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This a gold coin used as currency in the Byzantine Empire. The rich used them as pendants to signfy their aristocratic status.


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This photo represents the actions of Islamic radicals. It is the public hanging of homosexuals made a “spectacle” by the villains behind it.

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This photo is of a terrorist holding the Quran. As many others do, he is blaming his actions on the Holy Book when really he is interpreting it out of context to suit his needs.

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statue.jpg This is a sculpture of a woman from the Italian Renaissance. The indicators that it is from the Italian Renissance are that its a statue of a woman and the Italian artists thought the human body was a superb subject to recreate. Also there are no signs of religion in this piece which suggests a secular theme and that was very common among the Italians.


Response to African Aid:
Without question, foreign aid is helping to cure Africa. Bono's TED speech was in support of sending aid to Africa, citing numerous reasons to invest both time and money into helping Africa. If vaccines and other medical necessities were brought into Africa, the death statistics that Bono shared would be greatly reduced. Those 6.5 thousand Africans dying from AIDS daily could all be saved with medical products available today in many countries, and the saving of lives can only be interpreted as helping Africa. As for Dambisa Moyo's argument of how aid is hurting Africa, it is practically ludicrous. His comparison of Africa to China is being taken totally out of perspective. As he said, China has worked very hard to get to their current status in the world, but it would be extremely difficult for Africa to mount a "comeback" with 6.5 thousand people dying daily from AIDS alone. Moyo also claims that the best way for people to aid Africa is to donate to Kiva, a foundation for African entrepreneurs. However, a continent in such a state as Africa cannot be saved by merely good businessmen and their enterprises. Even though Moyo noted that corruption is engulfing much of the donations given in African aid, he never assured that Kiva is a "secure" charity. Thus, the money being donated to Kiva may not even be going to the hopeful entrepreneurs who want to help Africa, but to crooked middle men who we are supposed to be avoiding. In spite of issues such as this, the lives being saved and the stability being created in African countries show that foreign aid is curing Africa.

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Past and Present Situations of Guinea:
As a country included in the "Bottom Billion" statistic, Guinea has the qualification of being one of the poorest countries in the world with over 50% of its 10.2 million population living on less than $1 per day. The reason for this poor economy is namely the government. A previous French colony, Guinea declared independence in 1958 and from then until the 1990's, it was governed by militaristic groups who used violence to gain power and basically turned the country to shambles through their poor leadership and corruption. In 1993, the first multiparty democratic election was held and the winner, Conte, abuses his powers and stays in office until 2008. Then military seizes the power and makes sure to instill a democracy, which they accomplished in 2010 with the election of Conde. However there is still question of the legitimacy of Conde's victory which leaves Guinea restless with protests. In its current state Guinea is a mess. With frightful occurrences such as an assassination attempt on Conde, and the uprisings that followed, in late 2011, Guinea cannot be considered stable in the least. The statistics in Guinea just add to their downfalls with a life expectancy of about 50 years and a GNI per capita of $400.

Future of Guinea:
On the bright side, Guinea has hit rock bottom both figuratively and literally. Figuratively through their involvement in the "Bottom Billion" and literally through their discovery of deposits of gold, diamonds, and especially bauxite. Guinea has approximately a whopping 50% of the world's bauxite, and thus it tops their list of exports. The discovery of these underground resources is fairly recent and should prove to be a benefactor to the "comeback" of Guinea. However, their problems outweigh their good attributes. They must face the problem of, first of all, creating a well organized and functioning government. Then this government must implement ideas to overcome the massive obstacle that over half the population lives below the poverty line. If they can accomplish these two key things, then Guinea will have the chance to resurrect itself, however that will not be for a long while.

Sources:
BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13442051
Global Issues In Context
http://find.galegroup.com/gic/docRetrieve.do?searchPageType=BasicSearchForm&inPS=true&prodId=GIC&userGroupName=cranbrook&docId=CP3208530066

Inspirational Happenings:
Guinea is not only home to humans but to animals as well, namely chimpanzees. The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) recognized this and leapt into action for humans and apes alike. They implemented an eco-friendly economic development program which helps the economy and people of Guinea and the environment that they must share with animals. JGI has began several eco-friendly business projects that will contribute greatly to the economy. They have provided a new way for people to make money through jobs that are great for the environment, like beekeeping. Along with introducing new agricultural methods to farmers, JGI has also funded 76 local, smaller businesses which tremendously help the environment and economy. While accomplishing all of this, JGI still makes sure to teach over 170 locals the importance of and how to manage their natural resources.

Source:
http://www.janegoodall.org/programs/guinea-eco-development-project-0

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Galileo was one of the most influential thinkers of not only the Enlightenment but of all time. His ideas and theories were groundbreaking in the 1500's and are still taught today. Without Galileo, much of the information in today's schooling would be different, starting with his discovery that the world is a sphere. His inventions are also used frequently, such as the telescope, microscope, thermometer, and the geometric compass. The microscope and telescope allow us to study things such as cells and stars which we never would have been able to truly comprehend without clearly viewing them. The thermometer is depended upon heavily and taken for granted in this day and age as well.

