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Night Essay

The life of the hopeless

The holocaust was when the Nazis, lead by Adolf Hitler had done a mass murder which had wiped out more than 50% of the Jewish population. In this book, you will learn about how 13 year old boy Eli Wiesel and his family have been taken from their home and sent to a concentration camp. While you keep reading you will notice that Elie is very hopeful about freedom and has deep faith in his religion. But then while you continue to read, you will notice that he will start to lose his hope a little by a little. And while he is losing his hope, he is losing his faith in his religion. in the following paragraph you will see where he still has faith in his religion.

In the book, Elie starts off with a quote that shows his love and hope for his religion, “I was almost 13 and deeply observant. By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the temple”. Elie is a person who deeply cares about his religion if he does this every day. He is not being forced to do this; he is choosing to do anything that has to do with his religion. This shows that he cares about his religion to the point everything he does in everyday life has to do with his religion. In the following paragraph Elie and his family are taken and while in the cattle car on the way to the 1st concentration camp Birkenau and how he still has faith in his god.

In this part of the book Elie and his family are in a cattle car unaware of where they are going and the only thing that people know that they were told that they would be relocated. On the way to very to Birkenau it was very frightening but when they finally arrived Elie says, “Confidence soared, suddenly we felt free from the previous night terror, we gave thanks to god”. This is when Elie still has some faith even when something bad is happening. He thinks that if he prays that all of this will be better. In the next paragraph you will see how Elie still has faith in god but is losing it and does not think about it much.

 

In this part of the book, Jewish people are celebrating a Jewish holiday known as Yom Kippour is a the only Biblical fast day on which Jews pray for forgiveness for all their sins. So to explain this holiday a little more all Jewish people fast(not eat) on this holiday. But instead, Elie decides to do this,”I did not fast, mainly to please my father, who had forbidden me to do so. But further, there was no longer any reason why I should fast. I no longer accepted God’s silence. As I swallowed my bowl of soup, I saw in the gesture an act of rebellion and protest against Him”. Normally he would love to celebrate on this holiday. But instead, he is angry at god for what has happened and he hasn’t helped at all to Elie’s eye’s. This is when he started losing faith in his god and his religion. In the following and last paragraph, you will see where he starts to lose all of his religious faith.

 

The day that the camp of Buna was bombed a child and 2 other adult inmates were hanged in front of him and some other inmates for stealing. And while he was being hanged they had to say this“Where is God? Where is He?” someone behind me asked. ..

For more than half an hour [the child in the noose] stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony under our eyes. And we had to look him full in the face. He was still alive when I passed in front of him. His tongue was still red, his eyes were not yet glazed.

Behind me, I heard the same man asking:

“Where is God now?”

And I heard a voice within me answer him:

“Where is He? Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows. . . .”. What he is trying to say is that he thinks god is dead because he has not helped in any way after all of the praying they have been doing. What I am trying to get out is, Elie has gone through the life of the hopeless, and now, he has lost a connection he might never get back. That is what my essay is about. A boy with no hope any more, HOPELESS.

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Where is Flight 370?
10 Big Questions Source: CNN.com

Every day brings new details and new questions surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia
Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard that went missing on March 8 en route from
Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Here are 10 questions surrounding what we know and what we don’t know:

1. What do we know about the pilots?
The pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, has 18,365 flying hours. He joined the airline in 1981.
For a veteran 777 pilot with Shah’s background, 18,000-plus total career hours in the air is normal.
Shah built a flight simulator in his home. It’s somewhat common among the worldwide
community of aviation enthusiasts to use online flight simulator programs to replicate various situations.
Simulators allow users to virtually experience scenarios in various aircraft.
Programs can simulate flight routes, landings and takeoffs from actual airports, but pilots say they
cannot replace the experience gained from real flying.
Shah is married and has three children, the youngest of whom is in her 20s and lives with her
parents. He and his wife have one grandchild.
First Officer Fariq Ab Hamid, 27, joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007. He has 2,763 flying hours
and was transitioning from flight simulator training to the Boeing 777-200ER.
The amount of flight time Hamid has could be a bit low for a 777 pilot flying for an American
airline, experts said. But the system of pilot advancement is often faster among airlines in smaller nations.
Some airlines in these countries offer cadet programs that find talented and promising young pilot
candidates and offer them intensive, specialized training, experts say.
Hamid lives with his parents and some of his four siblings, according to a neighbor. A source
close to the investigation told CNN that Malaysian police searched Shah’s and Hamid’s homes Saturday.

