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RPC Western Literature II Essay #6: On The Role of Ethics in the Development of History

Write 500 words on this: “What is the view of the biblical materials on the role of ethics in the development of history?”

To begin, I will only be covering three of the books in the Bible (even though there are other books in the Bible that cover the roles of ethics and development of history), that being Proverbs, Psalms, and Genesis. I do think that these three books are excellent at emphasizing ethics through history, but of course, being written by the ancient Hebrews, they only cover the times that took place during the Old Testament. Literature can tell the history and worldview of a particular culture, and that I say is very true regarding the books of the Old Testament. The chapters reinforce the 5 basic themes of most literature: God, Man, Sanctions, Law and Inheritance (the future).

Anyway, let us begin with God’s authority, which is established in the book of Genesis were it is written that He is the creator of the universe. And because he is creator of the universe, and because of that, he is both responsible for it and in charge of all that goes on in there, be it being in charge of the future (a promise of something like an inheritance), rewards and punishment.
Next, we have to look at the authority given to man, which is mentioned in Psalm 8 (4-6):
“4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet.”

So now we can see, that God isn’t necessarily responsible for the Earth, as He has created humanity with the purpose taking care of the Earth and being a shepherd to all animals below them (on Earth, which they have dominion over). He created us with this as one of our only purposes in mind, this makes taking care of the Earth our ethical responsibility.
Now, we humans would’ve still been right by God’s side had it we not broke one of our other ethical duties, that being to abstain from eating fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, as Adam and Eve so famously do. This event is important as Adam and Eve’s fall from the grace of God is the origin of sin and death (but also grace, as well!), and this event has to do with Law as well, because Adam and Eve broke a law that God had instilled upon them.

Now we also have to look some more at Psalms and Proverbs and how they cover the theme of Inheritance:
Psalm 37 (it’s a really very really long chapter) does this by listing God’s promise of goodness in the future for those who do good in the present. And then Proverbs, written by King Solomon of Israel, were mainly written to prepare his son to rule his kingdom correctly and virtuously.

Posted in history, school, Western Civ I

RPC Western Civilization I Essay #6: On a Whole Bunch a’ Greek Wars

Answer two of the following questions.

1. Describe the circumstances leading to the Persian Wars. Why were they significant events in Western history?

To begin, I have to say that the Persian empire was a VERY POWERFUL empire, and that, had there been no victory for the Greeks, we probably would not have had much cultural contribution from the ancient Greeks on account of the fact that they would most likely be wiped out.

Anyway, the Persians had been able to control the western part of Asia-minor, known as Ionia. And there were a few Greek settlements on Ionia attempted to throw off their Persian overlords, and were asking for help from Athens and Sparta. Sparta declined but Athens did send over a fleet of about 20 ships, starting a rebellion in (for a full fleet of 50, so about 40% of the army was Athenian). This rebellion did not last, getting crushed by the Persians in 494 b.c, and seeking revenge, Persia begins an offensive against the other Greek cities in 490 b.c.

So the Athenians ask for the Spartans, but the Spartans were having a religious ceremony at the time so they declined. (Miraculously, the Athenians actually defeated Persia, so the next day after victory was when the Spartans actually arrived, ironically)

One of the most famous battles of the Persian wars was the battle of Marathon, which was an outstanding victory for the Greeks, and is what the Marathon run is named after.

The Persians wouldn’t even return for Greece until 10 years later, 480 b.c, when Sparta and Athens started working together to stop the Persians. During this, Sparta and Persia took place in one of the most famous battles of ancient history, that being the battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartan hoplites attempted to defend a mountain pass from the main Persian army. They failed in the end (lasting much longer than expected, and buying Greece precious time)

In 479 there a few more battles, particularly Platea and Salamis, and with the exception of a few minor skirmishes here and there, Persia basically pulls out of the war and Western Civilization is saved.

3. Why was the Peloponnesian War fought? What was its long-term significance?

In the decades after the war, there was no way to know for sure whether the Persians would attack again, so a few Greek cities formed an alliance (under the control of Athens) called the Delian league, which was mainly an agreement to provide ships (but later plain old money) to the cities that needed them most. Athens ended up getting most of the money because they were the best ship builders, so everyone in the league (including Sparta) thought it was just the best idea to give Athens money. (It’s not like Athens was going to use most of the money on themselves instead on military and/or a navy? right?) But it became rather apparent that to the other members that Athens was spending most of the money on the beatification of her city. The members of the league accused Athens of wasting their money, and Athens defended herself arguing that Athens had been burned to the ground during the Persian war, and deserved some rebuilding.

So this concerns Sparta that Athens is becoming arrogant and begin acting like an imperial power. Whatever the immediate cause was, the historian Thucydides documented that the main reason Sparta initiated an offense was out of Sparta’s own concern for safety.

The real legacy of the Peloponnesian war was that it weakened all of the Greece city-states and ultimately resulted in Macedonian Greece (first led by Philip, then Alexander) conquering most of the world, including Greece.

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RPC Biology Essay #3: On Non-Inherited Genetic Disorders.

Answer ONE of the questions below in an essay of about 150-250 words (you may write a longer essay, if you wish). Be sure to include facts and details from the past 4 (or more) lessons, as this will help you remember and understand them better.

Post your essay on your blog, and post a link to your essay in the Biology forum.

1. Some genetic disorders are not hereditary. Give an example of one of these, and describe the molecular process that causes the disorder to occur.

So, almost all genetic disorders (genetic disorders being biological problems in our bodies that exist because of inherited genes from our parents and grand parents) are thanks to pre-determined genes that are there within us beginning at our inception, however, there are a few that some people get in the womb. (as a kind of glitch or error) We could get a non-hereditary disorder through a few ways, such as:

Meiosis Splits, which split and then duplicate all our sex cells.

Mitosis Splits, which split and then duplicate all our blood and skin cells.

During these processes, we could get such “glitches”, which lead to disorders. There are many different cell “glitches” that can cause problems. One of these is Aneuploidy. This is when a gamete (a haploid cell, such as an egg or sperm) is fertilized having an unusual number of chromosomes, either one extra or one missing. There are different types of aneuploidy; like trisomy (three copies of chromosomes), polyploidy (two sets of chromosomes, instead of one set) and monosomy (only one copy of chromosomes). There’s also Nondisjunction, which is caused by a failure of homologous chromosomes (sister chromatids) to separate during meiosis (cell division), causing daughter cells (gametes) to contain an extra or missing amount of chromosomes.

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RPC Western Literature II Essay #5: On the Relationship Between Proverb’s Ethics and Sanctions

Write 500 on this topic: “Discuss the relationship between ethics and sanctions in Proverbs 1-7.”

To begin, I have to say that the most constant theme king Solomon of Israel writes in the book of Proverbs is a form of “The Golden Rule” (we are all familiar with it, right?), which is that throughout the chapters I read, the book essentially says throughout that: holy rewards would happen upon to those who go out and do good, and that evil things happen upon to those who go out and partake in evil. So anyway, now I’m going to more in depth with a few individual verses.

Psalm 1:
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
In these verses, Solomon mentions one of the original ten commandments, that being to: “honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in your life.” Also in this verse, Solomon mentions ornaments and chains, but not in the sense we understand, as he refers to the ornament as jewelry and chains as in gold chains and necklaces of wealth.

Psalm 2:
16 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;
19 None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—
20 So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.
This passage states that you will die as if a weed unrooted, provided you do not give into the tempting feelings of adultery, and that only through discrepancy and proper understanding can we truly live in a world of evil unscathed.

Psalm 5:
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He ponders all his paths.
22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man,
And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
23 He shall die for lack of instruction,
And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
In this verse, it is stated that God sees all the possible choices and paths a man will take in his life. (which on a side note, this is how I, personally, believe that free will and an all-powerful God can exist simultaneously, because we are allowed to make all our own choices, but God knows which choices we will specifically make) Solomon exclaims that the evil man shall get himself trapped and killed by his own sinful iniquities.

Proverbs 7:
24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths;
26 For she has cast down many wounded,
And all who were slain by her were strong men.
27 Her house is the way to hell,
Descending to the chambers of death.
Once again, Solomon speaks against adultery, telling the reader to stray away from vile temptresses, and to stay with his one wife.

One thing I noticed is that, throughout the whole book, Solomon strongly warns his son (and the reader) against adultery. It is mentioned far more often than other sins in the Proverbs. He urges his son to marry wisely, and stay with his wife.

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RPC Business II Essay #5: The Difference Between Cash and Accrual Accounting

Weekly Assignment:
Write a 250 word essay on cash versus accrual accounting. You’ll find this in chapter 9 of Mike Piper’s Accounting Made Simple book.

To begin, you probably have the same question I had to ask, which is: “what’s the difference between cash accounting and accrual accounting?!” And for that, we have got to look at definitions!

According to Investopedia: “Accrual accounting is a financial accounting method that allows a company to record revenue before receiving payment for goods or services sold and record expenses as they are incurred. In other words, the revenue earned and expenses incurred are entered into the company’s journal regardless of when money exchanges hands.”
Meanwhile: Cash accounting is an accounting method where payment receipts are recorded during the period in which they are received, and expenses are recorded in the period in which they are actually paid. In other words, revenues and expenses are recorded when cash is received and paid, respectively.”
(also from Investopedia)

So now that we have established the differences between the two forms of accounting, we have got to look at some examples of the two types, and see which is better for you!
Cash Accounting: Now, take for example, you really wanted to buy something, but you didn’t have enough money needed to purchase it. Then you would have to set up a contract. Let’s say you set up a contract for four weeks (a month) of personal piano lessons, at $50 dollars a lesson. (totaling at $200 dollars). Then because of this, the person paying for the course would write down that it was an expense for them, and this expense had to be paid before the second meeting. And the person teaching them would write it down as income. In this situation, everything is paid up front as much as possible.

