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Crime and Economics

15 Dec 2017

Crime is always an important issue at election time and a frequent topic of debate on radio talk shows. Most of us have stories to tell of burglaries or being mugged or worse and while, when we tell them the incident may be nothing more to us than an anecdote, at the time it probably left us feeling shaken and vulnerable. Crime affects us all. However, we as a society still like to cling to the idea of the criminal as a wild-eyed James Cagney, or a more modern day screen villain-- psychopathic, utterly remorseless and, in the end, getting his just desserts. It comforts us to think of criminals simply as “bad seeds”. In part, because it absolves us of any responsibility for having “created” them, or any guilt we might feel in punishing them. The fact is, though, that psychopaths are few and far between. Most crime is rooted in socio-economic factors that we, as a group, help to foster.

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Chinese Film and Folklore Mythology

15 Dec 2017

John Woo’s films, predominantly of an action and adventure genre, incorporate aspects of Chinese mythology in the characterizations of goodness and evil (Hanke, 35). Woo’s American films (Face/Off, Broken Arrow) exemplify the most obvious attributes of Woo’s style, with excessive gunplay, slow motion, and unbelievable action sequences. Within these aspects of violence, however, is a choreography that reflects a basic morality tale about power, personal transcendence, and a romantic hero’s struggle to overcome a moral crisis (Hanke, 36). It is here, in the fantasy morality play that particular Chinese influence that can be traced to the American-made films of both Woo and Ang Lee.

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Intellectual Property and the Economics View

15 Dec 2017

The economics view of intellectual property sees the protection of intellectual property as both a good and a bad thing. The view recognizes that there needs to be protection and promotion of new ideas, but it also takes into account that many ideas can be worthless. In other words, the economics view believes that ideas have to be looked at for what they are worth, not just for being spoken. This is primarily because the protection of intellectual property increases cost, but such increase in cost can be disproportional to the real worth of the ideas themselves. Nonetheless, one thing has to be kept in mind: information is a public good. (Cooter and Ulen, 140)

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Charles Beard

15 Dec 2017

Charles Beard was interested in the interrelation of economics and politics. In An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution, he argued that the framers of the Constitution, as property owners, were chiefly interested in constructing a charter to protect their wealth. This was a Marxist analysis that focused on the haves and the have-nots.

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Economic Principles

15 Dec 2017

This paper sheds light on various economic concepts from Neoclassicism era and also discusses their survival and validity in the 21st century. Neoclassic economics developed concepts, which are still popular in certain areas, because they were parallel to the principles of a free economy. But some changes were introduced in certain models and concepts when they were considered flawed and no longer appeared valid.

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Quasi-Capitalistic Micro Economy

15 Dec 2017

This page undergraduate paper discusses the change in the quasi-capitalistic micro economy over time. The paper also refers to a shift from the classical study of economics from Adam Smith that is from the free market system to a more Keynesian approach. The paper highlights how technology has changed how we work as the employee is no longer just a factor of production to be exploited but a meaningful part of the business.

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Mate Selection by Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis

15 Dec 2017

The topic of mate selection has always been an important one for researchers of animal behavior precisely because mate selection is vital to the species that those researchers are examining. No living organism can sustain life indefinitely and must eventually procreate to pass on their genetic information to the next generation. I have therefore chosen to study sexual selection and in particular the physiological traits that influence it by examining a species in which the factors of effective mate selection are relatively transparent to the observer. In particular this research examines mate selection in the damselfly Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis.

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Scientific Studies

15 Dec 2017

Introduction: This scientific study will examine a scientific and ethical argument against human cloning in regards to the problems with “Dolly”, the first animal to ever be cloned. In this manner, the problems of Dolly’s death will be examined through the science of cell research to realize the premature death of this pioneering animal. In this respect, Dolly died at an early age due to severe arthritis, which may be an error in the development of the cells that created Dolly from her “mother.” Through an examination of the details of this erroneous cloning, there needs to be far better research and development before human beings should be considered for the cloning process.

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Ethics in Accounting

15 Dec 2017

The word “account” is at the root of the words accountable, accountant, and accounting. Common to all these words is the idea of accurate and responsible reporting and/or recording. This paper will regretfully show that while the word “account” certainly carries weight insofar as lending an impression of truth, accuracy, and objectivity, in our society today, the impression is increasingly found to be false. Highlighted and discussed will be the fields which seem to be particularly vulnerable to misleading or outright false financial reporting:

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A Discussion of Theology

15 Dec 2017

The religious writings of Soren Kierkegaard represent a fundamental challenge to traditional modes of thinking about subjects such as theology and faith. Indeed, this 19th century Danish philosopher's reflections upon the relationship between God and Man, Faith and Reason, are so idiosyncratic as to be virtually heretical within the parameters of most organized Christianity. Given this, some might question the value of studying his religious philosophy.

