FSW F McNeal Transgender vs Who?

A controversial issue that has been talked about today is that there are gender neutral restrooms. This is causing a division among our community, because a lot of conservatives feel as if it is unorthodox. Apart from that many parents feel this enables perverts to go into those restrooms thus putting the youth in danger. On the opposing side some people feel this shouldn’t be an issue at all because “perverts” have been going into different restrooms preying on kids before this ordeal. I can’t find much credible research showing a correlation between transgenders and child predators. This makes it almost a moral battle between the two sides. I feel that the best way to compromise would be to add another restroom that transgenders could use at their leisure.

Jordween Casseus, Obamacare and Why People Still Aren’t Signing Up For It

ObamaCare, Obama Care and health care reform are all the same thing. The official name for “ObamaCare” is the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act, a bill signed into law to reform the health care industry.ObamaCare requires that all insurance plans cover preventive services and stops insurance companies from dropping you when you are sick, as well as offering a number of other reforms and protections. ObamaCare’s goal is to provide affordable health insurance for all US citizens and to reduce the growth in health care spending. ObamaCare does not replace private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. If you have health coverage you like, you can keep it. ObamaCare reduces the growth in healthcare spending. The current $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system costs almost $9k a year for every man, woman, and child. ObamaCare places bureaucrats between doctors and patients. The law imposes new penalties on doctors who do “not satisfactorily submit data” that meet Washington bureaucrats’ standards.  One reason some people have chose not to apply for Obomacare is that they can’t afford it. There are several affordability holes in the

policy. Per se, it presents a gray area for the people who aren’t definitely poor or affluent.

Reportedly, thirty six percent of uninsured people had attempted to enroll in a health insurance program but found the on hand plans to be “too expensive”, according to a survey distributed by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Only seven percent of the people survey stated that they would rather pay a tax penalty than purchase a mandatory insurance policy.

Jordween Casseus, How Vegetarianism is Bad for the Environment

As homo sapiens, it is in our biological nature to feed and kill. In fact, it is only by means of conditioning and behavior modification can we learn to not eat protein rich meat. It is this inborn and essential drive to feed on other animals that has kept us alive and evolving to this day.The “death of one” organism is needed in order for “another organism to survive”, it is the natural order of things. Vegiatarianism extingushes this natural ideology in form and function. Vegetarians and vegans, view eating of animal flesh as cruel, immoral, and non-essential in essence and in action. As well to believing they are protecting the environment by not consuming meat. Contrary to popular and community belief, these practitioners need to be cautious and conscientious of the dangerous consequences they are setting upon themselves such as nutrient deficiency, carbohydrate overload, and detrimental impacts on the environment.

    The most basic function of feeding and eating is to metabolize usable energy that is obtained from various food sources. Vegetarians are not able to take in some “highly bio-available meat protein” thus they are losing out on a great deal of” easily abosrbed nutrients” such as “iron and copper”(which are predominanatly found in meat). Vegetarianism and veganism are contradictive to promotion and effect of physiological processes like digestion due to the fact that a vegetarian or vegan consumes high levels of cellulose which is “indigestible in the human body”. “Eating more nutrient-dense foods like meat and animal fats leaves more energy for other processes to” occur.

    Since vegetarians consume such high quantities of carbohydrate-based foods such as “soy, wheat, and other grain based products” in order to sustain themselves calorically , they are at risk for falling victim to dietary-related afflictions. For example, they are more prone to having “chronically high insulin levels, weight gain issues, and, possibly, diabetes in  the long run”.

    So far, Earth is the only planet that life can exist on and continue to exist. Earth supplies necessary resouces such as water, warmth, and land. Without land, “there would be no other forms of life on Earth”. Agriculturally speaking, topsoil is the most essential layer of land needed in order to sustain and supply life because of the fact that many fundamentally functioning microorganisms can be found” in just one shovel full of topsoil” which aids in the production of more top soil. Since the farming of most grain-derived crops actually “kill” this layer of topsoil, “it is not wise to eat them”. Earth needs it’s soil to be “fertile” more and more every year in order for flora and fauna to survive and continue to exist.

