Noah’s Triumph Against Dark Corruption

Hailing from suburbs in America, Noah Mayers moves to Cuba in his 20s to join the wine business in Sierra Maestra as well as soon taking up gambling, he then wholeheartedly puts his full passion into a revolution against a tyrannical government in which he later comes to terms with how much of an outcast he really is even though the rebellion has the same goal.

Though Cuba was an independent country, the US still had to constantly support it, we were foolish to do so as Castro began a Socialist government in 1959. That scoundrel used us just to betray our beliefs in the end.

Even with the fact that a rebel became a leader, he seemed to disregard his sympathy for the poor, as he divided the farmland for peasants, forcing them under more difficult conditions. Though this time, the wealthy left with Batista, so the only kinds of people in Cuba at the time were military, the poor, and Castro. The only thing saving their economy is their partnership with the USSR.

 

Cuba’s Luminary turned Communist

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The Cuban revolution began after the Spanish-American War. With Cuba being a Second-World Country, independence was scarce, as the US was what saved it but also brought a Tyrant that would serve Cuba years of disappointment and suffering for those not in the higher, wealthier, more fortunate class… Fulgencio Batista. His actions caused the poor to desperately call for some sort of solution, and thus, a revolution was in order.

This video covers Castro’s actions against Cuba’s reserved government before becoming a Communist tyrant himself.

 

Louie the Unbroken

Unbroken is a non-fiction action-thriller novel by Laura Hillenbrand that consists of intense moments of the Second World War, and how it affects Louie, a New-York born Italian, who had a knack for mischievous behavior in his early life, such as thievery. These dastardly deeds allowed Louie to have a surprisingly well-developed running ability, which his Brother, saw in awe and convinced Louie to join Track & Field in his Highschool years. Then, when Track & Field wasn’t an option, he joined the military, only to persevere fierce activity in the airforce. Hillenbrand likes to focus on detail more than dialogue, emphasizing the character’s physical or mental state/expressions but also the situation at hand, where it is, who is there, why they seem to be there, what it looks like, and what might happen.  “When he ran from the nose, the first thing he saw was Harry Brooks, lying on the bomb bay catwalk, his torso bloody. The bomb bay doors were wide open and Brooks was dangling partway off the catwalk, one hand gripping the catwalk and one leg swinging in the air. He reached towards Louie, a plaintive expression on his face.”(Hillenbrand, 81).

A prominent theme that occurs towards the end of this book, after all of the action and mortifying acts done by the Japanese POW camp guards, is that Incapable to face this feeling of powerlessness people that deal with PTSD or Trauma often are eluded to make a short-term escape. Such as Mac coping by yelling out loud, or Louie coping by heavily drinking after the war. (refer to my video for the exact excerpts of this).

You should read this book for its engaging writing, the perspective of events like the Second World War, heavy issues such as (some) discrimination, trauma, and death. As well as it’s relevance to modern media as a memorable adventure of the past for an Olympian-turned-War Veteran.

Throughout this unit, I learned that perseverance is vital in a book-club, as well as sharing thoughts. Taking notes is surprisingly useful to use in final projects or explanations. but from the book, I understood that one must always seek help or find a long-term solution to their troubling/haunting problems such as Louie after the war.

 

(site note: my video’s intro, as well as grading I gave the book at the end, was supposed to be parodying Youtuber and Professional music critic, Anthony Fantano. I’d recommend that you watch one of his videos or at least the first 10 seconds of it to understand my video’s format a little more.  Not all of his videos are clean by the way, so click on the linked video to see an example.

Boxers’ Brief Beliefs

In 1898-1900, Foreign missionaries were sent to China (to head to their rightful legation areas that were established from the second opium war) and built their Christian buildings. Coincidentally, a drought occurred, the Boxers settled their suspicions by taking down the churches because they thought that those buildings were the things causing this drought (the Boxers also massacred the Christian Converts and Foreign Christians that were present). This hindered the missionaries’ goals to spread their beliefs in their “new found land”. Thus, they weren’t able to perform their intended religious imperialism.

 

Suddenly, many of the Missionaries, serving the Holy Union Mission, were brutally assaulted by the Boxers in the Kwei-Hua-Cheng Riot. Robbing the Missionaries of their belongings in the process. The last thing that the Boxers wanted was for more of their land to be westernized.

