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  1. Roslyn HS, NY Oh yes, and can somebody please tell me what they think of it so far: Various enduring constitutional issues have followed the American people ever since the country’s foundation. One of these issues is that of equality. Equality is heralded as one of the things that make America great. It is written in our Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal”, but this has been a point of contention during the past 200 years, even in modern times. Different interpretations of equality cause people’s opinion to differ on who should be considered equal, on when equality can go too far, and on many other points. The most recent major national conflict involving equality is the issue of whether or not homosexuals should be allowed the same right to marry as heterosexuals. At the conception of America, when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he wrote the following: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." While, at the time, this did not actually establish a system in which all people were treated equally, it did set the philosophy of our country. It meant that America was a place of opportunity, where we were guaranteed rights, a drastic change from countries in Europe. It meant that everybody would be looked at the same way in the eyes of the law. However, these words meant nothing as long as slavery existed. Abraham Lincoln believed strongly in those powerful words of Jefferson and thought it wrong that a race of people were treated as inferior to white people. He believed that slavery undermined a fundamental value of the country. Of the potential rise to power of the know-nothing party, Lincoln said, “When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty…” At the end of the Civil War, the slaves were emancipated, a major stride in civil rights and a move toward equality in America. The battle for the recognition of equality of minorities has been a major struggle since the end of the civil war as well. In 1896, the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Fergusson established the concept of “separate but equal” segregation of Caucasian and African-American people. This meant that it was alright for race to be a factor in a legal decision as long as it didn’t deprive anybody of rights. (Plessy v. Fergusson) This was progress, but almost 60 years later, it was overturned by Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which concluded that “separate but equal educational facilities are inherently unequal.” This decision, by extrapolation, meant that the entire concept of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional. (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka) The case was a huge step forward in the beginning of the civil rights movement. This movement gained momentum until its climax in the 1960s, but it continues in a mild form today. Similar civil rights movements, such as the women’s rights movement, have also been for the most part successful in giving minority groups rights that the majority has had for over two centuries. The homosexual rights movement is the latest of these movements. Its main purpose is to give people who are attracted to others of the same gender the same rights as those attracted to the opposite gender. What separates this from other civil rights struggles involving races or genders is that physically, there is not a difference between homo- and heterosexual people. However, critics of their way of life argue that homosexuality is unnatural or even morally reprehensible. The religious factions of the country believe that homosexuality is wrong in the eyes of God and some extremists commit hate crimes against homosexual individuals.
  2. Actually, I ended up changing my topic to . marriage. It seems like it will be easier because I can discuss it in terms of civil rights. The topic was "enduring constitutional issues". I had to discuss a theme (like civil liberties, rights of the accused, wartime powers of the president, etc.) in terms of past events and recent events. So far, I have 1.5 double spaced pages (note, the last paragraph is incomplete): Various enduring constitutional issues have followed the American people ever since the country
  3. I have a research paper on the Patriot Act due tomorrow and I have major writer's block. To help me get past a hurdle, should I classify the issue as a "Rights of the Accused" issue or a "Civil Liverties" issue?
  4. That was hilarious! It seems sort of like a japanese/homosexual version of Da Ali G show.
  5. The Staples BF catalog was released: http://bfads.net/store/staples/price Looks like some awesome deals this year too (I am definitely picking up a few $8 flash drives).
  6. My family in the market for a new HDTV. Which technology is better? I haven't been able to find very much information on LCOS versus DLP. We are looking at 60"+ displays, most notably the Mitsubishi WD-65731 and Samsung HLS6187WX DLPs and the JVC HD61FN97 HDILA (LCOS) TV. What are the shortcomings of the different technologies?
  7. It's true what they say: women are from Omicron Persei 7 and men are from Omicron Persei 9.
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    I memorized that a few years ago. Wow. Brings back memories.
  9. A word to the wise: Stay away from Best Buy. The deals have catches and are not very good. Also, tons of people go there. Go to Staples. Fewer people go there than Best Buy or CompUSA and they have some incredible deals. Last year, they had 200GB HDs (IIRC) for $20 and some cheap thumb drives. Get there an hour before it opens.
