Python Project: Mad Libs

“””
This program does
the following:

You’ll be able to create your own story. It’s time to begin!

Author: Libi
“””

print “Mad Libs is starting!”

name = raw_input(“Enter a name: “)

first_adj = raw_input(“Enter an adjective: “)
second_adj = raw_input(“Enter a second adjective: “)
third_adj = raw_input(“Enter one more adjective: “)

first_verb = raw_input(“Enter a verb: “)
second_verb = raw_input(“Enter a second verb: “)
third_verb = raw_input(“Enter on last verb: “)

first_noun = raw_input(“Enter a noun: “)
second_noun = raw_input(“Enter a second noun: “)
third_noun = raw_input(“Enter another noun: “)
fourth_noun = raw_input(“Enter one more noun: “)

animal = raw_input(“Enter an animal: “)
food = raw_input(“Enter a food: “)
fruit = raw_input(“Enter a fruit: “)
number = raw_input(“Enter a number: “)
superhero = raw_input(“Enter a superhero name: “)
country = raw_input(“Enter a country: “)
dessert = raw_input(“Enter a dessert: “)
year = raw_input(“Enter a year: “)

#The template for the story
STORY = “This morning I woke up and felt %s because %s was going to finally %s over the big %s %s. On the other side of the %s were many %ss protesting to keep %s in stores. The crowd began to %s to the rythym of the %s, which made all of the %ss very %s. %s tried to %s into the sewers and found %s rats. Needing help, %s quickly called %s. %s appeared and saved %s by flying to %s and dropping %s into a puddle of %s. %s then fell asleep and woke up in the year %s, in a world where %ss ruled the world.”

print STORY % (first_adj, name, first_verb,
second_adj, first_noun, second_noun, animal,
food, second_verb, third_noun, fruit, third_adj, name, third_verb, number, name,
superhero, superhero, name, country, name,
dessert, name, year, fourth_noun)

Above is the a program to make the game Mad Libs. The stories created will turn out funny. Beware. Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 8.46.48 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-12-05 at 12.29.01 PM.png

One Child to Two Child Policy

There was a policy established in 1979 but formally followed in 2015. This policy still exist of course and is established in China. This policy was implemented due to high birth rates and population in China. So now each couple are only allowed to have one child each. At the start, I really didn’t like the idea that couples in China could only have one child but the benefits are really helpful to the people in China. Especially, that kids and other people get better education and health.

Fortunately, since the policy has been going smoothly, a couple could have another child with some conditions. If the first born of a couple is a female, than they can apply for a second child.imgres.png Also, if both the parents are only-children themselves, then they can be ‘granted’ another child. Aside from the fact that you either have to be an only – child yourself or your first born to be a girl, this policy really helps aids China. Another way to get more than one – child without you know getting into trouble is having twins or multiple births.

But wait! You should know that the one – child policy has been officially abolished and China has allowed a couple to now have two children with their new two  – child policy. Hopefully, that goes well. According to more wiki, there were only ” “nearly one million” couples who applied to have a second child in 2014″. Don’t forget to comment down below if you think this was a good idea.

One China Policy

After the Chinese Civil War that occurred in 1949 ended, the nationalist, or Kuomintang, who failed to win against Mao Zedong’s Communist party, fled to Taiwan. Basically, the One China Policy means that there can only be one state called ‘China’. Well, there was a bit of a problem and that problem was that the two governments, one in the mainland of China and the other in Taiwan, both said that they represented the entire China. slide_13.jpgWell, that doesn’t actually apply to the rules of the one China Policy, does it.While the People’s Republic of China kept insisting that Taiwan was just a province of China, Taiwan, on the other hand, kept trying to spread the word that they are a democratic and independent country. Sadly, Taiwan was “threatened” that if they became independent then violence would enter the aura. And, according to Financial Times, “for the past 20 years, however, Taiwan has promoted itself as a free, democratic and in effect independent country”. That might have confused you cause I just said that they couldn’t be their own independent country. What Financial Times have reported out is true but what the information lacks is that this is unofficial. Still with me?

The involvement of US as far as understand is their relationship with Taiwan and that is 1979 Beijing and Washington formally established diplomatic relations. While the US taiwannotchinataiwanbetye0acknowledges the One China Policy, they continue their unofficial business with Taiwan, like culture, transportation stuff, exchange goods and other unofficial business. Unfortunately, there is a bit of tension with Trump and his idea to use the One China as a bargaining chip! This is the present, guys. China is becoming uneasy and worried about Trumps idea. There has been a response of angriness and hopefully this will end soon and well.

