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Going through one of the references, 6 Ways Your Office Is Literally Killing You by Kathy Benjamin is somewhat related to my previous Cracked article, 5 Pieces of Clothing With Shocking Health Risks because it describes another way people can potentially die from. To begin with, the article is basically informing those that work in an office place about the risks everyone is taking daily working in an office. For example, they include in the article that laser printers emit ozone and give off particles of toner which can then cause cancer and different forms of lung disease. Also, they add on that your office building makes you sick, “over-illumination” can hurt your eye sight due to the lighting in the office, motivational meetings can cause you to think suicidal thoughts, having a higher risk of a heart attack due to boredom, and sitting can also increase cancer and some kinds of heart disease.

Once again, this article relates to my main article because it has to do with how it can potentially hurt your health. This article has a lot of facts and statistics that it includes in order to keep it credible by using sources within it like: BBC News, CNN, and businessweek.com.

 

 

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Who are we really believing? “Hear-say” or Fact?

With my academic article found for the myth on concussions, they did not have a reference list, but they did have related readings/videos. However I have found another site with basic information, and this one led me to more readings as well but these seemed more helpful so I looked at those instead.

But first I would like to point out a quote from my second academic article I am using. “Rest is very important after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal.” 

Should you sleep with a concussion?

 

 

 

  • This site lead me to a PDF file which is shown here: JAMA Patient Page: Concussion(American Medical Association) – PDF. But, it is explaining and backing up the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Many of these sites are saying the same things about these areas of concussions. I am curious as to where the myth started more so now, because these sites are making it obvious that rest is key for a concussion. I mean, given the type of concussion. Obviously if there are massive serious symptoms like the pages discuss then seek medical help first but if you are just having a mild concussion at home that is treatable without medical help, then sleep.
  • Another site coming from the second academic article was arguing the seriousness of a concussion no matter how small or how intense. Especially emphasizing on the effects any concussion can have on an individual. Blah, blah, blah, same medical stuff I have been looking at.
  • The last article I wanted  to look at was from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This site answers the question, “What can I do to feel better after a concussion?” And to sum that one up… it may be a bit of a shock.. but the answer is…. REST! Whoa, imagine that..

So now the question I am asking is “where did the myth come from?” I am too tired to try and figure that out for this post, but maybe later on, we’ll dive deeper into the falsity humans have believed for years even though every government site and academic article clearly states sleep is the best remedy for a concussion (given its state of seriousness). We as humans tend to go with what we hear instead of looking it up for ourselves. Do we trust to easily? Don’t you think that is a bad idea if it involves something as crucial as our brain?! Wow humans.. wow. Now, lets be honest. I don’t look things up either, so yes, I am telling myself this too. Don’t think I am bashing humans for their stupidity, because I am also human. 🙂 

College or Nah?

Part of the problem with the public school system is that it does not fully prepare its students for the future. Sure, that’s what they’re selling but by the time they graduate, it’s basically “Good luck with whatever it is you choose to do with your life!” and expect them to have an idea. For some who do, great! Off to college they go, but what about the rest?  In Ralph F. Berdie’s book, After High School– What? , he discusses who chooses to go to college and why they choose to do so.

For those who plan on becoming medical doctors, lawyers, or engineers, college is obviously the right direction for them. However, those who are not pursuing a professional degree might want to consider how they plan on using their degree, the total amount of money they will be spending at the end of it, and if the time put in will be worth as much as they make later in life.

 

Blog Post 3: The Cure for Hangovers, Bacon!

I found a couple of articles disproving the myths by giving more details. In my article one myth is that there is not a cure for a hangover and they disprove that by saying a bacon sandwich is a cure and its been scientifically proven. “Bingeing on alcohol depletes brain neurotransmitters but bacon, which is rich in protein, contains amino acids that top these up and make you feel better,” explains Elin Roberts of Newcastle University – See more at: http://bacontoday.com/scientists-proclaims-%E2%80%9Cbacon-sandwich%E2%80%9D-the-ultimate-hangover-cure/#sthash.q0IdyqfF.dpuf

Another article from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/5118283/Bacon-sandwich-really-does-cure-a-hangover.html, says that food doesn’t soak up alcohol but increases your metabolism to help deal with affects of alcohol.

