To The Fullest - 517 words
Where have I been for the past 60 years? What have I accomplished? Have I made a difference to anyones life? It saddens me to think that the world would not be any different if I were never born. And there no chance of changing that because I have become wrinkled, decrepit, and unable to do much physical activity. Sometimes I wish I had lived my life to the fullest when I was able to. I wish I would have traveled, would have laughed, would have just opened my eyes more than I did. The other day I was walking in the park - I try to at least once a week - and I saw two little boys sitting under the shade of a tree. They were board as hell because nothing good was on television at that time. Ho ...
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History - 684 words
In ancient Mesopotamia there was a human of great powers. His name was Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh is an ancient tale passed down orally from generation to generation in mesopotamia. David Ferry writes this version. The author reconstructs the epic tale on the ancient Mesopotamian ways of friendship, gods and goddesses, and immortality. The tales follow Gilgamesh on very dangerous journeys across ancient mesopotamia. Some symbolic battles are those with Huwawa, the demon of the beautiful Cedar forest, the bull of heaven which was sent by the goddess Ishtar in disgust, and the journey to Utnapishtims enormous compound. Through each battle and journey Gilgamish shows unique characteristics of humans ...
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Aids - 611 words
My cousin Christopher was 16 years old when he died. Christopher had been fighting the disease known as AIDS throughout his life, and I didnt know. I had always known when I was young that Christopher was sick in some way. His right hand was malformed and he had to receive a variety of injections each day from his mother. But as young as I was, I was never afraid of Chris or his sickness. Chris and I were friends as much as we were family. We would play spies together and hide on his steps as we watched our parents play cards. To me, Chris was a normal child who just needed some extra medicine. But after his death, I learned that his condition was much more serious then it appeared to be. Th ...
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Affirmative Action - 1,541 words
Affirmative action is one of the more recent and popular civil rights policies that affect today's society. Affirmative action can be described as nothing more than a lower educational standard for minorities. It has become quite clear that affirmative action is unfair and unjust. However, in order to blend race, culture, and genders to create a stable and diverse society, someone has to give. How can this be justified? Is there a firm right or wrong to affirmative action? Is this policy simply taking something from one person and giving it to someone else, or is there more to this policy, such as affirmative action being a reward for years of oppression against those whom it affects? There ...
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The Lost Generation - 939 words
During World War I, many of the men who fought were only about nineteen years young. These men experienced horrors beyond belief in a matter of years, which is ten times worse than a normal man experiences his whole life. This generation of men, from 1914-1918, who fought in a great war and lived in constant fear of their last breathe, while we enjoy parties, the freedom of being a teenager, and able just to kick back and enjoy life at its prime. This is the lost generation. As tensions grew in Europe during the early twentieth century young teenagers throughout were going to grade school and enjoying life to its fullest. Little do these children know that in a matter of years they will be f ...
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Crop Production - 879 words
Beginning about 12,000 years ago, the human population began a trend that completely changed the way we, as a race, evolved. For the first time in history, humans pushed beyond the restraints of traditional hunting and gathering, into domestication and farming. It was a change that would not only take thousands of years to prove worthy, but also may have set us back on the evolutionary path at the time. Along the path to this point, we have been constantly changing and finding new ways to produce and maximize the yield of the crops we sow. Have these changes been successful or detrimental to us? The following will search into answering this question. Since the beginning, increased crop produ ...
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Trombone Ensemble - 595 words
On the evening of November 11,1999, the Southwest Texas Trombone Ensemble provided an apprehensive crowd with a truly wonderful performance. Starting with Sonata No.1 for Trombone Choir by Evan Copley, the ensemble exhibited fabulous variety in both the note and the speed in which they were playing. This skill mindfully produced a range of emotions, including anxiety and uneasiness. Charles R. Hurt, the conductor of the ensemble, skillfully piloted the ensemble in formulating an eerie feeling. I envisioned a cemetery scene with the light fog, worn tombstones, and mourners draped in black. The mood changed for the better with the arrival of the allegro, bringing with it a sound of a climax wh ...
