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There is a huge problem in Vancouver with heroin addicts committing crimes to support their habits. The “free heroin for addicts” program is doing everything they can to stop the addicts. The problem is that there is a large crime rate due to the addicts. It is obvious that addicts have a hard time getting through their day to day lives. Daily activities such as jobs, interactions, and relationships are hard to maintain because of the fact that they are using. By heroin users being addicted, they will do whatever they have to do to get their hands on the drug. The types of crimes committed are those of breaking and entering as well as stealing. There are no limits to where they will go to retrieve this drug so that they can feed their addiction. The problem with this program is that it won’t help to ween these addicts off using heroin. It is only trying to save the city from rising crime rates that they’re up to. By providing the drug, these addicts will be off the streets, which in turn will prevent them from committing minor street crimes. This will also keep the heroin users out of the hospital. It is pointless that the hospitals have to deal with people that want to use bad drugs or unsanitary needles and find themselves being unable to afford hospital bills and hard to cope without the drug. This program gives people free heroin in the cleanest way possible. This will in turn fix the city  but not the addiction that these people face.

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Heroin addicts in Vancouver to support their habits start to break and enter buildings, rob civilians, and steal. The addicts have a hard time getting through their daily lives because of the fact that they are using. It affects their daily activities such as jobs, interactions, and relationships. The “free heroin for addicts” program provides the safest possible drug under clean conditions, which could decrease the crime rate severely. This will satisfy the addicts cravings, therefore, they will be able to achieve stability to seek out jobs and social interactions.

Stone Money- moneyonmymind6

Money is defined as something generally accepted as a medium exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment. We use money as part of our everyday lives and it can dictate what we think is valuable to us. There are many ways that we can use our money and how we would like to spend it. There is this one money system that we learned about in class that shocked me. The Planet Money team at NPR introduce and broadcast the stone money story. A preindustrial society on the island of Yap, uses giant stones as currency. The people on this island Yap did not have their money in possession. To me, that seems strange to me. After listening to the NPR broadcast about this, my perspective has changed. In the broadcast, they said that a crew was bringing back one of the limestones that they cut and suddenly, a storm came. The crew had to let loose the stone, leaving it at the bottom of the ocean. The crew eventually made it back to Yap and when they told the people they said it was fine and that it was no problem. To the people of Yap, they are thinking that it exists, and it is still good money even though it is sitting at the bottom of the ocean. To them, it is a logical extension of what they are already doing. It seems bizarre to me because if money ended up at the bottom of the ocean I would be devasted.

After reading Freidman’s essay on the Island of Stone Money, it made me begin to understand the money system of the island of Yap. The island of Yap does not have any metal. Meaning that they could not make coins, a type a currency that we have in the U.S. Therefore, the people of Yap had to resource to stone. Their main medium of exchange is called fei, which consists of large, solid, thick, stone wheels, ranging in diameter from a foot to twelve feet. The stone “coins” are made out of limestone that was found on a island that was 400 miles distant. Families had never even laid their eyes or hands on their wealth and they are okay with it. Freidman mentioned that the people of Yap did not need to document any exchanges. In a way, the island of Yap’s monetary system is similar to our money system. Many people have debit/credit cards and different accounts that advise us about our money. Sometimes we don’t see or physically get to touch our money. It can be hard to manage our money without seeing it, but for the people on the island of Yap it seems to not be a problem and it works for them. To them, the concept of money is probably not as important like it is for us.

In Brazil, everyone stopped believing in their currency. The government tricked 150,000,000 people into believing that their money was worth something when in reality there was no evidence to support the claim. The credit card was a new concept that was introduced in Brazil. People thought that it was amazing that they could pay for something like a handbag in five installments. In the 1990’s, Brazil had high inflation. The inflation was 80% per month, not year, a month, which was a problem. For example, if a pair of sunglasses were selling for $10, in the next month with inflation being at 80%, the new price of the sunglasses would go for $18. Brazilians lived with this high inflation for decades and did not know how to deal with it. Since the prices of things kept changing every day, in a supermarket someone had to change to the prices all the time. In Brazil, inflation lasted for 5 decades, so year after year Brazilian money was worth less and less. The Brazilian economy was at a low point. People had to be tricked that their money had value. They ended up making a fake currency called a virtual currency. People would still have the local currency in their pockets, but when they got paid their wages would be listed as URV’s. Taxes were URV’s, and all prices were listed in URV’s as well. This type of currency was stable. Inflation began to go down which was a good thing. It took the government to come up with this fiction of a currency to get the people of Brazil to believe that money actually had value. Just like on the island of Yap they believed that their stone money worked for them, in Brazil when the government made up the fake currency it ended up working for the country of Brazil and positive effects came out of it.

