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The Keystone Pipeline is a controversial proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  Congress and the President need to approve it in order for it to be built.  Should they?


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Most currencies are issued by national governments.  Bitcoin is a new digital currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person/group using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.  There are many questions about its legitimacy, but it is taking off.  Explore the two sites below.  Watch the video on the first site and read the second.  Address the following:

  • How is Bitcoin different from other currencies?
  • What are the advantages to Bitcoin?
  • What are the disadvantages to Bitcoin?
  • Would you trust/use Bitcoin?
  • Consider the “standards” for effective currency.  Does Bitcoin meet them?


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18. (11/11)

Global Studies

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Climate change – and solutions for it – is viewed differently across the political spectrum.

  • What are some of the possible solutions addressed in this article?
  • What is a more conservative political approach? liberal political approach?
  • How does this relate to our free-market vs central planning continuum?
  • What do you think?

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17. (11/6)

Global Studies:

This video explains the former apartheid system in South Africa.  There is a lot of information in a short video, so you might want to watch it twice.  After watching…

  1. Summarize apartheid.
  2. How has it shaped the country of South Africa?
  3. Does this relate to other stories we’ve discussed in class.
  4. What are your thoughts?


Many states are voting on whether to legalize marijuana.  In addition to being a social issue, there are many economic implications in this debate.  Here is a great overview of the issue (pardon the edgy title).

  • What are the economic questions at stake?
  • What are the social questions at stake?
  • What are the health questions?
  • What is your opinion?