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Fantasy is a tough sell in the twentieth century. The world has been fully discovered and fully mapped. Popular media has effectively minimized the legend and the fantastic rumor, though to make up for this it has generated falsities not as lavish but just as interesting. Satellites have mapped and studied the earth, leaving only a space frontier that is as yet unreachable. But standing out is a charming fantasy the modern world has yet to verify or condemn: the lost continent of Atlantis. The father of the modern world's perception of Atlantis is Plato (circa 428-circa 347 b.c.). The Greek philosopher spoke in his works Timaeus and Critias of a continent in the Atlantic ocean larger than Africa and Asia Minor combined which rivaled Athens as the most advanced in the world. According to the legend surrounding Plato's dialogues, the island of Atlantis was violently thrown into the sea by the forces of nature, and its few survivors managed to swim ashore and relate their story. There the legend was passed by word of mouth until an Egyptian priest related the story to Solon, a character in Timaeus. The priest admired the achievements of prehistoric Athenians, because when the rulers of Atlantis threatened to invade all of Europe and Asia the Athenians, on behalf of all Greeks, defeated the Atlanteans to avoid enslavement. The works of Plato opened the floodgates to endless speculation on whether the continent described was fact or fiction. Atlantis has since been placed in Spain, Mongolia, Palestine, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Brazil, Sweden, Greenland and Yucatan. Every nook and cranny of the globe has been hypothesized; mountain peaks, desert lands, the ocean floor and even the barren wasteland of Antarctica have been mentioned in theories. While some of these theories are compatible with Plato's works and are...
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added: 11/22/2011
What is American culture? What is its significance? These two questions are extremely difficult to answer, let alone extremely difficult concepts to grasp. In fact, almost every human on this planet will derive different meanings of American culture and it will unquestionably hold different levels of significance to different people. American culture is an oxymoronic phrase because there is no such thing. It is made up of various subcultures from every country and ethnicity in the world. Ishmael Reed even asks, "What's American about America" (Verberg 2). American culture is the fusion of different subcultures which brings about an environment conducive to learning and tolerance. Not only that, but it also provides the basic moral code and guidelines that our society functions by. Joyce Millet, an author and cultural historian would categorize the "melting pot" theory as antiquated. "America has traditionally been referred to as a 'melting pot', welcoming people from many different countries, races, and religions, all hoping to find freedom, new opportunities, and a better way of life. Today, the trend is toward multiculturalism, not assimilation. The old "melting pot" metaphor is giving way to new metaphors such as 'salad bowl' and 'mosaic', mixtures of various ingredients that keep their individual characteristics. Immigrant populations within the United States are not being blended together in one 'pot', but rather they are transforming American society into a truly multicultural mosaic" (Millet http://www.culturalsavvy.com/understanding_american_culture_2.htm). Millet goes on to talk about how American culture can only be understood by running through each particular US region in order to understand what that region and the people who live there, contributes to overall cultural understanding. While I agree with some of this concept, I feel that American culture should not be looked at in regards to what each subculture has to offer and in addition, what...
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added: 11/06/2011
I was born in Atlanta, GA to a 15yr old mother and a 23yr old father. Both of my parents were obviously very young when they had me…my dad said I was almost not here. My mother's grandmother tried to make her abort me because she did not like my father. But my mother did not listen because she was in love with my father. My mother was an alcoholic and so was my dad…both of them had lost their mothers at a young age. Daddy's mother left him when he was only three months old and mommy watched her mother's murdered body bleed to death when she was 13yrs old. Eventually my mother learned to cope with the fact that her mother was not alive without being dependant on alcohol, however my father never got over his mother leaving him and for that reason he also started doing drugs. So needless to say I grew up in a dysfunctional family. We always moved…from house to house to house because my dad could not keep the rent paid for his drinking and drug problems. Not only that, I also had two younger sisters and two younger brothers he had to take care of. My father was very verbally and emotionally abusive to every one in the house including my mother because he stayed intoxicated. In October of 1991, we moved to Atlanta, GA in hopes of finding utopia but only found a better life full of the same dysfunction. My parents kept jobs and we always had a car and a roof over our heads which was more than we could say about the life we left behind in Buffalo. But my dad was still drinking and doing drugs and being abusive due to his soon to be clinically diagnosed...
