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The Foolishness of Ignoring Advice - The Foolishness of Ignoring Advice In Disney’s the little Mermaid, King Triton gives fatherly advice to Ariel. He tells Ariel that she should love whomever she wants to, even if it is a human. .Ariel responds positively to her father, and happily takes his advice. In doing so, Ariel proves she has the intelligence and wisdom to accept her father’s guidance. In Disney’s the lion king, Zazu warns Simba not to play in the Elephant graveyard. Simba ignores this advice however, and plays there anyways....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 1527 words
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The Perversion of Religion - I'm not a tremendously religious person. I don't attend religious services, I don't say prayers before bedtime (or much of any other time), I don't read a section of my holy book on a regular schedule... you get the picture. The closest I'd come to claiming a personal faith is to call myself a sort of armchair Daoist. And yet I find myself deeply offended by those who profane their own professed faith... the Jim Bakkers, Osama Bin Ladens, Paul Shanleys of the world. They seem like a special category of scum in the swirling pool of humanity....   [tags: argumentative essays] 524 words
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America Needs the Airbag - The air bag has been the center of a nation-wide controversy for several decades. It’s high-powered potential for saving thousands of lives has made it one of the most effective safety devices of our time. However, as with any man-made technological device, the bag has it’s drawbacks. Its high-speed deployment can be potentially fatal to young children and small people. However, in our society, there is no such thing as a flawless technology. The air bag has already saved over four thousand lives to date....   [tags: Argumentative Essay] 3037 words
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Humans Should Explore Space - The recent events regarding the NASA Mars probes have renewed the debate of reinstalling manned space missions with the objectives of exploring and landing on foreign worlds such as the moon and the red planet Mars, rather than the use of solely robotic craft and machines. It is my belief that we should return to the days of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, those of manned lunar landings and manned space exploration. Robots simply cannot and should not be allowed to be the sole means of visiting these worlds, nor should humans only be able to witness new findings second hand through the use of computers and machines....   [tags: Argumentative Essays] 984 words
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Breast Implants in Teenagers -      The trend for a number of young girls is to get breast augmentation. They think that by changing their bodies, they’re going to change their lives. They think they will be happy, and they will be completely satisfied with their implants. Their expectation is that their self-confidence will skyrocket, and they will be attractive girls. Many young girls get implants to make themselves stand out more and to have a great appearance, but there are many reasons that they should comprehend the long-term effect of surgery....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 581 words
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Reasons for Teen Violence - Why do teens resort to violence. It is a question that has been asked a lot recently with the increase of school shootings and the unbelievable scene in Littleton, Colorado. There is a very simple answer to that question though. Teens resort to violence because they want attention. There are several factors that wear them down to the point where they feel violence is okay but when it comes down to it those who turn to violent acts do so for the attention it will bring them. Before I begin my argument though, I want to tell you how exactly I know what a teen mind goes through once its been pushed....   [tags: argumentative essay] 1622 words
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Football Fans are Morons - Why the hell do so many people's lives revolve around some stupid football games played on a Sunday afternoon. I mean, do people actually enjoy watching a bunch of overgrown morons bang into each other for 3 hours. There are sometimes when I am amused by what happens in the game, but I can catch the highlights in five minutes on the news instead of wasting my hole freaking day. These morons (players) are getting paid millions of dollars to run around on a football field all day long. That's just the beginning of the money they make....   [tags: Argumentative Essays] 465 words
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Government is a Myth - Government is a Myth What is the state. The state is a concept. There is no physical person or object to which we can assign the label "government". Government is an idea. The physical manifestation of this idea is the network of people and institutions which enforce this idea upon the people. The state is a myth. The myth goes something like, "because people are incapable of making rational decisions, a small group of people must be given control over the decisions of everyone else." It is self-contradictory, and yet billions of people the world over have bought into this myth....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 694 words
