Vancouver Library

Looking back on the Library field trip, I really enjoyed it! To be 100% honest I didn’t do a lot of ‘work’ on the trip. It was a lot more about exploring the culture of downtown and getting closer to the grade 9’s. Even coming into the trip I wasn’t completely sure who I was even going to study for eminent, at that point in time I was still zeroing in on Richard Branson.

It was still a great day, the solo was interesting, I enjoy people watching so that’s what I did. I remembered walking past the same street corner I was sitting on for the solo spot a couple weeks earlier to go to a whitecaps game in the ‘southsiders march’. It looked much different without the chanting and blue smoke. Seeing the morning commute, people in very formal attire walking, biking and even one guy who rode a Razor scooter to work.

The view from where I sat on my City Solo

The view I had in almost the same spot a few weeks earlier. To contrast

The walk to the bookstore made for one of the highlights of my day, I crossed Dunsmuir just as the light changed and we left half the group behind so we stopped to wait. I realised that we has stopped at the foot of the building where my dad worked. So I gave him a call and got him to come to the window where he found 35 TALONS kids waving up at him. Once we got to the bookstore I was amazed at how many books were there! It seemed like every shelf was crammed floor to ceiling, overflowing with books. I found this one copy of a Christmas Carol for $50 that was the most satisfying thing to pick up and flip through, it was the kind of thing that I want to come back and purchase and read to my children in the future.

A blurry picture of Nazle reading in the book store

Then we headed back and went for lunch, I went for sushi ordered 4 rolls then went for pizza and it only cost me like $25, I was impressed. The food was okay, it was representative for the price I paid. During lunch I chatted to Nathan and Francisco, meeting my goal of interacting with nines. They both are super great guys and I’m glad I got to know them. Then came my afternoon in the library where I was supposed to be suuper productive and find books on my eminent person…

I didn’t I walked around, checked things out, talked to people, and enjoyed myself. But to be honest not a whole lot of learning happened in the library section. I could make up things about how “even though I couldn’t find a book I searched high and low” but to tell the truth even from the get go my focus was more social and about my surroundings then actually making serious project on my eminent person study. On the same token I think that’s arguably just as valuable, making connections with the nines (that I don’t get many chances to bond with) and just checking out somewhere I don’t go all that often made it worth missing a day of school to do.

First Speech draft

My eminent person is Shawn Fanning and here is a speech draft I have written. It is from the perspective of him giving a testimony at the trial where his company was tried for copyright infringement.

Please give me any feedback

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, I have been called to the stand today to get the input from the creator. I Shawn Fanning the creator of Napster am being charged for copyright infringement.

I would like to argue the claim made by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),—Sony, Bertelsmann, Universal, EMI, and Warner. Of “not of violating copyright itself but of contributing to and facilitating other people’s infringement”

The argument I would like to make is that society today has benefited from having Napster and the economy has been stimulated as a result.

Firstly, while it is true Napster provides the platform for people to share and download copyrighted material. The music industry over the last 8 years since the company has been created, CD sales have gone up considerably. Before Napster buying a CD was taking a risk, you had no idea if you liked what is on the CD because you had only heard a couple songs on the radio. Napster provides a sample, a taste of what is going to be on the CD making buyers more comfortable purchasing the CD.

Secondly it takes 25-30 minutes to download each and every audio file, if an album has 10 songs that 10 hours that users are giving up their time and access to their phone lines. Most people value their free time and would rather download one or two, to insure that they would enjoy the artist’s album, then spend $10 and buy it.

Peter Fader, a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, showed that most all Napsterites download MP3s to sample songs and then go out and buy the CDs

Also with technology progressing the way it has over the last 10 years it is extremely likely that the web will have grown into an everyday thing and services like this will be available and exchanging things like entire movies or even games. Instead of trying to outlaw Peer to peer platforms, embrace the change and use it to your advantage.

Lastly Napster has brought attention to over 17,000 undiscovered artist’s who’s purchases are skyrocketing since the introduction of Napster.

In conclusion Napster contributes to the economy, it has boosted CD sales by almost 8% and is one of the only things on the internet today that brings light to emerging artists. It is for that reason that we at napster are so irrepressibly set on making sure this resolution falls. Napster is helping these companies and economy as a whole not taking away from it. Thank you

Library Post

Looking back on the Library field trip, I really enjoyed it! To be 100% honest I didn’t do a lot of ‘work’ on the trip. It was a lot more about exploring the culture of downtown and getting closer to the grade 9’s. Even coming into the trip I wasn’t completely sure who I was even going to study for eminent, at that point in time I was still zeroing in on Richard Branson.

