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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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