Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:02 am

The Pirate Bay continues to fight

By MAZIE BISHOP
Columnist
SUBMITTED PHOTOOver the past few years, the amount of pirated media has skyrocketed, and the websites housing these resources have been more than successful and unscathed until recently.
Last year, the government attempted to take down ThePirateBay (TPB), one of the most popular pirating websites on the Internet, by shutting down the server. Only a few days later, the server was restored and moved to a new domain, hosted in a different country.
A few days after the server was taken down, it popped back up with a new domain, this time hosted in Sweden, where the site was founded.
This situation has been a learning experience for everyone. It has taught the Internet community that TPB has connections all over the world, and will not be knocked out easily.It has taught society the government would rather play a game of cat and mouse with an inevitable end, than pay...

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Please, don’t pimp my ride

By BAYLEY NARGANG
Columnist
Yo dawg, I heard you like Exhibits, so we put Xzibit in your exhibit so you can look at Xzibit while you exhibit Xzibit in your Exhibit. SUBMITTED PHOTOX-to-the-Z-ibit, or Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner, was hustling some bad product as the host of Pimp My Ride in the early 2000’s.
A comprehensive report by the Huffington Post entitled Here’s What Really Happened To The Cars From ‘Pimp My Ride’ revealed shocking stories of what happened to participants of the show during and after production.
It turns out many of the additions were simply for appearances while on television. The article states, “They added a lot of extra weight but didn’t adjust the suspension to compensate so I felt like I was in a boat, and every time I hit a bump the car would bottom out and the tires would scrape inside the wheel well.”
In contrast, the show’s producer, Larry Hochberg, said, “Some of the cars were so old and rusted that they would have mechanical issues no matter how much work you put into them [and]...

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We’re here, we’re awesome, we’re too quiet

The OCAA is no joke.
Okay so it isn’t the NCAA, but the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) is a big deal and it’s high time it started getting the recognition it deserves.
It’s a good time to be a student athlete at Niagara College.
Our men’s volleyball team is the best team in the province and third best in all of Canada. Our women’s volleyball team is third best in Ontario.
Both basketball teams made the playoffs even after the men’s program went 3-15 just one year ago, and the men’s soccer team made the playoffs as well, while the women’s team made positive strides,
The problem? Some people don’t have a clue who they are.
Don’t get me wrong. Niagara College students have done a better job this year supporting their teams than in previous years, and this isn’t just a Niagara College problem.
Our Knights, and other college teams like them, aren’t getting anywhere...

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Sex education should start at home

By JEN HARDY
Columnist
I remember it well, sitting in my mother’s kitchen, my face red with embarrassment; I wasn’t able to look my mother in the eyes for a while afterwards.
We just had “the talk.”
I think I was 12 years old and far from being sexually active.
Nevertheless my mother thought it was important to teach me about sex and what it leads to, if one were to have it carelessly.
While it was a rather unpleasant experience back then, I am thankful now because not every parent takes matters into their own hands.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued a survey titled Let’s Talk: Are Parents Tackling Crucial Conversations About Sex?
The survey is from 2011 and showed that while 82 per cent of parents talk to their children about sex, only 74 per cent teach their children how to say no to sex and only 60 per cent teach their kids...

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Let’s put a smile on that face

The iconic cover of Batman the Killing Joke written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland and John Higgins. SUBMITTED PHOTOThe Joker exists. He exists in all of us.
The moment we choose to relieve ourselves of all moral standing and give in to that evil little monster kept at bay in the back of our mind, that’s the moment we become the most vile, chaotic, mass murdering, sociopath the Joker is.
In Batman: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore, the graphic novel states, “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.”
We all experience this at some point, or at many different points, in our lives.
You wake up on the wrong side of the bed and snap at someone who accidentally steps on your heel, or you had a bad day at work and when you go home you argue with your spouse.
Bullying is an example. People take personal issues...

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Anti-terrorism bill threatens

By KEVIN FARRELL
Columnist

Canadians gather in Calgary to protest the Conservative Government’s new anti-terror bill. SUBMITTED PHOTOCanadians around the country have begun marching against the Harper Conservative federal government’s new anti-terror bill C-51, which has been compared to the former George W. Bush Administration’s Patriot Act in the United States, infringing on people’s personal freedoms and privacy in the name of counter-terrorism.What exactly is C-51 and what will it be comprised of?
Bill C-51 is to “counter threats to national security.” It gives the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) more powers to arrest Canadian citizens it suspects of being a threat to national security. The government can detain the potential threatening person for up to seven days. CSIS will also have the ability to shut down or disrupt radical websites and Twitter accounts in Canada and outside the country, while also being able to get a court order to remove supposed terrorist propaganda from websites. C-51 also proposes to increase the list of...

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Let’s be cereal about living well for a moment

KAITLYN ANDREWS
Columnist
I want to taco’ about life for a second here; it’s kind of a big dill.
Living healthy comes easy to me because I focus on four basic guidelines; eat what the earth gave me, get my heart pumping for 30 to 60 minutes or more a day, drink green tea and have a positive perspective.
I love fruits and vegetables so it’s natural for me to avoid sugar infested, calorie saturated, fat indulged and nutrient lacking foods. I love the taste of the earth. I can literally take a handful of raw kale and just shovel it in my mouth as if I were planting it.
I cook without salt and always look at labels before buying processed food.
When purchasing products that are not fresh from the produce aisle, if it has more than five ingredients in it, it’s probably not that good for you, as well as avoiding...

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