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The world is the planet Earth and all life on it, including human civilization. In a philosophical context, the "world" is the whole of the physical Universe, or an ontological world. In a theological context, the world is the material or the profane sphere, as opposed to the celestial, transcendent or sacred spheres. "End of the world" scenarios refer to the end of human history in religious contexts. The history of the world is understood as spanning the major geopolitical developments of about five millennia, from the first civilizations to the present. In terms such as world religion, world language, world government, world war, the term world suggests an international or intercontinental scope without implying participation of every part of the world; the world population is the sum of all human populations at any time. Terms such as "world championship", "gross world product", "world flags" imply the sum or combination of all sovereign states; the English word world comes from the Old English weorold, worold, a compound of wer "man" and eld "age," which thus means "Age of Man."

The Old English is a reflex of the Common Germanic *wira-alđiz reflected in Old Saxon werold, Old Dutch werilt, Old High German weralt, Old Frisian warld and Old Norse verǫld. The corresponding word in Latin is mundus "clean, elegant", itself a loan translation of Greek cosmos "orderly arrangement." While the Germanic word thus reflects a mythological notion of a "domain of Man" as opposed to the divine sphere on the one hand and the chthonic sphere of the underworld on the other, the Greco-Latin term expresses a notion of creation as an act of establishing order out of chaos. "World" distinguishes the entire planet or population from any particular country or region: world affairs pertain not just to one place but to the whole world, world history is a field of history that examines events from a global perspective. Earth, on the other hand, refers to the planet as a physical entity, distinguishes it from other planets and physical objects. "World" was classically used to mean the material universe, or the cosmos: "The worlde is an apte frame of heauen and earthe, all other naturall thinges contained in them."

The earth was described as "the center of the world". The term can be used attributively, to mean "global", or "relating to the whole world", forming usages such as world community or world canonical texts. By extension, a world may refer to any planet or heavenly body when it is thought of as inhabited in the context of science fiction or futurology. World, in its original sense, when qualified, can refer to a particular domain of human experience; the world of work describes paid work and the pursuit of a career, in all its social aspects, to distinguish it from home life and academic study. The fashion world describes the environment of the designers, fashion houses and consumers that make up the fashion industry. Historically, the New World vs. the Old World, referring to the parts of the world colonized in the wake of the age of discovery. Now used in zoology and botany, as in New World monkey. In philosophy, the term world has several possible meanings. In some contexts, it refers to everything that makes up the physical universe.

In others, it can mean have a specific ontological sense. While clarifying the concept of world has arguably always been among the basic tasks of Western philosophy, this theme appears to have been raised explicitly only at the start of the twentieth century and has been the subject of continuous debate; the question of what the world is has by no means been settled. The traditional interpretation of Parmenides' work is that he argued that the everyday perception of reality of the physical world is mistaken, that the reality of the world is'One Being': an unchanging, indestructible whole. In his Allegory of the Cave, Plato distinguishes between forms and ideas and imagines two distinct worlds: the sensible world and the intelligible world. In Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's philosophy of history, the expression Weltgeschichte ist Weltgericht is used to assert the view that History is what judges men, their actions and their opinions. Science is born from the desire to transform the World in relation to Man.

The World as Will and Representation is the central work of Arthur Schopenhauer. Schopenhauer saw the human will as our one window to the world behind the representation, he believed, that we could gain knowledge about the thing-in-itself, something Kant said was impossible, since the rest of the relationship between representation and thing-in-itself could be understood by analogy to the relationship between human will and human body. Two definitions that were both put forward in the 1920s, suggest the range of available opinion. "The world is everything, the case," wrote Ludwig Wittgenstein in his influential Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, first published in 1921. This definition would serve as the basis of logical positivism, with its assumption that there is one world, consisting of the totality of facts, regardless of the interpretations that individual people may make of them. Martin Heidegger, argued that "the surrounding world is different for each of us, notwithstanding tha

National Register of Historic Places listings in Franklin County, New York

List of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Franklin County, New York This is intended to be a complete list of properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Franklin County, New York. The locations of National Register properties and districts may be seen in a map by clicking on "Map of all coordinates". Two areas that are further designated National Historic Landmarks are the county's portion of the Adirondack Forest Preserve and the Eagle Island Camp. There are a total of 79 entries. Three of these Registered Historic Places are in fact historic districts which include a total of eighty buildings and other structures. To be listed on the National Register, sites must retain their historic integrity, they must be at least fifty years old, their listing must be promoted – or at least not be opposed – by the current owner, so many important sites in the county are not listed; this National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted February 28, 2020.

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ACN Inc.

