Turn of the 20th & into WWI

What was life like?

  • most people lived on farms
  • no electricity
  • no refrigerators
  • telephones just coming into use
  • silent films
  • horses was the primary form of transportation

First airplane: Wright Brothers & flew for only seconds.

Inequalities existed (sexism, racism, etc)

Major changes & empowerment

Immigration, emigration, migration

Difference b/w capitalism & communism & pros and cons for each.

Liberalism vs Conservatism (communism & equality vs for the individual & tough love)

Countries become competitive and want to imperialize


Why do countries go to war?

  • land
  • power
  • resources
  • spread their culture
  • wealth
  • jealousy
  • greed
  • rivalries
  • to make allies
  • to help the persecuted people
  • take over governments
  • human rights
  • government oppression
  1. fear
  2. money
  3. resources
  4. land
  5. independence
  6. freedom
  7. power
  8. dominance
  9. revenge
  10. racial conflicts
  11. revenge
  12. religious conflicts
  13. rights
  14. terrorism

Four underlying causes of WWI (1914-1918)

  1. economic rivalry
  2. nationalism
  3. arms race
  4. alliance systems

Nationalism: intense feeling of loyalty

Leaders understood that economic strength was the true foundation of military and political power.

German & England in arms race and constantly trying to beat each other.

WWI characterized by guns, trenches, and gases.  WWII, bombs and tanks.


  • Triple Entente (French derivative)–France, Britain, Russia
  • Triple Alliance (Hitler and Mussolini)–Italy, Germany, Austria
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Current Events Recap

North/South Korea (Kim Jong Un)

Nuclear Threats

JFK anniversary (Cold War)

Gay Rights Ban in Sochi/Putin

US Cattle Deaths (100,000’s died)

More Gay Marriages in the States

Canadian Cancer Cure

Rob Ford

Hurricane Sandy

Boston Marathon

Nelson Mandela

Insane Amounts of Shootings

Kenya Mall Terrorist

SNOW–Insane Low Temps

Philippines Weather Crisis

Toronto Snow

More Universes


Zimmerman Case

Calgary Stampede

Pope Francis


Government Shut Down

Media Influences:

  • Miley Cyrus
  • Macklemore
  • Vine/Instavine
  • Wikileaks
  • North West/Blue Ivy
  • Naming Kids Twitter & Facebook
  • Beyonce’s New Unadvertised Album
  • Bound 2
  • Kardashians
  • Kate Middleton
  • Justin Bieber
  • Video Stores Closed
  • Ylvis 


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‘Atlas’ the Ant

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Very Short History of Photography

What did the first image ever look like? What was unique about the sun in this image?

Very blurry, black and white, 8 hours of exposure so there’s sun on both sides
-When was the first image in North America recorded?

-How long was the exposure time?

8 hours
-What does the word ‘exposure’ mean in this case?

The time it took to take the picture was lengthened over 8 hours.
-What does the word ‘sedate’ mean?

To, in a sense, immobilize them
-What was used to ‘sedate’ people so they could sit for long exposures?

neck braces and drugs
-What is a mobile dark room? What were they used for?

they were used to develop pictures and take pictures of people wherever.
-Who is credited with developing film and reducing exposure time? When was this?

1880’s–George Eastman created Eastman & Kodak
-When was the first hand held camera available?

-When was the first permanent colour image taken?

-What came about in the 1920′s… Why was is safer?

The invention of the first flash bulbs so you could take pictures in the dark. Prior to that, they had to use explosive magnesium powder and potassium chloride

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Conflict in the Middle East VC

1. What role, if any, do Western powers/International community have in maintaining peace/
promoting democracy in the Middle Eastern states?

We should care because they can attack us for our resources.  However, we need to focus on fixing ourselves prior to attempting to fix other countries on entirely different continents.  Often, our “help” encourages violence and sometimes is unwanted.

2. Has the Arab Spring been good or bad for the “everyday person” in the Middle East?

I believe that it would be good for the poorer majority in the Middle East to have the motivation to rise up for a positive change.  For those who are benefitting from the oppressive governments, I believe they would say the Arab Spring would be bad.

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NewCap Newscast

We had an assignment where we had to choose an object and produce a spontaneous news story involving said object. The object I chose was the bird and used the hats and such as props–but mainly just for fun.

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Justification of Violence Questions

1. Are there any scenarios in which violence is justified, and if so, where do you draw the line?

I believe that a certain amount of violence is justified.  I have learned that if your life is in danger, you are able to defend yourself to a certain point.  For example, if someone were to punch you in the gut, you can’t kill your attacker.  However, if said attacker were to come at you with a knife with full intentions to kill you, you can disarm and delay this attacker enough to escape and seek legal help.  Although, I have also learned in Christian Ethics that it is never acceptable to do bad to bring out good.

If I were to have to choose between violence being justified or not, I would say it would be justified.  I just can’t completely see anything happening without a certain amount of controlled violence.

2. Is there a difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist?

Whoever is classified under either freedom fighters or terrorists, they all believe they are freedom fighters.  They believe they are bringing about a positive change and believe that they are doing good.  However, freedom fighters don’t turn to violence right away.  Terrorists are violent and are going against God, basically, whereas freedom fighters are fighting nonviolently for

3.  How does the internet, and other new technology and communication tools, affect the ability of groups to organize violent or nonviolent resistance?

Social networking and the Internet help broadcast messages to the world.  Anyone with any form of technology can access social networks such as Twitter or Facebook. They can increase their followers as well with their Tweets and/or posts.  The more public a group is, the more support they will have and therefore they will increase their chances for success.  The Internet and specifically social media is the primary way to accomplish this.

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Lloydminster Petting Zoo/Pilgrim Zoo

We went to the Lloydminster Petting Zoo today and our assignment was to create a newscast that we had to relate back to the book, Fix Me by Rune Michaels.  My partner was the lovely Desarai Drechsler and I hope you enjoy our slightly comedic news story 🙂


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Slavery in 1860–Social 20

Today in Social, we learned a short bit about slavery and specifically in the United States of America.  After further research on population, I found the following:
Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 12.04.55 PMThis chart shows that there was approximately 1.2 billion people in the world in 1860.  In 1860, there were 4 million slaves in the United States alone.  That is 0.33% of the world’s population.  In 1860, the United States’ population was about 31,000,000.  That means that 12.9% of US citizens were slaves.  WHAT.

As all African Americans were slaves, the African American population was 12.9%. In 2012, the African American population was 12.2% of 313.9 million US citizens.


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Canadian Immigration Test

Citizenship Test

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