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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Patriot Day, September 11

Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11.

Patriot Day remembers those who lost their lives during the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. ©

What do people do?

On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials.

Public life

Patriot Day is not a federal holiday and schools and businesses do not close. Public transit systems run on their regular schedules. Some people and organizations may take some time out to hold prayers for the victims of the attacks, but these do not usually affect public life for more than a few minutes.


On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijackers then deliberately flew three of the planes into two important buildings, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The loss of life and damage that these hijackings caused form the biggest act of terrorism ever on United States soil. Nearly 3000 people died in the attacks and the economic impact was immense.
The attacks have greatly increased attention to national security in the United States. This has had huge implications for United States national and international politics. This is particularly true for the relationships between the United States and Islamic countries in the Middle East.


The most potent symbol of the events that happened on September 11, 2001 are pictures and videos of planes flying into buildings, of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center engulfed in smoke and later collapsing and of people falling from buildings. Pictures taken of damaged buildings and relatives looking for loved ones in the days and weeks after the attacks are also often shown. The flag of the United States is often displayed around images of the events on September 11, 2001. This is to remind Americans that their country remained strong in the face of massive terrorist attacks.

Cyber Bully

Blog Article for Week 10
Lynch, Arthur

This is an article that i found that i used with my speech on Cyberbullying. This is just one of the many examples of the effects of Cyberbullying.
-Janael Macaraeg

First posted 11/7/2010

Iran's Wet Blankets Put a Damper on Water-Park Fun

For the complete story go to the Wall Street Journal. I suggest using your school account through the school library as the Wall Street Journal is a subscription based web site.

Fearful of Facebook and Frolicking Youths, Regime Cracks Down on Squirt-Gun Fight


Watch raw cell-phone footage from an Iranian 'Water War'--a public water fight in Tehran in late July, 2011.
Authorities in authoritarian Iran have determined the latest threat to the Islamic Republic: squirt guns.
Agents of the regime fanned out across Tehran late last month to question toy store owners about whether the fake guns had been imported from America. Nope: made right in Iran or imported from China.
Why all this fuss? A water fight among playful youth at a water park.
After heeding a call on Facebook, a group of nearly 800 young men and women were among those who showed up at the park. They were surprised to find others there eager to drench anyone in sight.
They chased strangers around a giant water fountain, screaming and laughing as they splashed each other with water from toy guns, bottles and plastic bags.
"We had a blast. It was a rare chance for boys and girls to hang out in a public place and have fun," said Shaghayegh, a participant who did not want her last name to be used.

LA Film Incentives Working as production season kicks off full bore

Feature film activity in Los Angeles continued to grow at a brisk pace, with on-location shoots for movies once again posting double-digit increases.
Filming for features generated 189 production days for the week ended Sunday, up 66% from the same time a year earlier, according to recently-released data from FilmL.A. Inc., which handles permits for film shoots on streets and noncertified soundstages in the city and unincorporated areas of the county.
Feature film activity was virtually flat in the first half of this year but has steadily grown in recent months. The category is up about 60% so far in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, according to FilmL.A. data.
The surge in feature filming last week led to an overall 6% increase in production days across all categories.
Projects fueling the increase range from obscure independent features to star-packed studio movies including “The Dark Knight Rises,” the upcoming Batman sequel that recently moved production from Pittsburgh; “Savages,” an Oliver Stone directed movie starring John Travolta about pot growers who battle the Mexican mafia; and “End of Watch,” a crime drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick.
Activity is expected to remain strong as two other high-profile movies get underway: “Argo,” about the Iranian hostage crisis, starring and directed by Ben Affleck; and “The Gangster Squad,” a star-packed period drama with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone about the Los Angeles Police Department’s anti-mafia unit in the 1940s and 1950s.
Both films received approval for state film tax credits under a program whose future is being debated in Sacramento. The state Senate is expected to vote next week on a bill to extend the credits beyond 2012, though it’s unclear whether the final bill would extend the $100 million in annual funding for five years or just one.
In other sectors, television production, which has been nearly flat so far this quarter, generated 337 production days last week, down 11% from a year earlier. Filming for commercials accounted for 139 production days, up 4%.
This week’s scheduled film shoots include those for the Judd Apatow comedy “This is Forty,” which will film downtown; "Savages," which will be in Studio City; and the CBS TV show “The Mentalist,” which is taking its crew to Palmdale.
Meanwhile, the reality TV series “Pit Bulls and Parolees” will set up in Castaic, in northern L.A. County.
-- Richard Verrier 
From the LA Times Company Town blog. Click here for the latest news from the LA Times.

Self Programming?

Humans are biologically programed to have a need of being wanted, loved, acceptance, and companionship. So no wonder people cling more onto their biases during a rough time. By doing so, they automatically have more common interest with people that have the same biases or beliefs as them. People feel that if they have stronger beliefs about something, for example religion, it will help them to feel closer to people who feel the same way as them. By having common biases people will grow together by talking about those beliefs. Wanting to have similarities with other people is a normal feeling but when a human being starts depending on others to help them with every situation, that person can lose their own beliefs all because they want to fit in. Sometimes by getting in a tough, abnormal situation and having to figure out a solution for one’s self, without anyone’s help, the human brain can come up with some miraculous solutions. This will teach one’s self to think outside of the box , to be open to more than one specific solution, and can help reteach one’s self to think for themselves and make their own beliefs based on what they think is right and not by what everyone else is telling them to do.