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  • Why giant corporations aren’t “evil”

    A lot of people lately think that giant corporations are evil and made up of terrible people who are greedy liars and that small businesses are good and honest and are far better. I’m here to tell you you’re completely wrong.

    I’m gonna tell you a made-up story, but it is similar to what probably happened. The setting is 20 years ago in a small town in arkansas. There are 4 department stores in town. One called Wal-Mart, the others department store #1, #2, and #3. They were all pretty good department stores, but the store called Wal-Mart had better customer service, sold better quality products, and so people shopped there a lot more than at department stores #1, #2, and #3. Over time, Wal-Mart accumulated so much money that they opened another store, and another, and another. Now, in 2009, they are a giant corporation with hundreds of stores. People who don’t know this story just assume that Wal-mart is evil and the smaller department stores are much better. Well, 20 years ago, Wal-Mart started off just like the other department stores, but was the best department store there was in the area back then. So then they expanded and got to be a big corporation. They didn’t start off huge, they started off just like the other department stores and because they had better customer service and sold better quality products, they are the huge mega-chain of department stores they are today.

    Understand yet? Corporations aren’t evil!

    My second story also takes place 20 years ago in 1989, but in Seattle. There is a store called Starbucks, and Coffee Store #1, #2, and #3. The 4 coffee stores were all very small and only had 1 store, but Starbucks made a better cup of coffee than the other coffee stores, and then made enough money to expand. The only reason they are a huge chain of coffee stores now is that they made a better cup of coffee 20 years ago. They started off the same as the other coffee stores, but they got to be the best by making the best coffee, its simple.

    So now hopefully you see that small businesses aren’t always the best. Also, larger corporations employ way more people, offer better deals on lots of products, which is always good in a bad economy like this. Also, they offer better healthcare than most small businesses can afford. Larger corporations also circulate more money through the economy, and also give back more taxes to the government, which comes right back to spend on you.

    Corporations are not evil!

    Scott

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    Why Did We Really Invade Iraq?

    Here’s why: Oil.
    Then maybe that makes you think about all the terrorists. “But wait! The government said it was because Saddam Huissein had a bomb that could kill millions and that’s why we invaded!” Wrong. We had evidence that he didn’t have the bomb. There was no other good reason to invade besides getting free oil. My dad told me that so I don’t have an “updated” version. And when we captured Saddam, no bomb. And we’re not in Iraq right now to help the people, we’re there to take their oil. The government just says we’re there so this was isn’t as unpopular as the Vietnam war was.

    So what’s your opinion on all this? Are we in Iraq to help people, or to get free oil?

    Scott777

    Memorial Day

    This the day to honor the brave American Soldiers who fought so courageously in American Wars for us to have freedom and independence. So if you haven’t already put out your flag, do it now. The least you can do is show those brave soldiers you honor them by putting out your flag and taking it down today at sunset. I already put mine up. It took me 5 minutes. And 5 minutes later today. You’re probably not too busy to do that, right?
    But remember, if it starts to rain (Like it might near my house) take the flag down and inside!

    Here is the History of the American Flag:

    Scott777
    Happy Memorial Day! If you know an American Soldier/Veteran, honor them today!

    Some Famous Quotes

    If you haven’t figured out already, I’m a History person.
    From Here
    Think about these, they really make sense.

    “It is not good to have a rule of many.”

    -Homer (Not Homer Simpson)

    “Nothing shall I, while sane, compare with a friend.”

    -Homer (Again, Not Homer Simpson)

    “A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.”
    -Abraham Lincoln

    “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
    -Abraham Lincoln

    “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
    -Abraham Lincoln

    “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
    -Abraham Lincoln

    “A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
    -Abraham Lincoln

    “A small leak can sink a great ship.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “Distrust and caution are the parents of security.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “If you desire many things, many things will seem few.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “One today is worth two tomorrows.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
    -George Washington

    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
    -George Washington

    I’ll post some more tomorrow
    Scott777

    World War 1 Timeline

    Not so random anymore, the 3rd timeline I’ve posted on this site.
    From http://www.firstworldwar.com/timeline/index.htm

