In the movie Boyhood we follow a boy named Mason through his life, from a young child and all the way to his studies at University.
My thoughts on the movie:
After watching it I think it shows how life unfolds and how difficult it is to say how things will turn out. What one thinks is an easy ride is really not, quite on the contrary actually.
Another though I got is how great the movie is made. Following the same boy showcasing his life is a great idea – and through the movie it shows that it works great! The timetable for the making of the film however is rather long. And how does that affect the children`s lives? Is it ok to use children like actors this way?
Personally, I think that is a difficult question! There`s not really a correct answer.
What do you think? Is it ok to use young children like this for such a long period of time?
Last week we had the opportunity to ask students from Alaska questions. Due to the time difference we asked them through a Google Document and they had the option to answer our questions.
We had many interesting answers on all of the questions we asked. I want to go through some of the answers given to my question: “Do you think that you (people in Alaska) are being “taken care of” in the same fashion as the rest of the 49 States?”
Brennan answered quite interestingly; “No because we are so secluded from the rest of the U.S. The only time we are really looked at is when we hold some kinda value”
This is interesting, and a real reflection of Alaska’s role for America from a student from Alaska.
Another answer, and on the other side of Brennan’s answer comes from Chi, who says “I would say Alaska is being treated the same as the rest of the state because we are part of the US.”
As you can see, the general assumption is that Alaska is being treated differently than the rest of the 49 States in the US.
Some of the other answers include:
“No, because though we are the largest state, we have a low population, therefore, little representation to Washington. To that degree, we care little importance the nation as a whole.” – Abigael
Another answer explores the option that Alaska can become its own state:
“From my two years of being in Alaska, I came to realize that Alaska could become an independent state. We are able to provide for the small population within our borders with our own resources. The downfall is that our military strength is dependent on other states are we are at risk of being attack by foreign power. Otherwise, Alaska could be its own small country. Political wise, representatives that we’ve elected have done an incredible job in getting funds from the government to help us.” -Nofo M.
From what I can gather the general consensus I get from students in Alaska is that the State of Alaska is not being taken care of in the same way as the 49 other states in the US.
Is this because Alaska is so far from mainland US? That’s hard to tell, but I think it’s a factor in the equation.
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!
The health care reform has been up for debate for quite some time. Obamacare’s reform is focused to create and increase the quality, accessibility and affordability for American citizens. Most who can afford the insurance must obtain it by 2014. Another important point is that companies are not allowed to “drop” you when you are sick. The law also protects against discrimination of any sort. The government will also subsidize some of the cost that is associated with the health insurance.
One of the main concerns is regarding business owners and employees. Over 160 million Americans got health care from their employers before Obamacare. They may now face higher premiums and fewer providers.
Another problem is students – they often cannot afford more than food and clothing, and why should they budget for things they really cannot afford?
The 9/11 attacks were a series of four aircraft hijacks, which ended with all four planes going down. The New York Twin Towers were hit by two of them, AA Flight 11 crashed in the Northern tower while UA Flight 175 were crashed in the Southern tower. The third flight, AA Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon, which lead to a partial destruction of the western part of the headquarters. UA Flight 93, the fourth plane, was targeted towards Washington DC, but the passengers managed to take some control of the plane – despite of this, the plane unfortunately crashed into a field near Diamond T. Mine in Stonycreek Township.
The result of these hijacks were that 2 996 people lost their lives and the crashes caused approximately $10 billion in property and infrastructure damages.
In our class last Thursday we saw the movie 9/11, which is a documentary about the Twin Tower attacks. The documentary was originally planned to be a documentary about a man joining a fire squad and going from “being a boy, to becoming a man”. The two French filmmakers wanted to create this to documentary to show their kids what being a firefighter really means. Their days at the fire hall seemed to be like any other normal fire hall. That changed on 11th of September 2001. They were caught in the middle of the attacks in NYC.
9/11 took their documentary on a whole different path; they managed to film what I consider to be the worst terrorist attack to this date. Not only did they film during the attacks, they also filmed the aftermath.
As I reflect over the movie, I have come to the conclusion that 9/11 is a day we will never forget. Our lives changed dramatically that day, and it will never be the same. This is not an incident that only affected the States; this is an incident that affected the whole world!