A cast of regular people who were exiled to a desert island to survive and undermine each other to win the grand prize of one million dollars. It is certainly a far cry from games shows in the Seventies that could only offer refrigerators to the winners. Another way reality TV has changed is that it is much more graphic now. In the first season of The Real World, it was real people living together. Now it has become seven people who are acting as they think they should base on the past sixteen seasons.
A week later he did the same thing when he met 27 year old Eddie Smith. A few months later and his next victim was 22 year old Ernest Miller. Jeffrey had told him that he would pay him $50 to pose nude so he could take photos of him. This time he had drugged him and cut his throat. He also saved his skeleton and put in his closet and had cut off his biceps and was put in his freezer to eat at a later time.
China is just as bad with there one child only law. “If you're going to wipe out 20 percent of your population, nature is not going to sit by and watch.” (Freiberg 13) The part about nature not just sitting by and watch reminds me of Jurassic Park. In the movie the dinosaurs where to be all female but eggs were found, nature found a way to rebalance the dinosaurs by changing the sex of some of them. This was due to the amphibian DNA that was used to fill in some of the genetic code. Amphibians are prone to changing sexes in an unbalanced environment.
While the accounting was marked to market, it wasn’t being handle the traditional fashion way with trading prices dictating its value. Instead Enron used its own projections to account in the first year anticipated income from contracts that were a decade or more long. This caused the increase of the stock price without a solid base to justify its true value. This action set up the course for them to lie on every subsequent year to cover up the lies from the prior year. It became such a big snow ball of lies that it took down one of the biggest corporations in American history.
The roles of the federal government and American unions still feel the impact of the policy that resulted from the PATCO strike today. PATCO president Robert Poli demanded an across the board wage increase of $10,000 per year for controllers, the reduction of a five-day 40-hour work week to a four-day 32-hour work week, and full retirement after 20 years of service. This package carried a $770 million dollar price tag. The air traffic controllers rationalized these demands by claiming that air traffic control is one of the most stressful jobs there is. Furthermore, PATCO members stated that as a result of the constant stressors in their daily workplace: ulcers, heart conditions, hypertension, and alcoholism were common among controllers.
As the 12th year of the post-9/11 wars begins, the toll of war in human lives and US federal dollars continues to grow. When President Barack Obama withdrew uniformed American troops from Iraq last year and announced substantial troop withdrawals in Afghanistan, he concluded in a UN speech that “The tide of war is receding.” Hundreds of billions of dollars, however, will continue to be allocated for or because of the wars. So, too, will the human costs of these conflicts reverberate for years to come in the United States and the war zones. There is no turning the page on the wars, and there is even more need as a result to understand what those wars’ consequences are and will be. What we do know, without debate, is that the wars begun eleven years ago have been tremendously painful for millions of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and the United States, and economically costly as well.
Marx opined that conflict holds society in order by a wealthy and powerful few that dominates and control the poorer and weaker masses. There is a clear cut parallel to Conflict Theory and the government shutdown that happened this October. 536 people- the 100 senators, the 435 congressmen and resident in the White House controlled the lives of millions of furloughed employees, the military and many more civilians because they had a visceral disagreement about the funding of the uninsured citizenry. A shutdown that happened because of Obamacare that did not even shutdown Obamacare, a crisis where millions of the poor and disenfranchised were used as pawns in a chess game of politics. No matter what one’s ideology is, some will blame a chamber of Congress, the other will blame the White House.
Notable world events happen every day and depending on how well you related to it decided how well you remembered the event and what you doing at the time. For me the event that affected me personally the most was the Anthrax Scare immediately following the 9/11 attack on the U.S. Two other earth shattering events that really took me off my feet were the Columbia Space Shuttle accident and the tsunami in Asia that killed over 225 thousand people. Natural world disasters are truly terrifying in the fact that no one has control of anything that made that made them happen. If you are an American and alive and well today you know about the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Fast forwarding a month would be the anthrax scare postal workers faced in October.
Obama pledges federal aid on Colorado wildfire visit. On Friday President Barack Obama promised federal assistance for Colorado’s worst-ever wildfire as he toured damage caused by the blaze, which has killed at least two people, destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of 35,000 residents in and around the State’s second-largest city. President Obama began his three to four hour visit to the areas that were devastated by a still largely uncontrolled fire with a fly-over in Air Force one, surveying part of the Rocky mountains where smoke could be seen rising from what officials say is the most destructive blaze in state history. The so called Waldo Canyon Fire, fanned by strong, erratic winds, roared Tuesday night through foothill communities in the northwestern corner
But the natural background rate of extinction during the past 600 million years, the period of major life, has been on the order of only one species every year or so. Today the rate is surely hundreds of times higher, possibly thousands of times higher” (28) Basically, Myers is saying that our species on planet earth are going extinct. He’s saying that in the present time the rate of extinction is increasing much higher day by day. The human race needs to invest their time and resources on preserving what wild life habitat we have left. Myers stated, “Deforestation in Brazil's Atlantic-coastal forest and Madagascar has been going on for several centuries, but the main damage has occurred during this century, especially since 1950, i.e., since the spread of broad-scale industrialization and plantation agriculture in Brazil and since the onset of rapid population growth in Madagascar.” (30) In agreement with Myers, Deforestation has been an ongoing environmental issue for many years.