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    Desdemona

    1.3.208-218

    My noble father,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    To you I am bound for life and education;

    My life and education both do learn me

    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;

    I am

    Othello Close Read

    Desdemona 1.3.208-218 My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty: To you I am bound for life and education; My life and education both do learn me How to respect you; you are the lord of duty; I am hitherto your daughter: but here's...

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  • mia,
    I found your post very interesting. I really liked the bit about how american society and values has almost created and epidemic of anxiety and mental illness. I live in Utah which has the fifth heights suicide rate in the nation and is considered by some to be the number one state for mental illness in adults. When you talk about how we…Read More

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    Ronnie,
    this is a super important topic especially now that both POTUS, congress, and possibly the supreme court under conservative control. Since we live in a republican state our reproductive rights are already hanging on a thread and I’m worried that under the new adminstration that we could loose them totally. luckily there are lots of people…Read More

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    The research question for my essay was “what is the true cause behind addiction and relapse?”. It is easy to see why people associate poverty, will power, mental illness, genetics, and personal value with drug add

    Filling in The Gaps: Addiction Research

    The research question for my essay was “what is the true cause behind addiction and relapse?”. It is easy to see why people associate poverty, will power, mental illness, genetics, and personal value with drug addiction. People often misunderstand...

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    • wow, i find this fascinating. i really liked how you focused on more of the scientific reasoning from addiction. we also have the same opinion on who should go to jail. the dangerous people who kill others rather than a person that bought 1 gram of cannabis.

    • Dear Melissa,
      I found your topic of drug addiction research to be incredibly compelling. All of the research you sited reminded me of what happened in Portugal, where the government made radical changes in their country’s drug policy based on the scientific research that had been coming in (https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/05/portugals-radical-drugs-policy-is-working-why-hasnt-the-world-copied-it ).They went from having one of the worst drug problems in the world to being one of the best nations for addiction. I think you could use this in your essay. Great job so far!
      -Tony

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    Melissa commented on the post, Name Memoir – Octavio

    octavio,
    You do have a pretty cool name. I think its interesting that you are more attached to your mothers maiden name since most people go by their fathers name, however it makes sense to identify with the side of the family that you are closer with. its interesting to look up the meanings behind your name even if that wasn’t the reason for…Read More

  • Beth, in religion class we learned about the cruelty of the US prison system but they did not focus much on the treatment of women in prisons. its interesting to see the ways in which sexism impact lives even at the most fundamental level. I’m doing my project on drug use and I’m learning all about how unfairly the US prison system targets the…Read More

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    Bergland, Christopher. “Neuroscience Suggests That We’re All ‘Wired’ for Addiction.”Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 26 Aug. 2016, http://www.psy

    Understanding Addiction Research part III

    Bergland, Christopher. “Neuroscience Suggests That We're All ‘Wired’ for Addiction.”Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 26 Aug. 2016, www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201608/neuroscience-suggests-were-all-wired-addiction. In this article Brian Anderson suggest that drug addiction is less uncommon than we think. That the reasons and pathways used by drug...

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  • Bella!
    I love your topic! Its super interesting. Being sad is one of the many inevitability of life and it isn’t always a bad thing. Feeling sad is a natural reaction and I’m sure has some evolutionary advantage that I would love to learn more about. Addiction requires a dependency on substance, action, or in this case, a feeling. Just like how we…Read More

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    Melissa commented on the post, Different forms of Racism

    Hi Zachary,
    this post was great. By explaining these terms you very clearly explained racism in a modern world. As I read through your post I was able to think of or imagine examples of various types of racism that I think often go unnoticed. you mentioned that reverse racism is a controversial term. my own opinion is that there is no such thing.…Read More

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    Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Why Do Drug Use Disorders Often Co-Occur with Other Mental Illnesses?” NIDA, www

    Understanding Addiction Research ( part II)

    Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Why Do Drug Use Disorders Often Co-Occur with Other Mental Illnesses?” NIDA, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/comorbidity-addiction-other-mental-illnesses/why-do-drug-use-disorders-often-co-occur-other-men. Drug addiction and mental illness often occur side by side in a relationship of mutual cause and effect. The national institute of...

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    Melissa commented on the post, My Life in 20 years

    elias,
    you sound like an extreme adrenalin junkie! I applaud your desire for hard, intense, and risky work. I find the reasons you want to be a surgeon interesting and to some degree understandable. I think being a doctor is very stressful and it is those that seek it out that perform the best. It sounds like you have a good understanding of your…Read More

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    Hey John,
    Lab mice and pigs have been used for experiments for decades. We recently used pigs in a genetic engineering experiment using CRISPER and are looking forward to human trials. I do not think it is vaccines and medications people are angry about being tested on animals since we often do much less relevant experiment on mice. However I…Read More

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    Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Principles of Effective Treatment.” NIDA, www

    Understanding Addiction Research

    Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Principles of Effective Treatment.” NIDA, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment. This article deals mainly with the prescription used to treat opioid addiction. The top drugs used to treat addiction all have low overdose risk and work to prevent withdrawal...