    Since the dawn of human existence, we have hunted to eat. It was this innate impulse that kept us alive and thriving for so long. Vegetarianism and veganism defect and deny this. It cause more pain than prosperity in nature and in body such as nutrients deficiency, the over consumption of carbohdrates, and negative impacts on the environment.


Jordween Casseus, Ozone Layer Depletion


Florida seems like a great place to travel or inhabit. The climate of Florida is tempered by the fact that no part of the state is very distant from an ocean. It’s a tropical paradise for some, evoking the effect of one single season. The atmosphere is always warm. Although, I’ve feel like it’s starting to become warmer. Well, one cause for concern might be the depletion of the very important ozone layer.

The ozone layer is a band  of naturally occurring ozone gas that sits about 9.3 to 18.6 miles (15 to 30 kilometers) above Earth’s surface and serves as a shield from the harmful ultraviolet B radiation that the Sun emits. Ozone(trioxygen) is a highly reactive polar molecule that contains three oxygen atoms . It is constantly being created and broken down in the elevated atmosphere, 6.2 to 31 miles (10 to 50 kilometers) above Earth’s surface, in the region called the stratosphere.

This layer is  is necessary to maintain thermal equilibrium on Earth. The abuse of the stratosphere; it is the second in gradation. The stratosphere should have been able to sustain on it’s own . It’s natural process is being affected today as it is being broken down and weakened, all at the hands of man. This issue has exacerbated progressively as time and technology evolved through the use of toxic chemicals such as CFCS and halogen gases.  Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals can be found mainly in spray aerosols (bug killer)  heavily used by industrialized/developed nations, are the main  offenders in ozone layer breakdown. When CFCs reach the upper atmosphere, they are exposed to ultraviolet rays, which causes them to break down into substances that include chlorine. The chlorine reacts with the oxygen atoms in the ozone and tears apart trioxygen( ozone layer) molecule. While, halogen gases, such as bromine, is another greenhouse gas aids in this destruction.

The ozone layer depletion crisis is one that should have been remediated with diligent effort and handled with care. The US has banned most CFC containing domestic products. They have started an agenda to phase out asthma inhalers( given to those who have respiratory issues)  that have these greenhouse gases in their composition. But the damage has already been done, markedly 90 percent of  it is attributable to human error. We as a race have tampered with Mother Nature creating an even larger environmental issue.

