Thursday, April 20, 2017

Social Issue Paper Blogs

A Current event related to my social issue
I recently found a current event that is related to the war on terrorism. Yesterday, which was 4/27/17, a Westminster attack was foiled after a terror suspect's family tipped off police. According to the police, the 27-year-old man was reportedly carrying multiple knives and was most likely planning to carry out a terror attack. Luckily, he was stopped about 300 yards away from the residence of the Prime Minister. Police say he was a lone-wolf attacker. If the suspect's family hadn't reported the suspicious activity of the suspect to the police, he would have most likely tried to carry out a fatal terror attack on the Prime Minister and/or people around the area. This helped my social issue because a terror attack was stopped.

Works Cited: Reporters, Telegraph. "Whitehall incident: Westminster attack foiled after terror suspect's family reportedly tipped off police ."The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 27 Apr. 2017. Web. 28 Apr. 2017.

Organizations that Support my Social Issue
As previously mentioned, my social issue is the war on terrorism. For today's blog, I was assigned the task of finding organizations that support or help my social issue. I found three organizations who have goals to counter terrorism, and hopefully they will be helpful to me for my research paper. The first organization is called the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force. This organization adopted the Global Counter-Terrorism strategy on September 8, 2006. According to the UN, this strategy is "a unique global instrument to enhance national, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism". The second organization that I have chosen is the National Counterterrorism Center. This organization is focused on the U.S., and its main goal is to "Lead our [U.S.A] nation's effort to combat terrorism at home and abroad by analyzing the threat, sharing that information with our partners, and integrating all instruments of national power to ensure unity of effort". The third organization is called the OSCE or Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe. In their website under the heading Who We Are, the OSCE says this: "The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally blinding basis."



Why I Chose This Issue
My social issue is the war on terrorism. I think that this issue is important to write about because it is something that concerns many people around the world today. Terrorists have a large impact on our lives because they sometimes seem to control how people feel. When they attack, everyone becomes scared. I chose this topic because I think that it is important for me to start understanding what is going on in the world today and why the leaders of the world choose to fight terrorism the way that they do. Also, this is on a world scale. In this informative paper, I would like to research different terrorist groups and the effects that they have on peoples' way of life.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Abstract Noun Blog #8

This week I found an example of last week's definition of dedication, and that definition was that dedication is the will to work to achieve goals. As I said last week, this definition of dedication was not created by me. It was created by Will Falcao, who wrote the article Dedication and Commitment in Sports. So, now for an example of an athlete that matches this definition of dedication. The athlete is Usain Bolt. In the article Usain Bolt Shares His Success Secret, Usain Bolt himself says that dedication is the key to his Olympic career. Usain Bolt has not always been the fastest man on the planet. He didn't just wake up one day and say, "I'm going to go to the Olympics." He had to work to get where he is today. If he wasn't dedicated to achieve his goals, he wouldn't have had the triumphs and victories that he has today.

Works Cited: Afp. Usain Bolt shares his success secret. The Hindu. N.p., 20 Aug. 2016. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Abstract Noun Blog #7

This week for my abstract noun, I found a new definition of dedication. This is not my definition, so I would like to give credit to the one who wrote the definition. This comes from Will Falcao, who wrote the article Dedication and Commitment in Sport. His definition of dedication is the will to work on achieving goals. In this article, Will talks about what dedication means and what it should mean to athletes. One meaningful quote that I pulled from the article is, "High achievers are dedicated to work hard even when they don't enjoy some of the tasks because they are committed to the efforts necessary for their goals." These words are very true. Athletes need to be dedicated to what they play to be able to complete what seems impossible. So, my definition didn't change this week, but I did find a new way to look at it.

Works Cited: "Register." Will Falcao-Sport Psychology. N.p., n.d. Web.22 Feb. 2017.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Abstract Noun Blog #6

The Superbowl was about 2 weeks ago, and I was able to find an example of last week's definition for dedication: Dedication is doing something for a long time and not complaining about it. A good example from the Superbowl is the New England Patriots long-time quarterback, Tom Brady. Tom Brady was drafted to the New England Patriots in 2000. He has 5 Superbowl rings, which means that he has truly shown what it means to be a dedicated team player. Although 5 Superbowl rings may seem like he has had nothing but a good career, that's not all true. Tom Brady has had his ups and down throughout his career. This season, (2016-2017 season) Brady was out for the first four games of the season due to alleged cheating in a previous season. However, Brady never complained about the suspension. He was dedicated enough to give up the first four games of the season, even though football means everything to him. Tom Brady has caused me to slightly change my definition of dedication by overcoming the odds and using his love of football to inspire others.