  10. I am throwing away much of this if it doesn't sell within a week or two because we need to make room for a new home theater. There is a line in between the different computers that the parts are from. If you have any questions or would like me to find more specifics about any part, don't hesitate to ask. Western Digital WD400 40 GB IDE Hard Drive Generic internal CD Drive Generic internal floppy drive Generic internal Zip drive basic PCI sound card ATI Rage 128 AGP basic 10/100 NIC 1 GHz Pentium III (256 kb L2, 133 MHZ bus), socket 370 stock socket 370 heatsink 256 MB stick Hyundai PC133 SDRAM Dell Chassis Dell Socket 370 Mobo nVidia AGP Video Card (will figure out model later) 800 MHz Pentium III (256 kb L2, 100 MHz bus), slot 1 Kingston 128 MB stick of PC133 SDRAM generic 128 MB stick of PC100 SDRAM generic internal CD drive Dell chassis Dell slot 1 mobo basic PCI sound card basic 10/100 NIC 256 MB stick PC133 SDRAM I also have 2 other PC133 sticks of indeterminate capacity Abit VIA chipset socket A mobo AMD Athlon XP 1700+ proc, socket A Jetart Socket A HSF S3 Trio 32 PCI gfx card Netgear FA310TX 10/100 NIC generic 10/100 NIC generic internal CD drive generic internal floppy drive Antec 250W PSU IBM Desksstar 40GB HD 5,400 RPM Kingston 128MB PC133 generic 128MB PC100 Intel 815 chipset mobo with onboard graphics 733 MHz Pentium III (256 kb L2, 133 MHz bus), socket 370 Also: Sunbeam Transformer case partially working iBook g3 Quantum Fireball 20GB HD working TI-83 Plus (has a few horizontal lines of pixels that don't work) I live in NY and accept paypal.
  11. Yeah, just try living in Roslyn, Long Island (AKA JAPland, USA).
  12. They come with it now. I hate the Apple community and philosophy, but I like the product. Here is something that happened yesterday: Less than a month ago, I bought a macbook. When I brought it home, I noticed that it had a very slight problem, which is that on the panel around the screen, one spot clicks if you push on it. No big deal, but after spending over $1000 on something, I want it to feel solid. I decided that I'd take it to the Apple store the next time I went to the mall. Yesterday, we were going to the mall to buy a new couch, so I took my Macbook. I went to a guy in the Apple store and asked about it. He said it was very minor, but I said that even if it is just an adhesive thing, It bugs me. He then said the kicker: That is by design! I walked out of the store fuming. Why couldn't he just acknowledge that it was a problem? I wasn't asking for a replacement, just for them to apply some adhesive. I only wish that something I paid a lot of money for would not arrive physically defective. I would have gone to one of their "geniuses", but it was a Saturday and the store was completely packed.
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    Practice makes perfect. Classes are for learning, homework is for experience. I think it makes a lot of sense. That way, in class, you can have an overview of topics, but not have practice, and then for homework get some experience doing the problems on your own. Although it does get annoying having double period math and physics, then having homework.
  14. Many do. I personally grew up on Macs and I currently own a Macbook.
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    Kinetic/Potential Energy problems in Physics C. I hate these so much! Here is one I had to do today: I am going to fail this AP test.
  16. I'm being an iPod ad. Else I'll find somebody to be a Mac and we can be a Mac and a PC. (as in "What are you suppsoed to be?" "I'm a Mac" "And I'm a PC")
  17. I wasn't flaming. I was just suggesting this because it is an important troubleshooting step that people often miss.
  18. [PSA] For future reference, maybe you should have tested more posts to reply to before saying that you can't reply to any post. Same goes for other troubleshooting questions. Before saying that you have tried all of the possibilities, do so. [/PSA]
  19. I just got back from it. It was pretty awesome. I won a computer building contest (I won guitar hero, but I don't own a PS2). It was awesome and I enjoyed watching some competitive gaming for my first time.
  20. Yea, I was expecting not to be able to even run HL2 at 1280x800.
  21. The Cheesecake Factory near me always has at least a 2 hour wait. I would be so pissed to be kicked out after waiting for so long to get in. I love the place. I always ask the waiter if the "tons of fun" burger is in metric or imperial tons.
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