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Aspect of Freakonomics that had the most impact on you

22 Sep 2017

The book made me realized several aspects of life that are not seemingly obvious but actually make sense after careful analysis. It has provided interesting insights that stirs interest and stimulates thinking and reasoning.

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Body Fat Analyzer Scale: A Good Business Idea

22 Sep 2017

Recently, people have become more and more conscious of themselves. People, regardless of gender, have been more mindful of their health and physical state. True to this, taking nutritional supplement has become part of a daily routine and mindful food intake has been practiced. More people have come to consider the nutritional content of the food that they consume.
 
With this increased awareness in nourishing one's health, a good product introduced to the market is HoMedics Body Fat Analyzer Scale. It is a device that measures body fat, body water, muscle mass and bone mass. It is embedded with a KnowledgeBook technology that ensures accuracy of the measurements. Because of its capability to gauge the important aspect of a person's health and fitness, this device serves as an ideal one-stop device for health and fitness conscious individuals.

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Grandma Moses: A Short Biography

22 Sep 2017

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, commonly referred to as "Grandma Moses", was born on September 7, 1860 in Greenwich, New York. She is famously known for her paintings despite the fact that she did not receive any formal training and education on art. She grew up in a family of ten children and worked at their family's farm while still at a young age. At the age of twelve, she was already earning by working as a hired girl in homes close to her family's house. Her curiosity for the visual arts began at the time when her father bought sheets of blank newspaper for the children where they could scribble images.

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Ownership of handguns

22 Sep 2017

The case has its controversy as the citizens of Columbia insist that they should be allowed to own handguns within the district. This is in opposition with the 1975 Act of the Supreme Court, "The Firearms Control Regulation Act of the 1975". There is a claim that, this Act is violating individual right to own firearms, yet the second Amendment of this Act protects individual's rights to own firearms unconnected with military service, and use that arm for lawful traditional purpose. (Blackwell, 2008)

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WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA STRIKE

22 Sep 2017

The Writers Guild of America Strike started on November5, 2007 and ended on February 12, 2008. The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) conducted it. The strike against the trade organization, which represents of 397 American Film and Television producers i.e. Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The main producers are CBS Corporation, Metro-Goldwin-Mayer, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Walt Disney Company and Warner Brothers. The strike accounts for 100 days. It is effected the economy of Los Angeles with the $1.5 billion. T.V. and film production completely stopped due to the writers’ strike.

There will be new contract for every three years between writers guild and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). This contract will be called as Minimum Basic Agreement i.e. MBA. But in 2007, the negotiations failed and hence Writers Guild Association members voted to call a strike. The strike started on November 5 2007. Besides other issues, there are issues such as DVD residuals, union jurisdiction over animation, compensation for new media such as content writing, digital technology, Internet etc. The Writers Guild of America, West and East division represents more than 12,000 movie and television writers. The strike was started on November 5, 2007 and continued for three months with the loss of $500 million. The strike started with the walk off by the WGA members since the failure of the talks over the issue on how the writers are paid for the of the their material on the Internet, DVD and among other issues. The WGA proposed that writers should receive 2.5% of distributor’s gross on new media sales and distribution. But the companies refused to address this proposal, but they proposed interest sales instead DVD. The WGA rejected this proposal and told them clearly to shut down their studios. Writers demand is bigger revenue on online works and video whereas the studios not accepted. The major shareholders are in the media side Disney, Sony, Viacom, News Corp, Time Warner and General Electric. It is clear that the Internet will be for future of entertainment and writers stressed on this area to increase the revenue. So far writers are getting small residual on download sales.

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“In the Eye of The Storm”: Have the Chief Financial Officers ever mattered more- or been less prepared?

21 Sep 2017

The article is without a doubt a very timely one: it deals with something related to the on going financial turmoil throughout the globe. Week after week, stocks and markets throughout the world continue to tumble, and the end to this downturn is no where near in sight. As one turns on the television to watch the news or as one reads the paper, another company is filing for bankruptcy, or lower growth forecasts sending stock markets downhill. It seems as though there is no other news out there other than the global financial crisis. In the midst of all these are the company executives, in particular the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) who are trying to find ways to prevent their particular companies from collapsing. No one will deny the important role that the CFO plays in a company. It is on his or her shoulder that the fate of the company's finances will lie; he or she can either make or break the company.

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MASS MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY OF TODAY

21 Sep 2017

Who, what, when, where, why, and how - the questions answered that people find out about on the happenings around the world. In any aspect of the society, whether about political, economics, religion, home living, environment, celebrity or entertainment news, among many others, are now easily fed to an everyday person's knowledge through the different mass media we have currently available. Such mass media include from the good old days up to now: newspapers, radio, television, word of mouth from family, friends, and colleagues at school, work, or neighborhood, etc. With the onset of high technology, namely the evolution of the internet, the wireless network that connects people globally, information is literally at the tips of our fingers. With the different forms of media available, we are kept updated and at these times of technology, we receive data at a brisk pace. It is up to an individual on how s/he digests all the information, on whether a person would listen in or read on daily news, or simply tune them out.

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Analysis of mobile internet

21 Sep 2017

In this article, Verkasalo investigated the different measures of cellular phone internet usage of early adopters. He aimed to determine several ways that can measure internet diffusion among mobile phone users. Author conducted a longitudinal study in Finland in 2005 and 2006. The research design combined qualitative and quantitative studies. Handset research was used and combined with Internet surveys and mobile-based pop-up questionnaires. The following metrics were used to measure mobile internet usage: "Absolute packet data volume per month per user, Share of panelists using handset browser, and Share of internet communication actions to all communication actions" (p. 75). The sampling strategy was purposive sampling, wherein recruitment SMS messages were sent arbitrarily to consumers who owned Nokia S60 smartphone devices.

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A Review on Thelma and Louise

21 Sep 2017

Thelma and Louise is hailed as a breakthrough movie because of the unlikely feminist views that critics put into it. Many critics believed that the director -Ridley Scott-took the feminist rage of the lower middle class into the movie and embattled at rash feminists(Emerson).

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EVALUATING HR SYSTEMS

21 Sep 2017

In their article entitled What is HR Good For, Anyway? published in the July/August 2003 issue of Across the Board, Edward Lawler and Mike OMalley argued that human resources is unique among other departments or divisions of the organization because of its ability to provide “expert opinion on human behavior”. Moreover, Lawler and OMalley identified the role of human resources as one that “tactfully challenge and refocus baseless conceptualizations of behavior, regardless of the status of the speaker and the seeming conviction behind his words”.

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