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Arguments Against Legalized Euthanasia - The way "a person goes through the process of dying and accepts death is closely related to the way the person's society and culture view the process. A person's family, cultural values, social and medical institutions are all factors that form part of the context in which individuals die" (Dickinson and Leming 13). In past years, death was an accepted and natural part of life. Unlike today, death was common to occur at home with family and friends present. Advances in health, medicine and medical technology, however, have reduced people's contact with death....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive] 1139 words
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Abortion Should Remain Legal - Why is abortion one of the most controversial issues in the United States. "Perhaps the most fundamental issue in the debate over abortion is deciding whether the fetus is, in fact, a human being. The key question is whether the fetus is a human life, one that is distinct from the woman in which it develops and one that deserves basic human rights," an author discusses in an article, "When Does Human Life Begin?" A woman's decision to have an abortion or continue her pregnancy is often very difficult....   [tags: Argumentative Essays] 731 words
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Abortion: Every Woman's Right - Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, known to some as murdering the foetus. There are many theories of the foetus being starved of oxygen or the womb being filled up with toxic gases, crushed up and extracted from the womb. This is all very well but remember that the foetus will not be older than 24 weeks and so cannot feel pain. If the foetus was brought in to the world unwanted, unloved and entering into a life of torture, is this not where the pain comes into it. is it not better that the child had passed away painlessly as an embryo in the mothers womb, rather than living a life if torture....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive] 819 words
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Gangster Rap vs Hip-Hop - "Is gangster rap hip-hop. Sure. Does gangster rap involve talent. I think not." When people think of hip-hop music they think of violent rap that's talking about killing and raping. Not all hip-hop is like that though. It's not necessary to use obscenities or to speak of murder or drugs to be a good rapper. For some reason violence, sex, crime, and drugs are associated with rap. Rappers feel that they have to take on this gangster image in order to succeed. Not true. Violence is the main element of gangster rap....   [tags: Music, Argumentative] 317 words
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Why People Should Recycle - Why People Should Recycle I am not a big earth first person but I do believe in recycling because I work at a local recycling center and I think recycling is a good thing. In fact I think everyone should recycle to make the earth a better place as a whole. A few good reasons why recycling is a good this is, the more people recycle, the less room is filled in landfills. Also, when people recycle they are reusing materials, therefore saving resources. Another good reason is that when you recycle often times you get paid back the C.R.V....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative] 883 words
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Eating Disorders - Eating disorders are a group of conditions characterized by severe disturbances in eating behavior with either an extreme reduction or an extreme increase of food intake, which negatively affects the individual's mental and physical health. There are two main types of eating disorders – anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. There is a third category of eating disorders called “eating disorders not otherwise specified”. Binge eating disorder is categorized under this. Eating disorders mainly appear during adolescence and early adulthood and affect women and girls much more than males....   [tags: Persuasive, Argumentative] 1282 words
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Cloning Regulations Needed - "It's a busy morning in the cloning laboratory of the big-city hospital. As always, the list of patients seeking the lab's services is a long one--and, as always, it's a varied one. Over here are the Midwestern parents who have flown in specially to see if the lab can make them an exact copy of their six-year-old daughter, recently found to be suffering from leukemia so aggressive that only a bone marrow transplant can save her. . . . In nine months, the parents, who face the very likely prospect of losing the one daughter they have, could find themselves raising two of her--the second created expressively to keep the first alive" (Kluger p....   [tags: Argumentative Essays] 1163 words
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Student Financial Assistance - Student Financial Assistance George W. Bush said education is “the great lifting mechanism of an egalitarian society.” He means, education is the great equalizer amongst individuals in a society established on equality. Unfortunately, access to education is not always as equal, nor are we living in an egalitarian society. In 1965, congress passed legislation, namely the Higher Education Act of 1965, in order to diminish the distance between students and the reality of higher education. Despite their seemingly positive intentions, the office of Student Financial Assistance has evolved into a very unpopular entity of the executive branch....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 2036 words
