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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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9th Grade Business Essay #1: “How Does Harry Browne’s Approach to Selling Rely on the Principle of Service?”

250 words on this topic: “How Does Harry Browne’s Approach to Selling Rely on the Principle of Service?”

To start off, Harry Browne’s book, Secret to Selling Anything, is a very good book to read when learning how to start a business (or become a salesman), and I would recommend you read it on Kindle. It tells all about the ways you can be a successful business man without being an aggressive hustler, and also teaches when and how to promote a product.

One common them Harry has throughout his book is the idea of “customer sovereignty” (although I’d say that a better term for it would be “customer authority”, as sovereignty is more judicial), as throughout the book, he points out that, if anything, customers are the things that keep a business. Because of this you must cater to the buyer’s every needs, and as Harry puts it, you must first listen to the customer and what they are desiring, you must suggest one of your products and/or services, and only then can you push your product (or service) in their face. If you do any of these steps wrong, you could fail to make a sale, and if you succeed to make a sale, your customer might feel dissatisfied with your business and they’ll start to consider going to another store with a better customer service.
He also states because value is relative (especially on an inflatable currency like the dollar), that service to the customer is one of the most important parts of your business career, almost as much as making your product the right way, and advertising it.

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9th Grade English Essay #1: “What are three stories in my life that I would have to include in my autobiography?”

Writing assignment, 500 words: “What are three stories in my life that I would have to include in my autobiography?”

I have just started the Ron Paul curriculum for school last week, and have been having fun and learning from all the new classes; (although I’m not sure how I feel about Speech class) but for today’s English class I have been tasked with writing down three stories in my (currently short) life that would be good to include in my autobiography.

Number one, getting our ducks. Having ducks in my life has been one of the largest sources of adventure of my life as of late (especially because I am the one doing the most chores), but the biggest one with them was having them grow up. We’ve had three waves of ducks, the first one consisting of six purchased Khaki Campbell ducks, the next four consisted of one Khaki Campbell, one Aylesbury, and two Pekin ducks, all of whom we hatched in an incubator. The final round, we only managed to hatch one Khaki Campbell duckling, and nothing else. But because we didn’t that duckling to live in the brooder all by herself, we ended buying three more pekin ducks from Tractor Supply. (ducks are after all, a flock animal) In each of those waves we’d set up a brooder using a heat-lamp, a large plastic basket, and feed and water troughs. After about four weeks of taking care of the ducklings in that, it would become too small for the growing fowl, and so we would move them outside into a movable pen called a “duck tractor”, which they’d live in during the day, before bringing them back to their brooder at night. As of right now, we’ve slaughtered all of our males (about five if you count every wave), and our last wave of ducks, (the three that remain), are soon going to start laying eggs, giving our family seven egg laying ducks to take care of.

Another story (involving our ducks) was also one of the scariest things that have happened to us, which would happen to be a hawk attack! The first time it happened, (a year ago) one of our oldest ducks almost died due to blood loss (ducks don’t have very much blood after all) But she survived after we treated her wounds.

Enough about ducks though, so here’s another story:
It was about two years ago when I decided to enroll in an “children’s entrepreneur fair” and decided to start making candied and spiced pecan mixes using the nuts from an incredibly large pecan tree our neighbor has. After getting permission to use the nuts, I had about two months to get a large enough stock of pecans to make the delicious treats. So every week I would roll on over to the tree and collect pecans, and throughout that week, I would shell all those pecans and store them in the freezer. When there was just one week until the fair, I (with some help) would caramel candy to cover all the pecans with. After every batch was done and I was fully stocked, we headed over to the fair where I set up shop. After a long day I had made (about) 60 dollars! Which was big money for me.

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Science Engineering Essay On Motion

Assignment: Write a 150-200 word article on motion. Include an answer to these questions: what would cause a beach ball to accelerate more, an elephant kick or a mouse kick? From your knowledge of Newton’s Second Law of Motion (F = ma), why?

I sometimes like to wonder, what would make a beach-ball accelerate faster? an elephant kick or a mouse kick? Well, as the wonderful Sir. Isaac Newton said in his second law of motion: “When a force acts (pushes or pulls) on an object, it changes the objects speed and direction (or in other words, makes it accelerate) The bigger the force, the faster the object accelerates.” (AKA, force equals mass)

So, thinks to what ol’ Isaac said, it’s safe to assume that an elephant could kick a ball harder than a mouse, due to the fact that because force equals mass, and an elephant has a lot more mass than that of a mouse, an elephant also has more force than a mouse to kick a beachball. Of course, there is always the possibility that the mouse may be a kung fu master, and thus might be able to kick a beach a little bit stronger, but the chancers of that are incredibly low.

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(Final) English Essay On: Why Posting My Essays on My Own Blog Site Every Week Will Benefit Me in the Long Run

500 words: “Why Posting My Essays on My Own Blog Site Every Week Will Benefit Me in the Long Run”

Why would I want to put in my precious time and energy into writing essays on something, where without electricity, technically doesn’t exist? Well there are actually plenty of reasons, that WILL benefit in the real world, at least in the long run, and here they are:

First of all, it sharpens your writing and/or storytelling skills. This is the first reason I think of, and it’s the best one. Writing (with real effort) essays every week makes sure that your writing skills are top-notch, because just like any skill, practice makes perfect. Also, being good at writing good sentences can also help your oratorical skills, because you can better see your sentences due to typing out sentences so often.

Second, it can prove that you have the willpower and commitment to future employers. I have actually talked about this already in an older essay (find it here), so you can see what I mean there. But my main reason writing on your blog every week makes you look good in front of employers, is because it shows you have commitment to stick to something and build it up and it looks perfect, in this case, that “thing” is your blog. (provided, you have to make sure your not writing something that could make you look bad/incriminating/lazy)

Third, it can help make you popular on the internet. This is only a plus for some people, as I do not find it important. However, you can make good money with ads once you get a high amount of loyal readers, which I mean, a little bit of passive income is most definitely a plus in my book!

Fourth and finally, writing medium-large essays every week is more practice then what most high school students go through, making your skills above-average. Most average 8-9th grade public-schoolers do not have to write 500 word essays each week on fairly-difficult topics (like this), will make you look 9and be) better than kids that get easier assignments right? Well, not if you don’t continue to practice your skills week, because only do you want quality, but you also want quantity in your writing (although quality is much more preferred) is what hones your skills, and if you don’t write SOMETHING at least once a week, it won’t matter if you can do hard things, if you can’t do them often.

In summary, writing (and in turn growing both your blog and skills) ever week is good because it sharpens your writing ability, puts you above the curve, an make you popular and passive income, and can be beneficial to proving you have commitment to your future employers.

(this has been, my final essay for 8th grade English)

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English Essay On What People Really Should’ve Done To Really Figure Out, “What Would Jesus Do?” (Book: In His Steps)

Writing assignment: 100 words. Topic: “How should church members have tried to find out what Jesus would have done in their situations?”

So, I have just finished Charles Sheldon’s (very bad) Evangelical Christian book: In His Steps. It is regarded as one of the best pieces of Social Gospel literature, even if it has some of the worst writing, characters, and ideas I’ve ever read. Today I’m going to address the main premise of the book (What Would Jesus do?), and how the characters of the book really should’ve figured out what Jesus would’ve done in their situation.

The most obvious action (to me) is first to pray, and ask Jesus for guidance, and then do what he asks of them. This is what most good Christians do in times of trouble, or when they are seeking guidance from the Lord. Why Sheldon had his characters do whatever they saw fit (with out even praying for guidance first), seems very odd to me.

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English Essay On What Virginia Should Have Done Before Giving Editor Norman $500,000? (Sheldon’s: In His Steps)

Writing assignment: 500 words. Topic: “What should Virginia have done before giving editor Norman $500,000?”

This (like last week’s) essay is on Charles Sheldon’s book: In His Steps. It follows the adventures of a preacher named Henry Maxwell and his friends, who by taking a promise to “Do things as Jesus would” for a month, supposedly improved the city and people around them. This is one of the best examples of Utopian literature because no matter what these characters do, they never get into any financial problems (despite making the absolute worst financial decisions), and always seem to get the best results in everything.

For this week, I will be covering what’s probably the worst decision any of the characters have made (besides maybe Rachel Winslow’s decision to pass up a high-paying job during a recession), was when Virginia Page, a young heiress (and friend of Rachel, no wonder) decided to give away most of her inheritance ($500,000 dollars!), to a failing, high-brow, newspaper; with the only reason for doing so was because it was Christian run and very restricted to what it would show. This, as you can tell, is the worst decision in the history of bad decisions, because not only did Virginia give away a majority of her inheritance (which she won’t be getting back), she gave it to a failing business that would not change it’s ways to stay alive. This event becomes even sadder as you realize the fact that with $500,000 dollars, she could have easily started her own newspaper with the same morals but business practices. And that if she wanted to do something “that Jesus would” instead of giving it to a failing newspaper editor, she could’ve given it to the poor or maybe donated it a church, etc. Heck, 500,000 dollars back then probably could’ve let purchase a small town, which she could then renovate and give back. (Why Virginia didn’t consider any of these options is dumb and very close-minded. However Charles Sheldon thought about failing newspapers is very apparent in this book)

All in all, Virginia, in making a decision to throw away $500,000 dollars, decides to make a fruitless decision that, while also being the biggest financial mistake this book makes, also ends up being one of the worst financial mistakes in the history of big mistakes.

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Science Engineering Essay On The Construction Of The Eiffel Tower

Research an engineering feat or a significant engineering accomplishment. Select a skyscraper, bridge, church, tunnel or some other structure that interests you. Look for information about the engineers and architects involved, obstacles encountered, how problems were solved, and if this structure influenced subsequent work or engineering practices. 
Write a 200 word paper on your findings. OR:
Write a 200 word paper on your toy or appliance deconstruction and construction project. How does it work? What materials were used? How were parts fitted together? Did you have difficulty taking it apart or putting it back together? What surprised you? Are there any other appliances or toys that you can rebuild?

The Eiffel tower is a 1,036 feet tall tower constructed during the years 1887-1889. It was built using wrought-iron in the Champ de Mars, Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. *The design of the Eiffel Tower is attributed to Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, two senior engineers working for the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel. It was envisioned after discussion about a suitable centerpiece for the proposed 1889 Exposition Universelle, a world’s fair to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. Eiffel openly acknowledged that inspiration for a tower came from the Latting Observatory built in New York City in 1853. In May 1884, working at home, Koechlin made a sketch of their idea, described by him as “a great pylon, consisting of four lattice girders standing apart at the base and coming together at the top, joined together by metal trusses at regular intervals”. Gustave Eiffel and his crew would soon begin work, despite the fact Gustave himself (and the public) once believed that a tower that tall would be impossible to construct.
Work on the foundations started on 28 January 1887, and soon finished on the 30th of June; leading to the actual construction of the legs. When fist being built, the legs were not developed to bend over, but instead act as a sort of table for the tower, but after realizing that would be very unstable, first level construction was paused to create a substantial timber scaffold. This renewed concerns about the structural integrity of the tower, and sensational headlines such as “Eiffel Suicide!” and “Gustave Eiffel Has Gone Mad: He Has Been Confined in an Asylum” appeared in the news. At this stage, a small “creeper” crane designed to move up the tower was installed in each leg. They made use of the guides for the lifts which were to be fitted in the four legs. The critical stage of joining the legs at the first level was completed by the end of March 1888. Although the metalwork had been prepared with the utmost attention to detail, provision had been made to carry out small adjustments to precisely align the legs; hydraulic jacks were fitted to the shoes at the base of each leg, capable of exerting a force of 800 tons, and the legs were intentionally constructed at a slightly steeper angle than necessary, being supported by sandboxes on the scaffold. Although construction involved 300 on-site employees, due to Eiffel’s safety precautions and the use of movable gangways, guardrails and screens, only one person died.

*Credit to wikipedia

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English Essay on the Book: In His Steps

No reading assignment.
Writing assignment: 500 words.  Topic: “Which aspect of the plot so far sounds most implausible? Explain.”

In His Steps is a book by Charles Monroe Sheldon. It is a Christian fiction novel following a small cast of characters, but primarily focusing on Henry Maxwell (a pastor) and Rachel Winslow (an evangelical singer). It is a very dramatic story about how Henry and his group of Christians decide to react to every situation in their lives as they thought Jesus would. And despite the fact (I think) Maxwell and his friends are intelligent human beings, they seem to make the worst financial decisions, like giving a failing newspaper business $5000 dollars, just because they weren’t putting any news about crimes and other such subjects that could pass as “low-brow” news. (in fact, the money didn’t even help) And Maxwell also doesn’t seem to have any common sense in his preaching, as in one chapter he preaches against fashion as a whole, which would definitely get him fired due to any older woman complaining in the audience.

But the moments like these are not the most improbable for me, because the part I find most impossible and unlikely is when Rachel Winslow, when she is basically being introduced into the book, turns down a job offer to sing for a records company, her only reason being that she felt guilty for the amount of money she as earning compared to her neighbors, and that she knew no way taking this better, easier job would help the poor or her church. She never thought about donating her (apparently) surplus amounts of cash to the poor, or at the very least, paying tithes to the church she was going to. She never though taking that job for $500 dollars (which is worth $14,553. when the book takes place), she would still have free time to do volunteer work (and she’d be able to do the very thing she turned down her job offer for, which is to sing for a church). And on top of all that, this book takes place in 1896, a year that took place during an economic recession, meaning if she hadn’t met up with Henry Maxwell, and then in turn, find a job to sing for a church, she would’ve probably gone broke. And she passed on all this simply because she felt guilty of the money she would receive. Never once have I heard of anyone, no matter how perfect, do this.
(Mind you however, that I am not yet done with the book, so maybe when I’m done with it I’ll find something even more preposterous)

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Science Essay On Malware

Assignment: Write a 150-200 word article on a subject you have learned about this week.

I’m sure we’ve all heard of computer viruses right? What exactly IS a computer virus, and why are they so dangerous? Today I will tell you why. A computer virus, also known as malware dis a piece of malicious software designed to change your settings, delete software, cause errors, watch browsing habits, or open a computer to attacks. It uses deceptive and unethical tactics to install itself on your computer without your consent.
That sounds scary, doesn’t it? well how do you know where this danger will be hiding? A few locations where malware is commonly found are on websites that engage in illegal or questionably legal activities, such as downloading copyrighted videos, music, or software for free. Many of these sites may offer services for free, drawing people in to use their services or download their applications. Those services or apps are often infected with malware, which then infects your computer.
But if you do end up getting infected with malware (or any other computer virus), what can you do to fight back? Number 1, use anti-malware software such as Malwarebytes to scan for malware in your computer, because once you know what’s infecting your computer, you can easily quarantine and/or delete said software from your computer.
And to make sure you never get infected again, try to avoid websites that offer illegal or questionable services, install antivirus software like Windows Defender, and make sure to check email links’ plausibility before clicking them

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English Essay On Bellamy’s Book: Looking Backward

Writing assignment: write 500 words.  Topic: “Which dream in Looking Backward seemed more realistic: When he woke up in 1887 or 2000?  Why?”

