Monday, October 17, 2011

AIDS Videos

          I thought that video Stories of AIDS in Africa was very interesting. I thought that reporter Stephanie Nolan conducted the video very well. I liked how she decided to pursue the topic of AIDS because she believed it was overlooked. She said that when she was in Africa there weren't any other news crews or anything like there were in other locations. I think she made a great point when she said that it affects people between 18 and 35 because these are the people that are the foundation and future of a nation's economy. I really enjoyed the story about Tigis and Johanis in Ethiopia. The fact that they were so young and were brave enough to live on there own is amazing to me. Being six and nine years old and having to live on your own without a Mom or Dad is unimaginable. Hearing a story like this really makes you realize that people's lives are much harder than u think. I thought it was interesting when she mentioned Ronald Reagan's speech in 1982, when he said that there would be a vaccine within two years. Stephanie then talked about a microbiologist that she knew who works on coming up with a vaccine for AIDS and he says that it will be at least another ten years. I liked how she says that her job is not depressing because she witnesses such great things when it comes to treating the disease.

        I thought that the Deadly Catch video was very eye opening. They really stress that there isn't any household in Kenya that hasn't been affected by AIDS in some way. The Jaboya method that is used is unlike anything I've ever heard of. This system is an obvious part to why the AIDS problem is so bad in that area. The problem is that these women see no other choice and feel obligated to take part in this system. Most of these women have children and in order to feed their children they take part in the Jaboya system. What makes this system so wrong is that  the women aren't afraid to get the disease. They aren't afraid of dying so in turn don't care about wearing condoms. The other issue is that some people don't believe that AIDS exists. They believe that it is a curse and  the people who get sick are those who break customary law. Seeing all of the women who had lost their husbands and that they were HIV positive as well really shows how terrible AIDS is in Kenya.

         The method of Jaboya is a terrible thing. For the people along Lake Victoria they don't see it as a major problem like others do. The women who build sexual relationships with the fishermen feel that if they don't they won't live. What they don't realize is by doing this they are killing themselves anyway. The people of Kenya don't believe that the practice of Jaboya causes AIDS. These people need to be educated in some way that gives these people a better option. I think that this system needs to be addressed by the U.S immediately.

          I think that the affect AIDS has had on Africa is much different compared to how AIDS has affected the United States. Most of Africa is made up of third world countries and that makes an epidemic like this much more significant. In Africa the amount of hospitals and doctors is much lower than in the U.S. This makes it hard on the people with AIDS because they don't know what to do to help the problem. AIDS impacts the working force, the children, the teachers, and the parents of kids. The affects on these groups are much more significant in Africa because they aren't getting the treatment like they are in the U.S.  This causes food production to take a significant hit because those who work in the agricultural industry can't because of illness. Also the education in Africa suffers a loss especially when the teachers come down with the disease and can't educate the children. When children's parents get sick it causes children to start having to work at a very young age. This leads to a decrease in education because now these children aren't attending school. Clearly, the lack of resources and education shows that AIDS has a tremendous affect on Africa.

       Before watching these videos I knew that AIDS was very popular among Africans but never really thought about the impact it had throughout a society. I also had never heard of the Jaboya system before watching these videos. Hearing about how kids that are six and nine years old that don't have any parents and are basically told to figure out how to survive is incredible. Seeing the women of Kenya basically giving their lives away by participating in the Jaboya system was very sad. The lack of education in some parts of Africa is unbelievable. Also, if a couple teachers were to get AIDS that could jeopardize children getting any type of education. Another issue I didn't think about is how little food people have.This is where the Jaboya system comes into play because women feel it's the only way to feed their children.

        I think that culture plays a pretty big part in the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Where you really see culture playing a big part is in Kenya. The story of the Jaboya system on Lake Victoria is based mainly on culture. Since this system has been around for awhile the people living there continue the tradition. I think this is because they have never been thoroughly introduced to a better option. The women there believe that if they are widowed with children their only option is to take part in the Jaboya system in order to feed their children. Also, agriculture is an important part to most African cultures. Since AIDS affects most people between the ages of 18 and 35 this has a significant impact on the agricultural production because most workers are within that age range. AIDS has impacted both of these cultural lifestyles tremendously.

            I think that there are many solutions to the problems in Africa. However, I don't think the United States has the AIDS issues in Africa at the top of their priority list. Some solutions would be to provide a better education to Africans, open up schools that only focus on health, bring more qualified doctors into the poorer areas of Africa, and build more hospitals so more people can get treatment for the disease. The problem is that most of these solutions cost a lot of money which most countries in Africa don't have. The money would have to come from the United States and currently the United States doesn't exactly have loads of money to give away. So the cheaper solution is to have volunteer groups go to Africa and do their best to educate the citizens there about AIDS. The volunteer work usually involves speaking to groups of Africans and passing out condoms. But not all of the people choose to believe what they are being told. So although there are solutions out there most of them are not very realistic because of the money situation.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

English Videos

       The first video talks about what a summary is. A summary can be short or long, whichever is necessary. In a summary you have to use your own words and if you don't it's considered quoting. In order to make it a summary it can't be the same length as the original text because then it is considered paraphrasing. One of the key elements to a summary is that you only use facts and descriptions not your opinion.