The scientists are interested in the fact that something as simple as bacon can help cure a hangover just from the protein and water in it. The conversation seems civil, there doesn’t appear to be any conflict.

Blog Post 3: Why Negative Ads Work.

Why on earth is the political spectrum so polluted with partisan attack ads? Is it because they work? Well, according to Stephen Ansolabehere and Shanto Iyengar’s book Going Negative: How Political Ads Shrink and Polarize the Electorate, they do work. According to the authors’ conclusions, “negative adverts also work better than positive ones, so attacking has become nearly universal,” however, the summary states “the authors also argue that as independent voters are driven away by all this negativity, the voting public is increasingly reduced to partisan extremes.”

tumblr_inline_mu3w6optLw1r2xxbvSo, this is now what our political landscape looks like?

Brooks and Greer agree in their article “Beyond Negativity: The Effects of Incivility on the Electorate” by declaring, “we see some suggestive evidence that those least-liked, least-valued kinds of messages may modestly stimulate two things that we tend to care a great deal about as a society: political interest and improving likelihood to vote.”

So, the problem may not lie within the politicians themselves, as much as it lies with the public to whom they pander. I mean, let’s face it, we, as Americans, place a great value on entertainment. Scandal and fist-fights intrigue us. There’s a reason that the slogan of local news is “if it bleeds, it leads.” These negative attack ad spark our imagination and mesmerize us like little toddlers. baby-645x250

Whoa! Fighting?! SCORE. 

However, as Faber, Tims, and Schmitt point out in “Negative Political Advertising and Voting Intent: The Role of Involvement and Alternative Information Sources,” negative ads reach various types of voters. Therefore, it is important to remember the scope in which these conclusions are being discussed. Each article builds off one another to create a conversation that is aimed at specific demographics of the electorate.

I am looking forward to delving further into the psyches of the demographics that are and are not affected by these negative attack ads.

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Going through the different abstracts from different sources has become more interesting than I anticipated. A lot of the references are from AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). The conversations in the references I found are purely based on records to prove that climate change exists. One article from AAAS I found talks about the temperature change. “The global temperature rose by 0.2° C between the middle 1960’s and 1980, yielding a warming of 0.4° C in the past century.” Now, looking at that change it makes it clear that the “warming” is taking it’s time. However, the article goes on to predict the potential effect in the 21st century, stating the erosion of the West Antarctic ice sheet, and the opening of the Northwest Passage.

Another article shows temperature trends of the 1980’s using more satellites that provide us with a more precise atmospheric temperature. ” The warmest years, in descending order, were 1987, 1988, 1983, and 1980. The years 1984, 1985, and 1986 were the coolest.” It shows no obvious trend in a span of a decade.global-temperature-trend-chart

   For example, in this chart it shows the fluctuations in temperatures from the 1980s to now. There’s an obvious increase that can be seen, I’m not denying global warming’s existence, but it’s a small increase. An increase that isn’t drastic enough the change the seasons like some people believe.

Forget the book, just look at the reference list

Looking back at the sources Cracked used for the article “6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages that Everyone believes“, I found that none of their sources had a good list of references that I could find more information with. So, I decided that a trip to the library would be fruitful. At the library I found two books over my topic of Science in the Middle Ages. The books are Medieval Science and Technology by Elspeth Whitney and Science in the Middle Ages by David C. Lindberg. Both books had extensive reference lists, but I decided to focus on Medieval Science and Technology for this blog.

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The reference list for Medieval Science and Technology is split into two parts: the annotated bibliography of books and the annotated bibliography of web sites. I got excited when I looked at the third web site on the reference list because is specifically mention astrolabes (the Cracked article also talks about astrolabes) ,but my enthusiasm dimmed when I started to read “A Treatise on the Astrolabe“. It dimmed because this is what I saw:

 But natheles suffise to the these trewe conclusions in Englissh as wel as sufficith to these noble clerkes Grekes these same conclusions in Grek; and to Arabiens in Arabik, and to Jewes in Ebrew, and to the Latyn folk in Latyn; whiche Latyn folk had hem first out of othere dyverse langages, and writen hem in her owne tunge, that is to seyn, in Latyn. – Geoffry Chaucer

Trying to read this was like trying to read Shakespeare. It felt like I should understand it but my brain just couldn’t comprehend. I did figure out that Chaucer was writing and instruction manual for a child he knew on how to use and astrolabe (Thanks to the non-old English summary at the top of the page). If nothing else this treatise proves that astrolabes were discovered in the Middle Ages as the Cracked article says.

