This is my first post.


This year, I’m doing The Ron Paul Curriculum which means I will be populating this blog. I will be posting my writings along with pictures as I’m a photographer. Hope you enjoy!DSC_4791


What I’ve been doing this year in my English class

So far this year, I have read quite a few amazing pieces of literature. These include A Tale of Two Cities, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Out on the Pampas, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and With Clive in India. For the beginning 20 lessons, A Tale of Two Cities is what I indulged in. The first of two books I read on the French revolution this year, It showed the difference between London and Paris at the time. The next book was Out on the Pampas by G.A. Henty. It was on an English family who settled in colonial Argentina. Henty’s amazing talent in describing settings and relaying historical facts make his books fun to read! Throughout lessons 21-40, the books I read were With Clive in India, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin. With Clive in India introduced the story of how the British conquered and colonized large parts of the country of India. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was an anti-slavery novel written just before the American Civil War, and the book was one of the sparks that ignited war between the already tense states. I think it’s pretty amazing how one book helped start one of America’s deadliest wars. That just goes to say, your words are powerful and can impact others strongly.

While lessons 21-40 were some of the hardest lessons yet, they proved that I am quite a bit better at writing than I thought. The first part of those lessons was on long writing assignments. For the second half, I channeled my long writing practice into writing speed essays in 30 minutes. I continued practicing speed essays throughout this section of the class, and also started on book reports and reviews. The first report was on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which introduced the concept of summarizing content. The initial book review was a comparison of the two fiction books I read on the French revolution.

I’ll go into a little more detail on what knowledge I have collected so far this school year. The dual challenge of writing long and also quick papers has been preparing me for the assignments later in the year. The organization skills from earlier in the year are paying off as it no longer takes me as much time to write papers as it did before. While it was difficult to finish many of the previous assignments, it will be much easier to complete the upcoming work because of them. I also learned about book reports and reviews – what they are used for and how they are different. Book reports are used to relay the content of the book and to discuss the book’s material – what the author did or didn’t write. Book reviews give a little more of a personal opinion on the book – what you liked or didn’t like. Writing book reports and reviews is a important skill to have: it helps you analyze what is important about any book you are reading and compare with others what you have read. The skills I’ve learned so far this year will propel me throughout high school and the rest of my life! Whenever I need to write a report or paper, I can remember what I was taught.

My Resume

Paulo Mello 
835 San Ysidro Lane 
Nipomo, California 

I am great with almost anything technological. I am proficient in linux and built my own computer when I was twelve. I Know my way around iOS and Android like the back of my hand. I'm a ninja at photo and video editing.  

Eagle Eye Elementary 
Enrolled August 2010 
I took Personal Finance, English, Latin, Youtube Mastery, Milky Way Mastery, Ethical Hacking, Mathematics, Life Saving, Science, Astronomy and more!  

Employment History 
Selling Department 
June 2017 – Present 
I run a retail Ebay business with my friend. 

Hobbies & Interests 
I love to surf, scoot, go hiking, cook, and create awesome videos! I also am a photographer.

Professional Skills 
Linux: Advanced 
Video Editing: Advanced 
Photography: Advanced 

Latin: Conversational 
Portuguese: Conversational 
English: Native 

Why the American Borders Should Be Open!

Imagine if the American borders were completely open! There would be so much less racism against other nationalities. We would be able to get along with our fellow neighbors without worrying about their skin color. It’s scientifically proven that as more people of various races mingle, they will realize they are created equally and racism will fade naturally. Also, the immigrants from neighboring countries would be a lot safer, not having to sneak in. That means people dying crossing our border into the country would be a much rarer occasion.

If you’re thinking, “Wait, what about the population boom,” that would not be much of a problem. Only so many people from Mexico, for example, would come into our cities and stay. When poor people in Mexico imagine the United States, they picture a nice, affordable place to live that is safe. But in reality, the cost of living here is not cheap. So “un-cheap” in fact, that many of them will realize they were better off not even coming here. So if the borders were open, and it was easily traversable, quite a few people would go back. While we have many jobs here, most of the work that migrants would be able to do without much training will not pay very much. Therefore, the majority of Mexicans will end up in cheaper, more affordable parts of the U.S. if they stay.

What about the people in the U.S. that want to go to Mexico to visit family or friends? Just like there are people in the United States who have relatives out of the country, I’m sure there are people in Mexico who have relatives here. This is another reason why the American borders should be able to be crossed easily

The bottom line: If there is a physical wall around our land, the U.S. basically becomes a giant prison. Our nation was built on freedom, and as a people, we should be free to leave whenever we choose. If our government becomes corrupt, this option will be vital. Even though closing the border may have some advantage, I believe that keeping it open will make our country a lot safer!

