How does experiencing trauma affect the decisions we make in life?

Experiencing trauma can cause severe amounts of mental distress, feelings of isolation, and more severe conditions such as PTSD.

Once you experience some degree of trauma, your decision-making skills become less and less sharp, and your ability to tell danger from a regular situation increase, causing more paranoia and a feeling of being uneasy and never being able to be calm.

What can teenagers do to address the issue of teen suicide?

As a teen with different mental disabilities, I find that it’s often easy to have my opinion swayed. I’ve never spoken out on it, just because it’s a sensitive topic, but speaking about suicide and getting the help you need is what teens need to be focused on. Nowadays, teens (who actually have some sort of issues and have difficulty coping with stuff alone) don’t get the help they need. I say we take a stand, the one our counselors, teachers, educators don’t take, and give everyone the information we need.

Chapter 29 Outline

Limits of a Superpower
1969 – 1980

I. Richard Nixon’s Foreign Policy

A. Vietnam

  1. More than half a million U.S. troops were in Vietnam when Nixon took office.

B. “Vietnamization”

  1. New president announced that he would gradually withdraw U.S. troops from Vietnam and give the South Vietnamese the money, weapons, and training they needed

C. Opposition to Nixon’s War Policies

  1. Reduced antiwar protests
  2. April 1970 – war was expanded
  3. Nationwide protest

D. Peace talks, bombing attacks, and armistice

  1. Secret meetings
  2. 1972 – “Peace is at hand”
  3. Nixon ordered a massive bombing
  4. Several weeks of bomber attacks
  5. 500 prisoners of war (POW’s)
  6. January 1973 – promised cease-fire and free elections
  7. Armistice did not end the war
  8. Death poll numbered at more than a million
  9. $118 billion spent in war
  10. 58,000 American lives claimed

E. Detente with China and the Soviet Union

  1. Visit to China
  2. Arms control with the USSR.

II. Nixon’s Domestic policy

A. New Federalism

  1. Congress approved giving local governments $30 billion in block grants over a 5 year time period in order to address local needs

B. Nixon’s Economic Policies

  1. Stagflation
    (stagnation plus inflation)
  2. Recession (1970)
  3. August 1971 – 90-day wage and prize
  4. 1972 – Congress passed Title IX, a statute to end sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding

C. Southern strategy

  1. Nixon= 43% of popular vote in 1968
  2. He devised political strategy to form a Republican majority by appealing to the million voters

D. The Burger Court

  1. Liberal justices retired and replaced by more conservative members

E. The Election of 1972

  1. Nixon’s reelection was assured –
    1a. Foreign policy successes in china and the Soviet Union
    1b. The removal of George Wallace from the race by an assassin’s bullet that paralyzed the Alabama populist
    1c. Nomination by democrats of a very liberal, antiwar,

III. Watergate

A. White House abuses

  1. June 1972
  2. Committee was caught breaking into the offices
  3. “Dirty tricks”
  4. (CREEP)

B. Watergate investigation

  1. No solid proof
  2. Clear that nixon did engage in an illegal cover-up to avoid scandal

C. Other developments in 1973

  1. War power act
  2. October war X Oil Embargo

D. Resignation of President

  1. Obstruction of justice
  2. Abuse of Power
  3. Contempt of Congress

IV. Gerald Ford in the White House

A. Failure of U.S. Policy in Southeastern Asia

  1. Face of Saigon
  2. Genocide in Cambodia
  3. Future of Southeast Asia

B. The economy x domestic policy

  1. Bicentennial celebration in 1976

C. The election of 1976

  1. President Ford – Challenged by Ronald Reagan
  2. Emergence of Jimmy Carter

V. Jimmy Carter’s Presidency

A. Foreign Policy

  1. Human rights policy
  2. Panama Canal
  3. Camp David Accords (1978)
  4. Iran and the Hostage Crisis
  5. Cold War

B. Domestic Policy: Dealing with Inflation

  1. Troubled Economy

C. Loss of Popularity

  1. 1979 – “National Malaise” x “moral & spiritual Crisis”
  2. 1980 – Approval rating fell by 23%

VI. American Society in Transition

A. Growth of Immigration

  1. Undocumented Immigrants

B. Demands for Minority Rights

  1. Hispanic Americans
  2. American Indian Movement
  3. Asian Americans
  4. Gay liberation movement

C. The environmental Movement

  1. Protective Legislation

D. Conservative Shift

  1. Protest by diverse groups seemed to produce more social stress and fragmentation
  2. Conservative reaction to liberal policies of the Navy Deal and the Great Society was gaining strength in late 1970’s and proved a powerful force

Chapter 28 Outline

Promise & Turmoil
The 1960’s

I. John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier

A. The election of 1960

  1. Nixon – 1960, was nominated for president.
  2. Kennedy – early 1960’s, he defeated his rivals
  3. Campaign – new medium of television. Kennedy appeared vigorous and comfortable
  4. Results – Kennedy defeated nixon by a little more than 100,000 popular votes

B. Domestic policy

  1. New Frontier programs – proved different to maintain

C. Foreign Affairs

  1. Bay of Pigs invasion – 1961
    Kennedy made a major blunder
  2. Berlin Wall – Kennedy agreed to meet soviet premier Khrushchev in Vienna in the summer of 1961
  3. Cuban Missile Crisis – 1962 the most dangerous challenge
  4. Flexible response – “brush-fire wars”
  5. Assassination in Dallas – November 22, 1963, in Dallas, TX:
    2 bullets from a rifle killed President Kennedy