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On that same website I ran across the epic BeowulfI was about to go on but then I realized that this would be an excellent source, because it is a prime example of the Monks dedication to preserving literature. In the Cracked article it mentions that the Monks had “massive libraries” full of books they had translated and copied. Monks were some of the only educated people and without them a lot of literature would have been lost.

Why Drones have ‘K-Mart’ Connection…

I found a couple of articles discussing the difficulties of flying the Predator Drones in the military. One of the Articles written by R. Schniederman is, Unmanned Drones are Flying High in the Military Sector. The article talks about the technology used in the planes and the cockpits. The rapid development of the technology has helped the drones be used frequently but the same problems of slow reception to cockpits exist. This article will help me develop an argument about the drones lag can cause damage to villages and kill civilians. The explanation of the lag between plane and cockpit bring me back to playing Call of Duty online. I always hated the players with more dicey connection that slowed the game down. I am not surprised that drones have poor connections, but I assume the Pilots get frustrated trying to do their job.

But we tend to forget that the drones operate on satellites orbiting the earth, so sometimes things can get messy. Unfortunately this can cost civilian lives

The CockPit of a drone, sometimes 6000 miles from target

The Drone Cock Pit of a drone, sometimes 6000 miles from target

Another article I was able to find using the Library’s databases was, The Wonderful World of Drones, by Sara Sorcher. The article talks about the possible threat to the American people in the future and the bureaucratic process of just taking out one target out. The article talks about the practical uses for the drones for surveillance and search an rescue missions, but goes on to talk about the dangers of using the drones for killing terrorist targets.

These articles will help me narrow my focus further from the Cracked.com article. I think once I narrow down my argument the information and search will be focused better.

The Causes of Greenhouse Gases

One of the sources for the article I found that supports the article I wrote about in Blog Post 2 titled “Is Local Food Better?” is the USDA Farmers Market website. This website provides the public with information about different market locations and what they pay and such things. This source is most likely used when the article talks about how food will be better if it comes from certain areas.

Another source that my article comes from the Food Climate Research Network. In this source, they reference a study and report titled Cooking Up a Storm. In this report, they talk about a thorough life-cycle analysis of the food cycle system and an investigation of the consequences of certain food lifestyle choices. They leave a link to the report in the works cited http://www.fcrn.org.uk/frcnPubs/index.htm.The Food Climate Research Network also has a article listed underneath the topic titled “Food-miles and the relative climate impacts of food choices in the United States” by C.L. Weber. In this article they specifically talk about how dairy and meat production are the dominant causes of greenhouse gases in the environment.

Bucholz also cites the results of Seattle Food System Enhancement Project’s project of the Greenhouse Gas Report. http://courses.washington.edu/emksp06/SeattleFoodSystem/Index.shtml. In this study, U of Washington students use examples of how food production and transportation contribute heavily to our greenhouse gases. This is the main point the Cracked article uses as a foundation to their argument that eating locally grown food doesn’t help much at all.

Depression Hurts Everyone

There wasn’t any references on the article i choose to look further into, but this is what i found out. I even found a few more articles to help me.

Upon further research i have found that depression does not effect just old people or women. It is a form of a mental disease with no discrimination based on age, gender, race, or family history.  I am digging deeper into how depression effects people along with treatment methods. Depression isn’t just something you wake up with one day and go “Oh I feel extra sad and down today, I must be depressed”. As sad by  John M. Grohol, PSY. D. “Depression is overwhelming feelings of sadness and hopelessness, every day, for no reason whatsoever.” I see that they agree that despite common belief that depression can effect anyone at any point during their life.