Edward Bellamy’s book, Looking Backward, was once regarded as the impetus to socialism in America. And although it has a good story (I think I went over it last week), it has no idea how it can get to it’s premise, which is, that in the year 2000, America has become a socialist utopia, with no crime, money (even though it is still a credit card system), and no shortages of any product (something all Socialist/Communist nations have been known for). Everyone works from age 21 to 45, at a job the government picks for them, regardless if they want it, and anyone who resists is jailed (although for some reason, humans have become very compliant and have lost all rebelliousness). Even human nature seems to have changed (even though Bellamy only says the “conditions” of human nature have changed), as there is no more crime, there are no greedy people, and everyone is fine with living a military-like job system with promotions and boot camp-like training being a necessary step you must go through if you want a high-prestige job, like being a doctor or government official. (which asks the question, why would anyone want to be a doctor, if being a store clerk provides the same rewards?) But enough rambling about these mistakes, for today’s assignment, I will look at our main character’s return to 1887 to his time in the year 2000, and see which one seems more realistic. (hint, it is most definitely not 2000)
So near the end of the book, our main character, Julian West, decides to take a nap. And upon waking up, he finds himself back home in 1887 right before he fell asleep for 113 years. Now knowing about Boston’s glorious socialist future (and how it supposedly works), he has to live his life seeing all the “wrongs” of his current present, like the existence of the free market, the difference in class, and money as a whole. And although I thought this part was boring because the book was repeating itself, Julian decided he would fall asleep again, once again waking up in the year 2000 to much relief, and soon after, the book ends.
So as you can tell, I think the year 1887 is much more believable than the year 2000, the number one main reason being that Bellamy never once explains how the U.S. became the utopian socialist society it ended up to be..

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Science Review On How Web Browsers Work

Write a 200 word article on how browsers work and/or how the World Wide Web works. 

I bet your wondering, what’s a web browser? the answer: it is a software program used to explore and display the various types of content present in the World Wide Web, like web pages, pictures, and videos. Nowadays, everyone uses web browsers while on the internet, in fact, YOU are using a web browser right now, to view this web page. There have also been many different types of web browsers, the first was called WorldWideWeb (clever, I know), and was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in the year 1990. However, it didn’t any graphics and was used by very few people. (the first web browser to accomplish both of those things would be called NCSA Mosaic) The most popular web browsers being Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.
But how do web browsers obtain information for general viewing? *The process begins when the user inputs a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), such as https://en.wikipedia.org/, into the browser. Virtually all URLs on the Web start with either http: or https: which means the browser will retrieve them with the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). In the case of https:, the communication between the browser and the web server is encrypted for the purposes of security and privacy.

Once a web page has been retrieved, the browser’s rendering engine displays it on the user’s device. This includes image and video formats supported by the browser.

Web pages usually contain hyperlinks to other pages and resources. Each link contains a URL, and when it is clicked or tapped, the browser navigates to the new resource. Thus the process of bringing content to the user begins again.*

*Source here

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(Final) 8th Grade History Review On The History Of Social Media

Writing Assignment: Write a 3 page paper summarizing one of this week’s lesson topics. Choose one of the following as your topic:

1. President George W Bush
2. Social Media
3. President Barack Obama

Include any names, dates, or other facts that were of particular interest to you.
Post the essay to your blog or the forum when you are finished.

Long before it became the enormously profitable mass information and entertainment giant it is today, long before it was accessible to the general public, and certainly many years before Al Gore claimed he “took the initiative in creating” it, the Internet was a focal point for social interactivity. Of course, computer networking was originally envisioned back in the 50’s and 60’s as a top-secret military-centric command and control scheme. But as it expanded beyond just a few government hubs and computer labs, so too did the idea that connected computers might also make a great place for discussing mutual topics of interest, and perhaps even meeting or renewing acquaintances with other humans. In the 1970s, that idea was starting to make it’s way towards reality.

Even though they had gone public during the late 70’s and early 80’s, computers were still a rare commodity. The machines’ language was bewildering, and their potential seemingly limited. What’s more, the whole sitting-in-front-of-a-keyboard thing was seen as very anti-social. Put all this together and you have a medium where only the most ardent enthusiasts and techno-babbling hobbyists dared tread. Yet it also was during this time, and with a parade of purportedly antisocial geeks at the helm, that the very gregarious notion of social networking would take its first steps towards becoming the cultural phenomenon (that now everyone enjoys) that we know and love today.

It started with the BBS. Short for Bulletin Board System, these online meeting places were effectively independently-produced hunks of code that allowed users to communicate with a central system where they could download files or games (many times including pirated software) and post messages to other users. Accessed over telephone lines via a modem, BBSes were often run by hobbyists who carefully nurtured the social aspects and interest-specific nature of their projects — which, more often than not in those early days of computers, was technology-related. Moreover, long distance calling rates usually applied for out-of-towners, so many Bulletin Boards were locals-only affairs that in turn spurred local in-person gatherings. And voila, just like that, suddenly the antisocial had become social. The BBS was no joke. Though the technology of the time restricted the flexibility of these systems, and the end-user’s experience, to text-only exchanges of data that crawled along at glacial speed, BBSes continued to gain popularity throughout the ’80s and well into the ’90s, when the Internet truly kicked into gear. Indeed, some services — such as Tom Jennings’ FidoNet — linked numerous BBSes together into worldwide computer networks that managed to survive the Internet revolution. And the internet wouldn’t stop growing, and by the mid 1990’s it was moving at full speed. Yahoo had just set up shop, Amazon had just begun selling books, and the race to get a PC in every household was on. And, by 1995, the site that may have been the first to fulfill the modern definition of social networking was born.

Though differing from many current social networking sites in that it asks not “Who can I connect with?” but rather, “Who can I connect with that was once a schoolmate of mine?” Classmates.com proved almost immediately that the idea of a virtual reunion was a good one. Early users could not create profiles, but they could locate long-lost grade school chums, menacing school bullies and maybe even that prom date they just couldn’t forget. It was a hit almost immediately, and even today the website has over 57 million certified users.

In 2002, social networking hit really its stride with the launch of Friendster. Friendster used a degree of separation concept similar to that of the now-defunct SixDegrees.com, refined it into a routine dubbed the “Circle of Friends,” and promoted the idea that a rich online community can exist only between people who truly have common bonds. And it ensured there were plenty of ways to discover those bonds.

An interface that shared many of the same traits one would find at an online dating site certainly didn’t seem to hurt. Friendster CEO Jonathan Abrams even once referred to his creation as a dating site that isn’t about dating. Within a year after its launch, Friendster boasted more than three million registered users and a ton of investment interest. Unfortunately, the service has since seen more than its fair share of technical difficulties, questionable management decisions, and a resulting drop in its North American fortunes. Although briefly enjoying success in Indonesia and in the Philippines, Friendster has since abandoned social networking and now exists solely as an online gaming site.

The next big hit, LinkedIn, took a more serious approach to a social media phenomenon. Rather than be an online playground for teenagers, former classmates, and cyber-monkeys. LinkedIn was, and still is, a networking resource for business people who want to connect with other professionals. (To drive home that fact, LinkedIn contacts are referred to as “connections.”) Today, LinkedIn boasts more than 297 million members. Myspace also launched in 2003. Though it no longer resides upon the social networking throne in many English-speaking countries — that honor now belongs to Facebook just about everywhere — Myspace was once the perennial favorite. It did so by tempting the key young adult demographic with music, music videos, and a funky, feature-filled environment. It looked and felt hipper than major competitor Friendster right from the start, and it conducted a campaign of sorts in the early days to show alienated Friendster users just what they were missing. Over the years however, the number of casual Myspace users declined, and today the site exists now as a social networking site targeted to bands and musicians

But then, the whole social media scene was shaken with the release of Facebook (which now happens to be the most popular social media network). Founded, like many social networking sites, by university students who initially peddled their product to other university students, Facebook launched in 2004 as a Harvard-only exercise and remained a campus-oriented site for two full years before finally opening to the general public in 2006. Yet, even by that time, Facebook was considered big business. So much so that, by 2009, Silicon Valley bigwigs such as PayPal co-founder and billionaire Peter Thiel invested tens of millions of dollars just to see it flourish. The secret of Facebook’s success — the site currently boasts more than 1.3 billion active users — is a subject of much debate. Some point to its ease of use, others to its multitude of easily-accessed features, and still others, to its memorable name. A highly targeted advertising model certainly doesn’t hurt, either, nor did financial injections such as the $60 million from noted Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing in 2007. Regardless, there’s universal agreement on one thing: Facebook promotes both honesty and openness. It seems people really enjoy being themselves, and throwing that openness out there for all to see.

The reason for Facebook’s success? It has an open API which makes it possible for third-party developers to create applications that work within Facebook itself. Almost immediately after being released, the platform gained a massive amount of attention. At one point in time, Facebook had hundreds of thousands of apps built on the platform, so many that Facebook launched the Facebook App Store to organize and display them all. The other key to success was Facebook’s ubiquitous ‘Like’ button, which broke free from the bounds of the site and began appearing all over the Internet. Now you can ‘like’ or “tweet’ just about everything even when you’re not on Facebook or Twitter. Realizing the power of social networking, Google decided to launch their own social network (Google+) in 2007. It differed from Facebook and Twitter in that it wasn’t necessarily a full-featured networking site, but rather a social “layer” of the overall Google experience. Initially, Google generated a lot of buzz with the service’s Hangouts feature, which allowed users to enter live video chats with other online friends. At the time of launch, Facebook was scrambling to keep up by integrating a video chat feature of their own. Within just four weeks, Google+ had garnered 25 million unique visitors, and at one point it had over 540 million users. Regardless, the service definitely didn’t dethrone Zuckerberg’s behemoth, as it was shut down by Google due to becoming a dead site. (this seems to be the fate of all of Google’s pet projects, doesn’t it?)

Over the course of the past two years, “Fourth screen” technology — smartphones, tablets, etc. — has changed social networking and the way we communicate with one another entirely. What used to sit on our desks now conveniently fits in the palm of our hands, allowing us to effortlessly utilize functionality once reserved for multiple devices wherever we go.

Given the abrupt rise in mobile computing, it’s not surprising the most popular social media platforms of the past several years hinge on the capabilities of smartphones. Photo and video-sharing applications such as Snapchat and Instagram, the latter of which has now garnered a staggering 20 billion images since the app’s initial inception in October 2010, exist almost entirely on mobile. The same goes with platforms such as Foursquare, an application in which users use their smartphones to check in to various locations around the globe, and various matchmaking services. Tinder, for instance, currently boasts more than 10 million daily users, each of which swipes for potential partners based on their approximately in relation to their smartphone.

Then in March 2014, Facebook acquired Oculus VR, a company on the cusp of mass producing virtual-reality headsets. Upon sealing the deal, Zuckerberg commented regarding the communication potential for the platform, highlighting the slew of potential uses for the virtual technology when it comes to academics, viewing live events, and consulting with doctors face-to-face. However, Facebook has taken a hands-off approach in its management of Oculus VR, allowing the company to continue focusing predominately on gaming applications while other parties, like the U.S. military, quietly looked into using virtual reality headsets for military purposes. A number of medical experts have even begun using virtual reality to treat anxiety, combat-induced P.T.S.D., and other pronounced mental illnesses. Entertainment, meanwhile, has invested in virtual reality for years.

And now at the present day, it seems that the Internet, social media, and technology as a whole, will continue to grow and evolve, with things like Augmented Reality and VR getting ever more obtainable. Who knows, maybe one day humans could transport themselves into the digital realm. But until then, we’ll always have social medias like Twitter and Facebook to belittle others and meet up with friends.

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English Essay On The Least Believable Aspect of Looking Backwards

Looking Backwards is a utopian science-fiction novel written by Edward Bellamy, a journalist and writer from Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts; it was first published in 1888. It was the third largest bestseller of its time, after Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. It influenced many intellectuals, and appears by title in many socialist writings of the day.

I have been reading it for English class since last Monday, and it is interesting to say the least. It does a good job of portraying socialist values and concepts, even if I don’t agree with them. But I’m not here to express my opinion on the economy, and instead I want to focus on what I think is the least believable part of this book, the fact that the main character, Julian West, is able to sleep for 113 years.

This is impossible on a biological standing point for multiple reasons, because even if Julian didn’t need to eat or drink anything, he would’ve rotted away due to falling asleep in just a normal bedroom, so he probably wouldn’t last more than a 10 years. But than you have to account for having to eat, drink, and treat to diseases, he would’ve died even sooner. So, no, not even past chapter 2 does this book become an extreme work of fiction. One honorable mention for my “least believable”, is the fact that the author believes that humans would lose their human nature and greed once all power was shifted to the government. Bellamy says through one of his characters, Doctor Leete, says that all the men in the nation only want to serve they’re nation because of “honor”, that their government (which is also the only one that can employ them) pays them all equally regardless of job, and that all of them work their hardest. This is unbelievable! No “utopian” (as I like to call it) human exists, and never will, regardless of how easy their life would be if they complied to rules. Also, how could the government get people to like their jobs, if they don’t get to choose their own life, and what they want to do with it.

So in the end, I find the least believable part of Looking Backward to be that Julian West would be able to sleep 113 years and not biologically age or get sick, along with the fact that humans have suddenly become perfect on a moral standpoint.

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History Essay On The Dot-Com Boom

Writing Assignment: Write a 3 page paper summarizing one of this week’s lesson topics:

Choose one of the following as your topic:

1. President Bill Clinton
2. The “Dot Com” Boom
3. Culture of the 1990’s
4. 9/11/2001

Include any names, dates, or other facts that were of particular interest to you.
Post the essay to your blog or the forum when you are finished.

To start off, first we have to look at the creation of the internet, which can be first traced to the 1960’s, when the U.S. military developed a series of networks that allowed computers to communicate with each other across multiple different power grids, this was possible due to a cabled connection between any computers on the line, and this was the first example of an interconnected network. This network was called ARPANET.

But the military network was top secret, so the credit for inventing such networks, and the Internet, the biggest network of all, goes to Tim Berners-Lee. Tim was a British computer scientist who developed a network that would eventually be known as the World Wide Web (or WWW for short). The Web links together different informational page with hyperlinks, using a programming language called HTML.

The internet came in existence during the 1980’s, but for the first decade was primarily used by students and researchers. It was in the 1990’s that the internet began to be used by businesses and the broader population. And by 1995, 12% of the population was using the Internet (almost all located in Western Industrial nations)

But as the internet caught on, the economy was also doing very well. Under the direction of Bill Clinton, the U.S. balanced it’s budget for the first time since the 1960’s; this meant that more money was being left in the economy, instead of being removed by taxes. Because of this, many types of businesses saw the Internet as a way to expand and reach a new market and talked of making great gains. But exactly how these early firms were going to make so much money on such an early invention was unclear and hard to calculate.

However, at the time no one bothered to think about whether these internet firms would be able to expand and a bubble was formed. More people were investing and buying up “dotcom” stocks that had yet to prove anything. During the height of the “dotcom bubble” in 1998-2000, roughly $100 billion dollars had been collectively invested in brand new startups. Well when goods are overvalued, the market must correct itself at some point, and although some businesses were legitimate, there was not enough to keep the bubble going. In 2003 a huge selloff occurred when a new tax law was passed raising the capital gains again, and because they were scared of paying taxes on their firms, the people withdrew/sold almost all their internet firms.

The bubble turned into a bust as many dotcom businesses collapsed completely, but this bust phase faded quickly as a few dotcom businesses (like Google and Amazon) proved that their firms were still worth the investment. Today, the companies that survived the bust are bigger than ever and control a large portion of American business.