It was still a great day, the solo was interesting, I enjoy people watching so that’s what I did. I remembered walking past the same street corner I was sitting on for the solo spot a couple weeks earlier to go to a whitecaps game in the ‘southsiders march’. It looked much different without the chanting and blue smoke. Seeing the morning commute, people in very formal attire walking, biking and even one guy who rode a Razor scooter to work.

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The walk to the bookstore made for one of the highlights of my day, I crossed Dunsmuir just as the light changed and we left half the group behind so we stopped to wait. I realised that we has stopped at the foot of the building where my dad worked. So I gave him a call and got him to come to the window where he found 35 TALONS kids waving up at him. Once we got to the bookstore I was amazed at how many books were there! It seemed like every shelf was crammed floor to ceiling, overflowing with books. I found this one copy of a Christmas Carol for $50 that was the most satisfying thing to pick up and flip through, it was the kind of thing that I want to come back and purchase and read to my children in the future.

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Then we headed back and went for lunch, I went for sushi ordered 4 rolls then went for pizza and it only cost me like $25, I was impressed. The food was okay, it was representative for the price I paid. During lunch I chatted to Nathan and Francisco, meeting my goal of interacting with nines. They both are super great guys and I’m glad I got to know them. Then came my afternoon in the library where I was supposed to be suuper productive and find books on my eminent person…

I didn’t I walked around, checked things out, talked to people, and enjoyed myself. But to be honest not a whole lot of learning happened in the library section. I could make up things about how “even though I couldn’t find a book I searched high and low” but to tell the truth even from the get go my focus was more social and about my surroundings then actually making serious project on my eminent person study. On the same token I think that’s arguably just as valuable, making connections with the nines (that I don’t get many chances to bond with) and just checking out somewhere I don’t go all that often made it worth missing a day of school to do.

Me this weekend

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Credits to Hannah for this picture

 

Intro Post (Fanning)

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 17 days till eminent night. I can feel the procrastination in my bones as I sit down to start writing my intro post.

Alrighty, my eminent person for this year is going to be Shawn Fanning. I would say Shawn Fanning was a name that most people knew or at least would recognise back in 2001 but now he seems to not be as prominent in everyone’s mind. For those reading this who don’t know who he is, Shawn Fanning is an American computer programmer/ entrepreneur, he created his company called ‘Napster’ in 1998 when he was only 18 years old. Napster was something the world had never seen before, it was a peer to peer system, what is a peer to peer sharing platform? Glad you asked! Peer to Peer or P2P is sharing files from one computer to another. Some examples that are more prominent now-a-days are things like kickasstorrents and thepiratebay. So Napster was created by Fanning to share music and the site spread like wildfire, mostly among college students. Obviously the music companies were less then pleased that their music was being shared for free and they were losing business, so they took Fanning and Napster to court and eventually shut it down in 2001. Fanning went on create other tech companies, such as Snocap, Rupture, Path, and Airtime but Napster was by far his most successful.

Shawn Fanning at a conference in Chicago talking about Napser -Courtesy of NBC Chicago

Up until about Thursday I thought I was going to do Henry Ford who revolutionised the assembly line and changed the motor industry, I realised pretty quickly that I really couldn’t relate with him. He lived over 100 years ago and I realised that it would more likely than not turn into something I had to get done rather then something I really cared about. The thing I really feel I can relate to about Shawn is after my in-depth study on business and economics last year and I feel like he’s a lot more ‘real’ if that makes any sense. I can do more to understand his business sense: his morals and values and how he lives his life. I also really respect how he started a business at the age of 18 as that is something I hope to accomplish as well. I learned last year in my in-depth that if there is someone that has what you want, convince them to teach you how to do it, so that’s my plan. While I realise it may be hard to get in contact with him, I’ll try and even if I can’t I’ll get to know him to the best of my ability though whatever means I can. In fact I tweeted him and I’ll keep nagging him to try to steal some of his time, though it was super hard figuring out how to ask to talk to him in 200 characters.

I think me and Shawn have some similarities, mainly in the way we think: I think we both think the way of an entrepreneur. That’s a pretty cliché thing to say that Fanning and I “Think the same”. But I honestly think it has some truth to it, we both have a knack for problem-solving and have problems staying motivated when we don’t see results. When I read that these were some defining character traits I was honestly shocked because I have people describe in exactly that way almost word for word.

Anyways some of the things I hope to get done for the eminent person study are to really make sure my speech is something that I am proud of. I really was proud of my last year’s speech and I think I am up to challenge of 1-up-ing that performance this year, especially because we are performing in front of an audience. One thing I was disappointed in last year was my learning center. I think this year I should make it more memorable and relatable to passers-by.

If you can’t beat ’em join ’em

I would say until about 2 months ago I knew next to nothing about what the 4 Canadian party’s platforms looked like. I was confident in my knowledge of the way the elections worked but I had never bothered to actually look into what the party’s stood for. I remember in middle school we did a unit on the structure of the Provincial and Federal elections but we never even touched on what any of the party’s stood for.

