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  1. page Fight Club Apreciation edited ... I'd like to meet that person...and fight them... -Jose Looking back at the website, I saw t…
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    I'd like to meet that person...and fight them...
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    Looking back at the website, I saw this and I am definitely going to appreciate english class more nowwwwwww.
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Tuesday, October 28

  1. page Glossary of Terms edited ... 3) a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or …
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    3) a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development (Merriam-Webster dictionary)
    Salem Witch Trials: The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings before local magistrates followed by county court trials to prosecute people accused of witchcraft in Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties of colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693. Over 150 people were arrested and imprisoned, with even more accused who were not formally pursued by the authorities. The two courts convicted twenty-nine people of the capital felony of witchcraft. Nineteen of the accused, fourteen women and five men, were hanged. One man who refused to enter a plea was crushed to death under heavy stones in an attempt to force him to do so. At least five more of the accused died in prison.
    Reverend: Not a title, but rather a style used as a prefix for christian ministers and clergy.
    Poppet: A doll made of yarn in Puritan times. It was used as evidence against Elizabeth Proctor.
    BrimstoneBrimstone: Sulfur. Deposits of sulfur often occur around volcanoes, and Hell was said to hold "fire and brimstone" for sinners. When God smote Sodom and Gomorrah, he sent a rain of fiery brimstone to destroy the city.
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  2. page Crucibles edited ... The Crucible Metaphor 1)Arthur Miller uses the title "The Crucible" as a metaphor f…
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    The Crucible Metaphor
    1)Arthur Miller uses the title "The Crucible" as a metaphor for the events that occur in Salem. The exterior crucible is the town of Salem , and the fire that burns under it is the accumulating accusations. Following this metaphor the people of Salem are the metal that is inside the crucible. On the atomical level this similarity is much more indentifiable. When the metal is first put into a hot crucible the atoms are pretty inactive and do not move around as much. Then as the metal gets hotter the atoms become more active eventually becoming active enough to become liquid. In Salem the accusations begin to fire up the people when the accusations lead to hanging. Eventually people who where good Catholics were pushed to accuse anyone the had to just to save themselves.
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    truly made of. Another view using the same idea, is that the witch trials were conducted to purify the town. It was meant to vanquish all the evil people and witches from Salem and leave only the people pure of heart and soul, even if it turned out to be a failure. To remove the ambiguities of the metal was to remove the evil persons from Salem.
    3)The metaphor of the crucible also applies in the form of transformation. When metal is placed into a crucible the metal is heated and even if the metal is simply taken out of the heat it is changed. Metals also undergo tranformations when they are mixed with other metals to create alloys (Such as when Reverand Hale and Judge Hathorn come to Salem). Similarly the people of Salem are transformed by the events of the Salem Witch Trials. The town goes from a calm and peaceful place to a town under the rule of marshall law.
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  3. page Contemporary Diabolism edited ... I made a cartoon and tried to connect the diabolism we witnessed in The Crucible and surroundi…
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    I made a cartoon and tried to connect the diabolism we witnessed in The Crucible and surrounding the Salem Witchcraft Trials with diabolism in our midst today. I quickly decided that one of the best examples of a group of people in the U.S. that are commonly associated with pure evil would be Muslims. When you read the cartoon you'll notice that the word Muslim is often spelled "Muzzlum". Don't get me wrong here as I know how to spell the word, but I chose to spell it this way to convey that the characters didn't know how to pronounce or spell it also it helped to convey their general ignorance. In the end the cartoon conveys a simple message: diabolism is an overly simplistic way to offer solutions to complex problems and it is often based in misconceptions, skewed perceptions, or just plain old lies.
    Demonizing Democrats
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    charged with witchcraft.witchcraft
    Demonizing Democrats (again)
    My addition to this topic does not include a cartoon, but rather a response to a very interesting article I found on a recent shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee which can be found here.
    As shown in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, every society feels it must have a race, religion, or group of people to blame its flaws on, and modern America is no exception. Our current situation, however differs from the usual case in that instead of fearing a foreign religion or people, much of America has turned towards blaming America's flaws on the liberals.
    During the Red Scare, communism was something new and radical, but the democrats have always been a part of American politics and play an important role in balancing out the government, something our nation would fall apart without. Throughout the entire history of the United States an division between the parties can be seen, but in today's neo-conservatism a definite hate of the opposing party can be seen, and it is this same hate that has divided out country into two separate warring medias and now even led to violence.
    Now, most of the people involved in this modern phenomenon are not bad people, and in fact contribute a large amount of America's workforce, but when we allow talking heads like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity to convince people that its alright to blame all your problems on those who oppose you and that anyone who says anything else is anti-American we allow innocent people that we would otherwise work alongside with to make themselves our enemies. Even worse is when we allow imprtant politicians (and in the most recent case presidential candidates) to lie in public without a single word said against them we give the American people confirmation of whatever the far right wishes to say.
    In conclussion, this situation is one that must be handled with caution and care, for another event like that which in Knoxville would be devestating, and the best we can do is to try to spread the truth and discourage the public babel that has been plaguing our airwaves for so long.