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Abolishing Affirmative Action - Affirmative action is a policy or a program of giving certain preferences to certain (usually under-represented) groups. This typically focuses on education, employment, government contracts, health care, or social welfare. There is much debate concerning claims that it fails to achieve its desired goal, and that it has unintended and undesirable side-effects. There are also claims that the practice is itself racist or sexist Affirmative action began as a corrective measure for governmental and social injustices against demographic groups that have been subjected to prejudice....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 1889 words
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Military, Army and War - Military Down Sizing and the Fall of a Great Nation - Military Down Sizing:  The Possible Fall of a Great Nation     America is one the most powerful nations in the world.  Being a strong nation includes having a strong military as well as economy.  As one can observe, the U. S. economy is growing by leaps and bounds.  However, the military is being down sized, and if we do not do something about it, it will continue to be down sized until we have an armed force that will no longer be capable of protecting this great nation.  Not only will this down sizing affect our ability to protect ourselves, it will also cause a substantial loss in economic strength and power abroad.  Because military down sizing lessens our power abroad, opens the Unit...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Equal Rights Not Special Rights for Gays - Gays: Seeking Equal Rights Not Special Rights On October 6, 1998 two men took Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, about a mile outside of Laramie Wyoming. These men took him out to a split-rail fence, tortured him, then tied him put onto the fence, and left him for death. He was found late the next day by two bikers, 18 hours after the attack. When the bikers first saw Matthew tied to the fence, they thought that Matthew was a scarecrow, but realized that it was a person. Matthew remained in a coma until October 12, then died at 12:53 a.m....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1008 words
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Essay on Internet Privacy - Carnivore is an Invasion to Privacy - Carnivore is an Invasion to Privacy Carnivore is the FBI's latest toy. All the time we hear about how it is an invasion to privacy, and while I do agree it does have serious problems it also has some moral dilemmas. For example who is subject to Carnivore and where is it located. How much and What kind of information is the FBI interested in getting. Lets start by looking at just what exactly Carnivore is. Carnivore is an actual piece of hardware that the FBI connects to an internet backbone....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 709 words
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The Dangerous Combination of the Media and the Weight-Loss Industry - The Dangerous Combination of the Media and the Weight-Loss Industry   Abstract: Excessive use of diet pills by American women stems from the idea that thinness is ideal. This ideal is unlikely to change in the near future, so the use of diet pills and other unhealthy fat diets is likely to increase. If women remain unaware of the health risks associated with the use and abuse of these unregulated drugs, rates of illness and even death are also likely to increase. In 1997, the use of diet pills directly caused seventeen deaths (Cohen)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Alcohol and Drinking - America Must Lower the Drinking Age - America Must Lower the Drinking Age In other countries around the world if you are under the age of 21 you can drink alcohol some countries don't even have an age limit, but in America you have to be 21 to buy alcohol. You can go to war and die for your country when you are 18, you can also vote, buy cigarettes, but you can't buy alcohol. One of the main causes of the drinking age being set to 21 was teenagers were getting into car accidents after getting drunk. I am not saying driving under the influence should be legal....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Public Schools and Education - It's Time for Education Reform - It's Time for Education Reform My sentence is still being carried out and, as such, I am still gathering much damning evidence on the topic. Hopefully I will be able to compose a meaningful -- perhaps even persuasive -- critique of the system. There is quite a bit of bureaucracy and conformity to overcome. The education system is profoundly skewed and this is the second time I have experienced its most significant problem: placement and grading. Most educators place too much value on inflexible systems for identifying proper places for students and estimate their comprehension of the material; there are many factors that may aid or hinder a student's performance on such tests....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 972 words
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Exemplification Essay: Three-Strikes Law is a Mindless Response to Crime - In 1983, a young man named Michael was brought before a Pennsylvania court on a charge of armed robbery: he stole $50 from a taxi driver using a toy gun. A few days later he was arrested and was subsequently convicted. Although the trial judge sentenced Michael to 6 months in prison and required that he repay the $50, the prosecutor demanded the 5 year minimum sentence required by state law. The trial judge ruled the mandatory sentencing law unconstitutional, and Michael served his prison time and repaid the money....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 2569 words
