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Legislation is not improving climate change

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There are several different beliefs as to why the implemented laws aren’t making a significant impact on climate change. To start, while there has been an increase on the quantity of laws, many question the effectiveness of them. The issue is not the laws themselves, but enforcing them. From Vice.com, the “…shortcomings of environmental policies [are broken] into four categories: institutions responsible for the laws, civic engagement, environmental rights, and justice for those who break the law.”

In other words, while the amount of countries that have implemented environmental laws in their governments, each country has its own struggles when it comes to enforcing the set laws. It was uncovered  by Vice.com in the mid-2000s that some Asian countries “…lacked clear or sufficiently comprehensive mechanisms to limit and require monitoring of pollution discharges, file criminal or civil cases, take emergency response actions (such as closing a facility), impose penalties, or order corrective measures.” 

This is very concerning; if those in power don’t have the ability to enforce their own laws, then it’s almost impossible to say that the laws will have a significant impact in stopping the rise of temperatures, and will inevitably cause irreversible damage to the climate and environment.

In the U.S., the issue concerning the effectiveness of climate change laws and agreements previously made have become a burning topic between Democrats and Republicans. Since President Trump’s election in 2016, Democrats argue that he has contradicted himself several times throughout his presidency when discussing he position on climate change. In the past, Trump has referred to climate change as a “hoax”; NewReupublic.com, mentions that Trump has “…begun dismantling environmental protections against dirty coal, and installed cabinet heads whose ‘meh’ stance on climate science is a new form of denial.”

In 2015, the U.S. was one of 196 countries that signed the Paris Climate Agreement, promising to significantly cut emissions- the U.S. alone promised to cut emissions by 26-28 percent.

One year into Trump’s Presidency, he announced to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. In his speech on June 1, 2017, Trump explains that the previous agreement was harmful and limited growth of the American economy. When discussing the coal industry, he explains that the agreement is flawed in the sense that it puts the United States in a financial disadvantage. “In short, the agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs- it just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States, and ships them to foreign countries. This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.”

Since his election in 2016, the growth of the economy has been at the top of his list of priorities; however, many argue that his notions in making that happen will ultimately lead to severe damage to the climate. “Withdrawing from the deal could result in an additional 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere each year, speeding up the rate of rising sea levels and melting ice sheets,” (CBSNews.com).

Trump claims that he cares very much about the environment, and by making his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, he is open to working out a new agreement with the Democrats- one that benefits both the environment as well as the American economy. But for now, while trillions of people argue for or against Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, one thing is for certain: if the world can’t come together to solve this worldwide issue, then the planet may face irreversible damage.

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Climate Change: It’s Warmer Than You Think

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Climate Change: It’s Warmer Than You Think

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Over the past few decades, the issue of climate change has become a pretty heated topic that has only grown more popular as the globe’s temperature increases.

Despite any opinions one may have, here are the facts: the planet is heating up, and at a fast pace. From LiveScience.com, it has been found that “the average temperature of the Earth has risen between 0.4 and 0.8 °Cover the past 100 years.” And that’s just the start.

The effects of global warming can be seen all over the world, from the increase in severity of extreme weather events, to the bleaching of coral reefs in Australia, to the significant rise in sea levels.

Severe Hurricanes Are Becoming the Norm

Greenhouse gas emissions have significantly contributed to the increase in higher temperatures; one prime example of the effect these emissions have on the environment is the increase of severe hurricanes. Category 4 and 5 hurricanes have become the norm for millions living on the east coast of the United States and in the Caribbean.  Hurricanes grow in strength with warmer waters, and due to the increase in temperatures, the Atlantic has become susceptible to more severe hurricanes.

LiveScience states that, “The global number of intense Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has nearly doubled in number, jumping from 50 per five years during the 1970’s to 90 per five years in the last decade.”

The graphic demonstrates how climate change has affected hurricanes and the potential dangers.

Coral Bleaching in Australia

Aquatic ecosystems are also suffering from the staggering increase of climate-change temperatures. The endangerment of the ocean’s coral reefs has become a severe problem due to these higher temperatures. Majority of the heat emitted from the greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, is absorbed by the world’s oceans, which ultimately causes temperatures in the water to increase. This is detrimental to coral reefs, as these are the rainforests of the ocean, and are vital to aquatic ecosystems. “Temperature spikes of only 1.8 to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (1-2 degrees Celsius) can trigger mass bleaching events,” says LiveScience.com. Warmer waters cause corals the loose their algae that covers them, leaving them vulnerable. Once the corals die, the entire ecosystem practically fails.

