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I am a full-time worker, going to school fulltime at Western Michigan, taking online classes, with the view of eventually earning an MBA through WMU's local campus.

I love to learn.

I am interested in Fitness (I work out three times a week in the morning before work) firearms, Europe, cooking, economics, government, politics and history. Though I do find cultural history fascinating, the truth is that military history is what I find most fetching. Both on a strategic level and a tactical level.

I love to DO things and actually experiance them myself. It helps me appreciate the world around me. That's why I love to cook and expriment with food. I like to know th ehow and why things taste the way they do and what exactly they are doing to my body on the way down. It's really the same reason I like to do whatever I do, I want to experiance it first hand. Whether it's lifting weights, driving a truck, shooting a certain gun or just doing a job. I love to learn.

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  • Politics and the Peloponnesian War
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    Politics and the Peloponnesian War

    3 years ago

    The Peloponnesian war was fought from 431 BCE to 404 BCE between two powerful alliances of Greek city states; one led by Ionic, democratic, intellectual, and trade focused Athens and the other by Doric, Oligarchic, conservative and xenophobic Sparta. The clash was not just a clash between two...

  • Medeival Keynesianism
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    Medeival Keynesianism

    4 years ago

    In early medieval towns it was common practice for tradesmen to form guilds. A guild was essentially a trade association with a charter (or approval) from the local town or city government. Guilds were more than just an association or union in the modern sense though, because they operated a...

  • The Genesis of the Global Trade Network
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    The Genesis of the Global Trade Network

    5 years ago

    Globalization. The world between 1500 and 1800 was one that increasingly became connected. Before the Columbian exchange, there was a significant trade network that existed in the settled parts of the old world; Europe, Anatolia, the Middle-east, North Africa, China, IndoChina and of course the...

  • Mossberg 500 Review
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    Mossberg 500 Review

    5 years ago

    The Mossberg 500 is an American gun made by an American company. It comes in a dizzying array of configurations. It offers up a quality shotgun at a pricepoint that most anyone needing a gun for self-defense or hunting can afford. It is such a quality design that the US military uses it to breech...

  • Heavy Bag workout in 45 minutes
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    Heavy Bag workout in 45 minutes

    5 years ago

    The purpose of this workout is to serve the needs of those somewhat familiar with basic punching techniques (possibly with a martial arts background) who are wanting to get a good workout on a heavy bag into a busy schedule. i am a father, husband, full-time student and full-time employee at Xerox,...

  • A brief History of the Industrial revolution
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    A brief History of the Industrial revolution

    5 years ago

    The time period from the beginning of the Industrial revolution in Britain in the 1740’s to the beginning of World War 1 in 1914 saw the dramatic rise of western European nations as the rulers of most of the planet. Before the industrial revolution took place in Western European and Euro-American...

  • Pioneer and Native perspectives on the landing at Plymouth rock
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    Pioneer and Native perspectives on the landing at Plymouth rock

    5 years ago

    On the 5th of August, 1620 the “pilgrims” sighted landed at what they called Plymouth, in modern day Massachusetts. Upon landing, this group of settlers encountered several native tribes that were living in the area. The natives knew something of the English from the Jamestown settlement, which...

  • A soldier's perspective on the civil war
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    A soldier's perspective on the civil war

    5 years ago

    The American civil war was an experience shared by all Americans in some way. However, none were more directly affected than the soldiers themselves. This is especially evident when reading the journal kept by Michigan native and Union soldier Hamlin Alexander Coe. Coe’s diary was a revealing...

  • 1 Barbell, 1 hour, three times a week
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    1 Barbell, 1 hour, three times a week

    5 years ago

    This workout is designed for someone who doesn't have more than a few hours a week to work out and limited access to fitness equipment. The sum total of my fitness equipment at home is one barbell, some weights and a heavy bag; and my time available...

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    "The Tipping point" review

    5 years ago

    “The Tipping Point” was written in the late 90’s by the popular writer at The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell. Mr. Gladwell was born in England, educated in Canada at the university of Toronto, and holds a degree in history. Mr. Gladwell has been...

  • Attributional bias
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    Attributional bias

    5 years ago

    Where does bias come from? Why is it that people are often either conceited and self-serving or depressed and self-loathing? This all has to do with a concept called Attribution; or what people “chock stuff up” to. The reason they think...

