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When Have Things Gone Too Far? When Dead Bodies End Up on the News.

When Have Things Gone Too Far When Dead Bodies End Up on the News

We all like a little bit of blood and guts in our films. Maybe even a little bit of gore, only if it’s done tastefully. Heroic actions in cinemas need to be contrasted with the ugly, right?What if it wasn’t a featured film with fake blood? What if instead of sitting in a movie theater you’re sitting at home with your family and you’re not watching a movie, but the news instead?You’d probably want to hide your child’s eyes because that is too graphic for them to see without Ironman swooping in to save the day.

How much does the public deserve to see/know when it comes to seeing dead bodies in a public setting?

At least with films there are ratings and warnings before the film begins. With advances in social media technology it seems like there are more issues developing with people showing and seeing too much. In recent months we’ve seen and heard of social media outlets allowing users to share graphic video content. By allowing graphic real life content to be shared on social media sites, we are crossing over into an ethical gray area.

Graphic videos of beheadings, suicides, and other horrible content do more harm than good. Vice, a blog website, released an article titled “How Does it Feel to Find a Dead Body”. The article contained three accounts from people who have seen a dead body. Each story ended with the witness feeling haunted. Seeing a corpse can trigger other health issues as well.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, severe life traumas such as seeing a dead body, witnessing death, or having a near-death experience can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). People who experience PTSD report feeling haunted by their traumas. It’s reported that 8 out of 100 people will experience PTSD, but those figures aren’t completely accurate. Most PTSD cases go unreported or those who suffer from PTSD don’t come forward. Videos of beheadings can trigger past PTSD episodes or even cause new episodes. It’s natural to be curious about things in life and even in death. However, graphic content from real life situations like this can be more harmful than good.

Just because we can see it, film it, or show it, doesn’t mean we should. It’s an ethical line that you cross when posting graphic content to social media. YouTuber, Logan Paul recently crossed this line. Paul, in 2018 released a video showing the body of a suicide victim. YouTube allowed this video to remain posted for several hours. The video has since then been deleted by Paul, not YouTube. The Verge, a blog website, released an article titled “Not Just Logan Paul and YouTube – The Moral Compass of Social Media is Broken.” Within the article they point out several important things to consider when dealing with social media. The Verge questions the policies social media sites have, and why it is acceptable to allow graphic videos like this allowed. The article goes on to claim that the reason why Paul’s actions are acceptable is because of the culture, and environment we have created online. That is entirely opinion, and up to the readers/viewers to decide. There have been several incidents like Paul’s that have happened in recent months.

Snapchat footage of the Parkland 2018 shooting has surfaced. A quick Google search will provide anybody with the footage of bodies and gunshot noises in the background. The Las Vegas mass shooting also has candid footage of bodies and gunshot noises. People have a right to freedom of speech, which includes their freedom to share that footage. However what is the cost of that? What if scenarios of kids, veterans, or the mentally ill come to mind.

This topic in general is still fairly new due to the endless capabilities of the internet. In conclusion dead bodies shouldn’t be shown in the news or social media unless provided with ample warnings and are not obtainable to younger audiences. It’s too easy for kids to search up horrific real life crimes. There needs to be parental guides, and if not that, there needs to be some form of censorship of graphic content of beheadings, dead bodies, and shootings. Seeing these things in an action movie with your family is different from seeing it in a real life context.

Children See More Than You Think. Would They Be Proud of Your Driving?

Children See More Than You Think Would They Be Proud of Your Driving

Children see more than most people realize. They are always watching adults in order to learn how they should behave in the world. Due to this fact, it is incredibly important for a parent to watch what they do and say while around their kids. If they aren’t they could inadvertently teach their child a bad habit.

A parent always has to be on their best behavior when their kids are around. Kids will pick up on how you treat other people and how you talk to them. They will also be very much aware of how you drive.

If you are prone to speeding or weaving through traffic in a dangerous fashion, your kids will pick up on that. You could be teaching your children bad or dangerous habits without even realizing it. If you want to keep your child as safe as possible when they begin driving, you need set a good example for them.

Of course, this is easier said than done. Driving has this way of pushing our buttons and making everyone a bit angrier on the road. No matter how difficult it may be, keeping your temper will not only set a good example for your kids, it can also make your own driving experiences more enjoyable, or at the very least less frustrating.

If you exhibit safe driving practices, then your children will be more likely to do so as well. This can help keep them safe once they start driving on their own. That is all any parent really wants. If it means keeping your kids safe, then shouldn’t you do it?


