The Near Pandemic of the Swine Flu essays

The U.S government and the media have a reputation of blowing things out of proportion. They make can cause society to become fearful and afraid of the outside world. In 2009, the United States had a wide-spread pandemic of the Swine Flu or the H1N1. The H1N1 was a type of influenza that was different from a typical flu. When H1N1 hit the U.S, people made a big deal of it because the reaction it had on the government and media. On August 10, 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee declared an end to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Now it is just considered a regular "seasonal influenza" virus (CDC.com).
When the H1N1 hit the U.S. and people were diagnosed to have the swine flu many people panickedbecause there was no vaccine for it. It became a near pandemic because the U.S government declared swine flu to be a public health emergency and above that, The World Health Organization considered it a global emergency. People were afraid of people who were sick. Nobody wanted to catch or be around anyone who had the swine flu. In some cases, when a child showed symptoms of being sick, he or she would be sent home from school and any kids who had contact with the child were examined to see if they had flu-like symptoms.
In some places, people were informed to wear masks over their noses and mouths so they wouldn’t get sick. When someone was sick, because people usually do, they thought they had the swine flu and also the people around them. So when people got worry about it, the typical flu became more of a danger than it usually did. When media started doing news on the swine flu, it went through every channel life a wild fire (Cold;). Most of the time when the news talked about the flu, they talked about who was more prone to receive the swine flu, which where young kids and elders.
When analysis went out to the public, the numbers scared people and …

Maureen in July’s People by Nadine Gordimer essays

The novel, “July’s People” by Nadine Gordimer is about a white, liberal South African family, which is forced to escape from Johannesburg to the native village of their black servant, July. The Smales family are hosted by July`s village and for their survival, they must depend on them for everything they need. July is the leader of his village and the Smales family come to appreciate July as a compassionate, intelligent human being rather than just a servant. I will elaborate on the growth and evolution of Maureen and how it is traced in the novel, “July’s People”.
The lives of the Smales family changed dramatically when they were forced to flee Johannesburg and take refuge with July and his people. The Smales had been the epitome of “white society of colonialism” in South Africa, but now, their lives were turned upside-down; their servant had become their master. July stepped in and provided everything they needed. The Smales family tightened their grip on their possessions and properties because they did not want to abandon their past.
The mother of the Smales’ family, Maureen, is depicted as the novel`s protagonist. She’s the one member of the family who is painted with the negative image of a white liberal, unwilling to face her new reality. Maureen often looks;defeated;. She had once been an active and well-abled woman before relocating to July`s native village. She fails to communicate with July by trying to convince him that they are both equal and that she has never been superior to him. Later on she runs for a helicopter to go back to the civilized world. She was planning on leaving her husband and three children behind in the village.
Maureen tries her best to remain true to her ideologies and philosophies but she does not have the drive or the experience to co-exist with the black south African people. The ownership of the truck from the Smales family to July causes Maureen to humble herself because Ju…

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 essays

On October 8th through October 10, 1871, the city of Chicago was the site of one of the greatest, most destructive conflagration fires of the 19th century. Every factor that would predicate such an event was present. The city was going through a severe drought, the fire department was fatigued and overworked, and high winds were present.
There are many theories regarding how the fire began. Some say the first spark was in Mrs. O’Leary’s barn on the night of October 8. The most popular legend is that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a kerosene lantern in her barn, causing the wooden framed structure and its contents to catch fire. Another theory points to a local man who may have accidentally started the fire when his pipe blew a spark in the O’Leary’s barn while he attempted to steal milk. The initial event of what caused the Great Chicago Fire or who (or what) was truly responsible may or may not ever be known, but the devastating outcome of the fire cannot be denied. City officials estimated that more than 300 people died, over 100,000 were left homeless, and about 3.3 square miles were destroyed (Wikipedia.org/the-great-Chicago-fire. 11/1/2012).
Environmental Events Leading Up to the Fire
In the summer of 1871, Chicago experienced an unusually dry summer. The result was that all of the wood used in structures, foundations, and sidewalks had become dry and brittle. The dried wood was like fuel to the fire and what started off with a small barn fire quickly spread to a raging, uncontrollable inferno. Like all cities, the buildings were constructed very close to one another with little to no space between them. This allowed the strong winds to fan the fire along, from building to building.
Local Fire Department Response to the Fire
Another factor that may have been responsible for the devastating Chicago fire was that the local fire department had been fighting much small

