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Excessive Airport Security

Discussion by: CListon on Tue, 2012-05-08 23:43 with 2 comments

One major story this year was the controversy over airport security. The values of national security and personal privacy clashed, and the question of where to draw the line arose this past year. This particular article talks about physical pat downs by airport security, and how many people felt violated. Another controversy was the use of full body scanners that could potentially show more of a person's body than they felt comfortable with. TSA assured people that the machines did not expose private areas, and it was not excessive. But it did open the question of national security vs.

The Most Interesting Things I've Learned in High School

Discussion by: CListon on Tue, 2012-04-24 15:05 with 0 comments

In my senior english class, we are suppose to compose a post about some of the most interesting things I've learned in high school. When I think about it, high school has gone by really fast, but at the same time I have taken a lot of classes and learned a lot in this short period of time.

Do Video Games Promote Violence

Discussion by: CListon on Thu, 2012-04-19 18:09 with 1 comments

I just read an article about Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist on trial for killing 77 people in Norway; Norway's worst peacetime massacre. He claimed that he refined his aiming skills by playing computer games. "Breivik said he played the computer game Modern Warfare for 16 months starting in January 2010, primarily to get a feel for how to use rifle sights." This has brought up a common question many people have, do video games promote violence?

A Faster Way

Discussion by: CListon on Fri, 2012-03-30 13:14 with 0 comments

Today I read an article on Yahoo about a company working on the fastest form of commercial transportation yet. A licensing organization called ET3 holds a patent to ETT, or Evacuated Tube Technology. Their goal? To make it possible to travel “from New York to Beijing in 2 hours and from New York to London in less than an hour.” These tubes would hold six people on a “frictionless magnetic levitation tracks” through a vacuum tube. The max speeds could reach up to 4,000 miles per hour. They have already started working on prototypes.

NSA Base In Salt Lake City

Discussion by: CListon on Tue, 2012-03-20 16:51 with 0 comments

I recently read an article in the newspaper about how the National Security Agency is building a base in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune said it will be located at Camp Williams, Utah. The Deseret News describes it as a "spy base."

Although this is technically true, it will actual be a host for all the data the NSA collects from various other bases across the country. Not much is know about the base specifically (for obvious reasons), but information has been released that it will mainly hold computers, with some additional space.

1-Year Anniversary of Disaster

Discussion by: CListon on Sun, 2012-03-11 12:09 with 0 comments

Today, March 11, 2012, is the one-year anniversary of the earthquakes and tsunamis that destroyed part of Japan. There are many memorial services going on today. However it is devastating to hear the countless stories of people who are still dealing with the ramifications of this disaster, one year after its terror. This disaster "killed just over 19,000 people and unleashed the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century." Japan was now left with dozens of costal communities in complete ruins at the wake of these earthquakes and tsunamis.

The Four Most Recent Generations

Discussion by: CListon on Wed, 2012-02-29 13:57 with 1 comments
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I have started to write my first draft of my research paper on generations and I finally was able to summarize the characteristics, and personalities of the four most recent generations in American History. The are the (Baby) Boomer (1943-1960), Thirteenth or X (1961-1981), Millennial or Y (1982-1994), and Z (1995-2012). The dates are the when the generations were born.

The Study of Generations

Discussion by: CListon on Fri, 2012-02-24 16:32 with 3 comments

The study of generations is a way to look at how society evolves. It is a way to see how a cohort-group of people who grow up under the same conditions see the world, interact with the world, and change the world. Although this is an interesting sect of sociology, caution must been taken when looking at and classifying people in different generations.

Generation Z

Discussion by: CListon on Wed, 2012-02-22 13:37 with 0 comments

I found this really good article for my english research paper on generation z. I am comparing the differences among generations and generation Z is the newest generation that is still being born. The dates for generation z are 1995 to 2012. The article describes generation Z as an activist generation that will "mobilize around issues" they care about. With technology as a commonplace they are going to be multitasking more than any previous generation and will constantly be moving.

Survey on Generations

Discussion by: CListon on Wed, 2012-02-15 13:56 with 0 comments

This is a survey I am doing for a research paper in my english class on human generations. I would appreciate it if you would take a minute to answer a few questions.

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