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Monday, September 10, 2012

ON this date in 1993 the X-Files premiered on the new FOX Network

The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series, which is a part of The X-Files franchise, created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002, spanning nine seasons and 202 episodes. The show was a hit for the Fox network, and its characters and slogans, such as "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", and "I Want to Believe" became popular culture touchstones in the 1990s. Seen as a defining series of its era, The X-Files tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions, and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality as it centered on efforts to uncover the existence of extraterrestrial life. The series spawned a spin-off show, The Lone Gunmen.
In the series, FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are the investigators of X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder is a believer in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries which could ultimately be used to debunk Mulder's work and thus return him to FBI mainstream.[1] Early in the series both agents become pawns in a larger conflict, and come to trust only each other. They develop a close relationship, which begins as a platonic friendship, but develops into a romantic relationship by the end of the series' run.
In addition to the series-spanning story arc, "monster of the week" episodes made up roughly two-thirds of the series. In such stand-alone episodes, Mulder and Scully investigated strange crimes which often had no long-term effect on the storyline, though the episodes contributed to the show's background. A 1998 feature film, The X-Files, has been released. This was followed in 2008 by a post-series film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
In the last two seasons, Gillian Anderson became the star as David Duchovny appeared intermittently, and new central characters were introduced: FBI agents John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish). Mulder and Scully's boss, Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), also became a central character. 

By the time the series ended, The X-Files had become the longest-running science fiction series in U.S. television history, though it was subsequently surpassed by Stargate SG-1 in 2007 and by Smallville in 2011. 

The series won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama three times (1994, 1996, and 1997), and Duchovny and Anderson received multiple award nominations for their performances. - Wikipedia

Public Speaking Advice from Lt Co. Robert F. Cain III

Passion is the key point.

Act like your bored and your audience will zone out.

I gave a powerpoint in Orlando just recently.  Most of my slides were
images, and I was the most animated character in the room -- not what was
on the screen.  I jumped, ran up and down the stage, raised my voice,
lowered my voice, made jokes (mostly about myself), and acted like I

I am the actor. I am on stage. I am leading the troops, I am rallying
them, to DO SOMETHING.

A powerpoint presentation is secondary.  It is your notes as the
presenter.  It is not as interesting as you.

Get out from behind the podium, step out into the audience and stand in
front of people and ask them what they think.  Ask them to explain

Tell them what you think and personalize the information.

I was fortunate to have on the same agenda was the COL of the state police
who investigated Virginia Tech.

He was speaking of the investigation he headed up by order of the
governor.  He did not jump up and down, raise his voice, or make jokes.
The subject was too serious.  But the information he presented was
personalized from his point of view.  he gave his opinion, he explained
the why and the how.  No one questioned his opinion because of the
gravitas of the subject matter, but no one doubted that he cared.

One a clown...(me), one serious and to the point...but both caring about
the subject.  Both will be remembered.

Lt Col Robert F Cain
US Army Reserve

Reposted as areminder for the remainder of the term...

First posted January 11, 2010

Unit 9 Notes

Unit # 9 Notes
Art Lynch

It never hurts to review or to look at things from a different direction. This unit attempts to do so, offering insight into concepts and terms beyond definitions, advice on how to improve you grades in this and other courses, ways to tackel the midterm and final and most important concepts that will help you to improve your speech and any presentations you may make in life.

Unit 9 covers outline formats and requirements, informative speaking, ethics, designs and structures for speech organization, references, listening and learning skills, statistics, vital information on graphs and charts, and a review of what you can find in the units prior to this one. This does not mean you should not go back and review the previous units yourself, or reread the chapters assigned to date. They will help you on your informative and persuasive speeches, your final exam and your adventures once this course is well behind you.

Click "read more" below for the complete Unit 9 Review and Insight.

Right, Wrong and Ethics in college

ehaving ethically is learned. When we’re children, we do what we feel we must to get the things we need and want. As we grow, our daily interaction with family, friends, instructors and classmates teaches us that our actions have repercussions and the interests of those around us and society at large must also be taken into account. We develop a moral compass. 
By Mark Dillon

But in an increasingly competitive world with such great emphasis on results—whether for a financial report or an essay paper—the benefits of taking the wrong path can sometimes be hard to ignore. The digital revolution has further complicated matters. With information so easily accessible on the Internet, incidents of plagiarism and other unethical behavior are on the rise at colleges and universities. These are the places where students are expected to become prepared to do the right thing in the professional world, but rampant misdeeds in classrooms and boardrooms indicate that far more needs to be done. So how can faculty take matters into their hands and reverse this troubling trend?


Right, wrong and gray


Broadly defined, ethics are understood to be the moral principles that shape a society’s rules of conduct. But societal structures in a bottom-line world can complicate an individual’s value system. Susan R. Madsen, Ed.D., a Professor of Management in the Woodbury School of Business and the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Utah Valley University, has seen some of her MBA students wrestle with ethical concepts.

“A few students have strongly argued that ethical behavior means doing everything for the company that employs them—to be ‘ethical’ to the company instead of to themselves as people with integrity and ethics,” she says.

Steven Ouellette, an instructor at the University of Colorado Engineering Management program, writes of such scenarios in his 2009 article “Morals? Ethics? The Law?” in the online publication Quality Digest. He proposes a dilemma in which an employee is aware his or her company has consciously sold a defective, potentially harmful product to a customer.

While some of Madsen’s students might argue that the employee’s loyalty to their company should trump any urge to warn the customer, Ouellette writes that informing the customer is the ethical course of action.


Socially acceptable?

“Often there aren’t clear cut right and wrong answers,” Madsen says. “But sometimes I push back at my MBAs and say that sometimes it really is black-and-white. There are some things people do that may not be illegal, but they’re just not right, and when you know the majority of the population would say ‘That’s not right,’ you shouldn’t try to justify it.”

Understandably, students today might feel disconnected from a strict ethical code. They need only look at the actions of leading business and political figures, including executives at Enron Corporation, Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff and impeached Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich. And let’s not forget celebrities like Kim Kardashian, a woman guesstimated to have raked in $18 million for a 72-day marriage many say was all for the cameras.

Of course, some of these high-profile figures who acted unlawfully have landed in jail, but it could be perceived that they are merely the ones who got caught in a system rife with liars, cheaters and unethical practices. And from that comes a potentially harmful trickle-down effect—even to schools, where there is great pressure on students to get good grades, leading to cheating, fabrication of data and plagiarism.

“That kind of behavior is socially accepted among students. Their rationale is ‘everybody does it.’ And then they look outside their peer group at politicians, doctors and lawyers—all these people giving lip service to ethical behavior who are cheating—so why not? Why shouldn’t they as well?” says April Cognato, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at Michigan State University. “It’s not about the ethical high ground; it’s about the almighty dollar and success.”

To continue reading from the University of Phoenix Faculty Matters Magazine click here. Or click "read more" below.

'The Ethicist' Explains How To 'Be Good'

Randy Cohen served as "The Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine for 12 years.
Courtesy Chronicle Books Randy Cohen served as "The Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine for 12 years.

After 12 years writing a column on ethics, Randy Cohen is convinced ethics is not a moving target, unique to time or place.

"I believe there are a set of principles that are so profound and so essentially moral that if I were just slightly smarter and slightly more eloquent, I could travel everywhere and persuade everyone that they should apply," he tells Weekend Edition guest host Linda Wertheimer.

Cohen's column, "The Ethicist," was featured in The New York Times Magazine. He answers more questions of scruples in his new book, Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.

More from NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday (click here).