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My beloved Lady, I must tell you of some queer incidents that have occurred. Today, while Macbeth and I were upon the heath heading to FOrres, we noticed three womanly figures that were withered and wild in their attire. Oddly, they did not resemble any sort of inhabitants on Eart; they looked like evil and monstrous creatures. At first glance, I thought I was hallucinating, and that these weird sisters were only a figment of my imagination. I was wrong. Unexpectedly, the weird sisters spoke one by one, hailing Macbeth as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and then King. THe prophecies they chanted seemed peculiar for they were very far fetched. REgardless of the unbelievable chant Macbeth received, I still asked for my prophecy in hopes for praises. They chanted to me: "lesser than Macbeth, yet greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none" (SHakespeare, I, iii, 65-67). I was confused of my prophecy, my fair lady, and still am. However, I don't think I shall take any of these fanciful predictions as the truth. I sense evil schemes lurking behind everything. I am no fool. Macbeth was outraged and confused, emanded answers to the insights that the weird sisters betowed upon him. Bizarrely, they vanished without a word. It was as though their corporal essences melted into the air like breath into the wind (Shakespeare, I, iii, 81-82). Macbeth and I thought we had eaten an insane roota dn turnedus into madmen, yet everything appeared very realistic. Coincidently, Ross comes with good news for Macbeth from King Duncan. The Thane of Cawdor was to be executed, and Macbeth was to be in his place. Macbeth was arleady Thane of Glamis, and now, Thane of Cawdor. Part of the prophecy had already come true! I warned Macbeth...
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Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by walls. The walls act as barriers that alienate us from the outside world. These barriers increase our inability too see the nature of one another, and act as detachments of our own humanity. In the short story of "Bartleby, the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, the main character, Bartleby, is placed in a working environment where he is enclosed by walls. These walls put restraints on Bartleby and ultimately make him the person who he really is; a character who is reserved that does not have much of a personality. Not only do the walls withdraw Bartleby from himself and from the society but also they act as a type of shelter, where Bartleby and the narrator can hide and escape exposure, of both themselves and problems that they have to deal with. Recurring themes in Bartleby is walls and seclusion. In the beginning of the story Herman Melville describes the office setting that Bartleby has to work in. Bartleby's office is surrounded by walls, which divides his desk from the other employees. His working environment isolates him and influences his inability to communicate with the other workers. "My chambers were up stairs at No. ---Wall – street. In that direction my windows commanded an unobstructed view of a lofty brick wall, black by age and everlasting shade; which wall required no spy – glass to bring out its lurking beauties, Cherkassky 2 but, for the benefit of all nearsighted spectators, was pushed up to within ten feet of my window panes." Bartleby refers to his office space as his "chambers," and since chambers are mostly found in prisons, Melville subtly implies that Bartelby's office space is much like a prison. Since Melville demonstrates that Bartleby works in the confines of solid walls, the most convenient place...
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As unlikely as it sounds today in 2003 AD, back in mythological times Bellerophon of Corinth became a courageous hero because of a murder he committed. In those times one could be purified of a crime by countering it with a good deed of equal magnitude. And so it was the orders of King Proetus that determined Bellerophon's fate. To relieve himself of his crimes against humanity, he was commanded to kill again. King Proetus had a few tasks in mind for Bellerophon. His first was to deliver a letter to King Iobates. Bellerophon did as he was commanded and the next day found himself standing face to face with King Iobates. When the king opened the letter, it read "Dear Iobates do me a favor and kill the person who delivers this letter." This however proved to be impossible. Given Iobates situation, he feasted Bellerophon for many days and nights, until he finally announced that he had a favor to ask of him. Bellerophon was to destroy the kingdom of the Chimaera, as well as the Chimaera itself. This came as quite a shock to Bellerophon, as he was expecting a task along the lines of returning a letter to Proetus. Chimaera was a fire breathing beast with three heads, a lion, a goat, and a serpent. Killing it seemed quite impossible to Bellerophon. Iobates was extremely pleased with himself, as he realized this task would no doubt bring death to Bellerophon, thus he would complete the request of King Proetus as well as meeting his own wishes. Bellerophon was not sure if this task would be the death of him or not, but he was wiling because if he succeeded it would mean his redemption. Bellerophon recognized that slaying the Chimaera was no easy task; many others had tried before....
