Thursday, October 20, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street

1. Who are the 99%, 1%? Where do you fall in this situation? How much of the nations income does the top 1% earn?

2. Do you agree with President Obama's decision to bailout the banks? What effects does this have on the 99%?

3. According to David Brooks of the NY Times, the "virtuous 99 percent" did what with economic environment during the boom years? Explain what this means.

4. After reading this article, explain who you blame for the economic situation we are in and give one example of a law that could be created to help the country get back on steady ground. Be prepared to defend your answer!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Are online classes a good idea?

Please grab a copy of the article from Mr. Owens or myself and read both responses. After your reading, please answer the following questions in a comment for this blog. ALL ANSWERS should be in complete sentences. ***If you don't know what dichotomy means, look it up on***

1 - List three advantages and three disadvantages to online classes that are referenced in the article.

2 - According to Karen Aronowitz, what dichotomy exists within current legislators around this topic.

2 - In your opinion, are online classes beneficial to everyone involved? Think about this issue from the side of the students? teachers? society in general?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Extra Credit

This extra credit assignment is a follow up to the song 'A Vietnam Story' we listened to on Tuesday.

Below you will find a list of terms and ideas from our song.

1. Write a paragraph defining the key term and what is had to do with the Vietnam War.

2. Research the topic on the internet. What effects did this have on the Vietnam war, as well as soldiers? Give me specific information.

3. Make a visual representation of the topic. Include pictures or artwork that show us about some of these topics.

Please come see Mr. Owens or Mr. Paulauskas about any questions you may have!

Military Conflict vs. War
Agent Orange
Vietnam War
Chinese Expansion
Viet Cong
guerilla warfare
Booby traps
Operation Rolling Thunder
Vietnam POW's

Unemployment and a loss of income

Unemployed risk a permanent pay cut

Take a look at the article from CNN on unemployment and how it might affect your income down the line. Answer the following questions with a post and we will discuss some answers! All answers should be in complete sentences!

1. The study shows that a worker who losses their job during a time of high unemployment with 3+ years of experience can expect to lose how much on average?

2. Based on the article, Maria is currently able to find work but there a possibility for a large added cost to her situation. What is this possible added cost and why is it important?

3. Based on your experiences and this article, what are some ways to better protect yourself against potential economic downfalls?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Questions for October 4

1.  List 3 words that you do not know the definition to.  Look these 3 words up and describe what they mean.

2.  What was is this reading about?  How do you think the soldiers in our reading feel?

3.  What kinds of techniques does this reading use to describe the war to us?  Do you like this song, yes or no?  Why?

Reading October 4

Jedi Mind Tricks
Uncommon Valor (A Vietnam Story)

I don’t know why I’m over here this job is evil.
They send me there to Vietnam to kill innocent people

My mother wrote me said the president he doesn’t care
We’re trying to leave the footprints of America here

They say we’re trying to stop Chinese expansion
But I ain’t seen to Chinese since we landed

Sent me whole entire unit thinking we can win
Against the Viet Cong guerillas there in Gia Dinh

I didn’t sign up to kill women or any children
For every enemy soldier we’re killing 6 civilians

And it ain’t right to me.  I ain’t got enough of freakin’ fight in me.
It frightens me and I just want to see my son and moms
And over here they dropping 7 million tons of bombs

I spend my days dodging all these booby traps and mines
And at night praying to God that I get back alive
And I’m forced to sit back and wonder
Why I was a part of Operation Rolling Thunder

In a fox hole with 9 months left here
Jungle is the harbinger of death here.

I don’t wanna be here I’m scared, I just wanna go home.

Call me Thornburn, John H. staff
Sergeant, marksman
Skillin, killin, illin,
I’m able and willin
Kill a village elephant, rape and pillage your village
Illegitimate killers U.S military guerillas

This ain’t a real war Vietnam
World War II that’s a war this is just a military conflict.

Soothing, drug abusing Vietnamese women screwing
Sex, scramplin and booze all this stuff is amusing

Ladies and guns, this is every man’s dream
I don’t wanna go home where I’m just an ordinary human being
Special OP, Huey chopper gun, enemy run when the mini gun spit
Won’t miss kill things, spit 4000 bullets a minute

Bit the Charlie, hit trigger I’m in it to win it
The lieutenant hinted to the vilian I ended up killin
The killin, I did it, cripple did it pictures I painted vivid, live it

A wizard with secret weapons, a secret mission
We about to begin it.  Government funded
Behind enemy lines bullets is spraying it’s heating up 100 degrees
The enemy is the North Vietnamese, c’mon please

A’int no sweat I’m told “be at ease”
Until I see the pilot got hit and we about to hit some trees
Till the rotor broke crash land,
American man, Cambodia
Right in the enemy hand

Take a swig of the whiskey to calm us
Them yellow men wearing black pajamas
They want to harm us, they roll up on us,

Bang bang, bullet hit my chest feel no pain
To my left the captain caught a bullet right in his brain
Body parts flyin’, loss of limbs
Bad intentions, I see my best friends intestines.

Pray to the one above, it’s raining and I’m covered in mud
I think I’m dyin, I feel dizzy, I’m losing blood

I see my childhood I’m back in the arms of my mother

I see my whole life, I see Christ, I see bright lights
I see Israelites, Muslims and Christians at peace, no fights.
Blacks, whites, Asians people of all types
I must have died then I woke up I’m surprised I’m alive
I’m in a hospital bed the rescued me I survived

I escaped the war came back but ain’t escaped Agent Orange
Two of my kids born handicapped

Spastic, quadriplegic, micro cephalic, cerebral palsy, cortical blindness
Name it they had it.  My son died he ain’t live but I still
Try to think positive cause in life God take God give.