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A Poem of Righteousness

Equality sought for throughout the world,

not communism but rather race and love,

an era of blood and conflict had unfurled,

where preference shouldn’t be considered as “above”,

The river of life goes on and on,

drowning some and stifling voices,

some could be saved, some could have lived,

if others had acted on their positive choices,

Their trains of thought regarded love,

in a different direction to others,

This pushed them down and into the dark,

estranging these sisters and brothers,
different orientations and different lusts,

the rights of humankind pushed aside,

violently ravaged and deprived of musts,

The desires of people utterly denied,

Vocal chords shot, place in life gone,

if equality came, all would rejoice,

for it is us, the youth’s responsibility,

to offer the voiceless their voice.

A Closer Historical Look at China

What are China and India? China and India are most likely some of the most glorious countries that our earth has ever seen. Combined, they carry around 40% of the entire world’s population. Despite the war-enraged past of China and the caste conflicts of India, both are successful today.

 

In 1976, a larger-than-life character of China and the Cold War named Mao Zedong passed away. His impact on China was immense. At a ripe age of 82 years old, he died as he had lived – basking in glory as China’s Communist Party Chairman. Less relevant Chinese rulers took his place, and eventually Deng Xiaoping came to power. According to the quote in the textbook, he said, “I don’t care if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.” Mice represents monetary success of the government. This shows he believed that money was a main goal for the government of a country to achieve. He single-handedly proliferated China’s economic growth and ignored the filth of the government. The program he put forth was called the Four Modernizations, and consisted of accentuating Agriculture, Industry, Defense, and Science (AIDS). Although the government was still communist, more capitalistic ideals surfaced. Communes were lessened and peasants were given land to farm by the government. They were managed by the people but parts of the crops were taken by the government. Foreign investing also increased greatly when businesses were set up and outside influence was accepted. Over time, China grew to resemble a capitalist society, with a growing wage gap between wealthier city-people and the workers of the land.

 

The outside influence as well as capitalist success began to build up. Chinese protestors from various backgrounds numbered around 100 million. They vied for democratic increase in China’s government. However, Deng was not just ready yet to release communism. As a huge collection of students and protestors met at Tiananmen Square, Beijing, the communist party struck down with their iron fist. Tanks and troops killed several thousands of people in a massacre. Whereas Deng’s priority was economy, this act showed that political control was not to be trifled with; political freedom would not be allowed.

 

The Communist government of China is one of the most glorious of the world. After Mao Zedong’s passing, Deng came to power and instated powerful economic significance enveloping China to around the world. The increase in trade and foreign partaking was huge, and some people began to lead luxurious lives.

 

Chan, John. “World Socialist Web Site.” Origins and consequences of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre – World Socialist Web Site. N.p., 04 June 2009. Web. 22 May 2017.

“Mao Zedong Dies.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 22 May 2017.

 

Jemmy’s Psychological Torture

Fourteen-year-old Jemmy is in a tough position. He has been trying to break into the kool group at school, and now one of the members of the koolies has invited him to a gala on Sunday. He truly wishes to go, but he has already offered to help his band group with an exercise for seventh graders that night. He understands that there will be drinking at the gala, and he promised his mamma that he’d never drink in high school. She has invested her trust in his minds and body thoroughly.

 

 

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Jemmy’s decision would theoretically be affected by several factors that appear in the cognitive theories of Piaget, Kohlberg, and Erikson. His age correlates with his decision, and being a sixteen year old, is venturing into the formal operational stage of Piaget’s steps. The authority that he sees in his life has influence on his moral standpoint of leaving. Jemmy’s formation identity also can depend on this choice.

Piaget believed that the youthful ages of an individual corresponded with their brain processes and progression of viewing the world. The child would begin to sense the environment around them and eventually develop the feature of logical thinking. Jemmy’s age of sixteen shows that he has completed Piaget’s proposal of concrete operational thinking. Jemmy is able to put himself in his mother’s shoes. If he can detect the dismay that would come if he were to betray his mother’s trust, then Jemmy would most likely avoid going to the party with the alcohol.

Kohlberg’s stages of morality reference the relationship that people have to authority in their lives. Again, Jemmy’s age comes into play, as he sees his mother as a figure of authority of whom he does not wish to lose the trust of. Trust is an extremely important part of Jemmy’s life, and keeping it is vital in the stage he is in: conventional morality. An irregularity would show that Kohlberg’s ideas could be false, but Jemmy would typically do the activity he was meant to do instead of risking his reputation and relationship with his maternal parent.

Erikson was extremely interested in the concept of identity crisis. He chose to use the term when a youthful person was stuck making a decision that would decide a major course in their life. Jemmy is most likely observing the choice he has to make in a manner that accentuated the negative portions of doing the wrong thing. In order to avoid tarnishing his identity by going and doing stereotypical high school activities, Jemmy will preserve his mother’s trust and avoid the risk. The identity crisis will be solved when he does not go.

Jemmy will not attend the party with the risk of drinking in order to preserve the relationship with his mother, the trust he has built with her, and the identity he wishes to keep. His age correlates with each meticulous step in the three different theories of psychologists and youth growth in the mind.

His psychological torture will be solved, as he will decide not to betray his maternal parent’s trust.

Australia

Anthony and I have valiently returned from the penal lands. We vanquished foes across the cities of Australia and played wonderful songs. These included Procession of the Nobles, Star Wars Marches, and even Daft Punk Medley. 

