Thursday, November 28, 2019
Slight change of plans here. Blind Guardian is a band that I didnt really check out until this album came along, and now that I have, I wonder where I have been all these years. Blind Guardian is a staple in the power metal community being heavily influenced by Iron Maiden and have released their first studio album in 1988. Since then they became more progressive, more folky and more popular amongst the metal community. They are a German Progressive folk power metal band that is a force to be reckoned with. Before this album was released, their last album was in 2010, the same year of Iron Maidens last album. About the album its self, it is basicly focusing on one portal to the land of adventure and imagination which was aluded in an album much before this, about 20 years prior to be exact, which include the focus of many different portas to this place. We will write a custom essay sample on Beyond the Red Mirror(2015) by Blind Guardian or any similar topic specifically for you Do Not WasteYour Time HIRE WRITER Only 13.90 / page Whether or not the Red Mirror was intended to be the last portal is yet to be seen considering the album was literally released four days prior to me writing this. It takes up a total of 71 minutes within just 11 tracks and it is a fun journey. The single of the album, Twilight of the Gods, is fast frantic and only takes about 5 minutes. The Ninth Wave is the epic opener to the album taking up about 9 and a half minutes so you can defidently see progression in the music. All of the tracks in general take from 3 minutes to 10 minutes which is a pretty big range for one album. Much like what Viridian and White Walls did for Colors, the tracks Miracle Machine and Grand Parade is this albums epic display of finishers. Overall, while the album may seem a while, it really isnt because it will fly by and you will enjoy every second of it. I wouldnt say the album is perfect, but it is defidently a great release and I have good thoughts on this years metal music. I encourage you to get any version of it you can, Vinyls, cassettes, CDs and if you want, the electronic version like on your phone somewhere once you get your hands on it. This is a phenominal release and once you listen to it, it will show. 9.5/10
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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Comparing of EBay.com and The Home Depot Introduction This article discusses an online retailer (eBay.com) and a traditional physical retailer (The Home Depot). In comparing the two, the organizational structure of the retailers will be discussed, the management challenges facing the two reviewed and lastly suggestions are drawn to assist those wishing to embrace the online method of retailing as an alternative retailing method.Advertising We will write a custom essay sample on Comparing of an Online Retailer EBay.com and a Physical Retailer The Home Depot specifically for you for only $16.05 $11/page Learn More Organizational Structure eBay: The eBay organizational structure places the CEO (John Donahoe) at the top followed by the chairman of the board (Pierre Omidyar) and the directors below them. There are six directors: William Ford, David Moffett, Richard Schlosberg, Thomas Tierney, Marc Andreessen, and Dawn Lepore. There are other officials who assist in the management of the business (eBay, 2011). The Home Depot: The Home Depot is headed by a Chief Executive Officer who also doubles as the Chairman (Frank Blake). Below the CEO are the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors. The senior leadership team consists of twenty two officials. The Board of Directors is made up of 10 officials (Home Deport, 2011). The organizational structures adopted by the eBay and Home Deport are almost similar. Management Challenges There are many of management challenges that both eBay and Home Depot face. Some of these challenges are similar while others are not. eBay: Regulations of Items sold and Competition The greatest management challenge that eBay faces is regulating what to be sold through its system. There have been many attempts by clients to sell what is not allowed through the system. Human parts and lottery tickets are not allowed. Selling of wildlife animals is also not allowed in the site. There are other many items which are illegal and are not allowed either in th e site and include firearms, ammunitions among other illegal items. Others items such as trying to sell plots on the moon are also not allowed. The management needs to ensure that there is a thorough scrutiny of the items posted on the site as the items may draw the site into legal tussles with the law makers. There is a need to ensure that the biddings taking place are only for those items allowed as this will help to reduce the chances of the site crashing. The second management challenge that eBay faces is competition from similar business ventures such as Taobao in China among many others.Advertising Looking for essay on business economics? Let's see if we can help you! Get your first paper with 15% OFF Learn More Tough competition calls for more funds to be used to promote that site so that it can gain a favorable chance of gaining a wide market. There is a possibility that stringent competition may push some online retailers to engage in unethical stra tegies such hacking other sites or even accelerating traffic to a site with an aim of crashing it (eBay History, 2011). Home Deport: Capital Requirement and Competition Home deport equally faces many challenges. The main challenge which is typical of many traditional retail outlets is the capital required in its expansion. The retail being physical is capital intensive as it requires physical outlets. Acquiring physical outlets needs money and thus the expansion of the retail is tied to availability of capital. Another challenge that Home Deport faces is tough competition from similar retailers both physical and online. The online retailers are particularly competitive as globalization and the World Wide Web are slowly connecting the globe such that one can get anything that he/she requires from anywhere in the globe. Home Deport also faces competition challenge when physically expanding to regions which are already occupied by other retailers. Similarities and Differences of the Ch allenges In as much as Home Deport and eBay are different, it can be argued that they are similar in some aspects. The two retailers face the same challenge of competition from partners in the same line of operation as well as from physical retailers for eBay and from online retailers for Home Deport. The capital required to expand Home Deport can also be argued to apply for the case of eBay in the sense that if eBay has to expand it will have to upgrade its systems and site so as to avoid hacking, crashing of the site as well promote the site so as to expand its market. One challenge that is distinct to eBay and may not apply to Home Deport is that of the site being hacked. Transitioning to Online Retail Transitioning from a traditional physical retailer to be an online retailer is a current trend. A retailer transitioning from physical to being online should engage in this process in a stepwise manner. There is a need to assess the resource available. There is a need to develop th e best site possible and make it as efficient as possible taking into consideration this is entering into a market place with already established retailers.Advertising We will write a custom essay sample on Comparing of an Online Retailer EBay.com and a Physical Retailer The Home Depot specifically for you for only $16.05 $11/page Learn More There need to consult suppliers and carry out more research into the product specifications. One needs to give the perfect description of a product when selling it online. There is a need to consult ones bank about the arrangement so that one is aware of the expenses involved. Conclusion With the advent of the World Wide Web many businesses have adopted the online system of selling goods. Online retailers seem to be on an upward growth while the physical retail stores are absorbing the shock of losing the market to these stores. Both retailers, online and physical, face many similar and different challenges. Competition is among the biggest challenge that physical retailers face from the online retailers though equally to some extent the online stores face some competition from the physical stores. Physical stores should adopt the online system of selling their goods as it seems to carry the day. References eBay. (2011). About eBay. eBay. Retrieved from: https://www.ebayinc.com/ eBay History. (2001). The History of eBay. Bradeis. Retrieved from: https://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~magnus/ief248a/eBay/history.html Home Deport. (2011). Shop All Departments. The Home Deport. Web.