Rises in Sea Level

Sea levels have also dramatically increased, due to the melting of the historic ice sheets from both ends of the world. This poses various threats, including habitat loss for hundreds of different species, an imbalance of populations among species, and, of course, the steady rise in sea levels. This is bad news for states next to oceans, such as Florida. With the rise of levels comes the threat of catastrophic flooding, which is concerning considering the number of people living on the coasts of Florida and other sea-side states. According to National Geographic, “In southern Louisiana coasts are literally sinking by about three feet (a meter) a century, a process called subsidence.” In combination with rising sea levels, this creates a huge concern for those living near the water, and raises questions how people can be protected from this inevitable flooding.

This visual better demonstrates the extent to which the changes impacts the rising sea levels.

Law Implemented

Countries around the globe have been working to come up with solutions to limit the amount of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere. There has been a significant increase in climate-change related laws since the 1990s, and from CarbonBrief.org, “In 1997, the database shows, there were just 60 laws in place, with the figure having risen 20-fold to reach 1,260 today.”

While there has been an increase in the amount of climate change related laws, they don’t seem to have a significant impact in the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Why? If there has been an increase on laws and specific protocols that companies must follow, then why are climbing temperatures continuing to be a topic in today’s new?

Stay tuned for part two next week.

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2019 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships

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2019 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships

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Championship winner Nagornyy wins gold for Russia in all-around at 22 years-old.

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Floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bars. These are the six events male gymnasts compete in when they face off to win the gold.

This year, the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships were held October 4th through the 13th. The championship was held in Stuttgart, Germany at the Hanns Martin Schleyer- Halle. This is the third time the championship was held there. 288 men from 92 different federations competed

In the team events, Russia took the gold medal with a score of 261.726 points followed by China taking the silver medal with 260.729. Japan took the bronze medal with 258.159 points. This is the first time Russia has won the gold medal at this championship scone the collapse of the Soviet Union. Also, this is the first time Taiwan (a territory of China)  to make it to the top final three teams.

In the individual all-around events, Nikita Nagornyy, from Russia, took the gold medal with 88.722. His fellow team mate, Arthur Palaloyan, earning the silver medal with a score of 87.165. Coming in third place, Oleg Verniaiev, from Ukraine, scoring 86.973, earning the bronze medal. 

On the floor exercise, the overall winner was Carlos Yulo, from the Philippines. He came in with a very dynamic and highly difficult routine on the floor scoring 15.300. On the pommel horse, Max Whitlock, from Great Britain, took the gold medal with a score of 15.500. His legs never touched the apparatus while performing a nearly flawless routine.

On the still rings, Ibrahim Çolak, from Turkey, was the overall winner taking a gold medal with a score of 14.933. On the vault, Nikita Nagornyy, from Russia, took the gold medal with a score of 14.966. 

On the parallel bars, Joe Fraser, from Great Britain, won with a score of 15.000. He was the only one out of all of the men to score 15 or higher. On the horizontal bars, Arthur Mariano, from Brazil, took the gold medal with a score of 14.900. Many people watch the females compete, but the males are able to compete just as well as the females. Making their routines look just as clean as the females.

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Revelations about the death of Tyler Skaggs

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Revelations about the death of Tyler Skaggs

Pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels, tragically passed in July, yet more details are being revealed about the circumstances now.

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The tragic loss of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has affected baseball players and fans across Major League Baseball since his premature death in July.  Recently, however, new information regarding his death has surfaced.

Skaggs was found unresponsive, just three days after his last outing, in his Texas hotel on July 1st early in the day.  The LA Coroner’s toxicology report showed the Angel’s pitcher had overdosed on a lethal combination of oxycodone, fentanyl, and alcohol.  MLB teams paid tribute to the ace pitcher with #45 patches and field decorations through the All-Star Break.

Skaggs’ family hired Attorney Rustin Hardin to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.  The investigation brought shocking information to the forefront of baseball news. Eric Kay, a PR manager for the Angels, had reportedly been supplying Skaggs with oxycodone, a pain killer, for years.  Kay claimed that Skaggs had been using and abusing the drug during his pitching career despite MLB’s ban on such drugs. He further explained that Skaggs would purchase the drugs for the two of them to use and produced text messages to corroborate his story.  

Kay alleged that the Angels’ Vice President of Communication, Tim Mead, knew of Skaggs’ drug use, although Mead has denied those allegations.  Kay’s admission to supplying Skaggs with illegal narcotics will likely lead to him facing criminal charges.  

