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    I chose to read lines 3.3.369-378 in the play Othello, which is a short monologue by Iago, the villain of the play. I discovered that varying the tone, inflection, and other qualities could really affect how the

    Breathe Life into Shakespeare

    https://www.youthvoices.live/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Iago-3.3.369-378.m4a I chose to read lines 3.3.369-378 in the play Othello, which is a short monologue by Iago, the villain of the play. I discovered that varying the tone, inflection, and other qualities could really affect how the passage came...

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    Passage 1 paraphrase:

    Father,

    I’m stuck between two sides on this decision:

    You provided me my life and education

    Which means I must respect you,

    Since I am your daughter and you are my master.

    But h

    Othello Close Reading Analysis

    Passage 1 paraphrase: Father, I’m stuck between two sides on this decision: You provided me my life and education Which means I must respect you, Since I am your daughter and you are my master. But here’s my husband, so I owe him more respect. And...

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    One technological advance that has the potential to completely change the world is the development of self-driving cars. The technology we have today isn’t quite to the level of completely autonomous cars, but i

    Five Levels of Self-Driving Cars

    One technological advance that has the potential to completely change the world is the development of self-driving cars. The technology we have today isn’t quite to the level of completely autonomous cars, but it could get there in the...

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    There are many major developments and advances in technology that are expected to occur in the future. However, one of the most interesting topics is self-driving cars. While many people expect self-driving cars

    Jobs and Self-Driving Technology

    There are many major developments and advances in technology that are expected to occur in the future. However, one of the most interesting topics is self-driving cars. While many people expect self-driving cars to be a good thing and...

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    • Great post Thomas! I have a friend who’s dad is a truck driver for Shipex. He has brought this same topic up in conversation and said that the idea of self driving trucks doesn’t scare him that much. The reasoning he gave was that the change wouldn’t happen in his lifetime or at least before he retires. But he still believes that the change toward a no driver system is a definite change in the future. I think that if you are to make a future post you should include more pros and cons for self-driving tech, such as the security behind self-driving cars being a major obstacle, especially because the technology would be of very high interest to hackers.

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    Among other major advances, self-driving cars are expected to become commonplace in the future. American car manufacturers say that they will have self-driving cars on the market within twenty years. A recent from

    Self-driving cars and fuel consumption

    Among other major advances, self-driving cars are expected to become commonplace in the future. American car manufacturers say that they will have self-driving cars on the market within twenty years. A recent from TIME, “Why Self-Driving Cars Might Not...

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    • Dear Thomas,
      I am very intrigued about your post on self-driving cars because it’s definitely something thats going to happen in the very near future. People are going to be driven to work by their cars while probably sitting back and eating breakfast on the way. I agree with you that there are going to be some downsides like emissions and gas usage, but there are also going to be some positives like less accidents which would be a major plus. Your post is very interesting and makes me want to continue doing research about technology in the future. Thanks for writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next.

    • Dear Thomas,
      I really like your post, “Self-Driving Cars & Fuel Consumption” because you give both good things about self-driving cars and the downsides that there is to it too. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “As a result, people will probably drive more often and farther, which would increase fuel consumption and emissions.” I think that it is interesting that the distance at which people drive to will increase. I think that maybe since people don’t have to drive themselves they’ll be okay with going to farther distances. Another sentence that I like is, “As a result, people will live farther and farther away, and if they make that longer commute to work, the emissions and fuel consumption from their cars will increase.” This stood out for me because it is true an increase in fuel consumption from cars is not good for the environment. I agree that higher fuel usage is bad, but self driving cars will be safer for people when driving. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your thinking is very interesting. You thought through things when you made the different arguments.

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    When people think about self-driving technology, it’s usually thought of as only a good thing. No one really ever thinks about any potential downsides of it. However, this article in The Atlantic highlights some

    Self-Driving Technology

    When people think about self-driving technology, it's usually thought of as only a good thing. No one really ever thinks about any potential downsides of it. However, this article in The Atlantic highlights some major issues, such as the possibility...

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    Of the many major social issues in today’s world, one of the biggest issues is the death penalty. I feel strongly about this issue, and I would argue that the death penalty needs to be abolished. The death

    The Death Penalty

    Of the many major social issues in today's world, one of the biggest issues is the death penalty. I feel strongly about this issue, and I would argue that the death penalty needs to be abolished. The death penalty's...

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    • Thomas, I agree that the death penalty should be changed but not abolished because of it’s dehumanizing nature. However I don’t think the reason for it is because of revenge I think the idea is that if someone is that dangerous to society then to keep everyone safe we must. I see the problem during the tedious trial all death row cases face, not only are they long and expensive but over used. This article(https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/facts-about-deterrence-and-death-penalty) explains the difficulties with the trial and gives specific examples. I think what we must do to change this is really look at the case and see if it’s necessary, which most of the time it is not. Hope to read more from you.

