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|lnmcfly||Stuff from in class to help with Final Paper!||1||Dec 11 2010, 4:38 PM EST by glculp|
Thread started: Dec 10 2010, 11:16 AM EST Watch
Here's what was on the sheets that we had around the room:
1. State of the Planet
Our current food consumption will not support our population growth
every $1 we aid to another country, $25 used for debt repayments
losing natural resources
1% of global military spending could provide basic healthcare to everyone and put every child in school
roughly 80% earns $1
72% of consumption is used by 2% of the world
2. How we got here
Domestication of plants & animals
Greed/want/desire for MORE - productivity, power, wealth
Northern hemisphere had benefits of resources
3. Who we are (contemporary American culture)
privilege of circumstances
4. The planet as a system of structural power
Annie Leonard's "Story of Stuff"
Guns, Germs, & Steal
5. What we/you can do about it
EMPATHY - COMMUNICATION - THOUGHTFULNESS
Sustainability as a way of life
Education - ourselves and others
A life of selfless service
Truly love people
Give of our surplus & share our strength
|kdmc7||Paragraph 5||0||Dec 10 2010, 11:05 AM EST by kdmc7|
Thread started: Dec 10 2010, 11:05 AM EST Watch
I would like to know what everyone intends to write in their fifth paragraph for this essay! What concrete things are you going to do, or how are you going to change your lifestyle to help improve the world?
|EmilyPaigeDecker||make up work||0||Dec 8 2010, 7:18 PM EST by EmilyPaigeDecker|
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As the lady in the video says the companies are controlling everything and, "it's not right." It's just mass production. The chickens have now built up a resistance to the antibiotics put in their food which means they are able to get sick easier. Because the farmers have debt, these companies are able to keep the farmers under their thumb. It costs a lot to build one chicken house, and the company keeps coming back and demanding upgrades or else the farms will loose a contract.
The article describe Monsanto as a monopoly selling power. The prices for seeds have risen 146% since 1999. The company was finally taken to court in Iowa after all the damages it cause. During the hearing one person said that he had no choice but to buy the seems from Monsanto. Some other farmers brought up the issue of the threats Monsanto was making if it's seed was planted without a license. The meat farmers also have to be careful because many of the big companies are merging together. If the farmer is not happy with the low price the large companies offer them then these farmers are out of luck and can rarely find higher prices for their goods. As consumers we should see the prices of food going up while farm prices go down rather than vice versa.
This website is great at providing information about what is really in our foods. On the front page it talks about a food many of us will find in our cupboards, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. It talks about the harm in the cereal and what we can do to make a change, which is to write a letter stating dislike for the product's harmful ingredients. This web page gives ways we, as consumers, are able to make a difference and have healthier products to consume.
|mlstauff||Make up||0||Dec 6 2010, 6:24 PM EST by mlstauff|
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Monsanto is destroying farmers. It is not something that is just affecting us in America, it is happening all over the world. Holding seeds back is against the law and farmers are being put into debt because they have to repay the seeds every year. They are not allowed to hold seeds back which is what farmers always did in the past. Farmers in India are killing themselves because they can't take care of their farms anymore, this is so sad and needs to be more broadcasted in America and in the World so that we can get this issue under control.
This is a very short article but it makes it real. This farmer not only took his life but took his cows lives as well. Farmers are so stressed out that they can not function correctly and in the end they truly believe that life would be better if they were dead. America and the world are making peoples lives so difficult that they must go to extremes, if we kept the way farming use to be we wouldnt have the problems we have today.
This is a video of a man talking about all the problem with GMO. He has very good points throughout his talk. He states how the government is changing the ways of life and the seeds farmers can use. Monsanto is corrupting our world. People do not realize what is truly being put into these seeds that will later show up in our lives. Long term studies need to be done on the affects of these genetically modified seeds can do to humans. Seeds that blow into farmers lands Monsanto is still saying that farmers owe that back to them. Everything is different today. He states how the government isn't involved and we need to figure out a solution for these problems.http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/Home/index.cfm is the website that he refers to that also have many articles as well
|Britt44||absence||0||Nov 28 2010, 9:37 PM EST by Britt44|
Thread started: Nov 28 2010, 9:37 PM EST Watch
I think another interesting factor to bring into this lecture would be the results of that move "Supersize Me." The power that fast food brings to our country has a huge influence on our growing obesity and diabetes rates. Also, the high cholesterol, blood pressure and heart issues that come with fast food is important to continue as well. If people thought about "we are what we eat" more, they might be more willing to understand why these rates are increasing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Lkyb6SU5U
|TravisPicolet||absence||0||Nov 15 2010, 10:28 PM EST by TravisPicolet|
Thread started: Nov 15 2010, 10:28 PM EST Watch
When in doubt, I turn to YouTube. And it paid of this time! By actually listening to Wallerstein (he’s really good at explaining things in fairly simple terms), I was able to understand the whole World Systems Theory a lot better.