An extreme highlight of the trip was going out in the city and getting some cheeky Nando’s with the lads. The spicy zest of mango and lime upon our South African chicken elicited saliva from my hungry mouth. The meal was thorough in filling my belly as well as permitting my brain to ascend to a godlike momentum.

The GAOl

Ned Kelly was one of the most glorious Australian figures in prison history. We visited a gaol in which he was hanged.

Basically, this historic character donned a steel suit and shot down several cops before taking heavy damage to his arms and legs, which were unprotected by the metal. He revived in a medical office and spent time in a gaol cell before being sentenced to hang by his neck until death.

Anthony has donned his outfit in the picture above. One can notice that few bullets would penetrate the slits of his eyes.

The Whims and Fantasies of Australia

Next week (mid April of 2017), Anthony and I are venturing out of the United States of America into the great penal colony of the unknown: Australia. We will waltz into gold mines, chomping and tearing threw pieces of exotic jerky, no doubt as tasteful as any jerky could be.

I’m sure some pictures from our trip (as part of the world-revered MSJHS Marching Band) will make it onto this site. Look out, my fantastic fellows.

Here’s some info about Australia, for those who don’t know:

The British basically sent all of their bad guys to this land when America got cocky and denied them. It was known as a penal colony, and the people there were under the watchful eye of the British troops. As society started to build, the native Aborigines and eventually New Zealanders were cast aside and usually brutalized.

The country is now considered extremely swaggy, renowned for its wild beasts as well as wild people. We hope to pilfer some of their wondrous culture and return to the States more inspired than ever to push our blog forward.

Thanks for reading!

Punishment and Psychological Aspects

Corporal punishment is the act of flogging/other violence to be used on a child so as they would not repeat the deed to ‘deserve’ it again. An evolutionary perspective could view these drastic acts as proper – children who more regularly suffer from these attacks will survive in natural selection. They would be tougher and more adapted for survival/more prone to less damage taken by acts of corporal punishment.

In a social-cultural view, humans are considered as different beings. Some may react in a proper way to corporal punishment (doing what the dealer desires), some may tolerate it, and others may consider it as a childhood trauma. If only a collection of children suffer from this nefarious type of physical torture, they are more likely to feel traumatized in the future as they stand out from the others in their social community.

A Taste of History: Douglas MacArthur and the Bataan Death March

Hey, guys! I’m going to give you guys some information regarding events that took place during WWII that are occasionally looked over, as all historical events are, and need to be read.

In the mid-1900s, the Japanese were on a victorious streak. Their control extended over the immense collection of Philippine islands. The Japanese army forced the United States to surrender in the Bataan Peninsula; this led to the horrors of the Bataan Death March in 1942. The legendary Douglas MacArthur eventually led the American front in response to the Japanese aggression. The circumstances of American retaliation eventually directed to the downfall of Japan.

How did the Bataan March occur? The damaged forces of Filipinos and Americans were pushed to formal surrender after several days of the Japanese aggression. They instantly began to orchestrate the horrific event that occurred in the Philippines. The Bataan Death March was about 66 miles long and consisted of American and Filipino prisoners of war being led by the draconian Japanese. Horrid events similar to the ones that occurred in Nanking appeared during the march. There were more stabbings and harsh treatment than rape, although over twenty thousand people perished during the Death March. The importance of this is the horrific offenses aimed towards the Americans. When three troops managed to survive the ordeal, their story came out a year late. The terror spurred by Japanese actions began to become known to the entire USA.

Douglas MacArthur was an American war hero who famously declared, “I shall return” in regards to the Philippines and the American defeat. He served in several wars as a major leader and a high-ranking officer with command. MacArthur eventually clashed with President Truman when he exclaimed that he wanted to bomb communist China openly, leading to his forced resignation. Prior to this, he aided the occurrences within the Philippines. The Japanese had driven his forces out, forcing him and a small group to escape to Australia. He later conducted island-hopping through the Philippines and returned gallantly to defeat the Japanese troops with all the force of the pacific. Island-hopping was the strategic offensive tactic meant to recapture the islands in the area. Some were taken and others were skipped, or “hopped” over. The importance of MacArthur’s return is that, after a series of years, he lived up to his famous quote and “returned”. This inspired soldiers and pushed them into desiring victory even more. The offense permitted American forces to power through Japan’s forces. During this time, British forces also managed to get the upper hand over Japanese troops in areas such as Burma.

The conflict between the Americans and the Japanese within the Philippines and the Pacific led to the taking of islands and numerous casualties suffered by the forces. The tide turned in the favor of the Japanese at first, and eventually to the British and United States side. MacArthur took command of the forces at the Pacific and returned the islands to their former glory whilst pushing Japanese back and ultimately causing their surrender in that specific portion of the world.

 

“The Bataan Death March, 1942.” The Bataan Death March, 1942. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2017.

 

Dyess, Wm E., and Charles Leavelle. The Dyess story: commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Place of publication not identified: Publisher not identified, 1976. Print.

 

“Douglas MacArthur.” Douglas MacArthur. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2017.

 

TSA Qualifications

I, Shivang “Shibu” Shelat, have recently qualified for Nationals in the TSA (Technology Student Association) Songwriting Competition. I met with another student from Mission San Jose High School and we managed to grind out a beautiful piece, produced by him and written by my lithe, spindly fingers. We won second at States and are working hard to do well in Nationals.

 

More detailed information about TSA can be found on their website: http://www.tsaweb.org/.

 

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