Mike Tyson got nothing on these fellas! (Boxer Revolution CER)

The Boxers do not deserve a bad reputation.

By 1888-1889 Governor Yuanshikai (who has a history of deceit, betrayal, intrusion, and power) tried to get the Boxers out of his province and migrate to Beijing. Later, the German minister lived in Beijing, and planned to kill the boxers, but wasn’t sure who was or wasn’t a boxer. So he killed random Chinese citizens, Boxers, despite their occasional shields or hats (during battle), are citizens acting on a belief. After that, the Boxers and the Government decided to focus on one common goal, “Destroy the Foreigners”. As a result, 8 countries (France, Britain, Germany, US, Italy, India, Hungary, Japan) agreed on attacking Beijing to stop the massacre that the Boxers were causing and to stop the Chinese Government’s mutual comradeship with the Boxers. Once the 8 countries’s militaries arrive (with trouble due to the gargantuan barriers/walls blocking their way) they all do the same thing that Germany did, they killed random Chinese citizens when they have already taken off their shields and helms.
This is an act of racism and is quite unfair towards the Chinese citizens who hadn’t done anything.

To be fair, the Boxers were also shunned as outcasts even though they wanted to defend their land from the foreign, suspicious (due to the foreign and Chinese Christians seemingly causing the drought) conquerors, missionaries, government, and citizens, because those foreigners have caused years upon years of humiliation due to forceful democracy by the British and other foreign powers that put China’s government to shame. While the Boxers caused a massacre, it really all comes down to who made the first mistake, and how many times. The British broke China’s rules during the first Opium war by leaving their trading port, and Smuggling and Pirating items, they forced the Chinese Government and to give up their land and to bend their rules. The foreigners are truly the victims of this conflict, so the Boxers wanted to put it at an end. Which is completely fair, countless governments do this, this is why wars are started, regulations are broken and countries/provinces want to defend, the British was the first to start this towards China, which led to some of the Citizens taking action when nobody else would. That is why the Government soon realized this and shared a common goal with the Boxers.

Hermia’s Daunting Reality (1605 edition)

This character, Hermia, is from the World-famous Shakespearean play, MSND.
I chose Hermia because of her role as the victim of making a dire choice between tortured life and death.
Personally, I love her chance in character (sort of) when with Egues and with Lysander. With Egues, she is polite and well-kept, to not anger him. With Lysander, she feels freer with her language and her consistency to talk.
I chose the female in this image because of her: 1, Beautiful eyes. 2, Rosy Cheeks. 3, the fact that she and Hermia are both young.
I really wanted to emphasize the rosiness of her cheeks, as that is one of my strongest pieces of evidence as to what she looks like.
Also, I must admit that I had a lot of fun with this assignment, I recolored Hermia’s cheeks to be rosier, and I recolored the other strand of hair to (try) and match Hermia’s hair (which almost worked).
Finally, I added the important vocabulary used from the list of words on DX and made the text noticeably bold.

Humanisim Poster

I feel as if I care about the welfare of others enough to where they know that I believe in philanthropy and, therefore democracy. However, I don’t think usually I’m given the chance to show this. By that, I mean in showing my ideas or giving everyone chances to speak (while I have done that before like many others).

 

When it comes to incorporating beauty, truth, and wisdom into the arts. I think that the only way I have incorporated it was through inspiration, therefore I am using the beauty of the wisdom that an author, musician, artist or general content creator has exposed me to. Like in pieces of art, when drawing turkeys or birds in general as a child I usually drew them in the style of Mo Willems’s pigeon. Analyzing the abstract minimalism and how it’s simple design can display the limits of drawing in 2D as viewers cannot see half of its body, despite showing both hands and most of the torso. Bending the rules slightly of anatomy included with the fact that this is a cartoon drawing. In which, have typically loose rules for the design.

 

While this example was not the best (and a little embarrassing) I hope it got my point about the presence of Beauty, Truth, and Wisdom.

I have sort of studied the text from long ago, but only when doing school tasks. Other than that I usually look at sort of old text online for my own personal enjoyment. If I really like, for example, a book series, I would remember my initial reactions and then possibly theorize on what will happen next (like most other people who read an entertaining novel). Though, it only goes as far as using inspiration (as stated before) in forced literature activities. So I wouldn’t count this as being a humanist.