As I started to research the different parties and their values and I looked at the current party in the conservatives and I found that there are very few people that are pleased with the job the conservative party has been doing. After our in class conversation where we talked about the two right wing party’s combining into one I started to think about the effect that had on the election. I started to think about what party I favoured, I realised that my vote is split between the two major left wing party’s with the NDP and Liberal. My worry is that the rest of Canada feels the same way and because there are two major left wing party’s and only one right wing party, the votes for the left wing party’s will be split possibly allowing the conservatives to move in and get another term.

When I look at the Conservative party it is pretty hard to find any of their values that line up with mine. I like the NDP and Liberal take on trying to improve the life of the middle class, but I think in an idea world they would be focusing on improving the life of the lower class, trying to get people off the streets and give help to those who need it. The only problem with that being that a majority of the lower class and the homeless do not vote and for that reason no successful party wants to put their time and energy into it and that starts a vicious cycle, the people who need the most help tend to have the lowest voter turnout, thusly political party’s do not target them in their campaigns. While I think it’s important to better the lives of everyone and taking from those who have more to better those who do not is a good idea but the Liberals and NDP aren’t really targeting those who need it most, they are targeting those who will vote for them.

In my opinion that is the problem with politics. That ultimately the people in charge will do whatever they have to do to make sure that they get to maintain that power and if there is a group that needs help, even if they have nothing to give in return the government should help them. My ideal Canada is one where the homeless population is next to none, a society where there is UNCONDITIONAL help for people with substance abuse issues and poor living conditions. I think that is how the world as a whole should operate and it is starting to but I there is still so much grey area between those who help others for the legitimate benefit of the other group and those who do it just to ultimately benefit themselves. Though as we discussed in class on Friday there are many studies that suggest that if someone is put in a role of power they will abuse the power eventually. The world of politics is one where the political game decides who wins and who loses. The political game is one where those who are morally and ethically about helping others, end up losing. The people that look at it from a standpoint of ‘how can I get myself in power’ end up winning and that is something that needs to be changed.

There are lots of things on both the NDP and Liberal party’s agendas that will benefit society. With the NDP trying to lower the price of child care and the Liberals trying to bring “give the middle class a raise”. In terms of identity and economy I think the 2 left wing parties are headed in the right direction. When we look at geography the only party that have the environment as a major concern is the green party. I think that as a society we could benefit from the green party. They support almost the same things as the NDP and Liberal’s in terms of the other three major identity’s they just obviously just put more effort into helping the environment.

I honestly believe it would be beneficial to create one main left wing party. Combine the NDP, the Liberals, and the Green party. This would be beneficial for many reasons, firstly the morals and ethics of the three parties seem to line up almost identically, and secondly it would give them a much better chance in the elections. The way I see it the Conservatives made a really smart move creating one party and have been in power for a long time because of it. My proposition would be to see how this election goes and, if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em. Create a single party, find a leader that has the betterment of the country truly at heart and I think that party would be almost unstoppable.

Did Canada commit genocide?

There are parts of Canada’s history that, to say the least don’t make our hearts swell with pride. We have learned as much as in socials in the last few weeks. In our last few lessons in socials I have been taken aback but still very interested in the way that the aboriginals were treated in Canada and I am interested in exploring just how bad the Aboriginals were treated. I think the main area of study for me is going to be the question of, did Canada commit genocide with their treatment of the aboriginals?

The first thing I did was, I went to find the technical definition of “genocide” according to the United Nations, and it is as follows:

“General Assembly Resolution 260A (III) Article 2 In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

There is without a doubt, evidence that would lead to believe that by this definition Canada committed genocide against their own people. I found a very interesting article that gave specific examples of exactly how and when these acts of genocide were committee.

“It’s clear that Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. MacDonald’s policy of starving First Nations to death in order to make way for the western expansion of European settlers meets the criteria of genocide under the CPPCG.

Similarly, the entire residential school system also passes the genocide test, in particular if you consider the fact that the Department of Indian Affairs, headed by Duncan Campbell Scott, deliberately ignored the recommendations of Peter Bryce, Canada’s first Chief Medical Officer, regarding the spread of tuberculosis in the schools. Such willful disregard for the basic principles of public health constitutes an act of genocide by omission, if not deliberate commission.

Finally, we have the very recent and painful memory of forced removal of First Nations children from their families by Indian Agents which occurred in the 1960s, also known by the popular term “Sixties Scoop.” This is an act of genocide that clearly meets the CPPCG test, and also fell outside of the residential school system.” Exert from the article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/what-canada-committed-against-first-nations-was-genocide-the-un-should-recognize-it/article14853747/.

