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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a hero is "A man (or occasionally a woman) of superhuman strength, courage, or ability, favoured by the gods; esp. one regarded as semi-divine and immortal. Also in extended use, denoting similar figures in non-classical myths or legends."

But that definition seems to have evolved. No longer is strength or courage a sign of being a hero. Today, it seems that for many people being a hero simply means doing the right thing.

On YouTube, there's a series called "What Would You Do?" with hundreds of thousands of views. The show presents scenarios in which people have the opportunity to do the right thing. Famous examples show teens bullying another teen who stutters, people being racist or people being downright mean.

In some of these situations, the people might have been heroes; however, in several cases, they were simply people doing the right thing.

Human decency didn’t used to be synonymous with heroism, but today that seems to be shifted.

A junior high teacher recently asked her eighth grade class if certain acts made somebody a hero. They were asked if being nice to somebody made them a hero. They all said yes. It was the same response when they were asked if telling the cops they had burnt down the town would be heroic.

While these can be considered heroic actions, it seems like they were merely doing the right thing.

When what used to be considered to be human decency shifts and changes to be considered heroic, I think we have to question the moral of society. Being a decent person isn’t “heroic” at least it shouldn’t be; it should be a person being a good person.

Being a hero should extend to more than showing basic human decency. Heroism should mean going above and beyond simply being a morally decent person.

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The death of the lion Cecil has gone viral on all news agencies and social media sites as well. On Facebook, it's not a strange thing to see a post about Cecil in some capacity.

However, the ramifcations have intensified as Botswana has declared that it will ban sports hunters due to the death of Cecil.

Botswana has had a longstanding policy of banning sports hunters, but this time the response was more emotional as they mounred with Zimbabwe for their loss.

Botswana said they will spare no effort to protect their game.

With Botswana's decision, it will be interesting to see if other countries follow this decision. The ramifications of one dentist might have more far-freaching effects than he immagined. 

 

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Hello crow;

I want to see you walk,

I want to hear you talk.

I know you can do this;

I know who you are.

 

I am the crow.

I can hear

When you ask me,

But you won’t get an answer.

The long years have tired me,

And now I am gone.

 

Stay in the light; do not stray into darkness.

I am still with you -

I inhabit your heart, so stay

With the crows

And remember.

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Phone companies across the country have started advertising against texting and driving. Laws are being passed in state after state across the United States to restrict people who are texting and driving at the same time.

Many states have now made it illegal to make a call while driving. All of this seems to be done in hopes to prevent the fatal crashes. 

This site claims that 23 percent of all crashes in the United States involved a phone. That's nearly one in four and totals 1.3 million crashes.

To say that states are right in locking down and restricting limitations with phones and driving is an understatement.

This same site claims that texting while driving makes you 23 more times likely to get in a crash.

So why don't people wait to text? If the stats are really this bleak, why does anybody text and drive?

Perhaps it's the overly confident attitude of "it would never happen to me" or "but I'm more careful"  or "it's only five seconds," but like the site proves, even five seconds can be deadly.

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Donald Trump’s inflammatory statements about illegal immigrants caused outrage nationwide. Miss Universe and Miss United States responded by saying they wanted to cut ties with Trump.

Macey’s actually did cut ties with Trump.

However, it didn’t seem to affect very much, as he still surged ahead in the polls. It wasn’t until Trump attacked John McCain that things went too far for most Americans.

McCain served in the Vietnam War, where according to the Huffington Post, he spent 5 years as a prisoner of war. Trump meanwhile got out of serving based on a questionable medical deferment.

When Trump said that McCain wasn’t a war hero, then that he was a hero only because he got captured, he sparked controversy and outrage.

Yet, Trump still seems to be leading in the polls. This makes one wonder just how much Americans actually cared about his comments.

For many, it was an outrage.

McCain said that Trump owed veterans and families of veterans an apology. Trump, naturally, has chosen to ignore that request.

The question remains to be seen which group Trump will offend next. 

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Initial estimates of the presence of settlers in the Cairngorms had pinned them down to being in the area around the year 5000 BC, though since these findings had always relied on tentative dating of quartz and stone tools which have been found over the years.

Additionally, since the region that these finds have been made in is very cold and inhospitable today, according to the Herald in Scotland (9th July, 2015) the conditions in the much harsher climate of 5000 BC made it seem unlikely that habitation would have been possible before that.

Recently, however, archaeologists and researchers from universities in Aberdeen, Stirling and Dundee, working in conjunction with the National Trust, have been able to verify their findings with radiocarbon dating to find that there have been human inhabitants in the Cairngorms from as early as 8100 BC.

"The earliest dates found by archaeologists come from a site in Glen Dee, at a key stopping point for travellers moving through the highest points of the mountain, between Deeside and Speyside, with links back to north-west Scotland and the North Sea coast."

This news is exciting because it has shown that people inhabitated or at least passed through the area of the Cairngorms up to three thousand years earlier than we had first supposed, when first we had assumed that area to be largely uninhabited during prehistoric times.

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