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From the first documented recording of Venus passing across the sun in 1874 by a French astronomer to 'Welcome to Australia' (2000), the four modes of representation have come a long way through sets of conventions that runs historically and diachronically. In documentary film styles or the four modes of representation, Bill Nichols (1991, p. 32) distinguishes them as expository, observational, interactive and reflexive. He states that 'these categories are partly the work of the analyst or critic and partly the product of documentary itself' (Nichols 1991, p. 32). But yet, traces of them dominating documentary film will appear in different constellations. Expository Mode The fundamental aim of expository documentary is to deliver a message by laying out a particular story followed by the unfolding of it. It acknowledges and addresses the spectator to tell him a story about the world. This kind of mode has been the basic way of relating information since the 1920s. The early classic expository mode of documentary is a strong narration voice – a 'Voice-of-God' and other non-synchronous sound as the main carrier of meaning. The moving images are concrete and full of excess meaning, it is a useful mode when one has to get complex abstract and visual material across. In expository documentary verbal narration comes to the rescue to carry out an argument and to keep excess in check. The role of the images is one of providing support for this argument, and the editing is not necessarily continuous within a historical and located event, but rather decided by the rhetoric of the argument. Expository mode is highly authoritative and the presence of that is represented by the commentary and sometimes the unseen voice of the filmmaker. A good example will be Nanook by Robert Flaherty. Nanook was made due to Flaherty's admiration towards the...
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added: 11/17/2011
Today, just like every other morning I woke up to the sound of my alarm at seven a.m. After that I went downstairs and ate a bowl of cereal. Then I took a warm shower and got changed. After I changed I prepared my homework and basketball practice jersey. My mother gave me a ride to school at eight a.m. When I arrived at the school I went straight to my locker got my books for chemistry first hour and my Spanish book to study for my test third hour. During chemistry, we turned in our lab notebooks which contain all the labs we did last week. Then we took notes over water treatment. In second hour I discovered that I had not yet finished my geometry homework so I preceded to barrow a geometry book from another student to finish it. It took me approximately fifteen minutes to complete. After that I studied for my test in Spanish next hour. When the bell rang, I went and took the test. I feel I probably received B. That took all period. I then went to computer concepts where I worked on using Microsoft Access. At lunch next period I ate pizza and talked to friends. The main topic was how our table decreased two people because they both moved. Afterward I continued to geometry where we checked our homework and took a quiz. I feel I did well. After that it was on to physical education. We played ping pong for awhile until we got bored. Cody Meyer made up this game. It was called three person ping pong. It starts by one guy hitting the ball to the other side. Two other guys were on the other side. The person on the left would return it and the others would...
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The threat of a terrorist attack is the fear of live stock owners, Is this fear of a Agro-terror attack enough to have a national plan implemented, is it possible to educate the Farmers in preparing feedlots before an attack takes place. The sense of risk has come to some Researchers in the form of cryptic emails. As our nation recovers from the Turmoil of resent attacks it clear to see that the next target would be our live stock. Domestic terrorists already have shown that agricultural stations are tempting targets. It 's clear that the use of a viral disease would be the way of infecting the live stock because of the rapid growth of organisms. For several live stockowners, the fear is great when it comes to possible loss of what they consider their financial security. When the foot and mouth disease hit the United States in1929. It lost over $5billion dollars in cattle and pork exports. Since then the government has done what it can to protect its live stock. When the foot and mouth disease hit The US it was hard to detect how it actually entered the nation because if its lack of resources. The Foot and mouth virus can be carried by an individual who might not be aware that they are carrying the virus. Wind, clothing, shoes, and farm equipment can transmit this type of virus, which is why it is extremely feared. As our agriculture and Live stock departments need all of the resources that are required to take on such a difficult attack. Our economy relies on about $55billion dollars a year from our Livestock industry .If we were to have an attack on our live stock or our Agriculture we would be serious trouble. The amount of people that depend on our trade for food...