Accrual Accounting: This method is were instead of paying the $200 before the second meeting it would be paid over the course of the four weeks. Say you met three times a week. And you paid the person teaching you weekly at $50.00. So instead of paying the $200 upfront then you would make payments throughout the four weeks. This is a much more delayed form of payment. Things like rent are usually paid off with the Accrual Method, while something like piano lessons would use cash accounting.

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RPC Western Civilization I Essay #5: Who Died and Left Aristotle in Charge of Ethics?

(choose two of the following; if you choose question 2, you may do just that one):

1. Why was Aristotle a significant figure?

2. How would you explain Aristotle’s main points in his Ethics to the average person?

3. What was Spartan society like?

To begin, I will be covering question 2, on account of the fact that I really enjoyed learning about Aristotle’s main points of ethics, and would like to tell you about his views as well. (and not at all because I’d only have to do one question, oh not at all)

Now, anyway, in Aristotle’s work, “Ethics”, he asked and answered the following question: “what is the best life a person could have?” He brought something known as “The Ultimate Good”, which is what he said is what people try to achieve in life.

He says “The Ultimate Good” is happiness. Other philosphers argued that is something else, such as: honor, wealth, pleasure, or virtue. He disagreed. He said that while all these things proposed are important, he said that things like virtue are but: a mean between the two extremes, (which is to say, that you could have to much virtue or too little virtue, honor, wealth or pleasure, and being in the middle was best). The only virtue you can not have too much of is justice.

Aristotle says that all of our human activities lead to doing (or wanting to do) good. For instance, we humans, as mortals, usually refrain from activities that could lead to bad things happening to us. (we don’t want to die, or feel pain, be poor or be hated, so we do things that could get us rich, loved, and keep us alive!) Aristotle goes on to explain that happiness is dependent on virtue, and that virtuous people tend to find more happiness because they find pleasure in all things they do.

As for my explanation of the title, it was Plato who died.

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RPC Western literature II Essay #4: On the Book Psalms Optimism

Write 500 words on this topic: “Discuss some of the reasons offered in the Psalms for long-term optimism.”

To begin my essay, I would beg the question, what is optimism? The Oxford dictionary says it is a noun that means:
“hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something”. God wants us to have optimism AND confidence to trust in His plans.
To talk about optimism, I must also bring up the six main themes of literature, that being:

God, man, inheritance, law, sanctions and hierarchy. These are the six main basic themes of literature, including the Psalms of David. In the Psalms, God is the sovereign. He is the one who rules humans, and the humans are the ones who rule nature. God uses sanctions and law in his rule, and the Psalms display a case for long-term optimism, because they shed light of a future inheritance comprised of blessings for all who follow God.

Now I would also like to mention that David, the King of ancient Israel and the author of Psalms puts these six points on full exhibition throughout the book. (behold):

Psalm 7, verse 1
Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
3 Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands—
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause have robbed my foe—

Here you can read King David writing (I assume metaphorically, based off of my logic) about his pleading and asking for God to aid him. For God to prove to the world that David is not “guilty of unjust actions”. In this verse David is optimistic that God WILL help him in his trial and tribulation, at least in one way or another.

I also would like to list Psalm chapter 15 as the perfect example of David’s optimism. (behold):

1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.

In these verses, David praises God, and is utterly assured that God would make said decisions. The faith King David holds in God rains true. And would be so as well for all those who read, were influenced, or heard of King David’s writings.

Thank you for reading my essay on Psalms, and after you read this, I am optimistic that you will like this essay and follow my blog! (wink wink)

I know I only list two chapters in detail, however there are other good examples like Psalm 21, 23, 37, and 47

Posted in history, school, Western Civ I

RPC Western Civilization I Essay #4: On Plato’s Views of Seeing and Ruling

Answer two of the following:

1. What was the disagreement Socrates had with the Sophists?

2. What was Plato’s point in his allegory of the cave?

3. What qualities does Plato’s ideal monarch — the “philosopher-king” — possess?

To begin, I would like to say that I will be explaining the points the Greek philosopher Plato tried to prove with his important cave allegory, and his worldview on the ideal governmental monarch.

(first on “the cave”)

In Plato’s dialogue book, “The Republic”, he included a (fairly short) story called the “Allegory of the cave” (which if you haven’t read, I recommend you do). The main point of the story is that each and every one of us have only been looking at shadows of real objects and events, our entire lives. For example, seeing a shadow of a candy bar is not seeing the real candy bar. But if you were to see a shadow of a candy bar you would say that it was a candy bar. You wouldn’t say that it was a shadow. Plato uses this to show his idea of forms and how they work. That he would say that it’s just a shadow, not a candy bar. It is fairly confusing first hearing this (just like in the actual story, when one of the men in the cave escaped, and saw everything for what they are), but once you get used to looking at objects when they’re in the light, you too will understand the world for what it is.

(Next on the “Philosopher king”)

Now, Plato’s worldview (or, his ideal vision of a perfect society) was that of a City-State or civilization comprised of 3 classes (minus the slaves). Those three classes being the Artisans, Auxiliaries, and Guardians. The Artisan would be tasked with common skilled work, like farming, crafting, painting and running business (aka, being the working cogs of an economy). The Auxiliaries would be tasked keeping the city from both external and internal threats. They would be the policemen and army. Finally the Guardians are what he called “Philosopher Kings”. They would be responsible for keeping charge of their entire state. They would be the most educated of classes, but their education would be heavily censored to keep them from immorality and evil. Plato would even ban the works of Homer, because they portray the Greek gods as immoral. They would be experts in “The Forms”. In short, the Forms are permanent, abstract ideas separate from the material world. For example, if candy ceased to exist, the “form of candy” would not change. Though Plato discussed the form of virtues, not dogs. He based the classes off of his idea of the soul. Each virtue of the soul would reflect one of the classes in the city. Guardians represent the virtues of wisdom and justice.

Now if you were to ask me my personal thoughts on Plato’s worldview, I would tell you this seems somewhat like the government that exists in a dystopian novel, due to the fact that Plato puts these few, well-read people on pedestals, in charge of everybody else in their state, and just gives them full control. (that how you get a “philosopher-dictator”, not a “philosopher-king”, Plato!).

As for constant mention of candy, I think I currently have sugar on the brain, and will now go eat a whole carton of ice cream. I bid you adieu.

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RPC Business II Essay #4: On MY Favorite Product Company

Write a 250 word essay on one of your favorite product-based companies.

To begin, I would like to say that there are many product based companies that I love. There are many restaurants (which, editors note, is also a service based business) and stores that I would say I very much enjoy going to and purchasing from. However, there is one specific company that is product-based that I most enjoy, that being Nintendo.

For those of you who do not know, *Nintendo Co.Ltd is a Japanese multinational video game company headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. It develops video games and video game consoles. Nintendo was founded in 1889 as Nintendo Karuta by craftsman Fusajiro Yamauchi and originally produced handmade hanafuda playing cards. After venturing into various lines of business during the 1960s and acquiring a legal status as a public company, Nintendo distributed its first console, the Color TV-Game, in 1977. It gained international recognition with the release of Donkey Kong in 1981 and the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Mario Bros. in 1985.* Since then it has been one of the leading companies in the video game industry.

So if you couldn’t tell already by now, Nintendo is my favorite company, not just because it makes video games and video game consoles, but because the games are some of the most fun I have ever had in my entire life, and their consoles (like the Wii, Switch, or Gameboy), while not as powerful as other competitors like Microsoft’s or Sony’s consoles, are instead innovative, and instead of appealing to the HARD-CORE fans of gaming, instead appeal to non-consumers like senior citizens. (it’s the whole reason the Wii kicked off as well as it did)

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo Source used.

Posted in history, school, Western Civ I

RPC Western Civilization I Essay #2: On the Significance of Ancient Greece and Pre-Socratic Philosophy.

Answer two of the following questions:

1. Read Homer’s description of the Cyclopes (plural) in Book 9 of The Odyssey. Would you describe them as having a civilization? Why or why not? 2. What happens between the Cyclops and Odysseus and his men? How does the story end? 3. What is the significance of ancient Greece in Western civilization? 4. Why is pre-Socratic philosophy significant?

To begin, I will be writing/answering questions 3 and 4.

First of all, I would say that the number one most significant contribution to Western civilization to come out of ancient Greece is the belief that reason is central to humanity, and separates us from animals. Thus, they glorify reason as the thing that makes humanity great, something that can unlock and explains almost everything in nature. Greeks are among the first civilizations in the world that used reason to search for theoretical truths and philosophical truths that are abstract and not necessarily practical, unlike other ancient civilizations, take for example, ancient Egypt, that studied geometry, but only to build pyramids.

The reason why the Greeks contributed so much, is not because they stopped believing in gods or mythology, but instead by realizing that, as humans, we can understand the natural world via reason.

Next you may be wondering: “Why is pre-Socratic philosophy significant?” And you know what I’ll tell you! it’s because they (the pre-Socratics) were the first people to try to understand the natural world and philosophy with pure reason, not only to solve a certain practical problem but just to understand and know it. Most of them believe firmly that there are still gods and the supernatural, but with reason, they try to explain everything through natural causes until reason is exhausted, then the supernatural shall be the explanation.

There were many kinds of groups among the pre-Socrastics who through reason had different conclusions. The conclusions of almost all the groups of pre-socratic philosophers were wrong like how one greek philosopher believed that the earth is a discus floating over water, so it explains why they are earthquakes because of ripples and waves on the water causing it, not because of gods, even though the conclusion is absolutely wrong but they tried to explain events with reason, not immediately saying it was the cause of the supernatural.