    1914

  • June 28: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austro-Hungarian empire, in Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • July 28: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
  • July 29: December 9: Austria-Hungary repeatedly invades Serbia but is repeatedly repulsed
  • August 1: Outbreak of war, Germany Declares War on Russia
  • August 3: Germany declares war on France
  • August 4: Germany invades neutral Belgium
  • August 4: Britain declares war on Germany
  • August 4: US President Woodrow Wilson declares policy of US neutrality
  • August 14: Battle of the Frontiers begins
  • August 17-19: Russia invades East Prussia
  • August 23: Japan declares war on Germany
  • August 23 – September 2: Austria-Hungary invades Russian Poland (Galicia)
  • August 26-30: Battle of Tannenberg, which Russia loses; Germany’s greatest success of the war on Eastern Front
  • September 5-10: First Battle of Marne, halts German advance, resulting in stalemate and trench warfare
  • September 9-14: First Battle of Masurian Lakes, which Russia again loses
  • September 14: First Battle of Aisne begins
  • September 15-November 24: The “race to the sea”, trenches appear on September 15
  • September 17-28: Austro-German attack western Poland
  • October 14: November 22-First Battle of Ypres
  • October 29: Turkey enters the war on the side of the Central Powers
  • December 8: Battle of the Falkland Islands
  • December 21: First German air raid on Britain
  • December 25: Unofficial Christmas truce declared by soldiers along the Western Front
  • 1915

  • January 1 – March 30: Allied offensive in Artois and Champagne
  • January 15: Japan’s 21 demands on China
  • January 19-20: First German zeppelin attack on England
  • February 4: German U-boat attacks on Allied and neutral shipping; declares blockade of Britain
  • February 7-21: Russians suffer heavy losses at Second Battle of Masurian Lakes (also known as the Winter Battle)
  • February – April: Austro-Hungarian attack on Russian Poland (Galicia) collapses, with the Russians counterattacking
  • February 19-August: Allied amphibious attack on the Dardanelles and Gallipoli (initiated by Winston Churchill, who resigns as a consequence) ends with the Turkish siege of the Allied forces
  • March 1: First passenger ship sinks, the British liner Falaba
  • March 11: Britain announces blockade of German ports
  • April-June: Germans focus on Eastern Front, breaking through Gorlice-Tarnow and forcing Russia out of much of Poland
  • April 22 – May 25: First use of poison gas by Germany starts Second Battle of Ypres
  • April 25: Allied landing at Gallipoli
  • April 26: France, Russia, Italy and Britain conclude secret Treaty of London
  • May 2: Austro-German offensive on Galicia begins
  • May 7: U-boat sinks British liner Lusitania with the loss of American lives, creating a US-German diplomatic crisis
  • May 9: Second Battle of Artois begins
  • May 23: Ignoring treaty agreements with the Central Powers, Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary
  • May 25: British Prime Minister Asquith reorganises his Liberal government as a coalition of the parties
  • June 29 – December 2: Italians launch unsuccessful attack on Hungarians at 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Battles of Isonzo; there are to be 12 in total
  • August 4: Germans capture Warsaw
  • September 5: Tsar Nicholas takes command of Russian armies
  • September 22: Second Battle of Champagne begins
  • October 3: Anglo-French force lands at Salonika in Greece
  • October – November: Austro-German-Bulgarian forces invade Serbia, expelling Serbian army from the country
  • December 19: Sir Douglas Haig replaces Sir John French as commander of British Expeditionary Force
  • December 28: Allies begin withdrawal of troops from Gallipoli
  • 1916