A video with Wallerstein talking about the end of capitalism.
An interview on Russian TV with Wallerstein. He talks about the fall of the American hegemony and the potential of new poles of power. Although it’s a crazy idea to think of America not being the power point in the world, it makes sense. All hegemonies rise and fall. Roman Empire. Spanish and Portugese Empires. Dutch East Indies. British Empire. These world powers rise to great powers and then fall off the map pretty fast. They don’t go into obscurity. They stay fairly wealthy, they just aren’t the star players in the global market.
|layman||Hey guys!||0||Nov 13 2010, 1:01 PM EST by layman|
Thread started: Nov 13 2010, 1:01 PM EST Watch
I really like the "revolutionary" thinking of this group! Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Technically speaking, you will not need to colonize for survival. However, just like in the real world, if you want to be able to have cool stuff (and let's face it, who doesn't want a fruitloop necklace?), you're going to have to work with people who have those resources. You may be able to engage in peaceful trade, but of course, if they don't know how valuable their resources are, then it'll work out much better for you.
That said, it's totally up to you where you guys take it. But remember that the Iberians, as colonizers, colonized for a reason. Try to understand what that reason might be with respect to the situation they were in around this time period.
Additionally, it might be helpful to brainstorm some basic rules of conduct (e.g. proxemics, who does the speaking with other cultures, etc.), and anything fun or interesting you guys might want to do to otherwise represent your culture (I think Australia's bringing a didgeridoo, for example).
If you guys have any cool ideas about any and everything worldsim, here would be the place to discuss them!
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|KathrynGayle||Sources||0||Nov 11 2010, 12:10 PM EST by KathrynGayle|
|IanHuyett||Decisions.||0||Nov 10 2010, 8:36 PM EST by IanHuyett|
Thread started: Nov 10 2010, 8:36 PM EST Watch
How do you think we should conduct ourselves in the world?
As Iberians, we've been colonized by the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors. We've also watched all four empires collapse because, in their hunger for power, they overextended. We should know better than anyone the dangers of imperialism. As students, we know that colonial powers in past simulations ended up paying for their mistakes. So let's not make the same mistakes.
It doesn't sounds like we'll really need to trade at all, but if we do happen to trade, it can't hurt. We can focus on self-defense and finding hidden cards until we see an opportunity to act and change the course of the simulation.
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|Britt44||absence||0||Nov 9 2010, 9:11 AM EST by Britt44|
Thread started: Nov 9 2010, 9:11 AM EST Watch
While researching the information from today's lecture, I found a website that gave a great detailed explanation of Wallerstein's World System Theory Model. This website is very informative and helped me to better understand what this model is, how it works and also gives examples that help the reader better understand as well.
When researching colonialism, I found this very interesting because I had never focused on different countries and when they became colonized because in school, the main focus had always been when Europeans came to America and encountered Native Americans. This website gave dates of when other areas of the world became colonized.
|aerwin2010||Music and identity||0||Nov 6 2010, 4:35 PM EDT by aerwin2010|
Thread started: Nov 6 2010, 4:35 PM EDT Watch
Art and especiialy music really is a big part of who we are individually as well as a country. The video that talked about a song being a map and direction-finder and if you know the song, you can find your way around the world is true on so many levels. Music guides us throughout our lives, whether in a positive way or a negative way. Eminem is seen as an outcast and parents (including my own) often don't allow their children to listen to his music because of his crude lyrics and harsh language, but if you look into Eminem's background and really listen to the meaning of his songs, he makes good points and life lessons that everyone should know about. Eminem has been through it all, from drugs, to abuse, to jail, to being an adoring father and husband to an ancoholic wife. Now honestly, if you went through those same things I'm sure your lyrics might be a little crude also. His music is real, its more than just a good beat that people will dance to. It has a meaning and it comes from his heart, which I think is what makes him such a great artist. The majority of his songs deal with the life he's lived and the struggles he's faced. One of my favorite songs ever is Mockingbird by Eminem where he talks about all the things he's faced, like dealing with his wifes drinking and jail time, getting robbed, being broke, being away from his kids so much because of his job, and through it all - all he wanted to do was make a better life for his girls and he was doing all he could to be a good father to them. That shows his identity and has an actual meaning, unlike most rap songs. Music also is a strong way to connect people. Whenver you first meet a person, "what kind of music do you listen to?" seems to be one of the first questions that pops up. People who listen to the same types of music often have similar histories, believes, and outlooks on the world which brings them closer together.