There were many Greeks who also try to find not only the natural world through reason, but how humans should conduct themselves morally and ethically through reason, this is where the first moral relativist was created through the greeks trying to figure out how to conduct their lives.

The pre-Socratics are the first philosophers trying to find the truth for itself “purely” with their rationalism, even getting into trouble sometimes for impiety like once when a philosopher said the sun was just a flaming ball, not a god.

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RPC Western Literature II Essay #3: on the Importance of Sanctions in the Book of Psalms.

Write 500 words on this topic: “How important is the concept of historical sanctions in the Psalms?”

To begin, I would just like to say that the importance of the concept of historical sanctions becomes a theme in EVERY book in the Old Testament, and not just Psalms. (Just a lil tidbit of info I found out about)
Now anyhow, it is shown that in the book of Psalms, David (King David of ancient Israel, who is the author of this book) is mostly pleading for punishment to be brought upon on the evil, and that God help and reward all his righteous and true followers. In the psalms, there are many kinds of writing about giving or withholding negative and positive sanctions.

I would like you to take for example, the first 6 chapters of Psalms, which I read to find out about this:

Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

So as you can see, the very first chapter of Psalms is probably the perfect example of God’s positive and negative sanctions, because immediately after David mentions the good of God, he moves and begins talking about the punishment’s those who are ungodly men are about to receive.

Psalms 2, verses 10-11
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

A few of the passages of Psalm 2 do this same thing as well, telling the kings of the Earth to fear God, who is above them all.

Psalm 3, verses 1-6
1 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.*

These verses were written while David was currently being troubled by evil people, so he chose to trust in God for helping him because of what God has done in the past in punishing the evil and blessing the Godly, so he trusts God will do it again in the present.

*These passages are from the KJV Bible

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RPC Business II Essay #3: On Harry Browne’s 5-point Sales Process.

Weekly Assignment:

Write a 250 word essay on Harry Browne’s 5-point sales process.

Greetings everybody, today I am now going to write an essay explaining Harry Browne’s 5-point sales process (he must’ve been a salesman to write a book like that huh?). Reading his book has gotten to me to really take notes and pop my eyes open to the (relative) easiness there is to being a salesman, and hope when you see these points I write about, you’ll pop your eyes open as well:

Step 1: Get Attention. The first step is that for you to complete is to figure out what your prospect’s motivation is. To sell something to someone, you first need to figure out WHY they are coming to you (or why they let you come to them).

Step 2: Identify the problem or need. Once you have figured out the first step, and found out why he’s coming to you, you now need to point it out to your customer, as in, you have to tell them their problem is a serious problem, and that they need to get a serious solution.

Step 3: Position your product (or service) as the solution. Step three basically means that if you want to make the people you’re selling to want your product (or service), and I mean REALLY want it, you have to SHOW them how your product (or service) can fix their problem or and be your solution.

Step 4: Prove your case. Harry Browne created a three-step formula to help handle objections with customers. They will have objections, doubts, and questions, that is a fact. They may be afraid they overlooked something. Listen, agree, suggest; You must identify with their position and accept their point of view as the “status quo.” They have every right to be in that position, you are selling to them, they have the money. So, suggest alternatives to what they already have and more.

Step 5: Ask for the order. If you have completed the four steps, and the customer is already convinced and eager about the product, then it would come naturally and easily, and you can make your sale! (if they’re still not sure about the sale, then you’ve got to back-track to step 4, perhaps step 3. Just remember not to push the bill on your customers and lose them instead!)

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RPC Business II Essay #2: On the Difference Between the Franchise Model and the Independent Model

Weekly Assignment:

Write a 250-word essay comparing the franchise model against going independent and “doing your own thing.”

To begin, I have to explain what the two models are and their pro / advantages and con / disadvantages: A Franchise is an already established business that has (presumably) become successful and relatively famous (maybe not globally, but at least locally). For an example of a franchise, I would say that Taco Bell is a great example of a franchise, because it is highly successful and has many locations all across the country.
Meanwhile an independent business is an unestablished business, which is unique and only known of by its local area. One good example for an independent business (I presume) would be any of your local Mom + Pop shops in your area.

For starting the new location of a Franchise your pros are:
You are starting a business with all of the creative ideas already written down and tested.
People already know about your business, and what your business is about.
Really, all the thinking, advertising, and higher-up management is being done FOR YOU, letting you focus on just the lower management of and production of your business.

Now the cons:
Speaking of “your” business, it’s technically not your business, as you have to follow all of the MANY guidelines the franchise your business is a part of and can’t change your image from it.
It is also VERY expensive to start a franchise business (the total price for buying stock and joining is usually above $20,000).

Now the pros of starting your own business:
You get creative freedoms over your business and can test any ideas you have for your business.
It is sometimes very cheap to start your own business, provided you start small (maybe by just starting with an online business).
You get to be your own boss, set your own hours, and you decide how much money you make off your business.

The cons are however:
You can’t be sure that your business will be successful or not.
You have to be responsible for marketing and higher management.

This is the conclusion of my essay; I hope it was informative and I hope you enjoyed it.

Posted in history, school, Western Civ I

RPC Western Civ I Essay #1: On the History of Minoan Crete & Mycenean Greece

No primary sources exist for Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, so the questions about those civilizations therefore involve summarizing the secondary readings you have been assigned about them.

Choose two of the following.

1. In book 6 of The Iliad, what do we learn about Hector? What kind of man is he? Why does he fight? 2. Write a summary of the history of Minoan Crete. 3. Summarize some of the key points in the reading on Mycenaean Greece.

To begin: The civilization known as Minoan Crete was a Bronze Age civilization on the island of Crete (as well as a few additional Aegan islands), its earliest known beginnings were at about 3200 BCE. With the complex urban civilization beginning around 2000 BC. and then declining from c. 1450 BC, until it ended around 1100 BC during the early Greek dark ages. 

But after Minoan Crete fell apart, Mycenean Greece (basically the beta version of Classical Greece) moved in to inspire the later Archaic and Classical era Greeks from the 8th century onwards. The Bronze Age came to be seen as a golden age thanks to the Myceneans, do the sudden flourishing in culture and trading, and life was very much so simpler and easier for the ancient peoples.

Posted in Biology, school, science

RPC Biology Essay #1: On the Sun’s Energy and how Creatures Acquire it

1. The sun provides a tremendous amount of energy to the earth every day, far more than is currently used. Given this fact, why is the acquisition of energy a constant task for organisms? Why do so many creatures starve?

The sun provides massive amounts of energy each day through its rays, which in that form, only plants, bacteria, algae and euglena, (thanks to their chlorophyll) can absorb energy from the sun (they absorb its energy through photosynthesis, and store that energy by chemically converting it into proteins and sugar).

All other types of organisms cannot directly absorb energy from the sun, and thus, must consume other organism’s energy, working their way down a sort – of “food chain”, one where the organisms at the top require fat and protein-rich diets (usually coming from animals and fruit-bearing plants), while for some animals the Carbohydrates in plants are enough. Then that all ends with one of those same organisms I listed above, such as algae or plants.

Not all the energy that hits the earth is used to create energy, in fact, a lot of it is used to create heat which is what allows life to exist. Creatures starve because there isn’t food everywhere. The climate is different all over the Earth and some places have less of the ingredients for life. (Water being the main one, but many places also lack essential minerals in the ground.) On top of that, creatures are constantly reproducing and competing for resources.

SO, because of this, everyone and everything on the planet struggles to get by, simply because there isn’t enough RESCOURCES for everyone.

Posted in school, Western Literature

RPC Western Literature Essay #1, on the Element of Hierarchy of Genesis 1-3

Write 500 words on this topic: “Discuss the element of hierarchy in Genesis 1-3.” Consider such things as Adam’s relation to God, Eve’s relation to Adam and God, and the serpent’s relation to Adam, Eve, and God.

To begin, I am going to tell you about the Book I am writing about for this essay, that being the book of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible. The book of Genesis talks about God and the beginning of the Earth (and universe) that He created single handedly (in seven days). The first chapter of Genesis barely goes into the creation of the universe (about a sentence or so) but Genesis 2 actually talks more on it, especially on the creation of the first man and woman. (Genesis 1, verse 27: So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.)

In Genesis 2, God creates the first man (out of nothing but dust), who was named Adam. God gives Adam the Garden of Eden to live in and take care of, as well as making him dominant over all of the animals that were living in it. God only gave Adam one rule: (Genesis 2, verse 16: And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”) Which basically means that God claimed the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil as his, as a sort of boundary between Himself and man.
After this he tasked Adam with naming all of the animals. (So, you can blame Adam for all the animals with stupid names, like “cows”)

However, after he was done with this, He (God) saw that there was no helper for Adam; so, he decided to make one for Adam: So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. (Genesis 2, verses 21-22) This woman was named Eve.

So anyway, after a while of everything being all fine and dandy for Adam and Eve, a serpent from the garden slithers on over to Eve and convinces her (I don’t really know how the serpent could ‘communicate’ with Eve, or if it was more of a metaphor for her natural human corruption) to eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil (you know, the one tree she’s NOT allowed to eat from?). The serpent convinced her to do it by telling her that the fruit would make her like God, and that should we become immortal because of it (even though she was already immortal).
After she had eaten it, she gave some to her husband too. And you see, after they both ate of the fruit, they both gained knowledge of good and evil, and that included the fact that they were both naked, which they now learned was something to be ashamed of.