  • February 21 – December 18: German attack on Verdun in the longest battle of the war, ultimately defended by the French at great cost to both sides
  • March 11 – November 14: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Battles of Isonzo between Italy and Austria-Hungary
  • April: British forces in Mesopotamia begin advance on Baghdad
  • March 9: Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico
  • March 24: French passenger ship, Sussex, torpedoed
  • April 24: Easter rebellion starts in Ireland
  • May 4: Germany renounces submarine policy
  • May 19: Britain and France conclude Sykes-Picot agreement
  • May 31 – June 1: Battle of Jutland, the biggest naval battle in history, ultimately without a clear victor
  • June – August: Turkish forces, led by Enver Pasha, are defeated by the Russians in the Caucasus
  • June 4 – September 20: Russian Brusilov offensive in Carpathia nearly knocks Austria-Hungary out of the war
  • June 5: With British support (led by T.E. Lawrence), Hussein, grand sherif of Mecca, lead an Arab revolt against the Turks in the Hejaz
  • July 1 : Start of the Battle of the Somme, with the greatest number of casualties in British military history, 60,000
  • July 29: US marines land in Haiti
  • August – December: Romania enters the war with the Allies, but is quickly overrun by German forces
  • August 28: Italy declares war on Germany
  • August 31: Germany suspends submarine assaults
  • September 15: Tanks introduced for the first time on the Somme battlefield by the British
  • October 15: Germany resumes U-boat attacks
  • November 7-9: US President Woodrow Wilson secures re-election
  • November 18: End of the Battle of the Somme
  • November 28: First German airplane (as opposed to zeppelin) air-raid on Britain
  • November 29: US occupation of Santa Domingo proclaimed
  • December 7: David Lloyd George replaces Asquith as British Prime Minister
  • December 12: Germany issues peace note suggesting compromise peace
  • December 18: US President Woodrow Wilson requests statements of war objectives from warring nations in peace note
  • 1917

  • January 10: Allies state peace objectives in response to US President Woodrow Wilson’s December 1916 peace note
  • January 31: Germany announces unrestricted submarine warfare
  • February 1: Germany resumes unrestricted submarine warfare
  • February 3: US severs diplomatic ties with Germany
  • February 23 – April 5: German forces begin withdrawal to strong positions on the Hindenburg Line
  • February 24: Zimmermann Telegram is passed to the US by Britain, detailing alleged German proposal of an alliance with Mexico against the US
  • February 26: US President Woodrow Wilson requests permission from Congress to arm US merchantmen
  • March 1: Zimmermann Telegram published in US press
  • March 11: British capture Baghdad
  • March 12: US President Woodrow Wilson announces arming of US merchantmen by executive order after failing to win approval from Congress
  • March 15: Tsar Nicholas II abdicates as a consequence of Russian Revolution
  • March 20: US President Woodrow Wilson’s war cabinet votes unanimously in favour of declaring war on Germany
  • April 2: US President Woodrow Wilson delivers war address to Congress
  • April 6: US declares war on Germany
  • April 9-20: Nivelle Offensive (Second Battle of Aisne, Third Battle of Champagne) ends in French failure
  • April 9: Canadian success at the Battle of Vimy Ridge
  • April 16: Lenin arrives in Russia
  • April 29 – May 20: Mutiny breaks out among French army
  • May 12 – October 24: 10th, 11th and 12th Battles of Isonzo fought, ending in Italian failure
  • May 28: Pershing leaves New York for France
  • June 7: British explode 19 large mines under the Messines Ridge
  • June 15: US Espionage Act passed
  • June 26: First US troops arrive in France, 1st Division
  • June 27: Greece enters the war on the side of the Allies
  • July 2: Pershing makes first request for army of 1,000,000 men
  • July 6: T.E. Lawrence and the Arabs capture Aquaba
  • July 11: Pershing revises army request figures upwards to 3,000,000
  • July 16: Third Battles of Ypres (Passchendaele) begins
  • July 31: Major British offensive launched at Ypres.
  • September 1: Germany takes the northernmost end of the Russian front in the Riga offensive
  • October 24: Austria-Germany breakthrough at Caporetto on Italian front
  • November 7: Bolshevik Revolution in Russia results in Communist government under Lenin taking office
  • November 20: British launch surprise tank attack at Cambrai
  • December 7: US declares war on Austria-Hungary
  • December 9: Jerusalem falls to Britain
  • December 22: Russia opens separate peace negotiations with Germany (Brest-Litovsk)
  • 1918