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English Essay On Why a Good Blog Site Will Help Me Get a Job After College

Writing assignment: 500 words. “Why a blog site with lots of good content will help me get my first full-time job after college.”

I always agree with the idea that a good blog site with lots of content is very beneficial towards getting jobs after college. Of course, having only different that if you have a school blog, you can show off your school work to employers very easily without having to bring in the essays (if you were planning to show off your schoolwork). If you have a work blog, you can show off all the products and/or services you’ve been working on. And if you have a work blog, then you basically show off that you’ve already been working and are ready for a job, putting you very far ahead of the pack. And for the last main type of blogs, I think hobby blogs and journal blogs are still useful when they have lots of content, because then you can show you know how to stick to something and build with it (employers like to see commitment). Hobby blogs and journal blogs also have some use in showing off any home projects you have, and can serve as a place to show off your physical skills.

Another reason having a blog with lots of content is because if you have a lot of content means you can express your opinion on things on it. The reason being that you may have the same opinion on things as your interviewer/employer, and that will definitely help your chances with employment.

Now as I said before, having a blog to show off your accomplishments is very useful to have as an edge against over less technologic rivals, but also forgot to mention, is that writing accomplishments and skills down in your can help serve as a second resume (especially for showing off your writing, creative, and online development skills), and is very useful to have if you forgot to mention things in your resume, that you might have a backup place to store it written down.

The most important reason for a school blog, that is, being able to keep track of your constant work, could also be very lucrative to show your employer, especially if you do RPC, with it’s constant amount of essays and assignments that it assigns weekly. (I myself see this as a benefit)
So I think that yes, having a blog with lots of good content is VERY beneficial towards getting a job, having a blog with lots of mixed content (not necessarily all good content), will negate your chances at getting a job. Because employers will look into their possible future employees and see if they are even worth hiring.
So in the end, having a blog (and better yet, multiple blogs), will help with enticing your employer to hire you for your job after college.

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History Review On President George H.W. Bush and the Gulf War

Writing Assignment: Write a 3 page paper summarizing one of this week’s lesson topics.

Choose one of the following as your topic:

1. President Ronald Reagan
2. Culture of the 1980’s
3. President Bush and the Gulf War
4. Fall of the U.S.S.R.

Include any names, dates, or other facts that were of particular interest to you. Post the essay to your blog or the forum when you are finished.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in 1924 in Massachusetts and raised in Greenwich Connecticut. He graduated high school the year World War II, so he postponed College and enlisted in the Navy. Refocusing on his education when he returned, he graduated from Yale and moved to West Texas, where he established a successful oil company. After an unsuccessful run for the United States Senate, he won election to the 7th congressional district of Texas in 1966. President Richard Nixon appointed Bush to the position of Ambassador to the United Nations in 1971 and to the position of chairman of Republican National Committee in 1973. In 1974, President Gerald Ford appointed him as the Chief of the Liaison office to the People’s Republic of China, and in 1976 Bush became the Director of the Central Intelligence. Bush ran for president in 1980, but was defeated in the Republican nominations by Ronald Reagan. He was then elected vice president in 1980 and 1984 as Reagan’s running mate.

Bush helped organize Raegan’s administration war on Drugs and deregulation task forces. In 1988, Bush ran a successful campaign to succeed Raegan’s presidency, Bush focusing more on foreign policy during his one term in office. Military operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian gulf, the Berlin wall fell, and the Soviet Union collapsed. And although he himself had campaigned towards cutting taxes, he actually raised them over his presidency at Congress’ direction. And the U.S. later suffered a small recession in the economy at the end of the 1980’s, causing Bush to lose his reelection campaign against Bill Clinton. Bush left public office in 1993, but remained in humanitarian activities.

One of the most important foreign decisions was to respond to the Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait. Iraq, led by dictator Sadam Hussein, sought to gain control of the very profitable oil fields of Kuwait by claiming the country used to be part of Iraq (even though Kuwait existed before Iraq for a whole 20 years). Iraq annexing Kuwait was condemned by many countries around the world, but Iraq still received funding and weaponry from the Soviet Union. The U.S. organized a coalition of military forces that happened to be the largest since World War II.

The Gulf war took place in two operations, the first named Desert Shield occurred from 1990 to February 1991, the operation’s goal was to build up troops in defense of Saudi Arabia against Iraqi invaders, and was successful and followed in January by Operation Desert Storm. Desert Storm was the more active part of the Gulf War, and involved a U.S.-led invasion of Kuwait and Iraq. At the time, Iraq had the world the most powerful air force, but it was decimated by countless air battles and bombing missions in this war. The bombardment of Iraqi airstrips and bases was led by a 5-week assault that secured resounding victory for the coalition forces. The speedy defeat of Iraq, despite having state of the are Soviet weaponry, showed that the Soviet Union was falling behind the U.S. and reduced Communist faith.

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English Essay On If Students Should Go To College After Highschool

Writing Assignment: Write a 2 page persuasive essay using all 5 steps you have learned. Topic: Is it important for students to pursue college or other higher education after high school?

Post the essay to your blog or the forum.

Should students consider taking up higher education after high school? I’d think that it really depends on what type of job that student wants. If a student wants to be a doctor, they’ll have to go a medical school (probably), but if a student wanted to sell baseball equipment, they’d probably just set up shop and not bother with college, no hassle, college, or debt at all. So it really depends, are you going entrepreneurial? or are you going for a fairly exclusive job? So while I will be choosing the side of college-skipper, there are still some noticeable cons to it.

First of all, why wouldn’t you want to go to college? The first benefit I can think, is no college debt. Because college is incredibly expensive, it’s nigh impossible to get through a full scholarship without racking up a little bit of college debt, and by little, I mean a lot, the average amount of student debt in 2018 was $28,000 dollars, and that doesn’t account for how well the student could pay it off, or even get the job they wanted (a little over 40% of college graduates take a job out of school that didn’t require a degree). But if you skip college and just jump right into business, you won’t have any college debt (you might have property debt if you buy an expensive building for you’re business), and you’ll probably get the job you’re looking for.

Another benefit to skipping college is that immediately gets you out on the field of work, no need to spend an additional 4+ years in school, and thus you can get to making a good business faster than if you were to risk college. I’m not saying that skipping college and going straight towards entrepreneurship would be easier than college, but could definitely pay off faster.

Now, what would I recommend to anyone deciding to skip college, or any other scholarship once they’re done with high school, the first thing I would recommend is that you plan how you’re going to get a job that isn’t flipping burgers or washing clothes. You have to plan out whether you’re going to work for someone else or if you’re going to start your own business, and I recommend you get to planning as soon as you’re in high school.

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Computers Essay On The Programming Language I Would Want To Learn The Most

From your reading this week on low and high level programming languages, write a short article (100-150 words) on one programming language that interests you and that you would like to learn more about. What makes this programming language unique? Use this article as a guide

I enjoy learning about programming, because it is a very useful language to learn if you want to work with computers. But there are also many languages to choose from and learn, each specializing in different things, like Python, which is considered to be an easy language to learn, JavaScript, which is one of the best website builders, and just plan Java, which has the advantage of a long history of usage (meaning it has most of it’s blueprints built). The language I would most like to learn is C, which is the one of the most used computer languages, which I also learned a while ago (although I don’t remember it as much anymore)

C is also useful for 3D video game modeling/animation, which is something I have considered (I still am considering) doing for a living, so out of the computer programming languages that peak my interest, C is the one I would consider learning

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History Essay On The Recession Of The 1970’s

Writing Assignment: Write a 3 page paper summarizing one of this week’s lesson topics: Choose one of the following as your topic:

1. Space Exploration
2. 1970’s Recession
3. Careers of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs
4. Culture of the 1970’s

Include any names, dates, or other facts that were of particular interest to you.
Post the essay to your blog or the forum when you are finished.

From 1961 to 1968, the United States had been going through one of the largest sustained period of growth up to that time in it’s entire history. And although there was a small period of loss (lasting 11 months, and lowering the country’s GDP by 0.6%) and umeployment reached a peak of 6.1% during that “recession”. But what IS a recession, anyway? here’s what it is:

Recessions, or “busts” are a period of time in the business cycle, and are to be suspected. Because the economy can never stay in a “boom” period, the market corrects itself when goods or services become overvalued. (look at the image below for what the economic cycles looks like) And it doesn’t whether or not a recession actually happens, but rather how the government reacts, either by interfering or by letting it work itself out. In the U.S., a common cause of recessions is inflation, because inflation devalues currency.

See the source image

In order to pay for the Vietnam war that was still being fought at the time, the president of the U.S. (Nixon at the time) was forced to choose between raising taxes or make more money. Inflating the currency seemed like a more favorable option at the time, but how it devalued the currency became a problem. Since World War II, the U.S. had been one of the nations part of the Breton Woods system, part of which pegged the U.S. dollar to the price of gold at an exchange rate of $35/once of gold. And because the U.S. was inflating it’s the currency by printing out more and more dollars, it was very easy to get $35 dollars. Soon the U.S. began to suffer from a run on it’s gold reserves. And this was the main value of the Breton Woods agreement, which was that all nations agreeing to the program would not inflate their currencies. But because of Nixon’s decision to ignore the U.S.’s agreement, this move would be known as Nixon Shock, and while successful short-term, it had disastrous results.

Now that the U.S. dollar was free-floating and not pegged to $35/ounce of gold, the price of gold skyrocketed to $120/ounce. So in 1968, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Companies (OAPEC or OPEC) was founded in the middle east to organize oil rich nation’s economy, and made it safer for the Middle East to raise or lower it’s prices. (in 1973, the price of oil per barrel was $3, but after the Nixon Shock, it was $12) The U.S. dependence on foreign oil created a collapse in the U.S. stock market during the years 1973-1975, and the government’s (under both Nixon AND Ford) reaction, was to continue inflating the currency. But companies were still struggling to get by and had to keep firing employees. So a new problem “stagflation”, arose from the combination of high inflation and low employment. (Carter’s presidency is known for having the highest unemployment rate since WW2)

At the end of the recession, oil prices had skyrocketed to $21 dollars per barrel! But like any recession, it was making a recovery, starting in 1975 and continuing through the decade.

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Persuasive Essay On If The Driving Age Should Be Raised To 21

Writing Assignment: Your assignment for today is to write 2 action steps on the following topic:

Topic: Do you believe it would be better to raise the driving age to 21?
Consider both sides of the question and choose an action step that you think would be effective for each case.
Write both the 4th and 5th steps of a persuasive essay (“take action” and “deadline” steps) for the two action steps you choose.

Should people be allowed to drive only when they’re 21? Well, while it would seem like a good idea to raise the limit to 21 (so that there could possibly be less accidents on the road), this would not be a good thing for people going to college who are fresh out of high school and thus, not 21; this would be terribly inconvenient for all the students living off campus because of how hard it is to get to your classes on time.

And to anyone reading this old enough to learn how to drive (but doesn’t know how yet), to learn how to drive before you turn 18, and leave the house. (whether that be for college or for a job) But if you don’t want to drive a car, my other suggestion would be that you learn how to make use of any local public transportation available to you.

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Persuasive Essay On If Junk Food Products Should Come With a Warning Label

Writing Assignment: Your assignment for today is to write two possible action steps for the following topic.

Should unhealthy fast food products be sold with a warning label?
Consider both sides of the question and choose an action step that you think would be effective for each case

I mostly do not think fast food products should be given a warning label, because it would use up unnecessary material, and even if it would help people’s general health by warning them first hand, I think they should know the dangers of junk food and be responsible enough to know when and when not to eat unhealthy food. But even then, I also think warning labels would be a welcome change to see at grocery stores and fast food chains, and here’s a few types of labels I thought up.

“Warning: this product contains large amounts of highly-saturated fats and GMO’s, eat at your own risk.”

“This product may have ingredients dangerous to human health.”

(and finally) “Don’t let our food be deny you, put our fats and triglycerides inside you!”*

“Fast food like this has been observed to be unbeneficial for human’s weight and general health.”

So, those are the warnings I feel could be used on packages of food like potato chips and cheeseburgers, thank you for reading and if you are a fast-food executive, maybe consider putting a warning label on your food.

*Stolen from a line said in: “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius”, I just thought it’d be funny to add it in.

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Persuasive Essay On If The Government Should Be Allowed To Restrict Content On The Internet

Writing Assignment: Your assignment for today is to write a 2 page persuasive essay on the following topic. Topic: Should the government be able to restrict content on the Internet?
Practice the 4 steps you have already learned for a persuasive essay.  Then add in an action step to wrap up the paper.

Should the government be allowed to restrict/censor what you see on the internet? Well as the first amendment says, no government should be allowed to censor free speech. The freedom to express your opinions and ideas, along with the freedom to bear arms, are the two freedoms that must exist for anyone to be truly “free”, but why should a government not be allowed to censor the media?

Here’s why: First of all, (and as I just mentioned) free speech=free people, so if you’re speech is not truly free, then you are not truly free. It has been observed in many countries (specifically more totalitarian-like nations), even to this day the problems of censorship show with nations like North Korea and China, with their main reasons being so that they can completely control their population. (well, North Korea WOULD, if they allowed their population to use computers/the internet)

Also, if I weren’t allowed to have freedom of speech, some of my content (like possibly, this post) might get censored into oblivion. And same would go for you if you expressed ideas that would be contradictory to the government’s agendas.

So not only does censorship hurt a population’s freedom, but it also hurts people with opinions trying to make themselves heard. While no censorship allows freedom of speech, allowing people the freedom to say what they think about their own country (or anything really), without being punished or censored for it.

But what should you do if you’re being censored? If possible, you should protest about it, and tell others who are also getting censored to band together and try to do something and have your voices heard.

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Persuasive Essay On The Importance Of The 2nd Amendment

Writing Assignment: Write a 2 page persuasive essay using the 4 steps you have learned so far.

Topic: Should the 2nd amendment give citizens the right to own assault weaponry?

Post the essay to your blog or the forum.

GUNS ARE IMPORTANT! And I cannot understand why people don’t understand that. Guns and the second Amendment are extremely necessary to our freedom and rights, and here’s why:

First of all, guns are important for self defense, because if you’re house is being robbed by someone with a M11 pistol, but you have multiple hunting rifles, the robber can’t really do anything against you’re arsenal of weaponry. But if you’re guns are taken away by say, a gun control law, then you can’t do anything, but the robber, who still has his gun (because the criminal, who’s a criminal, doesn’t care about the law!), is still free to rob you. This, if anything, should be the main reason why the Second Amendment is so important.

Another reason guns are so important is because, shooting guns (safely) is fun, like say, for hunting or using at a shooting gallery. And provided you know the laws of guns safety (Treat the gun as if it is always loaded, never point it at anything you don’t intend to shoot, and always finger off the trigger) I think anyone one responsible enough should be allowed to use guns.

Finally, I think 2nd amendment is important because if an armed government resides over an unarmed population, the population can be considered more subjects, than citizens, because of how easily they can enforce new laws on to a population that doesn’t equal firepower. Because as a very wise man once said:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

-Benjamin Franklin

So yes, I believe that the 2nd Amendment should not be disregarded and that guns are both important, and necessary to a great society.

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History Essay On Presidents Nixon, Ford, And Carter

Writing Assignment: Write a 3 page paper summarizing the life and work of all three of the following presidents: Choose one of the following as your topic:

1. President Richard Nixon
2. President Gerald Ford
3. President James Carter

Include any names, dates, or other facts that were of particular interest to you.
Post the essay to your blog or the forum when you are finished.

