mandag 14. januar 2019

Trumps wall of fear

Crisis for the U.S government

There has been a shutdown in the government for over three weeks now. It makes it the longest shutdown in all of time for the United States. The reason for the shutdown is that Trump wants to build a wall, which he does not have enough money for. He wanted to take money from other budgets, like the military to build the wall. 

The wall

Trumps "wall of fear" is a wall that is planned to be stretching from the pacific side of America, stretching alongside the border between Mexico and the U.S. The total cost of the wall is said to be an approximately five billion dollars. Then you might ask yourself, why does Trump want to build a wall that expensive, and with it shut down the government? The reason why is that he thinks it is important to keep the human smugglers and drugs away from the U.S. There is also a migration crisis happening which is a so called caravan of people from the central America. The migrants goal is to reach the U.S, which Trump really wants to prevent. He thinks they will bring violence and crime with them.Therefore he wants to build a wall separating Mexico from the U.S. When he first became president, he promised that Mexico was going to pay for the wall, but that obviously did not happen. Because of this the government is shut down, and many people live in fear. You can compare the great wall of fear with Brexit, because both of them is attempts to make their own countries better by isolating theirself from everyone else. They both think they will be better without cooperating with others.

Consequences of the government shutdown

When the government was shut down, Trump took responsibility for it. An approximate of 800 000 people is not being payed for the work they do, and even more people are not working at all. They can't pay their bills, and have to conserve their money. They can't buy new accessories, and have to get loans to survive. Other smaller consequences are children going to school not being provided meals at school, and firefighters, people working at the airports are not being paid even though they have to work. It's said that the costs of the shutdown has already reached up into the billions. Which means that Trump may soon be able to build his wall. People are desperate to come to an agreement.

mandag 3. desember 2018

The short story "A day's wait"

Hemingway's writing style makes this specific short story interesting. It starts in medias res (which means that it starts in the middle of the plot). This makes the reader interested and engaged in the short story. The plot also fits well with the title because he had to wait a day for nothing. It seems to me like Hemingway's choice of words is something he thought of while he was writing, but at the same time it might come natural to him to be writing like he does. 

In the story the main characters is the father and the boy, which we see the story from the fathers perspective, because he is written in first person, while the boy in second person. The boy got a fever, and thought he was going to die, and because of the misunderstanding he suffered in silence for a whole day. That is an great example of people wasting their lives on suffering for no good reason. This story is fiction, but its a fact that this happens in the world right now. This is where fact becomes fiction. People suffer in silence every day, without even us knowing it. We have to stop wasting our lives on suffering in silence, and instead express ourselves to the world. 

The iceberg theory

According to the website called, Hemingway's writing style is defined by the iceberg theory. The theory goes like this:

"The Iceberg Theory is the writing style of American writer Ernest Hemingway. Influenced by his journalistic career, Hemingway contendedt that by omitting superfluous and extraneous matter, writing becomes more interesting".

The theory explains well how he writes and concludes with something I personally can agree with.

Bilderesultat for "Hemingway's house"

Is it brave to suffer in silence?

To suffer in silence is one of the worst things that a person can choosse to do. It means that you suffer without expressing it in any way. The pain gets locked in yourself, and nobody can help you, because noone knows whats up with you. Most human beings probably needs support from other human beings. We are here to help people feel better, and it would be hard to help someone who doesn't express their feelings. So its indeed not brave to suffer in silence, express your feelings instead.

mandag 12. november 2018

Three topics to write about

Edward Snowden

The name above belongs to a man who is a whistleblower. More specific he was an IT-genius, born in 1983. He once told the world about what the NSA (National Security Agent) was doing. After this, he had to leave the U.S and is now living in Russia.

The South African miner's protest

When miners went on strike in 2014, their income was raised by a little more than a pound a day. Some years after, their income is still the same, and the conditions in the mines have changed significantly.  

The standing rock in North-Dakota

In autumn 2016, some Native Americans protested against the "North Dakota Pipeline". They were afraid they would not get clean water because of this problem. The consequences of them not having clean water could be brutal. After this the NDP respected them and did not build pipes. It's today known by the hastag #NODAPL. The pipeline was going to be over 1000 miles long, stretching from the Northern states to Mississippi.

How to be a good citizen

In this blogpost I will be writing down my opinions on how ways of being a good citizen.

The number one most important way of being a good citizen is to have a goal in life that will help the world. It could be anything, as long as it only is good. It could be for example fighting for a better government, or doing a job. Anything, because just being part of the community around you makes you a better citizen. Some other important things to do is to help people who need help. even if you do not know the person your helping. It could be helping in any way, like changing their tire or even just having a talk with the person making their day a little better.

Leonardo DiCaprio

A great example of a good citizen is Leonardo di Caprio. He made many people rethink how they act in their normal day because he fought for climate change. People that have watched his documentary probably got strong feelings about it, and might change the way they live. What he accomplished is great, because he helps the world becoming a better place by making people aware of what is happening to the earth. 