Posted by Russ Burnett at 7:40 AM
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Explain how culture and identity connect to or influence writing - Essay Example By people having a unified way of writing which follows the same rules, people will not only be able to communicate much more effectively but they will be able to understand each otherÃ¢â¬â¢s culture and identity and respect it rather than utilizing it only for problem solving and decision making. I am not a born English-speaker and English was my third language. In my initial years in school, we were taught in our native languages and even read from books written in the native language. We then relocated to the US and I had a hard time reading and writing in English as I had to be taught the language will all its rules which are instilled by the Anglo-American society who are the English speakers. I spent majority of my childhood years trying to learn and perfect the writing skills which was way harder than spoken English. The differences with the local students born in the US was quite obvious when it came to writing and I realized that without proper mastery of the language, I could not communicate properly and get people to understand the points I was getting across. One of my English tutors one day told me to just write what was in my mind without caring about the grammatical errors I would make. I made the composition I wrote which was about my favorite cultural cuisine personal and an individual task without any pressure to perform. It is during the marking that the tutor started pointing out my weaknesses in the language based on the influence of my culture but which in turn made it easy to correct. I understood that my culture had different way of relaying thoughts and ideas. The fact that we were a collectivist culture made me write everything in a plural kind of way instead of singular and hence I could not make the essay as personal as possible. I had not realized this mistake and this is what had made is so hard to communicate as it always seemed that I was going about it the
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Acid rain - Research Paper Example It appears to change the characteristics of the environment on a planetary scale; therefore, the global ecological crisis is dangerous to the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s population. Dealing with global environmental crisis is complicated due to the fact that it requires the cooperative actions of the whole world, rather than the individual actions of the certain country or population group. It needs to minimize the pollution produced by mankind to the levels that the nature can cope with it on its own. Currently, the global environmental crisis consists of two main components: acid rain, the greenhouse effect, pollution with super toxicants, and the ozone holes. In the current paper we are going to discuss the phenomenon of acid rain and its effects on nature and humanity. The term Ã¢â¬Å"acid rainÃ¢â¬ was introduced by Robert Smith, English engineer, in his book Air and Rain: The Beginning of a Chemical Climatology (1872) (Myers 267). Acid rains containing solutes of sulfuric and nitric acids cause serious damage to nature, because soil, water, vegetation, animals, and people become their victims. Gases that are released by burning of fossil fuels, among others, are composed from dioxins of sulfur and nitrogen. Depending on the composition of a certain fuel there may be more or less of these dioxins. Fuel oil and sour coal provide the most saturated sulfur dioxide emissions. Tons of sulfur dioxide emitted into the atmosphere resulting from chemical reactions turn into weak acid solution. In the internal combustion engines and boiler systems, nitrogen and oxygen under high temperatures form the nitrogen oxides. In this respect, energy production is accompanied by oxidation of the environment. Emissions are dispersed over vast areas due to the heigh t of the power plant pipes (Granier, Artaxo, and Reeves 54). The acidity of the water solution is determined by the presence of positively charged hydrogen ions H+ in it and
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Sunday, November 17, 2019
Film Critique - Movie Review Example The three main women characters in the film are: Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), Gertrude (Malin Akerman) and Grandma Annie "Gammy" (Betty White). One can easily identify that these female characters are different in their roles. For instance, Margaret Tate is dominating, Gertrude is down to earth, and Grandma Annie represents the upper crust. But Krevolin (2011), points out that Ã¢â¬Å"For an example of an energeiac structure that didnÃ¢â¬â¢t work, take the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy, The ProposalÃ¢â¬ (p. 69). This comment does not prove that the film was a flop within the film field. Margaret Tate, working as an editor in a book publishing company is the central female character in the film. One can easily identify that her life is fully immersed in the field of book publishing industry. Her role in the film is as a dominating character that is able to control all her subordinates including Andrew Paxton, her subordinate. Etaugh & Bridges makes clear that Ã¢â¬Å"Many women seek to achieve success and better their own lives through individual effortsÃ¢â¬ (p. 467). Her attitude towards her subordinates irritates them but she does not consider changing her attitude. In the film, her function is to be a bold lady with immense power to control her subordinates according to her will. Meanwhile, she came to know that the authorities are going to deport her to Canada. But she was not ready to give up and decided to seek the help of her subordinate, Andrew Paxton. But Etaugh & Bridges makes clear about gender equality that Ã¢â¬Å"As more and more women attain levels o f power currently held by men, gender equality will begin to affect other areasÃ¢â¬ (p.461). Later, she went to Sitka to prove that she is married to Andrew Paxton. This incident proves that Margaret Tate is ready to face challenges in her life. In the opening of the film, Margaret Tate is presented as an
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Friday, November 15, 2019
