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					Sublimity in Martin L. King's Speech: I Have a Dream
by Arfa Zahid
'Sublimity is always an eminence and excellence in Language'. -Longinus.
Since time unknown oratory has been used as a tool by the great leaders
to influence the general public, and to gain a repute for themselves.
Through inspirational and motivational public addresses leaders have for
centuries propagated their messages to the world at large. People
possessing the qualities of great oration have made their works and ideas
immortal, by using the concepts of the 'Sublime'.
The Comedy of Errors - More Than Just a Comedy
by Marissa R Alysson
Is Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors a light-hearted comedy or an
accurate portrayal of its contemporary society? The Comedy of Errors is
not only one of William Shakespeare's earliest work, but also the one
play that deviates the most from the formats and tendencies that
Shakespeare is famous for. It's light hearted slapstick comedy approach
does not attain the quality or depth that many of Shakespeare's later
pieces are credited with.
Why Akbar Was the Greatest Mughal Emperor
by Mishra Sanjeev
Akbar was the son of Humayun. After the death of Humayun, he succeeded
him to the throne of Delhi. He was simply the greatest Mughal ruler
because it was he who consolidated the Kingdom. Under his able rule the
empire flourished in all directions of the Indian Sub-continent.
Predation, Part One - The Humans
by Rachel A Denney
There are so many variables about what the world might be like had a
massive asteroid not killed off the majority of the complex life on earth
that it's hard to even imagine a probably one. Giant reptiles could be
the dominant species on Earth, or eventual climate shifts would have lead
to the evolution of other (maybe mammalian, maybe primate, maybe
insectoid) top predators... what are worlds like in which the top of the
food chain had reached their evolutionary 'now' through different paths?
Of course, the end of the dinosaurs isn't the only factor that has
influenced the formation of life - it isn't even one of the most
important or (depending on how punny you want to be about the Cambrian
Explosion) explosive. That honor goes to predation.
The Mystery of Moths
by Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
What's it with moths, insects and flies? Why in their miniscule bodies or
heads, they threaten humans? Why in their strangeness, they symbolize
wrath, fun, seasons, danger or calm?
Alternative to Traditional Wood Burning Tools
by Alice R Kay
This article is about the potential alternative tools used in the art of
woodburning. The article gets to the basics of woodburning and its
ancient beginnings.
Francis McKamie, The Disturber of Governments
by Jeffrey Murrah
A review of the life and times of Francis McKamie, the Scottish
Presbyterian pastor who brought that religion to America. McKamie's life
was filled with adventure and conflicts in the early days of the American
colonies.
The Enemies of Reason - Richard Dawkins' Documentary Challenges Popular
Nonsense
by Roy Fernandez
The other night, I re-watched most of Richard Dawkins' two-part
documentary The Root of All Evil? (remember the question mark, he had to
fight for it!). Overall, I liked it, but I had some criticism that I
actually got the chance to deliver to him personally last year, which he
then asked me to write down and send to him. That was when I first heard
he was planning on a new set of documentaries. Since then, I have been
eagerly waiting to see if his producers would take my critique to heart.
Arjuna and Ponokawan - Who Are They and What Are Their Stories?
by Sarah Yeoh
Wayang kulit has a long history, originating in India to what we know
today in Malaysia and Indonesia as wayang kulit. One interesting aspect
about Javanese wayang kulit is the addition of the Ponokawan; who do not
exist in the original Mahabharata. Who are they? What is their relation
to Arjuna and just what are their stories?
Feeding the World - Sure, As Long As You Don't Let the Plan Backfire
by Lance Winslow
Remember that famous quote; "Teach a man to fish, do not give him free
fishes every day," or something to that affect, well, we all know the
reality there, and so I ask, why do we throw that wisdom away and send in
giant shipments of food aid to places where we have to bribe the corrupt
leaders merely for permission to do so, allow extortion from terrorists
and guerrillas? Worse, when the guerrillas hijack the shipments or take
the food doling it out to themselves first, then those who support them,
then selling it to everyone else...