2. What do we know about communications to and from the plane?
Key clues about the plane have come from developments surrounding data and voice
communications. The plane is equipped with a standard voice communication radio and two other kinds
of communication technology: transponders and the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting
System, known by the acronym ACARS.
The last known voice communication from the 777’s cockpit was these words: “All right, good
night.”
We don’t know whose voice spoke the words, but they were uttered as the plane neared
Vietnamese air traffic control airspace at about the same time the transponder was shut off, according to
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Because of the vital information a transponder provides, it would be highly unlikely for a pilot to
shut it off. Transponders are considered reliable, but they occasionally fail, which is why there is a backup
transponder.
One way to hide a plane’s flight information from air traffic controllers would be to turn off the
transponder. Experts give conflicting opinions about what the transponder shutoff could mean: One
theory points to someone — perhaps a hijacker — wanting to hide the plane before changing course;
another theory is the transponder could have stopped transmitting because of a catastrophic power failure.
A series of “handshakes” — or electronic connections — from the plane’s ACARS was transmitted
to satellites for four to five hours after the transponder stopped sending signals, a senior U.S. official told
CNN.

routine messages to the airline, such as when the aircraft lifts off or lands and how much fuel it may have,
he said. It can also be used to communicate text messages, for instance when the aircraft encounters
turbulence. ACARS typically beams down engine parameters, temperatures, the amount of fuel burned
and any maintenance discrepancies.
According to Malaysia Airlines, all of its aircraft are equipped with ACARS. “Nevertheless, there
were no distress calls, and no information was relayed,” the airline said.
The aircraft’s ACARS was sending pings more than five hours after the transponder last emitted a
signal, an aviation industry source told CNN on Friday.
These pings don’t provide information about speed or altitude, but they do indicate the plane was intact
for that long, since an aircraft has to be powered and have structural integrity for the ACARS to operate,
the source said.
The pings were detected by satellites and were used, with radar and other data, to calculate where
the plane might have traveled. A U.S. official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, said a
satellite recorded electronic “handshakes” with the 777 that were later analyzed.
The information gleaned from this analysis — which the U.S. official described as
“unprecedented” — supports the conclusion that the aircraft turned toward the west, away from the Gulf of
Thailand and toward the Indian Ocean. Referring to the five- to six-hour range in which the plane may
have flown after its transponder cut off, the same official said, “We believe we have the time of the loss
of the airplane within an hour.”
But on Saturday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib said that “based on new satellite
communication, we can say with a high degree of certainty that … ACARS was disabled just before the
aircraft reached the east coast of peninsular Malaysia.”

3. Where could the plane be? What could have happened to it?
The evidence is growing that the plane flew for hours after losing contact with air traffic control.
Malaysia’s aviation authorities, with agreement from U.S. and British government experts,
concluded the plane’s last communication with the satellite was in one of two possible corridors. One
stretches from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand; the other from Indonesia
to the southern Indian Ocean.
The latest data and calculations provided by Malaysian officials show an arc of places the aircraft
could have traveled. Because the northern reaches of the arc include some tightly guarded airspace over
India, Pakistan and U.S. installations in Afghanistan, U.S. authorities believe it more likely the aircraft
crashed south of India into waters outside the reach of radar, one U.S. official said.
Had it flown farther north, it would likely have been detected by radar, the official said.
A classified analysis of electronic and satellite data suggests Flight 370 likely crashed either in
the Bay of Bengal or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean, CNN learned Friday.
The analysis, conducted by the United States and Malaysian governments, used radar data and
satellite pings to calculate that the plane diverted to the west, across the Malay Peninsula, and then either
flew in a northwest direction toward the Bay of Bengal or southwest into another part of the Indian
Ocean. Malaysian military radar registered dramatic changes for Flight 370 in altitude and it cut an erratic
path across Malaysia in what are some of the last known readings of its location, according to a senior
U.S. official.
The same official, who is familiar with analysis of the data and declined to be identified because
of the sensitive nature of the information, cautioned that this assessment is not definitive. The readings
may not be wholly reliable because of the distance of the plane from the radars that detected it, the official
said.