Impact of Pro-Eating Disorder Websites Kosalina Vignarajah Harithra Chandrasehar Abstract This paper examines the impact of pro-eating disorder websites as determined by the researches done on the area. During the course of this paper, we have critically analyzed the findings, methodologies and conclusions given in eight research papers while providing suggestions for our opinions on them. After the analysis, we have come to a conclusion that pro-eating disorder websites are harmful to both novice viewers and regular viewers as these websites negatively affect the self-esteem, perceptions of beauty and the patterns of thinking. However, these websites are also a forum through which people with eating disorders communicate, which acts a supportive network, and is therefore positive as well. Key words: Pro-eating disorder websites, thinspiration, Pro-ana/pro-mia. Kosalina Vignarajah Introduction Nothing tastes as good as thin feels is a quote which is often seen in pro-eating disorder websites (Bardone-Cone Cass, 2006). Pro-eating disorder movements or websites focus mainly on influencing individuals to practice disordered behaviors of eating (by sometimes undermining the harm it can do) and increasing the eating disorder behaviors overtime without seeking treatments from professionals. These websites claim that they are pro-ana and/or pro-mia (for anorexia and bulimia respectively) and that they represent a lifestyle choice rather than eating disorders (Csipke and Horne, 2007). The objective of this paper is to understand the impact of pro-eating disorder websites on people. This paper will mainly focus on why pro-eating disorder movements negatively impacts people already diagnosed with eating disorders. Additionally, this paper will have an in-depth explanation of pro-eating disorder websites, what these websites contain that benefits and negatively impacts the users, find appropriate approaches to reduce the consequences of these sites, the precautious steps that clinical professionals/therapists could take to help the victims, and the limitations and possible future studies will also be explored. Pro-Eating Disorder websites Pro-eating disorder websites are where individuals with anorexia or bulimia join together to feel like a community, share values and beliefs (Csipke and Horne, 2007). These movements are especially spread through websites have main three goals: the sites prevent from seeking professional help; increase the behavior of eating disorder, and using the guise of support to harm the users (Yom-Tov, Fernandez-Luque, Weber, Crain, 2012). Csipke and Horne (2007) have characterized websites regarding eating disorders into four main types: (1) eating disorder websites run by professionals concerned with health; (2) recovery sites run by people with eating disorders; (3) moderate pro-ED sites that consists of beliefs and quotes regarding being thin, and (4) severe pro-ED sites that consists of ANA creed or commandments which is similar to a movement and contains inspirational facts and information about maintaining a low body weight and looking thin. Most of these sites contain images and messages that motivate disordered behaviors; drugs that help induce vomit; chatrooms that include individuals that support each other; a disclaimer to warn people who accidently come across the site and sometimes information about the organizer of this site is given (Overbeke, 2008). Also most of the sites have calorie charts and BMI calculator to advice the users of the exercises to undertake, to reduce weight and to help hide the disorders from others (Csipke and Horne, 2007). Addition to sharing thinspiration pictures of thin supermodels, the users who have eating disorders find themselves more deep into these websites because of the identity that these sites provide. And in this way, they are taught self control on food consumption and encourage to diet or fast with other fellow chatters, this is one of the main defense statement of pro-eating websites (Csipke and Horne, 2007). The contents of these sites could be harmful and is a health concern, as explained below. Impact of Pro-Eating disorder websites Csipke and Horne (2007) concluded that there was a positive impact (without counting the motivation to diet together) on frequent users of the pro-eating website , who were supported emotionally found themselves connecting with other users who had the same view and thought than the silent users who were physically supported to maintain restricted eating behaviors. It is important to remember that a frequent user of the sites is not safe from disordered eating behavior, and also it is difficult for the users to come out of this behavior to recover because these sites gives them an identity. Despite giving sense of belongingness, clear identity, and practical information in regards to anorexia, the sites have negative impacts such as lowered self esteem, and self-efficacy of being perceived as overweight which leads to eating disorders (Overbeke, 2008). For example, Bardone-Cone and Cass (2006) stated that women who viewed pro-anorexia website showed an increase on their perceived weight and a decrease in how attractive they looked to opposite sex compared with women who viewed neutral sites, thus both the mood and the cognition of women are affected by viewing pro-eating disorder movement websites. Also users of pro-ana sites had a longer duration of illnesses and higher number of absenteeism of school due to health concerns (Overbeke, 2008). The impact of pro-eating disorder on eating disorder is a topic that requires more attention in the future, especially the role the sites play in helping to maintain and increase eating disorder behaviors, an explanation of these popularities despite the negative impact and the reasons for why the individuals continue access these sites (Overbeke, 2008). Approaches to Reduce the Impact of Pro-Eating Disorders Websites A better approach can be taken to prevent these sites causing more harmful effects such as a censorship to shut down these sites from stopping the frequent users and also the users yet to connect with the site members (Csipke and Horne, 2007). Parents should also educate themselves and their children with media literacy that gives a critical evaluation of the media and its messages and it is wiser to use block technology at home computers if the children were alone with a technical device or else place the computers in public area of the house (Bardone-Cone and Cass, 2006). It is the duty of the parents to be aware of their childrens health to not only check for eating disorders but to also prevent from other diseases. Yom-Tov et al. (2012) illustrated that some of the countries like Israel has taken the precaution of these harmful sites and have banned advertisements containing severely underweight models. On the other hand, the online servers (e.g Yahoo, MSN) have taken it upon themselves to create awareness for the harmful drugs used for eating disorder. Overbeke (2008) suggested that by understanding the factors that influences the popularity of these sites, professionals can take relevant steps to prevent popularity of these sites. Clinical scientists should defend against statements such as these where pro-Ana movements is compared with homosexuality, that given time pro-Ana movements will be considered as a chosen lifestyle as homosexuality is considered today (Overbeke, 2008). Treatments could include acknowledgement of these sites and how to address these issues with clients to prevent relapse and help acquire a healthy eating behaviors by letting the clients know about the influence these sites have on their health (Csipke and Horne, 2007). In addition to above mentioned