Comment down below on what you think should happen and if Trumps idea is for the best. People are starting to complain that Trump thinks anything can be bought. Wait for my next blog!

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A big problem: Poverty

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According to countless sources, nearly one half of our worlds population or more than 3 tumblr_mzdv2ny2M41ru5h8co1_500.gifbillion people are in poverty. Do you know the definition of poverty? Well, poverty is when your are extremely poor. Poverty is also known as one of the silent killers.They are deadly. They go to the far ends of the earth where barely anyone notices to the biggest and well developed countries where many can see the problem but are too lazy or just don’t care as much to do anything about it

Okay, so remember I said that nearly half of the population are in poverty?! Half the population!! Well, those people who need help live on less than $2.50 a day. Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 4.12.26 PM.pngIf you are in the Philippines, for example, that $2.50 would turn into 124.11 pesos which could just buy you some rice and egg and maybe a whole meal even. That might have been a fair price, but how would that be able to support a whole family?

And, because of this big dilemma which we fail to solve fast enough, according to images.jpgUNICEF, more than 33,000 die each day due to poverty. This is terrible. An estimation of 842,000 people die each year and everywhere around our world because not enough people have free access to clean water. Yes, we know everything has a price. But, every living things on this planet needs water to survive. Without water our earth would die. Now, people who barely have a roof on their head are struggling 24 hours under hard labour and quenching for just one drop of water.

 

How do we fight poverty you might ask. We could contribute. We could brainstorm ideas to help. We could start by spreading the word and alerting more people. We could help support projects which stop poverty and world hunger. There are a lot of intelligent people out their aiding and finding solutions on how to help. You could do the same. You could be a hero to their eyes. You could save millions of lives.

According to the Borgen Magazine, here are seven ways you could help fight to end poverty:

  • Enhance economic growth with targeted action

    • In order to end extreme poverty, the benefits attained by economic growth need to be shared with the poorest people.
  • End all forms of poverty

    • Ending poverty is not just about people’s income, but also their access to things like water, health, education, housing and security.
  • Commit national governments to end extreme poverty

    • Governments in developing countries should commit to lifting their citizens above the poverty line. This needs to be underpinned by national mechanisms that target and support people living in poverty.
  • Develop national poverty reduction plans

    • Governments in developing countries must follow through with their commitment to action through national poverty reduction plans. Strategic approaches to ending extreme poverty should enable public, private and aid resources to be allocated and used.
  • Access to credit

    • Access to credit in poor countries can help create sustainable industries that combat poverty, as well as help develop nations.
  • Continue to support the poorest people through aid

    • Aid helps to create favourable conditions for citizens of poorer countries, and catalyses other resources for ending poverty like private investment and development finance.
  • Equal education

    • Children need education to attain the knowledge and life skills they need to realise their full potential. Equal education helps to break down barriers that prevent many children — and girls in particular — from attending school.
  • Access to health care

    • It is important for governments to build health clinics, train health care workers and invest in equipment and medicine so children can grow up healthy and strong.
  • Water sanitation

    • Access to clean water is essential for every person’s survival. It is important to build school latrines, community water points and organizations to ensure the continued management and maintenance of water points.
  • Teach children about their rights and how to take active roles within their community

    • Child participation helps children engage in citizenship, express their views and make decisions that will shape their future and influence the people around them.

 

Change starts with you.

 

 

 

Finland Education

Surprisingly, while Finland’s schools don’t have tests, inspections, uniforms or fees, they are known and ranked as the top best schools in the world. While other schools deal with their students with standardized tests, stress, and competition, Finland had done the opposite, such as, having collaborations, showing warmth and getting teachers who encourage rather than let down, and with this new tactic, Finland has been receiving very surprising results.

Aside from the results of the students who graduate and most students having one of the highest test scores in the world, the school also affects the teachers, in a good way. Let’s compare US and UK to Finland:

The United States and the United Kingdom:

  • Crowded rooms
  • 85% of students are reading below grade level
  • Pricey for students
  • British students face bills as high as £9,000!
  • Teachers are undervalued
  • Teachers are burned out
  • Teachers Overwork
  • Teachers are underpaid
  • Teachers sometimes need 2 jobs

And, research has shown that 50% of their teachers have quit their jobs after 5 years.