So, they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons to cover themselves with, and went and hid from the Lord, who they heard was approaching. The Lord found out about their hiding and their nakedness, and after some confessions (and much pointing fingers and shifting of blame) from Adam and Eve (Genesis 12-14), God decided to give them both punishments that would make their lives harder.
He cursed Eve with painful childbirth (in that curse, he also gave Eve the gift of bearing children), and he cursed Adam by making have to work tirelessly to survive (although He did give Adam the gift that was receiving the fruits of his labor).
BOTH were cursed with mortality, and the serpent was cursed as well.

God decided to cast them both from the Garden of Eden, giving them animal skins to wear to show his grace. This does not mean that He no longer loved them, but Adam and Eve had still broken their promises, and in doing so brought an end to their personal relationship with God.

Posted in Business II, school

RPC Business II Essay #1, on the 3 Areas of Business

Write a 250-word essay on how the 3 areas of business apply to a business in your city. This can be a family business, a well-known business, or your favorite business.

To begin, I am going to now state the 3 areas of business, those being the:
Finance and Administration, which is responsible for supporting the organization’s (or the business’s) efficiency as a whole. (The CEO/president works in this area)
Operations, which is responsible for the manufacturing of (or supplying of) their actual product(s) and/or service(s).
Sales and Marketing, which is responsible for advertising their product(s) and/or service(s) to potential customers.
Now anyway, now that I have explained to you the 3 areas of business, I will write about my assignment, that being how those 3 areas apply to a business in my city, that business being the candy store Three Star Candy.

(Now I would like to confess that I do not actually work at Three Star Candy, I know people who I do, and I did talk with them on how their business works with the 3 areas)

First of all, the field of Administration and Finance, which concerns the managers and owner. The managers are responsible for MANAGING the store and employees, and also ordering supplies and candy to stock the store shelves with; meanwhile the owner is responsible for paying off bills, hiring new employees and giving said employees their paychecks.
Next, the field of Operations is taken by the employees, who work at the shop, selling to customers, stocking the shelves, making the milk shakes, and cleaning the store.
Finally, the field of Sales and marketing is covered by putting out ads and announcements on social medias and various other types of announcement services.

Posted in autobiography, english, school

9th Grade RPC English Essay: “How important are the words ‘So What?’ in an autobiography?”

Write 500 words on this: “How important are the words ‘So What?’ in an autobiography?”

To answer very quickly: Yes! the words ‘So What?’ are important to your autobiography because anything you say / write in your autobiography, your reader can think “So What?” to themselves and completely disregard it.

Now let’s go in depth about the subject. To start we have to explain what the phrase “so what?” truly means (I mean, it’s so simple!). To quote the Cambridge English Dictionary: “So what. Used to mean “it’s not important” and “I don’t care“:

Now anyway, as you can see, if you don’t ask the question of “so what?” to yourself while writing your autobiography (and especially if you do not answer that question for yourself and the readers) then your autobiography may come off as pointless to your readers.

In Equiano’s autobiography, he would go off on a story telling rampage where there was no “so what” which is boring the readers. He did list off all of the things that he went and did for a period of years, but was there a point?  Was there a major turning point or event or did he come to some sort of epiphany about himself or his life? No not really from what I have read. And this is probably why “so what” is never mentioned in his autobiography. There was no key point or turnaround or big change in his life once he became a free man. (The book got very boring, no offense to Equiano, after that point)

Posted in business, school

9th Grade RPC Business Essay on College Graduation Costs

Write 500 words on this:  “If I pay for 100% of my college education, would I be better off if my parents will give me a college graduation present: half of the money they presently plan to pay for my college costs?”

I think that if I were able to pay off/for 100% of my college education (without bank loans and scholarship loans) I would need a cash present from my parents. Especially considering our family is trying to save up our money for buying land and such. If I didn’t want to cost my parents any of THEIR money for MY college education, I would be going against the teachings of this entire business class. And if I decided to take a loan, I would be doing one of the things my dad told me to never do, which is go into debt (and thus getting trapped in the bank). Being debt free from college, will show me whether or not it was a good decision to put my money into a college education.

Still, I digress, if my parents really id want to give me “half of the money they presently plan to pay for my college costs” I would be all for it, as there is no reason, I WOULDN’T be getting something good out of having more money, right? obliviously I would want that gift and it would make me better off.

Posted in business, school

RPC 9th Grade Business Essay: “What is my most important skill that I can use in starting my business this year?”

500 words on this:  “What is my most important skill that I can use in starting my business this year?”

I would like to say that I have skills, and you need to have skills to start and run a business. Skills such as being a good people-person, knowing how to manage finance really well, being able to use online marketing to your advantage, knowing where to find your niches, and knowing how to set up your business website(s). Thanks to the Ron Paul Curriculum, I know about these skills and have (at least a few of) these skills. Here is the one I find the most important.

The first one is the knowledge that I’ve gained about building and updating a WordPress website through the RPC. Due to RPC’s numerous essays and that the Ron Paul Curriculum requires you start a Word Press blog, I now have quite a lot of experience working with the website, and so I know how to use this website for/as a business’s store page or advertising site. I also know how to use Word Press AS a business so that I can use it for other people as a kind-of Freelance business where I can set up photo-album-blogs and advertisement sites for other people less skilled at using blogging websites such as word press. (Take for example, senior citizens)

That’s why I think that knowing how to use online websites for advertising is the most important skill for starting a business, because I can use it for countless types of businesses. 

Posted in autobiography, english, school

RPC 9th Grade English Essay: What I must do in my notetaking to describe what is going on around me.

Write 500 words on this topic: “What I must do in my note-taking to describe what is going on around me.”

To start off, I would like to say that I have never been “good” at notetaking. I don’t keep a diary/journal and I can’t focus enough to take a lot of notes when I am studying something. But I still try, and the most important part of notetaking (be it a journal, diary, or something else entirely) requires that you keep to it. You don’t even to keep notes of each of your waking days, just remember to jot down the most eventful or important event that happened in your week, and that should be enough.

Another thing you have to do is infuse your notes with your imagination. Now I don’t mean you should go making stuff up (and absolutely must not lie about events), but it wouldn’t hurt to add your own opinions to your notes about what is happening in your life, especially when you get yourself thinking that your life is “too boring” to be worth writing down.

And speaking of adding your opinions, you shouldn’t have to be worried about being “politically correct” and changing your word view to that of the majority’s. (Provided you plan on publishing these notes in your own autobiography) It’s your opinion for crying out loud! you should be able and allowed to speak (write??) your mind.

And one thing you should know is this:

You have to keep a consistency in your writing. Now obviously your opinions and worldview will change as you grow older, but you’ve got to at least explain why your worldview changes as to notes/autobiography goes on. If you don’t provide an explanation people may think you are lying. And them’s the facts!

Posted in business, school

9th Grade Business Essay on: “My 9-month Business Plan”

500 words on this topic:  “My 9-month plan to get a part-time job at no less than $20/hour to help a businessman improve his marketing.”

Let me just start by saying, I am not going to actually do this; it’s not because it would be impossible for me to do (although it would be very difficult, living in an urban area rather than a small town), instead, I simply do not plan on doing this as I’m just not especially talented at online marketing (although I do have knowledge on the topic), and I would rather focus on my duck farming. So, if I wanted to advertise that there are eggs for sale, I would probably first put an ad on NextDoor (a form of social media network and advertising service specifically built for neighborhoods) and then I would set up an ad for Google AdWords if that didn’t work. Now here is my plan:

To start off, I would need to find a business that is still using the yellow pages for advertisements. Those businesses most likely need help with marketing. Finding a business that would accept the offer might take a few weeks or even a month. Because of the cost it takes to run an ad in the yellow pages (and because no one really uses the yellow pages anymore), they are most likely NOT making enough money to justify paying for the yellow pages. I would try to get in contact to them via a phone call and/or and E-mail and let them know this fact, and how I could help them. If they’re impressed by my knowledge on the subject, experience and completion of a finance and business course, then I would schedule an interview with them either in person or online through Zoom or Skype for 20$ an hour. If they accepted my help, I would start an advertisement account on social media and set up a website for them on Google Ads, and if they did not know a lot about online marketing, I would walk them through the Ron Paul Curriculum business classes. (The first or the second one, and perhaps both if they know nothing about online marketing)

The best way to learn if an ad is making money to pay for itself is via testing. You have to change the ad when it stops bringing in customers, or if you’re not sure it’s working enough, at least drop a coupon, sale, mailing list or something similar.

With the overwhelming amount of evidence that yellow page/paper advertising is dead, I am 100% certain they would switch to online marketing. You can reach customers through computers, phones, and tablets, every day. Even if someone decides to open a newspaper there is no way of knowing that your ad will be effective, they might not like the product or service, or even see it in the first place. Online targeting gets rid of this issue, because you can advertise to the people who actually value whatever you’re selling.

Posted in autobiography, english, school

RPC 9th Grade English Essay: “Has any event in your life had the same impact that learning how to read had on Douglass’s life? If not, why not?”

Write 500 words on this topic: “Has any event in your life had the same impact that learning how to read had on Douglass’s life? If not, why not?”

I would like to start off by quickly saying, yes there has been an event (two events actually) in my life that has drastically changed how I live; those events being moving to Texas and raising ducks.

First off, I will speak of how the move to Texas (from Minnesota of all places! 🥶) changed my life.

