Mr. Bundrick to the Rescue
YouTube Tries to Become Netflix
Houston Texans vs Dallas Cowboys:
Who Will Dominate This Football Season?
Hurricane Harvey Aftermath
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The Long Argument in Texas Football
Cowboys VS Texans
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Equifax Hack and RC Car Scam
Upcoming Video Games and Movies
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CSA Roar Staff
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Confederate Statue Controversy
There is a long standing argument every year about which Texas NFL team is better. This can be determined by comparing the stats of the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys in the 2017 football season. Sports are competitive, and Texas is one of the most competitive places in the United States, and right now one of the biggest things happening is football. In the past ,the statistics have shown that the Dallas Cowboys have been more dominating than the Houston Texans .With the Dallas Cowboys having five Super Bowl wins and the Houston Texans having no Super Bowl wins or even going to the Super Bowl ,the Dallas Cowboys should be better than the Houston Texans this season. In the 1960s ,the team that is now known as the Dallas Cowboys,was first known as the Dallas Steers,then they were called the Dallas Rangers. The Houston Texans were the last team to join the NFL in 2002. The first real game that the Texans played was against the other Texas NFL football team , the Dallas Cowboys. Also the Houston Texans are relatively new to the NFL, due to the fact that the Houston Oilers were traded to Tennessee in 1996, and now called the Tennessee Titans. Football is a pretty big sport. So comparing the two pro teams in Texas by stats would be logical to settle the argument for 2017. Which NFL professional football team is better: the Houston Texans or the Dallas Cowboys
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COMP 81 COMP 87
YDS 772 YDS 916
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YDS 559 YDS 457
Tackles 252 Tackles 258
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Fumbles 7 Fumbles 5
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Climate Change Creating Monster Storms
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Hurricane Harvey; First Hand
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Spirit of the Confederacy
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When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas on August 25, 2017 and began its destruction, many Cornerstone students and staff were affected by the flood waters. It rained at least 52 inches in Houston which beat the record for most rainfall caused by a hurricane in the U.S. 203,000 houses were affected by the floodwaters. Sadly, two CSA students, eighth graders, Robbie Howell and Eliza Khan, were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Thankfully, no one in our school died in the floodwaters, but 82 Houstonians lost their lives as a result of the storm.
Eliza Khan, an eighth grader at Cornerstone and one of the victims said, “Right now we're really mad at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), because when my dad went to George R. Brown Convention Center, we drove there and sat there for 3 hours, while he (dad) was inside getting some forms and all they were going to give us was a loan, although we were supposed to be promised an apartment to let us stay in.”.
Many people evacuated during Hurricane Harvey including Robbie Howell, another eighth grader, who said, “We left the house when the Hurricane warning came on the first day.” Unlike Eliza Khan, who said, “No, we did not leave after the warning was issued because we thought it wouldn't be as bad and it was natural that some water could get into our house.” Unfortunately, more water came in than they expected. Many people, such as Texans Player, JJ Watt, created a fund for the people who were affected by the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey. JJ Watt’s original donation goal was $200,000, but the fund has now raised more than $37 million!
After the storm so many houses were flooded, but that didn’t stop people from helping their neighbors. Many people, including myself, helped clear houses, get rid of dry wall, salvage what could be saved and throw away items that were lost in the flood.