ACN, Inc. is a North-American based multi-level marketing company which provides telecommunications, merchant services and other services, depending on the country, through a network of independent sellers who can recruit other sellers. Based in Concord, North Carolina, United States, ACN began operations in the United States in 1993 as American Communications Network; as of 2019, the company reports. In 2018, a class action lawsuit was filed against Donald Trump and three of his children alleging fraud, false advertising, unfair competition, a now-dismissed allegation of racketeering for their involvement with ACN; the company is based in North Carolina, United States. ACN has international offices located in Canada. ACN's Income Disclosure Statement bears the warning that "not all ACN Independent Representatives make a profit and no one can be guaranteed success as an ACN Independent Representative." In 1993, Robert Stevanovski, Greg Provenzano, twin brothers Tony and Mike Cupisz, founded the American Communications Network, Inc.

ACN opened for business in January, 1993 with twenty initial "independent representatives". ACN's initial business was as a marketing arm for a long-distance reseller called LCI Communications; this relationship lasted for five years. By 1998, ACN was listed in Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500" list as No. 22 in this annual list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America. ACN, through the subsidiaries ACN Energy and ACN Utility Services, operated as a gas and electricity retailer. ACN's energy assets were acquired by Commerce Energy Group in 2006. In 2008, ACN moved its headquarters from Michigan to Concord, North Carolina. In 2011, ACN expanded operation to the Czech Republic and Hungary, bringing the company's reach to 23 countries on four continents. In 2014, ACN expanded operations to Latin America. In 2016, ACN expanded operations in Japan. By 2019, ACN was operating in five continents. From 2006 until he announced his presidential candidacy in 2015, ACN had a business relationship with former The Apprentice executive producer Donald Trump.

Trump appeared in promotional videos touting the company's “revolutionary products”, devoted an episode of The Apprentice to ACN's “revolutionary” videophone, earned millions of dollars giving speeches at ACN International Training Events, up to early 2015, where he has praised the company's founders and business model. Following the official beginning of his 2016 presidential candidacy, all references to Donald Trump were removed from the ACN website and Trump distanced himself from the company in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. "I know nothing about the company other than the people who run the company," Trump told them. "I’m not familiar with what they do or how they go about doing it, I make that clear in my speeches." ACN offers landline telephone service, Voice over Internet Protocol, high-speed Internet, satellite television, cellular phone through the company's own mobile virtual network operator, Flash Wireless, home security services to consumers, secondarily to small businesses.

Beginning in 2011, ACN began offering an ACN-branded international calling smartphone app available for iPhone and Symbian, reselling WiMAX wireless Internet, technical support service for personal and business computers, as well as getting back into the energy reselling market through partner XOOM Energy. With variations depending upon the country of operation, provision of ACN's services follows three models: The reselling of ACN-branded services originating in an incumbent provider; this is exemplified by local and long-distance telephone, where ACN buys local telephone service from an incumbent provider such as Qwest or AT&T, bills customers in its own name. This model was made possible by telephone industry deregulation beginning in 1996, it was the expansion of deregulation internationally that made it possible for ACN to begin to operate outside the United States. Acting as a sales agent for the service provider, where an ACN representative sells the service, but order fulfillment and servicing is performed by the branded provider.

In the US, ACN resells Internet service through AT&T. ACN offers wireless services through its own MVNO called Flash Wireless on Sprint and Verizon's networks. Television services are provided through Dish Network. Home security and automation is offered through Vivint. ACN now resells energy through Planet Energy and Xoom Energy; the selling of ACN-branded and provided services. These are Voice over Internet Protocol in which ACN maintains its own network of servers. Starting in January 2011, ACN has added an ACN-branded computer technical support service to its service offerings. On June 13, 2002, ACN settled a case with the Bureau of Consumer Services in Pennsylvania wherein it was alleged that IBOs were "slamming", or switching consumer services without authorization. ACN disputed the exact details of the settlement are under court seal. However, the suit alleged that 135 informal complaints were filed with the Bureau of Consumer Services between June 2000 and November 2001, consisting of 22 consumers alleging that their generation service was switched without authorization, 81 alleged

David Meade

David Meade is an American politician and a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 80 since January 8, 2013. His legislative district includes part of Pulaski County. Meade serves as Speaker Pro-Tempore of the Kentucky House of Representatives, a constitutional office and the second-highest position in the 100-member legislative chamber. Meade attended the University of Kentucky. In addition to his service as state representative, Meade is a managing broker at Lincoln Realty and Auction Company and serves as a member of the National Association of Realtors, Kentucky Association of Realtors, Kentucky Auctioneers Association, Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors and the Central Kentucky Association of Realtors, he serves as the Board of Directors for Catalyst Resources International, an organization that seeks to partner with Guatemalan pastors and other Christian organizations in an effort to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the Guatemalan people.