Now I think moving as a whole will change your life a lot, I mean obviously, you are living in a different place with populated with different people! But moving to Texas specifically has changed my life drastically because it is so very much more different than living in Minnesota (for one thing, you can actually survive the winters, which is a plus)

Moving to Texas also changed my life because of the differences in people and general type of culture. I did not have a lot of friends when I lived in Minnesota, but now in Texas I have actually made friends with a lot of people; and now I realize that could mean two things, either the people I met in Texas are a lot more like me than the people in Minnesota, or during and/or after the move my personality must’ve been shifted to a more extraverted, or at least likable, personality. (Which still proves my point that leaving Canada, I mean Minnesota for Texas changed my life)

Also the shift from Minnesota’s “Canadian-not-really-Canadian culture to Texas’s (Central Texas) southern culture also changed a piece of me but maybe not as much.

As for the other event in my life which has changed it drastically so, I have to bring up first raising ducks. Ducks have become a huge part of my life ever since we bought six ducklings from Tractor Supply Co. two years ago (to get our own eggs), and ever since those first six, I have helped raise a total of 20 ducklings to maturity, six of those (the most recent ones) I have been solely responsible for. I think I have a much higher appreciation for eggs and poultry farmers as a whole, and I do plan to continue raising ducks in the future, perhaps even starting my own farm! (Which we be very nice, especially for being my own boss with my own business)

Posted in business, school

RPC 9th Grade Business Essay: “What marketing advantages do I now have that I did not have when the week began?”

Write 500 words on this:
“What marketing advantages do I now have that I did not have when the week began?”

Welcome to this week’s 9th grade business essay, on what the business skills I have learned this week from Ron Paul Curriculum:

So first of all, you ABSOLUTLEY must keep things understandable, and you must make sure that your ad gets it point across before your possible customer clicks away. (It helps to make ads short too, but not as much)

It really disrupts written advertisements sales potential whenever the ad is just one LOOOOOOooooooonnnnngggg muddied paragraph.

So, keep paragraphs thin and simple, and try to get you point across in the first sentence (without spilling too much information about right away, otherwise that gives your potential customer yet another reason to click away)

I also learned about “google AdWords”, or now known as “Google ads”. This makes an amazing tool for advertising your product/services and very much so like a new, rebooted version of the yellow pages of old. It is surprising how many business owners forget to incorporate “Google ads” to promote they’re business, so if you can learn to use this handy dandy tool and gives you a huge advantage over competitors.

And finally, you have to know how to “hook” your customers with something like a big flashy ad to bring them (your future customers) on to your landing page and plan out your website landing-page to be full of product links that tap into the impulse-purchasing of whichever person is currently on your website.

TLDR: I have learned that the how to use the internet as a new form of “yellow pages” via a little something known as “Google AdWords”; to grant my business an advantage against my competitors by hooking all of my customers via big flashy buttons that will tap into they’re impulse buying, and to keep advertisements short and simple.

Posted in autobiography, english, school

RPC English Essay: The importance of summarizing your philosophy of life in an early chapter of an autobiography

Write 500 words on this: “How important is it for a person to summarize his philosophy of life in an early chapter of an autobiography?”

For today’s English assignment, I will be summarizing EVEN MORE errors and ways of which Henry David Thoreau could’ve have fixed and/or improved his autobiography, “Walden”

To summarize the last few chapters I have read this week: Thoreau talked about “his” pond, Walden Pond. He talked about what he did in his spare time, (he quite honestly squandered it) and he talked about the house he built, and how he had constructed it. Not once does he actually bring up his philosophy of life (as my essay prompts), although there are bits and pieces of his viewpoints. At this point in the book, it is already confusing enough. Trying to gather all of the evidence surrounding his worldview/philosophy of life is made difficult.

Now, making a bit of a side – plot, I would like to address my essay’s prompt, that being the importance of summarizing your philosophy of life in an early chapter of an autobiography, right? Well to answer the question myself, then yes, it is important you summarize your philosophy early on in your autobiography, so that at the very least, your readers understand how you think and where you’re coming from (mentally and spiritually, not physically of course) Also most readers would most likely want to know about what has kept you moving forward in life, aka your philosophy of life. If you didn’t add your personal beliefs or your philosophy of life in your autobiography, your autobiography sadly would most likely not be an intriguing one. (And another thing) You do not need to fill in chapters of your autobiography on your philosophy of life or personal beliefs, you can do this, but it might be even better to share small amounts of this throughout your autobiography.

(Now back to the point to summarize) Thoreau did not even try to explain his philosophy on life, and only somewhat explained his views on things like environmentalism (covered by the whole book), economics (his talk about trains and vehicles for trade), and the labor economy, and them’s the facts!

Posted in autobiography, english, school

RPC English Essay: “Would Walden have been a better book if Thoreau had supplied more background information on his life?

Write 500 words on this topic: “Would Walden have been a better book if Thoreau had supplied more background information on his life?”

To begin (and answer very quickly), I would like to say that Thoreau’s book ‘Walden’ is heavily overrated, and that there is much to be done to make it interesting, entertaining and “well-written”; this of course means that, for me, yes! Thoreau could’ve made a much better autobiography if he actually wrote more in detail about his life before living on Walden Pond.

To go more in detail, I think the main reason Thoreau’s autobiography would improve is if he talked about his childhood; because after all, our childhood (and the events that take place in our childhood) is what most shapes what and how our minds think, and especially what we do and do not believe in.

But besides that, it would be nice to know WHY he went to live at Walden Pond, and especially why he left (I think it was because he was a hypocrite who actually enjoyed living in the city than in the country) it.
So, anyway, I’d like to say that the book “Walden” is among one of the worse books I have read for Ron Paul Curriculum (a lot of the autobiographies I’ve read are actually very overrated, in my opinion), and there is much to improve for it be enjoyable.

Posted in autobiography, english, school

RPC English Essay: “Was Thoreau dependent on the division of labor while he was living on Walden Pond?”

Write 500 words on this topic: “Was Thoreau dependent on the division of labor while he was living on Walden Pond?”

First an introduction on the man himself: Henry David Thoreau, was a man with a different perspective on life. He spent 26 months of his life living alone in a shack, he built near Walden Pond. He supposedly took up this lifestyle, to learn more about the simple lessons and messages of life, away from the world of business. He never married, nor did he have any children. After his venture on Walden Pond, he went to work at his family’s factory.
To answer this question in one sentence: Yes, Thoreau heavily depended on the division of labor (and industrial society as a whole) during those two years he spent at Walden Pond. Nearly all of his supplies and equipment, from of his bean seeds or garden tools had to have come from the division of labor. He obtained his bean seeds from a farmer and without the division of the farmer probably wouldn’t have had any sort of reason to be a farmer. Likely he obtained all his tools from a factory, the kind of which he must’ve despised, as mentioned in his book. As much as Thoreau likes to say that he enjoyed solitude he obviously wasn’t alone as he states he would both have people come to his house and go into town multiple times. I absolutely do not understand how Thoreau could think that the division of labor was a bad system; after all, the division of labor is about everyone working for themselves and working for each other. Because how would the farmer, growing his corn, make any money off of corn unless other people, like a plumber, didn’t want to buy corn to eat (for he cannot grow any food for himself); and how could a plumber make the money he needs to buy corn from the farmer, if no one was in need of his plumbing services? So, all this proves that Thoreau is merely a hypocrite in his philosophy and that he couldn’t even last less than three years in the wild, and most certainly not by himself.

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9th Grade Business Essay: My Top 2 USPs for the Ron Paul Curriculum

Identify two possible USP’s for the Ron Paul Curriculum.” Defend each choice.

First, the lessons are video based.  This is unique because then students (such as myself) can go back through the lesson again and again as much as they want to learn the content. They can also go at their own pace and take it slowly or work ahead. If a student doesn’t understand, they can rewatch the video and take notes to better understand the content. This is very helpful to the parents so that they can just have their kids rewatch the video, and pay attention more closely, and hopefully they can understand more.

Second, you can do them in your own time. This is unique because, take for example that one day, you wanted to have all your lessons done before noon, you could go through all your lessons, and none of your teachers could stop you. Or, if you had no energy one day, you could a pause on school and do something (or just do science, because that what you enjoy most). And, because you can finish all your lessons in a very short day, that also means you could finish your courses early if you wanted to, (either so that you could have more free time, or so that you get a jump on the next year course early on)

I would like to thank Gary North on how he has his students write advertisements for his courses.

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9th Grade Business Essay on the 15 Reasons You Should Use the Ron Paul Curriculum

List 15 benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum. For each of the benefits, offer a personal testimony (proof). If this takes less than 30 minutes, add more benefits/proof.