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    • Dear Missy,
      I’m glad that you decided to write about this. This issue right here has the potential to greatly harm society. Many people nowadays use prescription medication or other drugs to treat mental illness and other disorders. Some articles I’ve read, like https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/medications-treat-disorders#3-7 say they do help. But others have said that just simply trying to be happy has the same effect (if not greater) in treating mental illness. Is this what you believe? I would love for you to write about this.
      Bobby

    • Dear Missy,
      This blog was really informative. The message was clear in that drugs aren’t the solution to prevent other addictions. I myself am doing a project on addiction and what I’ve learned is that addiction is only a coping mechanism or side effect of a person trying to rid themselves of unwanted feelings. In my opinion if one were to rid themselves of their addiction they would only be removing the way they cope with trauma. So to get over your addiction you must focus on feeling the unwanted feelings you’ve been pushing away.
      Vesna

    • Missy,
      This was a really cool article. I really enjoyed the way that you wrote it and the quotes that you used where very effective. I also like the way that you look at many different drugs and the effects that each one has on your body and brain.

  • Cheryl,
    I know that I am guilty of bombarding myself with too much information. With so much available its hard to pick out what is correct and even harder to find what is important. I think its interesting that our brains function better when handling less information. This post reminded me of some of the reasons people are so found of…Read More

  • Nathan,
    The US prison system values punishment over reform, rather than help people suffering from various socioeconomic factors traps them in a inescapable system. I wrote my post of the war on drugs which resulted in millions of people imprisoned for non violent crimes. The US stands alone on its harsh punishments and long sentences for…Read More

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    The war on drugs, the supposed “public enemy number one”, established under the Nixon administration and intensified under Reagan has been a colossal failure. The logic behind the war on drugs was if you eliminate

    Injustices of United States' War on Drugs.

    The war on drugs, the supposed "public enemy number one", established under the Nixon administration and intensified under Reagan has been a colossal failure. The logic behind the war on drugs was if you eliminate the drugs you eliminate...

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  • Isaac, I’ve never thought how the acceptance of drug use has allowed from increasing amounts of drug abuse and i totally agree. on the other hand I also think the lifting of the stigma has allowed for better treatment. im not sure if the lifting of the stigma increased drug abuse or just makes us more aware of it. either way i do agree the the…Read More

  • hello sofia,
    i totally agree that there is a real and prevalent hook up culture though I don’t think that dystopian literature I views meaningless sex as a threat to a free and open society. I think the powers in dystopian novels fear love not sex and those are two very different things. they fear love because it connects people and allows them…Read More

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    All dystopian novels have certain attributes in common: oppressive governments, propagandist mass media, restrictions on free thinking. All of these common traits are meant to be used as commentary on contemporary

    Drugs in Dystopian Literature.

    All dystopian novels have certain attributes in common: oppressive governments, propagandist mass media, restrictions on free thinking. All of these common traits are meant to be used as commentary on contemporary culture. In George Orwell's 1984 big brother is...

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  • Lin,
    I absolutely agree with you. Whether or not it is an honor it is for no one to decided besides those whose culture is being depicted. There is clearly a large degree of separation between kids dressing up as native americans and the Red Skins mascot but I think a hard line needs to be drawn on this topic. Strict rules are hard to come by…Read More

  • AjBOHS,
    I think the topic you choose to focus on is very interesting and creative. I would be careful when quoting wikipedia both because of its low reliability and the stigma against it. you can find the primary sources at the bottom of the wikipedia page that will give you the same information from a more reputable source. I think it is very…Read More

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    We are told to respect our elders, learn from their advice, and honor them. Many of us find this difficult. It’s hard to awe at the wisdom of an individual who is clueless of how our lives operate today and who

    Generations of Ignorance.

    We are told to respect our elders, learn from their advice, and honor them. Many of us find this difficult. It's hard to awe at the wisdom of an individual who is clueless of how our lives operate today...

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  • Chuck! you know I’m a sucker for Hypotheticals and this presents a very interesting one. Since the roosevelt administration the US has placed value in preserving national park however we continue to allocate more land and resources to support our growing population much faster than can be replaced. I like the idea you add to this problem by…Read More

  • This post is very amusing and playful. The title originally drew me in to the post in the same way pop ads invites people. Im glad a simple cartoon could spark so much interested in who we are and am glad that we like to see ourselves in our childhood influences. I still cannot say for certain which turtle I am after all people are more…Read More

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    Utah is perhaps best know for the young men and women it sends out in white oxfords and names tags called missionaries. These religious missions are partially responsible for nineteen percent of Utah residents

    LDS Influence on Utah.

    Utah is perhaps best know for the young men and women it sends out in white oxfords and names tags called missionaries. These religious missions are partially responsible for nineteen percent of Utah residents speaking a second language compared...