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Alexander Oparin and J.B.S. Haldane developed a theory of Biogenesis between the years of 1922 and 1928. With Oparin's "The Origin of Life" and Haldane's technical papers they created concrete hypothetical models from their knowledge of physics and biochemistry. Their only obstacle was practical proof to base their discoveries upon. Oparin speculated that Earth, in its early stages, had several different reactions occurring caused by nature. Organic compounds formed out of inorganic material that could have developed into the first organic cells and then into living organisms. Many different chemical reactions occurred during the formation of the Earth's crust with the cooling temperatures of the atmosphere. These organic compounds irrigated down from the "hot pools" of water through the flooding rains and continuous blasts of lightning that were plaguing the Earth. Within these "hot pools" of water, Oparin believed that carbon bonds, along with fatty acids, sugars, and tannins, formed in ever-larger molecular chains. They believed that with time, amino acids (essential to protein) could have spontaneously fabricated. During the first phase of the Earth's history, over a billion years, combinations of hydrocarbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and ammonia were always producing an unlimited assortment of organic compounds that caste intricate molecules which became the building blocks of living cells. Haldane was convinced that the earth was covered with a "hot dilute soup" at this time and within these "soups," pre-biological reactions occurred. From the synthesis of proteins, the development of life began to emerge. In 1953, Stanley Miller, a biochemist, completed his study at the University of Chicago that started the formation of the empirical foundations to the understanding of how humans might have evolved. He used Oparin and Haladane's theory to recreate the primitive Earth in a laboratory. The foundation of life was only possible with carbon and the methane that...
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Melanie Wiggins's U-Boat Adventures: Firsthand Accounts from World War II brings to life the accurate account form the sailors that where onboard and associated with the most powerful and unforeseen weapon the Germans had to offer. While traveling and touring Europe, Wiggins sits down with twenty-one U-boat veterans as they tell their personal stories of the involvement during the Battle of Atlantic. These veterans range from several positions held yet with a rare concentration on the junior enlisted ranks and only five commanders that usually dominate the readings on the subject. Wiggins also collected and included several artifacts from the interviewees ranging from photographs to letters. The author also was invited to attend a reunion with the crew of the U-682 where she was able to gather several more sources and information. Wiggins was also fortunate to sit down and speak with ninety-four year old Commander Jurgen Wattenberg and Admiral Otto Kretshmer two months before his death to add additional proportions to her work. Melanie Wiggins grew interested in U-Boats after attending some of her land on the Texas coast. Studying the local history inspired her to write her first book They Made Their Own Laws: Stories of Bolivia Peninsula (1990) and after visiting the local naval air station she wrote her second book, Torpedoes in the Gulf: Galveston and the U-Boats, 1942-1943 (1995). During that project she met several U-boat veterans in Germany who offered her their own accounts in diaries, photographs and records about there submarine patrols. Wiggins project turned into a fascination that led her to write her third book. These are their stories and adventures about serving in a German U-boat during WWII. The author begins each chapter with a personal paragraph from herself explaining when she interviewed them and her first impression towards them. Each chapter is...