 

I would say that I am 2/3 times a humanist based on the reasons above.

I would greatly appreciate detailed criticism as I want to improve as a student.

 

 

 

 

Theme Summative Unit 1

The mistake that ruins time!? No going back? This may be fictional, but still, a Sound of Thunder is an elaborate/detailed science fiction story written by Ray Bradbury.
The government hired TIME TRAVELING safari guide, Travis, to take paying tourists to time travel back to the prehistoric era to shoot dinosaurs.  All directions given by Travis must be followed. Why? According to Travis, there would be a chain reaction in time that would carry on towards the future. Time paradoxes also don’t exist, you can’t go back to before you have made a mistake.

One of the scared tourists/hunters, Eckles, accidentally walked towards a different path and kicked up dirt in the process. The others noticed, and had him take out the bullets from the dinosaur as punishment, and head back to the future. Though once he came back, he realized that within the mud he stepped on was what seemed a like butterfly. Eckles noticed that the signs have warped (changed) to improper English. He was panicking and questioning everything that had just happened… Travis was right.

As punishment for ruining humanity, Eckles was killed by none other than the man that tried to lead him towards the correct path: Travis. “There was a sound of thunder.” (Bradbury, 470).
Ray Bradbury explores the concept of fear and regret of the unknown by showing that:

Eckles was trying to grasp the idea of how a chain reaction through time would work, and what would happen as a result. From the utter shock of seeing the dinosaur, Eckles stepped on the wrong path. This is where regret is then frequently mentioned. Eckles wants to then “pay anything. [Even] a hundred thousand dollars!” (Bradbury, 381). So as punishment, Eckles was forced to take out the bullets from the dinosaur corpse, and when realizing the consequences of his actions through just looking at the atmosphere Travis almost leaves him. The author’s perspective on this concept is, in short, the author thinks that instructions should be followed (especially when delivered by the wiser) or else consequences will occur, especially because one mistake would be detrimental to our future.

 

“For want of ten mice, a fox dies. For want of ten foxes, a lion starves. For want of a lion, all manner of insects, vultures, infinite billions of life forms are thrown into chaos and destruction. Eventually, it all boils down to this: Fifty-nine million years later[;] a caveman, one of a dozen in the entire world, goes hunting wild board or saber-toothed tiger for food. But you, friend, have stepped on all the tigers in that region. By stepping on one single mouse. So the caveman starves. And the caveman, please note, is not just any expendable man, no! He is an entire future nation.” (Bradbury, 130).

In the story, Bradbury believes that mistakes shouldn’t be made when of high importance, or at least, have confidence in what you are doing or else you will regret it later.
Travis constantly reminds Eckles to stay on the right path or else you will have consequences with the government and states that “If you disobey instructions, there’s a stiff penalty of another ten thousand dollars, plus possible government action, on your return.” (Bradbury, 11). Disobeying instructions in this case would cause chaos in the future. Once Eckles, Travis, and the others leave, the world will adapt with the butterfly being killed, thus expanding the impact of the death of the butterfly until the present day.

 

. One of the reasons might be that Eckles was relying on a theory, and not proper evidence (until the end of the story) as even Travis admits that “Of course maybe our theory is wrong. Maybe time can’t be changed by us. Or maybe it can be changed only in little subtle ways. A dead mouse here makes an insect imbalance there, a population disproportion later, a bad harvest further on, a depression, mass starvation, and, finally, a change in social temperament in far-flung countries.”.

“Eckels stood smelling of the air, and there was a thing to

the air, a chemical taint so subtle, so slight, that only a faint cry 430 of his subliminal senses warned him it was there. The colors,

“white, gray, blue, orange, in the wall, in the furniture, in the sky beyond the window, were . . . were . . . And there was a feel. His flesh twitched. His hands twitched. He stood drinking the oddness with the pores of his body.” (Bradbury, 429+430).

“Eckels felt himself fall into a chair. He fumbled crazily at the thick slime on his boots. He held up a clod of dirt, trembling, “No, it can’t be. Not a little thing like that. No!”

Embedded in the mud, glistening green and gold and black, 450 was a butterfly, very beautiful and very dead.

“Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly!” cried Eckels.