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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - 1,642 words
founded in 1895, gave its first concert the following year under the direction of Frederic Archer. Victor Herbert was the chief conductor from 1898 to 1904; he was succeeded by Emil Paur (190410). The orchestra was then disbanded. It was revived in 1926, and over the next decade it was led by Elias Breeskin (192730) and Antonio Modarelli (193037). The orchestra was reorganized by Otto Klemperer in 1937. Fritz Reiner was chief conductor from 1938 to 1948, followed by William Steinberg (195276), Andr Previn (197684), Lorin Maazel (198495), and Mariss Jansons (1995). Since 1971 the orchestra has performed in Heinz Hall, the renovated Loews Penn Theater (built 1927). To truly understand Pittsbur ...
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Henry David Thoreau - 1,443 words
Born David Henry Thoreau, Thoreau chose to legally change his name at the age of twenty, to make it the name that would later become the highly recognized and respected name of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau chose a different path for his life than many other individuals during his time, he rejected the normal ideas of a democratic government and based his life on the ideas of transcendentalism. Thoreau is best known for living two years of his life at Walden Pond, but there are more aspects of his life that have reached the people of America. When Thoreau was a young child, he deeply immersed himself in nature. It was evident to his elders that he took a great interest in literature and writi ...
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Reengineering Management - 996 words
Reengineering Management (RM) is a great book written by James Champy. Other than the one published before, which was Reengineering the Corporation, this books directed to all managers in all levels. It is about changing managerial work, the way we should think, organize, inspire, deploy, measure and reward the value-adding operational work. This book is a following one for reengineering the Corporation written by Michael Hammer and James Champy. Youve redesigned your companys processes, organization, and culture. Now, how do you manage it? Champy examines the successes and failures of reengineering, and cites the failure of management to change as the greatest threat to the success of reeng ...
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Dead Man Walking - 1,411 words
Imagine yourself convicted for a crime and sentenced to death. Imagine the hate in the society towards you. What kind of a soul would you have? How would you feel about the thought knowing when you are going to die and in what way? How will you react? Who will help you out? In the novel Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean, was asked to correspond with Pat Sonnier, a man sentenced to die by electric chair for the murder of two teen-agers, which he did not commit. Dead Man Walking, gives a moving account of her spiritual journey as she became knowledgeable about our system of capital punishment through her involvement in the lives and deaths of several convicted murderers, their families, t ...
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Unrevealed - 1,721 words
The first study of clandestine operations was initiated 1988 in hopes of learning about the relationship between the President and the intelligence committees of Congress. Stephan F. Knott, an Assistance Professor of Political Science at the Untied States Air Force Academy, picked up this study of clandestine operations. In Knott's recently published book (1996) Secret and Sanctioned, he unveils the reality that not only were clandestine operations in the Cold War recently, been had also been used in times dating back to our Forefathers. Knott's account of covert operations involving some of our most admired leaders (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln etc.) gives clear evid ...
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Managing Diversity - 1,569 words
... (Rowe 79). A comprehensive 1993 study of U.S. workers' attitudes bears out Rowe's assertions. The first installment of a planned quadrennial survey, the privately funded National Study of the Changing Workforce found that perceptions of discrimination take a heavy toll on job performance. More than one-fifth of minority workers reported they had been discriminated against by their current employers. Those beliefs correlated with a higher tendency to feel "burned out," a reduced willingness to take initiative on the job and a greater likelihood of planning to change jobs. (NSCW 1993). From an external perspective, a diverse workforce can also provide a distinct competitive advantage for a ...