precautions that parents and therapist could take, there are some areas of studies that require the attention of researchers to study on. For example, The ambiguity of pro-Ana makes it difficult for the researchers to study on it because different meaning is given to pro-eating disordered movements by many and most of the studies are pilot or descriptive studies that are not evidence enough to make conclusion from to check the real impacts (Overbeke, 2008). Therefore, Yom-Tov et al. (2012) emphasized that future studies can focus on interventions where warnings about the content of the sites should be clear, understandable to any user, and importance should be given to adhere to these warnings to avoid being caught up in problems that may lead to eating disordered behavior. As mentioned above, the use of blocking from the internet servers for these sites is necessary because a caregiver cannot monitor the users all the time, and parental control software should be present for the users especially to avoid the first time users attention towards these sites. Harithra Chandrasehar Ã¢â¬Å"E-Ana and e-Mia: A Content Analysis of ProÃ¢â¬âEating Disorder Web SitesÃ¢â¬ is an article by Borzekowski et al. analyzes the content shown in a one hundred and eighty pro-eating disorder websites. According to the article, pro-eating disorder websites are often defined by their urging of viewers to use unconventional and dangerous methods to lose weight such as using laxatives. The article also mentioned that 79% of the websites were interactive thus giving viewers a forum, and that they contain Ã¢â¬Å"thinspirationÃ¢â¬ , tips and techniques to lose weight, and Ã¢â¬Å"reverse triggersÃ¢â¬ Ã¢â¬â pictures of morbidly obese people (Borzekowski et al. 2010). What was most fascinating was the details accumulated regarding the sites such as them being very easy to understand as they were compiled in eighth grade English which aids its ability to cater to its audience, and more importantly, that most of the sites had themes Ã¢â¬â including bringing control to life t hrough eating-disorders, isolation from those who they think are fat and impure, and as artistic transformation (Borzekowski et al., 2010). A drawback of this study is the unavailability of information regarding the Ã¢â¬Å"undergroundÃ¢â¬ websites which are pro-eating disorder, as they may contain the most damaging information, as opposed to what is found in the public domain. The article titled Ã¢â¬Å"Potential risks of Pro-eating disorder websitesÃ¢â¬ claims that despite the negative out-cry against them, that there are currently around five hundred websites which are pro-eating disorders currently on the internet, and that around 200-400 users will be accessing those sites at any given time, while also mentioning that those who view these websites can be girls of twelve years or younger. This article also shed light to three important factors which seem to carry the most risk to those viewing a pro-eating disorder website. They are; Ã¢â¬Å"Operation under the guise of supportÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"reinforcement of disordered eating, and Ã¢â¬Å"prevention of help-seeking and recoveryÃ¢â¬ Interestingly it also mentions that not all pro-eating disorder websites are anti-recovery as some websites encourage the users to seek help when their eating disorder progresses (Rouleau, von Ranson 2010). This does confirm the fact that eating-disorder websites are a fo rum which provide support and comfort too. However, it is also possible that the triggers in the website may discourage people from seeking help, despite the disclaimer in the beginning of the page. A suggestion to counter these pro-eating disorder websites would be to have a website which appears along with the pro-eating disorder websites, which is run by completely recovered individuals who once lived with eating disorders, who can understand and even guide a person to seek help. The site can even be monitored by clinicians. The research titled Ã¢â¬Å"What does viewing a pro-Anorexia website do? An experimental examination of website exposure and moderating effectsÃ¢â¬ seems to be a remarkably well-thought out study. It is also a study that has been cited by many research articles discussing this topic. Technically, the article seems to be quite flawless as it covers every aspect necessary, including a pilot study, the randomization of participants, explanation of methods of testing used, and the explanation of results. the results of this study determined that viewing a pro-anorexia website made a significant impact on the participants compared to those who viewed the control websites in terms of a negative mood, low social self-esteem, low appearance self-esteem, higher likelihood to exercise and think about weight in the forthcoming days. This study was a critical point in the research of pro-eating disorder websites as it showed the immediate after effects of viewing one. Unfortunately, it has not followed the participants out of the lab and analyzed how these websites affect their life after the initial viewing Ã¢â¬â despite the debriefing they received and the availability to psychological help. (Bardone-Cone, Cass 2007). It would be interesting to know whether any of these participants returned to viewing these websites, and to understand what drew them to it as they are considered first-time viewers, (and should technically have no reason to search for companionship in an eating-disorder website which is the reason given by many people living with eating disorders when asked why they access these sites), and whether viewing these articles and images are as damaging as they were the first time, or if the effect of it reduces each time through desensitization as the Bardone-Cone and Cass study suggests. It would also be interesting to know what changes will occur in the results if the subjects were male, or if they were from a culture that appreciates body fat, or even if it were someone who is obese and having a good self esteem. The variations of the sample are quite necessary as these sites are quite freely available on the internet, and therefore it is important to find out how different people react to these websites, as opposed to only considering the stereotypical relationship between women and anorexia. However, it would be quite dangerous to expose people to sites like these without having a good understanding of their psychological state, as eating disorders can be hidden for so long, and disguised as many other less harmful things that it may be difficult for the researchers to notice changes in a participant unless it is a long term study. The final article Ã¢â¬Å"disordered eating in a digital ageÃ¢â¬ is a questionnaire/survey which was linked to pro-eating disorder websites, which was answered by those accessing the site. The results were then analyzed to determine the harm caused, and although it has been impossible to determine the causality of many of these negative