Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
My second choice would have to be doing prompt for question 8 dividing the world into "us" and "them" i think i could also develope alot from this
Sunday, March 7, 2010
My second choice would be promt eight because again it links to peace and not really having "us" and "them" if there was peace we wouldn't have that.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Out of the choices we have for the second essay Im again torn but leaning towards number 10. The question about how far a person would go to attain their freedoms. I can relate and have experence in it. The other one was question number 8, asking about how to avoid paranoia and dividing the world into "us" and "them".
I have already done pictures for the bowling alley just because I was there over the weekend but Im still not a hundred percent sure which one to do.
My second idea is for prompt 8. I will explain that suspicion and paranoia can be avoided through proper communication, knowledge, and inner peace. I will incorporate my opinions on being on guard against selfishness, putting importance on material objects, and ignorance.
The second prompt i was thinking about doing is number 10. There are many things i would be willing to sacrifice my time to but the main one would be helping the environment. I do not feel like i would give my life for the causes, but i would give up a lot of my time and change my life. I think it is worth helping because it effects everyone and will change the world for bad if not stop.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
One of the noble prize speeches that I thought was interesting was Al Gore’s speech on global warming. It really got my attention because I learned something that’s very important to us as human species. Al talks about global warming and how we are living in the midst of a great chemical experiment and some serious consequences are becoming obvious to scientists. It is inspiring to me because Al gore gives us details that so many people don’t know about and what’s coming to our planet in the future. After reading his speech what come to mine was that we could do a lot of things to help our planet to not change that way it is right now. Our planet is changing very fast if we keep continue what we are doing right now. He said this, “So today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun” (619). This quote got me say wow because what al gore said on his speech was unbelievable and people don’t care. there just doing what is good for them right now and don't give a care about the result that is cause to us. We need to stop immediately and take more action to fix our planet.
To me the most interesting and the most intriguing speech was Al Gore’s speech. The former vice president of the United States delivered a great speech and he brought his intentions and concerns on the harm we are causing in to our planet as humans. His speech was precise and it caught most people’s attention. And Al Gore’s got his point well a crossed and he told his audience about the harm we are causing on our planet by dumping a toxic waste and air pollution. Al gore said “we dumping another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution in to the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet” (618 Al gore speech).
To most people global warming and climate change isn’t a concern while others think it is myth and un real. Al gore’s Speech was refreshing their memories and giving them new perspective by showing the evidence on the harm we are causing are causing to our planet.
My favorite quote from the speech was “we are what is wrong, and we must make it right” (619 Al gore’s speech h). I like this quote because it is short to the point and it basically says we are the ones who are causing the global warming and the climate change and we are the ones who could prevent it by being more responsible, and more caring to our planet.
we must understand the connections between the climate crisis and the affliction of poverty, hungry, HIV-Aids and other pandemics" its sad how some of the young childrens and women are strugle poor envirment and they doesnt have anybody who help them. most the young boys and girl had effected Hiv - Aids . this country the green belt movement the main problem they had is hungry and poverty promlem. there many things has been done since the world spechess in the green belt Moventment. they many orginazation and aids to help those children and womens who lived bad enivimment. it could be done good things to help the poor people.
My favorite passage from his speech says, "People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what--and who--we are not." I liked this because it is very true. We all live in a melting pot society with all different backgrounds. We seem to tolerate differences in America, but why can't we appreciate them all around the world?
Since this speech the UN continues to try and end poverty, prevent conflict, and promote democracy. But there is only so much that one group can do. It is going to take full cooperation from the world to better it for future generations.
Since Gore’s speech, countries have been more concerned about how climate is affecting the world and have taken action. Gore stated that Europe, Japan, and Australia, are making climate change their first priority to reduce it. I think in order to continue to reduce climate change; more car manufactures should develop hybrids or even develop cars that run off of hydrogen.
Al Gore talks about the climate change in his speech and what has caused it to be happening over the years. He talks about how our world is “spinning out of kilter” and how CO2 is a big affect. I do not agree with all that he says because I feel there is not much proof with things he states, because I think it’s just how the world is just changing not because of people living on it. I do agree to help out our environment to make some changes. I think the changes are being made such as helping recycle materials and not wasting things like water, food, and electricity. His issue affects our world by people becoming more paranoid and helping our environment to become healthier and less waste full. The things that have been done since the speech, is people have been working on keeping the air healthy trying to make cars with less poison coming out of it. I think it’s mainly our air that’s dirty and the ground is not clean so somehow invent a different way to help our air and environment if nothing is working. I like the quote from this Spanish poet, Antonio Machado, “Pathwalker, there is no path. You must make the path as you walk.” I liked this small passage just because it is so true.