        When using keywords in a library database you have to think of words that will actually be in the article your looking for. When using keywords you should only use two to four words because that will cause a more limited and helpful search.

          Citations are very important to any research paper. Without citations people will not be able to trust that your information is true. Citing a source also makes shows that you are a responsible person. Not giving someone credit for the information they spent time researching and writing is wrong. Citing a source shows that you have respect for the publisher and your teacher.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

AIDS Epidemic

         The way that the United States handled the AIDS epidemic was much different then how Uganda and Thailand did. The United States faced the issue in a much more passive way than the other countries. Instead of ignoring the whole situation Uganda and Thailand thought of ways to help the situation. Americans were force to jump to conclusions after hearing about HIV/AIDS, because of lack of communication by the head governing body of the United States.

          From what I can tell from the video we watched in class the United States didn't handle the AIDS problem very well. I think that when people began hearing about all of deaths occurring they immediatley started looking for people to blame. People began making ignorant assumptions such as not wanting Hemophiliacs to go anywhere near their children. You can't completely blame people for these assumptions however because people were not educated properly about HIV/AIDS. President Ronald Reagan refused to mention AIDS for a number of years and this caused people to think the worse.

           I think that places like Uganda and Thailand handled the AIDS epidemic in a much more proactive way. Instead of somewhat ignoring the issue like the United States did, Uganda looked at it as an issue that needed solving. Uganda came up with a method known as the ABC method. This stood for Abstinence, Be faithful to one partner, and encouraging use of Condoms. Instead of feeling cut out from the disease the people of Uganda did what they could to prevent it.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

HIV/AIDS

          The topic regarding HIV/AIDS is a very serious one to say the least. I first heard of the disease in health class back in middle school. The main thing I remember from that class was the story of Ryan White. Learning about Ryan really made me realize how dangerous HIV/AIDS was. Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 13 which was right around how old I was when I learned about him. He died at the age of 18, and the fact that he obtained the disease accidentally through a contaminated blood treatment made me realize that I needed to be aware of what the disease was.

         HIV/AIDS is now a disease that is much more controllable then it used to be. However, there is still no vaccine or cure for the disease. Although nobody in my family or that I know has AIDS, I feel that it is a necessity to be informed about because of how big of an impact it had on society.

          Earvin "Magic" Johnson is a retired professional basketball player, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s. Johnson was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991 and is now a motivational speaker for the disease. He also works on the set of ESPN, and during the basketball season is on television quite often. This affects my world because when I turn on the T.V and see him speaking and doing fine it shows that he is beating AIDS.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Gay Marriage Debate

      After reading the article A Gay Man's Case Against Gay Marriage I learned that the gay marriage debate is about the fight for same-sex marriage. I think that Bronski makes some very good points in the article. He explained how those of the same-sex shouldn't be fighting for same-sex marriage rights. He believes that those who want marriage equality won't be any happier if it were to go through. I agree with what he is saying. If you look at the divorce rate now it is around 50 percent. If those of the same-sex were granted the same marriage rights I don't think the divorce rate would suddenly improve. Bronski makes another great point when he describes the high rates of spouse and child abuse and adultery that take place in heterosexual marriages. He makes the point that why wouldn't these things still occur within a homosexual marriage.

     My position on the issue is that same-sex marriage should be legalized everywhere. I think this because I don't think that gays and lesbians should be treated differently. So I think it is a good thing when it comes to the discrimination side but when it comes to the "happiness" factor I don't think things will change. Whether people are homosexual or heterosexual everyone is human and problems are bound to occur.







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Monday, September 5, 2011

Conservatis v.s. Democrats

I think that this statement is fairly true to a certain extent. Out of all those reasons for breaking up I think that abortion is the hardest one to deal. I think that would be one of the hardest things to discuss with your spouse, especially if you both had opposing beliefs. Abortion should certainly be one of the topics discussed when it comes to deciding whether to have kids or not. I think another topic that is difficult to overcome is economic insecurity. Some solutions for couples with this problem are going back to college which is tough because one doesn't have much time to make money. Another solution for a husband or wife might be moving to another location for a better job opportunity. This is difficult on a family because moving might be a positive decision for the wife but not for the husband. I don't think any of the ideas mentioned by Whitehead are weak at all because they all happen to families today. I think that all of these ideas have the worst affect on the kids in the family. After a kid experiences a divorce of his or her parents I think that he or she gets a new perspective of marriage as a whole. A kid who's parents don't get divorced will often think that marriage is a positive thing. Compared to a kid who's parents get divorced he or she may think that marriage isn't a crucial part to life. I believe that marriage isn't a necessity whatsoever but can be a very positive thing.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

History of Marriage

I thought that article was very interesting and informative. I thought it was interesting that marriage evolved from one arranging one another's marriage to someone being able to decide on marriage for themselves. I never really thought about how far back marriage went and how important it was in ancient cultures like in Greece and Rome.

After learning about the history of marriage in ancient Western civilizations, I think that marriage as a whole is completely different now. I think that marriage in ancient times was more of a way of life. During the ancient time period a woman or man knew who they were going to marry at a very young age because the marriages were arranged. Nowadays people can decide early on that they never want to get married and thus never have to worry about it again if they chose not to. I feel that marriage was more serious long ago because of the fact that it was automatically apart of one's life. The marriage tradition of present day is that people have the option of whether to get married or not.