Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The chapter "why no one walks" by Bill Brayson appears in the book. i'm a stranger here myself. Brayson in this chapter is talking about when he went university of california and he compare that why poeple not walking insited of they using a car. he he also point that of a good fact which is he mainchant that united statse of american mosly of them they dont walk.Brayson he convise the people should used walk because of that after three or four year letter on you may not a found any sidwalke. a government they biuld a lot of hightways and not look wat poeple mosly needed..
Monday, October 4, 2010
October 4, 2010
Summary of ‘’Why Everyone is Worried’’
The article ‘’ Why Everyone is Worried ‘’ by Bill Bryson appear in the book I’m a Stranger Here Myself.
The point of article is to show reader why Bill Bryson trying to get the Pentagon Computer so much.
Bryson has many option how the CIA and the FBI are arrested people who do the wrong things and
doesn’t do any of them. Bryson explain the difference of CIA, FBI and police department like sheriff
the author illustrates he tells the happy and unhappy people explaining a recent to say ‘’ you can’t
expect people to keep track of their wars if they ‘re not getting reliable report from the field ‘’
Bryson is telling the wrongful arrest of Richard Jewell, the security guard it suspected of last year’s
bombing in Atlanta’s Olympic Park. Jewell , according of the FBI, planted the bomb and made a phone
call alerting authoritied, then reced a couple of mile in a minute or so in order to be back at the scene in
time to be a hero. Bryson also said ‘’it took FBI month to realize it had the wrong man.
The result of CIA and FBI arrest non reasonable.
October 4, 2010
The chapter “lost at the movies” by Bill Bryson appears in the book I’m a Stranger Here Myself. Bryson in this chapter talks about privacy in America. He compares different methods companies use to spy on their employees. “It is perfectly legal indeed; it is evidently routine for the store to spy on you while you are trying on their clothes”. Bryson talks about this but he reads which is according to him full of alarming tales of ways that businesses and employers can and enthusiastically do intrude into what would normally be considered private affairs. “The business of changing cubicle spying came to light in 1983 when a customer trying on clothes in a department store in Michigan discovered that a store employee had climbed a stepladder and was watching him through a metal vent”. Bryson says nearly everyone in America is being spied in some way in America these days. In this chapter he talks about people and their experiences with being spied on and how they are compared. “In 1989, when an employee of a large Japanese-owned computer products company discovered that the company was routinely reading employees’ e-mail, even though it had assured the employees that it was not, she blew the whistle, and was promptly fired. She sued for unfair dismissal and lost the case. A court upheld the right of companies not only to review employees’ private communication but to lie to them about doing it”.
October 4, 2010
The Chapter “ the Numbers Game” appears in the book I’m a Stranger here myself” by Bill Bryson .The author provides how the U.S. economy is going downhill every second and the debt is increasing more and more. The congress will never cease giving a hand, recently voted to give the pentagon $11 billion more than it had asked for. $11 billion is a lot it.
If you initialed one dollar bill per second, you would make $1,000 every seventeen minutes. After 12 days of nonstop effort you would acquire your first $1 million. It would take you 120 days to accumulate $10 million and 1, 00 days something over three years to reach $100 million. After 31.7 years you might be as wealthy as bill gates. So imagine how long will it take you to calculate a “Trillions”, the U.S. are in a BIG debt.
In this chapter he stated that the people in Texas turned down a proposal on building new schools but they said yes to building new prisons for people who a being convicted for drug charges. The drug bill was in its billions while the schools were in its thousands. Even if you did not know about having the drugs in your house the government will take everything even your house. Bill Bryson gave a lot of good facts in this chapter. Everything that was said was about a fact that he had learned.
Bills solution to this problem would be to spend the money they got and spend it on rehabilitation centers to get the people help. The prisons are getting too crowed and they are letting the wrong people out. People who raped someone is getting out before people who was found with drugs.
The chapter “Junk Food Heaven” by Bill Bryson appears in the book I’m a Stranger Here Myself. Bill Bryson starts the chapter off by cleaning the refrigerator. Bill and his family never clean out the fridge; they put it in a box and send it to the centers for disease control. The reason behind the clean up was the cat has not been seen for a couple of days. Mr. Bryson declared to his wife he was going to go with her next time she is going to the supermarket. The reason for his sudden interest in the supermarket was because the food she bought was not American like. He was tired of eating healthy. Bill blames this on her being of English decent, thus not understanding the rich culture of American junk food. Bryson feels like he is in heaven. He was amazed with how many different kinds of cereal there was. Bill was shocked with the hundreds of types of cereal, especially the six different kinds of cookie cereal. He went on to say everywhere he turned he was something coated in sugar and very unhealthy. It seemed like most of the stuff there was junk food. Bill Bryson went through the store and noticed every time he turned his head he saw some new type of junk food. His wife allowed him to purchase everything he got but that was all she would allow him to eat. Nothing but junk food, and after a couple of days he was sick and tired of it. By the end of the chapter he was back to eating celery and Swedish bread. His opinion was that junk food has lost the taste and quality it once had. its very unhealthy and it is not worth it.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
In this article Bill reads a book called The Book of Risks: Fascinating Facts About the Chances We Take Every Day by Larry Laudan. This book really opens Bills eyes on the fact that Americans are twice as dangerous to themselves as Britons. He reads in the book about some things that can happen to people in the United States that just aren't possible to happen to people in Britain. Some of these things include natural disasters and animal attacks that wouldn't happen in Britain. However, the biggest risk in America comes from guns. He reads that there are 200 million guns in the US and every year 40,000 Americans die from gunshot wounds. Compared to the British rate of .4 gunshot deaths per 100,000 people in the UK, the US rate is 6.8 per 100,000. The last thing that Bill discusses in this article is the chance of getting lung cancer from being exposed to the smoke of others. Although the 1 in 30,000 risk of this happening sounds reasonably severe, he goes on to show that by eating one pork chop a week you are statistically more likely of getting cancer. Bills then argues, why ban smoking on the grounds of public safety when anyone can own a gun and drive around unbuckled.
Bill tells us in his article that he just loves everything about motels, and tell us some stories of his childhood going to different motels and seeing how different each one is from the other one. He also tells how he was looking for a motel to go to with his children, so they could experience the same as he did. He thinks that a motel has its own character, and that the chain motels such as comfort In and Ramada are not as exciting as one that is individually owned. However, his children and wife disagree with him!
Every year during the summer Bryson gathers up some small children and takes them to the movies. Bryson talks about how much money Americans spend at the movies between Memorial Day and Labor day. The Americans spend $2 billion on movie tickets and another half of that money is spent on the snacks you get before the movies (page 113). Bryson also talks about how some of the movies that come out in the summer are sometimes dumb. He talks about the movie Lost World within the first week of being out in the movies took in $92.7 million. Then Bryson starts to talk about how theaters in the 1960s used to be single screen theaters in downtown cities and how they used to smell like dead horses. Now we have a lot of tiny screening rooms, closer seats so more seats would fit in the room, bigger screens, the first three rows have to look straight up just to see the movie screen, the popcorn and candy are over priced, you have to sit through 30 mins of previews. Bryson believes that the movie complexes are trying to make us regret our experiences at the movies.