Monday, March 1, 2010
This quote best explains the issues that Maathai discusses in her speech. She explains how women are the primary caretakers and how commercial plantations have ruined the resources they need in order to take care of their families. Women use the land to to feed and shelter their family, so the destruction of the land makes it harder for these women to take care of their families. Tree planting is the natural and basic resource they need because it provides fuel, food shelter and income to support their children's education and household needs. So, the tree became the symbol for the Democratic struggle in Kenya and a symbol for peace and conflict resolution. Also, what people didn't realize is that trees were not only a mean of life in Kenya, but it is also a part of their culture. For example, their elders used staffs from the trees to prevent them from fighting and seek reconciliation. This issue is important because people do not realize that the environment is also used by other people as a way of life. We try to see if commercial plantation is going to benefit or hurt that nation because we cannot assume that just because it is beneficial to one country it also benefits all countries. We need to consult one's government or research a countries traditions and values before interfering and installing things that we think is helpful or useful. Governments need to work together and agree on certain things before planning out or doing an action. Since the Green Belt Movement started in 1977, over 30 million trees have been planted. Women have been trained in forestry, food processing and other trades that help them earn income while preserving their lands and resources. The communities in Kenya have been motivated and organized to both prevent further environmental destruction and restore that which has been damaged.
For my second essay prompt I'm thinking about doing prompt number six. There are so many historical events, movement and people who have given us the rights/liberites and security/protection that every America has to this day and forth.
I'm leaning more towards the second essay prompt but I'm going to think about the two topics more before making my decision.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
I personally would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom to obstruct texting while driving. This cause is effecting many people speacailly young people and it has taken so many lives and is one hundred percent escapable in this country. So I would secrifice my time and freedom to take action on this issue.
2.) For prompt nine, I will argue that the qualities necessary for a distinguished leader are vision, communication, and knowledge. A leader needs the vision to affect change for his constituents, the ability to communicate sincerely and clearly with his country, and a strong knowledge of past history.To support this, I will discuss Peace Prize winners Martin Luther King Jr., Woodrow Wilson, and Nelson Mandela.
2. I personally would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom to find the cure to cancer. Cancer is an illness that takes thousands of lives every year, therefore it is worth the commitment to sacrifice my freedom and time to attain a cure.
1. I plan to go to my local coffee shop where there are lots of regulars. I have been going there since I was really young so it has good significance for me. I am going to go there on a friday to take pictures while there is live music going on, which is a big event they always do.
2. I might go to a indoor skatepark that just opened up near my house. It is the first only skateboard park in town. Regulars come daily and it is a great time for everyone. It is a good atmosphere, with music playing, drinks and food. I would like to do this because skateboarding is a huge part of my life and people don't usually know what a tight knit group of people skateboarders really are.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The quote I feel is very important to the essay is, "Long after fat people have removed their coats and shoes and put their feet up on the coffee table, thin people are still sitting on the edge of the sofa, looking neat as a pin, discussing rutabagas. Fat people are heavily into fits of laughter, slapping their thighs and whooping it up, while thin people are still politely waiting for the punch line" (283). She pointing out the fact that thin and fat are different and that people view them differently. People view thin as uptight and perfectionist, and fat people as relaxed and realistic. I believe this is important because it paints a picture for me. I can really see how people might view someones size as a indicator of fun or logic.
Though I enjoyed reading this essay I was a little confused about it as well. I don't understand satire very well because I tend to take things for face value when I read. Especially when the writer makes what they are saying seem so literal. So hopefully what I wrote here makes sense for most, though for the ones who totally understood it, it may not.
I like this passage because it shows how Asayesh is torn between two different cultural lifestyle. She values and respects her culture but she also enjoys the luxury and freedoms she has in America. She talks about how her sister comments on how she wears her makeshift scarf. She wants to feel "hot" at least according to what we Americans would consider to be hot. However, her sister believe that they are "hot" because she is a little more excepting of the things her culture wears. Yet, she describes what the hijab means in Iran. "The veil masks erotic freedom, but its advocates believe hijab transcend the erotic-or expands it." I think this best describes the conflict that Asayesh has between American and Iranian traditions and believes. I believe that this story helps the audience understand the cultural conflicts people have when they come to American or to another country and to show that it's not easy to transition from one place to another.
"Sister, this isn't about men and women," she says shaking her head. "This is about Islam." I marked this as important because it's a key statement for women telling them how it is and has been, it's for the country not for yourselfs. The women cover their skin and men do not but it is for the country they live in, just like other countries have a certain norm to follow by, or at least try to follow it.
"none have been more daring than i. ive wound my scarf into a turban, leaving my neck bare to the breeze." she made a huge statement when she did that. she didnt really care what people thought or what her beliefs were, she was hot so she took her scarf and turned it into a turban. the tradtional top that a male would wear. she was a rebel and in a way sort o proud of it.
"Thin people believe in logic. Fat people see all sides. The sides fat people see are rounded blobs, usually gray, always nebulous and truly not worth worrying about. But the thin persons persist." if you consume more calories than you burn," says one of my thin friends,"you will gain weight. Its that simple." Fat people always grin when they hear statements like that. They know better.