    • Thomas,
      I agree that the death penalty should be done away with, its outdated and ineffective and it costs way too much for what it doesn’t do anymore. It’s an inhumane practice because why should a governing body be able to determine whether or not a person should stay living?

    • After reading your article, I agree with you about not having the death penalty. In my own research I found that some prisoners would rather die than have life in prison. Suicides cause the most death in jail, in fact, “Suicide was the leading cause of inmate deaths in local jails, and accounted for 35 percent of jail deaths” (1). If we get rid of the death penalty, the people who were going to get executing will get life in prison and that 35% will rise and the prison will get a free death penalty which will be good because the death penalty costs more than life in prison. The death penalty cost $500,000+ more than prison: “Cases without the death penalty cost $740,000, while cases where the death penalty is sought cost $1.26 million. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population” (2). This shows that if we we do not have the death penalty that we would save about $500,000 and I found that in 1999, 98 people were executed which costs about $123,480,000 when if we did not have the death penalty it would cost about $72,520,000. Meanwhile, in my research I found that the victim could be innocent. About 4% of people but on death row might have actually been innocent. “The four authors reviewed the outcomes of the 7,482 death sentences handed down from 1973 to 2004. Of that group, 117, or 1.6 percent, were exonerated. But with enough time and resources, the authors concluded that at least 4.1 percent of death row inmates would have been exonerated.” (3). This shows that we could be taking 117 people from there families and friends for no reason because we have the death penalty. Now if we did not have the death penalty the families could at least give them a visit in prison. So therefore that is why I agree with this article.

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    As our world makes repeated advances in technology, we often hear about future benefits. For example, we often hear that advances in emissions technology will help keep our air cleaner, and that future

    Is there a dark side to technology?

    As our world makes repeated advances in technology, we often hear about future benefits. For example, we often hear that advances in emissions technology will help keep our air cleaner, and that future self-driving cars could reduce car accidents...

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    In Salt Lake City each winter, the “inversion season” happens, where for weeks at a time between storms, the air turns brown with smog. The normally beautiful views and landscapes become hidden by fog and haz

    Why does Utah have inversions?

    In Salt Lake City each winter, the “inversion season” happens, where for weeks at a time between storms, the air turns brown with smog. The normally beautiful views and landscapes become hidden by fog and haze, and the mountains...

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    • Hi Thomas,

      I liked your informative article about the inversions in Utah. I found it interesting that this only occurred in the Salt Lake City area and not in other places. I am interested to hear your research about the topic with reliable resources. I wished you elaborated some more on your topic. Otherwise, nice work!

    • Thomas, when you mentioned Utah’s geography being a bowl shape causing the bad air to stay was very interesting. In the future, maybe elaborate on how we can reduce this and go into the science behind the inversions. Last year I went to a clean air rally at the capital and it was cool to speak out for something that was important to me. I know there will be on in 2018 and if it interests you, look into it! Here is a website that I enjoyed when I was looking into our poor air quality http://www.healutah.org/campaigns/cleanair/# Looking forward to hearing back from you.

    • Thomas, I liked your article. You stated important facts and listed some great sources. Next time maybe add personal experiences with this issue. Great job, keep up the great work.

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    Living in Utah, I am always hearing things like “Utah is growing very fast” on the news. I have always been curious about why this is, and also whether or not this will affect what Utah is like in the future. I

    What will Utah be like in the future?

    Living in Utah, I am always hearing things like "Utah is growing very fast" on the news. I have always been curious about why this is, and also whether or not this will affect what Utah is like in...

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    • Thomas, your findings for this post are very interesting. I believe Utah may become more of a young adult state, due to Utah being a popular destination for young adults to start their families as well as attend school. I believe this growth also is due to the factor of Utah’s colleges and universities becoming more advanced and well known, making it a more desirable study location for out of state students that are likely to establish residency in the state after their education. I also believe as Utah becomes more diverse, (if that’s possible) that it will attract more and more people from around the world, possibly transforming Utah into a cultural center of the mid west.

    • Thomas, I find this question intriguing and one that I haven’t heard many people speak about. I agree with you that the Mormons contribute greatly to Utah’s growing population but as you said, I think there is more to it. The fact that Utah will grow that much in the next 50 years concerns me slightly. If our population becomes that high with the Mormon population growing as well we will continue to grow at an extremely high rate. One website I went on, https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-214.html , shows that Utah had the highest percentage growth from 2015 to 2016. This shows that we will only be growing more and more.

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    I already know that lots of technology is being developed today, such as self-driving cars. Technology will almost certainly advance in the future, but no one really knows how. I want to know more about the

    What will the future be like?

      I already know that lots of technology is being developed today, such as self-driving cars. Technology will almost certainly advance in the future, but no one really knows how. I want to know more about the future, more specifically, in...

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