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Advice, Not Color Codes John Term Paper

… " Is green the "no worries" level? At green level, do we send all the airport security staff home for the day? Since September 11, many would argue that we will never have a green day, and perhaps we never should have.

The reader gets the feeling that these five colors are supposed to be sort of like our tornado warning system. People who live in tornado-prone areas know about these. "Tornado watch" means exactly that -- conditions are ripe for tornado formation; pay attention to the weather around you. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted in your area, either by trained spotter or by radar. People who live in these areas have already evaluated their homes and know where to put their families for greatest safety should the tornado hits their home. They know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. In other words, the warnings hold real meaning, and the simple words "tornado warning" communicate a course of action.

What do we do on "red alert," besides not going to the airport to catch our flight? What about orange? Apparently these messages would be carried by the media. Stossel makes the point that on September 11, the media had all the accurate information first. I don't see that as a put-down of our government. That's what the media does - they follow breaking news, and they do it well.

We don't need to be told to be on high alert. We all got that message September 11. The Office of Homeland Security should ditch the color-coded messages that communicate nothing, and give us a plan we can follow.

Works Cited

Stossel, John.…… [read more]

William Shakespeare's Tragic Play Julius Term Paper

… The two students carry out the plan, kill several people and then kill themselves. The nation is shocked, the community horrified. How did two teens carry out this "military like" attack? How could no one have known? They deceived everyone, including their own parents, who lived with them, fed them, worried about them and loved them. Deception is a powerful trait. Shakespeare's portrayal of the deception of Caesar and the Roman people is no exception. Much like the community of Columbine, those who were around Caesar might have seen trouble coming, but never would have imagined it would have been one of their own. Because such loyal friends surround Caesar, he never suspects harm can come his way. Similarly, the neighbors of the Klebold's and Harris', the shooters' families from Columbine, talk of how the two came from "excellent families, who had infinite options ahead of them." In the aftermath, their memories are processed while they wonder, "How they could have missed the incubation of so much evil." (Achenbach,A1)

The preceding examples from current events in America show that Shakespeare modeled his characters, fact or fiction, after real human emotions, and with real human traits. Deception, or the ability to appear as one thing while being another, is a trait that Brutus, and Casius share with the likes of the suicide bombers of September 11, and the suicide shooters of Columbine High. Caesar's naive approach to his safety much resembles the pre- September 11th world, a world where people were assumed to be what they seemed. Though Caesar's realization of this flaw came mere seconds before his death, Shakespeare shows the triumph of the human spirit with the less-naive Octavia defeating the uprising of his father's enemies, and regaining control. Shakespeare's literature is well ahead of his time. The hints of greed, ambition, honor, deception, power and naivete help define with clarity the true spirit of humankind. While most appear to be good, it would be naive of us to think that there is not evil in the world.

Works Cited

Achenbach, Joel. "Shooters' Neighbors Had Little Hint." Washington Post. 21 May 1999


Schoenfeld, Gabriel. "Could September 11 Have Been Averted?" Commentary

Magazine. December 2001. Vol. 112, Iss.5, pp 21-29

Webb, Warren. "Friend or Foe? Face Recognition Goes to War." EDN Magazine. 20

December 2001 URL / (05 February 2002)

Outline for Paper

I. Introduction

1. Shakespeare's use of human traits in his play

2. Examples of deceit and naivete in Caesar parallel with examples of today

II September 11 -- naive

1. Examples of how Caesar was unaware of signs

2. Examples of how U.S. was unaware of signs

3. Tie them together with "ides of march"

III September 11 -- deceit

1. Terrorists lived here and no one knew

2. Caesar's friends plotted and he never knew

3. Tie in together with trust issues, and Brutus plotting like terrorists did

IV Columbine High School -- deceit

1. Two "normal" students went on shooting rampage

2. Caesar's… [read more]

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