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E-Commerce and Accounting

13 Dec 2017

An examination of e-commerce businesses, both pure play and company-based sites, focusing on the mistakes made by failed companies and methods to avoid similar mistakes in the future. Ameritrade, Travelocity, and Rowe.com are highlighted. An examination of e-commerce businesses, both pure play and companybased sites, focusing on the mistakes made by failed companies and methods to avoid similar mistakes in the future. Ameritrade, Travelocity, and Rowe.com are highlighted.

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Enron – Contribution, Collapse, Bankruptcy

13 Dec 2017

SUMMARY: Enron is quickly becoming a 21st century equivalent of the 1950’s game show scandals that inspired the film Quiz Show. Both events involved a very large organization, an apparently active conspiracy to deceive the public and employees, and touches a very broad section of our political and economic power structure. Enron had emerged from the smoke and mirrors associated with all scandals as a clearly unfathomable organization – Enron is an enigma. Before the bankruptcy, Enron enjoyed an enormously successful history of brokering energy to and from various points on the compass – from virtually blackmailing California during that state’s energy crisis of the summer of 2000, to the general failure to meet energy contracts throughout the county. Enron’s excesses, mismanagement, shady accounting, questionable ethics, and its octopus-like hold on seemingly half of all the congressional politicians in Washington combine to lend credence to conspiracy theorists who assert that there are commercial forces at work behind governmental decisions that supercede concerns for the American citizenry. Like any scandalized person or organization, prior to exposure, everyone is ecstatic to be in bed together, but post-exposure, all the partners jump out of bed faster than roaches under a sun-lamp. Enron collapsed because it was a giant built upon a balsa wood foundation. It is the purpose of this paper to examine the factors involved in the collapse of Enron.

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Sickle Cell Disease: A Genetic Perspective

13 Dec 2017

Summary: This paper deals with sickle-cell disease (SCD, also known as sickle cell anemia) from a genetic point of view. The disease and its genetic trait do not conform well to the traditional model of genetic inheritance, which required that the medical establishment rethink its ideas about genetic concepts like “dominant” and “recessive”. It often occurs in areas rife with malaria, and may be linked to an increased protection from severe malaria. Also discussed: symptoms of SCD, treatments and gene therapies, and demographics.

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Rise of Islam, Fall of Rome, and Cultural Exchange

13 Dec 2017

The rise of Islam, the fall of Rome, and the complications of Christianity in Europe and Africa are all intertwined. At their core, these events truly shaped our modern society. As Europe encountered the major cultural centers of Axom and Meroe, and as the cultural exchange that comes unavoidably from trade, things began to change drastically in the world. It is the purpose of this paper to examine, in a broad stroke, the relationship between Africa and Europe, and between Christianity and Islam during the middle three centuries of the first millennia.

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Critical Theory

13 Dec 2017

Dante was the most effective in being able to translate his sense of world through words. He did this by making us visualize the images of which he wrote. He brings certain truths to the awareness of mankind. These truths are to shed light on the meaning of man's life and to serve as guides for the conduct of private and public life in this world. Thus, by writing words about other worlds, he shows us how to live in this one. More than anything else, Dante was interested in form as a sort of prime matter that could be shaped to create the physical world as we know it. For Dante, the world of spirit entailed intellectual order and discipline.

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Market Liberalism’s Place in Earth in the Balance

12 Dec 2017

Summary: This is a page essay that describes market liberalism (otherwise known as libertarian economics) from the point of view of Al Gore. It is supposed to be part of an imaginary “new edition” of his extensive treatise on ecology and government, Earth in the Balance. It can also stand on its own as an opinion paper about environmental abuses by modern industry, and the worth of government regulation.

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Earth in the Balance

12 Dec 2017

Vice-President Al Gore’s book Earth in the Balance is a careful examination of the relationship between US politics and the environment. It addresses major issues like global deforestation and the responsibility of industry, as well as laying out a plan for the improvement of the human economic relationship to the environment (the Global Marshall Plan). However, in the years since the book was written, the information economy and new technology has boomed, creating new elements in the interaction between man and the environment in the US. Market liberalism has emerged as a new economic trend in this boom economy that could prove harmful to long-term environmental goals. Below is a brief essay describing market liberalism and its potential effects on the environment, as well as why government has a responsibility to interfere with market-liberal practices. It would be most appropriate for a new edition of Earth in the Balance to place this essay directly after chapter 10, “Eco-nomics: Truth or Consequences”, at p. 197.