Through the organization, Meade was a founding member of Mimi's House, a CRI property, used as a housing facility and ministry center in Guatemala. 2012 When District 80 Representative Danny Ford retired and left the seat open, Meade won the four-way May 22, 2012 Republican Primary with 1,843 votes and was unopposed for the November 6, 2012 General election, winning with 12,462 votes. Meade has faced no opposition since. Shortly after Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives in November 2016 for the first time in 95 years, Meade was elected Majority Caucus Chairman by the 64 member House Republican Caucus. According to Meade, the responsibilities of the position include overseeing the caucus, voicing their concerns and opinions to the rest of the leadership team, nurturing a strong sense of unity within the caucus. Meade became both the first Republican Majority Caucus Chairman in Kentucky history as well as the first Lincoln County representative to serve in House majority leadership.

After returning after the 2018 elections with a 61-member super majority, House Republicans nominated Meade for Speaker Pro-Tempore, the second-highest position in the House of Representatives. Upon his election by the majority party, Meade remarked that he was "honored and humbled" by the vote of confidence from his colleagues; when the full House of Representatives convened on January 8, 2019 for the 2019 session, Meade was formally elected to the position by the full body without opposition. The House Speaker Pro-Tempore is one of five members of majority leadership, is responsible for assisting the Speaker of the House and presiding over the body in his absence. During his time in the legislature, the American Conservative Union gave him evaluations of 77%, 89%, 74% and 83%. Following the formation of a House Working Group on Adoption and Foster Care Reform in April 2017, Representative Meade led the charge in pursuing comprehensive reforms to Kentucky's foster care and adoption systems.

After spending the better part of a year gathering testimony and ideas for improving Kentucky's adoption and foster care systems, Meade filed legislation to revamp the systems in the form of House Bill 1, making it the top priority of the House of Representatives during the 2018 session. Meade described the legislation as designed to protect "the most tender citizens of the Commonwealth" with the goal of doing what is best for children by streamlining the family court system to place children into homes in a quicker manner, eliminating barriers to adoption, giving foster parents more rights; some highlights of HB 1 include: expanding the definition of child abuse to include pregnant women who abuse drugs yet refuse treatment, creating the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee to provide regular oversight to child welfare, creating a confidential putative father registry, creating an independent ombudsman to investigate child abuse and foster care complaints at the Cabinet for Health and Family services, creating more specific timelines for the termination of parental rights and placement of children into new homes when a child can not be returned home safely and is eligible for adoption.

After sending the legislation onto the Governor with just one dissenting vote on April 2, 2018, Meade described passage of the measure as the proudest moment of his legislative career. Numerous advocates praised the bipartisan measure, including the Kentucky Baptist Convention and Kentucky Youth Advocates, Meade co-wrote with First Lady Glenna Bevin that the bill would "transform Kentucky's social services, providing hope and an easier route out of state care for some of our most vulnerable citizens."Thanks to his work on child welfare issues, Meade was awarded the sixth annual Mary Ellen award in September 2018 by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the well being of children. Meade, an adoptive father in his own right, now serves as co-chairman of the child welfare legislative oversight committee, established according to House Bill 1. Meade's work on child welfare issues continued in the 2019 session, including spearheading passage of a foster child'bill of rights.'

HB 158 grants 16 statutory rights to children in out-of-home placement, including the right to "adequate food and shelter," a "safe and secure family," and more. The legislation makes an individual's voluntary consent to place a child for adoption final after 72 hours, down from the former 20 day revocation period, in order to further incentivize families to adopt Kentucky children. Meade passed HB 446 in 2019, another measure to speed up adoptions, ease burdensome restrictions on foster parents and give foster parents a stronger voice in court proc

Self Control (Raf song)

"Self Control" is a song by Italian singer Raf, released in 1984. It was written by Steve Piccolo and Raf; the song was covered the same year by American singer Laura Branigan. Her version first hit no. 1 in Germany on June 15, 1984. Raf's version first hit no. 1 in Italy on June 23, 1984. Both versions of the song were popular across Europe during much of the summer of 1984 and were the most successful single of the year in Switzerland. Branigan's version peaked at no. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and went to no. 2 on the dance chart. The song has become one of the defining songs of the 1980s, with a number of remakes recorded each year. Notable covers include Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin in 1993, a hit dance remake by Branigan in 2004 and two 2006 versions that hit the Top 5 in various European enclaves, by Danish dance group Infernal and Spanish singer Soraya Arnelas. Raf, born as Raffaele Riefoli, co-wrote the song "Self Control" with Giancarlo Bigazzi and Steve Piccolo, his version of "Self Control" peaked at no. 1 in Italy.