  • Cold Steel Bushman Review
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    Cold Steel Bushman Review

    5 years ago

    The Cold Steel Bushman is billed by the company as a “survival” knife. It is made of 2.5mm thick SK-5 high carbon steel. This knife is forged of a single piece of steel and has a hollow handle. The idea behind this knife is versatility, it’s...

  • Ruger Mk II Review
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    Ruger Mk II Review

    5 years ago

    The Ruger Standard, flagship of the mighty Ruger line of firearms. The Ruger standard was the first gun Ruger ever made. It came about when Bill Ruger Sr. founder of Ruger, was tinkering in his garage with a WWII souvenir Japanese “Nambu”...

  • Why I love to Shoot
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    Why I love to Shoot

    5 years ago

    The shooting sports are very popular in America, however, many people fear guns and the people who love them. Firearms are only dangerous if you let them be however. I hope to prove shooting is a bala

  • Italian Meatloaf
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    Italian Meatloaf

    5 years ago

    1.5 Lbs Ground Beef 3 oz Pancetta Thin Sliced 1 cup of bread crumbs 1/3 Cup Tomatoe Sauce 1/2 cup Parmesean 3 Tablespoons Parsley 3 Tablespoons Oregano 1 Egg 2 Tablespoons Minced Onion 1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper 1 Teaspoon...

  • A brief History of the Olympic Games, Ancient and Modern
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    A brief History of the Olympic Games, Ancient and Modern

    6 years ago

    According to Ancient Greek legends, the first Olympic games were founded by a god-among-men, the almighty Hercules himself, son of Zeus and founder of the warrior state of Sparta. Of course the first the first recorded Olympic games were not until...

  • A very very general overveiw of fiscal and monetary policy, and where we are today.
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    A very very general overveiw of fiscal and monetary policy, and where we are today.

    5 years ago

    Disclaimer: I am not an expert on Economics, these are just my thoughts on fiscal and monetary policy, and a brief description of how I think we are doing right now. The last four years have been rough on a lot of people. The Economy reached a...

  • Italian Meatballs / Hamburgers
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    Italian Meatballs / Hamburgers

    5 years ago

    1.5 Lbs Ground Beef 1 cup of bread crumbs 1/2 cup Parmesean 3 Tablespoons Parsley 3 Tablespoons Oregano 1 Egg 2 Tablespoons Minced Onion 1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper 1 Teaspoon Cumin 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper In a Large bowl,...

  • Healthy Chicken Burrito
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    Healthy Chicken Burrito

    5 years ago

    1 Chicken Breast 1 Burrito Tortilla 2 Tablespoons Tomato Sauce 1 Teaspoon Cayenne 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder 1/4 Teaspoon Minced Garlic Salt and pepper This recipe is an easy way to have a classic favorite...but with not so many calories!...

  • Best Breadsticks Recipe
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    Best Breadsticks Recipe

    5 years ago

    Recipe This is my Best bread-sticks recipe. It was inspired by the breadsticks at a little mom and pop restaurant where I used to work. (though my recipe is entirely different from theirs, both the dough and the garlic butter are my original...

  • Best Pizza Recipe
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    Best Pizza Recipe

    5 years ago

    A delicious recipe for pizza dough and sauce that you can make at home!

  • Italian Stir fry - pesto
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    Italian Stir fry - pesto

    5 years ago

    1 Wok (or very deep frying pan) 3/4 lbs. Chicken 1/3 lbs. Panchetta 8-12 ounces of Penne pasta 1 Red pepper 1 Green Pepper 1 Tomato 1 Onion 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese 3 tablespoons of pine nuts 3/4 cup...

  • A brief history of the Super bowl
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    A brief history of the Super bowl

    5 years ago

    As time passes, and the most recent game indicates the Super bowl seems to just keep growing. In 2009 the super had an average of 98.8 million people watching it at any given second. This game also featured ad space selling for over 3 million dollars. Each year the game seems to have more people...

  • Pollo tegame di rigatoni
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    Pollo tegame di rigatoni

    5 years ago

    Shown with additional Parmesan spread on top. This is a recipe I developed on accident, it was made because my wife wasn’t feeling well and being the chef I am ;) I made this pasta for her, then the chicken for me, my wife had the idea to cut...

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