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Bullying in Schools: An Analysis of Relevant Journal Articles The issue of bullying is more prevalent today than ever before. The popular media and school districts have all recognized the need to address and to ratify the issue of bullying. In an attempt to better understand the scope of the issue, as well as proposed solutions to the problem, an analysis of five journal articles was performed. The purpose of this paper is two-fold. First, the need to obtain a clearer understanding about the issue of bullying is paramount. Second, proposed strategies or solutions to this problem would be of great interest. In addition, this paper will attempt to extrapolate the finding of these journals, into a classroom setting. It is hoped, thus, that this critic of journal articles will offer a potential solution to the problem of bullying. Stuart Greenbaum's article, "What Can We Do About Schoolyard Bullying?," is a good example of bullying and its prevalence in today's society. In this article, the author states that bullying is an extreme problem in North America, and particularly in the United States. The author begins the article with a short recounting of Nathan Faris and his tragic and fatal reaction to bullying. The formation and prioritizing of the bullying problems is later recounted as violence in schools becomes more prevalent. In addition, legal recourse, available to students and their parents, now allow school districts to be held accountable for incurred damages. In other words, bullied students can seek compensation for physical and emotional suffering at school. The author also states that teachers and schools must take a lead in stopping bullying. In order to accomplish this task, educators must establish rules and norms as "'the school has the obligation to protect pupils from mistreatment from other children'" (Greenbaum, 1987). The Harvard Practicum developed...
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There is the vigil or Christian wake. This is the time when the family can gather before the open casket to remember and pray for their loved one. The family can also say the rosary or other devotions. In many countries it is the custom to spend the entire night. This is when it is most appropriate to have eulogies and stories. The next day is the Mass of Christian burial. It is so important that the body be present--even if later it will be cremated. The funeral Mass begins with the blessing of the body with holy water. The body is then present for the Mass. The greatest thing you can do for your departed love ones is the sacrifice of the Mass. The Bible encourages prayers and sacrifices for the dead. In the play Hamlet, Ophelia commits suicide. Because of this, there is controversy over how she should be buried. Claudius demands that she should be granted all of the rites of a Christian burial, but the priest refuses because in the Old Code, the Christian religion denies existential burials to people who have committed suicide. When Hamlet talks to the gravedigger, he says that her noble rank should earn her a Christian Burial. Hamlet, King of Denmark, lived about A. D. 700, and Christianity was not introduced in Denmark until about A. D. 827, by Harold. So the laws of the Christian Church of England were referred to, and not the laws of Denmark, in the time of Shakespeare. Queen Elizabeth died March 23, 1603, so the Hamlet of to-day was written under the reign of King James I. In this connection it is important to note the effect that this might have had upon the forms then used by the English Church in burials, and might have caused a change in this...
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From a business perspective, working under government contracts can be a very lucrative proposition. In general, a stream of orders keep coming in, revenue increases and the company grows in the aggregate. The obvious downfalls to working in this manner is both higher quality expected as well as the extensive research and documentation required for government contracts. If a part fails to perform correctly it can cause minor glitches as well as problems that can carry serious repercussions, such as in the National Semiconductor case. When both the culpable component and company are found, the question arises of how extensive these repercussions should be. Is the company as an entity liable or do you look into individual employees within that company? From an ethical perspective one would have to look at the mitigating factors of both the employees and their superiors along with the role of others in the failure of these components. Next you would have to analyze the final ruling from a corporate perspective and then we must examine the macro issue of corporate responsibility in order to attempt to find a resolution for cases like these. The first mitigating factor involved in the National Semiconductor case is the uncertainty, on the part of the employees, on the duties that they were assigned. It is plausible that during the testing procedure, an employee couldnt distinguish which parts they were to test under government standards and commercial standards. In some cases they might have even been misinformed on the final consumers of the products that they tested. In fact, ignorance on the part of the employees would fully excuse them from any moral responsibility for any damage that may result from their work. Whether it is decided that an employees is fully excused, or is given some moral responsibility, would...