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Employment Relations - 1,612 words
The following are the main provisions in the Act. TRADE UNION RECOGNITION The new legislation will allow Trade Unions to seek collective bargaining rights with employers in certain circumstances. Independent trade unions can exist in organisations employing 21 or more workers, if that is the wish of a majority of the workforce. The procedure seeks to encourage voluntary agreements where possible. However sometimes Trade Unions and Employees cannot reach an agreement, in these cases the decision will be taken by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), which will decide the appropriate bargaining unit and whether the union should be recognised. Also, if it finds it necessary it can impose a ...
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Employment Relations - 1,611 words
... ion; or (ii) any other appropriate source; and (D) to take whatever actions may be necessary to carry out the agency mission during emergencies. (b) Nothing in this section shall preclude any agency and any labor organization from negotiating-- (1) at the election of the agency, on the numbers, types, and grades of employees or positions assigned to any organizational subdivision, work project, or tour of duty, or on the technology, methods, and means of performing work; (2) procedures which management officials of the agency will observe in exercising any authority under this section; or (3) appropriate arrangements for employees adversely affected by the exercise of any authority under ...
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Assisted Suicide - 1,869 words
Walking through the corridors of any hospital would show one several things. There would be people healing, hurting, dying, and coping with all sorts of problems. Even though some of them may share the same misfortunes, they are separated into two categories: those who are still fighting for their lives and those who have given up. To those who have given up, the thought of suicide always arises because one no longer has the desire to deal with a problem and they just want out. There may be a man whose withered and shaky hands can not even hold a cup for a drink of water which aides him in choking down the never ending line of pills he must take every day to keep his body from completely bre ...
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Minister Jailed During Rape Trial - 639 words
MINISTER JAILED DURING RAPE TRIAL Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter jailed Jung Woo Lee, a fifty two year old pastor at a church in Flushing, for raping his twenty-one year old niece. Lee said that he realized he was attracted to her almost as soon as she arrived because she was wearing short shorts and also the way she crossed her legs, like movie star Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. Lee admits to having sex with the niece, but not raping her. When asked if he thought she was leading him on, he said that he has no idea how womens minds work and could not give a straight answer. The prosecutors say that the only reason why he even admitted to having sex with her is because they found his ...
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Clovis Sangrail - 708 words
Clovis Sangrail is a character featured in three of the Saki short stories covered this semester. The three featured short stories are Tobermory, The Unrest-cure, and The She-Wolf. Clovis is undoubtedly one of Sakis preferred individuals because he is a reoccurring character. Since Sakis main intention was to mock the aristocracy, he required an antithetical character that could serve as a vehicle for Sakis own actions to be carried out in the stories. A subtle annoyance and dislike for high-society can be sensed in The Unrest-cure. Clovis hears Huddle whining about the lack of stress in his accommodating aristocratic life. Clovis dutifully tricks the unsuspecting and vulnerable Huddle in sp ...
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Commentary On Battle Royal - 850 words
Ralph Ellisons short story, Battle Royal, takes place in any small town in the south. The main focus of this story is the reoccurring incidences of racial inequality. This is a story of several generations of an Afro-American family that dream about improving their lives in a racially segregated America. In the beginning of the story, a dying old man tells his son that he should keep up the fight. This was in reference to the fight for social equality. The grandfather also said to his son Live with your head in the lions mouth. I want you to overcomeem with yeses, undermineem with grins, agreeem to death and destruction, letem swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open. This meant that th ...
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Character Analysis I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - 1,166 words
In Maya Angelou's autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya's beautiful, vivacious biological mother, Vivian Baxter, emerges as an important character in her daughter's life. Vivian endures as a black woman in a white man's world by displaying strength, honesty, and toughness, which lead to self- preservation. Vivian lives within the St. Louis jazz society where blacks are faced with " the hostility of the powerless against the powerful, the poor against the rich, the worker against the worked for and the ragged against the well- dressed." Ms. Angelou provides her readers with a vivid description of an unwilling mother thrust in and out of maternal situations during a thirteen-year ...
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