To start off, I would like to say there are certainly more than 15 benefits/reasons you should use the Ron Paul Curriculum for your learning:

  1. The first reason is that there are many essays and writing assignments to teach better writing skill. Because most school courses don’t have many writing assignments compared to the RPC curriculum, it gives students of this curriculum an edge over others. (I remember in my old curriculum, the Sonlight curriculum, I would rarely get more than 5 writing assignments a year)
  2. Benefit number two is that it teaches time management. Students of the Ron Paul Curriculum learn to manage their value daytime because of how the curriculum is 97% self-taught. Students in public schools and online schools with live teachers do not learn this. The Ron Paul Curriculum uses prerecorded video lectures instead of live lessons, so we students must make ourselves do the lesson on time, no bell or email to tell them when to do what. We decide our own schedule and have to follow it. (When I used to use the Sonlight curriculum I didn’t finish my schoolwork for the day until around 4 pm. Now with RPC I’m usually done with my school around 2 pm, provided there are no big assignments.)
  3. Benefit number three is that it teaches self-accountability. Just like students must manage our own time, we also have to account for ourselves. The curriculum is self-taught, meaning parents are not required to check in with our kids and see how much progress we made. Students are required to make sure we finish what we need to finish on time, without someone checking in.
  4. Benefit number four is that all the courses are relatively easy going, they are cakes walks, but you will not be overwhelmed by assignments if you get to work on them fast enough.
  5. The fifth benefit is the weekly review. For every four lessons, the fifth is a review of the previous four. This solidifies the lesson material because the more times you hear something, the more you remember it. The brain discards any useless information, so anything that is only mentioned once or twice will be forgotten.
  6. The sixth benefit (and probably one of the top three) is that the Ron Paul Curriculum provides, not one, but TWO BUSINESS COURSES on how to set up, and then run a small business of your own. This gives the Ron Paul Curriculum a huge leg up against its competitors because there are so very few places that teach children how to set up their own business. And because there are so many young adults with college degrees, looking for job openings, it really helps to at least learn how to make your own money, by making/doing your own thing and being your own boss.
  7. The seventh reason is that the Ron Paul Curriculum teaches you how to use important websites like WordPress.
  8. Reason number eight is that the courses are 100% online, and thus you can do your school anywhere with a connection to the internet.
  9. Reason number nine is that families with money problems can take 60-lesson-free course just to test it out.
  10. Reason number ten is that there is no extra work to do after the class is over.  The student is given assignments to do after watching the videos and then that subject is done for the day.
  11. Reason number eleven is that, by using ABC (Academic Boot Camp), you can speed-reading and other learning skills.
  12. Reason number twelve is that all grades do not require you to be “old enough” to enter, if you have the learning capacity, you can enter any of the grade courses regardless of age.
  13. Benefit number thirteen is that most of the course’s reading material is free (with a few exceptions) allowing those with a tighter school budget more breathing room for other things like notebooks.
  14. Benefit number fourteen is that the courses are taught by professionals well informed and studied in and about each field. Most of the instructors have PhDs or are college professors. This ensures that students are taught properly and are not given misinformation.
  15. And the final reason I have is that it is Homeschool, meaning that, unlike public school, there are no social dramas (bullies and popularity) for your student other than family matters.

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9th Grade Business Essay, on My 5 Reasons to Join the Ron Paul Curriculum

Write at least five student benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum that I missed in the 26 Reasons landing page. Remember the rule: “Lead with the benefit. Follow with the proof.” Use your own experience as the proof. Remember, you must post these on your blog. Then post a link to the blog’s page. If you do not have a blog, post them on the Business I forum.

There are many benefits to start using the Ron Paul Curriculum as your go to homeschool curriculum, (as shown on the curriculum website) so here are my 5 reasons not listed on site!

  • Reason #1: you control when you do your classes: This is actually one of the best reasons, and great because when you control your classes, you can choose when you do math, and when you do English (this helps with your home schedule and your mental schedule).
  • It also makes a great 2nd reason: Because you can finish all your school in one sitting, unlike public schools. This means you don’t have to spend all day listening to classes if you can study and learn quickly, and that’s great for personal learning.
  • Reason #3: it teaches life skills: This is amazing because most (like 80% of) schools and curriculums don’t teach the life skills that Ron Paul curriculum teaches, like setting up realistic budget, learning how to actually talk(/make speeches) to people, and most of all, how to start and manage your own business.
  • Reason #4: It teaches you note taking: Note Taking is another skill smore useful for studying, and because you can pause RPC videos, it’s easier to take notes with the videos, than if you were in an actual classroom.
  • Reason #5: blogging skills.  The Ron Paul Curriculum highly recommends each student have a blog.  It allows others to read the essays and get inspiration. It allows the author of the essay to get feedback, and it teaches the student blogging skills.  I have noticed that many RPC students have started their own personal blogs about their interests or hobbies.  Blogging skills are useful to have if the student ever wants to start a small business and needs a way to advertise it.
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RPC English Essay: “What was Thompson’s theory of the relationship between sanctions and slavery?”

No reading assignment

Write 500 words on this topic: “What was Thompson’s theory of the relationship between sanctions and slavery?”

Thompson had an interesting theory on the reason why slaves did not respond well to over-the-top punishments; he believed that a slave’s productivity would decrease due to their energy going towards resisting. The people who were forced into slavery understood that by responding to being whipped or beaten with working harder, their over-seers would assume it was alright to do so because the slave’s work quality would improve. He saw how many over-seers would give unjust or extreme punishments for things like not bringing enough firewood, even if it was as much as they could lift or beating a slave for being only a couple minutes past curfew.

Families were separated, slaves were beaten almost incessantly, and no one could do anything about it. Even the slave children weren’t free from this. If any child wanted to beat slaves, the slave children were the ones who got the job. Many mothers would come home and find their children’s backs mangled, and they couldn’t do anything to protect their children.

However, just like the carrot and the stick, which is a metaphor for the use of a combination of reward and punishment to induce a desired behavior; some slave owners (but not very many) learned that beating their slaves resulted in the opposite effect they wanted. Instead of slaves working harder to avoid harsh punishment, the slaves would become rebellious and maybe even run away. The slave masters who learned this lesson would instead provide them some freedoms and not deliver any unexplained beatings. (And then this would make the slaves more complaint and hard-working) By treating them with a bit of humanity, a benevolent master would make a slave feel less like livestock and more like part of the team.

While Thomson never said himself how slave should be treated, it was incredibly obvious that he thought no one should be physically abused or enslaved at all. Thompson wasn’t against whites in general. He was just against the improper use of sanctions when being applied to slaves.

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RPC Business Essay on Joyner’s Standards of an Irresistible Offer

Write 500 words on this topic: 

“Which of these ads best conforms to Joyner’s standards of an irresistible offer?”

To start off, I would like to say that all the ads were entertaining, and they all matched Joyner’s standards of an irresistible offer, that being how every good ad needs to answer these four questions: what you are selling, for how much, how I know you’re being honest, and what are the benefits of buying your products. (With the exception of the ad for American Express and M&M’s) However, I think that the M&M’s 1957 chocolate ad is the best, first because of its famous slogan “melts in your mouth, not in your hand!”, and second, because it attempts to sell you multiple options, giving the illusion of “choice”*

On top of that, it also includes a fun animation to entertain young viewers into buying they’re (the M&M company’s) products, who will already be craving they’re next sugary treat by the time the candy is shown. (And besides, who wouldn’t like some candy?)

I would like to say that the Commodore IBM PC commercial was also very entertaining/enticing, and it does actually list its price (something M&M’s fails to do), but I still think the M&M’s commercial matches Joyner’s standards a bit more.

*There is no stopping the M&M uprising, our fate is sealed

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9th Grade Business Essay on My own Advertisement

Write an advertisement for something that someone in your family wants to sell. You do not have to run it, although you should, just to see if your strategy works.

Post your ad on your blog. Make it 250 words.

Are you in need of some of some fresh, organic eggs? Are you unpleased by the general quality and care the store – bought eggs are given, both at farm and store? Are you looking for eggs laid by happy, free-range ducks, and not ones living in what are essentially prison cells? Well look no further than the eggs I am selling!

If you have not yet been convinced that duck eggs are better than chicken eggs, allow me to convince you! Because fun fact: Duck eggs are believed to benefit cancer patients. Duck eggs are an alkaline-producing food that, when consumed, leave your body with more alkaline compared to chicken eggs which are acidic. Cancer cells do not thrive in an alkaline environment making it more difficult for them to regenerate. And on top of that, Duck eggs are full of the protein Albumen, which means making cakes and pastries fluffier and richer. The additional protein creates firmer whites allowing cakes and breads to rise better, cookies to taste moister, custards and flans to be creamier, and omelets and quiches to be fluffier. 

So ‘come on down to the Digstar farm and get yourself some top-quality duck eggs!


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English Essay on my (future) Autobiography’s Target Audience

It is time to return to your project. Write a 100-word report on who your target audience should be for your autobiography. Explain why you have selected this audience, even if it’s only for your eyes only.

So, what if I wrote an autobiography? who would read it? who would I want to read it? today, I will tell you exactly what my autobiography’s target audience would be, and why.
If I were to write an autobiography, I would make sure it centers around how much time changes as you grow older (as that is a true fact in all of life). If so, I would write my autobiography for a young audience, to tell people how the not – so – recent past was like.

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The Liebster Award! (Thanks to Ebony)

Well, it’s certainly been a while since I’ve done an award-“esque” post, hasn’t it? I’d like to thank Ebony at: https://ebonysessays.wordpress.com/ for giving the award. Now, on with the show!

The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  5. Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

And now the delectable questions:

  1. How many grapes can you hold in one hand? I actually tested this, it’s 15.
  2. What’s your favorite color? Orange and green.
  3. If you could audition to be any vegetable for VeggieTales, what veggie would you be? The alfalfa sprouts.
  4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? An ambivert
  5. Do you have a pet otter, and if so, can I have it as a bday gift? No.
  6. What’s your favorite TV show? I have three favorites actually, they are: Agents of S.H.I.E.LD., Fraggle Rock, and Gravity Falls. (I recommend them all)
  7. Are you more like Garth or Wayne from Wayne’s World? Who?
  8. Coffee or tea? Matcha tea.
  9. How many mature ducks can you hold in both arms? I OWN DUCKS (I’ve only ever held two, but I am fairly certain I can hold 3)
  10. What’s your favorite book? If we are talking about (non-comic) fiction books, I would have to say, “Aru Shah at the end of time”, but it’s been a while since I’ve read that.
  11. Who’s your favorite blogger? No that’s silly, it’s obviously me. Here’s a better one. Why am I your favorite blogger? Who are you?

As for nominees, I nominate:

  1. Cozy Oubliette
  2. The Shaded Cube
  3. Stan
  4. The Dreamer
  5. Autumn
  6. Samuel

Sadly, I can only nominate 6 people (Not because I’m lazy or anything! Right?) but because most of the people I’m following have already been nominated recently.

