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Does globalization help or hurt the world? 6-8-2017

A cool dude participating in globalization.

Globalization helps the world for many reasons. It also helps the overall state of the world as a whole. An example of this is that it allows many things that would not usually be possible to be produced in one country or state to be made. This is done by combining the resources of many countries, and it would make goods cheaper. It is because a resource that would be rare in one place could be found easily in another place, making the goods easier to produce. Another one of the many examples of this is that it gives people who are in poverty jobs. They may not be great, high paying jobs, but a low paying job is better than no job at all. For example, many people in all parts of the world work in a factory of some sort. This way, people who used to spend their days walking through landfills, looking for food and clothes, would at least be able to get some money. Many people are able to save money, and pay away their debts slowly. Even a small first step is progress. Many people are all better off because of globalization.

Is it worth the risk to climb Mount Everest? 6-2-2017

A climber falling off Mount Everest with his faithful companions.

I don’t think climbing Mount Everest is worth the risk. At 29,035 feet altitude, it is the highest elevation place in the entire world. This elevation is bad for the human body, because it is used to the air pressure at sea level. A climber could get some serious future problems by attempting to climb Mount Everest. Four in a hundred people who climb Mount Everest die on that mountain, and are unable to be recovered, their loved ones never seeing them again. The weather is another problem. It is generally unpredictable, changing erratically. Sixteen sherpas (who are natives) died when they were trying to bring supplies to a camp. If a trained person who has been training and climbing the mountain since childhood could die here, then I don’t think the chances of normal person surviving are too good. When a climber climbs high enough, they will reach the death zone of Everest, where there is barely enough air to sustain a human. The air pressure has killed many climbers. Also high up, climbers will have to navigate to a part of the mountain like a knife edge, where a single slip could send you flying down thousands of feet. It is not worth it, and too dangerous. I think no one should climb it, unless you have a death wish.

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How does having a valuable resource affect a region? 5-5-2017

A happy oil digger and his drill.

Having lots of oil and natural gas affects Southeast Asia in a bad way. Using lots of it has made Southeast Asia more polluted, as a result of having oil. This is making lots of animals die, because the pollution is killing them. The climate change is getting worse. For example, the Egyptian Tortoise is very vulnerable to climate change, and the smallest changes can kill it. It is almost extinct now. It also created a lot of conflict between all the countries competing for oil. The states in Southeast Asia even had a war a short while ago, all fighting for oil. It was called the Persian Gulf war. This could lead to even more conflict, and one day, these states could destroy each other while fighting for more oil and get richer. Oil is also an nonrenewable resource, and the oil reserves will disappear one day. When it does, we will have no plan. This resource has made many states in this region greedy, and it is not good.

How do people adapt to living in a desert region? 4-11-17

A herder with his herd in the desert.

There are many different ways how people adapt to the desert. For example, some people will be nomadic herders. This way, they could shift agriculture, which would slow down desertification. But this means they will have to move around a lot. Other people will farm at an oasis. The people who grow cash crops, which are crops that make more money, will be able to feed their families because of the money they earn. Other people are subsistence farmers. They grow just enough to feed their own. The ways that you can adapt to the desert are actually quite plentiful, but you just have to know where to look. The ones stated here are only a small fraction of the ways.

What forces work for or against supranational cooperation among nations? 3-6-2017

Cooperation is key!

Within supranational cooperation, there are often centrifugal forces that divide nations. The western part of Europe is wealthier than the east part, so the EU attempts to even it out by spending large amounts of money on projects. The western part of Europe complains about so much of their money being spent outside their country. Sometimes when a country doesn’t agree with a decision made by the EU, the country decides to make a separate decision, and wants to keep their independence. This divides said country from the EU a bit, causing tension on the bond shared by the EU and the country. In order to join the EU, you have to give up some of your independence. The countries like keeping some of it, so this divides the EU. The EU is divided by many things, like culture, language, and desire for keeping their independence.

What do you think is the most effective style of government and why? 2-7-17

This guy is the king of Joeyland!

Constitutional monarchy is the most effective form of government. If the monarch maintains a good relationship with their citizens, then there won't be revolts or anything. If all goes awry, the citizens can force the monarch to stop. For example, they forced King John to make the Magna Carta. That means as long as the country has a constitution, then the government will be limited. Monarchs can be more responsible to make decisions, and a parliament can keep them in check, and they can’t abuse the rights of citizens because of the constitution. The government would be limited. It is better than dictatorship because the citizens would revolt, and is the best autocracy.

What makes a good citizen?

A good citizen. This guy spent his weekend doing community service.

A good citizen has certain rights and responsibilities. An example of a right is freedom of speech. A person would be able to say whatever they wanted, no matter what it was. An example of a responsibility is not abusing freedom of speech. They wouldn’t say something that would hurt someone else. Although the person doesn’t have to follow their responsibilities, citizens are expected to. To be a citizen, one would have to have a place to live, and would have to speak the language of their continent.

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