Do You Care about Bullying? You Need to if You Want to See It Disappear

Do You Care about Bullying You Need to if You Want to See It Disappear

So many of the problems out there in the world could be fixed if people just cared for one another a little bit more. If people were more considerate and open-minded toward one another, then there would be less hurt feelings. One of the best ways to achieve this goal, is to get rid of bullying.

Now, this is a lot easier said than done. For the last thousands of years, people have constantly been trying to one up each other and prove their own superiority. One such way that they do this, is by belittling the people around them. This is what bullying is, and it leads to a lot of hatred and resentment. Any victim of bullying can tell you that.

Stopping kids, and people in general, from bullying is far more complicated than simply saying it needs to be stopped. Adults and parents need to do their part and set good examples for the kids in their lives. Children are much more observant than most people realize, and they can pick up on how we treat others. If a person is not careful, they can inadvertently teach a child to be a bully.

It is always important for a person to watch what they say to people, but this can prove to be difficult for kids. Children will often times say whatever is on their mind, and this can lead to bullying. It takes years for kids to develop the filter that most adults have. It is up to the parents to help guide the child and teach them what they should and shouldn’t say about other people.

Bullying will not just disappear overnight, but it can be eliminated. Everyone simply needs to work together to be more considerate of one another. Once people start caring for those around them, bullying will begin to disappear.

What’s Worse than a DUI? A DUI While Underage

What’s Worse than a DUI A DUI While Underage

Most people recognize the fact that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a bad idea. Unfortunately, there are still people out there who do not understand this concept, and many of them are underage. Young drivers are still learning how serious all of their actions behind the wheel of the car are. They do not understand that being under the influence of anything makes their driving worse.

With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of California, it has become easier for people to get ahold of. While this is fine for those who are of a legal age to use the drug, this has proven a bit problematic since it has made it easier for minors to get their hands on as the drug well.

In order to prevent accident and save lives, Senator Jerry Hill has proposed a new bill. Under this new law, anyone under the age or 21 who is caught driving with marijuana in their system would have their license suspended for one year. This would make the punishment identical to if a person under the age of 21 is caught driving with alcohol in their system.

Driving under the influence is always a bad decision, but it is even worse when someone is driving under the influence when they are underage. Now, not only are they breaking the law by driving, they are also breaking the law for having the substances in their system. They’re breaking two laws at once, and many people feel that should come with pretty hefty consequences.

Why You Should Say Goodbye to Plastic for Everyone’s Benefit

Why You Should Say Goodbye to Plastic for Everyone’s Benefit

California is no stranger to going green. From windmills to solar panels, and paying $0.10 for a plastic bag at the grocery store, California is one of the leaders in going green. At times theses eco-friendly changes may be complicated at first, but they pay off.The more we work together, and come together as a family the better the payoff will be for everyone. By working together on this, we are giving the planet, and ourselves, a chance to live longer.

Whether or not you believe in climate change, there is something to be said about respecting where you live. You don’t trash your parent’s house while you live there and expect to stay. You have to abide by your parent’s rules, and respect their house. It’s just like that, but with the earth.We cannot trash the Earth and expect it to stay around for us forever. If you want something to last for as long as possible, you need to take care of it.

Two years ago, California banned single-use, plastic shopping bags and was the first state in the nation to do so. The goal was to stop wasting plastic, and reduce the litter from plastic bags.Instead of using plastic bags, shoppers we’re offered alternatives to bag their items. Now 72% of plastic bag litter has dropped. This means that a large number of those plastic bags aren’t in our oceans, gardens, and national parks.

Now California is looking to take another step towards the war on plastic. Currently there’s a bill being considered that would make it illegal to automatically give restaurant/bar patrons a plastic straw unless they request one. A server who automatically gives a patron a straw could be served a $ 1,000 fine, or even get jail time. The ban on straws, like the plastic bags, would hopefully help discourage the amount of litter and plastic waste. The bill is being called “Straws Upon Request”. Ian Calderon, the California lawmaker pushing the bill wants to clarify several points about this bill:
• It is not a ban
• It will not make it a crime for servers to serve plastic straws

We Californians love our oceans, and all the other wildlife in California. We especially love sharing breathtaking sights with are our family and friends. Not only that, but we have attitudes about going green, and recycling.In order to keep our state looking amazing and helping out wildlife, we need to cut down on litter and say goodbye to plastic.

Where Does California Rank in Quality of Life? The Answer May Surprise You

Where Does California Rank in Quality of Life The Answer May Surprise You

California is the sunshine state. Commercials for visiting California make Californians want to vacation in here. Let’s face it, we have a different way of life out here in the golden state. We’re more laid back, but also we’re used to the hustle. We enjoy specialized food shops, sand between our toes, family picnics, and a whole lot of culture. However, our quality of life might not be all that glamorous.