Sexual Abuse on Children

The Effects of Sexual Abuse on Children Sexual abuse on children is legally considered to be any sexual activity between an individual of age and a minor who is not able to give consent, therefore causing harm to that child’s being. According to the American Psychological Association, “Children are most vulnerable to childhood sexual abuse between ages 7 to 13” and “1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse” (Czincz). When a tragic event like this takes place in an adolescent’s life, it can be difficult for them to speak up about what they’ve been through and unfortunately, this pushes them into a downward spiral over the years. Childhood victims of sexual abuse often lead unsuccessful lives. Since children are not usually educated about sex until a later age, there is no real way to keep them informed about what could happen as a result of such a devastating event and in many cases, the victim can feel as if they are at fault. Therefore, by not speaking on what has occurred, there is a possibility of female victims becoming pregnant. It is said that “Those who have reported sexual abuse were three times as likely as those who had not experienced abuse to become pregnant before 18 years of age”(Roosa 119). Although pregnancy is portrayed to be the bigger picture, it is crucial to see the roots leading up to it. Along with depression and low self-esteem, this is supported by the reasoning that being sexually active at an early age, by choice or not, automatically heightens the level of promiscuity, which in turn can leave victims with a lack of judgement and can make it easier for them to be taken advantage of in the future. When a child is sexually abused, they are robbed of their innocence as soon as the perpetrator ignores the word “No.” Once this has happened, it takes away that child’s courage and ability to speak up because it shows them that they cannot have control over what happens to them. This is why childhood victims tend to withdraw themselves from regular activities and steer towards prostitution. “A 1995 study…. Found that people who were sexually abused as children are a whopping 27.7 times more likely than others to be arrested for prostitution” (Llderson). When an individual, no matter the age, turns to prostitution as a result of sexual abuse, it may seem as if they are looking for love in all the wrong places. When it finally becomes clear to them, they look for other things to fill the void in their lives. This is where substance abuse comes into play. In many cases, drugs are given to prostitutes and once that original high wears out, they begin to search for another substance to help cloud their reality. Unfortunately, if treatment is not received, there is a greater risk for overdose which can lead to death. There is also the possibility of prostitutes being arrested for drug and theft related problems. An individual’s body is a work of art, and when he or she allows themselves to be used as a sex toy, it can cause sexual identity issues because of the negative effects it has on their brain chemistry. Inconsistencies in a victim’s behavior always seem to be the biggest sign that something is wrong with them. These signs can vary but usually show along the lines of depression and anxiety, which is an indicator that that child is suffering from a psychological injury. The World Health Organization states that the relationship between victims and mental injury is increasing because of the fact that most perpetrators are not strangers to the victims. In fact, the victims are often related to the offender, making it harder for them to express what has happened to them. Surprisingly, the results of their study showed that males often have more of a chronic injury because they tend to zone out their feelings, in comparison to females who seem to be more in touch with their feelings (Amado, ET). One might even say that this is what causes most adolescents to have behavioral troubles, whether that might be acting out in school or years down the road with commitment and financial issues. On the other hand, there might be some people who find themselves at a crossroads with the information stated by professionals who have conducted these studies and might even state that a childhood victim that suffers from sexual abuse can easily take the precautions themselves to ensure that they will be able to lead successful lives, without exposing their story. However, there was a statement given by an anonymous man who was sexually abused at the age of 11 by his aunt, which contradicts what people might think about the healing process. This male did not want his family to turn on him for his accusations, so he kept the incident to himself and proceeded to continue his life as normally as he could. Without the proper guidance, he found himself misusing prescription drugs and at risk of being arrested for crimes he almost committed. It wasn’t until he almost overdosed, that he opened up about what his aunt had done to him in the past. He ended up getting help from therapists and other doctors to help him better his life, by coping with his past rather than trying to make it disappear (Haiyasoso). This goes to show that childhood victims of sexual abuse need proper guidance in order to cope and move on. Situations dealing with sexual abuse on children can be very critical because of the emotional and physical damage that it causes the victim and even though people want to believe that their loved ones can conquer anything on their own, it is important to know that it is okay for them to reach out for help. The outcome of this situation can often turn out to be ugly, as previously explained, but that does not necessarily mean that they cannot be successful and happy.

Students aren’t being prepared enough (FSW)

It’s over it’s finally over. The time has come where you only have to hear the school bell one last time. Being trapped in school for twelve years and now they’re letting you out to be free and enter the real world. The question is are you ready? The answer is no. What schools fail to do is prepare students for what comes after high school. Yes they can prepare you for college but college is only half of what you have to go through and for some students college is something they don’t go through at all. The material taught in school is really only goof for school. What really needs to be taught in schools is life skills and the basics of being an adult and doing adult things since that’s what most of us turn into when we graduate and leave the gates of misery and torture. Schools should teach life skills so that students will be more prepared for the world ahead of them.

What is learning how to dissect a frog and solving sine and cosine going to do with our future? What we really need to learn about is how to do taxes and how to pay bills. How to buy or rent a home and how to do interviews for jobs. There are so many important things that should be taught but isn’t. School should be teaching us how to handle money rather than how to handle using the correct formula for a math problem. These skills are more important then what is taught to us now. I’m not saying that what’s being taught should stop but it should be implemented also with life skills so students get a better understanding of what’s to come after high school. I believe that this issue is a serious social problem that needs more attention than it does. People need to realize that you’re throwing high school graduates into the real world when they barely know the difference between all the taxes they are going to have to start paying let alone even know how to pay them. On the the other hand, there are somethings I can say that schools help with the future. They teach writing skills, communication skills, and another very important thing it teaches is basically how to handle a job. Writing skills can be good with a lot of jobs that are heavy with that. A lot of behind the desk jobs needs good writing skills. With communication skills it is very helpful when talking to boss’ and other employees, but it is especially essential to have good communication skills when talking to customers. Lastly with the most important is how it helps to handle a job. One way it helps is showing students that they can’t do things on their time without consequences. Turning in late work doesn’t slide with teachers and neither does showing up late to class. If a student were to treat a job like how they would treat school then they would be one percentile in the unemployed percentage. The saying “being early is on time, being on time is late, and being late is unacceptable” is a saying that schools love to hammer in your head so that you get the picture of what the job world will be like. Other than these important skills schools don’t prepare you for what’s to come. Does it teach them how to buy or rent a home, No. How about how to file for taxes or pay taxes, No. Not even the simple fact of handling money the right way. Yes there is an economics class but that class shows you the importance of goods and services which in the end makes money more difficult to understand and not at all showing how to handle it. ” Schools teach knowledge, but life requires wisdom,” this is from one of my sources which also says that schools fail to prepare us for life and it will continue to fail unless it shows students what truly is important once they graduate.

