Class 11/4

‘Apple Pickers’

http://nypost.com/2013/10/28/ny-ags-smartphone-kill-switch-drive-gains-backers/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow

  • Do you have a smart phone? If so, what kind?
  • Is your phone good enough? Do you want an upgrade?
  • How much is a smart phone in your country?
  • If you had a smart phone, would you want a kill switch like the one mentioned?
  • Do use your cell phone while walking on the street?
  • Do thieves target cell phones in your country?
  • If you had a smart phone, how would you protect it?

 

The Parable of Tananga

(In class)

  • What is the point of this story?
  • Do people in your country work themselves to death?
  • At what age would you want to retire? Why?
  • Imagine that you are 65 years old. What is your idea of retirement?
  • How much money do people in your country need for a comfortable retirement?

 

Be Nosy Questions Questions 1-25

http://bewitchedbuttocks.tumblr.com/post/65413504642/be-nosy

 

Nothing Funny About Rape

http://afternoonsnoozebutton.com/post/27126498887/why-rape-jokes-are-uniquely-bad

 

Miracle Drugs vs. Superbugs

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2477273/Weve-reached-end-antibiotics-Top-CDC-expert-declares-miracle-drugs-saved-millions-match-superbugs-people-overmedicated-themselves.html

 

Things Not For Sale

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Police-Mom-sold-her-daughters-virginity/-/1637132/22632994/-/8xxqc3/-/index.html

  • Are you aware of any other stories similar to this?
  • If the girl in this story were of legal age, would you allow her to sell herself?
  • Would you allow your own son or daughter to sell their ‘first time’?
  • If you were ‘pure’, or if you ARE pure, would you consider selling your virginity?
  • Is there a social stigma associated with virginity?
  • Why are some people so keen on having sex with a virgin?
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What Countries Are Most Famous For.

What Countries Are Most Famous For.

Find out what your country is number one in.

Interesting

For Class October 21

Rhinos: Saving the ‘Horn’ of Africa

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/kenya/10384223/Kenya-to-microchip-every-rhinos-horn.html

  • Do you think wildlife like elephants and rhinos will be wiped out in Africa?
  • If someone offered you “medicine” made with part of an endangered animal, would you accept it, if you were feeling weak, a little sick, very sick, had a problem with sexual performance.
  • If you were a poacher and there were only two rhinos left in Africa, would you kill and sell the animal or try to protect it?
  • What do you think of this argument: ‘If I don’t, somebody else will,’ as it applies to making moral choices?

 

 ‘Chase’ the Dollar

http://www.infowars.com/chase-bank-limits-cash-withdrawals-bans-international-wire-transfers/

  • Why do you think the bank is doing this?
  • Is there really going to be a crisis?
  • Could this happen in your country?
  • If a bank did this in your country, how would people react?
  • Could a bank limit withdrawals from personal accounts?

 

 Overdrawn Tatoos

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/16/world/asia/australia-bikies-law-tattoo/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

  • Why is gang life so appealing to many young people?
  • What kinds of people in your country have tattoos?
  • Why do gang members like tattoos?
  • What are some favorite kinds of pictures do people seem to like?
  • Do you have a tattoo? If yes, would you like to show it?

 

 Violate My Privacy. Part 1

Trans Atlantic Classic

http://thetransatlanticclassic.tumblr.com/post/63924720189/violate-my-privacy

1. Did you wake up cranky?

2. Would you date an 18-year-old at the age you are now?

3. Do you prefer to be friends with girls or boys?

4. Would you ever smile at a stranger?

5. Can you commit to one person?

6. How do you look right now?

7. Don’t look at yourself. What exactly are you wearing right now?

8. How often do you listen to music?

9. Do you wear jeans or sweats more?

10. Do you think your life will change dramatically before 2014?

11. Are you a social or an antisocial person?

12. If the person you like says they like someone else, what would you say?

13. Are you good at hiding your feelings?

14. Can you drive a stick shift?

15. Do you care if people talk badly about you?

16. Are you going out of town soon?

17. When was the last time you cried?

18. Have you ever liked someone you didn’t expect to?

19. If you could change your eye color, would you?

20. Name something you have to do tomorrow?

21. Name something you dislike about the day you’re having.

22. Have you ever liked one of your best friends of the opposite sex?

23. Are you nice to everyone? Who are you not nice to?

24. It’s 10PM Saturday night: What are you sitting on right now?

25. Do you think you can last in a relationship for 6 months and not cheat?

 