The Spark of a Local Debate
Protests over controversial Confederate statues in Houston have risen in profile since the attempted bombing of the Richard Dowling statue, a high ranking Confederate soldier, on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
The debate over Confederate statues has existed for a long time, but it has been heightened since the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. on August 12. It was held due to the take down of the Robert E. Lee statue, located in Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park. Another incident, a week later, that heightened the debate was the attempted bombing of the Richard Dowling statue in Hermann Park, Houston, TX. The bomb was planted by Andrew Cecil Schneck, because he did not “like that guy.” Both of those statues were under scrutiny prior to this incident, and according to the Houston Chronicle, now another is in the spotlight. The statue, located in Sam Houston Park, is titled “Spirit of the Confederacy,"
and is dedicated “To all heroes of the South who fought for the Principles of States Rights”. The statue was erected in 1908 by the Robert E. Lee chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Shortly after the attempted bombing, on August 21, the “Defeat the Confederacy March” was held in front of City Hall, and the main focal point of their protest was the “Spirit of the Confederacy” statue. Earlier, on August 15, ( in response to the Charlottesville protests), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “ … I think we should review our inventory and then make the most appropriate decision that’s in the best interest of our city, and does not glorify things we shouldn’t be glorifying”. According to ABC 13 News, Turner, at a City Council public session, said he would want to keep the Confederate related statutes to the “single digits”. According to the Texas Observer, there are at least 178 Confederate statues located in Texas, and at least two of those are located in public areas of Houston.
An opposing argument was made by a local named Sally, who did not want to use her last name in an interview with ABC 13 News. She had a great grandfather who fought in the Civil War and has done extensive research on the “Spirit of the Confederacy”. She said that, “Very few people in the South even owned slaves,” and “...don't destroy everything, it happened”. In another argument for keeping the statues, eighth grade Cornerstone student Nathan Dunaway said, “even though they were [ slave owners]... they all died, and we should still respect people who died in battle.” On the other side is Cornerstone student Parker Webster who says, “I feel like that’s kind of inappropriate because they represent something hateful.” He focuses on the fact that the soldiers fought for the Confederacy as a whole, fighting to keep slavery legal. Even though there seems to be two very opposing, contrasting, and sometimes violent sides to the argument, Cornerstone student Callum Glover just wants to “... respect the monuments and put them in a museum.” This opinion, according to the Houston Chronicle, is similar to that of of the chairman of the Woodlands Governing Board, who wants them to be used as a teaching tool for the “ horrible history of slavery and the Civil War.” In a Houston Public Media survey, about 67% of people want them to go, 27% of people want them to stay, and 5% are not sure.
Charlottesville, the Spark of National Debate
In Charlottesville, the “Unite the Right” rally was held. The rally was organized by white supremacists, white nationalists, and members of the Alt Right, with popular figures there such as David Duke (former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and former Grand Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan). During the rally, violence arose, at first most of the violence being fist fighting with a group called “Antifa”, a leftist group with no defined leadership, and short for anti-fascist, and other left wing protesters. Though there was hand to hand combat at first, white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. plowed a car into the crowd, killing thirty-two year old Heather Heyer.
Confederate Controversy: To Keep or Not to Keep
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Are Monster Hurricanes The New Normal?
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Hurricane Harvey Debris Debacle
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Approximately eight million cubic yards of debris are strewn on front lawns all across Houston as a result of Hurricane Harvey, the violent storm that struck the Texas coast on August 25, 2017, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes as it passed. About 4.35 percent of Houston’s families have had to pile their ruined belongings in their front yard as they wait for garbage trucks to come and collect the sodden remnants of their lives.
John Buri, an engineer at Tetra Tech, an engineering company, says that the debris pick up “is the mayor’s number one priority right now.” According to Buri, “The fact that [Harvey] impacted the entire coast of Texas… has stretched a lot of the resources that are available, like the trucks you see out there, collecting debris.”
The city says that cleanup in Houston alone could take anywhere from four to six months and cost about 200 million dollars. In addition, the disastrous conditions left by Hurricane Irma in Florida could take trucks from the Houston efforts, further slowing down the progress. According to the New York Times, the combined cost of both Irma and Harvey will be in or around the neighborhood of Hurricane Katrina’s bill, which was one of the most expensive natural disasters in history. Luckily, FEMA, a funding agency, is going to cover ninety percent of the city's recovery costs.
Recently, Governor Greg Abbott suspended nineteen environmental rules in order to expedite the recovery process. This could potentially be a good thing. According to CBS, the piles of debris could become a serious health risk if they are not collected quickly, mildewing and harboring all sorts of unsavory creatures. Fortunately, steps are being taken to speed the recovery.
