All posts by Jay Kircher

Hanukkah Traditions

The Holidays are upon us, and while most might be celebrating Christmas, there are quite a few that also celebrate Hanukkah. Hanukkah originated over 2,000 years ago around the same time Christmas began being celebrated. Unlike Christmas, however, it lasts eight days, and children would receive a gift each day. Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabee’s victory over the Syrian army. It also marks a miracle, where a day’s worth of oil allowed the menorah to light up for eight days in the rededicated Temple in Jerusalem. Followers of the Jewish religion also have many traditions celebrated during Hanukkah.

Here’s Why Anti-Vaxxers are Wrong

We’ve all heard about them, but why is this anti-vaccination movement such a big deal? Well, Anti-vaxxers anti-vax because they have lost trust in the government, pharmaceutical companies, and the overall healthcare system. They do not believe the claims and that vaccines do indeed cause long-term problems for their children. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, in the first three months of 2019, cases of measles increased by 300%. They were down to around 100,000 in 2017 worldwide and are now over 120,000 worldwide in just the first three months.

MLB Postseason Recap

The 2019 World Series has just ended, and the Washington Nationals take it all for the first time in franchise history. They defeated the Houston Astros in a 7-game series. The Nationals had a sign that they might take it all- winning 107 out of the 162 games in the regular season. Still, they only made the Wild Card, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in a crazy game.

Blizzard Entertainment Bans Players for Supporting Hong Kong Protests

On October 8, 2019, the popular video game developer Blizzard Entertainment banned a Hearthstone player for supporting Hong Kong during the Hong Kong protests. The player, Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung, was banned for a year when during an interview he pulled down a Hong Kong protester style mask and yelled, “Liberate Hong Kong!” He is one of the top players in the Asian region. In response, Blizzard Entertainment banned the player for one year and revoked any money won from the grandmaster’s tournament.

Saudi Arabian Oil Explosion

On September 14, 2019, Saudi Arabia experienced an attack on one of its largest oil refineries. A drone was sent by the Yemeni Rebels, an Islamic political and armed movement, that exploded once it arrived at the oil facility. The Saudi Arabian oil attack resulted in oil prices across the globe surging in prices, up to ten cents per gallon, and the radical movement faced military action from an American drone. In fact, Iran was blamed for the attack, but no evidence has proved that Iran committed the attack.