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Proposal+5—ndb1996

Proposal +5

“Concussions in the NFL: Are Players Beginning to Value Their Brains More than the Game?” Behind the Steel Curtain. 7 June 2015. Web. 6 Dec. 2015.

How I Used It: This article can be used in many different ways. It provides players personal experiences and personal quotes. It shows how that no matter how much money you are making or how important the game is to one person, a concussion can really affect the way a person lives their life physically and psychologically.

“Fantasy Football Is Teaching Us To Dehumanize Players In Pain.” The Huffington Post. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

How I Used It: This article is useful especially in the case of concussions. Concussions have probably been the most overlooked subject out of any sports related injury. The fact that the fans of the sport and fantasy football are not educated on the idea of what a concussion is, makes selecting the “Release Player” option/button on the fantasy football app, a much easier decision.

“Let’s Not Forget the Carnage of the NFL.” Bleacher Report. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

How I Used It: This article, similar to the last, offers a more in depth look at how the players are suffering injuries very rapidly. As a lover of the game and the excitement, our football fan nation also finds much excitement in gambling and fantasy football fulfills our gambling needs. It does not present to us however, how serious the extent of injuries, such as concussion, are. It only shows us the availability of that player for that specific week/day. The gambling community, especially the fantasy football community is starting to become very lost in the toll these injuries take on the players.

“Autopsy: Another NFL Ex-Player Who Killed Himself Had Brain Disease.” The Huffington Post. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

How I Used It: This article is very vital to explain how serious CTE and concussions are. It reveals that not only can it take a psychological effect on someone but it can also push the person so far to even take their own life. It gives useful facts to include in an argument and provides a perfect example of the extent of CTE, through the suicide of Allen Robinson Jr.

“Ex-NFL Player Laments Not Knowing About CTE Prior To Career.” The Huffington Post. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

How I Used It: I can use this article in many ways. The author provides many important examples and facts, including the main example, Tom Crabtree. It gives a personal look at how CTE, concussions, and the lack of action taken by the NFL has  taken a lot out of Crabtree’s life. This article is important in showing the non-educated football fans the toll it can take on someone’s life, who in all respects, has not taken his own life but decided to try and “tough it out”.

“The NFL Concussion Settlement Is Pure Evil | VICE Sports.” VICE Sports RSS. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

How I Used It:  This article is useful because instead of the topic being seen through the player’s eyes, it is being seen through the individual/s arguing for essentially the life of the player’s lives, the lawyers. This article gives the opinion of how the NFL concussion settlement program is not fair to the players of the NFL and how it should be changed to accommodate the players’ head injuries.

“What You Don’t Know About Concussions.” The Huffington Post. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

How I Used It: I used this article written by Shulkin because it gives an outsiders perspective based off of my topic. She is not an NFL player nor is she affiliated in any way with the National Football League. She is a normal everyday human who suffered from a concussion. It is a useful source of information because she explains some of the myths and truths of a concussion and how it doesn’t take an NFL player to suffer a concussion and all the side effects that tag along with it.

“The NFL Concussion Settlement Is Pure Evil | VICE Sports.” VICE Sports RSS. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

How I Used It: This article is very useful because it is a clear indication at how even the so called “professionals” aren’t even educated on one of the most serious topics of the sport today. The guy who is supposed to put the players in the right position is even downplaying concussions. This article helps support the idea of increasing awareness of concussions in the NFL.

“NFL: 3 In 10 Ex-Players Face Alzheimer’s, Dementia.” The Huffington Post. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

How I Used It: This article written by Dale is very important to the argument. It gives useful facts about how players are hit with concussions. Not only are these players suffering short term consequences but they are suffering long term. They are also getting hit with these brain injuries twice as quick as the normal human being.

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White Paper—ndb1996

White Paper Assignment

Working Hypothesis 1

The game of football is a sport many may consider “Americas Game”, It has single handedly taken ownership of a day of the week and it continues to provide entertainment for everyone viewing. However, there are side effects of the sport we love and adore. Side effects that give players past and present a shortened life span and brain injuries. Concussions. Concussions have become part of the game in all the negative ways. It seems the more that concussions are happening the more people that don’t realize how dangerous they really are. Concussions are not categorized like they used to be. They are dangerous and extremely life threatening and the football world from players to fans need to be aware.