It notably edged into no. 1 in Switzerland between runs at the top spot by Laura Branigan's version of "Self Control", peaked at no. 2 in Germany, no. 7 in Austria and at no. 40 in France. Raf released an extended dance mix of the song, like Branigan, but Raf's version featured a rap rare for a white artist at the time, he would release several more tracks in English and re-release his debut 1984 album Raf in 1987 under the title Self Control, featuring two of these tracks. Although his English-language album and the singles proved to be quite successful in Italy and elsewhere, he began releasing his albums in his native language all of which were received better in Italy than the English-language albums. American singer Laura Branigan covered "Self Control" in 1984, it was released as the lead single from her third studio album of the same name, released the same year. Branigan's first major hit had been co-written by Bigazzi: "Gloria" was an English cover of the 1979 original Italian song recorded by Umberto Tozzi.

The following year Branigan recorded another English song written over a Tozzi and Bigazzi song, "Mama", part of the 1983 album Branigan 2. Branigan chose two more Italian songs for her third album: the first one, "Ti Amo" with lyrics by Diane Warren once again based on the original by Tozzi and Bigazzi, a 1977 single for Tozzi; the second one, "Self Control" became the title track to the album and her biggest international hit. "Self Control" was the only one of the four Italian songs recorded by Branigan, composed in English, Branigan chose to record the song as written. Unlike the other songs, Branigan's version was contemporaneous with that of its co-writer; the Branigan recording was arranged by Giorgio Moroder's protégé Harold Faltermeyer with Robbie Buchanan and produced by Buchanan with Jack White in Germany and Los Angeles. A keyboard hook in Raf's version was changed to a guitar riff for Branigan's version and a vocal break was paired with a sharper and repeated percussive element.

The song narrates the singer's slip into the world of nightlife, the allure of which has her "livin' only for the night" and deeming herself to "live among the creatures of the night". Rather than invoking more self-control, the singer addresses someone: "you take my self, you take my self-control". Branigan was one of the first artists of the video era to work with an Academy Award-winning film director on a music video when William Friedkin directed the clip. Filmed in New Jersey and New York City, the video was produced by Fred Caruso and first aired in April 1984; the video depicts Branigan, sitting in her bedroom. She gets goes out, lured by the nightlife in the city. Brief encounters with a mysterious man in a full-face white mask lead Branigan from a night club to an underground room where the masked man beckons her to join an orgiastic gathering. Willing at first, she flees. Returning home, Branigan finds that the masked man and some of his throng are, now in her bedroom, she surrenders herself to the masked man's advances.

Afterwards, the masked man leaves. Branigan, consumed by guilt, turns out the light; the final scene shows Branigan lying awake in bed, when her lover turns to face her, his face hidden behind a familiar white mask. The video drew controversy, MTV required some edits before it could air. Entertainment Tonight aired a segment on the network's reaction to the clip, being played in late-night slots on other networks. Though Branigan resisted at first, her record company convinced her to allow a minor alteration and the video was aired on MTV, though by this time the single had peaked on the charts. Branigan would go on to be nominated for a 1985 American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Video Artist. Branigan's fellow nominees were Tina Cyndi Lauper, who won the award. Branigan's recording was a worldwide multi-format hit. In the US, the song became Branigan's fourth consecutive top 10 hit on a Billboard chart in a year and a half, following "Gloria", "Solitaire" and "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You".

"Self Control" peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, no. 4 on the Hot 100 and no. 5 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In Canada, the track hit no. 1 on both the pop and AC charts. Both the Raf original and the Branigan version of "Self Control" entered the German Top 20 in May 1984: on June 25, the Branigan single assumed the no. 1 position, where it remained for six weeks, while the Raf versi

Android Assault: The Revenge of Bari-Arm

Android Assault: The Revenge of Bari-Arm, released in Japan as Bari-arm, is a 1993 shoot'em up video game developed and published by Human Entertainment for the Sega CD. Mankind makes advances in space colonization. In the year 2192 however, the colonists near Jupiter are attacked by the independent military nation of Zias stationed on the Olympus colony of Saturn. Zias uses a symbiotic computer system and several mecha factories powered by a device called the GEO as their primary attack force. Human scientists study the Zias technology and, based on the Zias GEO system, construct a space fighter capable of fighting against the Zias: the Bari-arm, a space ship capable of using multiple weapons and transforming into a giant robot; the Bari-arm must destroy the GEO system. Players control the Bari-arm through seven shooting stages; the Bari-arm has four ship speed levels and is equipped with a automatic shot and a charge weapon. The charge weapon that would automatically charge; the charge weapon would unleash a strong version.

The weapons available to the ship included the Thunder Cracker, Chase Cannon, Burning Wave and the Satellite Bombs. Every weapon covered the front and back of the ship except the Burning Wave, the only primary straight firing weapon. GamePro gave the game a negative review, commenting that it is decent but outdated when compared to other CD-based shooters, is too derivative in every respect to be worthwhile for players who have played any of the dozens of shooters which preceded it. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it a 6.2 out of 10. They criticized that the graphics are mediocre for a CD-based game. Android Assault: The Revenge of Bari-Arm for Sega CD - GameFAQs