Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friday, November 17. 2017

Today's schedule is A-B-C-D

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Good job on the test yesterday family! Remember that week 10 work and the Medicine Hat topographic map? You'll have some time to work on that and then...Today....Oh today we start with weather, the best topic ever! I'll have you brainstorm a list of things you know (or think you know) about weather and then I'll try to answer questions you've always wanted answered about the topic. I'm so excited to be starting weather! Hail, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes are four on "the list" get ready, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

C Block Human Geography 11 - Good job on the test yesterday family! You have the block to work on your Week 10 package section key question "Why Do Territorial Conflicts Arise Among Religious Groups"? Even though almost all religions preach a doctrine of peace and love, religion has been at the center of conflicts throughout history. Conflict is horribly complex and cannot be easily bundled up in a simple explanation of "land" or "culture" or  "resources" or "religion", so keep this in mind when trying to answer this week's Big Thinking Question:

Explain why religious conflicts occur. Is it only that religious ideologies disagree, or is geography involved? How do you think religious conflicts can be resolved? 

Use the following to help:

D Block Criminology 12 - Okay so let's wrap this up. Last week we looked at gangs. From Foreign Policy:
Drugs are just the tip of the iceberg. In the popular U.S. television series Breaking Bad, about a high school teacher turned methamphetamine kingpin, there was an instructive exchange. When the show's antihero, Walter White, was asked whether he "was in the meth business or the money business," he replied, "I'm in the empire business." The same can be said of the DTOs (Drug Trafficking Organizations), which are independent and competing entities. The sale of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and meth remains extremely profitable. The U.S. Justice Department has put the cartels' U.S. drug trade at $39 billion annually. But the DTOs have diversified their business considerably, both to increase their profits and to exclude rivals from new sources of revenue. For example, they are dealing increasingly in pirated intellectual property, like counterfeit software, CDs, and DVDs. The most destructive new "product," however, is people. The cartels have built a multi billion-dollar business in human trafficking, including the shipment of both illegal immigrants and sex workers.

So to curb the power of cartels or gangs should we take some radical action? Should we cut off their source of income (like drugs and sex trade workers)? Here are two questions for you to answer:

  1. Should drugs be legalized? Why? If you believe drugs should be legalized, think about whether all drugs should be legalized or just a select few. Why should certain drugs be legalized and others not? 
  2. Should prostitution be legalized? Why? If you believe it should be legalized, should all the forms of prostitution described in your text be legalized, or only a select few? If prostitution were legalized should government be able to exercise some control over it? 
Use Chapters 12 & 13 of the CRIM text to help along with yesterday's blog to help.

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