 Unsavory ‘Tweets’

http://freebeacon.com/feds-studying-how-to-use-twitter-for-depression-surveillance/

 

 ‘Sexpert’ of Love

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/10/11/relationship-expert-advice-for-happily-ever-afters/

  • Do couples in your country marry for romance or are they more pragmatic?
  • Do you know of any couples that lived ‘happily ever after’?
  • What is your ideal marriage situation?
  • Does love ‘conquer all’?
  • Have you ever heard anyone say that marrying someone was a mistake?
  • If you were engaged to be married and by chance met a much better catch, what would you do?
  • Is it still important to be a virgin before marriage? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

Funny Prank

Halloween

Class 10/14

Gulf States: Homeland Scrutiny

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2449051/Gulf-states-introduce-medical-testing-travellers-detect-gay-people-stop-entering-country.html

  • How would the authorities be able to perform a test for homosexuality at the airport?
  • How can airport officials choose who to test and who not to test?
  • If a person “looked” gay would this be cause for testing?
  •  In the countries mentioned in the article, do you think it is a crime to look gay?
  • Have you ever heard of gaydar: a combination of gay and radar?
  • Does your country bar homosexuals?
  • What kinds of travellers are barred from entering your country?
  • If, when you enter a country, you are healthy, but later contract a serious disease requiring long-term treatment from a citizen of that country, is that grounds for deportation?
  • What is propaganda?
  • Are we exposed to propaganda on a daily basis? Is so, what kinds?
  • Recently Vladimir Putin declared his government will not tolerate ‘homosexual propaganda”. Share your thoughts on this topic.
  • Is Asia becoming increasingly ‘anti-gay’?
  • What are some arguments in favor of homosexuality? Against it?
  • What have homosexuals been treated as criminals throughout history?
  • What is the source of human rights: the government, the public opinion, God?

Complete these sentences…

If the government is the source of human rights, then….

If public opinion is the source of human rights, then….

If God is the source of human rights, then….

 

 Short-lived Liberation

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2449186/American-women-expected-live-FIVE-YEARS-mothers–scientists-dont-know-why.html

  • Are women in your country overworked and undervalued?
  • Opinion: What factors tend to raise the female mortality rate?
  • Is modern society asking women to do too many jobs (home and family) at the same time?

 

 Can’t Handle It? Let’s be honest.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lesbian-couples-twice-as-likely-as-gay-men-to-end-civil-partnership-as-divorces-up-by-20-8866454.html

  • What is the difference between a civil union and marriage?
  • For what reasons should one person be allowed to divorce another?
  • What are not good reasons for divorce?

 

 ‘Dial M For Murder’

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/10/07/why-your-smartphone-is-trying-to-kill-you-and-what-you-can-do-to-stop-it/

 

 ‘Piece’ At Last

http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/Business/2013-10-07/34642/Divorce_cake_is_a_hit_in_Croatia

 

 Booting Up Bullies

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/are-anti-bullying-programs-having-an-opposite-effect/

  • Were you bullied as a child?
  • Are you bullied at work?
  • Do bosses bully workers?
  • Do parents bully children?
  • Do political parties bully each other?
  • Have you ever bullied anyone?
  • Why do people bully others?
  • What can teachers do to stop bullying?

‘Pavane for a Dead Princess’ ~ Maurice Ravel

Poem and music video.