Friday, April 21, 2017

Fake News NewsELA Article Reflections

Hello everyone, I recently finished reading the NewsELA article, "Opinion: The spread of fake news can stop in the classroom", so I thought I'd share my thoughts about the article. There have been many cases of fake news in the past few years, so I feel that the article could be used to help those who can't tell real news from fake news. T. Millis Kelly had his students create fake websites about Edward Owens, a made up Virginia fisherman who attacked ships in the Chesapeake Bay in the 1870s, which I thought was a very unique and interesting way to teach his students how easy it was to create fake news. I 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"The Tempest" Reflections

Hello Everyone, we finished reading/watching "The Tempest" yesterday, and I thought that I would share my final thoughts on the play. The play was difficult to understand, some scenes were strange and seemed to have no meaning, but others seemed very important to the play, for example, the scene in which Prospero gathers together Alonso, Sebastian, Gonzalo, Antonio, and everyone else, and forgives his brother for taking away his position of power in Milan. I think that one takeaway of "The Tempest" is that forgiveness should be favored over revenge. For most of the play, Prospero plots his revenge against his brother for taking away his power in Milan, even going so far as to conjure a storm to bring his Antonio and everyone else to the island Prospero was on, but at the end, Prospero forgives his brother and regains his power as the Duke of Milan.

The Tempest Act 1: Scene 1, Lines 45-55

             Original                                                                       Modernized

Boatswain. A plague upon this howling!                   The wind is louder than the storm!
they are louder than the weather or our office.            Again! Why are you here? Shall we
[Re-enter Sebastian, Antonio, and Gonzalo]               give up and drown? Do you want to sink?
Yet again! what do you here? shall we give
o'er and drown? Have you a mind to sink?

Sebastian. A pox o' your throat, you bawling,            Cat got your tongue you crying non-sensical
blasphemous incharitable dog!                                    poor man!

Boatswain. Work you then.                                         You work then.

Antonio. Hang, cur! hang, you whoreson,                  Hang, beast! Hang you unlikable incessant
insolent noisemaker! We are less afraid to be             loudness! We are less afraid to be drowned than
drowned than thou art.                                                you are.

Gonzalo. I'll warrant him for drowning; though        I'll curse him for drowning; even though the ship
the ship were no stronger than a nutshell...                isn't any stronger than a nutshell...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Finalized Argument

Hey everybody, I'm back again with another post about my argument, and this time, I'm posting my finalized argument here; I would like to receive some feedback back from this post.

Imagine that you were transported back in time to September 10, 2001. You have a chance to find out about the terrorist attack tomorrow. To figure this out though, you must allow someone torture one of the terrorists who have been captured. Would you allow them to do so? I’m going to try to convince you that if leaders could be found and tortured, locations of other groups of terrorists could be revealed, torturing terrorists could reveal leaders of terrorist organizations, and because of terrorists performing horrible actions and based on their actions, different types of torture are suitable.

If leaders of major terror groups were found and tortured, they could give away valuable information, like other leaders, or other people of importance. TIME stated the following in their article “Did Waterboarding Prevent Terrorism Attacks?”, “Officials in the Bush Administration maintain that the intelligence wrung from terror detainee Abu Zubaydah ... led to the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — the self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks.” This shows that the torture of a terrorist leader lead to the capture of the “self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks.”

If terrorists were tortured enough, they could reveal the locations of the leader of the terrorist organization. The New York Times once stated in one of their articles, “No counterterrorism mission was more successful or higher profile than the secret raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Almost immediately, C.I.A. officials began telling Congress that its interrogation program led them to a secretive courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, who in turn led the C.I.A. to the doorstep of the world’s most-wanted terrorist.” This shows that by torturing Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the C.I.A. was able to find the location of the leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorists, Osama Bin Laden, and kill him.

Based off of their actions, terrorists could have certain types of torture performed on them to reveal information. If the person killed one or two people, they could start off with waterboarding, sleep deprivation, drowning, or oxygen deprivation. If a more serious offense was committed, like demolishing building, committing mass homicide, or destroying ancient relics, they could have their pressure points used against them, be starved, or even have their bones broken.

Some may say that torture should not be used against anyone, but one weakness of that is that as was stated in the previously mentioned TIME article, the capture and torture of one terrorist lead to the capture of the person who planned the 9/11 attacks.

In conclusion, torturing terrorists could help the United States by being able to receive new and more information than what was known before. The next time there is a terrorist attack, look back to this article and think to yourself, Could that have been prevented?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Long Walk to Water Reflections

Our class recently finished the novel A Long Walk to Water, so I felt that I should share some of my thoughts on the book. I thought that overall, the book made for a great read, but I still don't understand why one of the kids pushed Salva's head underwater and saved him.  I still wonder why Salva was as determined as he was, despite the thought of his entire family being in his mind. I didn't know that the conditions of most refugee camps are as rough as they are described in the book.  After reading, I thought that the theme of the novel was that you should take things one step at a time. The textual evidence to support this is, "Whenever he found himself losing hope, Salva would take a deep breath and think of his uncle's words. A step at a time. One problem at a time - just figure out this one problem." And this shows that whenever Salva was losing hope, he would just take on one problem at a time instead of trying to take on all of them at once.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Argumentative Essay

I chose to write my Argument on the fact that torture should be allowed when dealing with terrorists.

I think this topic is important because many people think that torture is inhumane, and they would be right, but with terrorists, you can receive useful information, like a base of operations, leaders, upcoming attacks, and more.

I already know that torturing people is illegal, and that there are many ways to torture people, but that's about all.

To find information, I would probably have to search articles about torture, recorded cases of people who have been tortured, different variations of torture, and information that people have released after having been tortured.