|mawlynnaisajem||about sajem||0||Nov 5 2010, 12:50 PM EDT by mawlynnaisajem|
|bdunlap||Religion and culture||0||Nov 3 2010, 1:44 AM EDT by bdunlap|
Thread started: Nov 3 2010, 1:44 AM EDT Watch
I found an interesting video that talks about the idea of religion coming out of culture and how religion and culture interact. He talks about how religion comes from the idea of group selection and how being a part of a specific religion can be advantageous in many ways. Here is the website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onZqhiv__7I.
|Britt44||Absence||0||Nov 2 2010, 11:43 PM EDT by Britt44|
Thread started: Nov 2 2010, 11:43 PM EDT Watch
When reading through the notes of lecture from last Wednesday, I really had little knowledge of what the differences between the bands, tribes chiefdoms and states were. I've heard of each of them, but wasn't sure how to distinguish between them. I found a link that helped describe them and also give examples of each. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/12144/an_anthropological_view_of_bands_tribes.html?cat=37
Another site I found which helps differentiate between the 4 different systems is the following: http://www.mesacc.edu/dept/d10/asb/anthro2003/glues/societyintro.html
This site was helpful in giving more detail about each of them.
|mlstauff||Make up||0||Nov 2 2010, 8:27 PM EDT by mlstauff|
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This link gives a powerpoint that goes into depth of the different aspects of political organization. It gives the definitions of bands and tribes and talks about the uncentralized and centralized. I believe this is good facts about the topics we had talked about in class.
here is another article discussing the relationship between bands, tribes, chiefdom and states. It also talks about the social organization and how that works.
Here is a video of the Kansas: Cheyenne Tribe Anthem, it shows pictures while it sings the song. Gives a great visual of their lives and the impact they went through.
|mlstauff||make up||0||Oct 24 2010, 10:48 PM EDT by mlstauff|
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This video shows the way in which the caste system order is. It helps to show with pictures the different levels of each member of society.
This video shows the way untouchables were seen. The things they went through and what people thought of them. It shows their lifesytles and the way they had to live because of the way people treated them. They were seen as the very bottom of the caste system. This video shows just how badly they are treated and how people do not give them any respect.
|sbeebe||Beauty, Family, and Household Make-Up||0||Oct 19 2010, 1:13 PM EDT by sbeebe|
Thread started: Oct 19 2010, 1:13 PM EDT Watch
Some people are resisting this media image of beauty, and trying to keep are values in the right place:
Average US Household size
Media False Images of Beauty
We put alot of emphises on flashy homes, and their layouts.
In Bostwana they live in a single hut, usually made of straw, or clay.
I saw a good quote in my roommates relationship book: "Marriage is falling in love with the same person over and over" This is a reinforcement of the Love marriage.
|sbeebe||Sex, Love, Marraige Make-Up||0||Oct 19 2010, 12:51 PM EDT by sbeebe|
Thread started: Oct 19 2010, 12:51 PM EDT Watch
American's can't get enough of the "Love Story"
American's are so wrapped up in the idea of romantic love, we made a "hallmark holiday" for it, seperate from its original meaning.
American's say you don't choose who you fall in love with, you just do. But then we place so many laws on whether or not your love can lead to marriage.
Sex and Love
To reassure ourselves that Romantic Love as we value it is true, we have linked it to science, to "prove" it is real
|jblasi2||sex love marriage||0||Oct 18 2010, 12:09 AM EDT by jblasi2|
Thread started: Oct 18 2010, 12:09 AM EDT Watch
16 and pregnant
Glamorizing teenage pregnancy
Viewpoints-John McCain and Ellen
<3 same sex marraige
This is a growing procedure being done among many people. This is very interesting because it has become more prominent and research has showed that there is more to it then just wanting a sex change. Check it out!
Forms of love/marriage/family
Monogamy-Relationships and monogamy
Religious rights can interfere with the law
|aubreyberke||sex, love, and marriage||0||Oct 12 2010, 8:20 PM EDT by aubreyberke|
Thread started: Oct 12 2010, 8:20 PM EDT Watch
I wasnt positive on how to post this youtube clip..but its about polyandry. http://media.www.easttennessean.com/media/storage/paper203/news/2003/09/25/Viewpoint/Society.More.Accepting.Of.Homosexual.Lifestyle-475160.shtml
an article that talks about how the world is becoming more accepting of homosexuality.
The above is an article i thought was pretty interesting on arranged marriages.