Richard Milhous Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California, in 1913. He was the second oldest of five children, although two of his brothers died very young. Nixon’s family was poor, but they were happy with positions and enjoyed hard work, even through the Great Depression. In 1940, he married Thelma “Pat” Ryan, and they had two daughters: Tricia (1946) and Julie (1948). The couple moved to Washington D.C. in 1942, where he worked for the Navy. But in 1946, he moved back to California to accept a nomination for California Congressional seat. In this election, he used a lot smear tactics and tried to get his opponents convicted of having communist relations, which would become a trademark tactic for Nixon. (and he was quite successful at rooting multiple communists in the government was enjoyed great success during the 50’s)

He won a senate election in 1949 and employed more defaming tactics against his political opponents, and when Dwight Eisenhower sought presidential election in 1952, the Republicans nominated Nixon to be his vice president to gain West Coast votes. They succeeded and Nixon was Eisenhower’s vice president for both of his elected terms. Nixon then decided that he would run for president, and was elected as president in 1968.

As president, Nixon is mainly remembered for his foreign policy decisions. He helped warm cold war relations with Communist China and Mao in 1972, and the USSR in 1973. Nixon also brought about the end of U.S. military intervention in the Vietnam War in 1973. In the process however, Nixon authorized the bombing of several Laotian and Cambodian communist strongholds which was very unpopular among the anti-war protesters in America. But beyond his foreign relation policies, he did not have any successful domestic policies. His decisions brought about inflation and budget deficits higher than any other time since World War II.

Then in 1972, he organized a campaign that was sure to get him re-elected, but even though they such good chance of success, Nixon and his team ended up resorting to sabotage, where they wrecked the Democratic national convention. Nixon succeeded in the election, but in 1973 information on the Democratic convention sabotage started to surface. Nixon refused to cooperate with an investigation, stating “I am not a crook!”, but even with that very moving speech, the Supreme Court demanded for him to “give up the tapes”. (the Watergate tapes, of which this scandal is known after) And rather then suffer through the court hearings (and likely, an impeachment trial), Nixon resigned, being the only president of the U.S.A. to do so. Nixon left D.C. with his reputation in tatters and returned to his home in California, and although he was pardoned by the next president, Gerald Ford (and enjoyed a bit of a comeback as an elderly statesman), his greatest legacy is about the Watergate scandal, and how he resigned.

Gerald Ford was born in 1913 in Nebraska. Gerald became a Boy Scout at a young age and eventually achieved the highest rank called Eagle Scout, and was an all-city athlete in Football for the Grand Rapids and was targeted by almost all college-level recruiters. After college, Ford received a commission to an ensign in the U.S. navy in 1942, and became a naval instructor. In 1948, Ford ran for, and was elected, to a position in congress in 1948. Ford’s career in congress was to become the Speaker of the House, so he turned down all opportunities to run for governor or senator, but then President Johnson chose Ward as one of the representatives to the Warren commission. And because of Ford’s reputation for good leadership and integrity, he was given the the title of Minority Leader in the House in 1965.

In 1973, Nixon’s old vice president Spiro Agnew resigned from his position. Ford was unanimously recommended to be Nixon’s new vice president, and was given that position the same year. And as you know, because of the Watergate scandal later in 1973, Nixon resigned, leaving Ford as the vice president in the position to take over Nixon’s career. Ford became the president in the month of August, and is history’s only president to never have run in any presidential election. Ford could not have become president at a worse time however, as the country was struggling win inner turmoil, inflation, a recession, and had just gone through a scandal at the highest level of office.

But Ford steered carefully and managed to lower tensions in the Cold War, even with the turmoil. He was in office for record of 895 days in office, chose to pardon Nixon for the Watergate scandal, and signed the Helsinki accords during his time in Japan. (he was the first president to actually go to Japan) During his time, he survived two unsuccessful assassination attempts, and is the longest living man to be president, and was 93 years old when he died.

James Earl Carter, known throughout his life as Jimmy, was born in the year 1924 in rural Georgia. His family was staunchly religious and very hard working, his father being a successful farmer while his mother was a nurse. Though the area he lived in was very segregated, Carter made friends with a lot of Black children and workers on his father’s farm. In 1943, Jimmy was accepted to the Naval Academy, though he was almost ruled out thanks to his short and slim stature. Carter did well as a student and graduated in 1946, returned home to marry Rosalyn Smith that same year.

Carter was elected to Georgia senate in 1962 (GEORGIA senate, not U.S. senate), and was reelected and then ran for governor of Georgia in 1970. Carter succeeded and used his time as governor to start getting rid of segregation, and then ran for president in 1976. Carter eked out a narrow victory in the election vs Gerald Ford, with a score of 297-240 in the electoral college, and became the first president to come from the deep south since James Polk (who was elected in 1848!)

As president, Carter was extremely busy, he:

  • Added a Department of Energy to the cabinet
  • Added a Department of Education to the cabinet
  • Returned the Panama Canal zone back to Panama
  • Continued strategic arms limitation talks with USSR
  • Accidentally re-escalated the Cold War by invading Afghanistan
  • Led the boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympics in 1980
  • And worked to end the high inflation and slow growth in the economy

He lost his popularity in 1980 with the rise of Ronald Reagan, and further lost the re-election and decided to move to other political roles. Carter was elected the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “For his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance Democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

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Persuasive Essay On If Students Should Be Allowed To Use MP3 Players (with headphones on) While Studying In Class

Writing Assignment: Your assignment for today is to write a 4 paragraph persuasive essay on the following topic:

Topic: Should students be able to listen to MP3 players on headphones while studying?
Use all four of the steps we have discussed so far to write a persuasive essay.

I think that students should be allowed to use MP3 players (although by now, I don’t think that people use MP3 players as much), provided they use headphones not to disturb other student’s concentration. I think students should be allowed to listen to music while doing their assignments or studying, in fact, I do that sometimes. but not during a class) And here are some reasons why listening to music while studying should be allowed.

To start off, music can help a student concentrate while studying. It has been scientifically proven that if you listen to music you enjoy while studying or doing a test, you will have more focus and improved performance! So in terms of usefulness, listening to a healthy volume of music while studying can improve how well you study.

Next, listening to music can also help you reduce stress and lower what is called “test anxiety”, allowing you to actually put your mind off the test long enough for you to do it. This is very helpful to students who do well at subjects like English, but can only do so if writing at a beat.

Lastly, it helps entertain a bored student who needs to get motivated/pumped enough to stop procrastinating on a subject and just finish their essay. (I would know because that’s what I’m doing, right as I write this!) So yes, I believe students should be allowed to listen to music while studying in class, provided it doesn’t get in the way of their learning.

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Persuasive Essay On If Celebrity Law Breakers Should Be Punished As Much As Normal Criminals

Writing Assignment: Your assignment for today is to write a 4 paragraph persuasive essay on the following topic: Should celebrities who break the law face stricter penalties?
Grab the audience’s attention with your opener.
List the “needs” or reasons that make a city a great place.
Introduce your solution to those needs.
Demonstrate with word pictures how your solution solves the needs.

Should celebrities that break the law suffer more punishments? I think not, because no human is perfect, but all humans are created equal, famous people should not be treated differently, whether it be for legal or non-legal issues. But now, allow me to dig deeper into this subject and explain the other reasons why I believe that celebrity lawbreakers should not be treated any differently than your average Crimes Johnson.

To start off, what makes a city a great one? Well what’s the main reason good cities are good cities? A very low crime rate, thus if there is good law enforcement, criminals are discouraged to do crime. But if you’re a celebrity who is very popular, (that’s how you become a celebrity after all) the fame can get to your head and you might think you are immune to the law (which is wrong) causing you to take bribes/rob a bank simply because it will further your personal goals, with the belief you can get away with it just because you’re known nationwide. So if the celebrity get’s caught, they’re going to be punished with a reasonable punishment for the crime. So a low crime rate can be solved by punishing anyone who does a crime, including famous/important people.

Another reason that contributes to a great city is a good community. If there is a person breaking the law, and no one is doing anything about it, that would not make a good community. Punishing that person (by putting them in jail, fining them, etc.) to a fair extent would likely fix this problem. So if that criminal is a famous person, they must not be treated any differently.

And the final contribution to a great city is good property value. If there is a famous person(s) living nearby, it may drive the property location up (like in the case of Beverly hills), but if a celebrity is convicted of being a criminal, it may lower the prices if they are still not sent to jail, and just to contribute to the other arguments I have that say that a famous person (who also happens to break the law) should be punished as such.

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Persuasive Essay On If Sports Events Should Begin With A Silent Prayer Time

Writing Assignment: Your assignment for today is to make a list of 3 needs or problems that need to be addressed in the following problem. Should sports events begin with a silent prayer time? Next write a paragraph for each of those needs demonstrating how your solution solves the issues. This is a 3-paragraph assignment.

Do you think that sporting events should have silent prayer times? I believe that there should be a silent prayer time before a sporting event. But if you have you’re doubts, then allow me to look at 3 reasons some people are against silent prayers before a sport event, and why they’re wrong.

First problem, the prayers would be religious. Which is false! The prayer does not have to be religious and can simply be boiled down to: “Golly gee! I sure hope my team wins!”, so no, this problem is not even a problem.

Second problem, it might prolong the match. While yes, it may prolong the match, a silent prayer session probably wouldn’t prolong the match, and not cause any problem at all.

Third problem, it might cause the fans to hate each other more. I disagree with this however, because I believe that everyone hoping and praying for their team to win together would bring about a sense of unity among the fans.

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Persuasive Essay On Why Student Notebooks Should Be Replaced By Computer Notebooks

Writing Assignment: Your assignment for today is to make a list of 3 needs or problems that need to be addressed in the following problem. Topic: Student’s textbooks should be replaced by notebook computers. Next write a paragraph for each of those needs demonstrating how your solution solves the issues. This is a 3-paragraph assignment.

Use the instructions from the video to complete this assignment correctly.

Do you think student notebooks are outdated? So do I, and I have found the perfect solution, computer notebooks. Don’t agree? let me show you why student notebooks should be replaced by computer notebooks.

First of all, imagine hat you’re taking notes with your notebook, when all of a sudden, you run out of paper, terrible right? Well a note-taking app on your phone wouldn’t have this problem, provided you don’t kill it’s battery. And even then, a computer notebook could find more usage than a normal notebook.

Second, a computer notebook makes you type notes, instead of write them, which can cause you take notes twice as fast (provided you know how to type correctly, which is still easy to learn how to do), which would make taking notes in a class a lot less of a hassle.

Third and finally, a computer notebook (I can’t say for all note-taking apps) will save your data to the cloud, so even if something were to happen to it, if you had some other appliance with access to that data, you would still have your notes saved, unlike a normal notebook.

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Short Science Review On The History Of The Computer

Assignment: Consult your notes and write a 150 word article on a topic that interested you this week. You pick: history of computers, how computers work, transistors, microprocessors, etc.

What is a computer? to quote the oxford dictionary, a computer is “(a)n electronic device which is capable of receiving information (data) in a particular form and and of preforming a sequence of operations in a predetermined yet variable set of procedural instructions (program) to produce a result in the form of information or a signal.” So a computer takes Input, places it in it’s Memory, Processes it, and sends out a viable Output. But when did we get computers? Well then let me tell you about the history of the computer:

It all started 1801, when Joseph Marie Jacquard invented a loom that uses punched wooden cards to automatically weave fabric designs. This can be considered the first computer because future computers would also use punch cards. Because in 1890, a man named Herman Hollerith designed a punch card system to calculate the 1880 census, accomplishing the task in just three years and saving the government $5 million. And because of his new found success, he started a company that soon turned into IBM.

But after that, nothing really happened to advance the computer until 1936, when Alan Turing presented the notion of a universal machine, later called the Turing machine, capable of computing anything that is computable. The central concept of the modern computer was based on his ideas. And using those blueprints Clifford Berry, designed a computer that could solve 29 equations simultaneously in 1941. This marked the first time a computer is able to store information on its main memory.

But what’s probably the most important step towards the modern computer, was called the ENIAC, invented in 1934, by two Pennsylvanian John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, build the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator (ENIAC). Considered the grandfather of digital computers, and it filled a 20-foot by 40-foot room and has 18,000 vacuum tubes.
Then over the period of time between 1935-and the present, countless innovations and types of computers were invented or modernized, multiple computer companies like Microsoft and Apple rose up during the 80’s & 90’s, and computers grew smaller and smaller as they became more and more powerful.

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English Essay On The Benefits of Home-Schooling

Writing Assignment: Write a one-page persuasive essay using the three steps you have learned so far. Topic: Is homeschooling beneficial for students?
Post the essay to your blog or the forum.

Do you hate being bullied by classmates? do you dislike the public school’s terrible education system? And are you looking for a different solution? Then look no further than home school! And if you’re skeptical about home-schooling, here are some reasons why home-schooling is more beneficial than normal public schooling.

First of all, what standards must a good school follow in order for it to be a good school? First: it must be able to teach important and necessary things to students learning there. Second: the learning process should set up around the student’s learning style. And finally: you should be able to learn from it in a healthy environment. Now ask yourself this, does your school have these three (what I think necessary) ground rules and standards? Well let me tell you that homeschool accomplishes all of these things.

First of all, just like the number of schools, there is an almost innumerable amount of home-school curriculums to look into, some better some worse. And because of this variety, there are many viable curriculums to learn (and teach) many important topics and things. (rule 1!) Second: because YOU (and your parents/guardians) control your home, you also control your school (when homeschooling), which home-schooling most succeeds at rule 2, because you control when you do your school, how you do it, and what you do. And finally, homeschooling can give you the perfect environment of study, your home. But if that’s not the perfect environment you can always go to a park or library to study.

So to end this essay, I would like to recommend a home-school curriculum called the Ron Paul Curriculum. It is online, incredibly useful, and has great PhD-grade teachers.

(link here :https://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/)

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History Review On Lyndon Johnson

Writing Assignment: Write a 3 page paper summarizing one of the topics you learned about this week. Choose one of the following as your topic:

1. President John F. Kennedy
2. President Lyndon Johnson
3. The Civil Rights Movement
4. The Counterculture of the 1960’s

Include any names, dates, or other facts that were of particular interest to you
Post the essay to your blog or the forum when you are finished

Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in Texas in the year 1908, and as a child, he pursued a career in teaching until he turned 30, where he then turned to a career in politics and assisted multiple senators in furthering their campaigns. Eventually Johnson managed to get elected into a Representative seat in 1936, and then in 1941 he signed on as a Naval reserve officer. In 1948, Lyndon was elected to the senate where he posed as the Democratic majority leader.

Lyndon Johnson was infamous for the amount of blackmail he collected on his fellow senators to make sure he would get away with anything over his peers. Anyone who tried to oppose him would get what is called “The Treatment”, which was a withering and personal conversation that would always end in Johnson getting his way. And because of his success, many thought he should run for president, but instead he chose to be Kennedy’s vice president. (the election of which, Kennedy succeeded)

Johnson was a surprisingly active vice president during Kennedy’s years, and upon Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, he immediately took to the role of president, and because he had himself sworn in as president just a few hours after the assassination, it did lead a few people into believing he was part of or knew of JFK’S assassination beforehand.

