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Blog 7: Shortage of Mental Health Professionals

November 17, 2015 Leave a comment


1- This article talks about the shortage of mental health professionals and breaks it up state by state. It discusses how mental health professionals need to help those who tend to struggle with English. The greatest need for professionals are in rural remote populations of the country. The the states with with the biggest shortages are: South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Arizona and Oklahoma.

2- So they are having people who aren’t professionals help translate for them- what steps can they make to help these not professionals be more productive and beneficial? What areas have the best professionals and least amount of shortage? And why do you think that is that way?


3- The information came from the U.S. Census Bureaus, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administrations, Kaiser Family Foundation and Stateline Analysis.

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Blog 6:The Cost of Eliminating Background Checks

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment


1- This article talks about how Missouri used to required every handgun buyer to have a background check and pass it to get a purchase permit. In 2007 the background check requirement was eliminated. This data shows the results of the policy change, how the numbers of gun trafficking and gun homicides have increases since. The number of crimes involving traded crime guns from in-state has gone up 28% because people can buy guns from unlicensed sellers. After the repeal of Missouri’s background check policy the number of guns recovered at Missouri crime scenes within two years of their sale nearly doubled.Missouri’s homicide rate is now the fifth highest in the nation and at 43% percent higher than the national average.

2-The information in this article came from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It shows an assortment of information regarding Successfully Traced Crime Guns,and firearm homicides per 100,000 residents. It was published in 2014- “Erratum To: Effects of the Repeal of Missouri’s Handgun Purchaser Licensing Law on Homicides.” It all looked at how the numbers have changed since the repeal of the background check requirement policy.

3- I wonder if there are any changes going to be made. There has clearly been a significant increase in gun issues since the policy has been repealed. Is there a correlation with the policy or is it more of an exploitation of society?

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Blog 5: Gender Gap in College Enrollment

October 19, 2015 1 comment



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Blog 4: Emojis Becoming Marketing Tools

October 7, 2015 1 comment


1- This article talks about the rising popularity of Emojis and how companies are incorporating them into their business. It says that companies may be able to engage better with their consumers if they incorporate emojis in their advertising. Emojis are easy to understand and get the right message across the consumers. It has included an infographic that shows how emojis are used across all age spans and how frequently within those age groups. A major example is how IHOP incorporated emojis into their Logo and Burger King even made their own emoji to promote chicken fries.

2- This data was retrieved from the “Emogi 2015 Report.” The Emogi report looks into multiple aspects of how Emojis are used. It looks at why emojis are the worlds fastest growing language and who uses them, looks at the cultural affects on emoji usage and discovers how emojis play a surprisingly important role in the consumer buying journey.  Emogi looks at what the marketing trends are and makes an annual report, like the one used in this article.

3-  There are always suggestions for emojis that people want to see put on their keyboard. What do you think the reasons are for them not creating certain emojis that a big population wants to see?


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Blog 3: Death Penalty and Supporters

September 28, 2015 1 comment



1- This article talks about what religious groups and their people think of the death penalty. It shows that some U.S. religious groups differ from their members’ views on the death penalty. It shows that significantly more are opposed to it than in favor of the death penalty. It states that when it comes to the official teachings of large US groups opposition to the death penalty is more common than support of the capital punishment. This contrasts the public opinion of US adults- that 56% favor the death penalty. There has been a dropping number of supporters of the death penally over the recent years, though. The article discusses how some religions have a disparity with their people and their views of the death penalty. It also talks about the racial divide in that blacks and Latinos are more likely than whites to oppose the death penalty.

2- The research was done through the Pew Research Center. There was a number of sources referenced throughout the article, including The New York Times talking about Nebraska Banning the Death Penalty. The conclusion of the study is that the number of supporters of the death penalty is decreasing and that there are gaps of inconsistencies of some religions and their people in the US on their views of the death penalty. There information that they used linked/cited back  to a lot of the research that they had already done and had the statistics to prove it.

3- I wonder if their are age differences in the religions that have people who support and don’t support the death penalty? Maybe the older people do support it and the younger people don’t? If time has an effect on views or what.

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Blog 2: Miss America’s Body Image Since 1921

September 14, 2015 1 comment


– This article demonstrates how the idea of a woman’s body has changed over time. It takes pictures from the Miss America pageant from 1921 and creates a GIF image/slideshow of all the women. While looking at this one would be able to see the women getting gradually thinner. I chose this article because it is so relevant to today’s society and how the ideal body keeps getting thinner and thinner. This is directly related to media and what they put out there for people to see and glorify. It also shows a correlation of how as the Miss America contestants/winner has gotten skinnier the average American in her 20s has gotten heavier so it is not exactly the best representation of “America.”

-I found this article on the Business Insider Twitter account and the link redirected me to a website called Tech Insider. Information was gathered from this article with parts from the Huffington Post and a website called

-The media definitely has an impact on how the women are shaping themselves to be- even though the contesants have perfect resumes does them having a slim figure negatively affect the amount of viewers each year? It would be interesting to interview women who were contestants in the beginning of the show to today’s contestants and see how their preparation differed.
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Blog 1: Passwords

August 31, 2015 1 comment


– This article is about how people’s online accounts are not as safe as they think they are. A lot of people use the same passwords for more than one account. About 40% of people have had an their online accounts hacked.  This article provides tips that help ensure you have a better password so you can be more protected. I chose this because I know someone who has had their bank account hacked into and luckily they realized it fairly quickly. I also chose this because my aunt went to  a conference that was all about keeping your passwords strong so your accounts are safer. She told me how the speaker called up three contestants and asked them about 10 questions and was able to guess the jist of their passwords in a very short period of time.

-The research was collected by volunteers who agreed to tell their passwords after their accounts had already been compromised. The results of the passwords they collected is how their data was produced in the infographic chart.

-Why don’t all websites create a requirement for their users passwords? It is a hassle to have one Upper case, a lower case, a special character etc.. but the passwords that were easily hacked seem to be a simple password. I wonder how many people were surveyed for this infographic image and what the demographic was? Because passwords are going to be a lot different from teenagers on Facebook to grandparents on e-mails.

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