It is quite hard to find someone with the staggering technological accomplishments of Galileo today, but the best candidate would most likely be Dean Kamen. Most widely known for his creation of the segway, Dean Kamen is a present day technological mastermind who has invented hundreds of useful items. Some of his more notable ideas are vast improvements to the prosthetic arm, the wheelchair, and other medical gadgets. As for the prosthetic arm, Kamen and his development team created the most technologically advanced arm in the world with the power of 14 PC's. The arm is a marvel for its complex mechanics but simple controls. Kamen's wheelchair is simply remarkable and can change the lives of handicapped people everywhere- it can climb stairs. He developed the four wheeled wheelchair to actually scale staircases, and not ride elevators. With both men making outstanding inventions for the progress of humankind, Galileo and Kamen are alike in their efforts.



Industrial Revolution:
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Industrial wealth can serve a moral purpose, depending on who's wealth it is. The owner of the wealth could put his riches to good use and illuminate a moral purpose or squander them and cast the shadow of moral decrepitude. Thus Industrial wealth is extremely versatile and is transformed, for the best or worst, by its beholder. Andrew Carnegie realized this truth and sought to preach what one should do with his riches in The Gospel of Wealth. Carnegie presented three possible outlets for one's wealth but came to the conclusion that the best way was to administer one's wealth to public organizations to benefit the public while one is still living. However, if the possessor of the wealth decided to pass on his fortune to his family or the public after his death, he made the wrong choice and is now exploiting his wealth as a symbol of moral decrepitude. This is precisely what Friederich Engels talked about when describing the atrocious town of Manchester after being impacted by the industrial revolution. His depictions of dilapidated housing and other horrible conditions were a result of the somewhat "greed" of the wealthy few.


Bloomfield Hills vs Detroit:

Bloomfield Hills and Detroit seem to be almost opposites, as far as demographics, even though they are located right next to each other. For example the population of Bloomfield Hills is 86% white and 4% black while in Detroit, the population is 7% white and 82% black. This reversal of racial majority between to cities that are only miles apart is an unbelievable demographic. Also when you add the statistic that Detroit has a population of 713,777 and Bloomfield Hills only has 3,869 people, the previous percentiles are even crazier. With such a massive population, compared to that of Bloomfield Hills, that means that Detroit has a need for more jobs, however these jobs do not exist, leaving Detroit with a skyrocketing poverty rate of 67%. On the other hand, Bloomfield Hills' smaller population has statistics on the problems of poverty and unemployment which are much lower than those of Detroit. What truly accounts for these drastic contrasts between Bloomfield Hills and Detroit is the population. With a smaller population, Bloomfield Hills has more of a handle on it's poverty rates and etc while Detroit's giant population doesn't allow for such control.

Detroit
  • 713,777 people
  • 67% poverty rate
  • 5,144 people per sq mi
Bloomfield Hills
  • 3,896 people
  • 779 people per sq mi
  • 12% unemployment rate

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Social Darwinism:

The theory that those who are best suited to thrive, with natural selection and minimal governmental interference, will do so.sd.gif

I believe that Obama is correct in calling the Republicans want to slash social programs Social Darwinism. This is because the Republicans are helping the rich with tax cuts, and hurting the poor with the ending of social programs. This is actually more of a skewed form of Social Darwinism because even though the government's role in people's lives would diminish in the poor, it wouldn't diminish in the rich, because they get tax cuts. Thus it would create a form of natural selection, propelled by the government's rewarding of the rich, and "neglect" of the poo




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World War I was indeed a gruesome war due to the techonolgy of the time and the fighting tactics. The weapons included poison gas which proved to be very powerful, and forced the military to caryy gas masks with them at all times on the frontlines. The tank was also a new weapon that changed the war. However, the thing that WWI is really known for is that it involved trench warfare. This style of warfare caused great anguish for the soldiers because of the lengthy stalemates, and the fact that, being a trench, water would flow into it, forcing the soldiers to stand in high water while waiting in the trench.

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This is an Australian propaganda poster convincing the population of Australia to be more active in their support of the Allies. It shows different types of people, of different ages and classes, working to support the war effort. What this propaganda poster is advertising is fairly accurate because during the war, the governments would strongly encourage everyone who was not out fighting, to help some how. For example, women worked in factories and people ate less wheat so that there was more for the soldiers. Overall I think that this is a great propaganda poster because it instills its audience with pride, and it also doesn't contain any lies like many propaganda posters do.


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2. The house I group up in was in the suburbs in Bloomfield Hills and rather large considering its only my parents and I living there. It was a contemporary style house made of brick and wood.
3. When I looked down my street I saw other houses my size and lots of trees and greenery.
4. My community in my neighborhood was not very close knit, meaning that people only really talked around the holidays, and there were very few children in my neighborhood.
5. In my community, I liked how nice people were when you did talk to them, but I didn't like that there were very few kids to play with on my street.
6. Only myself and my parents lived in our house, and as far as the homes around us, there were mostly middle-aged and elderly people, with children few and far between.


Ferndale:
http://ferndale.patch.com/articles/video-aj-s-music-cafe-says-goodbye-to-ferndale#video-9473992

Detroit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hhJ_49leBw

Bloomfield Hills:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCTVy7YkuI0

In the videos, it seems as though the cities are portrayed as better places, the farther away they are from Detroit, which was described as rock bottom. Ferndale is nicer than Detroit, because of its idealistic little "main street", however, Bloomfield Hills trumps it. Bloomfield Hills was described as one of the nicest places in the country, which far succeeds the reviews of Detroit and Ferndale.