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Description of the business Business Name: Valentino Prime Function: At Valentino, we are dedicated to consistently providing high customer satisfaction. We provide quality hair, nail and skin services at an acceptable price. We also maintain a friendly, comfortable environment for all our clients. Location: The business is located at Shop 5, Pitt Street Mall, Sydney CBD, near a busy intersection. Reasons for location: The business is situated on one of the busiest Malls in the Sydney CBD, close to our target customers. It is a high profile area, with easy access from all parts of Sydney. Legal Structure: Soletrader Mission Statement: "We strive to understand and fulfil the needs of all our customers by supplying reliable services and quality products that enhance our clients physical appearance and overall well being." Business Goals: Financial: pay a good return on employed capital provide a good and steady income to owner gain a substantial market share generate growth and establish more outlets have enough working capital in order to repay all debts as they fall due Social: All business practices are ethical and legal Provide employment and pay above award wages Social justice- fair and non-discriminatory policies Community services such as sponsoring events and promotions We are aware of our responsibilities to the environment hence, using bio-degradable products We only use product that have not been tested on animals Personal goals of owner: Be a good employer Remain independent Become successful and enhance social status Learn more about the Beauty Industry Over time to gain recognition as one of the top beauty salon's in the wider community Marketing Market analysis Identification of the target market: Our primary segment ranges from 18-35 year old fashion conscious women and mainly consists of office workers or professionals working in the CBD. Our secondary segment consists of the grey market (55+), weddings, formals and various special occasions. Reasons for selecting the target market: Sydney is populated by a...
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Robynn Mills English 102-010 McBride September 28, 1999 "Cades Cove is the dream of the Smoky Mountains." This statement was made by the Reverend Isaac P. Martin after his first visit to the Cove. He describes the Cove as one "which nestles there among the crests of the great mountains." He goes on to say, "I had never seen anything quite so beautiful." (Wise 151). Apart from the views expressed so clearly by Isaac Martin, Cades Cove is also considered by many others to be one of the most attractive locations within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Apart from this positive aspect of the Cove area, this has not always been the reaction that neither early explorers nor settlers have had. The Smokies were once a rugged and threatening place abundant in wildlife including bears, mountain lions, and snakes (O'Dell 1). These seemingly harsh living conditions became a part of the lives of the Cherokee Indians that used the Cove as a summer hunting ground. They called the Cove Tsiyahi, which could be translated to mean the place of the river otter (culhist 1). Part of this territory was once owned by a famous warrior chief named Old Abram. The present name for the territory, Cades Cove, originated from one of his successors, Chief Kade (Wise 180). The Cherokee's inhabitance of Cades Cove discouraged many white people attempting to settle this land. The Americans would hardly give up the settling of such an interesting environment so easily, however (culhist.htm 1). By the 1830's the Cherokees had adapted themselves to the culture of the whites. This adaptation even involved developing a written language and using the white man's agriculture and architecture (mnt-people 1). Apart from the attempts by the Cherokee at making peace with the Americans, they were eventually forced to leave their home in...
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US History 1610 Book Review April 27, 2003 Tademy, Lalita. Cane River. New York: Warner Books, 2001. Cane River is a familial saga that tells the story of the author's ancestors. The story begins in 1834 with story of Suzette, the author's great-great grandmother. She is a slave living in the Cane River area of Louisiana. Tademy tells Suzette's story for about twenty years, including her trials and tribulations of being a house slave on a medium-size Creole plantation. Suzette is raped by Eugene Durant, a Frenchman who is related to her owner. She eventually has two children by this man, one of whom is a daughter named Philomene. After Philomene becomes a teenager, the story shifts to tell her story. Narcisse Fredieu, another relative of Philomene's owner, becomes smitten with her, and even though he is quite older than she, wealthy, and a white man, they eventually have eight children together. The oldest of the eight children is Emily. Emily is born in 1861, right before the emancipation of the slaves. She is the first daughter in this line of females that will never know what it is like to be someone else's property. She is sent to New Orleans to boarding school to learn to read and write, things her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother never knew how to do. She falls in love with Joseph Billes, one of her father's friends, and he returns her affections deeply. They eventually move in together despite the misgivings of her family. Mixing of the races was not tolerated at all during the reconstruction period. After having five children and living together for twenty years, Emily was forced to move out and into another home because of the escalating threats to her family's life. Joseph never quit loving his children though, and came by to see...