And throughout his presidency, Johnson continued to use his intel on others to direct politics, to the point of where he wiretapped into some of his vice president’s private conversations. Johnson’s policies included escalated military production and involvement in Vietnam, despite the fact that he used to be involved in the fighting himself. Johnson other policies included a focus on gun-control, establishing the Medicare program to help hospitalized citizens who did not have they’re bills covered, and starting a “war on poverty” by funding food stamps and work projects. All of these changes, Johnson believed, would turn America into the “great society” Johnson campaigned with for his reelection in 1964. But in these “good” acts, Johnson was somewhat misled, because while removing poverty is a good goal, government grants and welfare spending will not further it.

And likewise Medicare aid requires welfare spending, which even to this day have not been funded correctly and today threaten to bankrupt the government. Plus, gun control doesn’t cut down on gun violence, it just stops the (gun control) law-abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves from criminals armed with guns (because they don’t care about that gun control law)

Lyndon B. Johnson left office in 1968, being one of only 4 people to have served in all four major political positions in his life.

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English Essay On The Topic If Cities Should Give Away Free Wi-Fi

Writing Assignment: Your assignment for today is to write 2-3 paragraphs that follow the first 3 steps we have talked about so far. Topic: Should cities have to provide free public Wi-Fi?

Grab the audience’s attention with your opener. Show the audience why you think free Wi-Fi is necessary or not. Then, and only then, introduce a solution to those needs.

Do you wish you could have free Wi-Fi? do wish you had it in public places, places where you normally couldn’t? Then you’d probably want the city you are living in to provide it for free, right? Well let me tell you something, that’s wrong! (and here’s why!)

First of all, providing free internet to people (in the city) could be very expensive to city budget, and I think that would result in more taxes.

So yes, while it would be nice to have free wi-fi, I don’t think it would change much from just getting it yourself.

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English Essay On Why Dry Cleaning Can Be Better Than Normal Laundry Cleaning

Writing Assignment: Your assignment for today is to write 2-3 paragraphs educating your audience. Use the instructions from the video to complete this assignment correctly. Topic: Dry cleaning as a substitute for doing your own laundry
Make a list of the needs that make this a good solution and then educate your audience on why those needs should be fixed.
Remember that this is for educating the audience, not providing solutions for avoiding them.
Practice using the tips that you learned in last week’s lessons to make sure your first paragraph is an attention grabber.

Are you sick of your normal wash routine? and are you looking for a method that doesn’t use water? Then look no further than dry cleaning!

Because as the name says, dry cleaning uses a process for cleaning clothes that doesn’t involve water. Instead of submerging your clothes in water with soap or detergent, the dry cleaning process uses clothing-safe chemicals to remove stains. Because of the difference in processes, when it comes to dry cleaning vs washing, dry cleaning is better for removing grease, oil, or other deep-set stains. Basic detergent may not always be able to get stains out of clothing, but dry cleaning can. 

Another difference between dry cleaning and washing is the way clothes are dried. In conventional laundry, water is removed from clothes as they spin and tumble around in the dryer. A special drying machine is used in dry cleaning. That is one of the best reasons why dry clean services can be better than traditional laundry. The traditional method of drying clothes can cause them to shrink or stretch out.

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8th Grade English Essay On The Dangers Of Thunderstorms

Your assignment for today is to write 2-3 paragraphs educating your audience on the following topic:

Why thunderstorms are dangerous.
Remember that this is for educating the audience on the dangers, not providing solutions for avoiding them. Practice using the tips that you learned in last week’s lessons to make sure your first paragraph is an attention grabber.

Thunderstorms are dangerous! Even though they’re helpful for plants (they need water after all) they’re still dangerous to humans and common infrastructure. Here are the reasons why a thunderstorm is dangerous:

You could get zapped by lightning.

You could get crushed by a tree, a car, or even small buildings caused from all the wind a thunderstorms could cause.

And because thunderstorms could rain more water than a normal (non thunder)storm, that means that a flood could be cause in areas much more susceptible to flooding.

Now I bet you’re worried about thunderstorms. (no? darn.) Here are my helpful tips on how to survive them: (to be continued)

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History Review On Mao Zedong & Red China

Writing Assignment: Write a 3 page paper summarizing one of the topics you learned about this week. Choose one of the following as your topic:

1. Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union
2. Mao Zedong and Red China
3. The Korean War
4. America in the 1950’s

Mao Zedong was born in 1893 in a small Chinese village. As a young boy, Mao saw that the Chinese government was oppressive towards the poorer classes, and sought to bring about a revolution, and was later influenced to join some Communist intellectual groups where he learned of the ideas of Karl Marx.

In 1921, he helped establish the Chinese Communist party and began organizing a grassroots campaign to reach out to the poor Chinese villages looking for a better government to lead China. He then rose through the party’s ranks and became a significant leader in 1925. But then on that same year a new leader became chairman of Kuomintang (the current government) and sought to exterminate the Communists. And even though Mao tried to fight back, he failed, and was forced to run away. He then moved to a small mountainous region where he established Soviet Republic of China and trained a small yet well trained guerrilla army.

Again threatened by the Kuomintang in 1934, Mao and his followers began a journey that is now known as “the long march”. The journey was 8,000 miles, took a year to complete, and resulted in the death of 100,000 (70% of the people who started the trip) After Mao and his party finished the long journey, they were a safe enough distance from the Kuomintang to establish the Communist party in the Yanan region and through his oratorical skills became their undisputed leader.

In 1937, Mao gained some unexpected help in becoming the leader of all China, because in that year the Japanese empire invaded the capital and forced the Kuomintang to flee. Now recruited by the Kuomintang, Mao and the Soviet Republic of China started to fight back against the Japanese in World War II, but as soon as World War II ended, China entered a bloody 4-year long civil war, with the Communists being the victor. (with the overthrown government fleeing to Taiwan, where they remain in power today)

As Mao came to power, he tried to institute sweeping reforms including increasing the status of women, doubling the school budget, improving literacy, and opening access to healthcare. But while these reforms all absolute successes in the rural areas of China, they created discontent and unrest among the urban areas of China. And although Mao tried to get feedback from the people, he ended executing or imprisoning many of the complainers he heard. Now while Mao might sound like an okay leader (as far as dictators go) no one had seen anything yet until 1958, when Mao set up a plan known as “the great leap forward”.

The idea was to maximize agricultural and industrial productivity by organizing communes of workers in those fields. And although it might have had fairly reasonable results in the first year, the next years that followed lead to greatest manmade famine in history, resulting in over 40 million deaths over the span of 1959 to 1961, with Mao being quietly pushed out of the government because of this huge failure.

But seeking a comeback, Mao (now 73 years old) went back into office in the year 1966, this time attempting to appeal to the youth (who had not experienced the great leap forward). This time he closed all the schools he could and executed intellectuals, to make sure he would not be criticized for his great leap. This final period of domination and destruction of old Chinese culture would then become the most destructive period of Mao’s reign. When he died in 1976, he left both a legacy of genocidal chaos (the 40-70 million people he killed) and political genius. (uniting and restoring a nation torn to pieces by infighting)

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Science Review On The Human Protein

Write 250 word article that describes a human cell or a biogenic substance. Do some research and review your notes, then write about what interests you.

Proteins are very important, fibrous proteins make up your skin and muscles, after all. But what are proteins like, and do they anything else? The answer is yes, and I will explain over the rest of this essay.

First of all, what is a protein? well, a protein is a nutrient needed by the human body for growth and maintenance. Besides water, proteins are the most common thing in the human, because at least one type of protein can be found in all cells of the body. (and as I mentioned before, the main ingredient necessary for building muscles, organs, hair, and skin). Proteins are also used in membranes, such as glycoproteins. When broken down into amino acids, they are used as precursors to nucleic acid, co-enzymes, hormones, immune response, cellular repair, and other molecules essential for life. Additionally, protein is needed to form blood cells. But the most important aspect and defining characteristic of protein from a nutritional standpoint is its amino acid composition. There are multiple systems which rate proteins by their usefulness to an organism based on their relative percentage of amino acids and, in some systems, the digestibility of the protein source.

Next, where can you get proteins from? the answer: food, and more specifically, food like meats (also fish), eggs, cheese, legumes (like lentils), and cereals. Meats and eggs have the most proteins because they were/would be actual animals, with legumes being a close second thanks to it’s plant proteins.

Finally we have digestion of proteins, or what they become after they’re changed into once they’ve been used up. The answer being that most proteins are decomposed to single amino acids by digestion in the gastro-intestinal tract.

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8th Grade English Essay On Introductions

Writing Assignment: Write 3 different attention grabbing paragraphs (Imaginative, Declarative, and Interrogative) as introductions to a persuasive paper on the following topic.
Topic: Why school is necessary
Post all 3 short introduction paragraphs to your blog or the forum.

1: Imagine a hospital, more importantly, imagine you are at a hospital. Not because you’re sick, but that you wanted to get a job there. But then you imagine that you’ve never gone to medical school, so, that means you want even get an interview. That sounds bad for your career, right? well it wouldn’t have if you just went to the proper school. And if I have you’re attention, here’s some more reasons why school is necessary (to be continued).

2: School is important! It teaches you important stuff like math, history, and science! And you need to go to school (and later college) to get higher-paying jobs, (like the job of a civil engineer). And if I haven’t convinced you yet, here’s a few more reasons of why school is necessary (tbc).

3: Do you want to learn how evaluate expressions for inequalities? Do you want to get a higher-up job? Are you ready to take up the time and effort to learn those things to get that job? Are you tired of these questions? Well than let me tell you why these questions should get answers, and some reasons why school is necessary (tbc).

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Science Essay On The Article: Did God Create Life? Ask a Protein

Read this article: Did God Create Life? Ask a Protein.
Write a 150 word summary of this article. (The article is here)

In order to perform its function in a cell, each protein must be folded correctly in its own complex three-dimensional shape. When a cell makes a new protein, on the way to its place in the cell, it folds into the exact shape which will allow it to connect with the other proteins or sugars, etc. (like a key opening a chest)

IBM says:

‘Proteins control almost all cellular processes in the human body. Comprising strings of amino acids that are joined like links of a chain, a protein folds into a highly complex, three-dimensional shape that determines its function. Any change in shape dramatically alters the function of a protein, and even the slightest change in the folding process can turn a desirable protein into a disease.’

It is not enough for a cell’s proteins to be folded correctly and sent to the right places. The cell also needs the right amount of each protein. If it just kept making more and more copies of any given protein, it would use up many of its raw materials. It is like the difference between burning the right amount of wood in your fireplace, and burning down the whole house.

Also, if there were even one protein that the cell could not stop making after it had made enough, that cell would soon be jammed so full of that protein that it would ‘pop’. The production of every individual protein, therefore, must be turned on and off at just the right moment.

Even if a first cell had just turned up with all the right amounts of the correct proteins, perfectly folded and in the right place to begin life, it would have had to replace each protein as soon as it wore out.

God’s solutions to complex problems were, in fact, incomparably better than those hoped for from the world’s most powerful super computer. They remind us of how powerful and intelligent the Creator is. It’s only reasonable to trust Him with our lives.

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History Essay On Winston Churchill & The Iron Curtain

Writing Assignment: Write a 3 page paper summarizing one of the topics you learned about this week Choose one of the following as your topic:

1. Harry Truman and the Home Front War
2. The Iron Curtain
3. History of Hollywood
4. Great Authors of the 20th Century.

Include any names, dates, or other facts that were of particular interest to you
Post the essay to your blog or the forum when you are finished

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born in 1874, the son of Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill. Churchill was enrolled at Harrow school, where he struggled to get into the higher grades, because even though he enjoyed his history & math classes, (and had such skill in writing that he would later receive a Nobel Prize in Literature) he had a terrible lisp which hindered him for any speaking assignments. Through some perseverance (and most of his life). Churchill’s father, with whom Winston had very little contact with, died at the youngish age of 45, which drove Churchill to believe that he had to leave his mark on the world early in life, lest he die as young as his father.

After joining the rifle Corps, Churchill was put on track of a military campaign, where he would serve well in south Africa, where he did well as a young officer and saw action in a number of places. Winston first achieved fame with his accounts of serving in the army during the colonial wars. Then in 1904, Winston met Clementine Hozier, who he later married in 1908, and raised five children at Chartwell house.

Winston Churchill became involved in politics after the African wars, and served in many political and cabinet positions over the next 30 years, although thanks to bad decisions, he lost his career and then turned to campaigning against the rise of Nazi Germany, but this was unpopular as everyone else was just trying to appease Germany and peacefully feed it parts of the world. But then war started in 1939 and Neville Chamberlain resigned in early 1940, making Churchill the prime candidate for prime-minister, which he would become a few weeks later, during what was Britain’s most challenging period in history. But with his clear thinking, steady decision making, and unswerving resolve not to surrender, Churchill helped rally British troops.

For nearly two years, Britain was practically alone in the war against Germany (and Italy), as their French comrades had fallen two weeks in. Throughout the battle of Britain and the rest of the war, Churchill made speeches and radio broadcasts to life British morale. Then in 1942 (basically the turning point of the war), Stalin with the U.S.S.R, and Roosevelt with U.S. joined the war to form the Allied forces and eventually they managed to end WW2.

After the end of the war, Churchill lost the re-election and held lesser office for the next 6 years, but again became prime-minister in 1951 and held that until 1953, when he resigned thanks to a very scary stroke. (he still served in parliament until 1964 however) He then died in 1965 at 90 years old, where he was given the immense honor of a state funeral (which was normally reserved for the main line of royalty), and was named greatest Briton in 2002.

As for the Iron Curtain, first I must talk about it’s main producer(s), the Cold war, and the resulted tension between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. from 1947-1991. The two countries had been allies in WW2, but because of their ideological differences and differing opinions how to reconstruct post-war Europe. But they were still able to find a compromise, where the western part of Europe would be reconstructed democratically while the eastern part of Europe, communistically. (with Germany split down the middle) That eastern part of Europe was then known as the ‘Iron Curtain’, which much later became a literal Iron Curtain, as the Soviet Union built a large steel blockade (called the Berlin wall) on the split between west and east Europe, and was created to stop the eastern citizens of Germany of escape to the western half, which was going through an incredible time-period of the economy. But eventually, the Soviet Union collapsed and Europe reformed.

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Creative English Essay About The Artilleryman (From The Book War Of Worlds)

Writing Assignment: Write a 2-3 page short story adding a scene to H.G. Wells’ story that you read this week. Use similar characters and setting to The War of the Worlds, as if your story was a forgotten chapter in the book. Work on including as many of the literary devices that you learned this week in your essay, and see if you can create a new aspect to the story that Wells did not write about in The War of the Worlds.