Skaggs’ team could potentially face charges as well.  Since his death occurred during a work trip, which he would not otherwise be on if not for his job as a pitcher, the Angels are implicated in his death.  

The Angels released a statement saying that “[They] maintain a strict, zero tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drugs for both players and staff.”  They explained to reporters and those concerned with Skaggs’ death that they could not have monitored Skaggs or his relationships with employees.  

MLB does conduct random drug tests, but it is impossible to test every major league player.  They are also not able to test players for drugs unless they have reasonable cause. Since no one on the team had reason to believe Skaggs was using drugs, he was not tested.  However, in light of his death, Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association said, “It is appropriate and important to reexamine all of our drug protocols relating to education, treatment and prevention.” 

Despite the emotional distress of the loss of Tyler Skaggs to his family, to the Angels, and to the sports world, perhaps his death will lead to a renewed effort to rid baseball and all professional sports of the scourge that is drug abuse.

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Rising UFC fighter Kron Gracie debuts

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Holding a record of 4-0, weighing in at 146lbs, standing at five foot nine inches, Kron Gracie made his octagon debut on Feb.18th 2019, in a featherweight fight against Alex Caceres. Despite this being his first ever UFC fight, Gracie is far from inexperienced. Growing up he trained in jiujitsu with his family making Gracie well versed in the art, as well as participating in fights In Japan in the Real Fight Championship.

From the age of nine Gracie has been competing and upholding his family name. His father Rickson Gracie was a master grappler, and his uncle Royce Gracie was a UFC champion.

Gracie submitted Caceres in the first round, two minutes in, living up to his fan’s expectations. Caceres was submitted via rear naked choke which forced a tap out on ESPN one in Phoenix, Arizona.

The fight began with a calm looking Gracie trading strikes with Caceres in the opening minute of the round. Caceres using the strikes and long wingspan to avoid a takedown by Gracie. Gracie’s first takedown attempt was successful, finding the small opening he needed to take the back and latch on. Gracie pushes Caceres to the fence and begins to set up the takedown. Caceres attempts to control Gracie’s wrists but is unsuccessful. Gracie reaffirms his grip and takes Caceres to the ground. Caceres is working to move Gracie’s hands and control his wrists with no avail, Gracie removes Caceres’ hand and moves in for the choke. Gracie moves for a body triangle but doesn’t complete it, there’s no need. Gracie’s deep choke hold left Caceres tapping at two minutes six seconds in the opening round.

In his post-fight interview with ESPN MMA, Gracie expressed his thoughts on the pressure he felt leading up to the fight.

“Everyone expects me to do so good because of my dad, my dad never lost, so I’ve always felt that. But I’ve always been able to deal with it, of course God gave me a gift to be able to deal with it and handle those kinds of things.”

This win was the first since 1994 for the Gracie family, when Royce Gracie defeated Keith Hackney, breaking the 25 year streak without a win. Gracie expressed great admiration for his family, as well as his eagerness to get back in the ring and continue building on his UFC career.

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Homecoming Queen and King Photos

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2018 Homecoming Queen Kimberly Romero returned to crown 2019 Homecoming Queen Meghan White.

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Meghan White is crowned the 2019 Homecoming Queen. Meghan says that “Being crowned was shocking, overwhelming, exciting and left me in slight disbelief. Durant has helped me grow and change for the better.”

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Homecoming King Ahmad Fitts poses with the Queen after his crowning. Fitts says “Being crowned is about more than winning, it’s also about all the memories I have made over the past four years.”

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Wattpad provides alternative to traditional reading materials

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Wattpad provides alternative to traditional reading materials

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Wattpad is a free website and app that allows readers to add books to their libraries with no limit as to how long it can be there, similar to the concept of Netflix. Users can also create different reading lists, post messages on their profile, vote on book chapters and comment throughout stories. Users may also upload their own works to the platform in hopes of gaining an audience.

Wattpad was officially launched in October of 2006. The website and app were launched by the co-founders Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen. The idea was originally thought of by Lau but both believed that having an app where people had access to novels was key. The app is available for iOS devices as well as Androids.

The website began as a place for public domain novels like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but soon expanded to be much more. Users are allowed to publish almost anything in their books and this lead to a very popular genre: fanfiction.

Fanfiction caused Wattpad’s popularity to rise in teens and young adults because they could read romances about their favorite celebrities in a variety of circumstances. While fanfiction is still a popular genre on the site, other categories have risen to popularity. Most of the popular genres on Wattpad are a variations of romance. They range from high school romances to complex, middle age relationships.