II. Lyndon B Johnson’s Great Society

A. War on Poverty

  1. “Unconditional war on Poverty”
  2. Office of economic opportunity (OEO)
  3. Antipoverty agency with a billion-dollar budget

B. Great Society Reforms

  1. Food Stamp Act (1964) – help poor people buy food
  2. National foundation on the arts and Humanities (1965) – Federal fundings for the arts and for creative and scholarly projects
  3. Medicare (1965) – Health insurance for people 65+
  4. Medicaid (1965) – Paid medical care for the poor and disabled
  5. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965)
    Funds for poor school districts, special programs
  6. Higher Education Act (1965) – Scholarships
  7. Immigration Act (1965) – Abolished discriminatory quotas based on national origins
  8. Child Nutrition Act (1966) – Added breakfast to school lunch program

III. Civil Rights and Conflict

A. Leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. The march on Washington – August 1963
  2. The march on Montgomery – 1965, voting rights march, “Bloody Sunday”

B. Black Muslims and Malcolm X

  1. New Cultural Identity based on Africa and Islam

C. Race Riots and Black Power

  1. Riots – “Burn baby, burn” and “Get whitey”
  2. The murder in Memphis – 1964

IV. The Warren Court and Individual Rights

A. Criminal Justice

  1. Mapp Vs. Ohio (1961) – Seized evidence can’t be used
  2. Gideon Vs. Wainwright (1963) – (poor)
  3. Escobedo Vs. Illinois (1964)
  4. Miranda Vs. Arizona (1966)

B. Freedom of Expression and Privacy

  1. Yates Vs. U.S. (1957)
  2. Engel Vs. Vitale (1962)
  3. Grisworld Vs. Connecticut (1965)

V. Social Revolutions and Cultural Movements

A. Student Movement and new left

  1. 1962 – Newly formed Radical student organization

B. Counterculture

  1. “Hippies”, “flower children”
  2. Led to demise in 1970’s

C. Sexual Revolution

  1. Premarital Sex
  2. Marital Infidelity
  3. Homosexuality
  4. AIDS

D. The Women’s Movement

  1. National Organization for Women (Present day)
  2. Equal Pay Act (1963)
  3. Civil Rights Act (1964)
  4. Campaign of the era
  5. Achievements

VI. The Vietnam War to 1969

A. Early Stages

  1. Buildup under Kennedy
  2. Tonkin Gulf Resolution

B. Controversy

  1. Hawks Vs. Doves
  2. Tet offensive
  3. LBJ ends escalation

VII. Coming apart at time, 1968

A. Second Kennedy Assassination

  1. 1964 – Kennedy’s younger brother, Robert Kennedy, became a senator in NY.
  2. 4 years later – he won a major victory in California’s primary in the presidential race but immediately after his victory speech, he was shot and killed by a young Arab nationalist, who opposed Kennedy’s support for Israel

B. The election of 1968

  1. Democratic convention at chicago
  2. White backlash and George Wallace
  3. Return of Richard Nixon

When an artificial construct gains consciousness, should they have some rights with regard to how they are treated?

Yes, but in their own world. In modern computing, AI, and other simulated environments are kept inside containers. These are simply virtual machines under which these processes run. Think of it as a brain inside a computer, inside another computer. If AI is allowed to have its own will, it should have its own variables and rules inside its container.

Is it ethical to compel someone to confess against their will if it leads to the truth?

Nope.
Here’s why.
The way that Black Mirror demonstrates the ability of a higher entity, such as the government, to discover technology that can ultimately lead to a confession, truly rattles me. I believe it’s very unethical to usher a confession from someone under any circumstance. This person committed murder under a very strange circumstance and these people essentially break him to the point of confessing his crimes, while preserving his sanity and allowing him to tell the entire story.

Interview – Secile Torres

(insert fake company)

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

Quiet person, reader, likes me time, calm collected person

Why do you want this position?

Something different, new experience, expanding my skillet

What do you know about our company

Successful and good opportunity, wants to be part of it

Why should we hire you

Hard worker, dilligent, proves

What are you learning in your classes that will help you succeed in this position?

College program, coding, speech class, teaches how to give speeches, confidence

What are your strengths?

Working diligently and being the best you can,

Weaknesses?

Talking in front of people, crowds, masses, communication

This interview taught me that being the interviewer can be a little easier than being the one that is being interviewed. Anyone can be nervous in an interview, specially in a situation where the interviewer is a person of power.

What are the potential impacts of “cruel and unusual” punishment on a society?


Cruel and unusual punishment, according to Cornell University is a large umbrella term, describing punishments that can leave lasting adverse physiological and psychological effects, such as torture, breaking one’s mind, and anything that relates to this.


For this section, I’m going to be referencing the Black Mirror episode “White Bear”

Psychological impacts for those involved
After watching the episode and seeing these people put everything back in its place with absolute disregard for the person, I definetely believe that the people involved may either become desensitized to graphic images, or gain an affixion to sadistic tendencies and watching others suffer. There is much debacle over whether sadism and its underlying sexual acts are mental disabilities, but I strongly believe it can catalyze those tendencies in people.

Societal Impacts

If this were to occur in the real world, humans rights activists and most of the masses would go ballistic over it. There are many layers of how fucked up wrong this is. It’s also unconstitutional, but it would harbor sense of paranoia leading up to other things such as distrust to the government and eventually something like the purge.