Some of the things that I would be looking to learn more about would be looking into previous examples of genocide and how this specific example relates to that. The scary thing that I have found is that Canada attended a conference with the UN about genocide and then continued to do exactly what they were doing previously.

Another interesting thing that I have been looking into is what are doing to fix the problem that we created, what have we done in the past? What will we continue to do in the future? How SHOULD we be compensating for the harm we have done. I mean it is questionably genocide, lots of Canadians are saying that we are on unseeded land and something needs to be done about it! The question is what?

 

 

In depth post 7-8

In depth post 8

I am realising that I am slowly running out of fuel in the tank. With school in general, in-depth included. I have noticed that while I am still reading and listening to my audio books, I feel like I am just doing it to check it off my list of things to do. Instead of the way I feel it should be, which it reading to improve my skills and myself as a person. The same thing as been happening in my general school work and even as I write this blog post. At the start of the school year everything was new and I was motivated to get everything done well and I would do it with a passion, but I feel that recently I have been doing these things just do get them done, not putting as much effort as I feel I am capable of and have in the past. I brought this up with Jacob and he told me that I need to find some way to get myself back into the rhythm of doing work with passion. Do whatever it takes to motivate yourself, a suggestion he gave me is to give myself positive affirmations. This is a suggestion that he has made in the past to help me avoid this exact problem, I kind of brushed it off the first time, thinking “positive affirmations, what can that do for me”, but at this point I am ready to try it as stupid as it may sound.

On the DeBono side of things I have decided to talk about a combination of the things mentioned in blog post 7 and 8 firstly I will touch on diversions. I have noticed that one of the things that Jacob does is that he never gets straight to the point, so there are a lot of diversions in our conversations and we never seem to stay totally on topic, but I feel that it always seems to keep the conversation interesting. Because we don’t spend too long on each topic we seem to move back to the topic at hand relatively quickly and I cannot think of a time when I have not had enough time to ask any questions I had during one of our meetings, I also cannot think of a concept that Jacob has not had enough time to describe to me to the point where I fully understand it.

The next thing I want to touch on is interruption, because the setting in witch is with only one other person there is little need to interrupt the other. There are still times when for example, I will not understand something that Jacob said I can interrupt at the right time to ask for clarification, or if I have something I want to add it is very similar to step three that is mentioned in deBono’s book, “Interrupt at the right point and state you will elaborate later.” But as I previously mentioned it is not something that is an issue very often because it is such a small setting in which we meet that it is your turn to speak half of the time.

Connor’s Mid Term

As we conclude this half of the socials term I have created a PowerPoint presentation to explain the prescribed learning outcomes (or PLO’s) that I feel I have met in the first half of this term.

So go ahead and click on that link to look through my presentation!

Socials reflection from Connor Attridge

Final Adress

Firstly my final address, I would like to point out that this is the version that I used to present with so there may be some grammatical or spelling errors.

Good afternoon everyone, we are here today to celebrate a very special occasion. Today we have founded a new nation, one that we hope will last for centuries to come.

But, you have made a mistake, I hope you all realise that. You have elected a man to run your country who hasn’t sobered up in years, he cares about nothing but himself. I have said that, I know I have said that many times before, but you didn’t listen. You let this man woo you and play the political game, telling you what you wanted to hear, he fed you lies.

Now that he has won the election, beat me, he has what he wants, power. Nothing can stop him. Now you are all standing here at this celebration thinking, no this man would never lie to us, he has our best interest at heart.

Ah but does he, here I have the official documents that I stole from his office, and sure theft is wrong but what I found is worse. Get papers, what I have in my hands right now is a plan to backstab those who have trusted in him. Let me tell you about what john a calls, residential schools.

Residential schools are basically prisons for the Indians, his goal is to decimate them. Now not hours after his nation was created he is ready to backstab those who helped him create it.

Well fair enough the aboriginals may not have influenced the creation of Canada that greatly, but this is just the beginning, I guarantee you that if nothing is done then there simply a matter of time before people who are not fall under the same ethnic background as John, will become completely obliterated!

After hearing that, you francophone out there look me in the eye and tell me you feel safe for your culture in generations to come.

I have been asked by many how I want to be remembered. To them I will say, remember today, remember me who wanted to make Canada a place where everyone is treated equal, now remember that, when you or your children or children’s children are being forced to pay for John A’s greed 10 fold!

I know it will happen, the question is will I still be around to fix it

Enjoy your festivities

Here are the links to my old blog posts:

http://connor.talons43.ca/2015/04/01/the-toronto-globe/

http://connor.talons43.ca/2015/03/23/letter-home/

I will embed my main tweets,

Also, here is a link to some twitter conversations between me and John A MacDonald

Pointing Fingers

Actual debate/ more finger pointing