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Capital punishment is when the law inflicts death as punishment for violating criminal law. Typically, capital punishment is used for treason, various forms of aggravated murder and large scale drug trafficking. Despite the comparatively small numbers of people who have been executed in the modern world, the issue remains a hotly debated topic. Most industrialised nations have replaced this ancient system with life imprisonment, however Japan, and the United States are exceptions to this trend. In the United States, state law controls capital punishment. Throughout history, crucifixion, stoning, drowning, burning at the stake, impaling and beheading were the most common methods of capital punishment. Today the methods of capital punishment are lethal injection, electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, and a firing squad. The lethal injection is the most common means of execution in the United States today. It involves the inmate being secured to a gurney where a stethoscope and cardiac monitor leads are attached. Two saline intravenous lines are started and the inmate is drugged with sodium thiopental to induce unconsciousness, than pancuronium bromide (Pavulon) to stop respiration. Lastly, potassium chloride is used to stop the heart. The rarer practise of electrocution is a visibly destructive means to burn the body's internal organs. The inmate is restrained to an electrocution chair and then a switch is thrown. The body can catch fire as a result. The inmate sometimes defecates, urinates or vomits blood. For gassing, the prisoner is restrained inside a hermetically sealed chamber soon to be filled with deadly gases. When the first signal is given, the pan under the chamber is filled with hydochloric acid. On the second signal eight ounces of potassium cyanide crystals are placed in the acid forming hydrocyanic acid to destroy the body's ability to produce haemoglobin. Consequently, the body turns blue and the inmate drifts into unconsciousness....
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Finding a career inspiration is a matter of thinking like a child. Inspiration will always be around oneself, but first, one has to let that child's imagination come out and play. In order to find the right career for oneself, one must examine her self-evaluation of her interests. One must examine her abilities and values. With all the positions to choose from, many people have a difficult time deciding which career path to take. Business/Management has many areas of profession that anyone can accomplish. Self-employment is about being in control of one's life. She is her own boss, and she gets all the benefits that she works for. When working for someone else, one's financial and personal future is restricted. Most people who become wealthy are self-employed. Today, one can work from nearly anywhere. There is always the concern of getting enough business. The most secure job may be to own one's own business. One must always keep marketing, or things could begin to drop. If one does not have a sufficient amount of customers to fall back on, one will not be able to continue her business (Wendy Johnston). Marketing plays an important part in successful business undertakings. The way one markets one's business will determine one's level of success or failure. The major factor to successful marketing is to know the customers. They are the ones to determine whether one stays in business. Look for ways to gather as much insight and suggestions from customers in positive situations. Ask for their advice, problems, and insights (Bettermanagement.com Library). Pricing is difficult for one who works on its own, because they cannot locate the price of their experience and ability. A good cash flow is at the center of the business financial process and is important for one's business survival. Using a spreadsheet...
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The subject of my career shadow was Scott Cornwell, whose job is Vice President of Operations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. This particular branch of Second Harvest has recently been awarded Food Bank of the year out of the two hundred and twenty food banks under the jurisdiction of America's Second Harvest, the largest organization for fighting hunger in the world. This branch has seen very significant growth from the time Scott began working there in 1996 as a transportation manager, having worked as a regional manager and other positions for South Eastern Trucking Lines. The function of Second Harvest, a not-for-profit organization, has since changed from a simple distributor of food to homeless or starving families, to a much larger distributor, a producer and supplier of the food, a warehouse for the food, and a transportation hub for many other food banks across America. Our day began by taking a tour of the year-old facility that is the base of operations for Second Harvest in all Middle Tennessee, located in the Metro Center business community. A massive complex, the building is nearly seventy thousand square-feet and is located on an eleven-acre plot of land. The building includes over twelve thousand square-feet of freezer and cooler space, over twenty-two thousand feet of dry storage, a fully equipped processing and packaging area for preparing food, a media/culinary arts center, ten thousand square-feet of office space on both floors, and enough loading and unloading area for six semi-trucks and numerous smaller transportation vehicles to be simultaneously docked. It became quickly apparent exactly how expansive Scott's responsibilities are within the company. The general structure of the business is divided into six-main categories: Operations, Finance and Human Resources, Program Services, Technical Services and Special Projects, Development, Donor Relations, and Community and Media Relations....
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