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Deep Ecology

12 Dec 2017

A predominant theme in environmental philosophy is the claim that we need to correct an anthropocentric bias in our attitudes to the nonhuman world, and in particular to extend moral concern across time and across species. This is the central claim of "deep ecology", which maintains that the uncritical acceptance of anthropocentric values has abetted reprehensible practices with respect to the non-human world. In the following, the benefits and the shortcomings of anthropocentrism will be examined within the framework of ‘deep ecology’. This paper will attempt to demonstrate both the value and some of the limitations of this framework with respect to the problem of anthropocentrism. This paper will begin with an analysis of the problem of anthropocentrism, and then proceed to a discussion of deep ecology as one of the more serious challenges to this environmental question.

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Argument for Anthropomorphic Environmental Ethics

12 Dec 2017

The mechanistic worldview, on the other hand, depicts nature as atomistic, passive, lifeless, and wholly devoid of purpose. Feminist critics of deep ecology's insistence that an anthropocentric worldview is the root cause of the ecological crisis agree that there are important connections between the oppression of nature and the oppression of women that the anthropocentric emphasis of deep ecology obscures. Nature itself is conceived of as feminine. The powerful metaphor of "Mother Nature" allows one to see women and nature as both nurturing and gentle as well as wild and unpredictable. The irrational forces of nature must be tamed by culture and the emotional nature of women must be constructively directed by the masculine force of rationality. 

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Judgements In Cases: Conceptualism vs. Realism

12 Dec 2017

Most all rules of law are at least indirectly hinged to the existence of a fair, impartial, and efficient judiciary. Perhaps more than all of them, however, is the tenet that ‘all persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection of the law’. This particular rule of law rests almost solely on the discipline of the judiciary and has raised the important question of how, precisely, judges make their decisions. Boundless theories concerning themselves with questions about how judges decide cases and how they should decide cases have filled the minds of legal scholars for centuries. Of these theories, two schools of thought have generally competed for their allegiance. This paper will highlight the essence of these normative theories and attempt to distinguish the most accurate conceptualisation.

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Patronage and Aesthetics in his Life and Art

08 Dec 2017

This essay - discussing the life in art of Kano Tanyu (1602- 1674) - will argue that Tanyu represents a classic example of the function of patronage in the production of art. In 17th century Japan the styles and subjects of art differed depending upon the class who were to be the designated audience for the art. The Kano family had tied its fortunes to the ruling Tokugawa clan from an early date; Tanyu's artist father having moved to Edo at the order of the shogun. This patronage was key to the Kano family's prominence both socially and artistically, as the daimyos of the lesser courts throughout the country copied the official art and styles of the shogunate (Paine & Soper, 202).

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The Japanese Today; Change and Continuity

08 Dec 2017

Marius Jansen and Edwin Reischauer have explored the major issues connected to contemporary Japan. In The Japanese Today; Change and Continuity, they explain why Japan has come to be regarded as one of the three of four most important countries in the world. More than anything, the authors concentrate on the Japanese people, their society, political institutions, business organization, and increasingly complicated and significant relations with the rest of the international community. They show that, in one very important sense, the success of Japanese society has almost been a miracle in the context of the defeat in World War Two.

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The Influence of Chinese Architecture

08 Dec 2017

Any discussion of the influence of Chinese architecture upon the design of Japanese temples must acknowledge that the relationship between the two design aesthetics is not simply one of Japanese acquisition of foreign styles and forms. Rather, this essay will argue that this influence may best be described as a dialectic or a "conversation" taking place in Japanese culture over centuries. In the course of this "conversation" Chinese Buddhist architectural styles - themselves influenced by earlier Indian models - influenced the design of native Japanese Shinto shrines. However, the more direct transplantation of Chinese Buddhist temple architecture in Japan was likewise often influenced by older Japanese architectural principles - as most famously embodied in the Shinto shrines - to finally evolve into a architectural style that - in Zen Buddhist temples - may best be described as an amalgam of the two forms.

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American Culture and Islamic Culture: Comparisons

08 Dec 2017

Although they share a number of basic human values, American and Islamic cultures are very different, as one might expect. Perhaps the most significant contrast between American culture and Islamic culture is the status of women. In Islam, especially in the more traditional Islamic countries, women are compelled to dress extremely modestly when in public. When wearing a chador, which covers her from head to foot, all that is revealed to public view is a woman’s eyes.

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Women and Gender in Islam Book Report

08 Dec 2017

Summary: This is a page book report on the recent historical study Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate. The book chronicles the position of women in Islamic society from the first marriage of Muhammad to the present day. It is steeped in the traditions of women’s studies, but it draws heavily upon historical accounts of Islam as a religion and a socio-cultural system.

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