All posts by Julian Spiro

Class of '20. Not very interesting.

The Panama Papers Explained

On April 4, 2016, an anonymous source leaked information  from the inside of a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The source leaked eleven million documents, and 2.6 terabytes of data revealing a worldwide circle of powerful and rich men and women who where engaged in various forms of illegal tax evasion, drug smuggling and human trafficking. This was the largest data leak in history.

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The Deep Web

With the consistent rise of the Internet in everyday use, there is bound to be some shady stuff. 

And most of that is already known. It’s very easy to find a lot of this kind of stuff, with pornography, gore, scams and fraudulent activity and similar. However, there is a lot more than just what is on the “surface web”. Continue reading The Deep Web

GFS Alum’s The Interview Pulled After Sony Hacking Incident

dan stirlingYou may recall that at one of last years’ Upper and Middle School assemblies, Dan Sterling ’89, a Germantown Friends School alumnus who has struck gold as a television and movie writer, showed unreleased snippets of his upcoming film. The $42-million film, The Interview, originally scheduled for a Christmas release, has been pulled from distribution due to threats to movie-goers. Also linked to this incident is the controversy involving the hacking of Sony Pictures and the releasing of personal information from its executives and several actors and international figures.

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Star Wars: The Fandom Awakens

With the first new live action Star Wars in nine years, the world has been wishing that they, too had a badass lightsaber broadsword. While the teaser trailer of The Force Awakens may have been short on footage, it had lots of food for nerds.

The trailer had a collection of very short clips, all depicting different things with a continuous dramatic voiceover, talking about the light and the dark side of the force, and the awakening of the force. Continue reading Star Wars: The Fandom Awakens

Pastafarianism: The Rise of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Religion is one of the things that has remained a conflict since the beginning of time. But can a religion that worships a large, meatball-eyed spaghetti monster change it all?

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a religion, created in 2005 when the prophet of the religion, Bobby Henderson, had a revelation that told him to start a church. All was revealed to him that worshipping certain unknown beliefs to the rest of the world should become a reality. The church would have a unique feature, a  pirate originated spaghetti worshipping members. Along with a huge set of commandments, beliefs, and prayers, the Pastafarians also refer to the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as their holy book. Continue reading Pastafarianism: The Rise of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Truth Behind Disney Movies


Any and all Disney movies are exactly the same.

Most of them, to start, all have a female princess lead. There is a dashing young prince who always sings a song (exception is the non singing prince in Cinderella but that was fairly early on in Walt’s career), and there are either no parents or mean step ones. And, of course, family and love and acceptance prevail. Lilo and Stitch, for example. “Respect our differences” is the moral, which is the same as Beauty and the Beast and maybe even the Princess and the Frog. Continue reading The Truth Behind Disney Movies

The Heads Up on Concussions

By Madeleine M.

A mild traumatic brain injury. That’s the medical description for concussion. A concussion is when you get a whack to your head or neck that causes the brain to shake. Over 1.6 million Americans have concussion related injuries. Thousands of kids and teens get concussions every year. Maryanne Rawlings, the athletic trainer told me that around ten middle school students get concussions every year at GFS. Sports have gotten more and more physical which creates more serious injuries for players. The three main sports prone to concussions are football, soccer and basketball.

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