The Suez Canal Crisis & Canada essays

?The Suez crisis was a conflict that could have easily turned into a third World War. With a battle between the Israelis and Egyptians at Sinai, the British and French invasion of Egypt, and nuclear threats from the Soviet Union, all of the elements were present to escalate the conflict and pull other countries into the fray. Canada had no direct ties to the Suez crisis, in terms of control or economic interest. However, Canadian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Lester B. Pearson, persuaded the UN General Assembly to send in the United Nations Emergency Force. Even though Lester B. Pearson dismayed the Commonwealth with his measures for peace, Canada was recognized for starting thefirst ever United Nations Peacekeeping mission.
In the 1950’s the Middle East was affected by four different conflicts; each one separate, but relating in many ways. Thefirst was the rush for geopolitical dominance between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The Middle East was one of the regions that were disputed. The second confrontation was between a various Arabian nationalists against the two residual Imperial powers of Britain and France. The third was the ongoing Arab-Israeli dispute, and the fourth was the push by many Arab nations for the control of the Arab world. The tension over the Suez Canal began long before the actual combat. These four conflicts all came into focus during the Suez Canal crisis.
Long before the Second World War, Britain saw a bright economic future for the Middle East, mostly due to its valuable oil reserves. The Canal was a vital trade route in the eastern world, as cargo ships could pass though the Suez, from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, without circumnavigating Africa. The Suez Canal’s geo-strategic importance during the Cold War prompted Britain to strengthen its position there. However, it became a topic of controversy in the English and Egyptian relations.
On June 23, 1…

A Dialogue on Youth Justice Conferencing essays

?Setting – Three theorists arrange a meeting at an undisclosed location to take part in a lively discussion regarding the recent addition of Youth Justice Conferencing as a sentencing option in the Criminal Justice System.
Durkheim: Good morning Lombroso. How are you this fine morning?
Lombroso: Fantastic. Would you believe I actually just finished reading your interesting theories in The Normal and the Pathological last night. (Durkheim, 1985).
Durkheim: Oh really? I take it by your response you however disagree with some of my views?
Lombroso: Overall, you have formed a strong perception, however yes there are some aspects I don’t agree with.
Beccaria: Sorry I’m late. How have you been Durkheim?
Durkheim: Very well. I’m assuming you know or are familiar with the work of Lombroso?
Beccaria: Lombroso it’s been awhile. I have to say your insight on criminality is extremely captivating. The facts that you presented in The Criminal Mind (Lombroso, 1911) are quite intriguing.
Lombroso: Well I guess I should be thrilled that someone of you calibrate has taken the time to read my work. Can I ask is there any plans in the near future to extend the work you have already done On Crimes and Punishments.
Beccaria: At this stage there is no plans for a follow up.
Durkheim: Okay lads as good as it is that we are all here admiring each other’s workthis isn’t the reason why I have called us here today. You both may have noticed that there has been much debate on the recent addition of youth justice conferencing as a sentencing option within our criminal justice system. Particularly, after that troublesome group of juvenile delinquents went on that heartless rampage of robberies on organistions who try an better our community.
Beccaria: Your right this has been brought to my attention. And it is impossible to know what those young boys where thinking when they chose to break in to these particular stores. Targeting organisati…

An Over Medicated America essays

American’s are over medicated. People are looking for a quick fix to their problems and often turn medication to make them feel better. In some cases there can be a quick fix, for instance, taking a Tylenol or an Advil to relieve a headache. But in other cases, that quick fix can turn into a quick problem. Addiction to prescription medicine is becoming an epidemic – taking over people’s lives and ruining relationships. Other than addictive drugs, direct-to-consumer advertising is becoming an issue for debate. Consumers are being manipulated into thinking the pill being advertised is the answer to all their problems. This causes viewers to self-diagnose themselves and demand commercially advertised drugs from their doctors even though they may have no medical training. These drugs and the associated advertising should be regulated to prevent further addiction, abuse, and manipulation by pharmaceutical companies.
The amount of prescription drugs flooding our nation is becoming an epidemic. With the manipulative advertisements that pharmaceutical companies produce, America is beginning to rely on the quick fix approach to caring for their health. Unethical direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising has exponentially risen every year along with the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs. Pharmaceutical drug companies have created a problem for the public with their manipulative advertisements by playing a part in people becoming addicted to prescription medications. Direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising is becoming a booming source of income for huge corporations, known as the “Big Pharma” (companies such as Pfizer, Novartis, and Johnson & Johnson). Many of the Big Pharma use television advertising to sell drugs to uniformed Americans. People see the commercials and then, after self-diagnosing themselves, demand that their doctor prescribes the medication for them. Prescription drugs, if taken inappropriately is dangerous.
A…

The Ethical Beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism essays

Buddhism and Hinduism are two of the most influential and profound religions in the world. Both religions originated in India therefore possessing many similar ideas and philosophies. They have existed for many centuries and are still widely practiced religions today. Buddhism is based on the ideas and teachings of Gautam Buddha, who was once a Hindu before becoming a Buddhist because of Hinduisms "complex nature". Buddhism and Hinduism share many similarities as well as differences due to their ethical beliefs and philosophies.
The followers of Hinduism and Buddhism both live their lives every day based on the teachings of their religion. Reincarnation, the concept that the spirit after death begins a new life as a human, animal, or other being based on the moral quality of the previous life's actions, plays a big role in both religions. Hindus follow the concept of reincarnation because they believe if a person does good deeds throughout their life, then they will be reincarnated into a better person with a better life. In Ways of the World by Robert Strayer, he states "Reincarnation depends on one's actions." (Chapter 5). If one lives a life of no sin, and constantly does good deeds they will be rewarded in their next life by being reincarnated into a more respected being such as a human or animal. However, if one lives a life of sin then they will most likely be reincarnated into a worthless and weak being that will probably be looked down upon in society. As a practicing Muslim, reincarnation is a concept that is very new and different to me. However, I find reincarnation to be very interesting because it is an idea that makes a lot of sense to me. Personally, I agree with the idea that people should live their lives of no sin because it will make you a more respected person in your life, and in this case, possibly in your next life.
The caste system is something unique only to Hinduism. Budd…