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Abortion - How can I Impose My Morality on Another? - Abortion - How can I Impose My Morality on Another.       "I'm opposed to abortion, but how can I impose my morality on someone else?" This common expression expresses the sentiments of one who wishes to be open to the religious convictions of another on this delicate issue of abortion.   In that statement, replace the word "abortion" with anything else you're opposed to. Like "I'm opposed to racism, but how can I impose my morality on someone else?" or "I'm opposed to rape, but how can I impose my morality on someone else?" Sounds pretty ridiculous, doesn't it....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative]
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Affirmative Action Essay: Quotas for White Players in the NBA? - Is Affirmative Action Analogous to Setting Quotas for White Players in the NBA. The NBA analogy doesn't even apply because that is not how affirmative action even works. All affirmative action recipients must be qualified for their jobs. Besides, the fact that blacks overcome their social disadvantages to dominate in the NBA is no justification for keeping them disadvantaged. The argument that it's wrong to give whites an even greater advantage to make up for their lack of merit is irrelevant. If blacks got an equal start in life, they might even dominate the NBA more than they do now....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 926 words
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Capital Punishment Essay - Christians and the Death Penalty - Christians and the Death Penalty Almost all societies have dispensed with the principle of "an eye for an eye," and considered it a step toward more enlightened civilization. Christians who cite "an eye for an eye" in their defense of the death penalty are usually unaware of the strict criteria that God imposed before it could be used to take human life. The Old Testament also allowed the death penalty for crimes that today we consider less than misdemeanors -- clearly, the Old Testament law is archaic....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1100 words
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Persuasive Essay: The Need for Stronger Gun Control Laws - Switzerland has compulsory gun ownership for military age males, yet it has a far lower murder rate than the U.S. But Switzerland also has far stricter gun control laws. Even so, Switzerland has the second highest rate of handgun ownership and handgun murders in the industrialized world, after the U.S. Switzerland is frequently cited as an example of a country with high gun ownership and a low murder rate. However, Switzerland also has a high degree of gun control, and actually makes a better argument for gun regulation than gun liberalization....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 468 words
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Capital Punishment Essay: Benefits of the Death Penalty - The Benefits of the Death Penalty Crime is everywhere. Wherever we look, we find criminals and crime. Criminals have become a part of our daily lives. Does this mean we let them be the darkness of our society. No, definitely not. Eliminating crime and criminals is our duty, and we cannot ignore it. Getting the rightly accused to a just punishment is very important. Some criminals commit a crime because they have no other option to survive, but some do it for fun. I do not advocate death penalty for everybody....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative]
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The Missile Defense System of the United States - The Missile Defense System of the United States Abstract      When Ronald Reagan was in the Presidency, he and his staff came up with the idea for a missile defense system that would defend the country in the event of a nuclear missile attack. This system was named "Star Wars" and the basic principal behind it was that it would be a shield that covered all fifty states. However, government officials soon realized that Reagan's defense system was impossible to build, so the program was dropped, but the idea to defend the country against a missile attack stuck around....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Media Essay - Advertisements for Body Enhancement Supplements - Advertisements for Body Enhancement Supplements There is evidence that shows that at least one scientist reported 100 years ago that testosterone is the cause of masculine features in males. But 100 years ago this was yet to be proven. That is approximately how long the idea of a product which aids in the enhancement of mass and strength for people was around. However, when the actual development of the product came around, the advertisements designed to aid in the sales and production of the product left a lot to be desired compared to what is available....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1302 words
