Class 9/2

When Guns Alone Don’t Kill

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/27/Harvard-Study-Shows-No-Correlation-Between-Strict-Gun-Control-And-Less-Crime-Violence

 

What are your views on gun ownership?

Do guns kill people or do people kill people?

Why is gun ownership so controversial in the USA, but not other countries?

Do big cities breed violence and crime more than suburbs?

Are immigrants more likely to commit violent crime than other citizens?

In a democracy, power is supposed to lie with the people. So, why do we trust government with weapons, but not ordinary citizens who elect these leaders?

In your opinion, could most people in your country be trusted with a firearm?

Should women, who fear rape, be allowed to own firearms?

 

 

Brothels: Shriveling Clientele (Excerpts only)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-28/brothels-in-nevada-shrivel-as-web-disrupts-oldest-trade.html

 

Why does a person become a hooker? Money? Lack of self-esteem? Excitement?

Is it right to sell sex?

What are your views on legal prostitution?

Is prostitution just another harmless service or something harmful to society?

If your country had brothels, which government agency would regulate them?

Should the government set the rates for various sex acts?

Do hookers pay taxes? If not, how could they be audited?

What is the difference between a mistress and a prostitute?

 What percentage of the adult population in your country could you tolerate working in the sex trade?

Do you know of any famous hookers in the history of your culture?

What does a sexual fetish tell you about the person who has it? (Sexual fetishism: sexual fixation with objects, body parts, or situations not conventionally viewed as being sexual in nature.) -Wikipedia

How do you think sexual fetishes develop?

Which sexual fetish is the most bizarre?

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For class July 15th

Thailand: New Tourist Rules

http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20130628-175152-8260

 

Discussion:

  • Why is Thailand so attractive to tourists?
  • Do you like Thai food?
  • How is Thai food different from Chinese food?
  • What are your impressions of Thai people?
  • Do you know anything about Thai culture or art?
  • What kind of government does Thailand have?
  • Have you ever been to Thailand? If so, please describe your experiences there.
  • Why do you think Bangkok is the most visited city in the world in 2013?
  • What do you think of the Thai government’s action in this case?
  • Would you like to see this done in your country, i.e., require all foreigners to have health insurance, or purchase it through airline tickets or visas?
  • Is it fair that the people should pay the medical expenses of foreigners who fall ill in their country, or arrive very sick?
  • If someone arrived in your country with an incurable disease, what should the government do about it?
  • Do nations have a moral obligation to take care of any sick people who arrive in their country?

Role play: a very sick visitor arrives in your country without health insurance; discourage him/her from staying.

 

Adulthood Secrets

http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2010/07/the-things-that-go-wrong-often-make-the-best-memories-and-further-secrets-of-adulthood/

 

How Doctors Want to Die

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/06/24/how-do-physicians-and-non-physicians-want-to-die/

 

  • Would you like to have a peaceful death? If so, how would you want it to be done?
  • Which of the procedures in the picture above would you allow to be done to you, and which would you forbid, if you were dying?
  • If you had six months to live, what would you do with your life?
  • If you were going to die, would you want to hear the truth or hear lies about how you are going to get better soon?
  • Is telling someone he/she is not going to die when in fact the opposite is true a white lie or some other kind of lie?
  • What views do members of your society hold on suicide, medically assisted suicide and mercy killing?
  • Would you rather members of your family asked someone to put an end to your life, if you could only live in a vegetative state?

 

The Dragon Coughs

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/eed7c0be-e7ca-11e2-9aad-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2YVx0QsiG

 

Same Sex, Same Jail

http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20130710-144433-7604

 

Discussion:

  • In homosexuals relationships couples like to role play male and female partners? Why?
  • Is gay marriage an issue in your country? If so, who is in favor of it and who is against it?
  • Is homosexuality a natural condition or a curable disease?
  • What are your views on gay marriage?
  • Is there a legal alternative to gay marriage such as a civil contract?
  • If government provides financial assistant to couples who are gay, how can we guard against cheaters who pretend to be gay so they can get money?

 

High Rising Rents

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/city_renters_rocked_as_avg_hits_i2kRuzCCHYgRD59ZpEKQfN

 

Discussion:

  • Why are rents so high or low in your city?
  • What are the most expensive and least expensive rents in your city?
  • Where to people live, if they cannot afford high rents?
  • What is your mayor/president doing about the problem of high rents?