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18. Who is Edward Snowden?

In June 2013, 29-year-old Edward Snowden bravely told the whole country that their government had been spying on them. And not only them, on the entire world. As a result, he’s no longer allowed back in the U.S without facing treason charges and life in prison, or worse. But he risked all that because sometimes the truth is more important than the consequences. He also proved that sometimes, one person can change the entire world.

Terms:

  • Metadata: a set of data that describes and gives information about other data.
  • Whistleblower: a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an inappropriate or illegal activity.
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis- A cost-benefit analysis is a process businesses use to analyze decisions.

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Why does Andrew Cuomo Hate Thanksgiving?

With the latest group of Covid-19 restrictions, I thought we had seen the brunt of the attacks on our personal liberty. These actions also allow for some concerning precedents that might be abused, even more than they are now, by future elected officials.

I had expected that we weren’t done with the heavy-handed restrictions. (I had hoped, though…) But what I did not expect was for the governor of New York to launch a war on Thanksgiving.

Governor Cuomo has ordered that gatherings be under 10 people in private residences. (What about families with more than 10 people?)

More importantly, since when can the government dictate how you can spend your holiday? When people can come to your house? How many people can be in your home?

(And it’s not just New York—in my own state the government is prohibiting people from different households from gathering together! And no, we’re not in California…)

The whole of 2020 has proved what we have always known—that the government will continue to expand as it takes away our rights. It’s not in the government’s nature to retract or give back powers once they are first taken away.

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