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The Hazards of High Protein, Low Carbohydrate Diets - The Hazards of High Protein, Low Carbohydrate Diets A young, healthy teenage girl fell to her death after following a high-protein, low carbohydrate diet for no more than two weeks. The girl, having no identified sicknesses or medical conditions, exhibited "electrolyte imbalances" along with minimal levels of potassium and calcium, which appeared to be a result of the diet according to doctors at the University of Missouri Health Science Center. These irregularities upset the "normal electrical function of her heart" causing it to stop and her to collapse ("US teen ....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Death Penalty: Capital Punishment is State Sanctioned Murder - Capital Punishment is State Sanctioned Murder      Old Sparky and Gruesome Gertie (affectionate names for the electric chair) have taken the lives of many, even the innocent (Finnerty 18). They are prejudiced and lack compassion. However, many Americans believe that they represent justice. Capital punishment does not represent justice, but vengeance and hate. Among the 7,000 people estimated to have been killed in the United States between 1900 and 1985, at least 23 were innocent (Finnerty 18)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Gay and Lesbian Issues - Homosexuality Is Wrong - Homosexuality Is Wrong         Within the past several years gay and lesbian rights has become a huge issue. Gays and lesbians have started to come out of the 'closet," and proudly admitting their sexuality. In the past few years gays and lesbians have been fighting for the right to marry, and adopt children. So far there is only one state that allows gays to become married. People have become more and more open minded with homosexuality. Twenty years ago homosexuality was looked down upon (in general), but now our society thinks that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Exemplification Essay: Abortion and America’s Lost Moral Compass - In America, we live among the wealthiest of people. We are advanced in education, economics, research and medicine. We consider ourselves the most powerful and protected people in the world. Our economy is booming, information is flying, and opportunity abounds. We consider ourselves the most religious and the most generous of all people. We have the most stable government in the world, yet we find ourselves in a national crisis. As Americans, we have lost our moral compass and we are facing a national crisis today....   [tags: Illustration Essay, Argumentative] 816 words
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Physiological and Psychological Effects of Abortion on Women - Physiological and Psychological Effects of Abortion on Women   1.0 Introduction   There are many arguments surrounding the abortion debate. An issue dealing with abortion that has not been explored very thoroughly is the issue of Post-Abortion-Syndrome. This paper will examine the psychological and physiological effects of abortion, on the women who had them, later in life. This paper dealing with abortion will not explore either side of the abortion debate because to do so would introduce biases....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Is an Aborted Baby Only Potential Life ? - Is an Aborted Baby Only "Potential Life" .   Simmons says in Personhood, the Bible, and the Abortion Debate:  The genetic definition of personhood confuses potentialities with actualities. Potentialities are certainly important but they do not have the same value as actualities. "An embryo is not a person but the possibility or the probability of there being a person many months or even years in the future," Charles Hartshorne has argued. "Obviously possibilities are important, but to blur the distinction between them and actualities is to darken counsel." The same point is made by John Stott in saying that the decision to abort for reasons of maternal health is "a choice between an actua...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Internet Censorship Essay - Censorship and the Internet - Censorship and the Internet As the First Amendment states, we as Americans are given numerous freedoms. These freedoms become a constitutional right which no one can take away from us. Among these rights are the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Many people feel that with these two freedoms combined they can post on the Internet whatever they want. However, the First Amendment does have limitations. Contrary to what some people may believe, our freedom of speech is not protected when it comes to indecency....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 715 words
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Television and Media Essay - Dangers of Censorship - Dangers of Censorship Imagine yourself as a journalist today who is frozen and wakes up in the United States 100 years from now. The country has changed quite a bit from what you remember. Technology has definitely advanced, language seems to have evolved a bit, and nothing looks the same, except fashion. Due to a recent trend that brought back the 90's you are strangely up on the recent fashion trends. As you roam the streets, you try to gain a bearing on this advanced country so you pick up a newspaper....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 831 words