This is important because many people see an overweight person and automatically think that they are larger than normal because all they do is eat. Fat people rarely grin when they hear comments like that because truly they know that there is not much that they can do about it. and deep down many of the comments hurt. "She says that people say the business about the jolly fat person is a myth, that all of us chubbies are neurotic, sick, sad people." In many ways, some people use eating is a means of release.
"The veil masks erotic freedom" Gelareh states in her writing. It makes sense, if a body is covered by clothing, then it will be harder for men to find them physically attractive, but why is it the woman's job to contain the sexual tendencies of men? If a man looks at a woman and finds her sexually attractive, it is not her fault that she is sexually attractive, it is the man's fault for thinking about sex so much. It would make sense to this reader, if the Men of Iran attempt to cleanse their thoughts in order to find religious peace. In stead of just covering every Woman's body in clothing, which makes them extremely uncomfortable.
Throughout this short story, Suzanne Britt really shows how fat people are more laid back and sincere than thin people. She shows this at the end of the story by ending with, "Fat people have plenty of room. Fat people will take you in." I think this quote is important because it helps show what Suzanne thinks about fat people.
The quote i picked as being important is"its annoying, but so is wearing pantyhose to work. " This is talking about how she thinks wearing a hijab is annoying but in a way she has to, just like girls have to wear pantyhose to work. I liked this quote because it puts it in way to make sense to women who never had to wear a hijab. I also liked this quote because it made me realize more that it is just a way of life, something she has to do to fit into her social norms like many women carrying purses or wearying pantyhose.
A passage that I enjoy from the essay is in the middle of paragraph 4 on page 282. It says, "Thin people turn surly, mean and hard at a young age because they never learn the value of a hot-fudge sundae for easing tension. Thin people don't like gooey soft things because they themselves are neither gooey nor soft. They are crunchy and dull, like carrots. They go straight to the heart of the matter while fat people let things stay all blurry and hazy and vague, the way things actually are." I wanat to bash this in the literal sense first. I am quite thin, yet I enjoy hot-fudge sundaes as well as gooey soft things. This is because they are good and I know how to eat right and still enjoy sweets. I think that this passage really relates to how people are raised. People are crunchy and dull because of the environment they grew up in. People go straight to the heart of the matter because they think logically, they are problem solvers.
One passage that I really did agree with was in paragraph 12, when she states of fat people "They will like you even if you're irregular and have acne." It sounds horrible, but obviouisly acne and fat are not things society finds overall desirable. I think people who suffer behind these problems can benefit from interacting with one another, because maybe they will inspire each other to accept themselves for who they really are.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The part in the chapter that really grabbed my attention was when Cross sat and burned the memories he hd of martha and tried to make himself realize that he couldnt hlod onto these things as he did. Then he realized it was all in his head and he couldnt stop thinking about her even by burning the stuff and trying to forget. To me this was so sad to just feel like you have nothing and that its a fight for your life everyday. I have great respect for the people who fight for our country.
The chapter in this book that I found the most engaging was “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”. This chapter gave me a good idea of how lonely the guys fighting in the war could get. Even though they had each other they still missed their loved ones back home. Mark Fossie showed his love for Marry Anne as well as Marry Anne did for Mark Fossie. Mark had to have went through troubles getting her all the way to Vietnam, and Marry Anne knew she was going into a warzone but ignored the dangers to see Mark. I also thought the chapter gave a good example of how much people changed from being in Vietnam. When Mary Anne first got there it was to see her boyfriend, she was eager to get married and have children with him. After being in Vietnam for a while Mary Anne was in no hurry to get married, and I think towards the end she was somewhat losing her mind. This book makes me feel like there are many different ways people can deal with the loss of a loved one. Some people show their emotions and deal with the loss as best as they can and others may handle it just by not trying to handle it at all and become numb to the situation. I think that people struggle so much over losing friends or family because they have built special bonds with these people throughout their lives. Then when one day they are not there anymore could be very tough to cope with. From my experience, the best way to deal with the loss of someone of meaning in your life is to come to terms with what has happened and be thankful for the people that you still have in your life.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Jimmy Cross is in charge of his troops so he takes a lot of responsibility for things. In my case I'm the oldest child in my family. I take a lot of responsibility of how my siblings act and what the do. They see as i do and I'm the one that sets the influence. If they do something bad i almost feel like it was my fault that i was the one who did it. I have an opinion about war. I don't support any type of war or fighting or violence but i do support the men and women who risk their lives to fight for us. I feel that there are other ways of dealing with issues than killing each other.
Monday, January 25, 2010
this book takes us through how hard it is for one to get over the horror of lossing someone you love infront of you. and seeing the way they died. and living that memory and playing it like a dvd in your head over and over again the rest of your live and it is really a struggle.