Posts by meraven

  1. Better Blood

    [ By on December 19, 2014 ]

    The website for The New York Blood Center states that a man who has sex with another man cannot donate blood, even if it was “only once”. The site also claims in the same ambiguous manner that a person cannot donate blood if they have traveled to certain countries. This was the case for my mother, who was born and raised in Tanzania, and turned away from donating blood. The basis behind these restrictions is to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS , and some other permanent reasons for ineligibility for donating are: using illegal drugs, testing positive for HIV, prostitution, and cancer. Being gay or African are on a list along illegal activities and deadly diseases. These restrictions are discriminatory ...

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  2. Marijuana– Moral?

    [ By on December 18, 2014 ]

    Marijuana possession is becoming decriminalized across the country, and use is legal in some states. In response to this change, people, such as Philip Boffey, have found it necessary to understand the science and the potential consequences of this change. In Boffey’s article he guides us through various articles and studies that support or criticize this change. After examining addiction, impact on youth, and comparing marijuana to other substances Boffey seems to understand and explain the scientific dangers while coming to a conclusion that strict government regulation might be the best option for minimizing the dangers of this drug. There are undeniable risks in using any substance, but as state laws are already changing and legal marijuana use might ...

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