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12-6-07 One of the themes that we read in Thunder Cave yesterday was how Sam, Jacobs step-dad told him he had to go to Chicago for an imprtant meeting and he had to leave Jacob home alone. Sam was gone for a couple of days. Jacobs mom wasnt able to stay with him because she had passed away. If my parents left me home alone I would invite all my friends over for a party. I would also invite all my cousins and friends that are both guys and girls. My sister would be out with her friends, my brother would be at work, and my other brother would be at my cousins house. It would be just me and my friends. In conclusion I would have a parrty without any of my family members except my cousins and my friends for a party. Thats only if i got left home alone without being chaperoned.

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Full name: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Population: 5.9 million (UN, 2007) Capital: Amman Area: 89,342 sq km (34,492 sq miles) Major language: Arabic Major religion: Islam Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 74 years (women) (UN) Monetary unit: 1 Jordan dinar = 1,000 fils Main exports: Phosphates, fertilisers, agricultural products GNI per capita: US $2,500 (World Bank, 2006) Internet domain: .jo International dialling code: +962

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King Abdullah, Jordan's monarch since 1999, has had to steer a tricky political course. The country's peace agreement with Israel and its close ties with the US are unpopular with many Jordanians. King Abdullah and Queen Rania At home, the king backs a 10-year programme for political, social and economic reform and supports a plan for elected local councils. Conservative legislators are apprehensive about the proposals. In the wake of the November 2005 suicide bombings in Amman the king declared that security and stability were top priorities and called for a strategy to deal with the "changed circumstances". Abdullah is the eldest son of the late King Hussein and his British-born second wife, Toni. The couple divorced in 1972. Born in 1962 and educated in Britain and the US, he was named as crown prince shortly after his birth. The king transferred the title to his own brother, Hassan, in 1965, only to return it to Abdullah in 1999. He is married to a Palestinian - an asset since most Jordanians are of Palestinian origin - and enjoys car racing, water sports and collecting antique weapons. He is a career soldier and once led Jordan's special forces. The king has extensive powers; he appoints governments, approves legislation and is able to dissolve parliament. The Jordanian media have traditionally been under tight state control. The media rights body Reporters Without Borders has said the government "sets the tone" for the main daily newspapers. In 2003 the government repealed legislation that provided for jail terms for harming the king's reputation or for inciting strikes, criminal activity or "illegal" gatherings. The BBC Arabic Service and Monte Carlo International are available on FM in Amman and in northern Jordan. Private, music-based radio stations have sprung up recently on the FM dial. Around 16% of Jordanians had internet access by 2007. Officials have pledged to get 50% of the population online by 2011, partly by cutting the cost of web access.