symptoms including low BMI, low quality of life, co-morbidity of illnesses along with psychological diagnosis, and an alarming twenty one sick days in a month of thirty days, but its strongly linked to eating disorders and these websites (Peebles et al. 2012). However, this research had a response rate of less than 40% which is not an adequate sample, while only English websites were accessed. However this study was one of the best online studies conducted in this area, was well analyzed, and the article contained the survey for references which can be helpful to the reader. Conclusion The articles above show comprehensive details about pro-eating disorder websites. Upon careful reviewing of both articles and some of these mentioned websites, it is easy to understand that there is a completely different mind-set attached to those who have purposely disordered eating habits. It seems to be like they think that they have a higher purpose, a better understanding and purer image of the human body. Their mentality seems like that of a cult, a united front with adherence to a strict regime, but itÃ¢â¬â¢s members breaking down within it unable to cope up with the stress and the difficulty, but struggling each day, because if they donÃ¢â¬â¢t, their entire belief system and the purpose they have assigned to themselves may fall apart. Perhaps one of the most ethical ways to help these people who may not acknowledge that they require it is by doing more research about pro-eating disorder websites which helps develop their dangerous bonds and by matching each of it with a less harmful blog/website run by clinicians but is suitable and accessible to the general public. Another such proactive action would be having a minimum standard guideline that these pro-eating disorder websites need to adhere to, required by law, where the harm is detailed and the ways to get help are found, like the warning that is mandated on packs of cigarettes. It is best if these websites can be closed down by all internet servers as a matter of public safety, and encourages instead a forum or web pages which speak creatively about the struggles of beating eating disorders and victory. In the case of research, it would be best to do more studies with diverse samples, and to do studies which assess the long term effects of these websites. It would be also interesting to have a research perspective about why these websites should exist, and it would be ideal if this research could be conducted by those who believe in the pro-eating disorder movement as it would be a good way to understand each other, with the basis of science. References Bardone-Cone, A. M., Cass, K. M. (2006) Investigating the Impact of Pro-Anorexia Websites: A Pilot Study. European Eating Disorders Review 14, 256-262. Bardone-Cone A M. and Cass K M. (2007) What Does Viewing a Pro-Anorexia Website Do? An Experimental Examination of Website Exposure and Moderating Effects, International Journal of Eating Disorders 40:6 537Ã¢â¬â548 DOI 10.1002/eat Borzekowski D LG, Schenk S, Wilson J L, Peebles R (2010) e-Ana and e-Mia: A Content Analysis of ProÃ¢â¬âEating Disorder Web Sites. American Journal of Public Health, Volume 100, No 8. Csipke, E., Horne, O. (2007) Pro-Eating Disorder websites: users opinions. European Eating Disorders Review,Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 196-206. Overbeke, G. (2008) Pro-Anorexia Websites: Content, Impact, and Explanations of Popularity. Mind Matters: The Wesleyan Jounral of Psychology, 49-62, Vol. 3. Peebles R, Wilson J,Litt I F,Hardy K K;Lock D (2012) Disordered Eating in a Digital Age:Eating Behaviors, Health, and Quality of Life in Users of Websites With Pro-Eating Disorder Content. Journal of Medical Internet Research 14.5 Rouleau C R, von Ranson K M (2010) Potential risks of pro-eating disorder websites, Clinical psychology review 31- Elsevier. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2010.12.005 Yom-Tov, E., Fernandez-Luque, L., Weber, I., Crain, S. P. (2012) Pro-Anorexia and Pro-Recovery Photo Sharing: A tale of Two Warring Tribes. Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Posted by Russ Burnett at 10:37 AM
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The United States of America has been considered the greatest country in the world. The US have pristine living conditions, some of the most prestigious schools, and the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s largest military. Ã¢â¬Å"In 2012 the US spent 39% of the total amount of money spent on defense by every other country on there own defenseÃ¢â¬ (Anup). Yet just 40 years ago, the US lost a war that they should have won. Why did we lose? How did an army of less than 1,000,000 beat the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s largest superpower? One of the biggest reasons the US lost the war was the lack of support from back home. When President Eisenhower started sending troops and supplies to French soldiers, most Americans agreed with him. They believed Communism should be stopped at all costs. Most also believed that the war would end within the next five years. Over the next decade, Americans watched in horror as their beloved sons were killed at the hands of the enemy. Some started protesting the war publicly. America was drastically changing during the Vietnam war. It was partly because of television. For the first time in history, Americans were able to see what it was like to be on a battlefield. This drastically changed most Americans opinion on wars. Many began questioning whether or not this war was actually necessary. Was it really worth the lives of countless young men? Halfway around the globe, the fighting morale amongst the soldiers was drastically dropping. Many were drafted into the war and did not know how or want to fire a weapon. Some were even against the war prior to their drafting. This did not make for a good group of soldiers. This did, however, make some very hateful and angry veterans. While there were many who did believe in fighting communism at any cost, others wan... .... While some of the men strongly believed in their cause, others saw the war as unnecessary. They believed that the US had no business in Vietnam, and did not understand why they were there. That coupled with the draft left a large group of very unmotivated soldiers (Free Lance Star, Smith, Turner). Vietnam was the first war that congress allowed media to cover a war freely. It was the first war where we fought in a hot, steamy jungle, filled with intricate tunnel systems and dangerous guerilla fighters. It was also the first war that involved an army that wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t entirely in agreement with their cause. This was the first war where the public, as a majority, was against the war. Because of all these factors, one of the greatest countries in the history of the world was able to lose a war against a small communist band of rebels in Vietnam (Media, FLS, Smith, Turner).