Now for the questions!

  1. What’s your favorite type of cheese?
  2. Do you like Wallace and Gromit?
  3. Your alone, your phone is dead, and you’re in a forest at the dead of night, suddenly all the trees in your general vicinity start shooting bees! What do you do?
  4. How fast can you run while being chased?
  5. Are you afraid of bugs?
  6. What’s your favorite video game released in the 90’s?
  7. Do you like camping?
  8. Favorite time period?
  9. Least favorite time period?
  10. What is the biggest thing “small sized object” you’ve ever seen? (Like the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota)
  11. Do you think blue cheese is slimy mold or creamy delight?

Thanks for reading this post, as it’s the first award post I’ve done in a long time, and it was pretty fun.

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English Essay on the Benefits of Writing your own Autobiography

Write 500 words on this: “What benefits would I get from writing an autobiography?”

To start off, let’s say you are an old marine biologist, right? And you wanted to tell young people about the many benefits of being a marine biologist, so maybe you’d write a pamphlet or a report on your research (to create interest in your type of career), and I suppose that would be fine, but you want to go even further (in to detail), by describing your entire career as a marine biologist, and why you decided to be one in the first (including any role models you looked up to). Writing an autobiography allows you to share the stories that have taken part in your life, an autobiography allows you to influence the reader, as well as make you some money, too!

I would like to say that I am still young, and so I don’t have a lot of truly important/interesting to write about; yet still, I think that, in the future, writing my own autobiography would help keep my legacy alive for (what I would hope would be) many years, and help me tell any personal stories I’m willing to share, that the world wouldn’t know.

So, to summarize, I would like to say that:

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9th Grade Business Essay on the Best Apprenticeship Job!

Write 500 words on this topic: “The ideal apprenticeship job, and why.”

  • Getting/having an apprenticeship can be very useful in your life, for many reasons, including:
  • You could learn new skills from where you’re interning.
  • You could develop time-management skills
  • It would help build your resume.
  • You could get paid for it (if you got a paid internship/apprenticeship).
  • You could learn about a job before committing to it.
  • And finally, you could gain work experience with less pressure.

SO, obviously, having an apprenticeship would be a great thing to have (if you could your fit time into it) but what type of apprenticeship (do I think) would be best? I would have to say skilled trades, like:

  • carpentry
  • plumbing
  • electrician work
  • professional cooking
  • ironworking
  • mill working

As you can see, all of these jobs require plenty of experience, practice, and skill; all of which require time to get significantly good at, meaning, of course, that if you got an apprenticeship working for an electrician, you would become a better electrician, faster than your friend (who also wanted to be an electrician, but did not get an apprenticeship).

And so, I would have to say that because it helps shave time off of learning the skills needed, I would have to say that getting an apprenticeship towards a skilled trade is the best apprenticeship job.

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Business Essay on “My plan to implement one chapter in my life” (How to Make Friends & Influence People)

500 words on this topic:

“My plan to implement one chapter in my life.”:

Welcome to another essay on Dale Carnegie’s book, “How to make friends and influence people”, this time I will have to write about which chapter (in the book), do I want to use in my life, and how I will do it.
To start off, the chapter I would want most to add into my life would most likely be one of the ones I have trouble doing already, which is to “show respect for the other persons opinion, never say “you’re wrong” “. I would want to add this to my life because, often, I will not respect other people’s opinions, just because they’re different (and I’m sure lots of us have that same problem especially during an argument).
But how could I incorporate this idea into my life? The first thing someone should do (when incorporating a book/idea to their life) is to remember (when talking with someone) that you should never say “you’re wrong” during a conversation. But I think the main thing to help you in changing is practice. Just reminding yourself every 2 minutes of conversations isn’t going to help, you actually to take a long time to be good at anything, and that includes conversation.

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English Essay on G.W. Plunkitt’s Autobiography

Writing assignment: 500 words on this topic: “Why do you think Plunkitt was so open about how he made his money?”

Hello world! welcome to my latest English class essay, this time on the autobiography of the New York politician George Washington Plunkitt. I think his autobiography was very informational on the times and politics of early 20th century New York, and I think that his autobiography is very well written (perhaps a little boring).

One thing about this book that is very noticeable, is how Plunkitt is so very open on how he (and quite a lot of other politicians at Tammany Hall) made their money as only politicians, that was practicing something called “honest graph” in politics. He was a cynically honest practitioner of what today is generally known as ” machine politics,” patronage-based and frank in its exercise of power for personal gain.

But WHY was he so open this practice? after all if he’s a politician, he may not want to expose any ‘less than honest’ practices of his (if he wants to keep voter loyalty). My guess is that, at the time of this writing, he was done being a politician, and simply wanted to tell everyone who read his book how he (and others) got so much fame and power in the New York state government.

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Business Essay on When & Why I Would Sell My Bussiness

500 words. “I will sell my business when it makes a profit of [$??] a year, so that I can [??].”

I really don’t think it would be a good idea to sell my business, even in the far future when it’s (hopefully) making thousands (or maybe even millions) in sales revenue, thus I can sell it for a high price; I think that if I sold my business, I would either have to go into retirement and use the sales profits (hopefully a lot) to support myself, OORR take however much money I got from selling (again, hopefully a lot) and go right back to starting another business, not just to start a different way I make my money, but also add something else to my legacy, and try something new; it’s kind of like what Wallace “Wally” Amos has been doing his whole life. He had already tried once to set up a cookie selling business called Famous Amos cookies (which I’m sure you’ve heard of before), and then later sold in his life. But has he stopped there? no! instead he started up several more cookie selling businesses (some more successful than others), and even to this day he’s still running a business by the name of The Cookie Kahuna (which is based in Hawaii). So anyways, I would want to sell my business as far into to the future as possible (provided it succeeds), and to buy some land, which I could then use to retire, and then probably start a retirement home there.

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English Essay on Booker T. Washington’s Autobiography

Writing assignment: 250 words on this topic: “What are some of the memorable images from the narrative? Why are they memorable?”

For English class this week I have been reading the autobiography of Booker T. Washington, who was an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to several presidents of the United States. I think reading his autobiography has been very insightful for me, and so far, I have enjoyed reading it, as it is very well written and incorporates very strong images into the reader’s mind. Today I will be telling you about which parts of the book so far imprinted the most memorable images for me.
The first and best one, (for me) was how Washington describes the first ever school he taught at in the deep south. And if you didn’t know, it was horrible. Throughout the chapter it is mentioned, Booker mentions that the school he taught in was a rundown rural shanty, with a small moldy chapel in the back. The roofs were INCREDBILEY leaky and “whenever it rained, one of the older students would kindly leave his lessons and hold an umbrella over me while I heard the recitations of the others. I remember, also, that on more than one occasion my landlady held an umbrella over me as I ate breakfast.” So, as you can see, the first school Booker taught was very run down and wet/leaky despite that he doesn’t directly state it, you are still able to paint a picture in your head of the decrepitude of it all.

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Business Essay On: “What can I cut out of my weekly schedule in order to increase my efficiency?”

250 words:

“What can I cut out of my weekly schedule in order to increase my efficiency?”

To make it short and simple, I should cut off my addiction to video games, YouTube videos, and just online media content in general, so that I can use more of my free time towards working more on educating and strengthening myself, helping around with the house chores and products, or preparing for my future with things like starting up a business and planning on how I should reinvest on myself for future financing.

Now in much more detail, I think that I should stop watching YouTube videos and in particular, because they often distract from my school work, usually on a day-to-day basis. Honestly, if I could just watching videos during “school hours” but still kept playing as much video games as before, I would still be saving way more time every week, and this would help me gain better grades due to my being much more focused.
In fact, after writing this essay, I am making a (very) early new year’s resolution to stop watching videos while doing schoolwork, and I highly recommend that anyone else reading this, who has my same problem, do the same as well.

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Business Essay On The Book: “The Breakthrough Principle of 16x”

 250 words:

“What was the 20% of this book that has influenced me most?”

For business class this week, I read the book “The Breakthrough Principle of 16x” which explained something called “the 20/80 rule”, where 20% of the actions we take determine 80% of our results. So for my weekly essay, I will have to write on which 20% of the book spoke to me the most.

For me I would have to say chapter 4, called “Focus. Focus. Focus.” Which as you could guess, explains that even is you follow the 20/80 principle (working on only 20 percent of your strengths), you still must put effort and time into training one/two of those skills, or else you’ll never be more than a jack-of-one-trade and a master of none.

The one part that really spoke to me in the chapter, was when it talked about Winston Churchill. It talked about how when he was young, all he wanted to be was the Prime Minister of Britain, despite the fact that, 1. his father had been laughed out of politics, 2. he himself led Great Britain into WW1 (a horrible mistake), and 3. he was the one that planned the failed Gallipoli campaign in Turkey.
Yet despite all of this (and his alcoholic life), he still, somehow, became Prime Minister. Do you know how? because he focused on just ONE goal in his life (become the P.M.). So then in the summer of 1940, to general surprise, he became prime minister. And so that leads me to think that, as long you are focused and determined, you can accomplish almost anything.

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Business essay on why You shouldn’t borrow money for something that depreciates

250 words:
“Why shouldn’t I borrow to buy something that depreciates?”

When you borrow money, you become indebted to the lender (the person you borrowed from), and once you do this, and you do not make enough of an effort to get out of debt, your debt will become your own personal prison. One thing to note however, is that borrowing money to use on something productive, like starting/reinvesting in your own business, or using it to go off-grid, and independent from power/water companies.
The worst thing you could do when borrowing money, however, is to invest in something that’s value is depreciating, in other words, losing it’s value. This is a horrible idea because when you buy something that is losing value, because when you want to pay off your, you can’t sell what you purchased for equal or more money than what you paid for it.

