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The media in today’s society is a very powerful thing. It has the ability to influence people’s choices, decisions, and override their common sense and logic.  It has the ability to bring joy to people, or depict so much death and destruction it becomes depressing to only see that side of the world. It has the opportunity to raise the youth of the world in a way where they can come together and change it, or raise them in a way that they will continue to repeat history in destroying it.
Having been a user on Twitter for over a year now, I’ve seen much of what goes on between people and how people act.  Recently, there was a small scandal within a portion of Twitter-users: it was found out that a 45-year-old woman had been posing as a 17-year-old girl for a very long amount of time, and had thousands of people who both looked up to her, had spent much time conversing with her, and many of them cared for her.  This one person fooled thousands of people, and hurt them by what she did.  You might wonder how it’s possible for her to have done this. The answer?  The Internet.  Anyone can become anyone they want to become, and obviously it can last for a very long time.  There were people who got close enough to her that they texted her and talked with her on the phone.  These people were hurt, simply by her pretending to be someone she wasn’t.  The reason for me bringing this up is simple: you, and your family and friends, are never safe on the Internet.
New research is showing that having a pet can help married couples stay together – especially if they can take something away from the way they love their pets.  Needless to say, we often forgive Fido for eating our shoes, or Fluffy for scratching the furniture; give our pets unconditional love and often discuss how understanding they are; and we ignore their flaws to give them the benefit of the doubt long enough to prove they’re sorry.

But do you and your spouse give each other that same kind of treatment?  Being able to recognize the love you have for your pets can improve the relationship with you and your spouse.  How often do you ignore flaws and pass up being angry over spilled milk to just clean it up?  More and more people are owning pets, and doing everything possible and going out of their way to keep their pets happy.  Why shouldn’t your spouse get the same treatment?
On Wednesday, June 2nd, the California Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would lead to a statewide ban on plastic bags being used to tote purchases and for customers to buy 40%+ recycled paper bags for their items if they don’t use reusable bags.  If approved, it will go on to the Senate.  With environmentalism becoming a very prominently debated topic, nationally and globally, more areas are taking steps to reduce the waste that goes into landfills and dumped into the ocean or into the stomach of animals.  Approximately 19 billion bags a year are used by Californians alone every year, which is approximately 38 million people.

As more evidence from scientific studies emerge, we become increasingly aware of the impact these wastes have on, especially, marine life.  With a large trash dump that is estimated to be larger than the state of Texas floating offshore, it is quite obviously time to take a better look at the habits we have established.  China and Bangladesh have already implemented similar steps to halt the use of one-use plastic and paper bags for consumers.