Another article that I was called The Bubble Bursts on E- Currency Bitcoin by Anne Renaut. Bitcoin is a form of e-money and it can be sent from one virtual wallet to another. It ends up bypassing banks and remains largely anonymous. The people who choose to engage with the Bitcoin users trust that the money is there but accepts the risks that come with it. Renaut mentions that Bitcoin users can only cash out their money if other people want to buy their Bitcoins. The central bank noted that the virtual currency has been vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Cyber attacks are when hackers target virtual wallets and wipes out some peoples accounts clean. For people, Bitcoin is becoming a new trend. Even if some aspects of the concept can be seen as odd, it can make some people millions.

After doing this assignment, I have a better understanding of how people perceive money. To some people money means everything to them. In other cases, money means nothing. I feel as if that money can be a problem in the world. If it is a problem, then why do people feel the need to resort to it. Like the people on the island of Yap, they are happy with their current monetary system which is the stone. I feel as if maybe people need to find a happy medium like that to solve their problems.


Friedman, Milton. “The Island of Stone Money.” Counterintuitive, Stanford University, Feb 1991.

Glass, Ira. “The Invention of Money.” This American Life, 19 Feb. 2018,

Renaut, Anne. “The bubble bursts on e-currency Bitcoin.”, 13 Apr. 2013,–finance.html

Summaries- moneyonmymind6

  1. It seems counterintuitive that having google ads is a great way to reach new customers and to reach a new level of web based revenue stream. Being able to launch a effective google ad campaign can be difficult. Following the right strategies can lead a business to success when thinking about how to promote the business. If the business approaches their campaign like they are the customer, then they can get a feel of what the customer is looking for. It is a good idea to think of key words that the customer might type into google that is looking for the goods and services that the business supplies. Optimizing a website is another key strategy to get new customers to see what the business is about. A way that the business can optimize their website is by making it easy to navigate. Make it easy for the customer to find what they are looking for when clicking on the ad.
  2. It seems counterintuitive that if a child is ill and needs a organ transplant, than they should be considered as a priority on the organ donor list. A girl from Philadelphia named Sarah Murnaghan waited two years to get a lung transplant. It was very clear that she was dying and was in desperate need of the transplant. Since Sarah is only ten years old, she was given the lowest priority on the adult list. People were wondering why there is a age consideration in the first place and it caused quite a stir. The logic behind the current system is as follows; she had lower priority on the adult list because adult organs typical don’t do well in children’s bodies. The adult organs are too big and they would only be able to take a piece of a organ. One in three lung transplants fail after three years. Because of these health complications children under 12 have their own set of lists. There are many factors to consider when deciding who gets priority, and because of Sarah’s case the policy is being reconsidered by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
  3. It seems counterintuitive that Belgium has extended the euthanasia law to children with disabilities. Belgium is one of the only countries that allow euthanasia since 2002. Before this law was set, the patients had to be at least eighteen years old to decide if they want to be euthanize or not. Since the law has been set since 2013, there is now no age limit to decide whether or not someone can decide if they want to go through that process. Children who are euthanize would have “to possess the capacity of discernment”. Belgium is also the first country to lift all age restrictions on the practice. When the Belgium senate voted it was 50-17; the 17 who voted against the bill was mainly Christian Democrats, which is a traditional Catholic party. There is a colossal concern about abuses of this expanded law, but in the end it is up to the patient to decide what they want to do with their life.

My Hypothesis–moneyonmymind6

  1. Business in ethics
  2. Business and ethics in the workplace
  3. Business ethical dilemmas can occur in the workplace
  4.  Managers and employers are a key component to managing ethical conduct within the business workplace.
  5. Managers and employers are a reason why there is ethical misconduct in the business workplace.
  6. Based on the decisions of employees and mangers, ethical immorality can occur in a business relative occupation.