4. Couldn’t a pilot just ‘fly under the radar’?
Theoretically, yes. As a tool intended to keep track of what’s going on in the sky, radar doesn’t
acquire data all the way to the ground.
Military pilots are trained to take advantage of this when they need to go undetected. But their
aircraft are also equipped with terrain-evading radar and other features intended to help fighter and helicopter pilots hug the ground, said aviation consultant Keith Wolzinger of the Spectrum Group.
Understandably, Boeing doesn’t offer those features on its commercial airliners.
“Airline pilots are not trained for radar avoidance,” said Wolzinger, himself a former 777 pilot.
“We like to be on radar.”
Also, unlike military craft, civilian airliners don’t have gear to detect when they’ve been spotted
on radar. So any efforts to fly undetected would be rudimentary.

5. Could the plane have landed somewhere?
One theory U.S. officials are considering, according to a Wall Street Journal report, is that
someone might have taken the plane to be used for some other purpose later. So it’s theoretically possible
that the plane could have landed at a remote, hidden airstrip.
There are some large holes in that theory. The 777 is a big plane. It requires, at minimum, nearly
a mile to land. And, says CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest, there’s the matter of getting it
someplace without setting off alarm bells.
“You can’t just fly a 777 and not have a radar trace,” he said. One senior U.S. official, citing
information Malaysia has shared with the United States, told CNN that “there is probably a significant
likelihood” that the aircraft is on the floor of the Indian Ocean.

6. How likely is hijacking or terrorism in this situation?
The CIA and FBI aren’t ruling it out, but authorities aren’t ruling out much at this point. It’s highly
suspicious that the plane seems to have turned around. Those suspicions are further fueled by the loss of
communications with the plane, considering the aircraft had “redundant electrical systems” that would
have had to be disabled.
Robert Francis, former vice chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, said his
first thought upon hearing the circumstances of the flight’s mysterious disappearance was that it blew up,
but even an explosion would not be proof of terrorism.
The two men who used stolen passports to board the plane were identified by Interpol as Iranians
Pouri Nourmohammadi, 18, and Delavar Seyed Mohammad Reza, 29. Malaysian investigators say neither
of them has any apparent connection to terrorist organizations.
Stolen passports don’t necessarily indicate terrorism. In fact, passengers flew without having their
travel documents checked against Interpol’s lost-and-stolen passport database more than a billion times in
2013, according to the international police organization. Among the reasons someone might use a stolen
passport: to emigrate to another country, to export goods without paying taxes or to smuggle stolen
goods, people, drugs or weapons.

7. Could mechanical failure explain it?
It’s one of the possibilities, but less so since Najib said on Saturday that the plane’s movements
“are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.”
The absence of a debris field could suggest that the pilot might have made an emergency landing on water
and the plane then sank intact, but there was no distress signal.
However, aviation consultant Kit Darby has said there might have been a power failure, and
during the hour when he had backup power, the pilot was attempting to return to “the airports and a
region he knows.” There’s also the possibility that the tail or a wing tore from the fuselage. This particular
Boeing had suffered a clipped wingtip in the past, but Boeing repaired it.
Another possibility is that a window or door failed, which would cause the temperature inside the
plane to drop to 60 degrees below zero, creating a freezing fog and giving crew members only seconds to
don oxygen masks before becoming disoriented and then incapacitated.