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Abortion Is Not Strictly the Woman's Private Matter - Abortion Is Not Strictly the Woman's Private Matter When it is said that abortion is just a woman's issue, we forget that there are two people involved in creating a child. Fathers are continually overlooked and disregarded in situations involving abortion. Many would say that a father is not affected by the woman's choice to have an abortion. Legally, fathers are responsible for providing prenatal support for their preborn child, but have no legal rights if the mother decides to terminate the life of that child....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Weight-Loss and the Weight of the Media - Weight-Loss and the Weight of the Media       The media bombards us with advertisements and articles about weight-loss supplements. We cannot turn on the television or radio without seeing or hearing an advertisement for Dexatrim, and we cannot flip through a magazine without seeing an advertisement or article about Metabolife. The manner in which different media sources treat weight-loss supplements greatly influences the public's perception of these products. This essay will examine a Newsweek article entitled "Mad about Metabolife," an advertisement for Hydroxycut from Mademoiselle, and a radio advertisement for Carbolife Gold to illustrate the manner in which the media presents the u...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Humor Should Replace Sex in Media Advertising - Humor Should Replace Sex in Advertising     In today's society, we as consumers are exposed to media on a daily basis. Beginning the day with a glance at the daily newspaper and finishing the evening with a television program, the average person cannot escape the clutches of the media in its seemingly endless forms. Along with presenting objective information that includes local news, weather, and sports, a main function of modern media is advertising.   Two effective methods of catching the eyes of the consumer are the use of either sexual attraction or humor as a focal point of an advertisement....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Banning Harry Potter Impedes Upon Our Rights - Banning Harry Potter Impedes Upon Our Rights Muggles, Quidditch, and Hermoine. Do any of these words look familiar to you. If you are over the age of 11 then probably not these three words come from the Harry Potter book series. Muggles are non-magic people, quidditch is a ball game, and Hermoine is a young wizard and one of the main characters of the Potter series. I know these things because I have had the chance to read these wonderfully imaginative books. I believe it is wrong for the government or literary groups to ban books because books are a way for children to learn to read and develop an imagination, censorship impedes on our first amendment rights, and there is...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Censorship] 983 words
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The Importance of Affirmative Action in America - The Importance of Affirmative Action in America Affirmative action is a much debated topic based on the efforts of our government to overcome prejudicial treatment through inclusion. Affirmative action is a way of helping minorities in our country get jobs and avoid racial injustice. Many large companies have increased their employment of minorities after adopting these policies (Plous). Despite the efforts of affirmative action today, women still only earn 76 cents for every dollar earned by males....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 861 words
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Death Penalty: Capital Punishment and Violent Crime - Capital Punishment and Violent Crime Hypothesis Most Americans are pro-death penalty, even though they don't really believe that it is an effective deterrent to violent crime. Those who are pro-death penalty will remain so, even if faced with the best arguments of anti-death penalty activists and told to assume the arguments were absolutely true. Violent crime Violent crime is a major problem in the United States. According to the ACLU, the violent crime rate rose sixty-one percent nationwide over the last two decades, making America one of the most dangerous countries in the industrialized world to live in....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1586 words
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Death Penalty: The Cruelty of Capital Punishment - The Cruelty of Capital Punishment     Capital punishment is the legal infliction the death penalty. It is obviously the most severe form of criminal punishment. (Bedau1) Capital punishment is a controversial way of dealing with violent criminals. The main alternative to the death penalty is life in prison. Capital punishment has been around for thousands of years as a means of eradicating criminals. A giant debate started between supporters and opposers of execution, over the morality and effectiveness of the death penalty....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Abortion and the Columbine High School Massacre - Abortion and the Columbine High School Massacre I am sure all of us have been affected in some way by the horrific tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado (April 1999). Certainly, our entire country grieves at the death of the many High School teens and faculty who were victims of meaningless violence. Sadly, the bullets of two Columbine students took the lives of thirteen people away. "This tragedy is an outrage", cries the public. . . . "These teens were innocent young men, and women who had their whole lives ahead of them." ....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1395 words