Working Hypothesis 2

Whenever we hit our head hard on the table or fall over and develop a headache, we tend to normally shake it off. If the headache goes away then it’s not a big deal, right? Wrong. Concussions are not a joke and they are gradually becoming a frequently talked about topic especially in the NFL. The National Football League for so many years has tried to contain the amount of concussions suffered. It is inevitable for players to suffer the hard injury but it seems the NFL decided to take a back seat when it came to former players and their brain damage. With evolving technology and new research almost daily, concussions are becoming more and more serious and the players, past and present, are taking their anger out on the league and its commissioner. It seems the league may not be educating the people enough about and that they could be hiding behind from the media and the fans. As a fan, concussions were never this serious. However, after the research conducted on my part, it is unfortunate how uneducated our society really is on this topic.

Topics for Smaller Papers

Are coaches of the NFL not taking concussions serious enough leading to the increased number of injuries to the brain?

Is the league not taking enough action in educating the fans, players, coaches, and league personnel of the sport enough?

Has gambling made the situation disappear?

Current State of Research

My research methods have been successful. Many writers have taken the side in which I am arguing on how the league is not taking enough action and how everyone is not educated enough on the long lasting ramifications concussions have. There are many articles and players’ personal experiences that prove concussions are no joke and many authors have produced articles in top notch publishing sources such as Huffington Post, New York Times, and Washington Post to name a few.

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Stone Money—ndb1996

Stone Money Assignment

            It seems that as a society we always wish for more money. More money through the lottery, more money through casinos, more money, more money, more money. Theoretically however, if I were to win a 10 million dollar jackpot that money would be deposited into a bank account. I would have access to the money I won but it would sit on my phone screen or my computer screen. I would not be holding it in my wallet. I would trust my bank to hold for me as I watch it through a technology device. I was intrigued with the story about the island “Yap” and how they indicated the wealthy through stones kept on the front lawn. Intrigued because today we are either living large with our so called “money” or in debt and digging ourselves a hole. It’s hard to indicate a person’s wealth through money that isn’t even visible.

How can we as a society trust the nice bank teller we hand deliver our paycheck too every week and trust her to deposit it into our account? We can’t. Money has become such a ghostly figure that most of us are unsure where are money actually is held. Prior to online banking and mobile banking and technology money was kept “under the mattress”. The way money is held and transferred today could be argued good or bad, but it definitely has taken a turn. A turn, where as people who deposits money, may not be too trustworthy of.

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Rebuttal—ndb1996

Rebuttal

            As a fan of the sport of football and a “not so big” fan of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the fans of the sport seem to solely put the blame on the league and Goodell for the concussion issues. However it is not completely Goodell’s and league administrations fault. Though it seems the NFL has not taken much action to the concussion dilemma, they have issued rules to every team to follow a specific protocol when they see a player that has symptoms of a possible concussion. But just because there are protocols and rules set in place for a team doesn’t necessarily mean they will follow them. If they see their number one player or their quarterback go down, they may not always follow the exact procedures to rule him eligible to continue or be forced to sit out. They may even curve the protocol so that their player is able to finish the remainder of the game and even the season.

According to Adam Kilgore’s article posted in the Washington Post there have been instances as recent as this current season that have had situations where players have been left in the game despite showing clear concussion symptoms. We are so quick to judge the league and the front office of how they handle the concussion situation. But if there is no help from the leagues and the coaches of these teams then there will be no consistent protocol of concussions in place. It takes a collaborative effort to make the game a safer and more enjoyable environment.

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White Paper—ndb1996

White Paper Assignment

Working Hypothesis 1

The game of football is a sport many may consider “Americas Game”, It has single handedly taken ownership of a day of the week and it continues to provide entertainment for everyone viewing. However, there are side effects of the sport we love and adore. Side effects that give players past and present a shortened life span and brain injuries. Concussions. Concussions have become part of the game in all the negative ways. It seems the more that concussions are happening the more people that don’t realize how dangerous they really are. Concussions are not categorized like they used to be. They are dangerous and extremely life threatening and the football world from players to fans need to be aware.

