President Barack Obama took to social media Wednesday to express his support of a Texas teenager who was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school.
Fourteen year old Ahmed Mohamed told the Washington Post that he just wanted to be noticed by his teachers at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX but was instead arrested and brought to a juvenile detention center.
The arrest quickly turned into a viral social media campaign calling for solidarity against discrimination about Muslims in the United States. The #IStandWithAhmed was trending on Twitter early Wednesday with over 450 thousand Tweets associated with the phrase.
President Obama also Tweeted his support for Mohamed, even inviting him to the White House.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
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Tila Tequila, the former reality show figure is apparently really into this alt-right thing.
Like really into it.
As the Daily Beast points out, perhaps Tequila was the highest profile “celebrity” that the alt-right could come up with at its weekend conference in Washington, D.C.
“I went full circle from the liberal stuff, and all that…I wouldn’t want my daughter growing up in that,” Tequila said to the The Daily Beast at the conference. “I’m becoming more conservative ever since I became a mother,” she continued. “I wouldn’t want porn all over the internet [for instance]…Law and order, I think that’s very important to have. Most people are so used to being all about their ‘freedom,’ so they becomes these little crybabies. They can’t live by laws and rules. Civilization needs to be civilized.”
The conference was attended by a few hundred mostly white men.
Tequila’s support for the alt-right shouldn’t be totally shocking to us though. This is the same person that Instagramed out a picture of her baby wearing a Hitler mustache.
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By Morgan Moran
Last weekend, I was walking down my street in a Washington, D.C. suburb and found an old military dog tag in the middle of the road.
It looked pretty old, so I assumed it probably holds a lot of value for the owner and his family.
I decided I would try to track down the owner and do my best to return the keepsake.
It took me a while to decipher the name, as the tag was green with tarnish and misshapen from time.
I could make up the name Victor E. Muniec, Jr., plus some numbers which probably designated his battalion and provided additional identification.
Had I found this piece if history before the age of the Internet, I might not have ever found him.
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But luckily, thanks to Google, I found an old registry from the U.S. Naval Commands, which listed his name along with an address just a few blocks from my house.
I also found his obituary, which announced that he had passed away in April of 2012, at the ripe old age of 87. I learned that Mr. Muniec had been a radio operator with the 53rd Battalion in World War II.
He held a Master’s from Boston University and had worked as an information specialist in the Office of International Cooperation and Development at the Department of Agriculture, working with foreign countries to share new agriculture technology practices.
But what was most interesting to me was his passion for his community.
My search found that he had served on several civic associations in my city, supporting efforts to improve life for its citizens.
Mr. Muniec’s obituary noted that he and his wife were “lifelong advocates of historic preservation,” and requested that donations be made in his name to the local historical society. It was this fact that reassured me that I was doing the right thing; that it was important to return this piece of history to its proper place.
Thankfully, the obituary also listed the names of his children. I tracked down the contact info of his daughter, who still lives in the area, and gave her a call.
I was worried that I had contacted the wrong person, or that she wouldn’t care about maintaining her father’s legacy.
Instead, she was surprised and grateful. She said she had been meaning to send the dog tag and her father’s flag to her brother, but she had lost it and didn’t know if she would ever see it again. I placed it in an envelope and mailed it to her address that afternoon.
We will probably never learn how the military ID mysteriously moved from Mr. Muniec’s daughter’s house to the middle of my street, but from the strange ordeal I gained a greater appreciation for historic preservation, our veterans, and the wealth of knowledge at our fingertips via the internet.
Morgan Moran is a global health advocate and policy professional in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2015, where she studied Political Science, Public Health, and Global Studies.
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Davian Watson is crazy for flavored nuts.
Well, actually he’s loko about them.
A junior at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Watson is also the founder and CEO of Loko Nutz.
He’s a constant presence at local farmers markets and is hustling to get his unique product out to the masses.
A Kansas City, MO native, Watson says that Loko Nutz was created out of boredom for his usual go-to snacks.
We recently spoke to Watson about his company and what it’s like to be a young entrepreneur in the Magic City.
RISE NEWS: How would you explain what Loko Nutz is to someone who has never heard of them before?
Watson: Loko Nutz are outrageously flavored nuts designed to help families and friends live a little through snacking guilt-free. The recipes originated from a combination of my Kansas City culture and newly developed pallet for Miami cuisine. I also use customer feedback to create new outlandish flavors via Facebook and in-person suggestions at my farmer’s market booth.
RISE NEWS: What have you learned from starting a business?
Starting a business has taught me the importance of maintaining an organized schedule in my personal and professional life so that Loko Nutz can develop and expand. It is my responsibility to ensure that I am performing well in school and at work as a student assistant for a high volume department so that my business will continue to grow.
RISE NEWS: What are the biggest challenges with your business?
Currently, my biggest challenge is my lack of knowledge about the business world. I want to already be at the top of the small business owner market, for everyone to know about the Loko Nutz brand, and to instinctively think Loko Nutz whenever a snack craving rises—but I know it takes years of hard work and dedication to become a household name. Therefore, I guess you can say that my second challenge is my lack of patience.
RISE NEWS: Is it hard starting your own company as a young person?
Starting your own company at any age presents its own unique set of challenges; but with determination, ambition, and the right support system, I have found myself reaching new heights and learning new information every day!
RISE NEWS: How are your sales? How are you getting your products out to the public?
I am overwhelmed at the positive responses I have received from the Upper Eastside Farmers Market, my peers, and chefs here at Johnson & Wales University. Currently, I am working on the anticipated December launch of my online store, www.lokonutz.com, and expanding my social media presence. I currently sell at Upper Eastside farmers markets located at Legion Park on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
RISE NEWS: What does your family think about you starting your own business?
My family have been my biggest supporters and advisors. They believe with hard work and persistence anything is possible. It seems they cannot get enough of Loko Nutz!
RISE NEWS: Do you have any friends who help with it or is it all just you at this point?
I have a dedicated group of friends that are my go-to people whenever I am testing out a new flavor that will potentially join the Loko Nutz menu. Fortunately, I already know that no business gets to the top on their own and I am extremely grateful to those who have taken time out of their day to give feedback on packaging ideas, tasting new flavors, and even driving to the Upper Eastside Farmer’s Market to purchase one, two or three bags of Loko Nutz.
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