Finland:

  • Free tuition
  • Free meals
  • Free transport
  • Free books
  • No uniforms, no extra payment
  • Teachers customize their curriculum
  • Teachers can work one on one with the student
  • Teachers get their own office
  • Teachers are highly respected, students thrive

Also, research has shown that 90% of the teachers working in Finland have stayed in their area of work their whole career. Also, according to Independent, they mentioned that “in Finland, the profession commands a great deal of respect, with applicants needing a master’s degree to teach, in line with doctors and lawyers. “. Apparently, everyone interested in the field of teaching others wants to work in Finland. Who wouldn’t? The teachers are brilliant and the school’s are 100% state funded.

Aside from the fact the teachers are very well respected and that few applicants are accepted which this builds more confidence and give a boost of motivation for the teachers who were given the opportunity, I wanted to go over the ages and the grades in Finland. So, the age when a kid starts is at 7. Maybe, you re-read the last sentence back there because I made no mistake I really meant 7. You might think that they would be delayed, but even I was proven wrong to think about it. The reason for this is that at age seven, they are at a certain stage where they get to understand, and, are more developed and ready to jump in and learn. It is scientifically proven. Nine years of compulsory (which means by law) school is then followed after the first year. Once the student has reached the age of 16, they are then given 3 choices and, according to Filling My Map, the three choices are:

Upper Secondary School:  This three-year program prepares students for the Matriculation Test that determines their acceptance into University.  Students usually pick which upper secondary school they would like to attend based on the school’s specialties and apply to get into that institution.  I think of this as a mixture of High School and College.  (In recent years a little less than 40% choose this option.)

Vocational Education:  This is a three-year program that trains students for various careers, as well as gives them the option to take the Matriculation test to apply for university.  However, the students in this track, are usually content with their skill and either enter the workforce or they go on to a Polytechnical College to get further training. (A little less than 60% choose this track.)

Enter the workforce. (Less than 5% choose this path)

Which path would you choose? I think entering the workforce is pretty wicked, but, I’m going with Vocational Education. I was really interested in joining the Vocational Education, especially with all its pros. One more thing, Less === More. Here is an extended version which supports the idea of Less = More by Filling My Map:

1.  Less Formal Schooling = More Options

2.  Less Time in School = More Rest

3.  Fewer Instruction Hours = More Planning Time

4.  Fewer Teachers  = More Consistency and Care 

5.  Fewer Accepted Applicants= More Confidence in Teachers

6.  Fewer Classes= More Breaks

7. Less Testing = More Learning

8. Fewer Topics = More Depth

9.  Less Homework = More Participation 

10.  Fewer Students = More Individual Attention

11.  Less Structure =  More Trust

Okay! Well, that’s the end of it! Comment down below on which choice you would pick if you were in Finland. And, if you think their ways of teaching is awesome please comment as well!!! Bye!

Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic is a movie about a family being isolated from all society, by their parents, living deep in the wilderness. While the father, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) raise their children, teaching them self-defence, educating them himself through homeschooling, teaching them how to hunt and survive and “training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature”, his wife, Leslie, dies.

When the news of their mother’s death reach the kids, through Ben, everyone was sort of ‘struggling’ to cope at the start. And, the father of Leslie even threatened Ben that if he ever decides to go to the funeral, he will arrest Ben. 636041918960609588-captain-fantastic-movie-viggo-mortensen.jpgThe five kids keep pushing their way and pleading to their father to let them ‘rescue’ their mom. When Ben finally agrees on letting them, they must survive the real world, society. The kids are disgusted by the people asking why everyone is so fat and questioning the attitude of society. While all of them rode in their bus heading for the funeral, they encounter so many things like their first time in a restaurant, one of the children asked what “cola” was and got the response of images“poison water” from the father. As Ben started noticing everyone started to feel sad, he made everyone celebrate Noam Chomsky day to cheer up.

 

 

My favorite scene was when they were camping out in Ben’s sister’s house, the true potential from homeschooling was shown in the youngest as he explained to his cousins about the Bill of Rights in his own words leaving them flabbergasted and annoyed at the same time. The ending was happy but the very last scene was dragging just by a bit. I would really suggest watching it.