It fell to the floor, an exquisite thing, a small thing that could upset balances and knock down a line of small dominoes and then big dominoes and then gigantic dominoes, all down the years across Time. Eckels’s mind whirled. It couldn’t change things. Killing one butterfly couldn’t be that important! Could it?”
This shows that Travis was right since there is no possibility for a time paradox, Eckles’s mistake is PERMANENT. Eckles’s fear drove him down the wrong path, and because of that, he ruined time. Luckily though, this story is fictional. But again, the author teaches a great lesson about following directions, consequences, and the regret it would cause.

Found Poem -Max

This poem was made throughout the entire story “Thank you Ma’m” by Langston Hughes (1958)

Specifically, in paragraphs: 1, 2,3,6,8,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25.

This poem retells the main plot of “Thank you Ma’m” which is that (in paragraphs 1-9) this Boy named Roger steals a Woman’s (Mrs. Jones) handbag, though Mrs. Jones defends herself and confronts the Boy by grabbing him by his shirt and holding him in a wrestling position (a Half-Nelson) and says in paragraph 9 “you put yourself in contact with me, if you think that contact is not going to last you got another thought coming.”. This phrase is meaningful to the plot, as it foreshadows Mrs. Jones’s plan to teach Roger right from wrong psychologically and physically due to Roger suffering the consequence of being stuck in a Half-Nelson. In paragraph 10-19 Mrs. Jones drags Roger into her household. But she does not mean harm to the boy, as she directs him to the sink for him to wash his face. Roger becomes quite confused as to why this generosity is brought to a criminal like him, but Mrs. Jones still keeps her guard high, and says (basically) that to achieve your goals you didn’t have to cheat to do that, you will suffer the consequences, and when successful you will always be on the run, not being able to live your life. The boy gains Mrs. Jones’s trust and when the door to escape back to his criminal life is open (it is so poetic how literal and metaphorical this paragraph is) he stays with Mrs. Jones until she asks him to leave. Though, since this all happened within the span of a few hours and Roger was a bit shocked by Ms. Jones’s kindness he managed to barely thank her and leave when he was asked to.
In this story, Roger is clearly the antagonist as he is the cause of the problem, Ms. Jones, the protagonist with her good morals, teachers Roger right from wrong. This story shows internal conflict but it is still Man vs Man due to Mrs. Jones teaching Roger morals harshly/sternly at first but then starts to be generous to him by giving him food, letting him wash his face, and during conversation outside of the theft incident, she tends to keep it more about her as she doesn’t want to pressure Roger. Though Mrs. Jones still has her message clear that the decision that Roger made to steal her handbag was the wrong one, Roger was lucky to even encounter Mrs. Jones, any other person would probably send Roger to jail out of shock. Roger ultimately leaves as a better person (morally).

This is my illustration. I used cover art that I found of the story and used excerpts of the story that I thought showed the character and their goals/backstories then made silhouettes of those characters out of those pieces of text. I also took small inspiration from the cover art of the movie “Parasite”, using the idea of bars covering the faces of the main characters, but in my illustration here, the bars covering the eyes of the characters are their names. On Roger’s arm closest to Mrs. Jones, it states that there is nobody home at his house, which is probably why he pursued the life of crime. On his other arm, it states the short-term goal of being able to buy those Blue Suede shoes that he wanted. The right side of Mrs. Jones’s coat states her regrets in which she wears on her with shame but still tries to stray away from the thought of it.

 

Did Bill Gates create the Coronavirus? Max’s Monday News/Mythbusting Blog post #3

Things that I did in this project were, researching about Bill Gates’s contribution to stopping an upcoming virus pandemic. I tried to make jokes as well as stylishly (with my editing) myth bust the Doc Bear account. A challenge to me was the time it took to edit, whether it was my jokes taking long to edit, or the fact that I had to take many screenshots to add to the video. I did a lot of editing, special effects, downloading multiple files to push the limits of I-movie and many failed video takes. Here is my video:

https://isbtube.isb.bj.edu.cn/video/Did-Bill-Gates-create-the-Coronavirus-Max039s-Monday-News/32ba338d0ba932441a76b953eed4f993

 

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Novak, Matt. “Bill Gates Doesn’t Rule Out Voting For Trump If Democrats Make Him Pay Too Much in Taxes.” Gizmodo, Gizmodo, 7 Nov. 2019, gizmodo.com/bill-gates-doesnt-rule-out-voting-for-trump-if-democrat-1839686670.

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