  • January – September: T.E. Lawrence leads Arab guerrillas in successful campaign against Turkish positions in Arabia and Palestine
  • January 8: US President Woodrow Wilson makes “Fourteen Points” speech to Congress
  • February 11: US President Woodrow Wilson makes “Four Principles” speech to Congress
  • March 3: Soviet Russia concludes separate peace negotiations in treaty of Brest-Litovsk
  • March 21: Germany launches Spring push, eventually mounting five major offensives against Allied forces, starting with the Battle of Picardy against the British
  • March 26: Doullens Agreement gives General Ferdinand Foch “co-ordinating authority” over the Western Front
  • April 9: Germany launches second Spring offensive, the Battle of the Lys, in the British sector of Armentieres
  • April 14: Foch appointed Commander-in-Chief of Allied forces on Western Front
  • May 25: German U-boats appear in US waters for first time
  • May 27: Third German Spring offensive, Third Battle of the Aisne, begins in French sector along Chemin des Dames
  • May 28: US forces (28th Regiment of 1st Division) victorious in first major action, Battle of Cantigny
  • June 6: US 3rd Division captures Bouresches and southern part of Belleau Wood
  • June 9: Germans launch fourth Spring offensive, Battle of the Matz, in French sector between Noyan and Montdider
  • June 15: Italians prevail against Austro-Hungarian forces at Battle of Piave
  • July 6 : US President Woodrow Wilson agrees to US intervention in Siberia
  • July 15: Final phase of great German Spring push, the Second Battle of Marne, begins
  • July 16-17: Former Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, and children, are murdered by the Bolsheviks
  • July 18: Allies counterattack against German forces, seizing initiative
  • August 3: Allied intervention begins at Vladivosto
  • August 8: Haig directs start of successful Amiens offensive, forcing all German troops back to the Hindenburg Line; Ludendorff calls it a “black day” for German army
  • September 12: US forces clear the St.-Mihiel salient, during which the greatest air assault of the war is launched by the US
  • September 19: Start of British offensive in Palestine, the Battle of Megiddo
  • September 26: Battle of the Vardar pits Serb, Czech, Italian, French and British forces against Bulgarian forces
  • September 26: Meuse-Argonne offensive opens; the final Franco-American offensive of the war
  • September 27 – October 17: Haig’s forces storm the Hindenburg Line, breaking through at several points
  • September 29: Bulgaria concludes armistice negotiations
  • September 28 – October 14: Belgian troops attack at Ypres
  • October 3-4 : Germany and Austria send peace notes to US President Woodrow Wilson requesting an armistice
  • October 17 – November 11: British advance to the Sambre and Schledt rivers, taking many German prisoners
  • October 21: Germany ceases unrestricted submarine warfare
  • October 27: Erich Ludendorff resigns
  • October 30: Turkey concludes an armistice with the Allies
  • November 3: German fleet mutinies at Kiel
  • November 3: Trieste falls to the Allies; Austria-Hungary concludes an armistice
  • November 7-11: Germany negotiates an armistice with the Allies in Ferdinand Foch’s railway carriage headquarters at Compiegne
  • November 9: Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates
  • November 10: Kaiser Wilhelm II flees to Holland
  • November 10: German republic is founded
  • November 11: Armistice day; fighting ceases at 11am
  • 1919

  • January 10-15: Communist revolt in Berlin
  • January 18: Start of peace negotiations in Paris
  • January 25: Peace conference accepts principle of a League of Nations
  • February 6: German National Assembly meets in Weimar
  • February 14: Draft covenant of League of Nations completed
  • May 6: Peace conference disposes of German colonies
  • May 7 – June 28: Treaty of Versailles drafted and signed
  • June 21: German High Seas Fleet scuttled at Scapa Flow
  • July 19: Cenotaph is unveiled in London

  • Here’s a map that better show you what Serbia is, and other countries you might have never heard of.

