Yik Yak is a social media application that allows users to post public messages anonymously. Weeks after its birth, co-founder Tyler Droll described Yik Yak as the "welcoming, authentic version of tweeting." But it's proven to be anything but welcoming or authentic.
Or Else is a terrible way to raise children. Having expectations that are so rigid that you have already mapped out the child's life before you meet the child -- that's no way to parent, and it's certainly no way to run a school system.
It's a federal crime to communicate a true threat of violence in the United States. Such speech is not protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of free expression. But what exactly constitutes a true threat of violence in the age of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook?
Probably one of the weirdest hashtags in use today is #guncontrolbullies, coined by Open Carry, a loose affiliation of state organizations, which holds protests around the country at which zealots parade around with loaded firearms in public places.
So after all the hysteria after the 9/11 attacks, drone wars in several developing countries, and two overseas quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, which allegedly attempted to "drain the swamp" of terrorists, the terrorist threat has been downgraded.
Some things tend to drive me crazy. Sometimes it's a little thing, like hearing a woman threaten her child with what she seemed to think was the ultimate punishment: "If you don't stop that screaming right this minute, you're going to have to fly home commercial!"
To acknowledge what really threatens us is to upset two of the most guarded citadels in this country: the military and masculinity. But if you look at leading causes of death and injury for women, the terms "terrorist" and "husband" should perhaps be interchangeable.
Prevention is so much more important than predicting risk. In the wake of recent school tragedies and a resonating fear in schools, these key tips are invaluable for both teachers and administrators alike, as well as for parents.
As an experienced and recently retired assault helicopter pilot and mission commander in the Royal Air Force, I spent 20 years working with UK and U.S. special forces in pursuit of terrorists from Northern Ireland to Kosovo and Macedonia to Baghdad.
It would seem reasonable for a government to take a step back from aid pledges to other governments when an international incident involves American deaths. However, discontinuing aid might not make pragmatic sense when considering all of our interests.
Why are we collectively so quick to judge? How can people be so wrong when trying to do something right? The answer is, as people, we are hard-wired to jump to conclusions, whether those conclusions are accurate or not.