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Human Cloning is not a Moral Issue - Human Cloning is not a Moral Issue There has been an onslaught of protests and people lobbying for a ban on human cloning ever since Dolly the sheep was cloned by Dr. Wilmut and his colleagues. Not only has the media exploited the ethics of the issue and scared the public with images of Frankenstein and evil scientists, but many worldwide authorities such as President Bill Clinton, Jacques Chirac of France, and Prime Minister John Major of Great Britain have all spoken out publicly against human cloning and have proposed legislation and committees to regulate and/or ban it....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Benefits of Cloning vs. Antiquated Religious Beliefs - Benefits of Cloning vs. Antiquated Religious Beliefs     When one thinks of cloning, what comes to mind?  Movies such as "Multiplicity" can give the lay person a very distorted image of cloning.  In this particular movie, actor Michael Keaton plays a father who cannot handle his crazily busy lifestyle.  In an effort to be the perfect father, husband and employee, he has himself cloned fairly easily at a nearby medical center.  The three clones each have their own personality: one is sarcastic and bitter, one is sweet and sensitive and one is a half-wit- but all are identical.  This cloning process is completely false.  At this time, scientists have cloned animals including Rhesus monkeys,...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Many Benefits of Affirmative Action - The Benefits of Affirmative Action      Affirmative action has helped the income, promotion and labor force participation rates of both women and minorities. For example, between 1982 and 1995, the percentage of female managers and professionals in the U.S. rose from 40.5 to 48.0 percent; blacks from 5.5 to 7.5 percent, and Hispanics from 5.2 to 7.6 percent. By comparison, these groups form 51.2 percent, 12.6 percent, and 10.2 percent of the population, respectively. Progress has been steady, but still incomplete....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Persuasive Essay: Defend Your Choice - Defend Your Choice Roe v. Wade: the Supreme Court case legalizing a woman's right to choose abortion has been around our entire lives. In 27 years, memories of back alley clinics have faded - the past is past, right. Wrong. It's too soon to start taking reproductive freedoms for granted. The next president will appoint two or three Supreme Court justices, potentially changing the Court's position on this pivotal case. George W. Bush supports the Republican call for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortions; do you think he, if elected, would appoint pro-choice justices....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 386 words
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The Evil of Human Cloning - Human cloning would certainly lead to social harm.  If an individual led a distraught or irresponsible life, would the clone be inclined to follow in his footsteps. Because of negative publicity, this clone's life may already be in the road to destruction prior to even becoming a clone. Would you want to be the clone of Hannibal, who devoured his victims after he murdered them.      Cloning would also lessen the worth of an individual and diminish the respect for life. If humans feel they can be replaced, like that of an object, then disposing of a human life would come at no great cost to their conscious.  Resulting in perhaps a killing spree that would have no type of harsh punshment.  As...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 598 words
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Abortion - Is it Safe? - Abortion - Is it Safe.      If you have been told that abortion is a "safe and legal" procedure, please keep reading. Many problems can occur either during or after a legal abortion. Most people are unaware of the many dangers associated with abortion.   Ten percent of women undergoing elective abortion will suffer immediate complications, of which one-fifth are considered life-threatening. The most common complications that can occur at the time of an abortion are: ripping or perforation of the uterus, excessive bleeding, infection, embolism, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury, endotoxic shock, fever, second degree burns, vomiting, and chronic abdominal pain....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Affirmative Action Helps Qualified Minorities - Affirmative Action Helps Qualified Minorities   Affirmative action doesn't require a company to hire the local percentage of women and minorities, qualified or not. The program determines the percentage of qualified women and minorities available to a company, then sets flexible goals, to be reached in good faith. As a result, numerous studies show that minorities who land their jobs through affirmative action are not less qualified than their colleagues. Critics of affirmative action often evoke images of qualified white males being denied jobs so that lesser qualified women and minorities might have them, all in the name of racial and gender fairness....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Is Abortion a Right? - We Americans cherish our rights. Since the Supreme Court's ruling in Row vs. Wade, a woman's right to have an abortion has become the law of the land. Once a right to do something has been established in this country, it becomes near impossible to take it away. Pro-choice advocates accuse their opponents, pro-life advocates, of wanting to take this right away from women. It is a strong argument, and no doubt true, but if the right to have an abortion is ever taken away in this country, it will come from the pro-choice left, and not from the pro-life right....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Irony of Abortion - The Irony of Abortion It is ironic that, in a nation that defines individual rights as supremely sacred, the most basic right to life is being systematically denied 1,500,000 persons each year. This is not done in the name of God but in the name of choice, pro-choice to be exact. Admittedly, too many young mothers find themselves in unwanted situations which carry with them very difficult and painful decisions. This we cannot overlook. They deserve our mercy, compassion, and love rather than harsh words and uncharitable judgment....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 618 words