The variety in the novels uploaded allows Wattpad to please a diverse of age groups and ethnicities. There are people as young as 10 years-old to about as old as 45 years-old on the website. Women are much more frequent users of the site but that does not mean there are no male users, they are just rare. When a male comments, the replies tend to emphasize how rare the occurance is.

The comments are truly what set Wattpad apart from some other reading services. The comments allow readers to become more engaged with a text because they can see how other people reacted or are reacting to the same passages. Readers can reply to comments to share their own opinion/experience or expand on what was stated. Comments allow readers to find people who are going through similar experiences in their real lives. They also allow people to make jokes or appreciate pop-culture references within stories.

Wattpad has a much wider impact on culture than many people realize. Many Wattpad books get published and put on bookstore shelves. Some books become so popular that even after publishing they can become movies. Popular examples are The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles and After by Anna Todd. Wattpad provides a starting place for young and aspiring authors.

Many of the novels that get published from Wattpad are altered from their original version in order for them to stay free on Wattpad. For example, Todd’s After series originated on Wattpad as a One Direction fanfiction in which the main love interest was Harry Styles. Once published the male main character’s name was changed to Hardin Scott. The additional members of the band, featured in the stories also received rewritten names, as well as a slightly altered text.

Stories on Wattpad may support serious issues or may be parts of sponsored contests to promote specific products. Specific tags and categories are attached to these stories. There are many novels that support the anti-bullying campaigns popularized during the Obama administration. One of the most popular books for this issue is The Good Girl’s Bad Boys: The Good, The Bad and The Bullied by user RibixCube89201. There are also suicide awareness as well as an entire genre for LGBTQ+ books.

While Wattpad did introduce paid stories in early 2019, users do not pay to create an account and many novels are still free. Some stories do contain ads about every 20 minutes after a chapter was completed.

Wattpad has expanded beyond the single app and website. In February of 2017 Wattpad sponsored their new app Tap. This app allows readers to read stories as though they were reading text chains. Unlike Wattpad, Tap is only available as an app.

Overall Wattpad is an easy alternative for people who do not have the time or ability to access a public library. This also aids individuals who cannot afford to buy books to keep long-term.

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Area 51 as a meme becomes a reality.

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Recently the military base called Area 51, has blown up in popularity over the question, are there aliens at the Area 51 base? This question has hovered around social media for a very long time and it wasn’t until a few months ago it started to become relevant across all social media platforms including Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. 

Then people started to think, how we would figure out if there is aliens at area 51, then they came up with the term “Storm Area 51” coined by a Facebook event, set to occur September 20, 2019. While it seemed like a reasonable idea, most people generally agreed that it would never happen. Social media is one of thelargest influences to people of all ages across the world, which that led to, people making petitions to raid the Area 51 base. This idea blew up across the U.S as hoards of people signed rudhed to this online petition. In total close to 2 million citizens signed the petition.

This topic has also became a variety of poplar memes, there have been thousands of memes made about the Area 51 raid which led to it getting some many people to sign the petitions. Lil Nas X took the meme to a whole other level releasing an additional remix of Old Town Road featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, the video being an animation of the group raidng Area 51.

On the other hand this caught the attention of the military, who were very against people rvsp’ ing the event that would be a potential threat to military security and anyone who decided to attend the event. The Air Force especially found this  dangerous and sent out several discouraging messages to those who were considering attending the event.

Once the date for the raid arrived, nothing near as major occured. About 3,000 people showed up to Area 51, but none of the individuals attempted to storm into the base. However, one of the individuals in attendance urinated by the gate and got arrested. This long expected raid never ended up occuring, even with the thousands of people who signed the petition.

Internet jokers have been around for a long time but these jokers should take serious consideration when it comes what they say. Nowadays social media has an enormous influence, and has very large, and very serious effects on the things around us.

What would have happened if people stormed Area 51? Well the raiders storming in would have been arrested by the military. Overall this topic has been a big thing hovering around our life and is something that has been talked about by many people and was successful at what was trying to get accomplished. 

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Disney Plus streaming service is to arrive soon

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In this day and age, the public can watch whatever they want, whenever they want.  With media service providers such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video almost any movie or television show is available to people with just the press of a button. Now there is new competition for these companies arising within the industry, it’s called Disney Plus. Disney has created its own media streaming service that will be released on November 12, 2019, and it will include movies and television shows from Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, Star Wars, and Marvel Studios.