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    • Melissa, as a Utah citizen myself I definitely see what your saying, and Im always a sucker for hard facts and statics so no argument there. I did however wonder why the large influx of Tongan background people. The mormon concentrations is quite high here, you cant turn your head without seeing a mormon chapel. I myself am not mormon but it has influenced Utah a lot, like you said our legislature is majority republican and I think their decisions are heavily influenced by their faith. my question is is this a bad thing? what are the pros and cons of this influence in Utah. heres an article (http://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=5403049&itype=CMSID). please get back to me on this.

    • Missy this is an awesome post! You shared numerous links which helped me understand the information you were writing about. You brought up some points I had never thought about! For example, the fact that Utah is above average in speaking of foreign languages due to the mormon missions is very interesting. I strongly agree what you are saying in this post. The Mormon faith has had a massive impact on Utah, especially politics, and I can’t imagine what this place would be like without them. Another thing I agree with is, “One of the largest growing populations and languages in Utah is Tongan.” When traveling to different states I notice a substantial difference in numbers of the Tongan/Samoan communities. I agree that this is an effect of our many missionaries sent to their islands. One issue I have heard about in the world of Utah politics is that the church is too closely tied with our state and local government. I found this interesting article going more in depth on this topic that I think would help add useful information to your post. Thanks for sharing this great post!
      http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/5430-how-much-influence-does-the-lds-church-have-on-the-legislature-depends-on-who-you-ask

    • Missy, my girl. This is a very interesting post and growing up in Utah I have thought the same sort of things about how the LDS religion influences Utah as a whole. I liked how many links and facts that you included in your post. It is very interesting to the whole topic. I never knew that Utah is above average ins speaking of foreign language due to the mormon missionaries. I agree with everything that you said in this post. The Mormon faith has a huge impact on everything around us. Do you think that this a good thing or a bad thing? How do you think that this influences the state as a whole? https://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-harrison/the-lds-church-and-utah-p_b_9278128.html I found this interesting article on all the different aspects of life that Mormonism can affect. Great post!!

    • Hi Missy,
      Utah does have problems with the church but I belive that gerrymandering is the bigger issue then the morman church because the reson the church has such a strong grip is gerrymandering. The senators have figured out ways to split up uposing views into small fractions and make it imposible to become succesful at voting for what they beleive in. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/03/01/this-is-the-best-explanation-of-gerrymandering-you-will-ever-see/?utm_term=.9eb41f479114 this article is very good at explaining how this works and why it is so effective for one group to stay in power for so long.
      thanks, Simon

  • Gary, I am so glad you choose to focus on this issue. It is unexpected since you are a man but i am glad you did. men do have more advantages than women but that is because that is how our world is ordered not because of how we are born. domestic abuse is an difficult issue to handle and is incredibly delicate. I think solutions are in prevention…Read More

  • I didn’t know you could post a survey on this sight and I am so glad that you did. Im glad you picked this issue to analyze, I hope to see results and an article on the issue soon! Please keep pressing the issue of sexism. I am fascinated to not only hear some startling proof of sexism but also the results of your survey telling me what people…Read More

  • Keaton, I loved this article. I am an asian american myself living in Utah. Rarely do people think of my ethnic group when considering social or political activism. I admit this is the first I have ever heard of any notable again activist. I encourage you to keep focusing on this issue and maybe writing some on on going issues that effect asians…Read More

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    Melissa commented on the post, This?

    I loved the part where you talked about how to grow. “This” is the soil and climate and sunshine that you grow in. I love this connection that you have made and I like how you are able to mention the more subtle expectations set for you without sounding like you’re just complaining about life. I do think that not all expectations and precedents…Read More

  • The human condition is to survive, my need to survive benefits my entire population by what I create, destroy, and pass on. however just benefiting the rest of the world is not the same a being selfless. I think generosity requires sacrifice, it is not something you do out of connivence. I think your right in saying were all ” oriented to help our…Read More

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    I am not afraid of death. The way I see it once I am dead and gone and buried I lose the ability to want to live and therefore won’t mind being dead. I am scared of zombies. It’s not the unstoppable illness, the

    Roaming in Literature

    I am not afraid of death. The way I see it once I am dead and gone and buried I lose the ability to want to live and therefore won't mind being dead. I am scared of zombies. It's...

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    • Missy,
      I think that your post is very clever. When you talk about the fear that our “…fellow humans see us as nothing more than meat on bone…” is utterly terrifying. I really found your connection to zombies with the collapse of humanity as something relatable especially when there are debates that people—especially younger generations—are becoming a little more disconnected. Of coarse, this theory is something that can be discussed in a more focused approach on a different post, but the connection of disconnection to roaming does show a side of concern. I also agree with you about how scary roaming can be. I believe A Brave New World has aspects of roaming that slowly destroys humanity. The advent of extreme readily information that seems to be the theme throughout the book, makes individuals less human in a way. Finally, I like how you mentioned that many books have an underlying truth about humanity in which we need to save from ourselves.

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