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  4. msg Very interesting message posted Very interesting I enjoyed reading the summary of the witch killers of Africa. I had forgotten how today's societie…
    Very interesting
    I enjoyed reading the summary of the witch killers of Africa. I had forgotten how today's societies aren't immune from irrational beliefs and hysteria. It is amazing that the world continues to repeat history (bad history at that) again and again.

    PS This is really a great way for the kids to share information!
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  5. page The Witch Killers of Africa edited ... The last decade of the twentieth century was one of the bloodiest in history for Africa, due t…
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    The last decade of the twentieth century was one of the bloodiest in history for Africa, due to many violent witch-hunts. An annihilation of suspected witches in the Congo started in June, 2001. Victims were identified by tribal healers, and then ferociously beaten until they confessed about fellow witches. Executions followed these accusations. In the first days of the mass witch hysteria, three hundred villagers in the Congo were killed. The death toll reached nearly 800 in the following weeks, and many Congolese were forced to flee to neighboring countries to escape the chaos.
    In The Crucible, witches were identified by only a few young girls. Their leader, Abigail, became a respected and somewhat feared member of the Salem community. Similar to the case in the Congo, in which witches were "smelled out" by healers, Abby had no apparent rationale behind her accusations. In the play by Arthur Miller, the accused characters faced the risk of execution. However if they confessed, or gave names of comrades who flirted with the devil, they were promised that they would live. This invariably led to further accusations. Comparably, many indicted people in Africa were tortured until they gave names of other witches.
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    were also illerateilliterate and mostly
    {witch16.jpg} Many children were accused.
    In the Congo, exorcist sects prey on young children. In 1999 hundreds of children were expelled from their homes to live in the streets because family members believed they were possessed by demons. One cult claimed to have evicted the devil from dozens of children. It was also commonly believed some adults could be overcome by evil spirits. People who were believed to be possessed by the devil were labeled "witches." Likewise, in Salem, Betty was believed to be cursed with the demon. Reverend Hale attempted to perform an exorcism to rid her of this affliction. Many other members of the community were believed to be agents of the devil, performing his duties in the town.
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  6. page The Witch Killers of Africa edited {exorcism.jpg} Prophet Onokoko says he is casting out evil spirits. Response to "The Witch K…
    {exorcism.jpg} Prophet Onokoko says he is casting out evil spirits.
    Response to "The Witch Killers of Africa"
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    in the CnogoCongo were killed.
    In The Crucible, witches were identified by only a few young girls. Their leader, Abigail, became a respected and somewhat feared member of the Salem community. Similar to the case in the Congo, in which witches were "smelled out" by healers, Abby had no apparent rationale behind her accusations. In the play by Arthur Miller, the accused characters faced the risk of execution. However if they confessed, or gave names of comrades who flirted with the devil, they were promised that they would live. This invariably led to further accusations. Comparably, many indicted people in Africa were tortured until they gave names of other witches.
    Belief in witchcraft is common in this area. The Mai-Mai insurgents, government rebels in the Congo, thought they had the power to repel bullets with magic water that was blessed by a witch doctor. Tribal healers have great authority over much of Central Africa. It is believed they have the ability to control nature through spells or incatations. The literacy rate in many parts of Africa is low, contributing to the common superstitions that envelop so many. Without an education, witchcraft seems much more plausible than to someone who has received a scientific education. The citizens of Salem were also illerate and mostly uneducated, thus making them more susceptible to trusting incriminations of witchcraft.
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Monday, October 27

  1. page The Author's Reflect edited Author Reflections I think the wiki was a success, but there should've been a predetermined sit…

    Author Reflections
    I think the wiki was a success, but there should've been a predetermined sitemap so that there wouldn't be all these duplicate pages and confusing links.
    Here the collaborators reflect on the process of creating a Wikipedia--the fun, the frustrations, the feelings of accomplishment.
    I think the wiki was a success, but there should've been a predetermined sitemap so that there wouldn't be all these duplicate pages and confusing links.
    "The computers in the Guidance office were incredibly annoying, and I disliked getting my changes erased over, especially when several people were editing a page at once. Perhaps different wikis for the classes would have been appropriate, as well as having an administrator to make sure peoples changes don't get erased over. If you do this again, try and get into the LMC; changes wouldn't even save on the guidance computers..."
    I actually learned more than I thought I would. This is a great idea and more teachers should adapt this method to help the student learn more but in a fun and creative way.
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