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    Another way cell phones have increased the quality of life in developing countries is by improving agriculture. In the journal article “Mobile Phones: Uplifting Weak and Failed States”, by Robert Rotberg he explains how cell phones have increase market efficiency and has helped farmers gain knowledge. With an increase in knowledge famers can gain access to different market prices at different locations and know when and where to sell their crops. They then can move their commodity from a low price market a high price market to gain a higher profit. Not only that, there has been some apps developed that have helped farmers. An example of one of these app’s is the I Cow app that Rotberg talks about in his article. This app allows small farmers…

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    The Fragile State Index (FSI), is an index created by the Fund for Peace in 2005 that analyses the fragility of 178 states. Ultimately, while the Fragility State Index (FSI) is a good starting point for analyzing the overall state strength of countries, taking into account the literature covered in the course thus far, the index contains flaws in indication and methodology that impedes it from being a comprehensive and definitive judgment of state fragility. The FSI is a tool that many…

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    At the Jan. 20 meeting of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority board, I presented my case for the creation of a trusteeship that would oversee the millions of dollars in casino revenue that are intended for the sole benefit of the citizens of East Chicago. While there will likely be opponents of this proposal, I make it in good faith -- but with a clear understanding of the unique history of the public corruption that has robbed the people of East Chicago of the benefits that…

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    State Band Festival Essay

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    An unknown author wrote, “It’s only a failure if you don’t learn something.” State Band Festival, a big question revolving in our mind is should we go or not? Many things factor in this debate, but the pros outnumber the cons. We have to go to State Festival because it would benefit the students as a unique learning experience and the Lee High School Band is evolving. Going to State Band Festival serves a unique learning experience for the students participating in band. Going to State is not…

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    There’s millions of people in the world and to control everyone’s diet would take millions of people to watch over everyone. You don’t really think about how much each person consumes a day and to multiply it by millions is completely uncontrollable. To include this thought, what would the government add or take away from each person’s diet? How would he manage what people buy and consume in their everyday diet? “Recently, Mayor Bloomberg of New York tried to make an infamous ban on 32oz sodas.…

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    David Hume On Civic Virtue

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    David Hume and John Witherspoon each raise interesting, yet contrasting, views on civic virtue and its relationship with political well-being. While Hume articulates that through proper checks and balances liberty and government will be protected from an amoral statesman; to the contrary, Witherspoon states that without a proper moral footing any government is destined to fail. Witherspoon’s assertions are supported by the French philosopher Montesquieu. In contrast, Price makes statements…

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    Big Soda Summary Report

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    The period of July to November involved various media outlet coverage on the matter as the nation awaited to see if Berkeley could do what other cities and states across America had attempted but failed to succeed in. Funding for the campaigns to pass the tax were used to a significant proportion in payment of media coverage and campaign consultants (State of California, 2014). The Berkeley vs Big Soda webpage reflects the efforts made through print and electronic types of media formats, through…

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    The purpose of this review is to look at some of the issues that involved the Impact of Low Attendance at Church. This is a short review and not a complete study. This literature comes from the ATU Library. The search criteria used , The Continuing Relevance of Fami8ly Income for Religious Participation: U.S. White Catholic Church Attendance In the Late 20th Century , Decline in Female Happiness in the United State, After the Fall: The Impact of Government Regulation on Church Attendance in…

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    B. USDA/FNS--what? The USDA/FNS has been mentioned a few times through this point. You may have questions as to what they do. Here is an overview of what they do. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a fully federally funded program through the United Stated Department of Agriculture/Food and Nutrition Service (USDA/FNS). SNAP is administered through each state under the policies prescribed by FNS. In other words, they are directly responsible for making sure that SNAP (and…

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    There are a variety of factors that can explain why this is the case. There is a lack or presence of civil society, the state controls the economy, the people are disadvantaged, the location of the Middle East and North Africa is disadvantageous for democracy, and the culture of the region can impact the government (Bellin 2004, 139-141). In The Robustness of Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Exceptionalism in Comparative Perspective Eva Bellin argues that these factors are not enough and…

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