What Is the Price of Fame?
by Lydiah E Gathigia
You have probably heard the expression 'there's no such thing as a free
ride' when it comes to popularity, or fame, this is not strictly true.
Many a celebrity have got there with zero talent, and even less hard
work. So how can you set about trying to find fame without it costing you
a dime?
The Great Escape - From Hades
by John Prytz
Like most cultures, the ancient Greeks had an afterlife concept, but it
was quite different from the trilogy of Christian versions of a Hell in
one place and a Heaven in another geographical location. To the Greeks,
all were rolled into one geographical place, the underworld, and
subdivided like a housing estate into a place for those with good grades;
a place for those with average grades, and another corner for those with
failing grades. Unlike Hell, one could escape from Hades the place, which
was administered by Hades, the god of the underworld. If you weren't a
god, that wasn't easy, but it could be done. Here are those who escaped,
even if at least briefly.
Reflections on Shakespeare - A Science That Could Revolutionise Life
by Thurstan Bassett
lmost all of us are like chameleons in that we subtly take our colour
from our surroundings. But we also take it in more decided manner from
other people and we react accordingly, just as they do to us.
Waltheof - Son of Siward and Last Saxon Earl
by Mercedes Rochelle
Earl Waltheof's foray into the history books was unlucky and unhappy. He
was the younger son of Earl Siward the Strong, who died when Waltheof was
only 10 years old. From beginning to end, it seems like he was in the
wrong place at the wrong time and never managed to live up to his
destiny.
The Minerva Press - Purveyors of Gothic and Sentimental Fiction
by Ben H Wright
An overview of the Minerva Press, the 18th century publishing house. The
analysis provides a brief review of some of the Gothic novelists who
wrote for the company.
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Typhon: The Father Of All Monsters
by John Prytz
We all love our monster movies and tales, even the ancient ones like
Beowulf or Saint George and the Dragon. There are thousands of monsters,
ancient and modern. If you think modern, one tends to think of Godzilla
or some such, and while you may think Godzilla's a big mother, that
nothing compared to Typhon, the mother (well, actually father since
Typhon's a 'he') of all monsters.
Robinson Crusoe Island - Treasure Island
by Fred Watson
According to legend just six years after Alexander Selkirk was rescued a
vast hoard of gold and jewels was buried on the Island. The treasure was
stolen from the Inca's during the Spanish conquest of Peru in the 16th
and 17th centuries and in 1715 was loaded onboard a ship to be
transferred to Spain during the Spanish wars of succession. However, the
commander of the vessel Juan Esteban Ubilla y Echeverria decided to stash
the treasure on the Island of Mas a Tierra, and return for it at a later
date.
Reflections on Shakespeare
by Thurstan Bassett
Great art is worth nothing if it teaches us nothing. Unless it makes us
wiser and kinder people, there is no more merit in studying, or being
able to recite passages from, Hamlet or the Pilgrim's progress or The
Prelude, than there is in knowing a handful of nursery rhymes by heart.
Not so much, in fact.
Community Food Banks Are the Way To Go Not Federal Food Stamps
by Lance Winslow
The other day, I was talking to someone who worked for a major food bank
in an upper Midwest state. It was amazing some of the stories they had
told, and yet, this seems to be the best way to ensure that no one
starves. Consider if you will all the fraud, abuse, and waste in our food
stamp program here the United States.
Tarzan of the Apes Completes a Century and is Still Going Strong
by Madan G Singh
Tarzan is a fictional character created by a writer with an unlikely
name; Edgar Rice Burroughs. To him must go the credit for creating a
legend that has entertained young and old for a hundred years. A century
is a long time and Tarzan is a character whose importance has not
diminished, even when the new generation of characters like Batman,
Superman and the Phantom have emerged.
Pompeii the City
by Paul Claybrook
In about 700 B.C., the city of Pompeii was established. It eventually
grew to a population of about 20,000 residents at the foot of Mount
Vesuvius, a volcano that had not seen activity in 3,000 years.