Why say that you’re preparing students for their future when in reality you’re not. Schools most definitely to teach life skills to students so they are more prepared because they will be entering the world as confused as a freshman on their first day of high school. The students are going to face an abundant amount of challenges and what these schools need to do is be able to prepare them for as much of these challenges as they possibly can. Schools need to live up to what they say when they say they prepare students for their future. Well their future holds more than being able to find y and knowing about the civil war, it holds a lot of ups and downs and as long as schools can strap them down and show them what the world is really like then they can get through it better.

FSW Frank McNeal Is Racism at an All- time high?


After listening to several artists and performers from today’s era, I’ve found that many people think racism is over. After all “we have come quite a long way from slavery” and “blacks can vote” seems to be everyone’s argument. I don’t think that is a good enough argument. Does 200+ years of oppression wash away because we have integrated school systems and public transportation? I think we must look at the facts. Today, the US is 5% of the World population and has 25% of world prisoners.(NAACP) One could just say “that is the prison population that has nothing to do with race” I would like to look more in detail to to those numbers. I found that African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population in the U.S and that African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites. With numbers like that I find it very hard to believe this could be a coincidence.  It has also been brought to my attention that  “Of all African-American men that were born in 1965 or later with less than a high school diploma, 60 percent have a prison record (28 months median time served).” I have nothing against punishing people who have committed crimes. I do however have an issue with a single race being targeted by our law enforcement and legal system.


Source: ACA DMC Task Force/Symposium(August 1, 2010) 




It seems that the large portions of the crops we have in our everyday diet are created with GMO’s, and not only that but he cotton that is used to create our clothes are also created with GMO’s. So is there really no escape from GMO’s and if not what are the risks?


This website tells us that not only do these GMO’s hurt our body bu the environment as well. “GM crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable”. They seem to be causing more harm than good. Although this may be a problem there are a lot of people that are hungry in the world so do we have an obligation to grow as much food as we can?

I believe one way we can work on this is if each community were to have a garden. Not a whole city but every neighborhood. That way we could grow healthy crops that didn’t have any GMO’s and helping the planet. Then these big produce companies could continue to grow crops for people in need, but since there won’t be as many people in the states that need food from them, they wouldn’t have to use GMO’s either because of the decrease in demand for an abundant supply.

There are also alternative methods of crop growing such as crop rotation. Crop Rotation keeps pests under control by depriving them of the continuous food supply they need to build up large populations.
It manages a broad variety of pests rather than just one or two, does not select for resistance genes, like the chemical toxins or genetically engineered crops, and it does not result in pollution of air or water. There are many alternatives and I believe we should turn to them as soon as we can.


Many college students are faced with one word which is equally despised, tuition. Often time people hold back form furthering their education due to the high cost of tuition. Although luckily due to programs such as FASFA which is a financial aide program available in the state of Florida . Many students can avoid the situation of financial stress. Unfortunately many time middle class families are not included in the benefits from these programs and have to pay out of pocket for tuition. Reason being these programs only look at the taxes from household. With that they do not see how much money needs to be spent towards the cost of living for that family which may include but is not limited to mortgages, health expenses, food bills.  In the state of Florida the average university cost $6,000 for tuition per semester. Along side with other expenses such as books and living. In order to relive the issues of the issue of financial stress I feel as though each family who receives fiinancial aide should undergo a process to be evaluated to make sure they are in actual need of that money. Many times people will not need that money and will “play the system” as some say and that is unfair to families who did not get an opportunity to  that money and who actually need it. By making the evaluation process a little more defined will allow everyone an equal opportunity to what everyone deserves a chance to receive, an education.