Rambo is a great movie for guys of all ages. Growing up, Danny Marianin especially enjoyed lines like “A man who’s been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke.” But a movie that seemed like escapist fun as a kid takes on different shades when you you get some mileage on your life odometer. “When I learned how many veterans come home with PTSD and how the system has truly failed so many of our nation’s heroes,” he says, “I always get a little sad when I hear Rambo say, ‘Back there I could fly a gunship, I could drive a tank, I was in charge of million-dollar equipment, back here I can’t even hold a job parking cars!’” The world can be an awful place sometimes. Rambo also has one of the 20 best car chases in movie history .
Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, earns its pricey distinction thanks to a surprising step in its production: digestion. In Indonesia, a wild animal known as the Asian palm civet (a small critter similar to the weasel) cannot resist the bright red coffee cherries that abound, even though they can’t digest the actual coffee beans. The beans pass through the civets' systems without being fully digested. At which point, some brave coffee farmer collects the beans from the civets’ droppings, (hopefully) thoroughly washes them, and sells them for more than $600 per pound .
Here we have an explanatory, mildly argumentative thesis that enables the writer to express an opinion. We infer from the use of the word convincing that the writer will judge the various reasons for protecting the rights of AIDS patients; and, we can reasonably assume, the writer himself believes in protecting these rights. Note the contrast between this second thesis and the first one, where the writer committed himself to no involvement in the debate whatsoever. Still, the present thesis is not as ambitious as the third one, whose writer implicitly accepted the general argument for safeguarding rights (an acceptance he would need to justify) and then took the additional step of evaluating the merits of those arguments in relation to each other. (Recall that Anthony Jones's plan was the "most sensible.")