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9th Grade Business Paper #4: What I am willing to sacrifice for my savings

250 words. 

“What would I have to give up in order to save 10% of my income?”

This is an interesting question. Of course, if asked “is it a good idea to save 10% of your income?” I would of course instantly say yes! saving 10% of your income (with an income of $34,146, starting at age 25) until you turn 70, you would actually a million dollars!.

But the really question is “what am I willing to SACRIFICE to save 10%”, and this is where it gets interesting, because during at least the early years of your life, you’ll certainly have to sacrifice something to reach any of your goals. I would be willing to sacrifice some of my free/recreational time, as well as any luxuries (like eating out, going to the movies, new appliances, etc.), which easily rack up in expenses over time. One thing I might be able to sacrifice for my savings is repair costs, because as I learned last year in Personal Finance class, is that when you are younger (like 20-something) it is worth much to exchange time and effort, instead of money, to get things like your car’s oil changed.

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What are three goals that I am committing to achieve by age 70? Why?

Topic:  “What are three goals that I am committing to achieve by age 70? Why?” (250 words)

My three goals in life (currently) are, 1, to finish all my school (and probably learn a trade skill), 2, to own my own plot of land (probably as a homestead), and 3, I’d like to raise a family some day. Now looking at these goals, I will have to admit that goals like the first one I mentioned, don’t stay “goals” for long, and I don’t even know yet what I’ll be doing in 10 years, let alone 70. One thing I do know however, is that owning your own piece of land in or out of the country, is one of the best things you can have (especially in the country, where there are very few zoning restrictions), and if you put in the time, money and effort to go completely off-grid (like I hope to one day do), if you can start generating your own electricity (through solar panels?), have your own water (wells?), and make your own food (home steading), you don’t need to depend on grocery stores, or power/water companies! Which I think is a really awesome goal, and it’s something I strive for. As for last goal, raising a family, I think that’s just a necessity for life. All I know is that when I’m good and ready, I’ll try to get through the adventures of raising a kid(s), but I won’t be ready for that for a looong time.

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Business Essay #3 On How Much Money I Will Lose, If I Watch TV Until I Am 70

250 words on this: “How much money won’t I have at age 70 if I keep watching TV? Is TV worth this?”

I will start out with an estimate right away and say that, if I continue to watch videos on YouTube the way I do now (until I’m 70!), I will be completely broke, due to being fired from job.

The reason being is that I watch too much YouTube, to the point where it is a problematic addiction, and if I do not wean my self from it (which I am), my only hope to making money is through passive, which I could get by starting my own business and hiring people, or making an online product and posting it to a big retail site (like video games for Steam) which could sell itself for me, if all goes well.

But lets say I stop watching YouTube, then my TV watching won’t be that impactful, because then I would (at most) watch an hour-or-two of movies or TV shows at night, which wouldn’t be that bad right? At most it would cost me somewhere between $10,000-$40,000 if I watch Netflix or a hour, every day until I’m 70.

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9th Grade Business Class Essay #2: What am I willing to settle for in the future, and the importance of going the extra-mile

Write a one-paragraph answer for each of these questions:

What am I willing to settle for as having achieved one year from now?

I would have begun the foundations for my small business.

What am I willing to settle for as having achieved on my 18th birthday?

Finishing school and buying a tinyhome.

What am I willing to settle for as having achieved at age 25?

I would have obtained some method of passive income and/or a successful small business

Write 250 words on this: “How can the strategy of going the extra mile help me attain these goals?”

Going the extra mile WILL help me obtain these goals, but it won’t do much if I do not put in time for practice and learning. The human body has two different zones it constantly swaps in and out of. The Learning zone and the Performance zone. Going “the extra mile” would be using the performance zone, which does not try new things, it only tries things you are already good at. You need to use the learning zone to mix things and max out your performance.
That does not mean you should push yourself however, going the extra mile means putting in more work and effort, which really does mean the difference between whether or not your product proposal succeeds, or if your marathon attempt fails; and when it really counts, you must push yourself.

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English Essay #3, What is the story that I remember the best from Jim Lehrer’s book, “A Bus Of My Own”

What is the story that I remember the best? Describe it from memory. What was it that grabbed me? What did he do that made it grab me?

I have just finished the Jim Lehrer’s autobiography, “A Bus Of My Own”, and I think it is the best autobiography I have ever read (to be fair, I have not read many). I enjoy it due to Jim’s crisp writing, the interesting stories of his life (especially the one I will show you soon), and his straightforwardness in his opinion of the times.
My favorite story from Jim Lehrer’s book was the first he ever tells in chapter 1. He (Jim) begins the story by explaining that he and his father had made a bus stop at their favorite local coffee shop, and his father give Jim a nickels and quarters to play at the large pinball machine, the one which Jim could never win.

But as he begun to play, a sudden realization had sprung upon him, he suddenly “needed to do, as was called in polite Kansas county, a Number One”. He decided he finish using the 5 pinballs he had available, because after all, he knw wouldn’t win any more, right? wrong. the second he launched the first pinball, it went straight into the highest scoring hole and gave him an additional pinball. This then continued until he 28 additional pinballs available. This did not distract him from his sudden urge “to go real bad”, and despite the fact that he was at the point of bursting (so to speak), he decided to keep playing, so that no one would come a long while he was in the bathroom, and steal his games. After all, who believe a little kid could win 28 games? So after lasting just a few more minutes (of pure torture), he gave in and ran to the bathrooms, but not after leaving quite a large mess.
The story ends with his father punishing him for making the store owner have to clean up Jim’s mess by the pinball machine.

I find this story very personal, because there was this book store we’d often go to. And I’d always try to beat the Super Mario arcade machine they had of to the side of the store. And the one time I got past world 2, my family had to leave. So I can relate to Jim’s plight in this story. And that’s why it’s one of the memorable story in his autobiography

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9th Grade English Essay #2: Discuss some of the good things that came as a result of his heart attack. (Lehrer’s: “A Bus Of My Own”)

Write 500 words on this topic: “Discuss some of the good things that came as a result of his heart attack.”

In the book I’ve been reading for English class this year, John Lehrer’s “A Bus Of My Own”, Jim Lehrer suffers a heart attack in the middle of his life. Although this is a terrifying and painful experience in his life, it also causes Jim more good then bad.

The greatest to come out of his heart attack is an intense soberness. Before his heart attack, he smoked tons of cigarettes, ate “like a pimply 15-yearold” the list of his favorite food included: “Fritos, chili, pepperoni pizza, black coffee, biscuits with hot butter, hamburgers with fries, BLT sandwiches with fries, tuna salad sandwiches with fries, pastrami sandwiches with fries, Dr. Pepper, and fudge.” and would constantly put himself through stressful public-speaking almost every day. After the heart attack, Jim stopped smoking entirely (and had an easy time doing so), he stopped eating all of favorite foods (except tuna salad), and started eating foods like “Melba toast. Decaf coffee. Peas. Apple slices. Spinach casseroles. And oatmeal.” He stopped going to work meetings in person, stopped taking scammer’s phone calls, stopped going to parties where he would gives speeches, and just stayed home a lot in general.

Another ‘good’ thing that happened to Jim (depending on your view), was that he got a “get-well soon” call from Ronald Reagan, who was the U.S. president at the time. Jim also started thinking he about how much time he’d have left on this Earth, so he decided to write fiction novels to be remembered, and most of his book had good success.

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RPC Biology Essay #2: On How You Get Scared.

Answer ONE of the questions below in an essay of about 150-250 words (you may write a longer essay, if you wish). Be sure to include facts and details from the past 4 (or more) lessons, as this will help you remember and understand them better. Post your essay on your blog.

Someone sneaks up behind you and shouts, “Boo!” For a few seconds your heart beats faster. You did not run or do any physical activity that would increase your heart rate. What caused your heart to beat so fast?

To start, imagine this: You are sitting in your bed and it’s late, it is also dark in your room right now, and your body is settling down to sleep. Suddenly in the corners of your eyes, you see standing in the dark, a stranger! Your heart begins moving blood faster, your breathing is becoming faster, and your begins to shake; your brain gets you to turn on the lights next to your bed. (as to get a better assessment of this new threat) You turn on the lights and see simply coat hangar. “There wasn’t anything to be afraid of I guess, why’d I get so scared*?” You say to yourself, as you go back to sleep.

Well to answer your question, the first thing we have to talk about are “receptors”. Receptors are sensors on your cells, that send chemical signals to other cells, to tell them all sorts of information. (your eyes have receptors, for example) I more specifically have to talk about GPCR’s, or, G-Protein Coupled Receptors do many different things, but in this case, they activate your “Fight or Flight” response. Whenever your brain senses you are in danger, it triggers “Fight or Flight”. When your body switches into ‘flight’ mode to run away (or ‘fight’ mode, to defend yourself)  it needs a way to tell all your cells that something is happening. Your receptors send a cell signal to your G-Proteins, which then starts the chemical reaction.

To deal with this sudden stress, your pituitary gland sends hormones to your adrenal gland. Then, the adrenal gland releases a group of hormones, called catecholamines. This includes epinephrine, which is more commonly known as adrenalin.

Your body then begins pumping lots of blood to your muscles and increase your heart rate, while your liver doubles down on breaking down glucose and releases sugar into the blood stream. Your lungs expand, so that your respiration rate (or breathing rate) can speed up– all so that you get more energy to fight, or run away ASAP.

(IDK what you talk like, you might’ve said something else)