Posted by Russ Burnett at 11:09 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2019
In Ã¢â¬ËMacbethÃ¢â¬â¢, a play set in Scotland, William Shakespeare wrote a tragedy of one manÃ¢â¬â¢s ambition. It is the shortest of ShakespeareÃ¢â¬â¢s tragedies, and has a very fast pace. It tells the story of MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s ambition to be king, and the chain of damage he causes by pursuing this ambition. This ambition is the fatal flaw that causes his ultimate downfall. Once MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s lifelong ambition seems to be fulfilled, it causes consequences that his mind cannot handle. The play shows that one may get easily influenced by other people when he/she is over- ambitious. Ambition is something that everyone can identify with, and Ã¢â¬ËMacbethÃ¢â¬â¢ is a compelling study of how ambition can destroy you, so the audience are automatically interested in MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s character. When we are first introduced to Macbeth, he is already ambitious. But by being tempted to the extremes by two sources of external evil Ã¢â¬â the witches and his wife, his ambitions are only increased by making them seem like they could be a reality. The witches and Lady Macbeth, whom are both truly evil figures, influence Macbeth heavily throughout the play, and both exploit his ambition to become king. Their influence is the reason MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s ambition spirals so out of control and ends in tragedy. Our first impression of Macbeth is of a heroic, famous, popular man who is well liked by the king Ã¢â¬â In Act 1 Scene 2 Duncan refers to Macbeth as Ã¢â¬Å"noble MacbethÃ¢â¬ . We first meet Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 3, when he and Banquo have arrived to meet the witches. MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s first words; Ã¢â¬Å"So foul and fair a day I have not seenÃ¢â¬ immediately associate him with the witches, because they say in Act 1 Scene 1; Ã¢â¬Å"Fair is foul and foul is fairÃ¢â¬ , so evil is brought to mind. Macbeth is connected with the supernatural in the audienceÃ¢â¬â¢s mind from the onset. This is the first thing that is not consistent with MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s image of a war hero. In this scene, the witches declare that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and also king of Scotland. Macbeth strongly believes the witches words, especially after the first part of the prophecy comes true, he begins to think the second part may also come true. Their prophecies influence his ambition as seen in an aside, when he begins to consider murdering Duncan, the current king of Scotland. The aside follows closely MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s desires and doubts Ã¢â¬â he does not know whether these prophecies are good or bad, but he dearly wants to be king. Ã¢â¬Å"If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/ whose horrid image doth unfix my hair/ and make my seated heart knock at my ribs,/ against the use of nature?Ã¢â¬ . However, we can sense that Macbeth doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t actually want to murder Duncan, as he is horrified by these murderous thoughts. But Macbeth cannot stop thinking about what the witches have said, showing that he is considering the idea and is drawn to it, and that he has ambitions to be king within him already. In Act 1 Scene 5, MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s wife, Lady Macbeth, also influences MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s ambition. She is revealed to be very driven and ruthless, and she clearly wants Macbeth to be king. She says; Ã¢â¬Å"Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend itÃ¢â¬ , meaning that Macbeth is not without ambition, but lack of ruthlessness that is needed to become king. She influences him to kill Duncan. She also encourages him to conceal his feelings, telling him to; Ã¢â¬Å"Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent underÃ¢â¬â¢tÃ¢â¬ . Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth to look respectful and welcoming and happy on the outside, but to hide his plotting and scheming and evils inside. Lady MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s ability to influence her husband leads us to believe that she is the primary cause for the destruction of Macbeth. She is the biggest encouragement to his ambition, since she uses her husbands trust to change her own future. In Act 1 Scene 7, evidence that Macbeth has a human side and is very worried is found in a long soliloquy Ã¢â¬â a speech where Macbeth is alone on stage so we can again see what Macbeth is thinking. He is worried about his eternal soul, and what his punishment will be in heaven if he kills Duncan. He thinks of reasons why he should not kill Duncan, and comes to the conclusion that the only reason he is doing it is because of his strong ambition. When Macbeth decides not to continue with their plan to murder Duncan, Lady Macbeth urges him to act on his desires and ambition or he will think of himself as a coward. She exploits his ambition by questioning it when she says; Ã¢â¬Å"Art thou afeard/ To be the same in thine own act and valour As thou art in desire?