    Scott777

    Another Random Timeline

    This time it is way shorter and about Anne Frank
    From http://library.thinkquest.org/J002422F/timeline.htm

  • May 12, 1925-Otto Frank and Edith Hollander are married
  • February 16, 1926- Edith and Otto’s first child is born. Her name is Margot (born in Frankfurt Am Main).
  • Autumn 1927- The Frank family moves into their new home at number 24 Ganghoferstrasse.
  • June 12, 1929-Anne Frank is born in Frankfurt am Main.
  • March 1931- The Frank family moves to number 24 Ganghoferstrasse.
  • September 15, 1933-Otto Frank establishes the company Opekta-works.
  • February 1934-Anne Frank moves to Amsterdam.
  • June 1, 1938-Otto Frank establishes his second company Peacton B.V.
  • December 1, 1940- Otto Frank’s company moves to number 263 on the Prinsengracht Canal in Amsterdam.
  • May 8, 1941-Operetta-Works changed it’s name to Trading Company Gies& Co.
  • Summer 1941-Anne and Margot attend the Jewish Lyceum in Amsterdam.
  • June 12,1942-Anne Frank receives the diary for her 13th birthday.
  • July 6,1942-The Frank family goes into hiding at the Secret Annex at number 263 Prinsengracht.
  • August 4,1944-The people from the Secret Annex are discovered.
  • August 8,1944-The people from the Secret Annex are transported to the concentration camp at Westerbork.
  • October 1944-Anne and Margot are taken to the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen.
  • January 6,1945-Edith Frank dies in Auschwitz.
  • January 27,1945-Otto Frank is freed when Auschwitz is liberated by the Russian Army.
  • March 1945-Anne and Margot Frank die in Bergen-Belsen.
  • Scott777

    Why Grades DON’T Matter as much as You Think They Do

    Maybe a better title is “Schools don’t teach kids what they need to know”, but I won’t change it…

    Yeah, I know what you’re all thinking… “What a stupid 7th grader! He should know that Grades come before anything! If he gets bad Grades, he’ll get a bad job and basically fail life and have no money when he’s older!”
    Right?
    WRONG!
    My plan is to join the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard. (I haven’t decided yet, but for now, we’ll just say its the Coast Guard)
    But I can’t enlist until I’m 18, so I’m going to work somewhere like in a retail store before that. And I’m not even allowed to move out until I’m 18, so between the time I can get a job and when I move out of my parents house. So lets just say I will work at American Eagle or Aeropostale, my favorite clothing stores.
    You don’t have to be a nerd to work there, although it would help to get good grades. But, they don’t teach you how to sell stuff in Junior High, they don’t teach you how to use a cash register.
    So, lets skip that part of my life for now.
    Onward to the Coast Guard!
    Obviously, you don’t have to be a genius to get into the Coast Guard. I bet they will know that learning CPR and flying a helicopter are not required in school. So they won’t care if my grades aren’t good. (Maybe CPR is learned in Gym Class, but I never learned it in Gym so lets say its not, they didn’t teach it in my Gym Class). I don’t mean that straight N’s will get you anywhere, (Because they won’t) but I usually get C’s and B’s. They will teach me how to fly a helicopter, they will teach me CPR (If I already knew it (which I don’t) they will either teach me it or review it), they won’t care about algebraic equations, they won’t care if I can name the presidents or not, they won’t care if I can say everything in French, they would want me to rescue english speakers while I’m speaking English to them anyway.

    Same with the Army. Because they obviously teach you how to Fire an M-16 in Science, maybe Grades do matter! (If you’re a complete idiot and believe they are actually teaching us how to Fire an M-16 now, you should be back in school, and I was being sarcastic obviously).

    Maybe you don’t see my point, maybe you do. Parents probably want their children to get good grades so they can get a good job and NOT join the Military, but hey! When I’m 18 I’m a legal adult, and my parents then can only make recommendations, they can’t tell me if I’m going to join the Military or not. Parents just don’t want their son or daughter to be injured.

    So maybe you see my point, maybe you don’t. Everyone thinks grades matter more than anything, but if you choose a future at all similar to mine, Grades may still matter, but not as much. I’m not telling everyone you should just not care at all about Grades, they are a little important, just not the most important thing now! Probably the most important thing now is getting good at a sport or something. So you have a fallback if you don’t get into the Military because of the PHYSICAL test, not a “How smart are you” Test. The test is if you are strong enough, how good your eyesight it, how good your hearing is, stuff like that which won’t involve naming the presidents.

    Scott777

    Disagree or Agree! Whichever, comment your opinion!