Money is a weird thing. In reality all it is is slips of paper and chunks of metal. However, in our economy, some of these slips of paper can be worth a lot.
A $100 bill can be traded in exchange for tons of items and services. If chocolate milk is your thing, you could easily obtain $100 dollars worth of chocolate milk with that piece of paper.
Interestingly enough, the only thing making this currency valuable is ourselves. If somebody took a US $100 to Russia, it would be completely useless unless you did a currency exchange. As we all know, each country has their own type of currency. Just by crossing a border, suddenly your $100 can't be used! Obviously there are currency exchanges, where you can trade your country's now-worthless currency for another that has value.
It gets even weirder though. Recently, bitcoin has become very popular as a virtual universal currency. Bitcoin isn’t even a material thing! It is completely virtual, and yet just one bitcoin is currently worth over 14,000 US dollars. Since Bitcoin is universal, no matter where you buy a product from, it will always cost the same amount of Bitcoin wherever you are in the world.
The one major downside to this is that Bitcoin isn’t a very stable currency right now. The value fluctuates. One bitcoin could be worth $14,000 USD now, but in two months it could be worth only $12,000 USD. Imagine the money in your wallet was worth $35 today but $30 next week, then $40 the week after! That would make for a pretty chaotic economy and annoy those who are trying to stick to a budget.
Above all that, the most puzzling thing to me is that some people put their lives at risk just to obtain some of these slips of paper. People have even lost their lives because of money, either trying to obtain it, or due to the lack of it. The fact that money can completely change people and control someone's fate is the most confusing thing of it all. Our quality of life revolves around money and, to me, that is completely mind-blowing.
If I told you that Russia was telling us who to vote for in our elections, would you believe me? What if I told you that we were listening to them?
Recently, Facebook told congressional investigators that Russian operatives published about 80,000 posts over two years to influence American politics. Twitter discovered that Russian bots posted about 1.4 million tweets relating to elections.
But don't start complaining about how absolutely terrible that is. Now, I want you to put your thinking cap on and ponder a few ideas I have had.
If I had to put money on it, I would bet that America has done the exact same thing. Even if they haven't yet, I bet they will now that the Russians have given us that great idea. America isn't just going to sit there and let other countries get a slight edge over them. If anything, we would be the country to try something new to get an advantage.
Bottom line, I don't blame our country if they secretly started to employ the use of Twitter bots or fake news websites feeding lies to the Facebook feeds of the citizens in other nations. Would you blame us for trying to keep the playing field even? Maybe, but before you start making judgements about sneaky or sketchy things that other countries are doing, have you ever wondered if we may very well be doing the same thing?
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North Korea has made countless threats to our country and we have done nothing to stop it. Kim Jong-ung's constant promises of attacking the United States makes the news and nothing seems to happen. Well, actually, now that I think about it, maybe we have done something. The current president of our country has resorted to calling Kim Jong-un names like “Little Rocket Man.”
I was extremely surprised by this name calling. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from Donald Trump in the first place, but calling people like Kim Jong-un names was something I thought even Donald Trump wouldn’t do.
I understand that at this point in time North Korea and Kim Jong-un are taken as jokes by now. With all the threats to nuke us, it has turned into a “the boy who cried wolf” situation.
I think that almost makes things more dangerous because then you get people like Donald Trump who just start mocking him publicly and not taking him seriously at all. I think we all forget that this is still somebody who is attempting to nuke us.
I personally don’t think that North Korea will ever be able to come close to doing any harm to our country. It's my hope that if they do end up firing a missile towards us, that the US government will keep me safe. That's me placing my trust in our nation and its military forces. However, what I don’t trust is the person running our government. I don't see how egging on a rival nation's leader is a good idea or a sign of good leadership.
The solar eclipse was probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my entire life. I was truly amazed by the sight of what looked like a pitch black hole in the sky surrounded by the shine of a bright diamond.
It looked like some sort of sci-fi portal to deep space. Also, the eclipse made it look like the sun was setting. That may not sound special, but the special part was that it looked like the sun was setting all around me not just in the west.
Even though the eclipse was such an amazing sight, I can’t help but mention the shortcomings of the eclipse. First, I was lead to believe that during totality, it would be completely dark and that I would be able to see the night sky and stars. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Rather than a night sky, it was more like an evening sky, and I couldn’t see any stars.
Also, my Aunt, who lives in Arkansas, told me about how the schools didn’t let kids out to view the eclipse. They actually forced them to stay in because there had been some faulty protective glasses going around that state. I hate to hear that for those kids. They missed something amazing!
After it was over, I was glad that I got excited about the eclipse in the first place because up until a few days before the eclipse, I wasn’t really that hyped for it. Then we got the protective glasses and I got a little more excited about it. The day of the eclipse, it was that moment when I saw the start of the eclipse with the moon barely covering the sun when I really got excited. I suddenly couldn’t wait until totality.
I am looking forward to the next one that is supposed to go through southern Missouri in 2024. You can learn more about it using this LINK.
Dear Mr. Westbrook,
First, I would like to congratulate you on your MVP award. After Kevin Durant left you for a free ring with Golden State, that only seemed to amplify your will to win and prove to Kevin that he made the wrong move by leaving you.
With Kevin gone and your dedication to the Thunder multiplied, you have finally been able to step up and become the leading superstar of the team.
You proved your ability to carry the entire team on your back by averaging a triple-double throughout the entire regular season and leading your team to the sixth seed in a very tough western conference.
All your hard work has paid off though, as you proved to superstar Paul George that you were willing to do anything to win. Now with another superstar on the team to help carry the weight of the team, you may have a chance to compete for a championship in the near future.
With Paul George coming to your team, this will most certainly result in a better regular season record, which will in turn attract even more stars to come build a super team. If the front office makes the right trades and signs the right players, there's a decent chance that you could compete with a healthy Warriors roster by 2020.
Overall, even if things don't go your way, your legacy is already decorated with plenty of impressive feats: winning MVP, holding the record for most triple-doubles in a season, and making the all-NBA team for two years in a row. I'm sure many more great things are going to come from you in the future.