Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Thursday, January 16. 2014

The schedule for the day is D-AG-C-B-A

D Block Law 12 - Today we'll begin watching the black comedy of The War of the Roses, based on a book by Warren Adler. From the "All Movie Guide" by Hal Erickson:

The War of the Roses can best be described as a slapstick tragedy concerning the decline and literal fall of a marriage. After 17 years, Oliver and Barbara Rose want a divorce. Not for this couple is there anything resembling a "civilized understanding": Barbara wants their opulent house, and Oliver isn't about to part with the domicile. Barbara nails the basement door shut while Oliver is downstairs, Oliver disrupts Barbara's fancy party by taking aim at the catered dinner, Barbara lays waste to Oliver's sports car....and so it goes, culminating in a disastrous showdown around, about and under the living room's fancy chandelier.

We will watch this movie today and next Monday in class.

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we'll finish watching the DVD "Mothers Who Kill" which deals with Susan Smith, Andrea Yates and Marylin Lemack. I really appreciate the converstaion we had about Andrea Yates yesterday. I'll be intrigued to see how you feel about both Susan Smith and Marylin Lemack today. After that we'll watch "Deadly Women" which deals with Diane Downs and we'll try to make sense of the women we've taken a look at.

B Block Social Studies 10 - From Tuesday...Today we'll continue with the glossary of economic terms (NOTE: it is due tomorrow) and then we'll look at the key points and important information about the following British Columbian industries:
  1. Forestry
  2. Fisheries
  3. Agriculture
  4. Mining
  5. Tourism
  6. Other (human and health services or film & television production and technology)
For each industry we'll look for the following data:
  1. An overview of extraction/production methods (what is taken or produced and how it is done)
  2. An overview of the impact on the economy of the province (how much money is made, how many people are employed, where in the province it is done, where the product is sold)
  3. An explanation of the issues associated with the industry (social, environmental, economic concerns).
  4. A job futures explanation (sunrise/sunset, rising/falling, etc...)

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll finish the DVD Scammed in class and then talk about corporate crime. 419 scams are called so because the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code that makes it illegal to obtain money under false pretences is section 419. Millions of Americans and Europeans are being targeted by scammers from Nigeria with very few being arrested or suffering any consequences.

419 is a modern day version of the 1500's Spanish Prisoner con when after the English defeated the Spanish armada in 1588-89, there were still a lot of English sailors who didn’t make it home. Letters began arriving to wealthy English families using the same idea, "if you can give me a small amount of money, then I can free this English prisoner.” In the same way then as today, the con man keeps squeezing more money and eventually begins threatening the victim. Canadian author Will Ferguson received the Giller Prize this year for his book 419 - the tale of an email scam and a woman who sets out on a wide-ranging search for those she believes responsible for her father's death.

Top Scams of 2012 (Global TV Calgary)

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