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The Problem of Pornography -  In the United States someone has to be eighteen years old before they can buy pornography, but just because they have to be eighteen to buy it doesn't mean they have to be eighteen to look at it. Everywhere around the Internet one may stumble upon pornography where anyone, including children, may look at it. Pornography is not something to be proud of and is not something that our children should be able to see randomly on the Internet or in a store at a young age.             In Susan Brownmiller"s essay, "Let"s Put Porn Back in the Closet," she argues that "pornography represents hatred of women, that pornography"s intent is to humiliate, degrade, and dehumanize the female body for the pu...   [tags: Argumentative Essay, Censorship 2014]
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The Ethics of Cloning - The Ethics of Cloning Regardless of what our future holds, it will be based on the decisions we make today.  Those decisions can be made using the Utilitarian Theory which states that we are doing good for the greatest number of people.  Using Rule Utilitarianism "which maintains that a behavioral code or rule is morally right if the consequences of adopting that rule are more favorable than unfavorable to everyone. (IEP)" is justifably noted that if a consensus is formed on the basis of rules that govern cloning, and these rules are broken, the appropriate punishment will result.  This is because cloning a human will not benefit the society as a whole, it would do more harm than good.  W...   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 585 words
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Does Rape Justify Abortion? - Does Rape Justify Abortion.      Rape is a horrendous crime, leaving a woman in a state of mental, physical, and emotional turmoil. When a woman becomes pregnant as the result of rape (which happens less than 1 percent of the time), abortion will not take away the trauma, the nightmares, the pain -- but it may add to them.   According to a survey conducted by Dr. David Reardon of the Elliot Institute in 1990, the psychological complications of abortion include guilt, nervous disorders, nightmares, and memory loss (over 100 psychiatric reactions in all)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Does Abortion Relieve Overpopulation? - Does Abortion Relieve Overpopulation.       TV and other media regularly tout the threat of global overpopulation if abortion is not widely implemented. And it is true that people in various Third World countries are starving - about 700 million are chronically hungry according to many reports. But this is due, not to overpopulation, but rather to improper distribution and sharing of food supplies - which are very adequate for all people everywhere to live a healthy life.   In fact, the real emergency lies in the fact that populations are falling....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Abortion Economics 101 - Abortion Economics 101 There was a constant debate about the approval ratings for President Bill Clinton in the midst of the sex scandal. At times the ratings were higher than even before news of the scandal broke. Everyone agreed that the high ratings were linked to the strong economy. Herein lies the truth. After all, America’s strong economy wasn't built on presidential scandals, but on abortion. The greatest economic fear right is the possibility of ending abortion, and the champions of abortion happen to be President Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party One should recall that the economy of the pre-Civil War South was built on the backs of slaves....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 823 words
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The Cloning Debate - The Cloning Debate Not so far in the future, a young boy of the age of six, dying a heart-wrenching death, will only be able survive with a bone marrow transplant.  His parents will have searched near and far for a match, but none will come to their aid.  The only possible way that they can produce a perfect match for their son's bone marrow is to clone their son.  Unfortunately, at this time this topic is still being discussed and debated upon with the government.  Their only child that has been their treasure for six years might die.  A clone of their son becomes their apple of aspiration to keep the treasure from being buried....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Evolution - Evolution Evolution is a complex process by which the characteristics of living organisms change over many generations as traits are passed from one generation to the next. Many scientists agree on that concept. They have been trying to develop this theory over hundreds of years to make it reasonable and beliveable to people. But is evolution the reason that humans are on earth. People that are not quite religious and have little faith in God believe in evolution. Those who strongly stand by their beliefs supporting evolution, in my opinion, think they know enough about science and biology and all the complexities of the cell and the human being that they forgot who actually created all thi...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 592 words
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