Its even just these small thing that people barely even notice that can make a big change. Like doing volunteering, it could even be any kind of volunteering. That includes helping people for free, which is a great thing to do. That makes you a better citizen, by being a part of the society.  

mandag 5. november 2018

Before the flood documentary

Thoughts about the documentary

I think that the documentary is a documentary that covers all the important parts of the global warming theme. Something else that is a good side of the documentary is that it convinces people to believe in global warming. I myself believe and I'm almost 100% sure that global warming is a thing, after everything I have heard. The main person in the documentary (Leonardo di Caprio) was an exelent speaker and probably convinced a lot of people to believe that climate change is a thing.

The thing that actually makes me really angry is that there are still some people that refuse to open their eyes for global warming. Even after everything they have heard, they refuse to believe in it for some weird, egoistic reasons. Lets look at Trump for example. He refuses to believe in global warming, in order for him to get enough votes so he can become president. That is so selfish and egoistic to use the health of the earth for his own good. 

You may think what you want, I don't care but I and many other people ask you to do something about climate change. Even the smallest thing would help. Like eat chincken instead of beef. If everyone would do that, most of the problems would be fixed! Something else that is way important, that many people probably dont even think about is throwing trash into the nature! Please dont, everything that gets thrown in the nature will eventually end up in the ocean! And then after many years end up (by water flows) end up in the great island of micro plastic in the north pacific ocean. So next time you buy a gum, and cant manage to spot a trash can in less than five seconds, please dont thow it by purpose into the nature, its just not good. 

Thanks im out.

tirsdag 30. oktober 2018

The IT/Business Project

The project

For a little period now at school, we started a project that we were going to spend a lot of time on. The project was to come up with good ideas and solutions to how shopping malls were going to survive and still be used a lot by people. What is meant by "survive" is that many shopping malls, especially in the U.S have been abandoned the past few years. This happens because a lot of people do not go shopping physically anymore, but goes shopping online. The shopping mall we were going to help was Sandvika Storsenter. 

The process

We decided to work together as a team from the start of the project. There were different tasks for us to do and come up with a solution to. First, all of us brainstormed on how to make people want to go shopping. We decided to write it down in a document that everyone could edit and cooperate in at the same time. It is called google docs, which is basically microsoft word, but online. We started writing down our ideas and eventually, we had 3000 words in our document. But since it was supposed to be like that the text would get to the point immediately and no bullshit and own unnecessary words. After some more hard work, we managed to make a great text that included all of our ideas. We reworded everything so that the text became nice and smooth, and answered all of the tasks in a good way. When we finished the text we decided to divide our group in half. The business people was going to find new solutions and ideas, while the IT guys were working on a complex adobe Xd project (which is a designer program). We made our prototype model first. The main goal for the model was to come with suggestions on how to make the Sanvika Storsenter website better. This was because we saw some potential to make the website better, and we saw that many of the competitor shopping malls had better and smoother websites. We spent a lot of time on that project, and in the end, it paid of. It became a great model of how the website could look to make it smoother. 

In the end of the project, we are going to be practicing how to in the best way possible present this for the Sandvika Storsenter. We all agree on what parts of the project each one of us is going to present, so we are ready for when the time comes.

Made by: Karoline S, Herman, Tom-Vegar, Alexander & Niklas

mandag 15. oktober 2018

The movie we watched in class

The importance of working together as a team

In the movie we just watched we saw four boys working on making a robot together that could do specific tasks underwater. The boys worked for a long time on the making of the robot, and in the end, it paid off. They won the competition, and that was all because of that they worked together as a team. In the competition, they all knew what they needed to do.

What surprised me on the list

What surprised me the most in the list was that Christian didn't get bullied, he seemed like the one that would be bullied. But it might be that he did not act the exact same way in the movie that he did in the real world, so it does also make sense.

The different teams had different access to materials

The fact that the different schools had different limits on how big budget they had for the robot, some of them did not have as good assumptions. For example, the MIT team had a budget on 18 000+ dollars while the Carl Hayden school had a budget on 800- dollars. So they had to use cheaper materials and think harder on solutions for how to build a cheap but working robot. That way they were more clever than any other team, not only did they win, but they managed to win with a budget robot.

Where can robots be useful today?

Robots can be useful in places where humans physically do the job as fast or good. The robots are, for example useful in markets, storage rooms, like in amazons storage. A place where they already use some robots is in hospitals. And last but not least where the job is too dangerous for humans, robots might be an excellent solution.

How has the situation changed for immigrants in the US

For many years, immigrants in the US has not been welcome. But when Barack Obama became president, conditions changed. He made it so that immigrants that were young in the US could under special conditions stay in the US. He invented this:  Deferred Action  for Childhood Arrivals. But when trump became president, unfortunately he decided to end it right after it was invented. Here you see something Berni Sanders said (Seen on the picture):

President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm — and fulfill one of the president’s core campaign promises. Source: politico

mandag 8. oktober 2018

My reading of The absolute story true diary of a part-time Indian.


