Brexit Vote in Britain (Politics)
A political referendum is being held today in the United Kingdom over one decision: Should England leave the European Union? Recently after the 2015 election in Britain, the new Prime-minister, David Cameron, first popped the question during his campaign, and now promises to answer the prayers of the people, and will call for a referendum, or yes or no vote, to see if the UK will stay in the European Union. This question has had an answer pending since 1975, when the country voted to stay in the union, but quickly tuned around and asked: Why? What do they gain by being there? That is why today, June 23rd, the country will be hitting the polls and voting to answer this debate. The idea first came up after World War 2 to discourage war and promote trade amongst the countries.
The euro currency developed for the union has since then, greatly helped develop relations between nations, and has allowed goods to move quickly and efficiently from country to country ever since. However, for reasons mentioned before, Britain doesn’t feel like they’re getting their fair share of love from everyone else. If Britain were to exit (where the term Brexit comes from), that would mean the European Union (or EU) has lost one of its largest powers, both economic and military wise. However, if they stay, the EU promised them a special status within the organization. As the votes are being tallied, it is still unknown as to whether the vote passed or failed, but it’s definitely already having effects. The vote has already begun to shift the markets of the surrounding area, causing English, German, and French stock prices to rise. How will the vote turn out? We’ll have to wait for now...
(Reuters, BBC, U.S. News )
Make America White (Side Note)
As a side note, I also happened to notice this lovely article, about a politician nonetheless. Rick Tyler, aspiring Tennessee congressmen, just started a ton of controversy, and may even lose the election with the inclusion of a billboard in his campaign, calling his voters to: “Make America White Again”, an adaption of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” (which is in turn directly copied from Ronald Regan’s identical slogan). It is believed that Tyler’s intention was good, but not well thought out, which can be seen by the execution that is horrendously bad. Tyler remembers the atomic age America, where we were several hundred times more powerful than any other nation on earth, spewed our culture all over the globe, and lived perfect lives with perfect families contained inside perfect communities, which is greatly contrasted by America today. It is believed he wasn’t trying to be racist and eventually he saw how his poster could easily be interpreted that way, since it was taken down on Tuesday, but the damage may be too much to come back from, only time will tell. More information can be found below.
Car Ethics (Technology)
As cars evolve, they begin to think for themselves. When they start to think for themselves, they make decisions. When they make decisions, they think independently from humans. When they think independently from humans, they take over the world? Not quite, but either way, the ethics of automobiles is still a big concern. An example, I mentioned in an issue prior (here) is Rolls Royce’s super awesome concept car, which is still pretty far off. I doubt a car from today could do all of the crazy things that a $500,000 car of the future could do, but the one thing they could have in common is the option to drive themselves. More and more cars are gaining the ability to operate independent from the driver, and it’s worrying some. Buying a car that has the potential to kill you in the process without our control seems very scary, and at times, no doubt, worthy of canceling said project all together. However, if a car would kill you to save a crowd of people that, if you were driving, would have died... would you buy it then? Or does it make more since to let them perish to save you? That sounds absurd to some, but thinks about it: say you’re driving the super Rolls Royce of the future, right? No doubt you’re someone very important and wealthy... so is your life worth more than all of theirs? It’s a question many car manufactures will have to work out before these vehicles will be allowed to hit the road, and replace the over 200 million cars on US roads alone.
(Wall Street Journal, LA Times)
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(Quick History, Editorial)
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