8. What other theories and speculation have been offered?
Lithium batteries: Investigators are looking into the possibility that lithium batteries, which
have been blamed in previous crashes, played a role in the disappearance, according to U.S. officials
briefed on intelligence and law-enforcement developments. The officials spoke on condition of
anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. If lithium batteries were being carried in the cargo hold, they could have causes a crash-inducing
fire. But that would not explain other anomalies, such as why the plane appears to have turned west. A
pilot’s likely first instinct if lithium batteries were smoldering would have been to turn around and return
to the airport of origin — not to fly an additional five hours, said Arthur Rosenberg, an aviation expert
who is a pilot, engineer and partner in the New York-based law firm Soberman & Rosenberg.
Meteor: A meteor was reported in the area around the time Flight 370 took off, but this seems to
be atop a list of strange theories popping up in the absence of empirical data explaining the plane’s
disappearance. Given what little is known about the flight path, and the astronomical odds against such an
event, a meteor strike seems like an ultralong-shot explanation.

9. What about reports that passengers’ cell phones continued operating after the flight’s
disappearance?
When phones are disabled or turned off — which would presumably happen after a plane crash —
calls to those cell phones go directly to voice mail. Friends and loved ones of the missing passengers,
however, reported ringing when they called. Technology industry analyst Jeff Kagan says a call would
connect first to a network before trying to find the end user, and the ringing sound callers hear masks the
silence they would otherwise hear while waiting for the connection to be made.
“If it doesn’t find the phone after a few minutes, after a few rings, then typically, it disconnects,
and that’s what’s happening,” he said.

10. Is this the first time a plane has vanished?
No. In 2009, Air France Flight 447 crashed in the South Atlantic between Rio de Janeiro and
Paris during turbulent weather conditions. It took four searches and almost two years before the bulk of
the wreckage and majority of bodies were recovered. The voice and data recorders weren’t found on the
ocean floor until May 2011.

My Response

    Wow, I get losing cars and boats, but how in the world do you lose a plane. If I were on that plane, and I knew what was going on, I would be amazed that nobody could find one of the most biggest things that transports people from place to place. I have multiple ideas on who took the plane and where It might have gone. I think that when the death of osoma bin laden died on May 2nd 2011 in Pakistan. The al Qaeda must have been very upset. So they must have planned this out for a while, and they finally took another plane. If you do not think that this event is possible. People didn’t think 9-11 was possible. Now I am going to tell you were I think the plane has gone. Being honest, I think that the plane could still be in the sky. And they are trying terrorist are trying to pick another target. That is all I have to say, and that is what I think about the missing plane.

 

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Who is Prometheus and Gaea

Who are Prometheus and Gaea?

 

Prometheus, known in Greek Mythology was one of the Titans (an elder god), who had taken fire from Mt. Olympus and bring it back down to earth. And he did this even though Zeus said not to. So for a punishment, Zeus had an Eagle eat away at his liver and had his liver regenerate every day, and the worst part about it is, he is immortal.

Gaea was the mother of the earth and of all the gods.  Her name was Gaea.  Let this be your name, my Golden One, for you are to be the mother of a new kind of gods” (Rand 99).  Gaea is known as the mother goddess in Greek mythology.  There were no other gods around besides her family members, so many of the gods she created were the result of “inbreeding.”  She created many gods with her son Uranus.

 

Work Cited: “Anthem: Literary Elements.” Http://nccscougar.org/. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2014.

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Fahrenheit 451 Book Based Topic

I am currently reading Fahrenheit 451  by Ray Bradbury. For round 2 of our literature circles while reading the book, I had the responsibility of being the Discussion Director/Leader and Vocabulary Highlighter. As part of my job, I found the following information interesting.The part of the book that we are on makes me think that this story is not in our time period. You can read pages  24-25 about a  creature that does not sound like our time period.

The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live . . . the moonlight touched here and there on the brass and the copper and the steel of the faintly trembling beast. Light flickered on bits of ruby glass and on sensitive capillary hairs in the nostrils of the creature . . . its eight legs spidered under it on rubber-padded paws . . . a four inch hollow steel needle plunged down from the proboscis,       or any long flexible snout, as of the tapir of the Hound to inject massive jolts of morphine    or procaine . . . a strange rasping combination of electrical sizzle, a frying sound, a scraping of metal, a turning of cogs that seemed rusty and ancient with suspicion ( Bradbury 25-24)

So, my questions are:

  1. What time period do you think this is? the future, or the present?
  2. Could you compare yourself to Montag? If not, tell me ways you can contrast yourself to Montag.
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