Martian War Log Day 3-
After me and my comrades had been split up by one of those Martian war-machines, and since yesterday I’ve been helping out a curate and a member of the local town my team tried to protect. So far, it’s been going well, with Martian encounters being at a minimum, I just miss my crew, I miss normal life. As for any real good news, the civilians and I have found a large pantry full of food that should last about 15 days if we ration ourselves. I’ll be keeping this as a log instead of journal from now on, provided I can live long enough to fill it out.
Martian War Log Day 4-
A pretty uneventful day, given the circumstances. One of the civilians are preparing supplies to get to London, which is still untouched by the Martians. and speaking of aliens, I had a bit of a fight with one, but thankfully, it was unarmed, and I was able to scare it off.
Martian War Log Day 5-
We’ve started our journey to London, which thankfully, will only take about a day. We saw a couple alien war-machines, but we were mostly ignored. It’s a good thing I still have my gun, but I don’t think it will do anything against one of those big beasts. I will keep writing this tomorrow if I’m still alive.
Martian War Log Day 6-
We made it to London, but it seems we’re too late, the aliens started to arrive a few hours after we got here. I hope my artillery crew is safe, because this is looking really bad. As for OUR luck, we found little to our advantage, and have decided to go back to that village we started out in. I hope it’s not full of aliens by now.
Martian War Log Day 7-
After travelling all day, we’ve finally arrived back at the village, and we found some more supplies in one of the other houses, but I feel I may have split off from this group I’m in, because the Curate is getting really annoying and loud, I swear he’s going to get us killed by Martians.
Martian War Log Day 8-
The best news! I found my old artillery crew, we’re back together, and I don’t have to be around that obnoxious Curate again. Even better, Alexander, one of my crewmates, stashed a barrel of booze, so it looks like fun times are back again. I wonder what’ll happen to those civilians, but they better ditch the Curate, he’ll be the death of them.
Martian War Log Day 9-
I don’t even know why I need to be keeping this log! All our troubles are gone, and aren’t coming back! Although I had a bit of trouble thinking straight today, me and the boys managed to hunt a couple aliens for fun. Sure, Henry might have gotten zapped by a bit of heat-ray, but I’m sure he’ll be fine.
Martian War Log Day 10-
Turns out Henry was not fine, as he died this morning from I think was a severe burn. This is a time of mourning, as I just recently had to bury him. The only way I’ve been able to cope is by drinking it away, I hope this Martian menace leaves the planet. I’ll keep writing this log after all so that I can remind myself how stupid I’ve become.
Martian War Log Day 11-
Today is a good day (in comparison to most of last week) because we managed to find a whole mansion, empty of stuff, but also empty of aliens and people! This’ll make a good home base to stash any good stuff we find.
Martian War Log Day 12-
A met up with one of the civilians from a couple weeks ago on Putney hill, surprised he was able to survive so long. Says he doesn’t like how I’ve lost all my military training, caution, and prudence, and that now all I care for is booze and games, and how I don’t care about the Martian threat. Like, is that a way to treat an old friend?! I left him soon after and now me and the crew are going to try and take over a war-machine, and when we do, those aliens’ will be sorry!
Martian War Log Day 13-
Me and my friends just found a war-machine that stays in a very regular patrol, and we just met up with sergeant Windsor, who’s going to have a battle plan ready to steal the machine quickly so that we can use it to actually hurt the Martian’s main attack forces. Meanwhile the troop and I are getting ready for this very dangerous mission. If future me is reading this, make sure to stay off the beer.
Martian War Log Day 14-
The mission was a failure, and even though we took the war-machine, it’s controls were so strange that ended up crashing it into a hill, and although I survived, my entire troop did not, and I was only able to crawl back to the mansion, because my legs are broken, and I don’t think I’ll survive much longer, for I have no supplies to treat this wound. I hope whoever’s reading this won’t make the same mistakes as I did during this crisis.

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History Review On World War 2

Writing Assignment: Write a three page paper on the history of World War 2. Be sure to include:

1. Dates of battles or other events
2. Names of places or important people
3. Summarize the effects of the war on the world

To start off this essay, I would like to note that I will not be writing down events in the exact order they happened, okay? let’s get started:

Although WW2 had been officially declared in 1939, Hitler (the totalitarian leader of Germany) had been making war preparations for several years. Czechoslovakia had been annexed to Germany in the Munich agreement in 1938, because Great Britain and France had been to trying and appease Germany from declaring a war, and then later they had Austria’s population vote whether or not they too would join Germany’s empire. But when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, the allies saw there was no appeasing Germany, and thus declared war.

The main characteristic of the early parts of the war is Germany dominating everyone around with the new battle tactic Blitzkrieg, otherwise known as lightning warfare, ̶b̶y̶ ̶z̶a̶p̶p̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶o̶p̶p̶o̶s̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶s̶i̶d̶e̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶l̶i̶g̶h̶t̶i̶n̶g̶, which was that they would just rush into enemy territory and quickly dominate their opponents before they had any chance to build up defenses. Using this tactic, they overrun Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France (something the Germany of ww1 had never been able to accomplish) in a few short months.

But Germany was not the only aggressor of the war, because there also was Japan (and also Italy, but it didn’t do much), which had been slowly encroaching across Asia and the Pacific islands towards a very large target. In 1941, an army of Japanese jet bombers and battle ships had destroyed a military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which of course, is part of the U.S., so after the attack, the U.S. finally declared war on the axis powers.

So now we get to the main part of the war, with Great Britain and France (the two originals battlers) with now the U.S. and Soviet Union (plus other small countries from around the world) on the allied side, and then Japan, Italy and Germany on the axis powers, and despite the larger opposition, Germany and Japan had an incredible string of victories all the way until 1942.

Each area or “theater” of the war had it’s own turning point for the allies however, Europe’s turning points being Operation Barbarossa, which was Germany’s plan to invade the Soviet Union, (it almost worked, but they failed to take the capital and were repelled) and the other turning point for Europe being D-day, which was the day that the U.S. landed on French lands, and soon liberated it. After those two events, the defeat of Germany was imminent, and V-E day, or Victory in Europe day, was celebrated on May 8th, 1945. As for the Pacific theater, there was the Battle of Coral Sea, with the battle being historically significant as the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, there was the battle of Iwo Jima, which was a month-long battle over the island Iwo Jima, which was the last major battle in the pacific before something very important..

The Dropping of the first Atom Bombs:

Anxious to end the war, president Harry Truman decided that he would not cost the U.S. (and Soviet Union, who was also still fighting Japan) any more lives, and decided that the U.S. would launch a new type of weaponry that had been development during the war, known as the Atom bomb, the most devastating type of bomb currently created. So on July 16th, Truman ordered the launch of the A-bomb on Hiroshima, and then much later another bomb was (sort of accidentally) launched on Nagasaki. This prompted Japan to surrender, and on September 2nd the official surrender of Japan was issued, and is now known as V-J day.

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Timed Essay On The Boundaries Of Loyalty

Writing Assignment: Write a 1-2 page essay on the following prompt and topic. Set a timer for 30 minutes. Start the timer when you finish reading the prompt and stop writing when the timer is finished. Prompt: Many people believe that loyalty–whether to an individual, an organization, or a nation–means unconditional and unquestioning support no matter what. To these people, the withdrawal of support is by definition a betrayal of loyalty. But doesn’t true loyalty sometimes require us to be critical of those we are loyal to? If we see that they are doing something that we believe is wrong, doesn’t true loyalty require us to speak up, even if we must be critical? Topic: Does true loyalty require unconditional support?

I do not think that loyalty means complete and utter compliance to whatever your loyal to. I think that even if you’re part of a group, organization, or relationship, you should still have a say in things, and I think you should be allowed to speak up and take action against what you’re loyal to when they do something you are entirely against.

One reason I could see people thinking complete loyalty being the only option, is because of the whole word loyalty is, quote: “Loyalty, in general use, is a devotion and faithfulness to a nation, cause, philosophy, country, group, or person.” so if you were to use this word, then you’d have to stay devoted to a whole thing, even if a small part of it is bad. The reason I think this is wrong, is because of freedom and individuality, and the fact that no two people can agree on exactly the same thing. Because of this idea that loyalty REQUIRES you to comply with anything, makes relationships unhealthy/abusive, makes 51% of the nation control the 49%, and organizations do whatever they want with their members, provided one side of all these relationships are 100% “loyal” to whatever they say.

In short, I think that because of our God-given freedom and individuality, we should be allowed to speak up to anything, regardless how much we like it and follow it.

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Timed Essay On If Making Other People Makes Us Happy

Writing Assignment: Write a 1-2 page essay on the following prompt and topic. Set a timer for 30 minutes. Start the timer when you finish reading the prompt and stop writing when the timer is finished. Prompt: From a young age, we are taught that we should pursue our own interests and goals in order to be happy. But society today places far too much value on individual success and achievement. In order to be truly happy, we must help others as well as ourselves. In fact, we can never be truly happy, no matter what we may achieve, unless our achievements benefit other people. Topic: Must our achievements benefit others in order to make us truly happy?

I think that different type of people can be happy from doing different things. Take for instance, an introverted person who can be easily annoyed will most likely be fine with just living alone and doing what they love, without anyone getting in their face, while an extroverted person who loves to be around people will much rather do things that will benefit their neighbors and friends. But of course, it’s not that black and white and I think that, because there are so many unique types of people that, no matter what, what you decide to enjoy is entirely subjective.

As for myself, I can agree that both, yes, while doing things for yourself can make you really happy, it also leaves you empty inside. So then that leaves you with the choice to help others for happiness, which, while it is true that helping others makes a person happy, it might not make you happier that taking care of yourself. (and you DO have to take care of yourself before you take care of someone with the same problem as you)

So I would like to say that helping others is better than doing a personal hobby, as long as it’s for a better cause. And so long as you don’t drain yourself helping others, I think helping others is in fact a better thing do to make yourself happy.

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Speed Essay On Whether Or Not Some People Can Be Remembered Forever

Writing Assignment: Write a 1-2 page essay on the following prompt and topic. Set a timer for 30 minutes. Start the timer when you finish reading the prompt and stop writing when the timer is finished. Prompt: Time has a doomsday book, on whose pages he is continually recording illustrious names. But as often as a new name is written there, an old one disappears. Only a few stand in illuminated characters never to be effaced. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Topic: Are there some heroes who will be remembered forever? Or are all heroes doomed to be forgotten one day?

I think that very few people, regardless of what they’ve done in their lives (and what/who they’ve influenced), will be remembered for all time, today, I will list some of the most influential people (good or bad) in history and say whether or not I think that they’ll be remembered in the next millennia. Here they are:

1: Cristopher Columbus. Although the continent he discovered will be remembered, I think he has a large chance of being forgotten someday.

2: Sir Isaac Newton. Unless someone somehow gets rid of gravity, I think his teachings will never be forgotten.

3: Buddha. Was the founder of Buddhism, which although it has greatly influenced east Asia, but unless the religion gains more followers, I don’t think he will be remembered forever.

4: Charles Darwin was responsible for the theory of Darwinism and later evolution, (along with many other studies on animals, such as why earthworms are good for dirt) and I think he will be remembered for his teachings, regardless if their true or not.

5: Albert Einstein was a German physicist who is most remembered in general and special relativity, and also for figuring out the speed of light, all these things, I think, will have him be remembered.

6: George Washington was the first president of the United States, and arguably the best president of the United States, who I also think will be remembered forever (by at the very least the American people)

7: Mohandas Gandhi was the founder of Satyagraha peace movement and is one of the people responsible for peacefully making India no longer a colony of Britain

8: Julius Caesar was the first Roman Emperor and is one of the main reasons the Roman empire was so great

9: Muhammed was the founder of Islam and is the biggest influence to the Middle East in all of it’s history. I think that even if it stops being followed, I think he will still be remembered.

10: Adolf Hitler was the totalitarian leader of Germany, who is known for the genocide of Jewish, Romani and other people for what is known as the Holocaust. I think that despite his acts against humanity, he’ll still be remembered for being the person who started WW2

11: Homer was the poet who the Greek epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, and although these are some of the first great works of writing, I do not think he or his books will be remembered in the future.

13: Martin Luther King Jr. was a clergyman and leader of the African-American civil rights movement. He is a human rights icon and recognized as a martyr by two Christian churches. And I think he will be remembered for his work on trying to achieve racial equality.

13: Karl Marx is responsible for the idea of Marxism, which then lead to Communism. And I think that despite the fact that Communism is a very weak government, he’ll still be remembered for creating the idea.

14: Jesus Christ was the founder of Christianity which then in turn has become the main cornerstone of western civilization, so I think that he will be remembered for his teachings, regardless if the faith is abandoned.

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8th Grade Book Project: Chapter 15, A Relaxing End To A Busy Day

Where we last left McGallen, he had been living his old, boring life, and while he had his suspicions up, he ultimately tried to forget about the black-spot galaxy and all his friends, but after remembering what his old buddy Squiggles told him, he realized he being fooled by Mr. Darkness’s illusions, and after figuring out what to do, he decided to free his friends from all their (actually pretty funny) prisons and then try to defeat Mr. Darkness once and for all. After finding them all, they all hunkered down in McGallen’s “house” and are now preparing and planning out an escape plan. It looks like this is the end.

‘Alright guys, so we know that McGallen’s forgotten trouble is still up and about, and we don’t even KNOW how strong Mr. Darkness even is, so should we make a trap for when Mr. Darkness and his monster finally comes after us?’ Nory asked ‘That’s what that thing wants us to do, he wants to cower in fear while he turns the world around us into his weapons.’ Fuzzlocket responded ‘So we want to attack him before he can do the same to us?’ Randal asked ‘Most definitely, while it’s equally as dangerous to attack the beast in his own realm, our best advantage is going to be surprise’ Fuzzlocket said ‘Fuzzlocket, how do you know so much about this thing, Mr. Darkness?’ McGallen asked ‘Because, he’s MY forgotten trouble, and I suppose I should be saying, he was also my student, Darcey. He was looking into the potential of the black-spot’s ability to form things into existence via it’s black-ooze. But then he poured it on himself, and even if he became the black-spot’s master, he’s also become a monster.’ Fuzzlocket explained. ‘Wait a minute, if he’s your forgotten trouble, wouldn’t that mean you’d have to have gone into the black-spot before?’ McGallen asked ‘McGallen your a genius!’ Fuzzlocket realized ‘He is?’ everyone asked ‘We could escape through the many-verse!’ Fuzzlocket said ‘I am in no way familiar with the term “many-verse”!’ Yam Man announced ‘The many-verse is a connection of all the parallel universes in existence, and it’s how escaped this place last time, and we should be able to safely teleport somewhere safe in our universe, so long as we rip it long enough to fit everyone.’ Fuzzlocket said ‘Well I know for a fact that the rifts in the many-verse are impossible to artificially expand, how could we rip it open?’ Nory asked ‘We don’t open a rift, we just need to concentrate Darcy’s power in one spot long enough for it rip open into rift, because I saw for a fact he can destroy anything he wants here, after all, he controls black-spot!’ Jacob realized.

After forming a plan to trick Darcy into blasting open a rift in the many-verse, our heroes all got suited up with a couple inventions Nory had and the tools McGallen had around the house, they left to go confront the two most powerful Forgotten Troubles the Black-spot had to offer. They walked through the “neighborhood” Darcy had created, for what felt hours, and as anticipation creeped in, Nory snapped, ‘Guys I can’t do this!’ Nory screamed, starting to walk back to McGallen’s house ‘Wait, don’t split up!’ Randal shouted grabbing him ‘Yeah, haven’t you watched any horror movies? or movies in general?’ Jacob asked ‘No, I always had to stud-‘ Nory was interrupted by Fuzzlocket ‘Shh be quiet, I can sense him!’ Fuzzlocket whispered. They all hid inside one of hedges that lined the neighborhood. They waited around for a minute, and that’s when they saw it, Mr. Darkness, and his giant factory monster, both of which had grown very large. ‘Ŵ̷̋h̵̠͈̙̔͑eɾҽ are y0u 𝓕𝓾𝔃𝔃𝓵𝓸𝓬𝓴𝓮𝓽? I c@n smell you, but ᶜᵃⁿⁿᵒᵗ sₑₑ you!’ Darcy spoke, McGallen whispered ‘Start the plan on the count of three guys, 3..2…1!’.

