Toobin caught masterbating on a Zoom call

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Reports surfaced earlier this week regarding Jeffrey Toobin’s, legal analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, sexual act during a work meeting.

CNN downplayed the situation by claiming Toobin had allegedly accidentally “exposed himself” on the video call because he thought he had turned the camera off. The phrasing, at least in my mind, sounded like he tried to turn off the camera to change and exposed himself for a moment.

However, this was not the case. Subsequent news articles explained that Toobin was caught masterbating while watching another video during the meeting. …


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As I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook lost in a sea of posts, one caught my eye. It said, “I find myself worrying that when we hand our children phones we steal their boredom from them. As a result, we are raising a generation of writers who will never start writing, artists who will never start doodling, chefs who will never make a mess of the kitchen, athletes who will never kick a ball, musicians who will never pick up their aunt’s guitar and start strumming.”

Boredom invites creativity. TIME magazine interviewed Sandi Mann, a senior Psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K. and the author of The Upside of Downtime: Why Boredom Is Good. Mann explained what boredom is and how it sparks creativity, “[Boredom is] a search for neural stimulation that isn’t satisfied. …


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Recently, my brother and I were laughing about all of the disgusting lunches our elementary school served. We joked about the hexagon “Mexican” pizza, the freezer burned salisbury steak, and the mashed potatoes with chunky gravy.

We started searching pictures to refresh our memories of the lunches we ate for nine years, when I realized that so many schools nationwide serve very similar food. None of these meals were particularly balanced or healthy. I recalled that towards the end of my elementary school years, there was a transition to slightly healthier meals.

In 2012, the Department of Agriculture updated the nutrition standards to school lunch programs across the nation. The mandate stated, “This rule requires most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements.” These updates were meant to help increase children’s intake of nutritional food and reduce the likelihood of obesity. …


Judicial activism expands rights that are not enumerated in the Constitution

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Judicial activism is a buzzword that many conservatives denounce and many liberals cherish. Throughout the history of the Supreme Court, justices have displayed either activism or restraint. This can be dependent on the public opinion of the nation or the justices’ personal ideologies.

The Warren Court is often touted as a highly activist era. While Earl Warren served as Chief Justice, the Court extensively expanded civil rights. For example, prior to the Warren Court, defendants had few rights. Although the Sixth Amendment gives defendants in criminal cases the right to a speedy trial with an impartial jury and the right to counsel, there are more rights afforded to defendants today than those articulated in the amendment. …


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Challenging times evoke intense emotions, and it can be difficult to recognize and process those emotions in a healthy way. Instead of turning to vices, such as excessive eating and drinking, these four habits can improve the way you work through troublesome feelings.

  1. Journal

Writing out the thoughts in your head allows the emotions to spill out onto the page. Anger, sadness, grief and other similar emotions are very difficult to process for most people, so journaling is a solid starting point to recognize the emotions you feel and begin to work through them. …


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“After years of self-discovery, building a successful career, and paying close attention to what worked and — most importantly — what felt right for me, I ultimately came to see that I didn’t have to sacrifice my values or hide my authentic personality in the name of achieving success. In fact, as I learned to own my natural kindness, it has become my professional superpower.”

As a woman who has been told many times that she is “too nice,” I began considering ways to present myself in a less empathetic and more direct manner. Whenever I thought about being labelled as “too nice,” it frustrated me. …


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“Shaving my legs for the first time in 3 years.” I see the video title and a thumbnail of a young woman holding a razor. A wave of disgust rushes over me. Automatically, my first response was to feel grossed out by her hairy legs. Then, I took a moment and wondered why this random girl’s body hair bothered me so much that I had a visceral reaction.

After a moment of reflection, I concluded that body hair falls into the category of beauty standards. Women are expected to be smooth and hairless; women shave, wax, thread, and even laser their hair to attain that standard. …


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“Cosby, 60. Weinstein, 87. Nassar, 169. The news used phrases like avalanche of accusations, tsunami of stories, sea change. The metaphors were correct in that they were catastrophic, devastating. But it was wrong to compare them to natural disasters, for they were not natural at all, solely man-made. Call it a tsunami, but do not lose sight of the fact that each life is a single drop, how many drops it took to make a single wave. The loss is incomprehensible, staggering, maddening — we should have caught it when it was no more than a drip. …


Examining if media coverage prejudices juries in high-profile trials

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“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution is the bedrock of defendants’ rights. Americans feel secure in knowing that they will receive a fair trial and have legal representation provided, if and when they find themselves facing legal trouble. Even though there are rights afforded to defendants, established through the Sixth Amendment and various Supreme Court precedents, there are still debates over what constitutes a fair trial. …


Analyzing the right to privacy in the digital age

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Nestled on the couch, we sit with our laptops reading articles and scanning our social media accounts. Meanwhile, every site we look at and advertisement we click on becomes data that is used to track us. Still, we feel entitled to privacy, especially within our own homes and while using our personal devices.

The right to privacy was established through several amendments to the Constitution, including the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Amendments. Additionally, the Supreme Court case Katz v. United States established “a reasonable expectation of privacy,” and in the case Stanley v. Georgia, Justice Thurgood Marshall stated, “[i]f the First Amendment means anything, it means that a State has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.” …

Olivia Shackleton

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