Your Questions About E Trade Paper Trading

Donna asks…

What are some good books that deal with the nature issues faced by US troops in the Vietnam War?

I’m doing a research paper on the Vietnam War, and on the challenges faced by US troops against nature. The weather, the terrain, the insects, etc.

What are some good books or online articles that deal with this topic?

John answers:

I can not think of any books that deal with the terrain, climate or other physical elements of the war, and I have around 50 books on Vietnam and the war.

There are plenty of Historical books about the Second Indochina (Vietnam) War that you could read. There are others — biographies and autobiographies that you may find interesting.

There is also the Time-Life series of books on Vietnam which has some material that may cover the area you are talking about.

Incidently, When writing about the war, you should refer to it correctly as the “Second Indochina War”. There are several start dates for the war.
(a) May 1954 — The Second Indochina War started before the First Indochina War (the War of Independence) finished. The US under President Eisenhower and Secretary of State, John Foster Dallas, sent CIA operatives into the northern regions of Vietnam to destroy Dams, Dykes, Oil and Coal depots, Railway tracks and junctions etc and other essential infrastructure. The US also violated every aspect of the “1954 Geneva Agreements on Indochina” which TEMPORARILY divided Vietnam at the 17th parallel until Nation-wide elections were to take place no later than July 1956. The US also installed the Catholic Seminary Student, and avid anti-Communist, Ngo Dien Diem first as Prime Minister then as President of the illegally created (under international law & the 1954 Geneva Agreements) “Republic of South Vietnam”. Diem was a corrupt Military Dictator.

(b) 1956 — When the elections were not held in the southern region of Vietnam, under the control of Diem, people started to protest. Diem violently suppressed the dissidents.

(c) 1959 — In December 1959 there was a conference held just outside of Saigon where Lawyers, Trade Union Officials, Buddhist Monks, Nationalists, Communists, former Viet Minh (allies of the US during 1944-1945) and enemies of France and the US (1947-1954). At this conference the “National Liberation Force of Southern Vietnam” (NLF) was created.

(d) 1960 — Some six months after the creation of the NLF, the first official attack by the NLF against the “Armed Forces of Southern Vietnam” (ARVN) occurred. The weapons use by the NLF were old WW-2 weapons supplied by the US, or weapons captured from the French during the First Indochina War. The NLF captured a number of US weapons from the ARVN.

(e) February 1961 — This is the date the US Military use as the start of the Second Indochina War. It is when the first US soldier was killed in Vietnam. Actually, seven other US servicemen had been killed in Vietnam between 1957 and 1961.

I suggest you “google” the “1954 Geneva Agreements of Indochina” and read it. The agreements cover Cambodia, Laos and the three regions of Vietnam, (Tonkin, Annam and Cochin China). All were colonies of France until 1954.

Donald asks…

How do I copyright a painting and a poem? How long does it take?

I’d like to copyright a painting and a poem. To be specific, the poem and the painting will be on separate sheets of paper. How would I go about doing this? How long would it take? How much would it cost?

John answers:

You cannot “copyright” anything; it is already copyrighted from the moment you created it. You can optionally register your ownership (in some countries), but it is completely unnecessary unless you are planning to go to court, or trade on your ownership (e.g., swapping copyrights with others).

Each work or collection you want to register in the US Copyright Office would be a $35 fee.

BTW: “Mailing yourself a copy” might sound cool, but it’s not evidence of what was actually in the envelope when you sent it. If you HAVE that evidence (e.g., witnessed affidavits), then you already have more than enough proof of your date of ownership. MOST people simply keep a dated copy somewhere safe, if they have something that might be valuable, including on a time-stamped computer file on a backup device. It almost NEVER comes up, but the person who is challenging your ownership has the burden of proof.

Mary asks…

What kinds of animals do you see on african safaris, and what threatens their survival?

This is my topic for a paper (not for school), and i need brainstorming ideas, like what animal i should focus on, and their primary threats and stuff. Anything will help!

and NO I am NOT asking you to write my paper for me. I just have writers block and need someone to bounce my ideas off of. Thank You for your help!

John answers:

Lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, zebras, antelopes, giraffes and hippos seem to be the African animals most popular with tourists. The biggest threats come from habitat destruction, like large-scale money-making agricultural production like cattle farming and arable farming. The cattle compete with herbivores for food, and the arable farming means the food sources are also decreased, since the land is cleared to make room for the crops. As a result, many herbivores face starvation, which also affects their predators. It may also mean they have to migrate elsewhere, which increases the risk of conflict with humans, since most safaris occur in protected areas. Poaching is also a serious problem, with elephants and rhinos for the ivory trade, others for bushmeat, and the largest, most impressive specimens are prized by trophy hunters.

In addition, tourism disrupts animals’ natural behavior, i.e a cheetah constantly being photographed is unlikely to hunt successfully as the tourists advertise her presence to her prey.

David asks…

How do I trade in shares when I have mislaid the share certificate?

I appear to have mislaid the share certificate, and without this cannot sell the shares I have. What is the solution please

John answers:

You can call the company (shareholder services) ask them for their Transfer agent (name, address & the direct departmental phone number),

Call the transfer agent (it probably is a bank), give e them the name of the company, the number of shares you have (had), and your social security number.

The Agent will confirm that the shares are still in your name and outstanding.
Tell them you need a replacement certificate since the original is lost.

They will send you the paper work to obtain a surety bond needed to replace and issue a new certificate. (The bond may cost you up to 10% of the current market value. When the paper work is completed by you send it back to the Transfer Agent (along with the money for the bond).
The agent will send you a new certificate

Ruth asks…

what is a good activity for class to teach people about human trafficking?

I did a research paper on human trafficking. My teacher wants us to give a 10 minute speech and a activity for the class. a game or anything.

John answers:

Given that it’s impossible to imagine that a “game” can be made out of a subject as deplorable as human trafficking, you might want to consider a more sobering activity.

Perhaps you can give the class an oral “True or False” quiz (via raised hands) as a way to demonstrate how little the average person knows about human trafficking AND how very serious a problem it truly is. Ideally (as long as your teacher allows it), such a class “activity” would *precede* the bulk of your presentation, given immediately following your having provided only a very basic definition of human trafficking ( i.e. It is a form of modern-day slavery in which victims are exploited for commercial sex or labor purposes.)

True or false questions you might then consider posing to the class would include the following:

(1) Within the U.S., only non-citizens fall prey to traffickers. (False. Human traffickers exploit U.S. Citizens as well.)

(2) Most of the victims trafficked into the United States are women. (False. More than half of victims trafficked into United States are mere children; and there are believed to be about as many male victims as female.)

(3) Victims of human trafficking distrust law enforcement personnel. (True, often due to fear of deportation)

(4) Victims of human trafficking don’t see themselves as victims. (True. Most often they blame themselves for their predicaments.)

(5) All Immigrants coming into the United States enter willingly. (False. Victims of human trafficking are smuggled in, often against their will.)

(6) After drug dealing, the second largest criminal industry in the world, AND the fastest growing is the Illegal arms trade. (False. Though human trafficking is tied with illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world, it alone is the fastest growing criminal industry behind drug dealing.)

No matter what you decide to do, here’s wishing you the very best of luck with your assignment.

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