Sunday, September 20, 2015

Nazi Gold Train

Nazi gold train

The Nazi gold train is a legend claiming that the Nazis hid a train containing gold and other priceless artifacts. The train was rumored to be buried in Germany around 1945. For decades, treasure hunters have been scouring the Mountains of Germany looking for this treasure. These mountains used to be crawling with Nazi tunnels and is believed to be the final resting place of the trains. A recent discovered outlined in a recent CNBC article might just be the evidence needed to turn the legend into a fact. In mid-august it was confirmed that two treasure hunters had discovered a World War II era tunnel in the Owl Mountains. The treasure hunters used a deathbed confession given to them by a former Nazi soldier, and an old map from 1926 to aid them in the discovery. The popularity of the hoax caused images to be taken with ground penetrating radar. These pictures revealed what appears to be a train, but nothing inside can be seen. It had been said to house as much as 300 tons of gold along with other treasure, stolen from people in Eastern Europe. If this tunnel truly does house the lost riches of a brutal tyrant, it is sure to make a sizeable impression on the history of our generation.

What concerns me about this situation is that if they find the treasure, there would be lots of conflict trying to figure out how the money is distributed. Since items are in Poland, should the Polish government have control over it? What about the Jewish and other Europeans that the items were taken from? Many of the Nazis victims are dead and therefore cannot claim ownership and it would be difficult for the families of the victims to prove it belonged to there ancestors. Or should Germany have control over the treasure since it was in soldiers possession and at the time of the burial it was on German land? Also, there's a possibility of the trains containing traps set by the Germans. As the Nazis weren’t necessarily known for playing fair, traps are a very real possibility, which could harm the treasure hunters and military personal excavating the trains. Not to mention that the trains could have be carrying deceased prisoners along with the toxic gas used to massacre them. If the containers of gas ruptured at any point it would lead to many deaths among the excavators. There is no doubt that this is an amazing historical discovery, but there are also many downsides to finding the trains.
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Consequentialist vs Categorial

                           Consequentialist vs Categorial

       When Joe killed Lark In the novel, "The Roundhouse" by Louise Erdrich, it was simply a last resort effort to seek justice on the man who tore his family apart. After the rape of his mother Joe's family was faced with horrible realization; the man who perpetrated this brutal act of violence still hung in the shadows. First, revenge was attempted to be sought through the law but, the legal system failed Joe and his family. Even after countless hours of sifting through court documents that related to his mother's case, enough incriminating evidence to convict Lark that Joe searched for tirelessly was never found. This forced him to resort to an alternate method of seeking justice; revenge. By eliminating Lark, Joe snuffed out the fear that had rested in the pit of his family's hearts for so many months. Even Larks sister, Linda finds justice in Joe's actions. Linda knows that her brothers corrupt nature led him to deserve a cold blooded death. She proved this by handing joe the screw from the gun that was used to kill Lark. She tells him to give it to her mother and to "keep this"(248). She knows about the murder but her empathy for Joe's family, as well,as her own sense of right and wrong, keeps her from revealing Joe's terrible secret.

      Joe proves that he is a consequentialist thinker by actually attempting to kill Lark. He has a desired result in his mind, and knows what he has to do to achieve that. Although he wasn't the one that took the fatal shot, he did try to. When he sees Lark in the golf course he "shot at the logo over his heart" (282). By aiming here he shows what he wants to happen and how he wishes for him to be dead. Louise Erdrich further proves this by having Joe take another shot. Although his nerves and lack of practice cause him to miss, his intentions to kill are shown.
     Like Joe I am also a consequentialist. Although I wouldn't go so far as murdering someone, I do believe that the morality of an act is located in the consequences. If a person commits a crime with the intention of harming another person or group of people, the victims and families of the victims deserve a form of retribution and a restored sense of safety. This sense of safety was forcefully taken from them by the perpetrator. So, they should have to take full responsibility in restoring it.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Sexist Agenda of Donald Trump

The Sexist Agenda of Donald Trump

        Ever since Donald Trump has been in the presidential election he has made several negative and sexist comments towards and about women. Recently Trump took part in an interview with Megyn Kelly. In this interview she asked him some difficult questions and he responded by telling her that she had " blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her....wherever". The comment implies that he is thinking that Kelly is on her period due to how she was acting. This stems from the stereotype that women act in a certain way when they are on it. He has countered this assumption by saying that he meant that blood was coming out of her nose. The problem with that is that he wouldn't have been afraid or uncomfortable to say her nose, as there's not a taboo surrounding it. This is not the only  gender-driven comment that had been made by Trump.  During a debate he solely described women as "pigs". By using the word pigs he shows his sense of inferiority over women. He does not see women as equal to him as many others do in this day and age. He stands by his words and hasn't apologized for any of his comments.