This Week in UGH: Week of March 11 – 17, 2018

This past week, I was relegated to working from home while experiencing not only the horror that is the influenza virus, but also somehow contracted pink eye. If it weren’t for the powers of telemedicine and prescription medication, these words would not be coming at you a mere day late; they wouldn’t be coming at you at all. Without further ado, here we go:

The Poison

  1. North Korea Talks: President Trump would be the first U.S. president since Kim Jong Un took power to have negotiations with North Korea. The first, certainly, and the most unprepared. We know he stakes very little in research, expertise, and cultural sensitivity. He’s going to go in and perform whatever miracle to reach a good deal, but experts are skeptical that any deal reached by this administration will deescalate nuclear tensions.
  2. An Ever-Revolving Door: Who else will quit or be fired from the Trump presidency? This week, the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was fired and he found out via tweet. Now, he certainly hasn’t been the best Secretary of State, but that is truly a callous way of getting rid of someone. I shouldn’t have been surprised, but here we are.
  3. Students Walking Out Face Mixed Reactions: This week, students nationwide took part in walking out in protest to advocate for better gun control laws. This was met with both praise and dismay. Some people, including school administrations and Fox News, don’t believe students should participate in civil disobedience. They claim is for their (students’) safety, but in reality this is more due to the fact that they don’t want to feel like students have a mind of their own with better arguments.

The Antidote

  1. I don’t know what to do about this president’s recklessness. No one can control him. The only thing we can do in our lives at the moment is value our education, keep reading, and not become skeptics to expertise. Just because we don’t understand something, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t put effort forth to learn.
  2. The ever-revolving door is a symptom of the disease that working in the White House currently is. Grab your popcorn, because it’s about to get worse.
  3. Support students, advocate for stricter gun laws, let’s not put children in constant fear of a school shooting. Adolescence is hard enough, let’s not add guns to the equation.
  4. BONUS: Go to the movies and watch A Wrinkle in Time and Love, Simon.
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