“First of all, the city has dedicated all of its forces, like all its internal city forces, to the debris management operation. In addition to that, they have called upon sister cities throughout the state, and actually, we’ve got 50 trucks in from the city of San Antonio, and another dozen trucks in here from Austin,” Buri states. “The city has extended its hours of operation, so now it’s running sun up to sundown, seven days a week. And in addition to that, it has contracted with private hauling firms. So, I mean there are a lot of trucks out there that are picking up debris.”
Existing landfills will be used to store all of the debris, making them two times their original size. However, there will be enough space for everything.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has a list on their website with the final locations of all the debris (http://bit.ly/2k72RKK) The city of Houston is making strides towards recovery, dedicating tons of time and effort into repairing and cleaning the city. The debris is being dealt with as efficiently and as quickly as possible, and with any luck, the city will be back to normal quickly.
Scientists have been warning us for years that climate change can make larger and more stronger hurricanes, which may believe is being proven by this year’s active storm season, including the massively destructive Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston on August 25, 2017.
Global warming could affect storm formation because global warming heats up the Earth, causing the temperature difference between the poles and the equator to decrease. That results in a hotter, more humid, environment. As the temperature difference between the poles and equator decreases, so should the number of storms, but since the atmosphere is hotter, the storms will be more intense. As our climate gets warmer, more water vapor could evaporate and go in the atmosphere, and water vapor is fuel for hurricanes. “If we are creating an atmosphere more loaded with humidity, any storm that does develop has greater potential to develop into an intense storm,” says George Tselioudis, a research scientists at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and Columbia University.
As a result of global warming, and the atmosphere getting hotter, the ocean’s surface temperature rises. This energy from the ocean’s heat becomes the fuel for hurricanes. Many studies have confirmed the connection between hurricane intensity and the increase in the sea surface temperature. One degree increase in sea temperature can cause a 2-3 percent increase in hurricane strength, according to CBS News.
Global air circulation patterns also play a major role in influencing hurricane strength. The El Niño Effect, which is the warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters that occurs, on average, every two to five years and usually lasts about 12 months would be a good example. During El Niño, the surface waters in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean becomes much warmer than normal. The winds blowing from the Americas towards Asia could even reverse air direction. This moves masses of warm water from the Western Pacific towards the Americas. This changes the balance of air pressure across eastern, central and the western Pacific Ocean resulting in stronger storms.
Scientists believe that if the atmosphere continues to get warmer, hurricanes will continue to become stronger.
“We will probably have stronger hurricanes year after year, if global warming continues. Last year we barely had any hurricanes, so I feel that if we do have hurricanes, they will definitely be much stronger.” said CSA 6th grader, Clay Floeck.
While this sounds depressing, there are ways you can help. There are many simple ways to stop global warming and they start at your very own home. One simple way we can help is to decrease the amount of energy we use, resulting in less carbon dioxide in the air. If you save water, then you are saving energy because it takes a lot to pump, heat and treat your water. You could also buy better light bulbs that use less electricity, and make sure to unplug your devices after its 100 percent. Do not try and charge devices which you rarely use. Try carpooling and taking buses. If you really want to go somewhere, consider going by train. If possible, instead of going by plane, because then, there will be less pollution in the air. Speak up and convince other people to stop global warming. Some other ways you could help prevent global warming is to invest in energy-efficient appliances and to go a step further, even install solar panels to your home!
“Things that we can do as a community, since global warming, as I understand it, is due to the deterioration of the Ozone layer, we need to be more conscious as consumers, for example, instead of driving our cars everywhere, we could use our bicycles or walk. I will admit, I’m guilty because I live about a mile from our campus but everyday I drive my car here. ” says 6th grade teacher Mrs. Bosworth.
Hurricane Harvey is an example of the many effects of climate change does to hurricanes. We all need to pitch in as a community, and stop global warming.