Giving Aid in Poverty-Stricken Socialist Countries Only Promotes More of
the Same
by Lance Winslow
There are endless NGOs and do-gooders, many famous most not, who wish to
help the poverty-stricken poor of the world. However, a word of advice
might be to hold off on helping poverty-stricken individuals in socialist
nations. After all if you give something to someone who has been promised
so much from their government, and yet that government has not delivered,
then all you're doing is feeding into the lie of the government which has
done those people wrong, and you are going to have to work with that
government to bring in the help.
Abraham - The Only Southern Winner at Vicksburg, Mississippi
by Donna Adair
On June 25, 1863, the great siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, had been
underway for a month. The tedium of siege warfare was about to be broken,
however, by a startling incident that occurred when a tunnel was dug
beneath the Vicksburg defenses. Mines were placed inside, soon to be
exploded.
Hamlet As a Revenge Tragedy
by Ali Oyo Asghar J
Shakespeare (1564-1616) is the greatest Elizabethan dramatist. He wrote
tragedies and comedies of great height. In his hands, the Romantic dramas
reached its peak. Hamlet responds to all the rules of revenge tragedy.
The revenge tragedies were very popular in the Elizabethan and Jacobeans
periods. The best known revenge tragedies are Thomas Kyd's The Spanish
Tragedy and William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Roman Britain: Britannia and the Long Arm of Rome
by Brandon Huebner
The Roman historian Tacitus described it as pretium victoriae or "worth
the conquest." It was the "largest island known to the Romans" and
populated with people who "produce gold and silver and other metals."
Imperial Rome, it seemed, was only interested in the wealth and resources
with which Britannia could provide it. Rome, however, could not have
obtained these highly crafted wares from a rudimentary, disjointed
society of cave dwellers. Some historians have presented Iron Age Britain
as just such a place, but the historical evidence exists to show that
pre-Roman Britannia contained a dynamic, growing society of artisans,
even though it had not equaled the splendor of Rome.
2012 Trends and Challenges in Humanitarian Efforts
by Lance Winslow
Each year NGOs, the United Nations, and other various groups around the
planet get together to work on humanitarian efforts. Not only is it good
to help the poverty-stricken areas for whatever reason such as civil
unrest, droughts, famine, intense weather, or natural disaster, but it
also keeps the world talking and it is good for international diplomatic
efforts. There are quite a few trends and challenges for our humanitarian
efforts in 2012, and I hope that we might schedule some time here and
talk about that today.
The Wild West, A Glorious Age of America
by Madan G Singh
What is The Wild West The Wild West is the word that that has been coined
for a period in American history that coincided with the movement of the
white settlers west wards. It was a turbulent period and dominated by
gunmen, sheriffs or lawmen, red Indians and the settlers themselves. It
was the age that opened America to development and perhaps what the USA
is today would never have been in case this period had not existed.
The Human Investor Part X
by Jules R. Bryson
Education is desperate for money, ideas, and talent. As a whole public
institutions barely survive year after year of disastrous management, a
ruinous, mold-breeding flood in sometimes treasure-crammed dilapidated
buildings. "My whole philosophy" says Gouiran " is to provide opportunity
for orphans and disadvantaged youth, illegitimate, immigrant, the
unwanted, with an opportunity to rise on sheer talent and merit and
grit". This is Gouiran's story as many who know him put it.
How Can We As Americans Help in Poor Latin American Countries Like
Honduras?
by Lance Winslow
So often Americans complain and duly forget how darn lucky we are to live
in the greatest nation ever created. It's not like this everywhere around
the world, and certainly not everywhere in this hemisphere, for instance
Bolivia, Haiti, and Honduras to just name a few. Way back in 2006 I wrote
a report which I posted online.
History of Chennai
by Suhaina Mazhar Sumazla
Chennai which is also known as Madras is the fourth largest city in
India. It is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and has a long
and interesting history. There were three main provinces in South India
namely Thondai Naadu, Nadu Naadu and Kongu Naadu apart from the three
kingdoms of Chera, Chola and Pandiya. Chennai was a part of that Thondai
Naadu and is situated between Nellore and Cuddalore on the coast of Bay
of Bengal.

				
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