Ã¢â¬ She manipulates him further, calling him a coward and insulting his manhood, knowing that Macbeth will want to prove himself. This shows that Lady Macbeth is somewhat responsible for MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s downfall because, she drives him to go through with the murder and makes up the details of the plan to kill Duncan, while Macbeth was considering not even going through with the it. Although Macbeth had the thought of killing Duncan, he would not have acted on that thought unless Lady Macbeth persuaded him. Lady Macbeth is a sly person, able to manipulate her husband, and this ability to manipulate Macbeth makes her partially responsible for the destruction of Macbeth. She makes sure he will perform the deed by taking an active role in preparing for the murder: framing the two chamberlains and cleaning up afterwards. As Macbeth worries about failing to carry out the plan, Lady Macbeth tells him to screw up his courage and they wouldnt fail. Encouraged by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan who stays as a guest in his castle. Macbeth then becomes king of Scotland. Although Macbeth becomes king, he cannot have peace. His endless ambitions lead him into misery. Being obsessed by the witchesÃ¢â¬â¢s prophecies, he even tries to control his future. He remembers the witchesÃ¢â¬â¢s predictions that his friend BanquoÃ¢â¬â¢s sons will be kings of Scotland. Macbeth considers Banquo and his son Fleance as threats to his security as King. Although outwardly friendly to Banquo, Macbeth is jealous and fearful of him. Plagued by worry and to prevent this from happening, Macbeth orders three men to kill Banquo and his son. MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s desire to gain wealth and status completely overpowers him. He becomes more ambitious than his wife, and finds himself drained and drained of emotion, as we see in Act 3 Scene 1. Ã¢â¬Å"He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour to act in safety. There is none but he Whose being I do fear; and under him My genius is rebuked, as it is said Mark Antonys was by Caesar. Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, And put a barren scepter in my gripe, Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand, No son of mine succeeding Ã¢â¬ . Throughout the play Macbeth is undermined by his insatiable ambition. Macbeth was at first reasonable enough to keep his ambition in check, however it eventually became too strong for even Macbeth and therefore over-powered him. Reasoning was abandoned after the decision to kill Duncan was made. At that point we see no serious questioning of the motives of the three witches when he is told of their cunning and misleading predictions. The decision to kill Duncan also signified the last serious attempt at moral contemplation on the part of Macbeth. Throughout the novel we see that the MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s ambition completely subverted their reasoning abilities and eventually lead to his downfall. Macbeth, whom initially was a very reasonable and moral man, could not hold off the lure of ambition. MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s excessive ambition motivates him to murder Duncan, and once the evil act is accomplished, he sets into motion a series of sinister events that ultimately lead to his downfall. We see this when he says; Ã¢â¬Å"I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go oÃ¢â¬â¢erÃ¢â¬ . Macbeth is saying that he is so accustomed to the idea of murder that he will now be able to wade through a sea of blood. This is very ironic, as previously in the play, Macbeth had feared that he would never be able to wash the blood from DuncaÃ¢â¬â¢s murder off his hands. During the course of the play, Macbeth changes from a person with some moral sense to a man who will stop at nothing to get and keep what he wants. Although we are presented with his deterioration from good to evil, we can see his human side throughout the play, which makes it a tragedy. Once MacbethÃ¢â¬â¢s ambition has Ã¢â¬Ëset the ball rollingÃ¢â¬â¢, events happen quickly in the play as it gathers momentum. This intense ambition leads to his downfall.
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Friday, November 8, 2019
Hieronymous Bosch essays Hieronymous Bosch nacio en entre 1940 y 1943, en Hertogenbosch, una puebla en la provincia del Brabante en Holland. Su nombre real fue Jeroen van Aken, pero us su otro nombre Jheronimus Bosch, probablamente porque el lugar donde nacio se significa la selva del (duke). Su abuelo, sus tios, y su padre fueron artistas tambien y es possible que ellos influyeron Jeroen tambien. Fue una surrealista del siglo quince. Bosch vivio en Hertongenbosch para toda su vida. Su familia fue Catolico Romano y sus obras reflejan su religion. No hay informacion de los detales de su vida, excepto que Bosch se caso a una mujer rica en su pueblo se llama Aleyt Goyerts van den Meervenne quien fue mas viejo de el, y ellos vivieron en el pueblo mismo para mucha de su vida. Fue parte de un grupo de los Adamites, quien practicaron (sexual promiscuity). Su influencia fue de su religion, y muchos de sus temas fue de (Heaven and Hell), los santos, el passion de Jesus Christo, y maligno. Pinto para muchas iglesias como la Catedral del Santo Juan en Hertongenbosch. Su tema de los espiritus malos es un producto de el surrealismo de La Media Epoca. Uso un estilo se llama alla prima, un estilo donde se pinto sobre un fondo del cafe. Bosch no lo firma ningunas de sus obras. Las pinturas de Hieronymous Bosch son del norte del Europa. Fue un pintor de originalidad y brillante de la Edad Media. Solo un poco de su vida se conoce ahora. Hieronymous Bosch tuvo un talento individual y complejo. Ãâ°l fue un creador de los diablos y un inventor de cosas sin sentido con motivos satÃ ricos. Ãâ°l demostr el discernimiento de la mente humana y una habilidad para crear sÃ mbolos de la vida y la creacin. Bosch fue un pesimista, y un moralista que no tuvo confianza en la benevolencia de un mundo que estaba corrompido por el genero humano. Sus pi...