Working Hypothesis 2

Whenever we hit our head hard on the table or fall over and develop a headache, we tend to normally shake it off. If the headache goes away then it’s not a big deal, right? Wrong. Concussions are not a joke and they are gradually becoming a frequently talked about topic especially in the NFL. The National Football League for so many years has tried to contain the amount of concussions suffered. It is inevitable for players to suffer the hard injury but it seems the NFL decided to take a back seat when it came to former players and their brain damage. With evolving technology and new research almost daily, concussions are becoming more and more serious and the players, past and present, are taking their anger out on the league and its commissioner. It seems the league may not be educating the people enough about and that they could be hiding behind from the media and the fans. As a fan, concussions were never this serious. However, after the research conducted on my part, it is unfortunate how uneducated our society really is on this topic.

Topics for Smaller Papers

Are coaches of the NFL not taking concussions serious enough leading to the increased number of injuries to the brain?

Is the league not taking enough action in educating the fans, players, coaches, and league personnel of the sport enough?

Has gambling made the situation disappear?

Current State of Research

My research methods have been successful. Many writers have taken the side in which I am arguing on how the league is not taking enough action and how everyone is not educated enough on the long lasting ramifications concussions have. There are many articles and players’ personal experiences that prove concussions are no joke and many authors have produced articles in top notch publishing sources such as Huffington Post, New York Times, and Washington Post to name a few.

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White Paper–ilovenas

Contents Description

  • Poor Body Image in women.
  • Poor Body Image in men.
  • Psychological affects on men
  • Poor Body Image can lead to drugs

Practice Opening 1:

From Vogue Magazine, Sports Illustrated to Fitness Magazines, the media captures what they define as beauty or attractive. It’s no secret people tend to idolize these people who are shown in the media. We’ve all been there, seen someone attractive and wondered,” Why can’t I look like that?” But there comes a point where one grows up and accepts the skin they’re in. For some people, it’s just not that easy and they continue to deal with poor body image. Although women’s body image issues are typically discussed more often and accepted more than Men. Society’s view of the ideal body is more psychologically and mentally damaging to men than to women.

Practice Opening 2:

Body image issues in males can be more psychologically and mentally damaging than women for a couple of reasons. Many men turn to steroids in hopes to gain more muscle. One big side effect of these drugs is increased aggression and mood swings, as well as insomnia. Taking into consideration those three things, Men who take steroids become a different person, the drugs themselves are a cause of the damaged psyche, causing these men to act erratically and become a risk to not only themselves, but the people around them.

Working Hypothesis 1:

Poor Body Image is more Psychologically damaging to men than woman.

Working Hypothesis 2:

If men were supported more by society to share their emotions, they would seek help more often.

Topics for Smaller Papers

  • The dangers of Steroid use
  • Just because it is more heard for woman to have more confidence issues than men, doesn’t mean the mean’s poor body image should go unnoticed.
  • History in the media and fashion industry on the “ideal” woman
  • Statistics that show how many young girls are affected by this disease as well

Current State of Research:

So far I have found a lot of interesting points I can expand on in my paper. For my Causal argument I have come up with some good point against my thesis. For example, using statistics to show how many women poor body image affects. On the other hand, when searching in google you can rarely find a decent article or paper on men with poor body.

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Visual Rewrite–ilovenas

At the beginning of the video is a clip of a beautiful white home with a round red door. Leading up to the home is a brick walk way. The lawn is freshly cut and a perfect rich shade of green. There is a medium sized tree hovering slightly over the house and a patch of bushes lining the outside of the house as well, they’re located on each side of the steps leading to the red front door.

0:02

A young Caucasian woman is dressed in a light blue short sleeve button up, a navy blue cap, and navy blue shorts that are cut right before her knees. She also has a navy satchel with two stripes on it, one white and one blue. In one hand she is holding two envelopes, in the other one she is only holding one. It is safe to say she is the mail lady.

0:03

Through the window of the house we get to see a very masculine Caucasian man with black hair that reaches to the middle of his back. He is wearing a black tank top and has a tattoo covering his whole right arm.

0:04

The screen shows what the mail woman is staring at the man with a slight grin on her face.

0:07

The screen goes inside the home, the man is looking down at something, hopping and dancing with one arm up, as if he is flexing a muscle.

0:10

There is a little girl dancing a long with the man, (presummably his daughter), she has brown eyes and hair, which is braided back. She has one arm up just like her father. She is wearing a short flannel like shirt.

0:17

The father and daughter is tipping to the side on one foot with their arms still flexed to the side, they’re acting as tea pots. Around them is a pink bike, two comfy sitting chairs, and a play kitchen.