US News & World Report’s stat in their recent study that California is ranked the lowest among the 50 states in one category and that is for quality of life. The factors that determined the overall quality of life are: social environment and natural environment.

California ranked 44th in the natural environment. The Natural Environment ranking is determined by several factors. The factors all relate to the overall wellbeing of the environments physical health. Natural environment includes:

  • Water Quality
  • Low Industrial Toxins
  • Low Pollution
  • Urban Air Quality

California ranked 47th in the social environment category. This area of research was gathered by surveys measuring social happiness. They asked residents about their involvement. Social environment includes:

Even through California ranked lowest in quality of life among the states, California did rank higher in other categories. In the health care area, the golden state ranked 11th. California highest ranked category was in economy. Of course the size of California probably had some influence of the outcome there.

Whether or not you care about this study, your opinion is actually important. Unlike other scenarios, if your opinion is that you love this state, then that is all that matters. If you enjoy the political and natural environment, then that is what is important. Since you are the one that has to live in California. Just soak up the sunshine, and enjoy the California vibes.

You Can’t Trust Everything Online, Even Reviews

You Can’t Trust Everything Online, Even Reviews

Anyone who has spent a lot of time on the internet knows that they can’t believe everything they read. While the internet is a great way to find information, not everything online is true or even remotely accurate. This is especially true for anything that is written by everyday people, and not professionals in their respective fields.

Unfortunately, this does include online reviews. As helpful as they can be, online reviews are only as helpful as talking to people themselves. Many adults are aware of the fact that everyone has different views and knowledge of life. This means that there are certain people you go to for advice on movies, and certain people who you go to for advice on home repair. The same goes for online reviews, though there is no way of knowing who is a credible source when it comes to reviews.

When looking at online reviews of anything, you need to be wary of the person who wrote it. Is this person experienced with this particular product or service, or is this their first time using it? Are the problems they encountered caused by the product or service, or were they caused by the person not knowing how to properly use said product or service? These are all questions that you should ask yourself while reading through reviews.

Another way to determine the validity of reviews, is to look at the numbers. How many five and one star reviews does the service or product have? If there are more positive than negative reviews, then using that product or service will probably be a safe bet.

Do You Believe in a Flu Season?

Do You Believe in a Flu Season

There are all kinds of people out there in the world, and all of them have their own believes and views. Some of them make sense, and others are just plain bizarre. Every once in a while, you hear of a belief that just seems too crazy to be true. For instance, some people think that there is no such thing as a flu season.

For those unaware, a flu season is classified as an annually recurring period of the year where there are consistently large sized outbreaks of the flu. These seasons typically coincide with the cold seasons, which vary from the Northern to Southern Hemispheres. The flu season lasts for roughly 6 weeks in each hemisphere. This is a trend that had been tracked and monitored for years now.

Recently, a televangelist told her followers that there was nothing to worry about when they brought their concerns of this year’s flu season to her. In case you didn’t know, a televangelist are Christian ministers, official or self-proclaimed, who spread their messages primarily through television broadcasts. When asked about the flu season, this televangelist told her followers that there is a duck season and a deer season, but there is no flu season. She informed them that Jesus gave them the flu shot and that redeemed them from the curse of the flu.

However, this televangelist’s followers were right to have some concerns. This flu season has been rather severe, quickly rivaling the 2014-2015 season. So far, this year’s flu season has claimed the lives of 37 children.

Now of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, there are some times when people’s opinions seem extremely questionable, especially when facts have been proven otherwise.

So, what do you think? Do you believe in a flu season, or is there not enough evidence to back that up?

Use Your Tax Return to Post Bail

Use Your Tax Return to Post Bail

It’s that time of the year again where everyone needs to sit down and file their taxes. Some people may be receiving a very sizable check from the government after doing that. This leaves many with the enviable problem of having money to send, and no idea what to do with it. Of course, the smart thing to do would be to put it away in case of an emergency.

Of course, you could already be facing family emergency if one of your loved ones has been arrested. If someone you care about is currently in jail, then you should use the money from your tax return to help post bail. You can put that extra bit of money to good use.

Bail in the state of California is not cheap, it typically costs several thousands of dollars. This is why most people turn to bail bond companies for help. A bail bond only costs 10% of the price of the bail itself. You can get even more discounts by going to Riverside Bail Bonds for help.

Here at Riverside Bail Bonds we provide our clients with affordable bail bonds. On top of that, we offer personalized payment plans for all of our clients and additional discounts for those that qualify. Clients with approved credit can get their bail bond at 0% down, which means they do not have to make a payment until a month after their loved one is released from jail.

