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Wildfires in Forests

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  Wildfires in Forests Wildfires can occur in any country - America, Canada, Australia, And even in the Western Cape of South Africa With climate change they have become prevalent. Natural fires generally start by lightning. Some begin by spontaneous combustion Caused by sawdust and dried leaves, And these fires burn for other reasons But there are “good” and “bad” forest fires.   Wildfires are “good” when they are beneficial to mankind. They turn dead trees and decaying plant matter into ashes Causing nutrients to return to the soil, Instead of being trapped in dead plant vegetation So, wildfires clear the decaying trees Of debris by returning health to the forest, And some plants depend on the heat for germination   Wildfires are “bad” when they destroy homes Causing a loss of lives and loss of cultivated acres People suffer and they wipe out many species Such fires also kill trees that prevent erosion Thus, having a negative impact on the

A Promised Land

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  A Promised Land Barack Obama’s A Promised Land is a rather insightful presidential autobiography. He explained how the Democratic party was able to pass a number of legislations. Obama pointed to victories with TARP, Recovery Act, Dodd-Frank Act, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Immigration, and climate change. He failed in his effort to get legislation on the Dream Act for millions of undocumented children who reside in the United States. Obama’s victories didn’t come easily. As these pieces of legislation made their way through the senate, they faced opposition from Republicans. In the senate Mitch McConnell would try to use the filibuster to block his legislation. Fortunately, when Obama first assumed the presidency, he had the backing of sixty Democratic senators. After the Democrats lost a seat in Massachusetts the healthcare bill appeared in jeopardy. With other legislation Democrats under Harry Reid relied on three Republican senators to secure a bipartisan majority. In the

Alcohol Addiction

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  Alcohol Addiction It’s often said that those who don’t drink shouldn’t start.  For those who do, they should drink in moderation.  Some may tell you how easy it is to become hooked on booze.  Alcoholism is addictive and may cause your life to end tragically.  TV viewers have been shown the tragic loss of some celebrities, politicians, rock stars, actors, and actresses to addiction.  Even if someone should survive alcoholism it can still lead to impairment, violence, suicide, and criminal activities.  Stonewall Jackson (1824–1863), a Confederate General during the American Civil War said, “I am more afraid of alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy.”  He was convinced that alcohol was bad for Americans.   Media Coverage   Alcohol in the media covered many topics:             •   Debates about advertisements             •   The number of liquor billboards in poor neighborhoods             •   T he positive and negative effects on life expectancy             •   D rin

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 - 1973)

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  Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Lyndon Johnson and The American Dream is a monumental work that captures this American president at his best and worst. From a childhood in Texas while at home, and at school Johnson was deeply influenced by his mother Rebekah. The author went at length to portray this aspect of his life by showing how he longed to please a mother who was rather demanding. But Johnson was able to eventually shift his loyalties to Sam, his father, who was a political figure in Texas. At San Marcos College Johnson made his mark by manipulating the system where he was a student. Soon, he was working closely with the college’s president that orchestrated changes in student government. On graduation he endeavored to follow in his father’s footsteps, and went to Washington DC as an office manager to congressman Richard Kleberg. There, he mastered the intricacies of congressional life by learning the ropes. Having been able to attract the attention

Human Rights

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  Human Rights How would you like to be a human rights defender? What does this mean? Where do you work? And what could you expect? These answers are challenging.   A human rights defender fights to protect people’s rights. He or she promotes the welfare of citizens. Their work is local, national, and international. They are the defenders of   diverse cases. These range from employment issues, health care, life’s problems, Food, water, executions, torture, indigenous, and women’s issues   These individuals fight for rights for all. Problems are everywhere in our world. They exist in democratic and non-democratic nations. Challenges vary from HIV/AIDS, the coronavirus, migration, Structural adjustment policies, and political upheavals   Defenders monitor regional and worldwide conditions. They collect and disseminate information, And work to bring reports to key political and judicial officials. These organizations publish reports about thei

Storms in Nature

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  Storms in Nature What causes a lightning strike? What brings thunderstorms? Lightning flashes when positively And negatively charged particles interact Grow large enough to form a giant spark But thunderstorms form from an unstable air mass When warm and usually cold air collide   Yet, some sacred texts reveal this is how God speaks God explodes, brings judgment, and condemns But how did the ancients believe these were acts of God? Scientists, prophets, theologians tend to agree That there must be “cause and effect” So, they determine God possesses this power For, the Eternal Spirit exists in nature   Other phenomena are just as revealing - Tsunamis are sudden movement of the ocean by earthquakes, Volcanoes are formed from the buoyancy of the magma, And pressure from absolved gases, Hurricanes are due to intense low pressure areas That forms in the summer or fall over warm waters Some religious, view these eruptions as acts of God   “

Forgive Others

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  Forgive Others At all times try to forgive others. It’s a choice because you wish to move forward in a liberated way. As you embrace this gift, you will become whole.   You are taking the pain out of your own heart, and mending what was broken.   Believers in God, Allah, Brahma, Dao, and secular humanists know the benefits of forgiveness.   By forgiving you are setting a prisoner free, and doing so, you will heal.   This stage is found by the peace people find within their hearts.   In taking the high road you should never consider yourself weak, but as being a paragon of strength. Free yourself of bitterness, but if you continue to be angry, you will be robbing yourself of happiness. Take forgiveness. Two levels here. One level: forgiveness means you shouldn't develop feelings of revenge. Because revenge harms the other person, therefore it is a form of violence. With violence, there is usually counterviolence. This generates even more violence — the problem never goes away.