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019
How Would You Answer This Crazy Interview Question Unless youÃ¢â¬â¢re new to the job search game, youÃ¢â¬â¢ve probably been asked questions like, Ã¢â¬Å"Where do you see yourself in five years?Ã¢â¬ or Ã¢â¬Å"What are your best qualities?Ã¢â¬ You give the answers you rehearsed in front of your mirror- complete with a pageant-winning smile, of course- and everyone moves on. First thing first, make sure to review these hardest interview questions. But if an interviewer really wants to see how you think on your feet, they might surprise you with a moral dilemma. No better way to meet the real you than to get a sense of your most basic priorities, right? A popular anecdote making the rounds, reportedly from a real job application, goes something like this:YouÃ¢â¬â¢re driving down a dark road, during a wild storm. You drive past a bench, with three people huddled miserably on it, waiting for a bus in the raging weather:An older lady who looks like sheÃ¢â¬â¢s in distress, and possibly needs medical help.An old friend of yours who once saved your life.The man (or woman) of your dreams. Seriously, love at first sight material.Your tiny car has room for just one passenger (non-negotiable). SoÃ¢â¬ ¦ which one do you invite into the car?Ã If you choose the woman in distress, youÃ¢â¬â¢re a hero; if you leave her behind, you could be seen as a first-class heel. Or do you choose your old friend? You owe him a major favor, and you have a personal interest in this guyÃ¢â¬â¢s well-being. But then thereÃ¢â¬â¢s your potential spouse, your possible future.What to do, what to do? You need to offer a well-reasoned response, but you have to do it fast.The winning answer earned the candidate a job offer: IÃ¢â¬â¢d get out of the car, and give the keys to my friend. He could drive the sick lady to the hospital, and IÃ¢â¬â¢d wait for the bus with the person of my dreams.Clever! So what can this teach us about moral dilemmas in job interviews? Well, for starters, I have yet to see an interview thatÃ¢â¬â¢s reall y a life-or-death situation, so be creative! TheyÃ¢â¬â¢re testing your ability to think fast and solve problems. The very shrewd answer accomplishes two things:It shows flexible thinking. The candidate can read a number of different outcomes and find a solution that satisfies just about everyone involved.ItÃ¢â¬â¢s memorable. Your job interview shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t necessarily be an extension of your standup routine, but a bit of humor and smart thinking can make you stand out in a pack of similar candidates.So when youÃ¢â¬â¢re preparing for your next interview, be ready for some unorthodox questions. Who knows, your answer could be the next one going viral as Ã¢â¬Å"The best job interview answer ever!Ã¢â¬
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Sunday, November 3, 2019
Japanese Economy Evaluation of Opportunities for Foreign Investors - Essay Example However, in 2005 Japan succeeded in getting itself out from the economic depression cycle it was in. The economy started showing a positive growth reaching 2% in the third quarter of 2005. This resulted in an increase of capital investment, reaching 9.6% in the same quarter. Japan is and will remain one of the largest markets in the world. With 125 million people, well advanced, and an established infrastructure, it offers international businesses a valuable opportunity to establish itself in this economy. Japanese consumers have become more willing to purchase imported products such as food, computers, machinery, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and services. In addition Japanese companies have become more willing to accept foreign investment and cooperate with foreign partners, and as such Japan has never been as accessible to foreign goods and services. The Asia Pacific countries include China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. The 'Big Five' economies in the region are Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore and Japan followed by a second group of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. China and Vietnam comprise the next level of economies in the region. The Asian financial crisis was a major event that led many Asian governments to sit upright and pull up their socks. The crisis emerged in July 1997 and stormed the financial markets of Thailand. It spread on to other neighbouring countries until it became a pandemic. The crisis did not seem to touch Japan since it was already on a long 15 year old recession. But at the turn of the century, things have started to look-up. Japan has tuned up its banking systems to the right note and the Asian symphony is just going great. Japan is now leading the way in a new Asian business paradigm. Industrial output in Asia has been growing at a staggering +7.7% every year. This is more twice that of the United States. China is the largest recipient of FDI in the region with over $50
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Friday, November 1, 2019
Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity Essay Example | Topics and Well Written Essays - 1250 words - 2
Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity - Essay Example This paper therefore will discuss three different religions, which include Sikh, Buddhism, and BahaÃ¢â¬â¢i in relation to health care provision diversity. In addition, the paper will provide different philosophies that these three religions and faiths use in order to provide services to their members. Besides, the paper will discuss and compare these three faiths with the Christianity as a religion (Berkowitz & Schewe, 2011). Sikh faith and religion Sikh faith is a monotheistic religion that was founded in the earl 15th century in a place called Punjab in Indian countries by Guru Nanak. Currently, there are about ten Gurus in the world. According to this faith, there are some beliefs that its members and followers must follow, one of them being compulsorily putting on and wearing of veil by all women who are members of this faith. In addition, this religion does not allow its followers to cut their hairs. Taking drugs such as alcohol and smoking are prohibited according to the fait h and norms of the Sikh religion. Although the Punjab may take bhang for medication reasons, the followers of the religion are not allowed to take any intoxicant substances. Again, the religion does not allow its members to have too much materials wealth, while its members are usually expected to live like soldiers in that, they are not allowed to beg for anything from others. Besides, this religion does not allow sacrifices of animals during rituals. Given that rituals and superstitions are not allowed, Sikhs are banned from eating of meat that was slaughtered in a ritual-like manner. One of the rituals that are prohibited is the act of circumcision (Samanta, 2013). Furthermore, this religion forbids some of the various ill talks about others such as bragging, lying and even gossiping. Moreover, the religion prevents its members from involving in extramarital sexual activities unless under proper marriage procedures. The religion also requires its members to be honest and be genero us through acts such as sharing of properties. This religion is very practical and very creative. It believes that God is the creator of everything; hence, He is all-powerful and is omnipresent. The followers of this religion believe the understanding of god is beyond human knowledge. Therefore, from this religion, it is clear that they value helping others and sharing of materials with the less privileged as one of the most important teachings of the religion. In addition, since the religion believes that all human beings are equal before God despite oneÃ¢â¬â¢s color, tribe, sex, or religion, it is clear that health providers who deal with members of this religion will not encounter many problems as long as they respect the importance of diversity in their profession. On the other hand, according to Sikh religion, the members are required only to pray for GodÃ¢â¬â¢s help during cases of sickness, as well as for forgiveness. Playing audiotapes of their songs may be required, esp ecially to console the sick. Again, they also believe that sickness may be due to the will of God, and therefore, one must go and seek for health care to become better and to get treatment for the sickness. In providing health care services to members of Sikh religion, health care workers need to observe some of the following considerations. To begin with, the healthcare providers need to give
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