I think that the main theme in the book is Friendship, love, and decisions.
In the book about a part-time Indian, the main character in the book was an Indian boy that was different. He also had a brain damage caused by water in his head. Therefore, he was bullied by other children in the reservation where he lived alongside with a lot of other Indians. Later on, he left his best friend behind along with many others and started a new part life at a normal school. He found his place there. At page 217 he realizes who he really is, and he realized that he can be who he wants, if he only follows his dreams, and complete them. He found his rightful place in the world and liked it. 

Here is whats written where he decides who he really is: 
"I wept and wept because I knew I was never going to drink and because I was never going to kill myself and because I was going to have a better life out in the white world."
The boy never gave up because he knew that things always get better. He only needed to follow his dreams, and let go of the old things. 


The setting in the book was a boy who struggled to find the right place in the world. He decided to leave his school and start a new part life at a new school. Everything changed afterward. 
Here is what is written in the book where he tells his best friend that he is leaving: 
""Rowdy," I said. "I am going to Reardan tomorrow." For the first time he saw that I was serious, but he didn't want me to be serious. "You'll never do it," he said. "You're too scared." "I'm going," I said. "No way, you're a wuss." "I'm doing it.""' 
Even though he knew that rowdy and everyone else would not like him leaving the reservation, and in fact most likely not even accept it, he left, because that was following his dreams. 


The main plots in the book were the boy in the reservation that was best friends with his friend Rowdy. They enjoyed hanging out together, but the boy still felt like something was wrong. He wanted to do something in his life, while the others in the reservation wanted to stay in the reservation like everyone else and act like all the other people in the reservation. 
""You'll be the first to leave the rez this way," Mom said. "The Indians around here are going to be angry with you." Shoot, I figure that my fellow tribal members are going to torture me.""

The boy left the reservation because he knew he would get a new and better life if he did. Even if it includes leaving his best friend. 

Character development

The main character in the book developed from a boy that was afraid, weird and different, to a boy that stood up for himself and his loved ones, a boy that could be himself. The reason why he managed to become another person was that he dared to leave everyone else behind to find a new greater life. Even his own family and his best friend disliked him at one point. There were so many loved ones in his life that he lost in this process, including his dog, sister, and the best friend of his father. Because of this, he became stronger because lost many of the things in his life that he lived for. Therefore he did not care that much about the consequences of leaving the reservation. Here is a quote where he understands what he wants to do and where he belongs. 

"I realized that I might be a lonely Indian boy, but I was not alone in my loneliness. There were millions of other Americans who had left their birthplaces in search of a dream."
The boy had gone through a tough time in his life. But he kept on going the way he knew he needed to and followed his dreams. In the end, his life turned around and ended up in his favor. Life got better and kept on going. 

My impressions of the book

After reading the book, I was surprised by the way it was written. It seems like the author wrote free and not like the classic novel style. It was written like a diary, which is what he called the book. A true diary. The style of the writing made the book easier and more fun to read. I enjoyed every chapter of the book. That is what made the book special. The way he wrote it like a diary. Including the feelings and thoughts of the main character. I expected the book to be more boring and normal, but it was great and fun to read. So I really enjoyed the book. 

Questions for the radio show

Is there a possibility that something similar could happen in the world nowadays?

How was your life in the reservation?

Why did you leave everyone?

How was life at Reardan school?

Do you feel bad for the alcoholics in the reservation?

Do you think Indians are different, if yes why?

mandag 24. september 2018

Learning techniques 

Today we learned how to learn the best and be effective and progressive. We learned about learning techniques and what to spend your time on to be the most effective. The Pomodoro technique is a popular technique that we learned about, which we also tried out. It goes like this: Turn off distractions, work for 25 minutes, take a break for 5 minutes. If you still have work you need to do, continue the process. When you have done this three times, take a break for 30 minutes, then come back and repeat the process. 
I personally think it was a cool technique, and I learned a lot about how to spend my time wisely and found it helpful.

torsdag 20. september 2018

Is media telling the truth about disasters?

In English class we got a task that was to write a critical article about natural disasters that is happening in America right now and if media is telling us everything about casualties. 
Is media hiding casualties that happened in the storm "Florence". It's only a couple of tens of people that media confirms that died in the storm. I do not think this is right. Either they know about more people that died, or if they don't, I think there are more casualties. I think they don't want people to know that so many people are dying, and the government is manipulating the people to not say anything in media. 
Last year president Trump said that the storm that hit Puerto Rico was not a problem and that he and his men were as ready for the storm as they possibly could be. After the storm he was happy with himself and the good job they did, even though at least 3000 people died due to the storm. That is not something you can be proud of and say that you did a great job. I think Trump is wrong. Here you can see something he said after the storm: “I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success.”

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