0:19-0:20

They fall to the ground smiling. The little girl seems to be “pouring” tea from a pink teapot.

0:22-0:28

She pours two cups, one for each of them; they share cheers and tap each other’s cup. They look to each other and smile, put their pinkies up, and take a sip.

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Stone Money Rewrite–ilovenas

After reading Island of Stone Money by Milton Friedman, I started to think about the actual real meaning of money. All these different thoughts started to surface in my head, for example, I asked myself if someone can actually be rich if they are not able to physically have their money on hand whenever they want. If one is not in control of all of their money at all times, how does it belong to them? Theses banks hold onto your money Personally, I believe being rich and wealthy is a status or lifestyle.

The government of Brazil using the concept of fake money to help the country out of poverty was very deceitful, and although it worked, it goes to show that we the people really have no control over anything. This connects with the article, Money Matters by Teresa Murray, the article touches base on an interview with a man who was denied the access to withdraw his own money for weeks. I think the fact that a man that worked hard throughout his whole life not being able to withdraw $600,000 from his account without a two-week notice is sickening, and adds to my point that money is a concept of our imagination. Although some may argue that trusting banks with our money “demonstrates that we pledge our money for a time, or that we agree to terms with a bank that we have entrusted to keep our money safe” and that having these guidelines with banks means “we have traded away convenience for protection”, I ask that they look at it in the perspective of paying rent to a landlord. Every month you people pay a certain amount of money depending on each bank in order for the bank to hold an protect their money, just as people pay rent for a home to hold their belongings and offer protection in a house that is not fully theirs. Many landlords have rules and guideline like banks, whether it is no pets to no visitors staying for long periods of time. Tenants, like us bankers are never fully in control.

Although I believe Banks are always in control of our money and we lack the ultimate freedom with our hard earned money, when it comes down to it money is only an object. Whether it be an enormous stone or pieces of paper, the only value money has is the value we claim it to have. It is simply a tool to keep us mentally enslaved and materialistic.

Works Cited

Friedman, Milton. “The Island of Stone Money.” Diss. Hoover Institution, Stanford University , 1991.

Joffe-Walt, Chana .

“How Fake Money Saved Brazil.” NPR.org. 4 Oct. 2010. 30 Jan. 2015. <http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/10/04/130329523/how-fake-money-saved-brazil&gt;.

“Current FAQsInforming the Public about the Federal Reserve.” FRB: Is U.S. Currency Still Backed by Gold? N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2015

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Stone Money Rewrite—vicarij0

Stone money is a large circular stone disk that was cut out of limestone. The stones they used were from Palau and were transported to the island of Yap. The Yap use these great stones as a sign of currency. Some stones were to large to move, so if an item or items were purchased with one of the stones then the owner of the new stones would have the stone sit on the previous owners yard.The largest stone ever recorded was 12 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet thick and weighed 8,800 pounds! Everyone on the island new though that that stone now belonged to the new owner even though it still sat on the original owners lawn. If someone dies while the stone is being transported or a famous sailer brought the stone in, the stones value will increase. The earliest limestone that has thought to have been mined dates back to 500 CE, however widespread mining began between 1000 – 1400 CE. The Yapese discovered the rock on Palau abut 500- 600 years ago. Limestone was nonexistent in Yap so to them limestone was our gold. They have found flat stones that date up to 2000 years old, so one could only guess this has been tradistion for a long time.

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White Paper—vicarij0

Opening 1:

The debate on whether a man or woman has the right to decide whether or not they want to end their lives has become more popular in the past few years. Recently states have been legalizing the right to be able to allow the physician to assist in the death of the person in critical condition. I, for one, strongly believe that an individual should have the right whether or not they can stay on this Earth. A kind of decision like that should be one that is completely up to that person. The person that is extremely ill didn’t choose to be put in the position they are in. Someone who is diagnosed as fatally ill should have every right to be able to end their life to keep the pain as minimal as possible for themselves, family, and friends.

Opening 2:

Men and woman have been fighting for there right for life since life has been forged. Now a days, people get diagnosed with terrible life ending diseases that will eventually terminate their existence. However, it is illegal in pst states for a physician to assist in their patients death even though the paint is terminally ill and wants to be put out of their pain and suffering. I for one believe that people have the right to end their lives if they ply have a few months to live. Oregon is one of the few states who do have this law legalized for the assisted death.

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