Works Cited: Press, The Associated. "Does Tom Brady need a 5th Super Bowl ring to be declared best ever?" The Denver Post.  N.p., 05 Feb 2017. Web. 18 Feb. 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Game

As many kids have recently found out, there is a new game in the .io series taking the internet by storm. This game is is related to the other .io games in the sense that you have to defend your territory, attack enemies, and expand your base all while trying to get 1st place on the leaderboard. To win the game, you have to conquer the largest territory or get 100% of the board covered. I myself have gotten 1st place on the leaderboard, but the most territory I have conquered is 46%.There are many people that think this is definitely the best game yet in the .io series, but why? There are tons of games in the .io series made by many different people, but for the most part, these other .io games are spinoffs or mock versions of and and are two of the most popular .io games. Famous Youtubers such as PewDiePie and Markiplier have been spotlighting their humorous gameplay of these games from the time they came out. The thrill of defeating your enemies and trying to win the game is enough for many viewers to want to watch every new video made about these fun games. Now, let's get back to You can also download on the Apple and Google Play Store. However, I am just going to stick to the online version as the mobile version can be laggy at times. Also, a bigger screen and arrows on the keyboard makes online gameplay much easier. Then again, the mobile version is, well, you know, mobile. You can play it on your phone and it doesn't require internet. This does bring up some concern by players, though. I am not able to find any solid evidence that the game is or isn't live multiplayer. If the game was live multiplayer, it should require internet, right? If it isn't live multiplayer, are all of your so-called "enemies" just bots trying to make the game more fun? I don't have any clue what is going on, but I will be updating my blog once I find out. Although before I can update it, I will have to read all of the conspiracy theories written by players of the game. Once I get some real information, I will be sure to let everyone know.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Argumentative Stance #2: Counterclaim

Cyber bullying should not be against the law because too many victims overreact to the things that are said to them. In the article titled Bullying is Bad, But Criminalizing Bullying Would Be Even Worse, the author, Capital Flows, says, "If being a schoolyard bully were criminal, many more than the current 2.3 million and students would be leaving with criminal records, not degrees." Victims of cyber-bullying have to realize that there are going to be some bullies on the internet. Social media is the perfect place for cyber bullies to do whatever they want. Although the cyber bully may be hurting someone's feelings, I believe that they are only expressing their anger, and saying it through words is better than saying it through their actions. If people went and punched someone every time they got mad, everyone would be in jail for assault and similar crimes. Therefore, words are an easier way for people to express their feelings than hurting someone physically. However, people opposed to this belief will say that suicides caused by cyber bullying counts as physical harm, but most cyber bullying never gets noticed because the victims don't make a big deal out of it. Unless the victims of cyber bullying let the hurtful words get to their head, there is never a serious problem taking place.

Works Cited: Flows,Capital. "Bullying Is Bad, But Criminalizing Bullying Would Be Even Worse." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 23 Oct. 2013. Web. 16 Feb. 2017.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Abstract Noun Blog #5

I recently found another example of my newest definition of dedication: Doing something for a long time and not complaining about it. At the time, I was watching Shark Tank. Shark Tank is a show that spotlights entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses. The Sharks then invest in the entrepreneurs to help them kick start their business. The Sharks come from humble backgrounds and had to work hard and be dedicated to get where they are today. One of the Sharks, Barbara Corcoran, is who I will be using as my example of dedication for this week. Barbara Corcoran wasn't very fond of business when she was young. During her high school and college careers, she never got the best grades. However, after getting a $1000 loan for real-estate, she started the Corcoran Group. In due time, she had turned that small loan into a billion dollar business. She never complained about how long or hard she had to work to get where she is today. She is truly dedicated to what she wants to accomplish, even if her goals seem hard to reach.

Works Cited: Welch, Liz. "The One Shark You Should Always Ignore on 'Shark Tank'"  Inc., 08 Apr.2015. Web. 10 Feb.2017.