When McGallen finished counting down, our heroes rushed out, with McGallen, Randal, and Yam Man splitting off to take out the factory-beast while Fuzzlocket, Jacob, and Nory went running off to trick Darcy into blasting open a many-verse rift. Yam Man started punching away at the giant factory’s bricks while Randal and McGallen snuck inside it, the monster of course, was not happy and started trying to swing it’s giant, yet sluggish, arms, while it’s employees inside tried to chase after McGallen and Randal ‘Why are we here again McGallen!?’ Randal asked, pushing a couple helper-bots ‘There should be a literal factory shutdown switch in here, and I needed a volunteer to help!’ McGallen answered, sealing away his “coworkers” in the hallway behind them with the wielder Randal was given. Meanwhile, Jacob had been blasting away at Darcy, to no effect. ‘You 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖓K Y𝖔𝖚尺 𝖙0ys can 🅳🅾 ANYTHING? amusing.’ Darcy remarked, blasting a huge wave of black lightning ‘JACOB THE TELEPORTER!’ Nory shouted, Jacob pressed a button he had on him and immediately swapped places with a potted cactus sitting on someone’s porch across the street. The pot was eviscerated and the road started to crack with a faint blue light. Fuzzlocket then jumped on to Darcy and started to climb up his leg ‘Stop that you O̴͋̎L̴̛͕̠͕̎͒̊D̷̓̇ F̵͑O̸̪̫͝O̵̓L!!’ he shouted shaking grabbing her and tossing her on the road, she landed on here feet however and ran over to the crack in the road, ‘It was you who was the fool Darcy! Spilling the black-ooze on yourself!’ Fuzzlocket shouted, Darcy stood still for a second and started to fizzle out like television static before blasting away at Fuzzlocket ‘That’s not t͓̽r͓̽u͓̽e͓̽!’ he shouted, Fuzzlocket immediately used her teleporter charge and swapping places with a windchime, it too, was eviscerated and the crack in the road turned into a small hole, blasting out a rainbow of colors.

Meanwhile, back at the factory, Yam Man had started taking blows from the factory, but had done a good job serving as a distraction for both parties, McGallen and Randal meanwhile, had gotten deep into the factory, into the furnace of building ‘I’ll be honest Randal, I’ve never gone down here, just look for a giant yellow button.’ McGallen said, ‘That one over there?’ Randal pointed ‘That’s the one!’ McGallen said. They walked over to the button, but before they were about to press it, it came to life and tried to bite at them before scurrying away ‘Quick, grab it!’ Randal said, the two started trying to chase it while it started to run off ‘Here’s a little trinket I think you’ll like little button!’ McGallen said, pulling out a rock he had been scammed into purchasing back at the blackmire market, he tossed the rock directly at it, which had enough force to press the little button-bug. Immediately it was squashed into the ground and the building around started to crumble away into dark slime. ‘Yam Man! Guys! we did it!’ McGallen and Nory shouted to their friends ‘I am glad you two are victorious! Now, we must support the others and escape!’ Yam Man announced. Meanwhile, Fuzzlocket and Jacob were trying their hardest to dodge Darcy’s attacks, for their tiny teleporters Nory had made for them had run out of steam ‘Nory! I think the road only needs one more hit and we can escape!’ Fuzzlocket shouted, Nory however, had been hiding in the bushes when he saw how powerful Darcy really was ‘Yes N̶o̶r̶y, please, try your hardest to 𝐃𝐈𝐄!’ Darcy said, noticing Nory’s hiding place, Nory leapt out of the bush and stood on the opening of the road, ‘Come at me monster! you haven’t even killed one of us!’ Nory said ‘That’s when your 𝕨𝕣𝕠𝕟𝕘!’ Darcy responded slamming his whole fist into the ground where Nory should have been, but he instead teleported away to McGallen’s location ‘Oh hey Nory! How’s the fight going?’ Yam Man asked ‘The rift should be open now, we have to get going before Darcy figures out our plan!’ Nory shouted, his group now running to the rift faster than ever. ‘C’mon guys lets jump in!’ Jacob Gristlier shouted, him and Fuzzlocket shooting various projectiles at Darcy ‘Are you 2 just distractions!?’ Darcy realized, noticing the large rift in the street with various colors blasting out of it. But before Darcy could even do anything about the escape, McGallen, Nory, Jacob, Fuzzlocket, Randal AND Yam Man all leapt into the many-verse rift and immediately the portal sealed itself up.

As our group saw various parallel universes of themselves flash before they’re very eyes, they suddenly fell unconscious, after a couple moments, they woke up to find themselves in the very same neighborhood, on the very same street. The only differences being that it was now some time at night, and (the more important difference) there was 𝐧𝐨 Darcy. ‘So, Yam Man, are you gonna turn me in?’ Jacob asked ‘For once, no! The way you helped us all proves you are, deep down, a good person! Still, I’m keeping you on criminal watch.’ Yam Man answered (very seriously at the end) ‘Guys, I think I see my house right there!’ McGallen said. They all walked down the street and McGallen found the door unlocked, inside, he found Spud’s, his pet telekinetic iguana* ‘Spud’s, how long have we been gone?’ McGallen asked ‘About a whole, hmm, 24 hour day.’ Spud’s answered ‘Well I think me and my friends would like a relaxing end to a busy day, what do you say guys?’ McGallen asked, and that’s exactly what they did.

*you don’t think I’d forget about Spud’s, did you??

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History Summary on The Great Depression

Writing Assignment: Write a two to three page paper summarizing this week’s main history topic.
The Great Depression and its effects on America
Be sure to include names of places and important people, as well as dates, whenever possible.

To start the essay, we first have to look at Herbert Hoover, who was one of the two presidents who resided over the great depression:

Herbert Hoover was born in 1874 in Iowa, later becoming the first president to be born west of the Mississippi river. He did not attend high school, but made up for that by taking night school classes, he earned a degree in geology and went on mining expeditions in China from 1897 to 1908. By 1914, Hoover had made an estimated fortune of $4 million dollars from mining. Hoover joined the Republican party officially in 1920 (to run for office), rejecting any attempts from the Democrats to recruit him, but he didn’t earn presidency until a successful campaign in 1928. As president, Hoover tried to encourage assimilation of African Americans into American culture, and was the first president to have a Native American vice president, Charles Curtis, and encouraged Native Americans to work towards self-sufficiency. Also, his foreign relations policies were much more widely accepted and much more moderate than other president’s like Woodrow Wilson, sadly however, Herbert Hoover (who was a pretty good president as far as presidents go) would only be remembered for the Great Depression that began in his presidency.

In the 1920’s, the U.S. stock market rose in unprecedented fashion, riding the optimism and high spending of the decade. Many banks also lent off more money to people then they actually had and could keep enough cash on hand. But I mean, it was the Roaring 20’s, so this wasn’t a problem. (It would be soon)
All of these good times would come to an end in 1929, when the stock market hit it’s peak, and plummeted on what is now known as “black Tuesday”, October 29th.
In America, the depression lasted a severe ten years, from 1929-1939. Many banks tried to pull out whatever money they had in their storage, resulting in several severe “bank runs” that forced over 3,000 banks around the country to close down.
In 1929, unemployment was under less than 3 million, but jumped to 12.5 million by 1932, and those who still had jobs suffered severe pay cuts. Mass starvation occurred for America and people had to learn to recycle and reuse almost anything, and soup & bread stations were started up throughout the U.S., with city children suffering the most, some having to learn to do crime.

Speaking of crime, now I would like to talk about a famous gangster of the Prohibition era and Great Depression, Al Capone.

Alphonse Capone was born in New York City in 1899 to Italian immigrant parents, sometimes known by the nickname “Scarface”, was an American gangster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. His seven-year reign as a crime boss ended when he went to prison at the age of 33.
He joined the Five Points Gang as a teenager and became a bouncer in organized crime premises such as brothels. In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago and became a bodyguard and trusted factotum for Johnny Torrio, head of a criminal syndicate that illegally supplied alcohol—the forerunner of the Outfit—and was politically protected through the Union Sicilian. A conflict with the North Side Gang was instrumental in Capone’s rise and fall. Torrio went into retirement after North Side gunmen almost killed him, handing control to Capone. Capone expanded the bootlegging business through increasingly violent means, but his mutually profitable relationships with mayor William Hale Thompson and the city’s police meant he seemed safe from law enforcement.

Now I would like to talk about the other president who held office during the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (or FDR) was born in 1882, the son of Joh Roosevelt and Sarah Delano. FDR went to Harvard college where he graduated 1903, and married Eleanor Roosevelt (his fifth cousin actually) in 1905. Roosevelt passed the bar exam in 1907 and pursued politics as a career. He served in several elected positions in New York, and just like Teddy Roosevelt before him, opposed New York political boss Tammany Hall. FDR served as Assistant Director for the U.S. Navy under president Wilson and had aspirations for one day being the president. FDR caught Spanish Flu in 1918, and although he recovered from it 3 years later, he was diagnosed with Polio in 1921, and was paralyzed from hips down, and was forced to retire from public service so he could treat to his polio. He established a home for polio treatment in Warm Springs, GA in 1923, where he spent a good deal of time. FDR was definitely determined not to have his polio control his life, so in 1929, he chose to run as governor of New York. He won the election, and succeeded in re-election twice in a row, then in 1932, Roosevelt was nominated as the Democratic representative to run for the U.S. election, and won with 57% of the vote. FDR has now become one of the most famous presidents in U.S. history for his dramatic government reforms. He is credited for ending the Great Depression and starting up a series of government programs known as “The New Deal”, and was known for being calm, steady, and firm as he led America in WW2. Roosevelt was elected 4 times in a row (the highest record), and died 3 months in his fourth term.

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8th Grade Book Project, Chapter 14: A Chance To Escape!

Where we last left our heroes, Nory and Yam Man had been able to save Jacob from the giant teacup monster chasing him, even if Yam Man had fallen unconscious. After running away from the gushing, boiling-hot tea the monster had spilled from it’s carcass, Nory found out that Jacob used to be part of a very rich and successful family, but after his parents divorced and his father lost all of his money, he left Jacob at an orphanage, where Jacob would learn to turn to crime and eventually start up the gang of criminals known as the Moai Blasters. After Yam Man finally woke up, they found Randal defeating her own monster fairly easily and they all managed to group up. But as they were going to look for McGallen and Fuzzlocket, Mr. Darkness got in their way and stopped them. Now, wherever McGallen and Fuzzlocket are, they are being chased by Mr. Darkness, whether they know that our not.

‘GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH AN EXPECTED HIGH OF 80 DEGREES AND LOTS OF zzezrzkz WORK!’ the wake-up radio said, ‘I’m up!’ McGallen said, hitting the radio right as it was about to blast some very loud Rock music by the band known as “Jacob and the pillow fighters”. McGallen got up and said ‘Ah, another beautiful Wednesday to go to work!’, he then went and took a shower before heading downstairs to pour himself a bowl of Nory-o’s before opening the front door and stepping outside. ‘Good morning McGallen! nice weather isn’t it?’ asked Stanley his neighbor ‘Indeed it is, say, what are you planting in your garden?’ McGallen asked ‘Oh, I’m just planting some yams for later, but you don’t have to chitchat do you? 𝐘𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤.’ Stanley said ‘Oh your right, I guess I’ll be seeing you later!’ McGallen responded, heading off down the neighborhood street. ‘Hey there McGallen! off to 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊?’ the bus driver asked ‘Yes sir, I love my job so much, I don’t know why I ever quit it!’ McGallen answered ‘You never quit McGallen, and I mean, you never will!’ the bus driver said ‘No, I definitely quit it, in fact, why I am here? I thought I was in the black-spo’ ‘OH LOOK, we’re here!’ the bus driver interrupted.

The bus door opened up to the Standard Orb Co. factory and McGallen stepped out of the M.E.V. an looked back at it (‘this looks like Nory’s old car, wait, who is Nory?’) McGallen thought, before entering the building and stepping into his overseer’s office, and after checking up on work orders, he started to give orders through his speaker ‘Okay everyone, today’s going to be relatively easy, today we’ll just be making fuzzballs and lock-balls till lunch, off we are now!’ McGallen ordered. After a couple minutes of overseeing the manufacturing and responding to a couple customer complaints, he heard a knock on his door. When McGallen opened the door he saw his old coworker Squiggles ‘Squiggles, what are you doing here?’ McGallen asked ‘I would ask you the same question McGallen, have you not questioned why your daring adventure just ended so abruptly? why have you given up? you MUST escape this place. NOW!’ Squiggles ordered ‘What’s going on Squiggles?! Why am I here?!’ McGallen asked ‘It’s too late for me! He’s coming, go now!’ Squiggles quickly told McGallen, before being suddenly grabbed by a shadowy hand and being dragged into the floor (‘I’ve got to get out of here! I have to go find my friends!’) McGallen told himself. McGallen then leapt through the overseeing window and landed in the fuzzballs on one of the conveyor belts ‘Wait, this reminds me of something!’ McGallen realized, tearing away at the large fuzzball ‘McGallen! get back to 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤!’ one of the employees shouted, approaching him slowly (‘this had better work’) McGallen thought finally ripping the fuzzball open. When he finished ripping it open, he found just what he was hoping for, Fuzzlocket. ‘Fuzzlocket wake up! I am in dire need of your services to get me out of this predicament!’ McGallen shouted, noticing all of his “coworkers” around him ‘All right, but them I’m taking my post-nap..’ Fuzzlocket said weakly, turning into a spike-ball and hitting a bunch of workers as if they were bowling pins. ‘Let’s get out of here!’ McGallen said, picking up the now normal Fuzzlocket and running out of the factory building.

‘Fuzzlocket, I need you to help me find a radio!’ McGallen ordered Fuzzlocket, although she was already sleeping ‘There one is!’ he said, running towards a radio and turning it on to the Wake-Up radio station, it started blurting music from the band known as “Jacob and pillow fighters” and McGallen immediately crushed it, out came Jacob Gristlier and Randal ‘I hope we n-never have to play for that band again!..’ Jacob said ‘There’s no time to rest guys, we need to get out this place!’ McGallen said, grabbing them and rushing towards the stationed bus ‘What’s wrong McGallen? Who’s your friends? Aren’t you supposed to be 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠?’ The bus driver said ‘There’s no time Mr. Darkness! We know it’s you controlling everything, and you need to let me and my friends go!’ McGallen exclaimed ‘How about no?’ the bus driver responded, shifting into his true form before fading away. ‘Shoot! I can’t drive! can any of you?’ McGallen asked his group ‘I’ll drive, McGallen!’ Randal responded.