With all of these shows and movies being on Disney Plus, companies like Hulu and Netflix are going to have to give up all of their movies and TV shows that were made by Disney. This means that no one can watch any Disney movie or television show on any streaming service except for Disney Plus. Disney is also taking some programs from different film industries, more specifically 21st Century Fox’s programs, such as The Simpsons and The Sound of Music. So it is not just all Disney projects, but Disney is also taking from other companies as well.

Disney is not just taking back their movies and TV programs from competing companies, but they are also making brand new television shows and films that are coming out with Disney Plus. Like Netflix and their own original shows and movies like Stranger Things, Disney has made a whole line up of brand new original shows and movies that can only be seen through Disney Plus. There will be new live-action movies, spin-offs, original films, and so much more. With all of these new projects going onto Disney Plus, there will also be many old shows and movies going on as well. These old films will be anything from The Parent Trap, to Hannah Montana. Disney Plus will have all old, current, and new programs available to their customers.

Disney Plus is going to make it harder for the other straming services to match the content available on their website. Many viewers are being drawn from the old services to Disney Plus.  With this new competition, a lot of things are about to change. 

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Melanie Martinez ends hiatus with K-12 film and album

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Melanie Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. She is known to be an adult baby because of her two front baby teeth that never fell out, her aesthetic style, and her two-toned hair inspired by the Disney character Cruella De Vil.

 She rose into popularity as a contestant for the American reality show, The Voice. In her audition to the show she did a cover on the song ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears. With her guitar and gifted voice, Melanie was known to become one of the most successful contestants on the show. She later produced her debut single ‘Dollhouse’ and then her album “Crybaby” which was a major success for her singing career.

 Most of her songs revolve around her personal experiences expressed throughout her songs in different themes such as romance and family issues. Her classmates use to call her a crybaby for being very sensitive and emotional and she used it as an inspiration for the title of the album “Crybaby.”

 Melanie released a new album and film on September 6th, 2019 known as K-12. She began working on the album in 2015 and finished it in early 2017. The album consists of 13 tracks. Some include “Wheels On The Bus”, “Strawberry Shortcake”, and “High School Sweethearts”.

She also created a musical film using the songs from the album to tell a story. Melanie plays the role of Crybaby, a strong and sensitive girl, who is sent away to a disturbing sleepaway school.

In the film, Crybaby acts as a narrator as the story is being told by her perspective of the place and its surroundings. Melanie sends a lot of hidden messages within her film and songs revolving around anti-bullying and other problems related to the real world.

 Her album and film reached number two trending on YouTube. The K-12 CD and DVD is available on the Melanie Martinez merch site and in stores including Hot Topic, Barnes and Noble, and Target.

The K-12 tour will begin in October of 2019 and tickets can be found on the Ticketmaster website. Some of the cities she will be going to include Atlanta, GA, Houston, Texas, and many more. Melanie Martinez has grown in her singing career coming back strong with the K-12 album and film having her fans off the edge of their seats.

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Apple displays new IPhone 11

The new IPhone comes in a variety of bold colors.

The new IPhone comes in a variety of bold colors.

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The new IPhone comes in a variety of bold colors.

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The new IPhone comes in a variety of bold colors.

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Recently Apple fans met up at the Steve Jobs Theater for Apple’s special event on September 10 , to view the many new hardware products for the 2019-2020 year.

However, in the spotlight was the new IPhone 11 with the new widely recognized camera setup. With apple making the iPhone available for pre-order as of September 13 on their website, many apple users have been posting and retweeting about the new edition with many mixed feelings.

The new “pro camera system” has created much controversy on why Apple had decided to place these three camera lenses on the phone. Thousands of comments have been made over the last couple days on the cameras, creating memes and web postings on the “funny looking”cameras for the new IPhone 11.

These cameras have been compared to oven stoves and made fun of in many twitter post like the “Mitosis” meme, which is the most popular tweet based on the new release going around.

Although an abundant amount of people our making jokes about the new IPhone, Apple keeps it name by always having plenty in store with their products. The IPhone 11 will be available on September 20 for most service carriers and they anticipate on having an ample amount of buyers.

With Apples statement on the IPhone 11 having “Pro cameras. Pro display. Pro performance” consumers should be very happy with the new product with “just the right amount of everything.”

Not only are there new colors of the phone, the dual camera system will brighten up each of your photos taken, creating amazing memories. Also having one of the fastest chips ever in a smartphone; it makes using your everyday cellphone faster and more efficient for school, work or socializing. Along with being fast i, Apple has risen the stakes with their updated all-day battery life for long days spent on your phone.

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