols in the area. You say they are there to “provide assistance” to the homeless people, but I’m interested to know if they do more than simply make drug busts.
      Way to be interested in this cause, though- interesting article. It’s clear that you care about this issue.

  • Gigi,
    I really enjoyed how descriptive you were in your topic. The words you used to describe the feeling of saying the word “love” made me feel like I was saying it and describing it as well. I thought it was interesting how this one word had such a huge impact on your life and how you treat people. The way you treated people when you were little…Read More

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    Abby commented on the post, Co·ex·is·tence

    I really like that in your post you not only expressed your opinion but you also brought forth your experiences and observations. I agree that the Unites States needs to change drastically and I especially liked that you pointed out that we are the United States, not the divided states. Your topic was very current and very interesting to…Read More

  • I agree that is a problem that needs to be solved but I don’t know how easily this can be achieved. This fight for gender equality has been happening for so long and it seems like no matter how hard people protest and try it doesn’t get fixed. I really appreciate your enthusiasm for this cause and your ideas for fixing it. The idea of a protest as…Read More

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    I also agree that women should be able to do what they feel is right with their bodies whether that means abortion or other decisions. I think it is really awesome that you were willing write about such a big topic. Many people have very strong views towards this topic and your choice to express your opinion is very inspirational. I found…Read More

  • Lindsay,
    When reading your post it made me think a lot about my position and involvement in my family. I also am a twin and before reading your post I didn’t think twins could take on such opposite characteristics in a family dynamic but thinking about it now, I see examples of this throughout my relationship with my twin. Not only is my twin…Read More

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    Abby wrote a new post

    Although there are countless religions around the world, something almost all of them have in common is God. God forms their daily lives and tells them what do, how to live, and who they are. God is at the center

    Could God be a woman?

    Although there are countless religions around the world, something almost all of them have in common is God. God forms their daily lives and tells them what do, how to live, and who they are. God is at the...

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    • Wow, what an interesting theory! I love your specific examples- they really helped guide your point along. This post is filled with so much feminism without directly calling it out, and I just love your question. Good job!


    • I believe god could be a female but I believe god is both female and male. We do not even know if there is a god, but if there is I believe he is equally everything. Here is an article you can read about gods gender identity, It is 2017 we do not need to identify if god is female or male. We do not assume gods gender.

    • I really like that you are questioning this, I think it is a really cool thing to think about. I think that while God doesn’t actually have a gender, God is portrayed most often as being male, and it causes us to see things that way. Most of the time females are wrapped into the idea of God it is when they are supporting characters to whatever God is doing, especially in the Bible. I think that God could be male, female, neither or both. However, on a personal level, I think everyone should see God in whatever way makes them the most comfortable, whether that means they see God as female, male, non existent, as a force, or anything in between. Great article!

    • Great article Abby! This question was never brought to my attention until last year in religion class at my private, Catholic high school. It seemed to be a very touchy subject to be discussing especially since Catholicism places importance on the domination of men over women. I agree with your viewpoints on how God can be both a man and a woman. Another point to reflect on is, during the time the Bible was written, people did not view men and women as equal, women were inferior. Considering this, if God was referred to as a woman he would not be taken seriously. Opening the world to another way of thinking about God, and learning to accept God whether he is female or not is something that everyone should consider.

    • This is really interesting and something I never really put much thought into because I am not very religious. If I had to say what gender God is I would love to imagine God as a woman. God is supposed to be this all loving being and I think the caring nature is closely connected to that of a woman. Im not quite sure whether God has a specific gender at all though. I think God should be seen however someone wants to see God. My God may be different from yours which could be different from another persons God. I think it is important that people view God in a way that is the best for them as an individual.

    • That is true, every religion is based on a higher power but its all interpreted in a different way. Buddhist believe once you reach enlightenment that you become one with yourself, beings around you, and the ‘divine energy’ that created this Earth. Christians look at it as just a God that is male but can fulfill both needs as a female and a male. This topic is really all about perspective. How I look at is, its just an entity full of love neither male or female. The only reason why God is said to be male in the bible is because when the bible was made, during that time period males were more respected than females. A female couldn’t be ‘in power.’ This entity or energy that we speak of can give love as a mother and love as a father there fore, the lord is no gender. Just simply love.

      Thank you for sharing this post! Loved reading it, made me want to discuss many topics. 🙂
      – Abi


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