Whole School Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017
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Google'’s Trying Something New
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Thor Ragnarok, November 3, 2017
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) needs to get a team like Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), to defeat Hela and defend Asgard from Ragnarok (the end of the Asgard Civilization).
Justice League, November 17, 2017 Batman (Ben Affleck) needs to assemble a team of warriors like Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot ) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), to defend Earth from the new threat Steppenwolf.
Coco, November 22, 2017
Miguel (Anthony Gonzales) tries to find his great grandfather,
Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) , to find why his great grandfather
disappeared so his family can play music and not think music is cursed in their family. In order to see his great grandfather he has to go to the land of the dead.
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In order to lose popularity with other video companies such as Hulu and Comcast Watchable and music apps like Spotify and Pandora, Google began creating more YouTube-related phone apps beginning in August 2015.
Google has created YouTube Red, a new subscription service for $10 a month that makes all YouTube-related apps ad- free, which can support YouTube Music, as well as YouTube Gaming.
Google has been trying to compete with other popular streaming media companies by launching similar, but more topic-specific apps, such as YouTube Music, which is an attempt to compete with Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. YouTube Gaming competes with Amazon owned Twitch, a live broadcasting company, but why would they suddenly want to compete with Twitch? Well, the answer to that question is they don’t, Google wants to compete with Amazon for buying Twitch for two billion dollars!
YouTube Music was created by Google to assist music lovers in finding the content they want. For example, if a user puts the word “call” into the YouTube search bar the first two things that come up are “(Call of Duty)” and “(Call Me Maybe)”. When searching with YouTube Music, only music-related content, from music videos to animatics, will appear. The app also creates a music station based on music searches the user made from YouTube and other content related to those searches. The best thing about the personalized station is that they are continuously updating and are endless! The real question is why would Google need YouTube Music when the company already has Apple Music? When comparing the two apps one reason could be because YouTube Music can be
supported by YouTube Red. If using YouTube Red, it is possible to play music with YouTube Music while using other apps!
Also, much like YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming is focused on gaming only from people playing through a game until completion to live streams. Rather than looking at the users recent searches, the app looks at gaming related subscriptions like game based animators to people who record and upload video of themselves playing through a game for others to veiw. Also it has a feature that lets you livestream from YouTube Gaming! This appears to be YouTube’s version of Twitch!
Streaming makes big money and is the future, and Google wants its share of this money making business, so the apps are Google’s way of getting in the competition.
Get your popcorn, 3D glasses and get ready for three fall upcoming movies that promise comedy, action, and maybe horror.
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The Traxxas Radio Control Company makes electric and gasoline radio control cars, but since 2012 they have been disappointing their consumers by claiming their rc car can go 100mph. The Traxxas XO1 their premium rc car has outrageous speed claims speeds of 100mph+ out of the box in under 5 seconds for only $799, but this car is not what it seems. According to Car and Driver gearing and an electronic governor initially limit the XO-1 to 50 mph. A larger pinion gear for the motor is required to enable higher speeds.
Also in the fine print of the Traxxas web page it states that you must have their upgrade battery and their app which is only available on Apple and select android devices. The reason why the consumers are most annoyed is because on the front cover it says 100+mph out of the box. But if you read the fine print as shown below this is not as it seems.
Unlock the 100+mph speed only with the Traxxas Link App and with optional #2872 5000mah11.1v 3-Cell LiPo Power Cell LiPo batteries. Included high-speed gearing and high downforce splitter are required for 100+mph operation.Unlocking 100+mph speed capability requires the Traxxas Link Application (download from Google Play and the App Store) and an Android 4.4 equipped devices, iPhone (4S, 5, 5C, 5S), iPod touch (5th generation and later versions),
iPad (3rd generation and later versions), or iPad mini (sold separately). iPhone and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Between the gearing and battery it would cost you around $75 not including installation cost, and around $775 if you did not own an Apple device. Also the XO1 build quality isn’t great and the tires tend to fail when at high speeds.