Credit Cards: Good or Bad?

Almost every American adult that has a bank account has a credit card. Which can be extremely convenient, but failure to use these glossy cards responsibly can result in debt. According to NerdWallet, “Debt is a way of life for Americans, with overall U.S. household debt increasing by 11% in the past decade.” Wow. That is a lot of increase! They go on to say that “Today, the average household with credit card debt has balances totaling $16,883, and the average household with any kind of debt owes $137,063, including mortgages.” That’s a $1,857 increase from the previous decade’s average, $15026.

The average household with credit card debt pays a total of $1,292 in credit card interest per year. This could increase to $1,309 after the Federal Reserve voted on a rate hike of a quarter of a percentage point. Household income has grown by 28% in the past 13 years, but the cost of living has gone up 30% in that time period. Some of the largest expenses for consumers — like medical care, food and housing — have significantly outpaced income growth.

When the cost of living out-paces income growth, debt increases.

Lots of people assume that credit card debt is the result of reckless spending and think that to get out of debt, you need to stop buying designer clothes and eating at high-end restaurants. But many people use credit cards to cover the necessities when their income just doesn’t cut it. Credit cards can be great financial tools – they can help you pay for items, get you rewarded for your spending and even help you build a credit score. But make sure you use them wisely, because if you don’t, you can find yourself in credit card debt, which will be a big bummer!

Heat Transferring and Layering

Base layer clothing is worn right next to your skin, as a top, bottom, or both. The main purpose of the base layer is to wick moisture away from your body during periods of activity, keeping you dry and providing some additional warmth.

Worn directly over your base layer, the mid layer is designed to offer a slight boost in warmth without adding a lot of extra bulk. If you start to get too hot, you can simply remove your mid layer and store it in your backpack or tie it around your waist.

The insulating layer is an optional layer worn over your mid layer in very cold conditions. Fleece jackets, hoodies and heavy wool sweaters all make good insulating layers.

In wet, snowy or windy weather, your outerwear will be the most important piece of the layering equation. In conclusion, you must choose your material and which layers you will wear wisely.


Homeschooling in three paragraphs

Being homeschooled has quite a few pros and cons, but overall, I enjoy it more than I imagine I would enjoy public school. Some benefits would be not having as much homework if any, which takes an incredible amount of stress off your work load. Also, doubling up on extra school for a no-school day is an impressive perk. But then, you probably don’t see all of your friends that go to the same school as you do, which can be a drag. On the flip side, you probably have homeschooled friends which you might be lucky enough to hang out with thrice a week

If you have annoying or boring teachers, they wouldn’t be a problem when you homeschooled. Some curriculums are self-taught, while in others you are taught by a parent or guardian. Being taught by a parent can be rough, especially when you hang out with them every day, and because of that, I prefer self taught. School is also on your own schedule, which is also a huge freedom for me.

Home and public schooling can both be a drag, but the secret to my success is to do the hardest topics first, and persevere through your work and you will be glad you did.

What is the News?

The news is a big chunk of many Americans’ daily routines, and always has been. But the last few centuries have seen some big improvements with reporting technology. Take the first photographic cameras, “Dry Plates,” for example. Invented in 1857 by Désiré van Monckhoven, they were the first camera of any kind that was available to the public. Not long after, the print shops started printing pictures in their newspaper columns. That must have been a major breakthrough for the people back then, having a picture to look at so they didn’t have to blankly imagine what had happened.

Those cameras, while impressive compared to no camera at all, were primitive compared to today’s Smart-phone cameras and DSLRs (Digital-Single-Lens-Reflex.) These new cameras cannot only shoot breathtaking pictures, they can also shoot video, slow-mo, and time-lapse, which is undoubtedly selling out all the film cameras and their companies if they don’t go digital. The film era is at the end of its rope and outdated. Over the last few decades, the digital era has emerged and seems like it won’t be rivaled for a while.

With all these new phones, many people read the news on their mobile devices and believe whatever they read. But have you ever considered that the big media companies might be biased, and controlling what you see so that they stay in business? What if I told you that the media magnates only publish two-thirds of the big crises that happen. We must verify what we hear and see! Before the Internet, all we had was a newspaper to read…one source. But now, we have thousands of sources which we can check. This is the digital age! We no longer have to stick to one source for our news. Next time you read an article on the web, check a few other websites! You might find that there is a small chunk of details missing from one or the other. Always check your sources. Remember, just because you saw it all on TV doesn’t mean there wasn’t more to it!