Everyone got it into the bus and Randal started to drive off ‘Where to know Mc?’ Jacob asked ‘We’re going to go get Nory and Yam Man, and I think I know where they are. As for how to escape this prison, I fear we’re going to have to defeat Mr. Darkness, and I’m sure we’ll need Nory and Yam Man’s help!’ McGallen answered. They all then started to drive off from the giant factory, but then all of a sudden the factory came to life and started to crawl after them as leaked ooze from all over. ‘HIT THE GAS!’ Fuzzlocket screamed, waking up to see the monster. They managed to escape the monster, but they knew it was still around, searching for them ‘I always knew I hated that place!’ McGallen said to himself ‘Wait stop the car!’ McGallen told Randal. They all stepped outside to where was the outside of McGallen’s house (or at least the illusion of it) ‘Hey McGallen! You should be 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠! Go back to the factory or there WILL be ƈơŋʂɛզųɛŋƈɛʂ’ Stanley Darkness said, crackling in
between forms ‘Out of the way dude!’ Jacob said ramming into him, which made him fade away. ‘I think I might know where Yam Man is’ McGallen said, rooting around in Stanley’s freshly planted Yam garden, the group plucked out the yams and tried to squishing them, but they weren’t having any luck finding Yam Man until Fuzzlocket spat out the yam she was chewing on, ‘THAT WAS DISGUSTING, BUT I NOW HAVE A MORE UNDERSTANDING HOW A REAL YAM FEELS!’ Yam Man announced. ‘now that we found you Yam Man, we have muscle, but we need brains, let’s head inside!’ McGallen said. The group went inside McGallen’s “house” made a couple compliments about the stylish kitchen, and found the box of Nory-o’s and broke the box, ‘How can you intake that much sugar?!’ Nory asked ‘I haven’t eaten this cereal up until now.. Are you okay Nory?’ McGallen questioned ‘I don’t think so..’ Nory said, turning green and rushing to the bathroom. ‘We might as well rest up and make a plan while Mr. Darkness isn’t here.’ Randal said, McGallen then said ‘I’d like to say however, this was in no way, a relaxing day’

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8th Grade Book Project, Chapter 13: Forgotten Troubles

Where we last left our heroes, Nory and Yam Man had been able to escape their ‘forgotten troubles’ that the terrifying Mr. Darkness had put them through, and after thinking about how exactly they were able to find each other, Yam Man and Nory ran off to another part of the black-spot, where on further notice, had been keeping Jacob Gristlier. Now, they are in the room with Jacob’s trouble, and are trying to figure out what to do.

‘Hey! Jacob! we’re here to help!’ Nory said shouted Jacob from across the room, ‘I don’t need help from you two goodie two-shoes! I’m doing just fine!’ Jacob said, running away from the giant inky tea-cup monster chasing him. Yam Man leapt fourth at the monster and started to try hitting it, doing a bit of damage to the china but burning his hand ‘A hero with no nemesis is a boring one Jacob! I’m going to try and defeat you myself!’ Yam Man said. The tea-cup monster stopped to notice the superhero punching it, and slammed Yam Man into a nearby table. ‘Forget your feelings for whatever this thing is, you and only you can kill it!’ Nory shouted, Jacob turned around to see the beast beating up Yam Man and finally decided to something , ‘Listen here you big nightmare creature! and even if I don’t know I’ll ever beat him, but if anyone’s defeating Yam Man, that’s me!’ Jacob shouted, rushing towards the monster, pulling out one of his standard-grade blasters from his uniform and firing away at the monster, the monster then stopped mashing away at Yam Man and turned to start chasing Jacob again. ‘This isn’t even hurting him Nory! What is this? revenge!’ Jacob said starting to run away. Nory rushed forward towards the tea monster and started throwing plates at the monster, ‘what are you doing?!’ Jacob shouted ‘Being a distraction!’ Nory answered, throwing more contents of the large row of tables in the ballroom, as the monster (now getting very annoyed with all the distractions happening) decided to just spill the menacing tea it had in itself, ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING!!*’ Jacob screamed now running away from the remains of the monster ‘It seemed to have spilled it’s boiling insides Jacob!’ Nory exclaimed running Jacob Gristlier ‘At least it’s dead but that ooze-tea is starting spread across the room… what do we do now smart guy!?’ Jacob asked ‘Let’s um, grab Yam Man over there and make a break for the door’ Nory said ‘We can’t just leave him here?’ Jacob asked, Nory responded by slapping him and saying ‘What was that about finishing Yam Man yourself? and I don’t think we’re in a position that much muscle right now!’ ‘Okay then..’ Jacob agreed; Nory and Jacob then picked up Yam Man and tried to carry him across the room, barely escaping the slowly encroaching tea.

After shutting (and locking) the door to the ballroom, Nory, Jacob, and Yam Man finally had a chance to breathe easy ‘Do you guys know where we are? because I just got weirded out by the fact I just woke up in my childhood home and saw my friends fuse into a giant tea monster in the place I had my 20th birthday, like, I thought we were all stuck in the middle of ACTUAL nowhere?!’ Jacob questioned, Nory then proceeded to tell Jacob his, now trademarked, “black-spot theory” which he had made last chapter, he then asked ‘Jacob, did you use to live in a mansion?’ ‘I don’t really want to talk about it… but you know what, I’ll tell you. You see Nory, my family used to be really rich and successful, but after a while, my father made worse and worse business decisions, much to the constant worry of my mother. And soon after, they divorced, my mom taking all the rest of my siblings and my dad taking me, with each taking half of the family fortune. Eventually my dad went broke and left me at one bad apple of an orphanage, were I learned to take up crime, and so I’ve been a bad guy since. I don’t even know what happened to anyone else in my family, besides the fact one of my sister’s gave me her daughter to care for.’ Jacob explained ‘Wow, I never knew that, I guess I can see why you’re like this now.’ Nory replied. They waited around a while for Yam Man to wake up again, and after a few minutes, Yam Man regained consciousness ‘I HAVE SUSTAINED SEVERAL INJURIES!!’ Yam Man shouted ‘Ah good, he’s back to his good old self, now come at me you big potato!’ Jacob shouted, pulling out his laser pistols. Nory then got in between the two and said ‘Why don’t we save the rivalry till AFTER we leave the black spot?!’ Nory reasoned ‘Y’know what fine Nory, but that’s just because it’d be bad for survival’ Jacob agreed ‘I agree as well! Our blood feud will wait for later!’ Yam Man agreed as well. They all started to walk done the hallway all the way, and try to look for the others, all of a sudden, they heard a door being banged open, and after freaking out a lot, decided to open it.

All of a sudden, a giant blast of music escaped through the door as they stepped inside to see the carcass of Randal’s “forgotten trouble”, being a giant dragon comprised of band equipment. ‘Hey guys, fancy meeting you back at my ‘first concert’, whatever this is, how’d you get here?’ Randal asked, dropping down from the dragon and walking towards the group. Nory then explained his “black-spot theory” for the second time that day and everyone started to look for a door out of their current area. ‘Here’s a locked door guys!’ Yam Man said. Opening it, the group all stepped inside and while they were expecting to find Fuzzlocket or McGallen, they instead found the one person (or I suppose, thing) they were hoping not to find.”Mr. Darkness” immediately noticed them and said: ‘Trying t̶̨̨̡͙͈̖̲̰̞͚̍̏̊͑̋̍̈́͊̚͠ơ̷̝̞̙͗́͂͒͗̾̎̓͊ e̼sc🅰🅿🅴? Not go1ng 2 ha🄿🄿🄴🄽!..’ He blurted (from all around the void) He then zapped around them shooting various objects before (most of) our heroes finally fell unconscious, Yam Man however, was not fazed and tried multiple times to pummel Mr. Darkness but missed over and over again, getting more and more tired, after a couple seconds of this hitting and running, Mr. Darkness simply wombo-combo’d Yam Man into submission, and then monologued saying, ‘Noω ੮hat I’m donɘ with you pe0plē, I can go get tha͆t͆ t͆r͆a͆itor and her clas$ pEt, after ミ★ 𝘈𝘓𝘓 ★彡, they’re YOU’re only chaɳƈҽ σf Escape!’

*My brain right now trying to figure out how to write a book

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8th Grade Book Project, Chapter 12: The Black-Spot

Where we last left our heroes, they had landed on the planet blackmire to look for McGallen’s “answers to life”, and even though found really yummy (yet peculiar) items, they had found no good answers from the townsfolk. Then one shady looking person named Jimothy lead them over to the black-spot (of which this galaxy is named after) tricking McGallen to push everyone in, where not only did they find out they were trapped, but also happened to be Jacob Gristlier, although he did fall in with them. Now they are all trapped in this black-spot, separated by portals to to other parts of the black-spot, and being chased by a very scary and VERY dangerous creature named Mr. darkness. (his real name is too hard to understand)

It had seemed like hours had passed by before Nory finally got up from his fall, after getting up and looking around, he noticed that not only were his friends missing, he was back inside the Geomet national college lab, ‘You’re late Nory, would like you to finally start the test?’ Slime said from behind him (‘I thought just a second ago I was trapped in the black-spot, how did I get back here?!’) Nory thought, ‘Well Mr. Nory, would like to continue with the college initiation test? Or could you stop wasting our time and leave?’ Grime asked ‘I don’t what I’m doing here, how did I get here?! Where’s McGallen and everyone else?!’ Nory said, shaking one of the rats ‘Put me down at once or you’ll have to wait another ten years for this test!’ Slime shouted, scrambling out of Nory’s hands ‘Dear boy, what’s gotten into you? are you sick?’ Grime asked, putting on a hazmat suit. ‘You know Nory, we think it’s time you leave..’ Slime and Grime said in a perfect, soulless, unison. ‘What’s going on?!’ Nory exclaimed, watching a shadowy ooze spread across the floor from Slime and Grime ‘You won’t 𝖑𝖎𝖛e long enough to f1nd 0ut!’ Slime and Grime said, fusing together into a large monster made of the failed robots and machines he had tried to invent, all held together by black slimy oil.

Nory screamed as the monster ran at him when all of a sudden, he saw huge orange mass swing straight at the beast at an incredible speed, ‘Don’t you fret Nory! Yam Man is here to save you!’ Yam Man shouted hitting the maniacally-mechanical beast. ‘I think you’re only making it angry!’ Nory shouted to Yam Man, grabbing him and trying to pull him away, for as a matter of fact, Yam Man had only been strengthening the beast, making it’s inky goo stretch out into tiny limbs as it made weapons out of it’s piles of twisted scrap. ‘Let us abscond!’ Yam Man said, showing the slightest amount of fear. Yam Man and Nory then started to run from the beast as it shot bullets made out of his broken M.E.V. ‘I know now’s not the time, but how did you get here Yam Man?! I thought we had all been sent into separate portals by “Mr. Darkness”‘ Nory wondered, ‘Although it is true that we were sent into different portals! We are all still in the same Black-spot, I found that out after I saw my two dead parents turn into the epitome of crime! Which I then beat up with my own two hands! I think these monsters are everyone’s forgotten troubles brought back to life!’ Yam Man said, showing how smart he truly is ‘That is brilliant Yam Man! So I guess I have to beat this monster, and not you then.’ Nory realized jumping out Yam Man’s hands and facing the beast. (‘I can do this’) Nory thought, as the beast started to crawl straight towards him, increasing in speed until it was finally right in grabbing range ‘I CAN do this!’ Nory said grabbing one of the parts of the beast and pulling it out. The beast stopped crawling and screeched in pain before swinging at Nory with one of it’s arms, thankfully however, Yam Man was there to take the blow. ‘Finish the job!’ Yam Man shouted, holding down the arm. Nory then grabbed at one of it’s legs and broke it with one of the large drills stuck in it’s arm. ‘This’ll be brilliant!’ Nory said, finally hitting one the robot spines it had for shoulder pads, so that all of a sudden, the whole robot blew apart in a mess of scrap, steam, and black goo. ‘How did you do that friend?’ Yam Man asked ‘I realized all of my creation’s were easy to blow up if it’s pinpoints weren’t protected, naturally I noticed the errors, and thanks to your help, it looks like we’re safe now.’ Nory explained, ‘Now let us go find the others now!!’ Yam Man decided. All of a sudden, they heard what sounded like a high pitched scream, and noticed it was coming from the one open door in the “lab”.

‘That’s got to be Randal, c’mon Man, let’s get going!’ Nory shouted, Yam Man and Nory rushed through the door and noticed that they’re environment had drastically changed into what appeared to be the outside of a large mansion, they heard the screaming coming from inside, as Nory and Yam Man rushed inside the building Nory thought (‘I never knew Randal used to live like this’) they walked down a hallway where a long line of family portraits lined the wall, none of the family members resembling Randal. After finally going all the way down the hallway, they found the room where all the screaming was coming from, when they finally opened the door, they found a large ballroom where there was a large teacup monster was spouting steaming hot greenish-blackish ooze chasing towards who else, but Jacob Gristlier. Yam Man leapt into the room while Nory thought to himself (‘these really are some forgotten troubles’)

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Science Essay On Engineering Fields I Am Interested In

Implement agile engineering principles into your family schedule. 
Write a two page report on three engineering fields that interest you. The selected engineering fields can be ones you learned about this week or others

For the last week or so, I have been studying the science of engineering. And although sometimes it can be a bit confusing, I still find it fun to learn about, and a very interesting topic, containing multiple variations of itself. Today, I will show which engineering fields I particularly enjoyed, what they are, and why I like them.

For the last week or so, I have been studying the science of engineering. And although sometimes it can be a bit confusing, I still find it fun to learn about, and a very interesting topic, containing multiple variations of itself. Today, I will show which engineering fields I particularly enjoyed, what they are, and why I like them.

Engineering field 1: Robotics

What is the robotics field? It is an interdisciplinary field that mixes together both computer science and engineering. And robotics involves the design, construction, operation, and (of course) use of robots. Robots can be used in many situations and for many purposes, but today many are used in dangerous environments (including inspection of radioactive materials, bomb detection and deactivation), manufacturing processes, or where humans cannot survive, like space, underwater, or in fallout polluted areas.*

The main reason I like robotics is because, well, robots! I think robots are so cool, and looking at all the types of cool robots I see people making absolutely amaze me (such as the Segway, Baxter, the Mars Rovers, and the countless types of animatronics that Disney makes). Another reason I find robotics so cool is that they can allow humans more leisure time to work on more scientific, inventive, and entrepreneurial works, thus humanity to make more breakthroughs, whether robot-related or not. Of course, there is the possibility of a robot uprising, but as long as whoever ends up making robots in the future doesn’t decide to make stupid decisions with robots (like make them physically AND mentally stronger than humans, while also giving them free will, and whatnot), I don’t think there is a lot of thing we could fear about a robot-influenced future, and I think robots will be very important and useful for the future of humanity.

Engineering field 2: Civil engineering

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, and is one of the most important fields of engineering. Civil engineering is traditionally broken into a number of variations. It is considered the second-oldest engineering discipline after military engineering; and it is described as the application of physical and scientific principles for solving the problems of society.

I enjoy learning about civil engineering because, (in more-urban areas at least) it is all around us; thanks to Civil Engineering, we have roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, sewerage systems, pipelines, structural components of buildings, and railways! So no matter where you go in the city, it’s impossible to not pass by anything that gives credit to civil engineering. So all in all, civil engineering is one of the best and most necessary (as well as oldest) form of engineering in the history of humanity, as well as one of my favorites.

Engineering field 3: Mechanical

Mechanical engineering is an engineering branch that combines engineering physics and mathematics principles with materials science to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems. It is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering branches. More specifically, mechanical engineering is the branch of engineering that involves the design, production, and operation of machinery.**
Mechanical engineering is probably the most famous and main example of engineering we think of whenever we hear the word, “engineering”. Machines like drills, sewing machines, and drink dispensers are all examples of machinery. I also find machinery interesting because it’s so versatile! Machines can be crazy-complex computers or simple hand-operated can-openers. All in all, I think mechanical machinery is THE coolest form of engineering (well, maybe not as cool as robotics), as well as the most versatile and hard to go without.

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