The screws also tend to fail and rust over time. Another thing that disappoints is that to make it go 100 mph you must run it on the 3s lipo instead of the legendary 6s lipo battery. This is due to the power speed limiter in the 6s lipo.
Hunger, stress, and the need to survive lead cannibalistic animals everywhere to eat their species and even their own family members.
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“If it’s for survival, can’t they eat something else?”-Daisy Sanches, 8th grade
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According to animalplanet.com, while the female praying mantis is mating, it will bite the male’s head off and eat it.
According to animalplanet.com, while the Sand Tiger sharks are in the uterus, the biggest and strongest embryo will eat all the other embryos until they are the last embryo alive.
According to animalplanet.com, chimpanzees kill and eat other chimpanzee babies. The most famously known of these cannibals are Passion and Pom, mother and daughter chimpanzees, who are assumed to have eaten 10 baby chimps over the course of several years.
According to animalplanet.com, rabbits eat their stillborn and weak babies, to avoid attracting predators, and if they are extremely hungry, thirsty, cold, or stressed.
According to animalplanet.com, during territorial fights, hamsters eat each other, and when the females think their territory is being threatened, they eat the young. The females also eat their young if they are weak, sick, or if there are too many babies to take care of, in order to avoid predators.
According to theweek.com, on farms, it is common for hens to eat their own eggs, especially when they are lacking calcium.
According to themost10.com, cats eat their kittens if they get stuck during childbirth, in order to save themselves to look after the rest of the kittens.
According to themost10.com, monkeys make up 80% of an orangutan’s diet, and in 2009, a female orangutan was recorded eating the body of their dead infant.
According to themost10.com, octopuses have a tendency to eat other octopuses when they are stressed.
According to themost10.com, bullfrogs have been sighted eating baby tadpoles and other adult bullfrogs.
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“I think it’s okay if it’s for survival necessities. What if you were a human on a deserted island and there were only other humans, what would you do to survive?”-Lynn Nguyen, 8th grade
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“I believe that animals have resorted to eating their own kind because humans have used up most of their resources for food.”-Bella Garcia, 8th grade
“It’s horrible, they shouldn’t do it.”-Cameron Schmidt, 6th grade
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“I think it’s wrong and shouldn’t happen, but some animals do it if they are hungry and have no food.”-Rana Anjom, 6th grade
“I think it is a natural occurrence. When you are starving, you have to eat each other. It’s survival of the fittest.”-Annie Nguyen, 8th grade
“It’s pretty bad because the species should protect each other and fight other species instead of fighting within their own species.”-Maya Tlass, 8th grade
EquiFax, a credit reporting agency, was hacked around the world on September 15, 2017, resulting in the theft of millions of people’s credit card and other personal information that could lead to massive fraud.
According to CNN News September 15, 2017 Carl Azuz says that “ EquiFax is being not as protective as they should be, and that Equifax has recently been hacked, and set out, a whole bunch of people’s information. This is so concerning that the U.S Government that doesn’t usually comment on ongoing investigations are starting to get involved to try and confirm it so that it won't get out of hand. Since EquiFax has been hacked, they should freeze their credit card for the people who opened a bank account, loan or a mortgage.
A citizen said that “Hackers” also known as Black Hats use a little thing or a device they put in like gas stations to read the numbers on a credit card or debit card. Then they go and ask their friend and say “here I have a credit or debit card that I need you to scan so I can buy something”.When the “Black Hats” hack people it's to act like you so then they buy stuff online and use your personal information and share it with other people.
According to NBCnews, people are suggesting that you freeze your credit card so that the businesses that you do business with can only access them! “The better the technology the more hackers have an advantage of hacking people with that kind of tech” said Obama. John Podesta, counselor for Obama says “ Big data is easy to take and discriminate”.
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Bottle of Science: Cannibalistic Animals
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“Animal cannibalism is really dumb to do because you are killing your own species.”-Hitesh Manu, 6th grade
100 Mph RC Car Scam
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2017