Treatments for Eating Disorders essays

Describe in your own words what the following eating disorders are and what the needs of the individuals suffering these disorders are; anorexia, bulimia, binge eating
Anorexia means'loss of appetite from nervous origins' suffers say that they do not feel hungry, though recovered sufferers do admit that they were very hungry, but did not allow themselves to eat. When a person suffers with this condition they become fixated on their body weight and dieting. They live in fear of normal body weight so are continually pushing themselves towards becoming thinner. Sufferers of this condition can be fanatical with food but they will refuse themselves healthy meals and follow strict diets to make sure they lose as much weight as possible. Anorexia sufferers do not think that there is anything wrong with the amount of weight they have lost even when others see them as being extremely thin. People who have anorexia often have very low self confidence and feel the more weight they lose the better they look so the better they feel about themselves. Sufferers often exercise to the extreme and may force themselves to vomit or use laxatives. Women who suffer with anorexia often find that their menstrual cycle stops. This illness is better to be dealt with as soon as possible as the more the illness progresses the more difficult it can be to deal with. In serious cases a spell in hospital may be needed as anorexia suffers can take their dieting so far that it can result in death.
Treatment of anorexia involves three main phases:
* To regain the weight the sufferer has lost through their dieting
* To treat their psychological problems such as interpersonal conflicts, distorted body image and low self esteem
* To achieve recovery, long term remission or rehabilitation
Bulimia means'ox hunger' or voracious appetite. This illness follows a pattern of hiding from others the consumption of large amounts of food (binge eat…

The Canadian Defense Policy essays

?The search for stable foundations of policy in the face of drastic and revolutionary change poses a problem of almost excruciatingdifficulty for all nations…
– Dr. R. J. Sutherland, Canada's Long Term Strategic Situation
In his 1962 essay, "Canada's Long Term Strategic Situation", Dr. R. J. Sutherland took the unusually bold step of predicting the stable foundations of Canadian defense policy for the next four decades, even though he was writing at the height of Cold War tensions and amid revolutionary developments in nuclear weapons technology.1 An economist, cavalry officer and operational analyst with experience of World War Two and the Korean conflict, much of Sutherland's work for the Department of Defense remains classified and although his career was cut short by his untimely death in 1967, aged only 45, he is considered by many to have been "Canada's preeminent strategist of the 1950’s and 1960’s".2
Sutherland was working for Canada's Defense Research Board when his seminal essay on Canadian security was published in the International Journal. Despite the dramatic global changes since "Hitler's War", Sutherland argued that the very concept of national security required consistent policies to be applied over many decades and suggested that looking ahead to the "far horizon" of the year 2000 could help to determine the long term basis of Canadian security and defense policy.3 Whilst articulating why all out thermonuclear war was unlikely, Sutherland still presented an essentially Hobbesian view of the international system, contending that "The game of power politics has been going on since the dawn of history" and as such a peaceful world order would not be achieved by the start of the next millennium. Despite these uncertainties, Sutherland posited that there were certain "invariants" in Canada's strategic situation relat…

Language Paper on Guyanese Accents essays

People have different languages and accents around the world. As a matter of fact, people can even speak the same language yet have a different accent. Everyone sounds different; whether they are from a different country, different state or even a different city, everyone has their own accent. For my investigation I have chosen a person that speaks English but is from another country.
Navin Poon is a Guyanese/American college student, who is 18 years old. Although he was born in New York, his parents and extended family were born in Guyana. He lived with both parents and his two older brothers in their house in Jamaica, Queens while growing up. Navin was surrounded with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course friends and neighbors that were also Guyanese. Being surrounded by these people during his younger age or during his critical period, Navin has learned to speak Guyanese Creole, saying certain things in different ways. But of course after being in school and listening to other students, classmates, and teachers speak, Navin sounds normal in which everyone can understand him and he has the ability to vary his accent.
In Guyana the official language is English. The English spoken however is known to be Creole, which is a linguistic fusion of African dialects and English, because of how it sounds. Although most of words are the same and are spelt the same way, the way it is said sounds completely different in comparison to someone who speaks regular English from New York. According to research, in Guyana the English taught in school is based on British English. Some of the spellings to the words are different. For example, the word color is spelled "c-o-l-o-r" in Great Britain, as in Guyana.
The pronunciation of certain words is different when a Guyanese says it than when a person from another English speaking country says it. During my investigation, Navin Poon gave me examples of words that are…