Cryptocurrency Synthesis Post

In an article published by Forbes on February 17th 2015, W. Ben Hunt discusses cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin. Aptly titles “The Effete Rebellion of Bitcoin”, Hunt discusses various aspects of Bitcoin, including the fact that it is unregulated by government, which is what makes it rebellious. He refers to Bitcoin as “art” and “fashion”, both in a positive sense. He talks about how it is an embodiment of changing times and rebellion, yet how its rebellion and lack of government regulation is also its downfall. This is because governments hate its ability to be used and spend anonymously, which allows it to be used for illegal purchased, mostly but not limited to illegal drugs. In the end, Hunt concludes the article by stating that Bitcoin is a great concept, but in its current state it isn’t quite good enough to be widely accepted.

Another article, “A brief attempt at explaining the madness of cryptocurrency” written by Mariella Moon and publised by Engadget, discusses Bitcoin as if it were being explained to somebody who had never heard of it before. The article begins by discussing the differences of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and physical currencies. It continues to discuss various different cryptocurrencies and the differences between them. The article brings up the fact that Bitcoin was not the first and will not be the last cryptocurrency to exist, and then explains how volatile the value of various cryptocurrencies are. It concludes by describing various methods of obtaining Bitcoin.

Synthesis: ISIS in the Middle East

Article 1: How ISIS Works by Anonymous

This article gives a basic overview of how ISIS works. It mentions information such as who runs it, how they run it and how they make money. It hits the main points and explains why ISIS is so dangerous. ISIS is run much better, is heavily funded, and has much more power than any extremist group before. Some of the people who run ISIS are former Iraqi military officers and some even come from the Iraqi military academy. With this trained leadership, ISIS is well structured and efficient, making them extremely dangerous. This article provides details on how ISIS works WITHIN the group and how they receive their money.

This article is factual and will be used to back up my opinions in my essay.

Article 2: Understanding the Strengths and Vulnerabilities of ISIS by Terrill, W Andrew.

This article is similar to the first in that it expresses the strengths and weaknesses of ISIS. ISIS, through capturing cities and military bases (non-US), has been able to take many weapons, ammunition and even tanks. Not only do they capture these weapons, they also buy them with the wealth ISIS has. Another thing ISIS does well is recruit soldiers into their ranks. Many people, even from overseas, have joined ISIS and many people will continue to join. This article goes on to include one major disadvantage ISIS could have in the future. Due to the brutality of the murders ISIS commits, the Shi’ite Muslims have a high morale and are more willing to fight to the death. This article provides a lot of information about what ISIS does as a group and how they do it.

The information in this article is factual and will be used to back up my opinion in my essays.

Middle East Conflicts: Should we be there?


The Middle East has been a region of interest for quite a long time now. Much of the oil America consumes comes from countries within the Middle East. However, the US keeps a presence there for much more important reasons than just oil. The drastic increase in Islamic extremism and tISIS compositionerrorism in the last two decades has been the driving force of our military presence. Right now, we are cutting back our military overseas just as a new extreme Islamic group called ISIS is gaining momentum. Many people believe that is exactly what we should be doing, but are we putting ourselves in a much worse situation in the long run by using minimal military force such as drone strikes? Should we increase our presence by putting boots on the ground to try and put an end to some of these extreme groups? This is exactly what I plan to research and provide information about.

Should we be in the Middle East?