Having an extra bit of cash from your tax returns can go a very long way. So, if you are getting a sizable check from the government after filling your taxes, consider putting it away for a rainy day or using it to bail out your loved one. You will be glad you did.

Small Healthy Choices that can Make a Big Differences

Small Healthy Choices that can Make a Big Differences

January is over, and so are most of our ambitions to carry out our New Year’s Resolutions. The first few days of the “New Year, New You” were great, but then reality kicked in. You realized that it is impractical to spend hours at the gym every day, and that no one really has the time to meal prep every single week. Now you’re starting to feel guilty because you haven’t even made it half a year.

Don’t stress, this happens to everyone. If you still have some motivation to make a change in your life, use that to make smaller alterations. Don’t give up on your dreams just yet. Hang on to your goals, there is still most of the year to achieve them.

Dreams and goals get set aside to focus on other parts of life. However, you shouldn’t give up on your goals completely. Making small changes that move you closer to your goals can be easier. It’s like taking baby steps before running. You gradually build up to the lifestyle or goals that you want. Let’s face it, you can’t do a complete and total lifestyle change within a few days.

Lifestyle changes take time. That’s why New Year Resolutions don’t always work out. You have to start building a habit for several weeks until it becomes a lifestyle change. Just like you can’t expect to lose ten pounds over night, you can’t expect to change your life overnight. Typically a habit is formed after two weeks. For example, if you continuously drink a glass of water every morning for two weeks straight, it should become a habit, though that doesn’t make them permanent. Habits can still be broken and changed.

Some small changes that you can start making right now to improve your overall health include:
• Start your days with protein
• Get moving
• Focus on can, not can’t
• Drink more water
• Be your greatest cheerleader
• Forget the scale
• Sit down to eat
• Cut out unhealthy choices gradually

These small changes were inspired from RealSimple.com, a website dedicated to helping people live a happy life. Each suggested tip might help you take steps towards your healthy goals. Once you start improving your health with these small steps you’ll start to see big change.

Tax Season Is Here

Tax Season Is Here

The new year is already a month old now that January has come and gone. This means we are truly entering into tax season. Businesses are handing out tax forms to their employees, and people are gathering all of the paperwork that they are going to need. It’s time for everyone to sit down and fill out some paperwork for the government. How exciting!

Most people aren’t very excited about this time of the year. It means extra work filling out dull paperwork, or paying someone to fill it out for you. Sometimes, you can get some money back from the government, other times you end up owing them money. All the while, you are hoping you filled everything out properly so you do not get audited.

This year, taxes are due to be completed by Tuesday April 17th. If you fail to file your taxes by then, you can miss out on any money that might be owed to you. However, if you owe money on taxes, you can face a failure to file fee. The fee is 5% of your unpaid tax bill every month that the balance remains unpaid.

If a person repeatedly fails to file their taxes for a number of years, they could face criminal charges. They will also receive a visit from the IRS if their unpaid taxes equal more than $25,000. This is why it is a good idea to pay your taxes on time.

Sure, filing tax returns may not be the most exciting thing in the world to do, but it can be very nice when that extra bit of money comes in. plus filing taxes doesn’t take that long if you just commit to doing it. Better to do that then wind up on the IRS’s bad side.

California Considering Plastic Straw Ban

California Considering Plastic Straw Ban

Just over a year ago, the state of California banned grocery stores from giving away single use plastic bags. The goal was to reduce the amount of plastic that made it out into the environment. Now, California lawmakers are considering making it a crime for dine-in restaurant waiters to give out plastic straws.

This new law was proposed by Assemblyman Ian Calderon this January, and since then it has received a lot of criticism. The many reason for this, is the fact that the bill calls on any waiter caught giving plastic straws to customers who didn’t ask for them to be fined $1,000 and face up to 6 months in jail. This would be a misdemeanor offense, and it is a pretty hefty penalty for handing out straws.

Of course, the goal of the law is a good one. The idea, which is identical to the plastic bag ban that voters passed in 2016, is to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated by Californians every single day. Plastic straws are often used once, and then thrown away. From there, they can end up in the ocean or in other areas of the environment where they will stay until they decompose several decades later.

Assemblyman Calderon claims that the penalties were added on by the state legislative rules committee, and that he does not want there to be any fines or jail time for waiters who give out straws. He plans to rework the bill and expects to have it go across Governor Jerry Brown’s desk with in the next two months.

While this may seem like a big deal now, in all likelihood, this will blow over pretty quickly if such a law were passed. Just look at the plastic bag ban. That was a huge deal when it first occurred, but nowadays most people don’t care. It has simply become a part of their daily live, and it was not as big a deal as people feared it might be. A ban of this nature would not be the end of the world, and it could do a lot to helping keep the environment clean.